In its original use, to exploit was to achieve and accomplish. In the 1830’s the word exploit began to be associated with selfish use of humans, particularly in slavery.
We might consider the word a template of human development. There are few instances in history where humans were not exploited as slaves for others.
Even today in our local communities in ‘wealthy’ countries the salaries of some workers is below the living wage, making us party to a modern version of slavery.
Our current social media/tech unicorns exploits our behaviours for the profits of the few.
And then of course we have the exploitation of nature. Land, oceans, animals.
It is an aspiration to hold that in the future we might live full lives of regeneration, where we add more value in all domains than we extract and exploit as a thoughtful deliberate practise.
This is a whole systems shift. It starts with each of us looking at the fullness of our life, what we consume, the supply chain, our choices, the all-in-accounting costs.
It starts at the beginning, at the frightening realisation of just how much we are enmeshed in some form of exploitation of other humans, of nature, of our beautiful home planet.
Photo taken April 30th, 2019
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About Dr Christine McDougall
A STEWARD TO MAP MAKERS – TO ENTREPRENEURS AND LEADERS WHO ARE WRTING THE NEW MAPS FOR THEIR ENTERPRISE FOR A WORLD WITH A FUTURE
Christine is an internationally recognised facilitator, practitioner, teacher coach, and authority in integrative systems design, human relational design, deep wealth design and regenerative enterprises. She has held large multi-stakeholder initiatives towards a better future or all, managing diversity, complexity and various stages of human development.
As the principal of 2:23AM – She works with leaders and enterprises globally who have a commitment to being the pioneers of enterprise change, where consideration of both the short term profitability and the long term costs/effects are added to the balance sheet on day one, raising the question of how else might we be successful without robbing from our children’s future.
To learn more visit www.223am.com
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