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Snow Eats Seattle

Recent winters caused business disruptions in the Puget Sound area. Windstorms crippled both residences and businesses for weeks during 2006. Interstate-5 was closed due to flooding in 2007 and record snow knocked out commerce in 2008. The Seattle “Snow-mageddon” is a current example of a business disruption. Maybe your business made it through but maybe next time it won’t! What about the runoff this spring?

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Before the Curtain Rises

proc·ess  n. pl.  A series of actions, changes, or functions bringing about a result

What happens before the curtain rises may be more interesting and feel more important to the participants than you can imagine. Take a look inside the process.


Opera Maine cast

Amelia Goes to the Ball by Gian Carlo Menotti

Still to Come

At one time I was the Executive Director of an opera company as well as a performing musician. One night after the last rehearsal, for Tosca I think, I was leaving the hall with one of my artists. I commented that I was feeling sad because now it was all over. Mind you, the performances were still to come. I thought I might get a what the heck are you talking about kind of reaction. To my surprise this singer concurred with me. I thought I had been alone in this feeling. I have since learned that this feeling is more common than you might think. In fact I think it may be universal to all seriously creative people.


Don’t get me wrong. The performances are always glorious and nothing can beat the feeling of exhilaration you get when the audience rises, as a whole, to its feet in bravos and applause. And the exhaustion you feel bringing it to opening night is certainly worth it. But a performance is in some ways an anticlimax to the process.

Learning the music and the words are just the beginning of the process. The real fun begins when you get into the head of the composer and the character. When you begin to live the music, that’s when it gets exciting.

Opera Maine's Julia Child

Elizabeth Patches as Julia Child in Bon Appetit by Lee Hoiby

The Process

Everyone is going through the learning process together, even if …

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Getting Started with Tuesdays with Deborah


If you are new to the group, welcome. If you are a long time user, this post is packed with very good information. A quick read likely turn over a new rock that had not been overturned before. I hope that gets you to explore. Continue reading “Getting Started with Tuesdays with Deborah” »

We’re Building a BREAKTHRU Civilization for Love! Occupy Civilization with Love!

Things are coming together even as things appear to break apart. We are blessed, as I choose to feel blessed even during these hard times, to live during a time of great ferment, upheaval, transition, and possibilities. “Yes!” is the Answer before the Question is asked. More and more of us are standing up for love, for LOVE, as we reclaim our civilization from the brink of Collapse. We can choose to THRIVE!

No to the 1%’s Breakaway Civilization! We’re building a Breakthru Civilization! For Love. Occupy your civilization. With Love. Yes!

Our human civilizations have merged to become one planetary superculture; or rather ours are in a transition of integration. We are already one species sharing one planet. We are waking up into and claiming the reality of our own interdependence, rather than the illusions of separation and independence or the tyranny of dependence. Our choices are many.

Among them are we must choose between liberty, interdependence, community, democracy, love, compassion, power, peace, sustainability, and unification worldwide. Or give in to the juggernaut of Empire and fear, of dependence and slavery, of shame and separation, of force and fundamentalism, of war and perpetual violence, of exhaustion and collapse. Which do you choose?

We can break our global civilization down into three parts. They are Mainstream Civilization, which is the host for the parasitic Breakaway Civilization, and the co-existing and emergent alternative, what I’ll call the Breakthru Civilization.

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SomeMores !

Light snow falling. The crackling of a warm wood fire. A view out my window of ducks slipping and sliding on the frozen pond looking all the world, like waddling first time skaters.  

I would go out and shovel snow from the walk but the neighborhood kids are doing just fine, collecting the fresh whiteness for the world’s biggest snowman with top hat and all.

So I’ll just stay put, inside and try my hand at melting some chocolate with a golden, roasted marshmallow or two, and as I so do, dance ever so lightly to my favorite tune with a glass of fine cherry brandy in my hand, happily connent with my snow day here at home, sweet home!

“Where you live is just as important as what you live in.”

Mark Behringer


What to Do on a Snowy Day

This is my weather. It’s what I am used to and comfortable with in the winter. And to boot (oh yes I meant to say that) it looks like we are going to have a lot of it. SNOW that is. I do love a good snow storm.

