Dedicated in remembrance of the contributions made by Chilean biologist and philosopher Humberto Maturana (1928–2021).
Paul Quaiser and I discuss the possibly of a world that balances the sacred $ market with the social and environmental needs in ways that benefits human and non-human flourishing as much as the bottom line.
My favorite people are innovative leaders and #vividVisionaries. Let’s talk about fulcrum points, biomimicry, resiliency, and frontier technologies with featured guest Paul Quaiser.
Listen now to thoughts around ‘how to change humanity's trajectory.’ One strategy is what Buckminster fuller refers to as leveraging fulcrum points or trim tabs. Are you considering these questions:
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Paul Quaiser consults, advises, and coaches a broad range of change-makers, working toward the implementation of resilient and regenerative communities.
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Michelle St Jane: [00:00:00] I keep track of innovative leaders who have a vision and a willingness to invest in these opportunities and to share them. I like this idea of a new human-centered digital economy based on sustainability, transparency, decentralization, individual privacy, and radical collaboration. Can you tell us a bit more about this Paul?
Paul Quaiser: [00:00:59] If you understand the concept of biomimicry, which is a design principle around modeling things after things in nature, that's really at the core of the design of our work. During the industrial age, humankind created a bunch of centralized operating systems where the intelligence and the control of those systems, whether it be financial systems, communication systems, even transportation systems have a centralized core and then distributed nodes.
How nature works is kind of more on a cellular level. These different cells have their own effective autonomy. Then they become connected to their surrounding cells and organisms to become organs in a system. It's really about symbiosis.
How can we create human systems that are symbiotic within the larger ecosystem?
Michelle St Jane: [00:01:53] Paul, this is so interesting. I've been following cellular intelligence and nonhuman participation as a key part of my doctorate.
Congratulations on your appointment to the digital economist's council this year. What attracted you to that position?
Paul Quaiser: [00:02:10] As we build these systems, obviously monetary and value exchange is a key component to our infrastructure systems. From my perspective, learning and education need to move toward more individualized and personalized learning versus getting a homogenized curriculum. That means every person learns the same content versus going on our own individual routes.
That same concept requires a completely different type of information network to support that. That same network for learning and education mimics the kind of network that's necessary for how value exchange is going to be evolving across humanity.
[00:02:57] We're seeing that now with the emergence of blockchain types of technologies, cryptocurrencies. Both, have been actually going on throughout history, for forever. We've used coffee, or chocolate cocoa or cacao. For example, we've used beads and jewels as units of exchanged value. This goes back to being centralized versus decentralized.
Now the monetary exchange seems to be moving toward a bio regionally based, token type of unit of exchange. Each bioregion has an exchange system at the edge of that region. Then it exchanges goods and services through that type of blockchain type of currency. We see that evolving moving forward.
Michelle St Jane: [00:03:46] My favorite exchange for the Atlantic trade was seashells.
Paul Quaiser: [00:03:51] Beautiful. Yeah. That would be an example of the asset backing for these different types of currencies? If you will. The orientation is that the asset backing is more nature-based. The value of protecting the natural resources. Earth is being connected now to the monetary systems.
Michelle St Jane: [00:04:14] That is really interesting. I follow the regenerative design in terms of urban spaces, native spaces, traditional spaces, and tribal spaces.
Paul has an amazing bio. That will be available in the show notes. Here I'd like to just touch on some highlights. At the end of the last century, Paul was cycling through leadership. He puts it developing multidisciplinary opportunities.
[00:04:37] I now see its multi-disciplinary across many areas with other professionals. Willing to be doing that now is so important. Everyone has a place at the table from the historians through to the economists.
There are some themes that I noted. You are definitely attracted to technology, social impact collaborations with philanthropic endeavors, education, and wellness through the development. All of which you get two thumbs up from me.
Paul Quaiser: [00:05:03] It really started with my quest for identifying, from a systemic standpoint, fulcrum points or what Buckminster fuller refers to as trim tabs in society. That if we were to apply a little bit of energy toward those fulcrum points or trim tabs, it would change humanity's trajectory.
