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Showing Revision 1 created 06/16/2013 by Amara Bot.

  1. All over the world

  2. millions of young people took to the streets.
  3. and they were joined by their parents' generation
  4. and their grandparents' generation.
  5. and they spoke with a single voice
  6. and what they said was clear and compelling:
  7. "It's our turn. We're a new generation. We want a new vision for the future."
  8. "There's something unfair in the way this world is organized."
  9. Why is it there are no jobs for young people?
  10. Why is it that the economy is collapsing?
  11. Why is it that this beautiful planet that we live in is deteriorating
  12. and we are now threatened as never before?
  13. We are ending a great industrial era based on fossil fuels.
  14. When oil went up to $147 dollars a barrel a few years ago on world markets
  15. all the other prices in the world went up
  16. because everything is made out of fossil fuels-
  17. pesticides, fertilizers, construction materials,
  18. power, transport, heat, light-all of it.
  19. First we need to understand that the second industrial revolution based on fossil fuels
  20. is now sunsetting.
  21. The energies are getting too expensive- coal, oil, gas, uranium-
  22. and now the technologies based on those energies, they're very old
  23. They have no multiply effect.
  24. The entire infrastructure of this civilization based on these carbon fuels
  25. is now on life support.
  26. Fossil fuels are the most elite energies in the world.
  27. They're not found everywhere, they're only found in a few places.
  28. So they require huge military investments to secure them.
  29. They require massive finance capital from banks
  30. to organize them from the well-head to the final user.
  31. The result is the second industrial revolution has created a top-down, centralized
  32. energy regime and economic structure unparalleled in history.
  33. and today, at the end of this second industrial revolution
  34. 3 of the 5 largest companies in the world are global energy companies
  35. and underneath these companies are the large banks that finance
  36. this second industrial revolution energy infrastructure
  37. and underneath the banks are 500 or so global companies
  38. who feed off the oil spigot
  39. from telecommunications to transport.
  40. and when we put this all together it's shocking to realize
  41. that these 500 companies
  42. make up a third of the GDP of the entire world.
  43. So we've created this very very centralized, elite
  44. second industrial revolution energy and technology infrastructure
  45. and now as we end this age in history
  46. one percent of the population that's controlled this pyramid
  47. has benefited immensely and 99 percent of the population
  48. that's at the bottom of this pyramid has been disenfranchised and is getting poorer and poorer
  49. What do we do?
  50. We need a new way to organize society
  51. based on justice, equity, and sustainability.
  52. When communication and energy revolutions come together
  53. they change economic history
  54. they change the way power is distributed.
  55. We're on the cusp of a great new communications/energy convergence
  56. a third industrial revolution.
  57. and what is so interesting about the internet
  58. is that this electricity communication is very different from the one I grew up on in the 20th century
  59. I grew up on telephones, radio, television
  60. centralized, organized, top-down
  61. by contrast, the internet revolution is organized very differently.
  62. It's distributed, it's collaborative.
  63. Millions of young people come together in vast networks and they exercise
  64. Lateral Power.
  65. This internet communications revolution is just now
  66. beginning to merge with a new energy regime
  67. and we transform the entire electricity grid of the world
  68. to an energy internet
  69. so when millions and millions of buildings are collecting green energy on site
  70. storing that energy in hydrogen like we stored media in digital
  71. and then if you don't need some of that energy and some of your neighbors do
  72. your software can direct your energy across an energy internet
  73. and you can share it across continents.
  74. This is power to the people.
  75. This is lateral power.
  76. (People chanting) "This is what democracy looks like!"
  77. The music companies--they didn't understand file sharing music
  78. When millions and millions of young people
  79. began to create software to distribute and collaborate and share their music in vast networks
  80. the music companies thought it was a joke
  81. Then the music companies went out of business.
  82. The newspapers didn't understand the blogosphere
  83. and now the newspapers are creating blogs and going out of business.
  84. As powerful as these changes are
  85. in the social spaces of the internet
  86. when the internet joins with renewable energy it's a 100 times more powerful
  87. because it changes the political landscape, fundamentally.
  88. Ask this question:
  89. Does this institutional behavior whether it's government, business, education-
  90. is this institutional behavior centralized, patriarchal, top-down?
  91. Is it closed? Is it proprietary?
  92. Or is this institutional behavior distributed?
  93. Is it collaborative?
  94. Is it open and transparent?
  95. Is it lateral power?
  96. This is the new politics of a new generation.
  97. Lateral power brings with it a much more equitable distribution of the fruits of society.
  98. Because when millions and millions of people are sharing
  99. their energy, their resources, their economic wealth
  100. we create a good quality of life.
  101. Nobody's left behind.
  102. We all become entrepreneurs, but we all collaborate in social networks.
  103. This is the way a decent, humane economy should operate on this planet.
  104. Then we won't have the 99 percent versus the one.
  105. We'll have the 100 percent
  106. living together in a just and sustainable world.
  107. So my hope
  108. for this young generation
  109. point the way.
  110. Direct us into a new future
  111. One that we can be proud of because we've shared the great fruits of this planet.
  112. We've protected the interests of our fellow creatures.
  113. We've preserved this earth for future generations.
  114. We've made a better world.