Beyond Illusion: Leading from Reality

“For the revelation [vision] awaits an appointed time ,it speaks [as to kindle a fire] of the end [the Karios moment]. Though it linger, wait for it.it will certainly come and will not delay.” Hab. 2:3

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Look at the Nehemiah story.  Those guys doing the spiritual mapping of Jerusalem were reporting to Nehemiah that there was no vision, no passion, no security, no leadership and that those chosen people there were in disgrace. Is that a picture of America today? So here this one man goes in and turns that completely around in 52 days. Really? Remember this “one man” first spent four months in prayer and fasting. For what was Nehemiah praying? There is no wall mentioned in that first chapter of Nehemiah. He wasn’t praying for a wall. For what was he praying?

Carl’s book. Beyond Illusion: Leading from Reality, speaks into this change. Take a look at the Table of Contents, then order your copy from Amazon.com.

 

 

Take Back Your Government – Or Someone Else Will


In 1776 a restlessness stalked the new American colonies. Radical leaders in the colonies, opposing taxes imposed by England, rebelled not only for tax relief, but for the independence of the colonies from England. The underground printing presses quickly became a major force in shaping the destiny of the colonies. Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense”, published in January of 1776, argued that the cause of America should not be just a revolt against the taxes, but a demand for independence. The fifty page pamphlet sold over 100,000 copies in two months. More than any other single publication, “Common Sense” paved the way for the Declaration of Independence in July of 1776. As the vision for America grew, Pain wrote more than 16 other papers. In December of 1776 while Washington’s troops wintered demoralized, Washington read another of Paine’s papers to his troops.

“These are the times that try men’s souls…”

Paine was not the only writer that shaped the vision of new America. Dozens of publications were printed on basement printing presses by a network of visionaries. These publications, which were called “broadsides” at that time, shaped the country. It was the printed word that rallied Americans to the cause, building community and motivation that supported the American army with food, money, and supplies. The face of history was changed.

Today, as with these visionaries, men and women who have shaped history have always had their networks. Those who have lead from the networks and using the tools of communications have always been the major force of cultural change. Hundreds of years ago in Europe the Gutenberg Press paved the way for the Scientific Revolution, the Reformation, and the Industrial Age. America was the first country in the world that was birthed from the cultural forces of the Gutenberg Press.

During the middle of the twentieth century the picture changed. During the last few decades the powers that have charted our personal destinies have always been the wealthy. In the Industrial Age, only the wealthy could purchase and control the means of production and afford the networks necessary to remain in control. The wealthy have always had their networks – their country clubs, private schools, international “commissions”, and even their electronic networks on large main-frame computers.

With the emerging of the personal computers, social networks, PayPal and more this is no longer true. Because of the rapidly decreasing cost of technology, it no longer takes large resources to build networks that span geographic barriers or to access any type of information. The new underground force for change is no longer the printing press and broadsides, but rather the Internet. Pamphlets, eBooks, papers, and blog postings can easily be stored and distributed using the Internet. Like the visionaries of early America, the leaders of our time are quickly discovering the power of the Internet and are using it to build networks and motivate people for change. Information published electronically can circulate far faster and less expensively than the printed word. Information is power, and the networks for communication and information access are already becoming available to almost anyone in the developed countries.

As a result, these new electronic networks are already having and will have in the near future a profound effect on our culture. Learning and using these is important taking back our government. We need to stand up for our rights now – or we will lose them.

“With the coming of the information society, we have for the first time an economy based on a key resource that is not only renewable but self-generating…We are drowning in information but starving for knowledge.”
John Naisbitt

“Networks offer what bureaucracies can never deliver – the horizontal link…Hierarchies promote moving up and getting ahead, produce stress, tension, and anxiety. Networking empowers the individual, and people in networks tend to nurture one another.”
John Naisbitt

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