I realize that where I come from, and where I have lived most of my life that snow is expected, planned for and accomodated fairly easily. Here in Seattle it is a snow bird of a different type.  Since I don’t have to be anywhere in the next few days I am feeling pretty good about it.

Yesterday I went for a walk around my immediate neighborhood. This was the first chance I had to do so. The snow made for a blanket of quiet. The only sounds were the crunch of snow underfoot and the cawing of crows and peeping of the little birds. The trees were wearing …

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Your Customer has a Vote…Will They Vote for You???

With national politics in the air my thoughts ran to “Would my customer vote for me?” Or maybe better said, “Why would my customer vote for me?”

By customer I don’t mean that person who is already in your “accounts receivable.”  No, I mean those people who are looking and trying to find your service or product.  Why should they pick you?  Unless you’re that one in a million, you have competitors.  In my case as a Real Estate Broker in the state of Washington, there are tens of thousands of licensed agents.  Why should anyone pick me?

A recent panel of political advisors where asked how they would help someone seeking public office, “get the vote needed to win?”  Their solution broke down into three basic principles;

  1. Know who you are.
  2. Know how to clearly articulate that.
  3. Know your audience and now to relate to them.

Not exactly rocket science but never the less food for thought.  In my case, there is only one “me” even if there are tens of thousands of other real estate agents.  So if I can figure out who I am, I will be the only one of “me,” and therefore unique.  Not as easy as it seems. 

As it turns out, we’re not the best one to know who we are.  Ask past and current customers why they “voted” for you.  What qualities or expectations did we meet?  What qualities did we NOT have that made us a best fit for them over anyone else?  If you’re just starting up, ask the people that likely will be using your service, what are they looking for in a professional such as you and do you have it?

Hopefully you will now have a better idea of ”who you are,” now articulate it.  Again, not easy.  The vast majority of us have trouble talking about ourselves.  Get over it.  Think of and work on a 3 minute elevator speech, a one page resume, a tag line.  Practice it until you can deliver it like a veteran politician in a TV debate. Remember the overriding question we’re trying to answer as clearly, confidently and truthfully as possible is “why vote for me?”

The third point, in my opinion is the most important.  You can really know who you are, you can really know how to say it but, if your service is selling ice and your audience is Eskimos at the North Pole, no matter how clear, confident and truthfully you are, it’s going to be pretty tough sledding. 

Knowing your audience and now to relate to them is major!  This could be considered “Market Research.” Again I say, not that easy.  In “Market Research” the object is to find the wants and needs for a particular product or service.  What we’re after here is to figure out who it is that wants YOU to be the ONE that will deliver their needed product or service. This is more about who you are naturally attracted to. Whom do you feel most comfortable with?  Who fits with your style?  Who gets your message that you have the best answer for THEM?  That’s your target audience, the ones that you will be able relate to and they in turn can relate back.  

I can’t help but remember, as I write this, the time I met Al Gore when he was running for office.  He showed up at Boeing to get our vote, wearing a red flannel plaid shirt over a cashmere black turtleneck, blue jeans neaty pressed and shiny new logging boots (black dress socks).  I guess he was trying to relate to what he thought a typical Pacific Northwesterner would be like???  His east coast advisers knew and were aware of the importance of relating, they just didn’t have a clue of who their northwest audience was. Lesson here,”Don’t try to fake it!” Be real. Be you.

Keep these three keys in mind, as you go about your day campaigning for YOUR vote! 

Get enough votes and you will find yourself elected as one successful entrepreneur.

Good Luck!

Mark Behringer,  NorthwestLookingGlass.com


I Am Tired And Inspired

I am tired.  I am tired of the local conversation.  I am tired of talking with local businesses. I am tired of  sitting in newly forming local charities trying to do good work.

That may shock of few that know me, especially since I am a local advocate.  Let me tell you why.

It is not because I don’t believe, it’s not because I don’t want to be there or that I am going to stop. I am tired because I walk away from those conversations feeling inadequate and overwhelmed and inspired.

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Democratic World Government as Global Networks of Local Communities

Imagine local communities in our towns and cities, in our counties and parishes, in our states and provinces, in our countries around the world voluntarily networking together in some new form of confederation, a worldwide planetary confederation. Imagine establishing new communities or transforming currently existing local communities into autonomous or semi-autonomous geo-political bioregions. Now imagine all of these same local communities and their regions networked together around the world into a global cooperative as postmodern democratic world government. Imagine what’s possible here, as in what’s really possible. Because it is.

