Lessons From The Iroquois & The Creative Society
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Last week, we looked at How Bitcoin Communities are like Ancient Greek City-States & Gardens. This week, we look at the idea of a “Creative Society,” and how that relates to work, business, and technology.
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The Creative Society: A Vision for the Future
In recent years, discussions about the future of work have centered around the rise of automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI). While these technological advancements undoubtedly have the potential to revolutionize industries, they also raise concerns about job displacement and the future of human labor. I talk much about the importance of culture and community, but none of these things matter if wealth (no matter its form) is not able to be generated. In response to these concerns, a growing movement has emerged: the Creative Society.
I follow something called the “Rule of 3.” It applies to validating business ideas, but also to personal intuitive prompts. If I see something 3 times (like a phrase that appears on a book, then in a film, then on a billboard) within 24 hours, I’ll take a mental note, then research it online when I get a minute. So what happened was that I heard the words “creative society” mentioned at least 3 times across 3 different pieces of content one day. This could very well be a case of the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon (aka “frequency illusion” or “frequency bias), but entertain me for a minute:
A Shared Vision
After doing some research, I learned that the “Creative Society” is a shared vision for the future of work that prioritizes creativity, innovation, and human connection. It aims to create a world where people are not just cogs in a machine, but active contributors to a society that values their unique skills and perspectives.
My dream used to be helping web2 brands enter web3.
It came true - I worked with some top brands.
• it’s not my type of work
• I don't even like large brands
• it's all about ROI & stakeholder management
My biggest realization:
I prefer working with individuals.… httptwitter.com/i/web/status/1…
— alea.eth 🔮 (@alea_eth)
Jun 26, 2023
The movement draws inspiration from ancient cultures, which placed a high value on creativity and innovation.
An Open Appeal of the Ierahkwa (Iroquois)
The Iroquois people (also known as the Haudenosaunee or “People of the Longhouse”) advocate for a creative society based on love, equality, and self-government. They call for the elimination of the consumer society and emphasize the responsibility to care for future generations. In the above video, the Iroquois say they are willing to share their knowledge and advocate for the unification of nations around the world. Failure to unite today will result in a future without hope, according to one of their prophecies.
At the heart of the Creative Society is the idea that everyone has the potential to be creative. This means not just artists and writers, but also engineers, scientists, and business leaders. By fostering a culture of creativity and innovation, as opposed to just productivity and efficiency, the Creative Society hopes to unleash the full potential of humanity.
New Ways of Working
The Creative Society offers a new way of thinking about work. It challenges the notion that work is solely a means to an end and instead emphasizes the importance of finding meaning and purpose in one's work. To live, not just work.
Today I'm announcing my retirement from Google. Even the best rides come to an end. As I turn the page on this chapter, I realized I've spent the last 25 years learning how to work, I hope to spend the rest of my life learning how to live.
— Kelsey Hightower (@kelseyhightower)
Jun 26, 2023
By prioritizing creativity and innovation, the Creative Society offers a path forward for businesses that want to stay ahead of the curve.
Of course, realizing the vision of a truly Creative Society is no easy feat. It will require a fundamental shift in the way we think about work and the economy. But with the right mindset and a commitment to change, anything is possible. By embracing the principles of the Creative Society, business owners and chief executives can help shape a future that values creativity, innovation, and human connection above all else.
Action Steps & Takeaways
Some of the ways I’ve been able to break free from “the rat race” in a consumerist society is through the following:
Teaching myself what I’m most curious about
Letting go of frivolous belongings (my whole life fits into a single suitcase — a good book to read is The Minimalist Entrepreneur by the founder of Gumroad)
Studying myself through personality profile tests, astrology, and daily journaling
Refining my Ikigai over time
Prioritizing action over perfection
Making sure I’m creating more than I’m consuming, daily
Just being helpful wherever possible (with no expectation in return)
My favorite community "hack" is just being helpful.
Helping your team
Helping your members
Helping other community builders
— Max Pete (@Max_Pete)
Jun 26, 2023
In conclusion, the Creative Society is a movement that offers a new way of thinking about the future of work. It draws inspiration from ancient cultures and places a high value on creativity and innovation. For entrepreneurs and professionals, the Creative Society offers a path forward for businesses that want to stay ahead of the curve. By embracing the principles of the Creative Society, we can create a world where people are not just cogs in a machine, but active contributors to a society that values their unique skills and perspectives. This is how and why I see blockchain playing a fundamental role in all this, but more on that next time.
📰 FEATURED NEWS
Started a native Twitter video series. Started publishing videos to Twitter, as I noticed Elon’s been trying to reward more creators on the platform. Ended up forming a small group of people who wish to do a 30-day video challenge. If you’re interested, hit reply to this email and I’ll add you to our accountability group. We start July 1st.
Posted a tweet that hit 100K+ views within a 24-hour timespan. This was comforting to witness because I have made the conscious choice to start angling my personal brand more towards the “explorer” archetype. Will be analyzing this tweet for further insights.
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Jun 5, 2023
Until next week, remember: through patience & persistence, it will come.
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