Reframing is a simple but powerful technique to think differently: an easy, four-step process that generates creative approaches for your own life and work. Reframing helps us to innovate, to approach the world from a fresh perspective and to overcome engrained patterns. Reframing allows us to develop strategies for dealing with our current challenges instead trying to solve problems which no longer exist.
‘Reframing offers me the opportunity in my work to pole vault over obstacles that have become hardened and tough over time and seek solutions from a new vision of possibility and abundance. It is the only tool I know that shifts an individual from acting as problem solver to enabling visionary change.’ (Sonali Ojha, Founder & Director, Dreamcatchers Foundation)
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The philosophy of abundance and generosity: how should we live in wealthy times, when the strategies for survival developed in times of scarcity are no longer effective? How do we choose now that we have so much choice? How do we find out how we really want to work and live?
The science of economics is predicated on scarcity and infinite individual desires. Our hyper-consumption, now temporarily halted by a crisis, comes from applying the old strategy of hoarding to a new situation of abundant material goods. And yet the natural world suffers from our rapacious and insatiable need for resources.
But the essence of human life is abundance, a surplus of energy working itself out in time. This means that the fundamental human problem is not how to make a living, but how to spend our lives. The economist John Maynard Keynes foresaw the end of the economic problem, and the need to endow our lives with meaning. According to the French thinker Georges Bataille, we can spend our surplus catastrophically, in war and destruction, or gloriously, in art and eroticism. What are the consequences of a perspective of abundance and surplus, of expenditure instead of hoarding, for our lives and for our relationship to nature today?
Abundance can be purchased as an e-book via Amazon here.
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How is value – both that which is valuable for human beings and that which has financial value – created by means of resources, work, and ideas? Human beings can decide to spend their energetic surplus according to their own choices. A human being is a homo creator who gives shape to his or her life by making conscious choices for themselves and for their community.
Thinking about Money and Value (published in Dutch; English introduction) I have selected 23 key texts of economists, philosophers, bankers and sociologists that give us insight into this question.
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Dawn Changes Everything is a dreamy exploration of the magic that everyday situations can evoke in us. A female muse speaks to the narrator, whose gender is left ambiguous, and she sketches nostalgic, vibrant, playful, or erotic experiences. Some pieces invite us to reflect on the structure of our world, while others appeal directly to our emotional centre.
Dawn Changes Everything is avalaible as an e-book on Amazon here
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A series of podcasts on cornucopia.buzzsprout.com
How do we live abundantly? Philosopher Karim Benammar explores the shift from a world of scarcity to a world of abundance. From a world of lack to a world of plenty, from surviving to living, and from struggle to possibility and freedom. Each episode, recorded on a walk, explores a concept in economics, ecology, psychology or philosophy.
All of my courses are available for free. Online courses allow you to learn in bite-sized chunks, through short video clips, texts and exercises. Choose your own learning path and apply ideas directly to your own life, as more than 50.000 participants have done before you. See the trailers below.
Key concepts and practices to turn your life into a work of art
Why are you alive? How should you live? How can you turn your life into a work of art? How can you live an authentic life – that is, live the life that you were meant to live? You will learn to examine your life and the choices you make from the standpoint of freedom, meaning, and community – and how to design projects that give meaning to your life.
Shifting your thinking about consuming, ecology, economics and choices
Life is abundant, but we are stuck in a scarcity frame. When we think and act from this frame of scarcity, we use the wrong strategies to deal with global challenges such as our ecological and economic crises. We will explore how to approach these challenges from an abundance frame, and what an economics of abundance would look like. In our private lives, we are also confronted with an abundance of choices and possibilities. I outline two strategies to help us enjoy this abundance instead of being overwhelmed by it. What would it be like to experience our lives as giving rather than taking? What does it take to feel truly rich?
Change your behaviour by changing your thinking
Reframing is a technique to change the way you look at the world, and to change the way you act in the world. A five-step technique to turn the things that irritate you, that frustrate you, or that cause you pain, into new situations where you are in control, and which you can enjoy. I use real-life examples from my workshops of people who have use Reframing to change the way they look at themselves, to get a new perspective on their environment, or to become less fearful. They have used these new perspectives to make lasting changes in their lives.