Yes, it’s time to stop thinking in terms of the past. It’s not even yesterday anymore. We’re here now, and the future is the future. We need to reclaim our future as a blank slate, as not having occurred yet, not the projection of our past way of thinking beyond now.

Democratic World Government is a loaded term, isn’t it? Many call it DWG to distinguish it from the NWO, or New World Order. And what is government anyway? What does the word “government” mean? It’s just a word, these are all words, and we use language to influence and even create our reality. We shape and mold our individual perception of what’s real as well as agree with others as to what constitutes our consensual reality. Well, language evolves. It evolves in conversation, in writing, in speech, in dialogue, and among communities. If we learn to be mindful and present, if we practice conscious awareness, what realities can you and I create together with others?

When people first hear or see the term “Democratic World Government,” they tend to automatically conceptualize what they already know. Most people know, or think they know, or feel or otherwise believe they know what “democracy” means, what the “world” is, and what “government” looks like. Many groan when they think “government,” even in a democracy. When they equate “world” with the globe or the entire planet, they imagined a top-heavy, rigid, impossibly bureaucratic monstrosity. Such a bureaucracy must be so enormous and ossified it must undermine the ebb and flow of representative or parliamentary democracy.

The problem is there are a number of people and their organizations determined to create a Global Empire. The international financial and power elite and their allies run this empire. They are slowly building an empire of the money power as a neo-fascist, neo-feudal dictatorship all dressed up pretty as a pseudo-democratic faux republic. Our choice, therefore, is simple: What kind of world government will we have? A democratic one or a dictatorship? And if We the People of Earth choose Democratic World Government, what would we build? How would it appear, what would it resemble if anything, and how would it function?

One of the most striking images ever to be held by collective human consciousness is the image of Earth in Outer Space. We stare in awe with newfound humility and a sense of unity when we see our beautiful blue and white planet with traces of brown and green seemingly suspended in the vastness of the Universe. That planet is our home, Earth. These photos of our home in space have been around long enough now to be almost clichéd. We’ve since come to sometimes refer to our planet as Spaceship Earth.

We human beings are one species sharing one biosphere on one planet. According to a study released in August 2011, there were currently an estimated 8.7 million species of eukaryote species living on Earth, give or take another 1.3 million. This does not include non-eukaryotic species and viruses. Eukaryotes include plants, animals, fungi, protozoans, and chromists. We’re one people on one planet. We’re one human race living in one human civilization on Earth.

From space we see no borders, no countries, no religions, no politics. All of those things live in our minds as a form of mental-virtual consensual reality. We do see the artifacts of our activity, though, such as our cities and our environmental impact. We agree a line drawn on a map is a real border even though it means nothing otherwise, and we are willing to kill each other or die over something so made up in our minds. It’s the same thing with our religions and politics – we will kill and die for ideas we believe in. It’s time to move beyond our civilized savagery as fast as we can.

The advantages of us coming together into some new local-global web hierarchy and uniting to collaborate are numerous. We are now 7 billion people on Earth. We’re growing faster than we kill ourselves off. All local problems are now global, and all global problems are certainly local. The list of serious challenges converging upon our species is long.

Our wicked problems are too numerous to recount here and are discussed in greater detail in many of my other articles. We have a global civilization with an increasingly integrated economy, but we remain politically disunited, fragmented, and at war.

We humans have divided ourselves up into almost 200 nation-states, many tens of thousands of stateless-nations, and many hundreds of thousands of organized religions and political parties. It is time we move beyond these anachronistic entities as they are no longer necessary for our survival and in fact accelerate our path to possible global collapse and extinction.

The so-called Rights of National Sovereignty are as obsolete as the Divine Rights of Kings. Not a single nation is truly independent nor ever was. Every nation-state took more than it gave back on some level and in their juvenile squabbling remain co-dependent. Imagine all of us rising to the level of a species self-aware of its interdependence. We can form webs and networks of interdependent communities around the planet.

