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Interview: Connect 2012 - long form v1.0
Interviewer: Doreen Agostino
Interviewee: Jim Prues
Location: Ohio United States

Question Answer
1 Describe your interest in being a change agent, i.e. working to create positive change for the greater good. How would you characterize your current activity level? (Choose one) 100% engaged

2 Describe how this compares to the activity level as a change agent that you might desire for yourself. (Choose one) Good where I am and also open to new opportunities

3 List any movements or organizations you are involved with that might be synergistic with other initiatives to create positive change. World 5.0

CoreChange Cincinnati

Occupy Cincinnati

Urban Greens

Urban Farming

Cincinnati Civic Garden Center

Occupy Cafe

4 We are creating a database of projects and initiatives to support the emergence of collaborative work via Connect 2012. Is there something you are engaged with now, or might imagine launching or being a part of, that you would like to share? If so, please briefly describe the nature of this work, including its purpose and intended results. 1. Secured a physical headquarters in downtown Cincinnati for World5.0; brick and mortar presence make World5.0 more tangible to local residents.

2. Started a World5.0 working group. Jim evolved from me to we!

3. Upcoming teleconferences to connect more people

World 5.0 mission statement: We intend to replace the world of globalism built by and for the 1% and based on the power of money, with a just system based on the power of Love. More at http://world5.org

Purpose: educate people about how to find lasting peace and happiness in life.

Intended result: people to live more peacefully, happily and in harmony.

5 Are there needs you have or requests you want to make regarding the work described in #4 above? Every person opens their heart to peace.

If World5.0 resonates with other people that they join this community.

Funding the growth of a World5.0 community.

Feature length film support, about how the idea of World5.0 can help us transform our culture and planet toward greater possibilities.

A primary aspect of World5.0 culture is to connect like minded people and groups, and collaboration. Locally Jim is working to connect Urban Green, Urban Farming, Cincinnati Civic Garden Center and similar groups, which is a core function of World5.0. Ideally this effort scales up so that we connect like minded groups on a global scale.

6 List websites you'd like to share that relate specifically to your projects (including Twitter & Facebook if you wish):
(List each website on a separate line)


World 5.0 bookstore [coming soon]

7 In addition to being interviewed, are you also interested in conducting interviews as part of the Connect 2012 initiative? Maybe

8 Is there anything else you would like to share with other Connect 2012 participants? What we are about is no less than the Harmonic Convergence of Humanity. This convergence has a name.

9 ** Return here to answer this question AFTER you've completed your interview. **

Do you have any comments or questions about this interview, Connect 2012 and/or Occupy Cafe?
Occupy Cafe is the most important effort Jim has seen by the Occupy movement to date. Occupy Cafe recognizes the deeper more energetic aspects of what human evolution is about.

This evolution has been unfolding for thousands of years. The old world crumbling and new world emerging at the same time is no accident. Jim is happy to be a part of this evolution.

Doreen did a fine job of managing the interview with me.

10 Q1(a): As you reflect on a time when people came together in a powerful way for positive change, choose one that stands out for you. Tell me your story about that time and any part you, your family and/or friends might have played in it [if relevant].

Late 60s Jim was drafted into the marine corps against his will. His friends volunteered. Jim discovered himself naive about the real human cost of war. Jim's direct experience with the war machine, and friends who returned from Vietnam so wounded emotionally and physically, resulted in an awakening for Jim about the ugliness of war.

11 Q1(b): Why this is an important story? How has it influenced you? What lessons does it offer going forward?

After 1 1/2 years the conscientious objector emerged in Jim. Jim went AWOL and spent 8 months in jail. While in prison Jim had a lot of time to reflect on the unpleasant nature of the war machine, the paradigm of militarism and young men returning from war so broken, all of which confirmed what he learned during military service.

Paradigm of militarism still with us. Collectively experiencing an outburst not seen since late 60s. Similar energy: system is broken and needs to be fixed.

12 Q2: At this time in history, what challenges do you see in the way we choose to organize ourselves politically, economically and socially? What opportunities do you see in the ways that things might be shifting, awakening and/or emerging in response to these challenges?

Challenges: Biggest challenge is that WE the people are NOT organizing ourselves. Instead we ALLOW ourselves to be led by corporate interests. Nations State dynamics that go hand in hand with those corporate interests is a huge challenge.

Opportunities: Potential for a quantum leap in how we see ourselves and in how we organize ourselves. Potential in the awakening; energetic shift and mechanical shift. Shift from globalism to localism, from broken to healthy government, and from war to peace.

13 Q3 Context: Imagine we’re a few years down the line and people like you have been hugely successful in moving us towards lasting and far-reaching changes that benefit all people and the planet as a whole. Wherever you look, there are dramatic improvements in how leaders behave and how communities interact. As you walk through your city, town or village and talk with others across your country and around the world, you see evidence of positive change spreading everywhere.

Q3(a): Describe the differences you, hear, feel, and experience in your everyday life.

Feels dramatically different on Earth. The mantle of fear has dissipated. Instead of huge numbers of bothers and sisters living in anguish, we share a great peacefulness across the planet.

The work paradigm shifted to producing food and energy locally, in ways that preserve life; resonating with life instead of destroying life.

ife with ethics instead of corrupting power of money. Leaders help instead of hinder their constituents.

14 Q3(b): Describe the differences you see, hear, feel and experience in the way we choose to organize ourselves politically, economically and socially.

The way we organize is more horizontal and autonomous. We see, hear, feel a powerful sense of community: brick and mortar as well as online communities worldwide.

More intimacy in how we organize socially.

Economically the corporate model dissolved into a more thriving, human and ecologically based paradigm.

Politically we are more distributive, which means less emphasis on Nation States and more emphasis on local governance.

15 Q3(c): What did people do early on that helped to generate such positive outcomes?

The biggest thing we did was to 'find ourselves together' in this moment. In fact we are always together in this moment, and this realization empowered us, and gave us common ground to organize.

People responded to an evolutionary requirement, so that we preserve ourselves and home planet.

16 Q3(d): What role did you play in making this happen?

Jim found the map; he recognized 3 fundamental truths

1. We live in this moment, which consists of energy and awareness [Ying and Yang]

2. In this moment of prime concern is our intent; decision between fear and love

3. Only love makes us happy

As a world changer Jim revealed these truths, which he models day to day. These truths are the foundation for a new way of looking at ourselves and being together, and they are consistent with over arching energy of our planet at this time.

Jim birthed and launched World5.0.

17 Q4(a): What skills, talents and/or resources might you have to offer in service to collaborative work that emerges via the connect 2012 initiative?

Skills: effective communicator and writer

Resources: Video production [documentaries, corporate, sales, marketing and commercials]

18 Q4(b) What is the nature of this potential offer (as a paid service, barter, gift, a combination, etc.)?

Mix of gifts and paid services.

19 Are you interested in developing the infrastructure of Occupy Cafe in support of this initiative or in other respects?

Maybe--I would like to know more.

20 Are you interested in collaborating on the production of a short video or a blog post based on your stories and vision?