Friday, October 10, 2008

It is time to be very optimistic

As I watch the markets collapse and people’s overall reaction to this apparent misfortune, I have come to the conclusion that we are in a financial, social, sustainable, personal and spiritual correction. As we all know most of the time it takes a big shock to our system for us to change. This could be it, the time to examine the behaviors of those in the government and the financial institutions but also to question our own and our relationship with ourselves, the planet, our happiness, the concept of consumption and the purpose of living beyond our means. This process of self-analysis and introspection is one that I have started. I must tell you it is a painful one but I predict that it is going to be very liberating. I think it is going to relieve us of a great deal of pressure. It will give us permission to stop trying to be or desire to be something we do not want to be, to stop buying what we do not want nor need as well as to stop conforming to a lifestyle that is out of sync with our true nature. I believe this process or correction will bring us closer to ourselves and nature, and inject quality to our lives instead of more quantity. The earth will also benefit from our shift in living philosophy, as we become conscious of our behaviors and consumption patterns.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Designers will own the world

The world is now slowly starting to shift as is evident in what is now occurring in the global markets and economies. These changes are coming faster and faster. It is now obvious that the process of creative destruction is starting to take its place. The old is now collapsing and the new will soon come to the surface. The new is already brewing underneath it all. It is brewing in our consciousness as well as in most industry and service sectors. Given this non-linear and exponential change, the redesign has started. This means the design of new financial, business and political systems. The artists and protagonists of the new world are and will be professional designers in the different disciplines of design and those people that start to think and operate as a designer. These people will also design the environments we live in, in this reality as well as any other virtual realities we choose to hang out in. Imagine a whole new planetarium conversation. The time has come for us to redesign ourselves and how we live - think designer.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The new design of the globe

I continue to try to figure out where we are heading in this redesign of the planet. How are we going to live, communicate, do business and relate to one another. How about currency? Will we still be using the dollar or the Euro? Will we combine them with barter? What will be the definition of the GDP? Our cities? Are we going to continue to build these really spread out, hard to get around-type living spaces? Spirituality - not religion - will it play a big role in our world or will the status quo religion rule. The world’s poverty - is it going to continue as it is now? or are we going to be able to figure a way to stop exploiting those in poverty and bring forth a solution. The media, will the television networks despair and will all the content move to the Internet? How will the Internet transform the way we interact, vote and do business? Will the concept of government still be valid or will the world go back to a tribal-type system or a series of gang-like groups with different agendas, good and bad, roaming the planet.
When alternative energies do kick in for real, what will happen to the Middle East, Russia, Venezuela-will they just become poor agriculture states? Or maybe disappear? What will happen to our lifestyle here in America? What will happen to the old paradigm? Bye, bye.

Who is Radamés Soto?

Radames Soto is the president and founder of Kinina Ventures, a firm specializing in the creation and acquisition of companies in the wellness and media sectors. He is a former Managing Director of The Wall Street Journal Interactive. Soto joined Dow Jones & Company in November 1998. Under Mr. Soto's direction, the former Wall Street Journal Americas expanded its focus on the business and financial needs of the Latin American market through the creation of The Wall Street Journal Interactivo.

Mr. Soto is widely regarded as one of the most experienced and multi-faceted figures in the new media world. Among his projects is the film "Road Dogz," the nationally syndicated series "HispanicAmericans: The New Frontier" hosted by Jimmy Smits, "Video Active" - a nationally syndicated show for teenagers, and "America Latina Finanzas y Negocios" - a weekly business show syndicated throughout Latin America sponsored by Merrill Lynch.

Mr. Soto has an extensive track record in the creation of content both for the Internet as well as film and television. He developed a TV/Internet series with HBO "Techno3." He is considered by many, including publications like Variety, the New York Times, the Village Voice, and Hispanic Magazine, as a leader in Internet content for Latinos.

Mr. Soto owned and operated a successful and well-respected entertainment and media company for five years, Blue Pearl Entertainment. He is also the founder of TDI (a broadcasting & Internet investment firm) and Zotox Investments, a new media merchant house for the Spanish-speaking world.

As a journalist Mr. Soto is the recipient of an Emmy, the ACE Award, and a New York State Broadcaster's Association Award. He is also a three-time nominee for the ACE Award in investigative reporting.

Mr. Soto has been keynote speaker at the following conferences: LOHAS conference in Boulder-2001; Inter- American Development Bank in New Orleans-2000; Jupiter Communications in Miami -2000; LatinTech Conference-2000; Internet World-Latin America-1999; Jupiter Communications Advertising Conference, NY-1999; The New Media Forum, New York City-1999; Digital Hollywood, Beverly Hills, CA-1999.

Mr. Soto holds a bachelor's degree in journalism, an MBA in Management, and a specialization in finance from the University of Miami. He also has a specialization in Mergers and Acquisitions from New York University. He is married with three children and resides in New York City and Miami.

Make the planet a nourishing and loving place to live. The heart is the real source of our actions and ideas. Let's really make quality of life and human nourishment the priority.

Respect nature. We are nature; it is our duty to respect, protect and learn from nature rather than conquer her.

The Inner Journey. The real revolution is our inner growth. As long as we do not reinvent our inner landscape, our outer reality will continue to be limited, stale and violent.

Live a holistic lifestyle. The mind, the heart, the spirit and the body are one interrelated organism.

Business to transform the world. Business is a very powerful force that must be used to transform the earth. Compassion, entrepreneurship, innovation and the Spirit are the core elements of this transformation. Business based on innovative chaos, taking risk, intuition, heart, synthesis, non-linear skills, a holistic approach, conservation, quality, cooperation and partnership are the focal points of a new business paradigm.

Use technology to unite people. Let's create technologies that bring us together and help us develop lives of greater quality. The Internet is a manifestation of our desire to be connected. We aspire to connect to each other and become whole.

The Media. Media must inform, uplift, educate, inspire and unite. Not manipulate, instill fear, and keep people from developing their inner greatness.

Individual versus the collective. The individual must become responsible for his or her well-being, inner journey and self-improvement. The government cannot do it. Let's empower our selves, hearts, and thoughts.

Government small and non-intrusive. The government is simply a traffic cop. The responsible individual is the engine of growth, order and prosperity.

High self-esteem is the most effective weapon against corruption. As human beings we must understand that we are all capable of creating the life we want. We do not have to take from others. The universe is an abundant system. Scarcity is an illusion.

We are what we eat/eating is a political act. If we eat junk, we become junk, we think junky ideas and we end up creating a world of junk. Let's eat quality food and become quality people.

Quality of life over superficial growth. Our economic growth must be based on the growth of the human spirit and the improvement of our lives. We need to change the measurement of our economic life and the meaning of the word "profits." Profits must include quality of life, personal growth and enjoyment.

Learning is a human right. Teaching people is a global duty; not having education available is a violation of human rights.

Role models are extraordinary people. We must admire real people that have created extraordinary lives, not people created by the media. Role models are essential for the development of our human potential.

Abundance and prosperity. The universe is abundant. We are abundant and limitless. We need to turn our minds and hearts toward our greatness, abundance and possibilities.

Consumption vs. quality of life. We cannot fill our emptiness by consuming. Consumption must have meaning and its consequences measured. We need nourishment, creativity, encouragement, playfulness and community - not more consumption.

Individual creativity, imagination and self-expression are sacred. Individual creativity must be respected, encouraged and protected. It is the only way out of our current broken paradigm.