Governments and Consciousness

WGS 2023

Governments and Consciousness

I recently attended the World Government Summit, an annual event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates that convenes government and technology leaders for a global dialogue on governmental processes, policies, innovation, and other relevant topics.

The event underscored to me the significance of human intelligence, collaboration, and well-being for the governments, nations, and network states of the future. I believe that all these entities must work to create abundance, harmony, and peaceful co-existence among themselves and with nature. From Estonia to Pakistan, and Jordan toe Germany, I met deeply thoughtful officials recognizing the importance of both mental health and mindset – and the connection between the two. A popular question was – what would a world that works for everyone look like?

To achieve this vision, we need tools that expand our capacity for collaboration. That’s why I participated in the WGS Forum on the Future of Collaboration to discuss DAOs, blockchain, and network states.

Organized and hosted by reState Foundation, the forum commenced with a dialogue between Vitalik Buterin, founder of Ethereum, and Sadhguru, founder and head of the Isha Foundation. They explored the natural intersection between consciousness and technology. Vitalik Buterin raised the challenge of combining the continuity of community with individual freedom, while Sadhguru described human consciousness as the highest form of supercomputers. He argued that we use our being without understanding the technology that we ourselves are.

After Vitalik and Sadhguru, I moderated a panel on Digital Decentralized Governance. The panelists were Dr. iur. Abir Haddad, Legal Futurist and founder of the Institute for Legal Transformation, Mark Beer, OBE, a strategic advisor, executive, lawyer, futurist, and pilot; and H.E. Gabriel Abed, the Ambassador of Barbados to the UAE and founder of the first Caribbean blockchain company.

We discussed legal frameworks, governments, digital nomads, and of course, technology. One example of a successful collaborative project integrated with blockchain technology is a research endeavor initiated by Dr. Haddad at the Institute for Legal Transformation. They developed a system modeled on the decentralized governance lifestyle of the nomadic Bedouins of the desert. The Bedouin DAO drew inspiration from Dr. Haddad’s time living with desert Bedouins, a nomadic indigenous group with much to teach about decentralized governance over long distances.

Governance solutions are essential, but they cannot “fix” people unwilling or unable to collaborate.

This is where wellbeing tech can assist the future of governance. We need to build technology that promotes inner and interpersonal growth and development, encouraging people to become collaborative and work together towards a better future.  To this end, reState Foundation, is developing consciousness training for government officials.


P.S.  Here’s the rest of the series:

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  1. Troy

    I appreciate you and the work you do very much. Thanks for sharing this overview and being part of the conversation.

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