[00:05:22] Obviously, we would need to know what direction we would want to move in. So there's been a kind of connection between anthropology and our historical patterns, as well as futurism. We need to consider what direction do we need to move in?
We are really quite frankly, on a fragile threshold right now for humanity. Whether you look at it from the transhumanism movement or now with COVID economically.
Many of our systems are in the downward or entropic point decomposition cycle of their life cycle. Where the new systems need to be? Whether that's from the vision of it, through the mechanics of it, these new systems need to be identified, visualized, then designed, then created, and implemented.
Michelle St Jane: [00:06:06] I saw that you were doing resilience conditioning team retreats.
Paul Quaiser: [00:06:10] The training and conditioning are around other orientations, around methodology, around trying to achieve the zone state. Which you hear a lot about, especially from the athletic environment. What that really means is that our consciousness, our awareness is like a spectrum of what I refer to as our perceptual orientation.
We get a lot of information through our senses. This is filtered and influenced by what state we exist in internally as well as environmental conditions. Related to what's going on now with the virus, for example, the thing that has not been brought out as openly as I thought it should is toxicology reports. Like what's in our air, what's in our water, what's in our food that could be influencing this optimal function for our immune system, for biological regeneration, cellular regeneration, and neurogenesis. Keeping our minds fresh and renewing that's where that work really resides. Where it exists today is that some colleagues and I are implementing what could generally be titled an innovation center.
We are taking the most current frontier technologies, like Biomed or biotech types of technologies from biosensors, to various types of feedback mechanisms and using these to train the system to operate optimally. For example, like decompression chamber that you use for scuba diving. They're using those types of chambers now to oxygenate the system to influence more optimal cellular function when the system's fully oxygenated.
[00:07:49] Many people are familiar with the smartwatches and biometric sensors that you can buy on bands and different types of straps. That technology is moving toward being able to put a translucent band-aid somewhere on your system. These nanosensors are also being integrated into sports-oriented shirts and garments. That information then goes in through your smartphone. Then being analyzed by artificial intelligence, and then you get feedback loops. That feedback loop might be as simple as analyzing your facial status and it comes to a conclusion of what mood you're in or analyzing your voice frequency.
Some of the frontier technologies are indicating that they can determine chemical composition in your body from your voice frequency. Just like a carrier wave in the communication system, this frequency carries information they're able to extrapolate different kinds of data points from this biometric sensing.
[00:08:51] The thing that's missing are the feedback loops is that you typically just get information. Okay. I slept this amount of hours or this amount of time, last night. I was in REM state, blah, blah, blah, blah. But it doesn't actually give you and training type of feedback loop. That's where we're connecting those dots. For example, you're in a particular state, and most of us like to listen to music during the day or when we go for walks, you know, whatever you're doing, driving in the car. What if that music had embedded in it frequencies that would entrain your mind to operate in a more optimal state versus being in an incoherent state, like being locked into a stressful condition.
[00:09:31] Those frequencies might not be necessarily recognizable in the audible spectrum. What they're doing is they're literally, like a tuning fork would be used for an instrument. training your system to operate in a more optimal state. There are volumes of books and research that have been conducted around the human potential movement, around what the human capacity is, and specifically around intuition and empathy.
Right now, I do believe that the threshold that we exist on is significantly about empathy. Empathy toward cognitive awareness. Whether you talk to a physicist and they use the term entanglement. Or you talk to a biologist and they'll use the term symbiosis, or you talk to the wisdom tradition or spiritual traditions person and they'll use terms like oneness. That all has to do fundamentally about empathy.
[00:10:24] A term I use is biophilia, the love of life. If you think about if we could heighten people's empathy, that connection toward life itself, the awareness that we're all connected, and the biophilia, the actual high regard or off or life. Think about how that would change all of the social issues that we're dealing with.
[00:10:45] The fear of the pandemic is throughout the world. That is, quite frankly, holding us back from moving forward in a more benevolent way.
Michelle St Jane: [00:10:54] Paul, you hit on some really robust points there. Biophilia, I just loved that you bought this term up in terms of connection to life.
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