Grassroots movements become the compasses for the new ecology.
The story of Kristen Christian who declared a “bank transfer day” and called her 500 Facebook friends to transfer their bank accounts, after Bank of American announced a 5$monthly fee for shopping with their debit card, snowballed a bottom up movement and forced the bank to withdraw from its plan, is yet another example how we can all be shakers and movers.
True for issues regarding corporate abuse, true for issues regarding government or policy abuse – Occupy Wall street is yet another example. Thomas Friedman’s analysis of the current grassroots movements in America and India against corruption and excessive greed show the common denominator – the striving for a constitutive change.
Current bottom up protests, commercial or civic, do not stem just from external circumstances. These are the last straws that ignite bottom up spontaneous acts that spiral because they strike many cords.It is happening now mainly because when corporates and governing institutions are losing their ruling grip, whereas the state of mind of individuals has shifted to demand a new level of ecology from their providers and officers and recognize the entitled place of the people they serve .
The Icentered mindset stems from a natural sense of self induced empowerment that changes the basic approach to the place of the organizations we interact with. Once users, people, dictate the perspective where providers of goods and services actually work for us, serve us and accommodate our needs, bosses and colleagues at work are our clients, and our governing officers were elected as our representatives and as such are replaceable upon failure or distrust – grassroots movements and connected conversations will provide the compass for the new zeitgeist.