Introducing Society 4.0 — The Movement

The journey toward global crowd-sourced peer-to-peer governance

A man effortlessly leads a spontaneous following of children using the magic of bubbles. Rossio, Lisbon, Portugal. Photo by Vita Marija Murenaite.

In 1894, so the story goes, policy makers failed to solve the greatest societal crisis of the day: overwhelming levels of horse manure in city streets. The problem was, however, solved a few years later — not by policy makers — but by a technologist: Henry Ford.

“In 50 years, every street in London will be buried under nine feet of manure.” — The Times, 1894. (Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives).

In 2018, today’s equivalent of The Great Horse Manure Crisis is extreme natural resource depletion (the net effects of which are climate change) and equally extreme inequality (the 1% vs. the 99%). The collection of the UN’s 17 SDG’s is a useful summary of the planet’s wicked problems, but they are merely the inevitable, unintended consequences of collective action and inaction since The Great Horse Manure Crisis. According to Peter Turchin, an evolutionary anthropologist at the University of Connecticut, historically, all societal collapses have been preceded by resource depletion and a widening gap between haves and have-nots. He goes further by using data to predict political violence in the US by the 2020’s. We’ve seen further evidence of societal disruption in Brexit (June 2016) and Catalonia (September 2017).

If the data is accurate — and all indications show it is — we have a choice. We can either passively observe the inevitable societal collapse or we can actively work on a new social system to replace the failing system. This is not as difficult as it may at first appear to be.

“The future of humanity does not lie solely in the hands of great leaders, the great powers and the elites. It is fundamentally in the hands of peoples and in their ability to organise. It is in their hands, which can guide with humility and conviction this process of change. I am with you.” — Pope Francis, 9 July 2015.

Society 4 is a platform to organise and galvanise a movement of people to actively and methodically place the future of humanity back in the hands of the people. We’re just getting started. At this early stage (while we’re formalising how this is going to work, you can show your support be leaving your email address. There is much more to come. Join us?