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As One Network News 2022 New Year Issue

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As One Network News 2022 New Year Issue

Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a happy and healthy New Year. Thank you very much for reading the As One Network News.
In 2022, we will continue to provide you with monthly updates and information on the active and heartwarming activities of people in Japan and abroad. We are looking forward to working with you this year.

https://mailchi.mp/f3dc9b23dc5f/news-jan2022-hp
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Swiss ScienZ School 【A Course in Knowing Yourself】

From the end of the year to the beginning of the year in Switzerland, three courses of the ScienzZ School are being held.Starting in the summer of 2019, people from Europe have been coming to the ScienZ School twice a year, in succession, in summer and winter.

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Switzerland is in the middle of a record number of corona infections right now, and several people have been unable to participate due to corona-related issues. In spite of this, however, we have a group of enthusiastic people who want to participate in order to grow as a human being. (We are also taking all possible measures against Corona)

The photo shows the members of the "Know Yourself Course" that ended on January 1.
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A 27-year-old young man - "I experienced a transformation in myself by learning from and among everyone.

A 37 year old woman: "I felt like a butterfly flapping its wings, realizing the prison I created and realizing my true wish that was inside of me.
These were some of the comments I heard.

It seemed to have been a wonderful week for all participants to feel the wonder and potential of humanity.

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On the New Year of 2022

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Happy New Year to you all. I am pleased to be able to work with you this year through the activities of the As One Network.


21 years ago, As One Network Suzuka Community was born in a corner of Suzuka City by a few volunteers. They were eager to "realize a society where everyone in the world can live happily.

A family-like community has been created with various researches and trials since 2001. Now 200 people beyond blood relations join the community. In addition, network activities have been emerging and spreading to the abroad, by people who have come into contact with the community's reality.
And now people both of community and network are trying to create "one world" together.

Especially since last year, new visiters have been increasing. They are trying to create a new future; such as political leaders, government officials, people in the publishing industry, and people who are involved in the creation of eco-villages in various regions around Japan.

In the beginning of 2022, A Chinese Research team asks to cooperate for the rural reconstruction project of East Asia, and the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) call on to join their international exchange meeting for creation of an intrinsic education programs.

Looking around the world, it seems that there are few communities in urban areas that have been able to operate stably for more than 20 years. It' s also rare to find a community in the world that has the function of fostering human resources to create society.

In this sense, the Suzuka community is likely to attract more and more attention as a future social model.

This year, I would like to meet as many of you as possible and move forward together.
Let's do it together!

Hiroko Katayama (As One Network International office )
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【Serial No. 3】Creating the Next Society

【Serial No. 3】Creating the Next Society~Toward a society where people can live gently and without conflict
Masashi Ono, ScienZ Institute

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Chapter 1


5. Motivation and drive are not enough! ~Realizing the reality of the situation

After 20 years, the current As One Network Suzuka Community, while still small in scale, has grown considerably in number of people, various industries, various activities and buildings, and seems to have become much more substantial in content. But of course, not everything went well from the beginning. We have faced many problems and crises (laughs).

In 2001, we started this project with a group of highly motivated and idealistic people, but we soon faced many problems.
Even though we were trying to create a new community, when it came to human relations and society, there were many things that we thought we had to do or that we should do. Moreover, I hadn't noticed them at all. In other words, I had a lot of "assumptions," "judgments," and "giving up" in the back of my mind. We take so much for granted, and the people around us take so much for granted as well, that no one notices.

Of course, I was the same way, and I am still constantly questioning myself about it.

When I was in college (40 years ago), I began to have doubts about life and society, and through my experiences in the student movement and peace movement, I came to aspire to create an ideal society. After graduating from college, I threw myself into a community called Yamagishi-kai and was active for about 16 years.

After graduating from university, I threw myself into a community called Yamagishi-kai and was active for about 16 years. However, as the organization grew, various problems arose, and I felt a gap and impasse with my ideal world, so I left the association at the end of 2000. Then, I moved to Suzuka and started new activities with like-minded people I had met at the Yamagishi Society, in order to try to create an ideal society from scratch. This is the beginning of what we now call the Suzuka Community of the As One Network.

A group of genuinely motivated people gathered together, and I was motivated enough to make use of my experience of failures in community building. I thought, "We can do it this time! We were burning with idealism and took on various challenges: "Let's create a company that is run by discussion without hierarchy," "Let's create an economy that doesn't require money," and "Let's create a truly free life.

However, conflicts arose when opinions differed, or when the opinions of those who could do the work or speak reasonably became stronger. In addition, we often ran short of money, which put pressure on those who did not work, caused reticence, and blamed those who spent more money. So many human problems erupted. We were confronted with a reality that was far from the ideal of "a society where people can live peacefully and without conflict.

We were faced with a reality that was far from the ideal of "a society where people can live comfortably without conflict. How can we go to war for peace? The same problem appeared again!

Then I realized something. It was then that I realized that I was taking it for granted that I would do what we all decided to do. I was forced to confront my own self, which was full of pretense: "I said I would do it, so I must do it," "It's good to be able to do my job," "We should act with the whole group in mind," "It's normal to help each other out in times of trouble," and so on.

