After living for thirteen years abroad in
The change that propelled me, and many people of my generation to return to the
However, with all these changes taking place, I am concerned with the polarity between the state and citizenry’s interests and what they view as positive development. Whereas the young generation is focused on creating healthier value systems and co-creating a better sustainable future, the trend of most Governments in the region is to focus on rapid economic growth. Although economic growth is paramount, this becomes problematic when the government has not taken into consideration the appropriate steps to do is in an organic and therefore sustainable way.
Using Spiral Dynamics Integral has helped me to determine where
In the last few years, there has been a continuum of change in the socio-political framework in the Middle East and
The economic development is, however, happening without the solid foundations in place vital for a sustainable state. These foundations consist of viable systems and structures, which are part of the vMEME blue, such as a law system that is respected and implemented with efficacy whereby no one is above the law, as well as proper economic regulations; both of which are imperative and conducive building blocks for the sound development of a healthy state. It is also the creation of healthy nationalism, which is currently lacking. Rather, vMEME blue only exists in patches in the Gulf.
Consequently, as there is a lack of such systems in place, states cannot really function as a surface vMEME Orange condition without incurring ‘problems’ calling for further supportive change.
Holes in the vMEME
Naturally, the economic development in the
Each state is different; culturally distinct, historically unique and has an individual experience. This article takes into consideration that each state’s evolution of development has come at different stages and at varying rates. Notwithstanding, parallels do exist and certain patterns are occurring throughout the region that is related to a change in living conditions and therefore, value systems. One of these changes is the ubiquitous effort in creating further freedoms. Each state has attempted to create such changes in order to solidify their global vision with regards to the strengthening the economy.
With regards to
With regards to value systems in place,
Therefore, alongside vMEME orange changes, there are deep underlying transformations occurring calling for healthier archetypes and healthier vMEME purple and vMEME red values and identities.
Just as in
With regards to
The reason for the lack of the women’s vote was not because women were oppressed, as it is mostly assumed, especially in the West. Indeed, their political voice was being limited, however, it was mostly due to a lack in a viable political system (vMEME Blue). Historically there has been a strong pattern of political participation amongst civil society in
Legally, women were eligible to vote and were recognized as equal and full citizens as per the constitution. However, once more due to the lack of a system and the breakdown of assertive leadership, this was never implemented. Therefore, women found themselves at the brunt of this failing system.
Women have always been active members of society, most of them working in various positions in both the private and public sector. Kuwaiti women are far more educated than their male counterparts, making up almost 70% of the student body at
The unhealthy vMEME blue can be explained in the religious dogma that rose post the Gulf war. With the decline in Arab nationalism, competing ideologies came to the forefront with political Islam leading the way. Therefore, a distinct rise in Islamists became evident, especially within the Kuwaiti Parliament. Furthermore, because of the lack of healthy foundations in place, and the living conditions as stated above that changed after the Gulf war, Islamists in Parliament were blocking women’s suffrage. Due to a lethargic Government at first, the building blocks necessary to pass a bill and/or implement what was written and agreed upon within the Kuwaiti Constitution could not be executed.
However, in the summer of 2005, with the pressure from public protesting, liberals, and the Government, the bill was passed granting women the right to vote. The passing of the bill restored the faith in our political process, and our parliament. This also served as a catalyst for youth empowerment. Many of the protests and demonstrations held outside Parliament calling for the woman’s right to vote were young men and women. This gave way to a deeper shift that is currently occurring and resulting in a change of life conditions once again. Whereas the Gulf war saw a ‘regression’ to unhealthy value systems, the women’s vote formed a shift into healthier vMEMEs.
Kuwaiti Youth Emergence
After the women’s vote, the general mood of the culture changed as previously disenchanted youth, bored with the materialism the unhealthy vMEME Orange state produces, found an outlet in participating in the political process. As they felt they had co-created this change: a monumental change in their political system and the social order of the day, they reclaimed their agency. This is coupled with the steady growth of non-profit organizations pertaining to youth that aim to develop a healthy youth culture. Organizations like Lothan Youth Achievement Centre:
“Strive to provide the youth with unique opportunities to develop their personal growth, explore their talents and potentials, build and enhance their professional and interpersonal skills and find their sense of purpose in an attempt to help them evolve into highly effective young leaders"
By providing opportunities for almost every outlet from internships locally and abroad, drama productions, environmental activism, to community outreach programs LoYAC is creating healthy values in the culture. Grass-roots organizations are increasingly playing an integral part in youth culture. By encouraging certain positive values and providing vast opportunities to explore any interest, they instill a sense of purpose and a mission. This is detrimental for youth anywhere, but especially the case in a welfare state where almost everything is provided for, which can deplete the driving force that makes youth feel incompetent.
What can be seen today is just the beginning, which is to lay the foundation for the emergence of Kuwaiti youth. Such living conditions allow for healthy vMEME red emergence whereby the individual rather than the tribe evolves. This can be seen in the healthy honoring of vMEME purple kinship ties and tribal lineage systems but opting for independence and autonomy by dismissing traditional lines of professions. Rather than follow in the footsteps of their parents in the usual family trade or business, an increasing amount of conscious recent graduates smart, highly intelligent, and business orientated are cultivating their desires and manifesting their dreams through opening alternative art spaces, independent cinemas, avant-garde galleries, culinary schools, and unique cafes and restaurants. They are the generation that seeks to be successful by maintaining their authenticity.
Therefore, these monumental changes happening around the Gulf and in
 vMEMEs are social DNA which were invented by the scientist Clare Graves to explain value systems and consequently human behavior and societal patterns. Through extensive research, he noticed both historically as living conditions had changed so did value systems. He further noticed the particular pattern in which that occurred in the Western world. This pattern is expressed as a spiral moving from one vMEME to the next depending on the determining life conditions. Each vMEME was given a colour. The spiral starts as follows, Beige ‘instinctive/ I survive’, Purple ‘ tribalistic/ we am safe’, Red ‘egocentric/ I control’, Blue ‘absolutism/ we are saved’, Orange ‘materialistic/ I improve’, Green ‘sociocentric/we become’ etc. With this in mind, one can see how the
 It must be noted however, that although these efforts to increase some freedoms are positive, they are fuelled by regional competition and a want for economic growth. This poses a problem because all Gulf, and indeed Middle Eastern states are not fully developed vMEME