It has become glaringly apparent that the transformation the world needs is cultural — morally and spiritually. We can implement new systems, invent new technology, elect new leaders and enact new legislation, but without an underlying cultural transformation in our societies, the influential elements and power dynamics of Humanity’s story won’t change.
Wishadoo! IS a cultural transformation.
It begins with CARE: care about, in order to care for and, ultimately, care with one another. With care comes connection and relationship; with relationship comes the opportunity to see truth and build trust; with trust comes heartfelt compassion and empathy; with compassion and empathy come justice and healing; with justice and healing comes peace; with peace we can create meaningful, joy-filled, sustainable lives, communities and societies.
BUT, FIRST, WE MUST CARE.
Wishadoo! is a transformative “No-Othering Zone,” a platform and network where we connect and put caring consciousness into action. It is a space where we can, together, experience and write the New Story for Humanity.
It is where we know we belong and are safe. It’s where we’re part of something bigger than ourselves. For those of us who embrace a world of inclusion, diversity and genuine partnership, it is where we can gather to develop deeper connection and gain the support to do the work of showing those who are afraid of change and diversity that it’s okay…and that they belong, too. Our need for connection and belonging is essential to our well-being on all levels, and can be fulfilled via positive, caring interactions and relationships (not mere transactions).
Our platform is very similar to Facebook but with focused intent; think of it like “Facebook for Care, Compassionate Activism & Transformation.”
I believe with every fiber of my being that we can create global cultural transformation by making much better use of social media and similar tools, but only by creating new spaces built on a completely different foundation, with a completely different intention, than what has been created thus far.
SOCIAL MEDIA FOR SOCIAL GOOD
Seriously, just think about it. Facebook and other social media have had a profound impact on our culture and our daily lives. While there are certainly ways in which these platforms have positively influenced us and have been helpful, there are also very detrimental effects on our general culture, especially for women…and most especially women of color. The foundation of our current online culture largely reflects a certain perspective: that of young, financially secure, white males. Indeed, for the most part, The Internet Is Owned by White Dudes. While women dominate most of social media, and while many women are influencers — including those who have created enterprises and organizations which are transformative and influential — it is being done within a space that was built on a white, male, first-world-centric, capitalistic foundation.
It is time we view the online sphere as one of our core systems and institutions, all of which are in need of transformation toward the creation of a more caring, just world that works for everyone.
It’s hard to ignore the vicious racism, misogyny and other forms of bigotry and bullying that have flourished in online culture and have spilled over into our daily lives. Granted, this fear, anger and hatred have always been there, under the surface, but now that it has been unleashed, it is spreading quickly, becoming more toxic and virulent each day.
Imagine if the online platforms that have shaped modern culture had instead been created with diverse, inclusive experiences and perspectives; the express intent to care about one another and our Common Good; and to influence healing and transformation, deepening of relationships and re-evaluation of values via practical tools available to everyone?
That is what Wishadoo! is offers. Wishadoo! was borne of the New Story and is where the New Story can be explored and nurtured.
When relaunched, Wishadoo! will be a model for a Mutual Benefit Society, incorporating community-oriented structures from the past that acted as a social safety net for individuals and families, while also introducing new ways of creating caring communities which embrace Unity in Diversity. (Wishadoo! was active for years and has proof of concept; it’s time for the bigger, even more transformative version of Wishadoo! to be born: Wishadoo! 2.0)
Wishadoo! has been built upon an intentional foundation imbued with the following values:
The initial primary focus is to gather individual and organizational Coalition for Good members to connect, build, strengthen and deepen relationships between those who long for social, cultural and spiritual transformation towards a more caring, just world; those who are ready to learn and put compassion into action; and people who recognize the inherent interconnectedness and interdependence of life, an awareness which gives meaning to our individual and collective journeys.
This space is also for people who appreciate online and in-person sanctuaries where:
- there is no bullying, no othering, no dehumanizing, no violence and no threats
- all information shared, even typical viral social media graphic images, is researched and factual
- there is no buying/selling of data
- the community raises awareness of troublesome issues with the intent to explore solutions, including radically imaginative solutions, rather than disintegrate into the now typical online hostile anger-and-blame game
- there is a spirit of collaboration, not competition
- aligned groups/organizations/movements can have a stronger, clearer presence than trying to spread their message in the large, noisy sphere that is Facebook
- there is shared ownership & responsibility
Once this network of stewards and ambassadors are in place , deepening our connection to one another, we will more organically and efficiently be able to grow into authentic community, be of service to the larger Earth community, and support the various efforts and enterprises furthering our shared vision:
To create a more loving, just, caring and respectful world…a world which honors the dignity of everyone and all life on this planet.