What kind of Democratic World Government can we build together? It seems a framework is required to provide context, such as an Earth Constitution. Shall our Earth Constitution be a rigid one to resist impulsive whims of change and prevent the tyranny of a majority over minorities? Shall it be flexible so as to adapt to rapidly changing situations including serious crises where there is little time for deliberation?

Do we want a Congress or a Parliament? Unicameral, bicameral, or tricameral? A President or a Prime Minister, or both? A Supreme Court that’s so supreme it can’t be challenged? Wisdom Councils? A Council of Elders? How about a Council of Youth? Or a mix? Do we want a Confederation, which is voluntary, or a Federation, which is once you’re in you’re always in? Certainly we’ll have no monarchy or hereditary offices or offices based upon race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, politics, or religion. Absolutely not. Right? What about gender? Do we want a certain number of men, women, intersexes, and the transgendered?

Do we want a republic? I love the idea of a democratic republic. Or do we want a union of republics? Our democracy must be transparent. We also must shut down the international central bank cartels. The global financial elite and their allies are the driving force behind Empire, and we’ve allowed it to go on too long. We must establish public control of the money power similar to civilian control of the military power. It has to be transparent, accountable, and auditable.

Here are some names I’ll throw up as possible names for our local-global democratic union, and I didn’t originate all of them: United Federated Republic of Earth, United Earth Federation, Confederated Earth Republics, the Global Earth Cooperative, Union of Earth Republics, the Integrated Global Cooperative.

Seriously, if you’re one who’s surprised by this, there are a surprisingly number of organizations and many individuals who’ve been working to solve the challenges of building democratic world institutions. By one count, Paul Hawken, successful entrepreneur, philosopher-author, and global democracy-economic reform activist, discovered to his surprise there are over two million organizations around the planet devoted to those and related causes.

Hawken called this predominantly peaceful and cooperative rising up as the Blessed Unrest. He soon wrote and published a book with the same name. John Perkins, a former EHM or Economic Hit Man turned indigenous peoples’ advocate as well as a global democracy activist for economic reform and social justice, is also a supernetworker of numerous groups. Four Years. Go! (4YG), an exciting and relatively new organization, is also a supernetworker. As of January 2012 13,582 individuals have committed to 4YG, including me, and 1,438 organizations have become “Allied” themselves with 4YG.

Among 4YG’s Allied Organizations is one whose board I serve on with many others, Vote World Parliament (VWP). VWP is a grass roots organization based in Canada using a secured internet-based to hold an on-going Global Referendum for a Democratic World Parliament. It seeks to bypass the United Nations and its nation-states to obtain a global mandate from the human race to directly elect representatives from all countries to a transparent, democratic world parliament. You can vote right now (and you can vote whatever you want AND please vote “Yes!”) for your DWP athttps://voteworldparliament.org/.

Unfortunately, as “most people” don’t seem care or even understand there are more resources devoted to empire building and keeping the illusions of our so-called “matrix” intact. At the same time, more and more people are waking up around the world. When the sheeple wake up, the lion roars.

What about representative democracy, participatory democracy, or direct democracy? Has technology reached a point we can use the Internet to facilitate local-global self-government?

Do we want to be unified or integrated? And what do we want those words to mean?

Do we want to be revolutionary, or evolutionary?

How about a transparent, Constitutional, democratic republic?

Look at the convergence of revolutions and social change movements with digital and mobile telecommunications technology. In various ways the Iranian revolts, the Arab Spring, the anti-austerity uprisings in Europe, the insurrection in the U.K., the Tea Party movement, and the latest and greatest, the now worldwide Occupy Wall Street movement. The spontaneous and autonomous nature of Occupy has inspired many communities around the planet. What do they do once so inspired? They communicate with one another. They network, exchange ideas and information, and share resources.

What kinds of marketplaces do we want to conduct business in? What kind of economy do we want? How do we integrate the human economy with the ecosphere environment fueling it and create a sustainable, steady-state eco-nomic, eco-logic-al system?

Instead of an economy dominated by government for and by corporations and the military-industrial complex, which is Fascism, or it’s opposite, Communism, what do we want? Certainly not the discredited models of classical, laissez-faire capitalism. Nor do we want to continue with finance capitalism, also known as predatory, crony, and vulture capitalism. The elder George Bush once referred to finance capitalism as “voodoo economics,” even though he was a high priest of it himself. Voodoo economics generated what author-activist David Korten called “phantom wealth.”

