A paradigm is a structure providing context within or for a culture. These paradigms are often not consciously apparent to most members of the culture yet they create a consensual reality that channels and polices thought and action. Unquestioned beliefs, belief systems and operational practices typically support and are supported by the dominant paradigms. A good example would be the Paradigms, Beliefs and Practices in Education.
Some characteristics of the Abundance Paradigm:
- Shallow status & dominance hierarchies
- All people's lives have intrinsic value
- Exchanges are always win-win (including externalities)
- Scarcity occurs as an opportunity for creative collaboration
- Fun, Play and Learning are as important as "Work"
- Discipline means Self-Discipline
- Responsibility is an empowering stance, not a burden
- Stewardship is more salient than ownership
- Power is about effectiveness, not force or "Power-Over"
The Abundance Paradigm is neither impractical nor utopian and it is the paradigm which increasingly organizes the modern world very differently from the inherited Scarcity Paradigm of enforced scarcity and dominance.
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