saving-the-planetI have renewed vigor to solve every problem the world has ever had.

Some of my earliest memories are of working out how to eradicate homelessness, global hunger and war. Obviously, I didn’t succeed. My parents have always taken refuge in the religious idea that God would solve these problems, and while a part of me wasn’t super happy to hand over all of the problem solving to someone else (even God), I wasn’t quite sophisticated enough to argue for any better alternative. What resulted, however, was my belief that all the problems of the world WOULD be solved and it was just a matter of time. Homelessness, global hunger and war were in good hands.

As an adult, I went through a time of self-discovery that didn’t include a loyalty to the religion of my youth. Not a whole-sale rejection, but I definitely no longer believed saving the world was something I needed to wait on. If I wanted to see global hunger taken care of in my lifetime, then I was going to have to help facilitate it in some way.

On top of this realization (which was a big one, by the way), I had finally reached an age where I could recognize the quantity, scope, and sheer complexity of world problems. It was up to me to solve them, and they were HARD. This may sound stupid and idealistic, but at some point in my twenties I truly held the belief that it was up to me to do it all. There was a moment when the question first hit me, “How in one lifetime was I going to accomplish this?” I just zoned out on the couch with my eyes the size of saucer plates and the word “whoa” playing on loop in my brain.

In the same way the 10 year old entrepreneur realizes that in order to make a million bucks they just need to get a million people to give them a dollar, I had a slightly more complex version of this epiphany hit me in regards to saving the world: I didn’t need to solve every problem, I just needed to find people who were passionate about ONE of the problems I wanted to solve, and then do whatever I could to help THEM.

There is a lot – and I mean A LOT – of wasted human energy represented on the planet right now. We focus on the most basic necessities, get those covered and then call it good. Am I surviving? Well, I’m not dead yet. Are my safety and security needs met? I have a roof over my head, and food in the fridge. Do I have people who love me and accept me in my life? Yup, have a “Friends and Family” plan on my cell phone. All good.

couch-potatoAnd then they just… stop. Stop being ambitious, stop seeing the more they could be offering. Now, granted, it’s not exactly EASY to get all of those needs met, and a fair bit of energy is required to nail down those three things (survival, safety/security, love and belonging). But if we’re being honest with ourselves, it’s not the burden here in the United States and in other developed countries that it is for most of the world. On top of that, we’re not only lucky compared to the rest of the world, we’re extremely lucky in THIS time period of history. We have it extraordinarily cushy when you think about it, living better than Solomon in most respects.

That means this is the best time in history to capitalize on our circumstances and start REALLY looking at solutions. Sure, we still have “first world problems,” and sometimes they hurt. But let’s put things into perspective. We don’t deal with death on the scale that people did even 100 years ago, we generally have extraordinary freedom over our time (even if you work full time) since it doesn’t take, say, four hours to do laundry and we, as a culture, have gotten a little ‘soft’. That’s okay – I’m all for acclimating to a high quality lifestyle. That said, if our ancestors are any indication of what human beings can accomplish, we’ve got more inside of ourselves than we acknowledge, and often times way more than we’re actually giving.

So, let’s get back to how other people are going to save the world for me.
No one denies there’s a need to come up with solutions. Even the most zen of zen masters knows the world is mostly asleep, even if they’re accepting reality non-judgmentally. Qualitatively good or bad, there are challenges on this planet and they need people to create solutions.

No one denies that we, as a species, could be doing more. And no one thinks it’s going to happen magically. It’s going to take creativity and work from us as humans, and us as individuals.

Happily, that’s where you come in.

I have three questions for you:

1. If you could eradicate one problem on this planet, which one would it be? (Malnutrition? Sex trade? Animal cruelty? Pollution? Domestic violence? Curable diseases? Incurable disease? Be specific.)

2. What is your actual level of passion for giving value back to the planet? On the scale of “drop everything to work on the solution” to “total and complete apathy,” where do you fall?

3. What can I do to be of assistance in helping you a) develop passion to solve this challenge, and b) equip you to make it happen?

As a student of complex human systems, I’ve been blown away by the usefulness of models to solve major challenges. A lot of why we waste our energy as human assets is that we simply don’t know how (and where) to funnel our energy. We’re willing, but we very rarely feel able. And in this state of confusion and indecision, our energy slides away into a cosmic drain. But as Einstein said, if he had only an hour to save the world he’d spend 55 minutes defining the problem. Having a full understanding of ourselves first, a well-defined problem to solve next, and then a full grasp on how these two components can and should interact is the key. Understanding systems is an incredibly powerful tool when faced with the level of challenges we’re addressing here. It’s just one tool, but I feel it’s one that goes woefully forgotten, and it’s my ambition to equip every passionate, mission-driven person I come into contact with with this powerful information.

