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When I first wrote “Creating a World That Works for All”, we were well aware that the title was a Vision Statement, a Life Goal… and was also a MEME, an idea that could spread to others, that could become viral.

To identify whether or not this happened, I set up the phrase “Creating a World That Works for All” as a Google Search Alert, then sat back and waited…

… about 20 years.

At first, I would get alerts once every few weeks, almost always about either the book or its publisher (Berrett-Kohler adopted the meme as their mission statement). Then, alerts started coming in more regularly, when Tom Atlee wrote his book, “The Tao of Democracy”, which uses the ‘World for All’ meme as a sub-title. Then, another boost when, a few years ago, Unity churches started using the meme as part of their outreach.

Starting this year, I was noting two or three alerts per week. And then, somewhere around 6 months ago, something shifted. Now, I’m receiving 5 or 6 alerts PER DAY. From sources around the world – from Russia to Argentina to South Africa.

Part of the boost is from the global “student strike” picking up the meme. And part of the boost is just from an idea whose time is now ripe.

Does this mean we are reaching a tipping point? Does this mean that things are really getting ready to change?

There seems to be a pattern here. It was roughly 20 years between the advent of the “Prague Spring” and the success of the Velvet Revolution. 28 years between the creation of the Berlin Wall and its destruction. 27 years for Nelson Mandela to be in prison.

Perhaps 20-30 years is the “incubation time” for a revolutionary thought. Perhaps, like a plant spreading its roots, anchoring itself for a major growth spurt, the notion of “A World for ALL” has been taking hold, slowly, silently, invisibly. And, perhaps when we least expect it, the change will BLOSSOM. When it does, the change appears inevitable. Until it does, the change appears impossible.

I was in Berlin a few weeks after the Wall fell. The party was still going strong!

I sat at an improvised cafe, watching enterprising Berliners, chisels and sledgehammers in hand, turning the Berlin Wall from a hated symbol of totalitarianism into tourist trinkets. (I didn’t buy my chunks of the Berlin Wall. I found a pipe and bashed out my own pieces of history.)

My point: the demise of the Berlin Wall and the end of Communism in a divided Germany was completely unexpected. Everyone said it was impossible…until it was INEVITABLE. The CIA didn’t see it (but, they don’t see much…) The Stasi (East German secret police) didn’t see it — and they were motivated to do so. The media didn’t see it.

And then… everybody did.

Right now, more and more of us are seeing the “World for ALL” revolution. As the powers of the status quo (Democrats, Republicans and all in between) go about planning for… more of the same, the ice melts from beneath. And some of us are getting prepared…

QUESTION FOR YOU: Do you use the “World for All” meme in your own conversations about our future? I know that many of us still use the relatively empty phrase ‘Make the world a better place’ (same goal as Adolph Hitler and Pol Pot). Wouldn’t it be better to use a phrase that is specific, tangible and measurable? Try it and see!

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  • Michelle Smith

    says on:
    October 2, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Dear Shariff, Here’s how I use it in my professional bio:
    Michelle calls herself a Societal Transformationist working to create a world that works for all in the tradition of Shariff Abdullah. For more than two decades she has worked with for-profit and non-profit businesses that are contributing to a vision of prosperity, vitality and peace for the whole community. As Principal and Co-founder of Circle Forward she trains, coaches and facilitates groups in collaborative governance. As a Permaculture enthusiast she is a land-partner in Patchwork Urban Farms in Asheville, NC. Michelle is also a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant (that is, one who specializes in ceremonies) and minister in the New Thought tradition.

    • Shariff

      says on:
      October 2, 2019 at 8:39 am

      Michelle, it isn’t easy to blow my mind… in the words of Larry Dossey, I have a high “boggle threshold”. But, you just did! I can’t praise this enough, without sounding egotistical…

      In recent years, I’ve come to recognize that I have a “Lineage”. Just like current physicists recognize that their work rests on the groundbreaking concepts of Einstein and Bohr, I recognize that my work rests on Gandhi, King, Havel and Mandela. And, the Queen of them all, the late Vimala Thakar. Her article, “Awakening to Total Revolution” is just perfect. (The reason she is virtually unknown in the West is not (just) that she is a woman or (just) that she is not white. The main reason is that she makes those who cling to the status quo uncomfortable.)

      A long reply. I just want to say “thank you” for making my day… probably my week!

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