What does it mean to be "close"? What does "happiness" mean? What does "freedom" mean? I realized that while I say that I aim to create such a society, I really don't know what "closeness," "happiness," and "freedom" mean. In other words, it was as if I was blindly running in this direction without knowing exactly where I was going.
I was reminded that an ideal community cannot be created by pure enthusiasm and pure feelings alone.

We did not have the perspective of "people who can do" community building.
I think this is a very important point of view for anyone who aspires to be a community builder, or anyone who is trying to improve their workplace or home.
.That's the perspective. Is this the kind of person you are trying to become?

For example, if there is a boy who has a genuine desire and motivation to be a baseball player, it does not mean that he can be successful if he has the desire and motivation, right? I believe that you can be a baseball player only when you go through the path of developing basic physical strength, basic training, learning baseball through practical experience, and so on, growing into a person who can "play" baseball.

However, in activities to improve human relations, workplaces and communities, we tend to feel like we can do it if we are motivated and willing. However, it was only natural that we would not be able to do it if we had not become "people who can do it.

For us, these realizations were a major turning point. What do we mean by "closeness," "happiness," and "freedom"? What are the causes of conflict and confrontation? What is assumptions? Where does it come from? Who is a "doer"? How can we grow into a "do-er"? In 2004, I established a research institute called the "ScienZ' Institute" to conduct full-scale research on these questions.

We started from scratch to reexamine human beings and society, and to accumulate research and practice. Then, we began to research the elements that make a "can-do person" anzd moved in the direction of establishing (in 2006) the "ScienZ School" as a human resource development institution to grow into a "can-do person.


6. liberation from the prison of fiction
~Beyond the shackles of "it's natural" and "it should be done.

Earlier, I wrote that the reason why people with great imagination and creativity are not able to demonstrate their abilities to themselves and society is because they have deep "assumptions," "judgments," and "resignation. I wrote about this in my previous article. I would like to think about this a little more.

Yuval Noah Harari, a historian and author of the much talked about book "The Complete History of Sapiens", says that "the reason why human beings, who are very weak as individuals, were able to prosper as they do today is because they were able to use fiction" and calls it a "cognitive revolution". He calls it the "cognitive revolution." In other words, by sharing fiction, we were able to collaborate with a large group of people and gain a great deal of power.

While chimpanzees and Neanderthals could only work together with about 150 familiar friends, humans can work together with a large group of strangers by sharing fiction.

Fiction is something that does not exist in reality. For example, countries, laws, human rights, rights, duties, responsibilities, institutions, ownership, money, religion ・・・・.
In more familiar terms, money, promises, appointments, schedules, time, what you have to do, what you shouldn't do, what you should do, what is natural, what is normal, what is common sense, what is the way things are, what is up and down in people... these are all fictions, not things that actually exist. There is no end to the list.

What exactly does it mean to share a fiction? For example, money. Let's say you have a 10,000 yen bill here. If you were to negotiate with a chimpanzee and say, "I'll give you a 10,000 yen bill in exchange for the banana you're holding," they wouldn't show any interest. To them, it's just a piece of paper. But as soon as people accept the fiction of money, it suddenly seems valuable to them, and they start using it as a material for exchange.

By sharing the fiction of the existence of a country, people who have never met each other can say, "Go, Nippon! By sharing the fiction that there is a country, people who have never met each other can rub shoulders and cheer for the Japanese national team, and 130 million people can work together under the country of Japan.
On the other hand, in today's society, the fiction has become absolute and fixed, and people are following the fiction, which binds people, separates people from each other, and causes various human problems and conflicts. Being motivated by money, being bound by rules, being pressed for time, etc. are some of the most prominent examples. It is a state of self-imposed bondage where you are bound by the fiction you have created. It is a state of being unable to escape from the prison you have created.

This is not to say that fiction is bad, harmful, or should be eliminated. It is a characteristic of human beings to be able to share and collaborate with fiction, and it is a wonderful ability, so I think we need a new way of using intelligence that is not bound by it (see Chapter 1, Section 8).

When we promote community building or when we try to promote some project or activity in earnest, the relationship between people becomes closer. This can lead to various conflicts and confrontations. On the other hand, it can also lead to separation, such as reticence and patience. For example, "He said he would do it, but he doesn't do it," "He's on duty, but he doesn't do it," "He doesn't clean up the tools he used," "He doesn't do what we all agreed to do, but he does it selfishly," and so on.

There will be people who blame others for these things, and conflicts may occur. Also, if you are trying your best to fit in with the people around you to avoid being blamed, it may look like you are managing well, but it may not be a comfortable situation, and the people who are trying so hard to do things are likely to have bad feelings toward those who do not.

This is due to the fact that the fiction of "common sense" and "normalcy" has been unconsciously built up in each of us as a fiction that binds us to others, such as "if you say you will do something, you should do it responsibly," "if you are on duty, it is natural that you should do it," "you should clean up what you use by yourself," and "you should follow what everyone has decided. This is because the fiction of "common sense" and "normalcy" has been subconsciously created in each of us. It's a state of obsession with one's own ideas, where one feels bad or confrontational toward those who don't do or follow them.

