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Olympics, Change to Bottom Up to Make Better Olympians and Audiences

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Olympics, Change Your Winning Ethic From Top Down to Bottom Up to make better Olympians and better inspired fans and audiences

The Olympics is an extraordinary, event. Olympians inspire us all with their determination, dedication and passion for their sport and excellence. But this unique competition could be bottom up restructured to produce a richer, deeper experience with millions more having skin in the game.

For instance, Olympic athletes should be rewarded with the opportunity to shine a portion of their spotlight, whether they win or not, on their selected cause, project or organization and on their choice of artists and or musicians of their nation.


Winning is a very personal thing. An individual focuses intensely and so passionately it's almost a mad obsession. It could manifest as top down, authoritarian, domination, narcissism. And currently, medal winners feed the idea of nationalism, which is a kind of "WE" thinking that is more top down than bottom up, with boundaries, separation and"power over" baked in.

But the attention and visibility winning brings could be used, in a bottom up way, through the fans and people inspired by the athletes, to help good causes, organizations and people doing good, so Olympians have a "WE" attitude towards competing and winning, which goes beyond personal victory.

I envision an Olympic culture where part of the process of qualifying as an Olympian includes a number of hours a month dedicated to volunteer and advocate work for organizations, causes, projects and people doing good. Some of the work would be required to be with 99%ers, ie., regular, non-wealthy people. The athletes would do it with a video camera, to record and archive the work. This would make the Olympians much more conscious of the way most of the people in the world live. Such bottom up experience and wisdom can be programmed into the Olympics, providing connection consciousness (awareness of all the connections to people, society and nature) so Olympians use their top down personal wins to make a bottom up difference.

When Olympians win medals, the causes they've embraced go up on the winners stand with them-- an actual person, a video, or a photo with a website link. Part of the joy of an Olympian win would be the knowledge that they would be helping people they've worked with who are doing good. It's a nobler win than simply a personal victory.

Perhaps most important, by working with people who benefit from their help, Olympians will change their relationship to winning, making the accomplishment about the extended community they've invested their time in. Winning will help the Olympians. But the volunteer work will give something to the people the Olympians work with. Olympians have a work ethic, dedication, commitment, perseverance, passion, courage to take risks-- and will set great examples of high integrity for all they deal with.

Olympian become what Tipping Point author Malcolm Gladwell calls "influencers" as well as leaders. Spending their Olympic careers investing time in helping others will build empathy that will translate into the way they influence and lead.

"I want to be an inspiration for those who think they can't do it."
Simone Manuel, upon becoming first black to win a gold swimming medal

Simone Manuel gets the idea of making her win about more than herself. Good. It would be even better if connection consciousness deepening experiences and time spent each month would be required. If required of all Olympians, the cost of practice hours would be evened out for all competitors.

Part of the Olympics would include video of them working with the projects or organizations they support. These would become part of the life profiles already done. The athletes could even work with videographers to produce videos telling their connection consciousness stories, how they've worked and supported good works. The best stories would win awards and wide play. The art of the videos could be a new Olympian form of competition a "media Olympics" for writers, producers, videographers, musicians etc..

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media.

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He is the author of The Bottom-up Revolution; Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity

He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, (more...)

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