Intimate Mutual Support

New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World -- and How to Make It Work for You by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms describes new approaches to social change. In the second chapter, the authors highlight a key issue: identity. When an individual’s sense of self is based on top-down “old power,” it’s hard to engage in collaborative “new power.”.......

Subjective gut reactions, emotions, beliefs, norms and values shape behavior. Habitual thoughts and feelings call for careful self-examination. We can strengthen our effectiveness by undoing some of our conditioning. If we change ourselves, we can better change the world.

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How to Transform the System

If the American people unite, we can transform this country into a compassionate community dedicated to the common good of all humanity, our own people, the environment, and life itselfThe following measures can help us achieve that goal -- step-by-step, with evolutionary revolution:

  • Build massive movements focused on proposals backed by strong majorities of the American people.
  • Encourage inactive individuals to become active by learning how to treat people with more respect.
  • Support one another to become better human beings.
  • Clarify connections between the issues we face by developing a systemic worldview that will hold us together over time.
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