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March 23, 2022

How To Take Over The World

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Welcome to Episode 4 of Forging Fortune, an inspirational podcast for visionaries, activists, and future-focused entrepreneurs anywhere between the poles on the life experience spectrum.

Remember Flik, the ant protagonist in the movie A Bug’s Life? I’m still a little embarrassed by how deeply I identify with him - the awkward outcast inventor who really wanted to make life easier for everyone, but couldn’t. Just the way he bumps up gracelessly against the boundaries of the system he and his fellow ants are trapped in invalidates his inventions. So of course neither they nor he, can find acceptance, much less appreciation. In the movie, Flik created a new tool to make it faster and easier to harvest grain so they can meet the quota of the grasshopper rulers. Flik’s invention causes a big problem when it knocks over the pile of grain collected for the grasshoppers and they have to start all over and meet the quota or be wiped out. Flik starts coming up with ideas and is immediately shut down by the Queen because as far as she is concerned, his ideas are what got them in trouble to begin with. Meanwhile, the grasshoppers are partying in their summer spot with more than enough of everything - pure luxury. Most of them don’t want to leave, but the leader makes it clear that they must return and gather their grain. But why? The lead grasshopper says “You let one ant stand up to us, then they all might stand up! Those puny little ants outnumber us a hundred to one and if they ever figure that out there goes our way of life! It's not about food, it's about keeping those ants in line” Powerful. At least it can be. But how? How can we make the numbers, the power, relevant especially when we’re trying to create change?

In the last episode, we explored what it means to make change from inside the system. The reality is you can’t. You can’t change the world or even any minute aspect of the way things are today from inside the systems responsible for making it and keeping it the way it is. So then, how do we make real social change? 

That is what today’s episode is all about.

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Contract As Promiseby Dr. Charles Fried

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