If you're the only one who is clingy, it's easy to realize that you might be clingy, but if everyone else is clingy as well, it's as if the "should" thing is real. "Of course I should," "That's what people do," "Everyone does it..." And so we blame others and end up in a state of conflict and strife. We blame people for not doing what they deserve. This is how the prison of fiction is created. This is how a prison of fiction is created, and this is how a fixed fiction destroys relationships in the community. The opposite of what we hope for is what happens.

When we observe that we ourselves are bound by the fictions that we have created, we can say that we don't know how to handle "human thoughts. In other words, we are not able to use our wonderful abilities, and are instead tied down by them. From this point of view, a method was found to free ourselves from the fiction that binds us to ourselves and others, which is created by "human thinking," and to be able to exercise our abilities to the fullest. This is ScienZ Method, which I will introduce in the next section.

What would happen if we were no longer bound by fiction?
When we free ourselves from the world of "this is the way it should be" and "this is the way it should be," we can clearly see that we and others have intentions, wishes, and hopes. By honestly communicating them to each other, listening to each other's intentions and wishes, and trying to understand each other, I believe that a world of heart-to-heart discussion will be realized. We can see a light and cheerful relationship between people without any constraints or pressures such as blaming, forcing, or forcing people to stop, such as "I wish you would have done that," "I wish you would have done that," or "I wish you would have cleaned up the tools after using them.

I believe that the base of community building is discussion. (See Chapter 2, Section 2.) I believe that the exchange of one's true feelings within oneself, not within the confines of a fixed fiction, will lead to a comfortable and smooth discussion.


(To be continued next time)
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New Video! Child-rearing: "Cherish Story 1

It all started 7 years ago..."

This year, we're presenting the As One Style in the As One Network channel.

"Cherish Story 1: It all started 7 years ago..."
In 2015, with 3 children, we started a new kind of child-rearing. From the desire to care for each child with cherish and love, this environment was named "Cherish".
Now, with 12 children, there are 50 adults involved day and night in crafting this environment.
Mothers and staff of Cherish, Junna and Satomi tell Haruka, of the Scienz Academy, the tale of the path they went through...

https://youtu.be/LtTDorrg-NQ
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As-One Network News Mar.2021

Spring has come with cherry blossoms in full bloom. The misty moon is rising over the rape blossoms. It is true what they say, “A spring evening is worth a thousand dollars. Families are enjoying a stroll in the community. In this issue, we will introduce the new video with one of the As One Style, mothers and child rearing environment.
I hope you all enjoy beautiful days. Looking forward to hearing your feedback
Sincerely,

https://mailchi.mp/3c847c85f20f/news2021mar-hp

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New Video! "Mothers" --Surrounded by a broad Family

As One Style: The Mothers in the Midst of Child-raising, Enjoying it with all the Heart
What is everyday life like for the mothers in the As One Community in Suzuka who are in the process of raising their children?
Why don't you come and see them together with the ScienZ Academy students?
From their lifestyles, you may get an impression of a “new image of mothers” and a “new image of the environment for the growing up of the children”...
(Subtitles are available in English, German, Korean, Portuguese and Japanese. )

https://youtu.be/3b7QljMCCuY
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As-One Network News Feb.2021

"In this day and age in which it is a matter of course to perceive you and I as if we exist separately, we are forgetting that there is " a vast space, AIDA" including us, isn't there?"
As One Network joined GEN-Japan's Online Event in February. A keynote speaker, Shinichi Tsuji asked a question that would lead the audience from a world of separation to one of unity.

For example, the hundreds of trillions of bacteria and microorganisms in our bodies and in the air interact with each other in AIDA and create new existences in the vast AIDA. When we think about it, who could really say that you and I are separate?

It is the culture and community to be devices that could accept the overwhelming "unknowability" in its entirety. This newsletter is also one of such devices working for relationships of universal. 

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New Video! "The Youth Who Create the Present"

We have just finished a new video!
From now, we want to show you what the As One Style means!
Through child rearing, youth, seniors, businesses, economy and more, we'll show in practice what means to live with As One Style.

The first issue is "As One Style: "Youth" Part 1 Challenges for Growth".
Young men in their 30s and early 40s are involved in the operation and management of community's companies (Suzuka Farm and Ofukuro-san(Mummy)lunch boxes).
We listened to their story.
(Next time, we will listen to the stories of women in their 30s and early 40s as part 2 of "Youth".)
https://youtu.be/2DBmVDgFqw8
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As-One Network News Jan.2021

Happy New Year !
No matter how pressing the crisis seems to be, no matter how lost we feel in the darkness, at this moment, life is quietly breathing and keeping us alive. It seems that a new society will emerge as we weave our daily lives, understanding each other and using our intellect together.
It seems that a new movement has begun in various places to ensure the birth of a base in which people can truly talk to each other.
Looking forward to seeing what will develop in the New Year.
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