Why do I have renewed vigor to save the world?
joel-piper-antoniaI just had a baby. Tomorrow she’ll be two months old. I’m your stereotypical mid-thirties woman who was never going to have kids, got knocked up and now can’t imagine life without my amazing child. As I was looking at her alien-like, squishy newborn baby face one night, it struck me that I absolutely have to help save the world in any way that I can.

Not because I want to save it for her. I mean, yeah. That would be cool. But while I was marveling at the beauty and innocence represented in her squishy face, it struck me that every person on the planet was once a newborn baby. Not only totally dependent on others for its very existence, but a miracle for some mother all too happy to deal with exhaustion and new demands to make it happen. For every person who didn’t ask to be born but was anyway, and for every person that has to slog their way through a life of struggle based on bad luck or bad timing, I want to save the world for them. And for their mom, who only wanted the best for them.

I know, that sounds warm and squishy. I’m not usually a warm and squishy person.
However, if a renewed vigor to save the world is part of the package of new mom-hood, then I’m down with being a bit idealistic.

For the next few blog posts, I’m committing to writing (and recording) some of the absolutely most high leverage and helpful models of human development and behavior that I know of to assist anyone who has read this post and said, “YES. Saving the world. Sign me up.” So, keep your eyes peeled.

In the meantime, indulge me by answering those three questions below in the comments section.

Thanks for reading.


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  • Marie Melite Kaajan
    • Marie Melite Kaajan
    • January 12, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    We have to look at the Genius Awakening, and test all children, educate them, value them-
    Then we need to evaluate the infostructure of each Country. What Brings in the Money, and what takes out the Money !By this simple test, the needs will come forward : What natural assets can we put to create work oppertunity, If water is the problem, dams should be build to catch up water supplies. Farming should be encouridged to be near the water.
    If education, the state should offer free schooling and change curicclims if needed.With rich
    mineral supplies like, coal fuel can be made. Also Gold,platinum,dimonds, could be traded. the Uranium sould be investigated as a sause of power energy.If you start with the young they will be the ones to change the world ! We can only begin to start the prosess, thats why we have Camron & antonia, to think only we can finally change the iworld ! By starting with myself, I have put everything I had

  • Evelyn Eaglesong
    • Evelyn Eaglesong
    • November 23, 2012 at 12:27 am

    1 eradicate one problem on this planet: Proclaim what each and everyone of us came here to do. I see quantum blueprints, I see your auric filed from anywhere in the world So if you truly want to do something but do not know what that something is. Call me: **2ocean

    2.What is your actual level of passion for giving value back to the planet? Passion….. stop and drop:
    3. What can I do to be of assistance in helping you a) develop passion to solve this challenge, and b) equip you to make it happen?
    Let me help you help others know what they came here for. Call me **2ocean. . This way they have the awareness and you and Cameron can give them direction. agreed?

  • Scott
    • Scott
    • September 20, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Thanks for asking Antonia!

    1. If I could eradicate one problem on this planet it would be to help others gain Independence from the system.

    2. My actual level of passion for giving value back to the planet is to drop everything and do it! No wait, I already have and I’m getting hungry.

    3. What can I do to be of assistance in helping you a) develop passion to solve this challenge, and b) equip you to make it happen?

    I have the passion, I need to know how to put myself to work.

  • antonia
    • antonia
    • September 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I’m completely on board with your mission. I feel our relationship with animals is rather sick, especially as I see humans as natural stewards and friends of animals.

    Admittedly, I don’t feel exactly as you do, but it doesn’t matter to me. I think readjusting our relationship with animals is massively necessary, and I think someone with great fire in their soul to get us to see animals differently is just the ticket.

    Now tell me, when you zoom out and zoom in, what do you see as your FIRST STEP in making this happen?


  • antonia
    • antonia
    • September 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    First of all – thanks for the congrats! :)

    Second – Why would anything you said in your response be offensive in any way? You’re coming from a place of sincerity and love. There can be no offense taken.

    Third – I don’t disagree with anything you said. I’m not sure if I have total confidence in the particulars, but I do believe powerful people clearly have a controlling hand and interest in staying in control.

    However, I believe people are on a trajectory of growth. It seems to be the one constant in the world – forward movement. It’s not a matter of taking people down, in my opinion it’s a matter of steering the ship a different direction. Being an amazing example to the next batch of sentient minds is DEFINITELY a major piece of this, which is why I plan to be a kick-ass mother.

    That said, we can kind guide people who are currently a wasted asset (from lack of desire, lack of know-how, or lack of awareness) to become powerful motivators for this trajectory. And I don’t think they’re all just kids right now.

    You dig?


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