What is Avant-Garde?

a·vant-garde (French pronunciation: [avɑ̃ɡaʁd]); from French, "advance guard" or "vanguard") is a French term used in English as a noun or adjective to refer to any creative group of people (or work) active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques, whose approach and ideas are markedly experimental or in advance of those generally accepted; particularly with respect to art, culture, business and politics etc. Avant-garde represents a pushing of the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the status quo.  

Cultural Creatives: the “new progressives” (part 3 of 4)

December 31st, 2012

cultural creatives part 3

The Culture Creatives are the synthesis of the post-modernist and post-industrialist. If mobilized, they could wield enormous moral, social and political influence, and not only shape elections but weave a whole new social fabric. This is probably what we witnessed during the US election campaign, for President Barack Obama. The very ‘people’ who elected him were the “new progressives” a population that’s more interested in idealism than practical realism. The key for the Culture Creatives is to bring a much needed solution-oriented mindset to assist them in translating that idealism into reality. [3]

In March 2008, after further study and research, Ray found that politically, 36% or more of the population no longer identify with either the political left or right. Instead they are forging a new ideological dimension, the new ‘Political North’ the basis of a new political compass; a synthesis of melding the best of the Modernists (47% of the population) versus Traditionalists (29% of the population) or Conservatists. [4]

The election of President Barack Obama could symbolise this synthesis, the merging of opposing views to form a new (political) quality within society. Ten years ago when George W Bush became president, Obama’s election was unimaginable.  Even when Al Gore went for the presidency, there wasn’t enough of a critical mass of the new progressives, the new ‘Political North’ to forge a path big enough to make it happen. However, just a few years later, the political landscape became very different. A significant number of socially conscious ‘Culture Creative’ Americans came together to elect the first African-American president. This act alone has made a mark in history’s pages, whilst also leaving a note that the efforts of the ‘Culture Creatives’ are already changing the very fabric of our society in many, as yet unknown, ways.

This growing subculture within our society understands the interconnectedness of everything, they take a different view, they see society as an organism, a living breathing creature that we are all a part of. They understand that whatever is happening anywhere else in the world affects us individually and collectively; knowing if we do harm to others, we do harm to ourselves. A single organism, an organism that causes harm to itself, is unsustainable.

In ‘Power vs Force’, David Hawkins[1] states that if 1/10th of one percent (.1%) of the world’s population, were to unify around a single cause, they could change the planetary consciousness. According to David Hawkins, ONE person vibrating at level 500 (Love)[2] can counter-balance 750,000 people of a lower vibration!  And one person vibrating at level 700 (Enlightenment) can raise the consciousness of 70 million people!  Therefore, each time one person shifts into a higher state of awareness it causes a tidal wave effect on the mass population.6

Increasing numbers of us are choosing to live more authentic lives. We are slowly discarding old paradigms and old ways of struggling for survival, wealth and power. We are abandoning centuries old rules systems and behaviours that have completely failed to take life on earth in the right direction. As we go forward this Cultural Creative group know things can be different and continue to choose LIFE transforming it whenever possible into LOVE and thus transforming the planet one creative impulse at a time.

[1] Dr. David Hawkins, 2005 Power vs Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behaviour

[2] Fear is measured at 200; Love at 500; Joy at 540; Peace at 600; Enlightenment at 700 – 1000

[3] Paul H. Ray, Ph.D. 2002 The New Political Compass: The New Progressives are In-Front, Deep Green, Against Big Business & Globalization, & Beyond Left vs. Right

[4] Middendorf, B., 1999 Cultural Creatives: Cultural Creatives Making a Difference for the Future in Global Oneness