We can implement and integrate from other far more dynamic models out there including elements of social credit, natural capitalism, libertarian capitalism, deep ecology, democratic capitalism, cooperative competition, entrepreneurship, business coops, and the gift economy. We can generate a sustainable, steady state economic and monetary system both dynamic and Integral.

Isn’t a global cooperative of local networks something akin to what socio-anarchists have long advocated for? Pardon the use of a word that scares the shit out of so many people, but socio-anarchists stand for self-reliant individuals helping each other out in various forms of a gift economy to create self-reliant communities that may enter into mutual agreements with one another. Direct democratic participation is a hallmark of socio-anarcho thought. Socio-anarchists also value individual liberty so highly they’re often called libertarian. They also value social and community responsibilities so greatly as to be labeled socialists.

My stand is 1) only individual human beings have rights. Our organizations, including corporations, labor unions, clubs, governments, religious institutions, and neighborhood communities do not have rights. As we come together into groups, the lens of the group may amplify our individual rights, and such rights still are the providence of individual human persons. My other stand is not every individual can be equally responsible due to age, ability or disability, serious illness or injury, etc., but as a whole we have shared social responsibilities to and for each other.

Call me a green libertarian socialist republican anarchist democrat localist globalist liberal conservative progressive if you want. I don’t give a rip. I’m a human being. And not a damned human being either. I’m a blessed human being. And so are you. We’re all blessed. Let’s wake up, wake up before I trot out old clichés about Utopia and the Matrix and of sheeple and red pills. Wake up, people!

Our biggest challenge of the many threatening to overwhelm us may not be endless wars and crime, or global climate disruption, or economic and financial collapse, or omnicide with weapons of mass destruction, or pandemics and famines, or global pollution, or even Empire. And by “Empire” I refer to the neo-fascist and neo-feudal amalgamation of authorities known collectively as the Global Financial and Power Elite and their Allies which in turn controls the de facto Euro-American global empire.

This includes the global networks of central banks such as the American Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank, big Wall Street and City of London banks, tax regimes AND offshore tax havens, the Corporatocracy and their corporations, the mainstream mass media, mainstream academia and the corporate-military-college/university complex, secret societies, mainstream political parties, the military/security-industrial/corporate/banker-intelligence/surveillance complex (ouch), the national security states, even the breakaway civilization. This is Empire. This is the so-called and self-proclaimed New World Order.

Instead, our biggest challenge may not be defeating Empire but raising our levels of consciousness. And to sustain raising our awareness. We must transcend our limitations before we can transform ourselves.

The good news is you don’t have to wait to be ready. Remember when we were kids we’d play and play and love to shout, “Ready or not, here I am!” Or, “Ready or not, here we are!” Remember yelling those things? With a big grin on our faces? I sure do.

Let’s occupy our home! Let’s occupy our planet, Spaceship Earth. No, wait…we already live here. With many millions of other living species in one unique, resilient, yet fragile biosphere. It’s time to for us to wake up, become conscious, and choose new directions. We can transcend ourselves and transform our world.

Ready or not.

Let’s go. Together. Let’s go now.


William Dudley Bass
January 12, 2012
Seattle, Washington
Cascadia, Planet Earth

Sources and Links:

Blessed Unrest, http://blessedunrest.com/.

David Korten/The Great Turning/The New Economy, http://www.davidkorten.org/.

Editors. “How Many Species on Earth? 8.7 Million, Says New Study,” United Nations Environment Programme:
http://new.unep.org/NEWSCENTRE/default.aspx?DocumentID=2649&ArticleID=8838&l=en. August 24, 2011.

Four Years. Go., http://www.fouryearsgo.org/.

John Perkins, http://www.johnperkins.org/.

Paul Hawken, http://www.paulhawken.com/paulhawken_frameset.html.

Vote World Parliament/Democratic World Parliament through a Global Referendum,https://voteworldparliament.org/.

Yes! Magazine: Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions, http://www.yesmagazine.org/.

NOTE: This originally appeared on my website On Earth at the Brink at http://williamdudleybass.com/MyBlog/democratic-world-government-global-networks-local-cooperatives/, and has been reposted here with my permission as the Author. Thank you.

Copyright © 2012 by William Dudley Bass.