See Light, Be Light

We are never alone doing things solely unto ourselves. How we make others feel with what we create and while we are creating it, is an essential part of one’s reality. The degree of how we acknowledge our power to affect each other is measure of our conscious being. The quality of feeling this, is what makes being human such a gift.

By Marleena Litton

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THE WORLD’S PROBLEM on leadership is an opportunity for us to awaken to new hopes and humanist expressions of our diversity as a world community.  Inasmuch as the morally unsound is given justice through its transformation, our value systems too, are equally evolving. It is said that governments that work co-creatively with its constituents are recognized to alleviate social apathy. But then, the question to also ask is: What does government stand for in this age?

The social cries on poverty flows along the challenges met in a highly innovative hi-technology-driven world. To be educated in our modern times is truly necessary. But for those who are most vulnerable, how can this be possible? How do we deal with the infusion-diffusion of information in the digital age? For those of us who are always-on future tech, need we care if others are left behind?

Adam Greenfield, author of Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing, shares: “As the subtitle suggests, Everyware is about an important change I see unfolding in the world — the emergence of a computing without computers, where information processing is almost imperceptible, but everywhere around us. Smart buildings, smart furniture, smart clothing—even smart bathtubs, gestural interfaces, the RFID (radio frequency identification) tags now embedded in everything from credit cards to the family pet. All of these are facets of the class of technologies I think of as everyware.” In his book of 81 brief theses, Greenfield explores the various facets of the way everyware is already reshaping lives and transforming our understanding of the cities we live in, the communities we belong to and the way we see ourselves. He asks: What does this mean to those of us who will be encountering it? How will it transform our lives? And how will we learn to make wise decisions about something so hard to see?

In a smart world, where and what is our moral compass?


Social Artistry and the Evolutionary Designer

Social Artistry and the Social Artist is a medium and a role in the art of enhancing the human potential in a time of social change. With it is a review of philosophies and beliefs handed down from ancient history. It entails recall of past civilizations and understanding their influence upon the present. While being a lifelong-learner, the social artist too performs as midwife of an emerging consciousness. He or she, through art and art forms, encourages creativity, awareness and contemplation about humankind’s deepest nature — and from such find resolve for oneself, family, community and the world beyond it. In this light, relevant and sustainable ideas and products are built and produced.

Edgard Guevara of Geo Farm is an example. With the Rescue Village project he founded, Edgard was able to design applicable knowledge on rescue efforts. The rescue drum kayaks is one of the products used during calamities in the Philippines.

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the Geo Farm for disaster preparedness drills
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The digital age isn’t all about a fast-and-furious attitude but also knowing when to step on the brakes, shift gears, and consider our compassionate nature in the twilight of new inventions. Would it be beneficial that we are inspired to create things together and for each other, rather than prove we can leave others behind in a speed of light?

Illac Diaz of the Liter of Light or Isang Litrong Liwanag organization and project became known for this bright effort to reuse and recycle PET liter bottles as lamps for informal dwellings. A plastic bottle, filled with water and bleach and dropped into a hole of a tin roof, provides light to the slums across nations, such as Mumbai, Mexico and the Philippines. These lamp bottles, spreading like a constellation of stars, cast a shining hope to struggling communities.

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There are a million good efforts done every day by millions of heroes. Cast onto the  limelight or not, the servant-hero succeeds.


We lead as we see Ourselves in Others

Technology explored with a good vision for humanity, helps us experience our evolution with interest. As we feel the overwhelming thrust of modernity, we still remain to exist as conduits capable of giving and asking for the basic stuff. High-end inventions only show how imaginative we are. To fear it, is perhaps to lead ourselves to our end; thus, perhaps, losing claim of our own intelligence as well. There are a million good efforts done every day by millions of heroes. Cast onto the limelight or not, the worker-hero succeeds.

The Kapwa International Conference organized by Katrin de Guia in the Philippines is an activity that gathered more than a hundred participants from different countries. In this event, indigenous traditional values and principles were honored. Here is seeing that leadership takes form through various roles.

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Kapwa
or Kapuwa is Tagalog for companion.
Kapwa-tao is acknowledging the other as oneself. This simple
knowledge of self, being not alone in this world, is a
testimony of a truth among many.
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A social artist says: “We are never alone doing things solely unto ourselves. How we make others feel with what we create and while we are creating it, is an essential part of one’s reality. The degree of how we acknowledge our power to affect each other is measure of our conscious being. The quality of feeling this, is what makes being human such a gift.”

There is nothing to fear in a world that is always in a state of miracle such us our conscious evolving selves. With a liter of light, the dilemma of leadership in governance shall find justice in its transformation through its constituents. For in this smart world of ours, the only change we can afford is one that is attuned to our basic nature and being. When there is no longer a vulnerable person left neglected, there indeed, lies our measure of progress.

Our compass in this journey is our heart intelligence. — MTL

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Photos sourced from Geo Farm and
the Liter of Light. Kapwa Conference stills
courtesy of Lakan Olivares