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From an evening hosted by the Gaia Foundation, in London on the 20th November 2013, Charles Eisenstein reflects on the Earth's true nature as a complex living system.
This year's theme is "The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business." A few words from the preamble make me raise my eye brows: "political, economic, social and, above all, technological forces... are shifting power from traditional hierarchies to networked heterarchies." That means the false idea of reducing democracy to the singular act of voting every few years is over. People are begging to assert participatory democracy and exercise people power, using many new technologies and methods of interconnection, as levels of confidence in political leadership are dangerously declining around the world.
The "Rights of Nature" approach promotes a structure of law that recognizes that our living planet has rights of its own.