Friday, 7 December 2012

Wealth Beyond Nations

Wealth Beyond Nations
Dimitri Castrique


Written by Tamara van Halm & Michael Byrnes Monday, 29 October 2012  Renegade Economist


We need to face the inevitable: the global economic crisis may not be resolvable by governments or industry... no matter the tools they use.

The challenges are so immense, and so compound, that neither any single government nor coalition of governments can rekindle and sustain an economy for global consumers. Out of the Box Insight explores why the powers and tools of government can only be reactive to the crisis, rather than proactive... and thus, will inevitably fail.

Evolve or Die

Our affluent society in the 21st century is built upon the foundations of three types of economies: natural resources, manufacturing, and services (72 percent of the world's output is now in services). It is in this consumer-centric services paradigm which we now stagnate. We stagnate because we do not evolve. But we also stagnate because nearly all of the economic doctrines by which we abide are simply misunderstood and outdated.

Our failure to evolve is the true reason we are now in crisis. Bank bail-outs, austerity measures, and increased government spending... these are merely tools that are being arbitrarily thrown at the symptoms of a crisis. These tools can never fix the underlying flaws of consumerism. Indeed, they may even be doing harm. Inevitably, we are heading toward a total collapse of all socio-economic systems.

But within every crisis is an opportunity. Out of the Box Insight proffers a set of rational, yet unorthodox solutions:

  1. The evolution of the global economy beyond its present services-based paradigm, and into a fourth horizon of human exploration.
  2. The establishment of radical tools and processes for economic transactions which facilitate global human interdependence.
  3. Enable the masses of the world to finally undertake their 'natural responsibilities' as well as their 'natural rights'.

Wealth Beyond Nations

Evolving beyond any post-consumerism paradigm will require the best and most honorable capacities from all of humanity. But equally, it will reveal an unfathomable wealth naturally residing within us all, and beyond any boundary of nations.
To this end, Out of the Box Insight has written a 43-page booklet (in PDF format), which explores under the surface of mere 'symptoms' so as to better understand what truly is the cause of the global crisis... and to reveal what could be the most compelling solution to date to finally liberate and evolve an entire world. Based on decades of research and international experience, we have written Wealth Beyond Nations: Principles of Global Interdependence.

On our website you can read (on screen, or in print) a brief overview of the booklet. Or download the complete unabridged version (all for free) at

Tamara van Halm & Michael Byrnes

Tamara van Halm & Michael Byrnes

Tamara van Halm


Tamara is a former political affairs analyst with the Defense Ministry, Netherlands, serving in the conflict-zone of Bosnia-Herzegovina (where she and Michael met). She has synthesized a number of modern techniques and tools centered on awakening and mastering authentic relationships in personal and group environments.

Michael Byrnes

Economist & Philosopher

Michael served under three U.S. Administrations in an advisory capacity in designing and implementing post-Cold War economic conversion strategies. In the corporate sector, he has counseled Fortune 100 companies as well as small businesses in matters of mergers and acquisitions strategy, crisis management, and change management. Beginning in 1997, Michael switched gears and relocated to Bosnia-Herzegovina for nine years... where he participated in various international development and nation-building projects. As a result, he wrote a seminal case study of the failures of international development, Hands and Brains Unbound: Revealing the Illusion of World Order and the Revolution Ascending. The case study not only drew attention to the systemic deficiencies of international development, but also revealed the fundamental weaknesses and potential opportunities in various states effectively participating in global economic markets.


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