The Abundance Network is a values driven network which supports and works with others who are similarly aligned. The “core values” we believe create abundance are – sustainability, transparency, kindness, trust and fairness. The system resists, making it difficult to practice these values. So we see the path as a journey of conversations as we uncover ways to live these values, and find and develop communities in action around these values.
Simply put, living these values will not harm people or the environment, effort is rewarded and no one will be left behind.
These values are not core to the current capitalist system we live under and many people are taking action to challenge this system. Community action is everywhere. Different movements are springing up and protests are becoming more frequent. People meet throughout New Zealand to discuss building tiny houses, buying alternative currencies, setting up co-housing together and creating social enterprises. Local food markets are spreading to most cities and towns as people begin to object to the tasteless pesticide laden vegetables and are loving the community experience.
To participate is easy using www.meetup.com. These actions are not government or corporate actions, they are actions of the people waking up to the problems within our current system.
What is abundance?
In dictionary terms, it means “having plenty”, but “plenty” means different things to different people, and can also vary according to circumstance. One way to characterise abundance is by referencing universal human needs – food, water, shelter, love and purpose. Abundance is a state of balance, where what is needed is available, not only for oneself, but also for the community which surrounds you.
Mahatma Gandhi famously said
The world has enough for everyone’s needs, but not enough for everyone’s greed.
Gandhi encourages us to change our mindset – away from focusing upon individual desire and the satisfaction of endless personal “wants” – towards finding satisfaction in being part of a cohesive whole.
At an individual level, this calls for us to redefine our own priorities. To stop valuing our lives based entirely upon personal enrichment, and to remember to enrich the lives of others.
At a community level, it calls for us to reverse the trend of isolation, and create bonds between people, families and neighbourhoods which generate identity and pride in how we look after each other.
At a national level, it calls for us to redefine what our economy is for. To ask ourselves how we see success and failure as a nation, not as a function of how well our wealthiest and most powerful are doing, but how our poorest and most vulnerable are getting on.
At a global level, it calls for humanity to focus on what is best for our collective future. To stop exploiting the planet and each other in the name of maximising corporate profits. To see ideas and innovation as part of the common wealth, built on the collective skill and effort of our species, not as property to be jealously guarded and controlled to ensure the enrichment of the few at the expense of the many.