Saturday, November 12, 2011

Group or Team Power : How it can change the world...

"Group Power is essential for success and we should not underestimate what it can do hence, it can make or break something. We have to be responsible by using this power carefully and for good intentions only"

In my previous posts, I have discussed about different sources of power and given examples of some prominent people who possess such powers and how they use it to make social impact and global influence. However, I have not included one source of power that is very important nowadays--the group or team Power.

I will cite an example on how we use group power and its effect to mankind and the world. This is very timely since I am referring to the global environmental campaign of the "New7Wonders of Nature" which is the organization founded by Bernard Weber of Switzerland. The global campaign started on 2007 after the declaration of the "New7Wonders of The World" on 7-7-7 or July 7, 2007. After 4 years, another campaign on the title of "New7Wonders of Nature" has been participated by people worldwide and on 11-11-11 or November 11, 2011 - the 7 provisional list was named by the organization's founder himself.

I was able to watch the video of the announcement he made and I am glad that Puerto Princesa Underground River made it to the list. Although it is provisional and unofficial, still it has a good chance of making it to the official list of the "New7Wonders of Nature".


The campaign started from a simple goal of a man named Bernard Weber of Switzerland. He aims to create a global memory by garnering participation of people worldwide. He founded the organization in 2001 which is based on the same principle with the "Seven ancient wonders of the world". That list of seven wonders was attributed to Philon of ancient Greece.


I have asked this question to myself if what is the difference between the two great man and I have come up with the realization that Philon's, "Seven Wonders of Ancient World" was chosen and declared only by himself since he was powerful during his time. Weber, founded the "New7Wonders of the World & Nature" was chosen and participated by people globally. Thinking of what is the difference comes with the "Group Power" as the answer.


If we try to analyze, the campaign will not become successful only for the reason that Weber is powerful. Certainly, he has got some sources of his power like, power of education and expertise, being expert in the field of film making. He has the power of position being the founder of the said organization. He has power of Social intelligence through his ability to attract millions of followers in his campaign. He has Physical Power as he shows energetic personality.

He also got international fame and recognition through the Power of Media by using the Power of Nature and the Group power through the active participation of his supporters and followers. He almost got every sources of power and the good thing is that he use it wisely for a good cause.


Philippines is a bio-diverse archipelago of 7,107 islands and over a thousand of these islands can be found in Palawan. Dubbed as "The Last Frontier" - it is one of the largest island province in the country and one of the cleanest and safest place in the archipelago.

Once again we have proven that we have something to share to the rest of the world. Through unity, we have made it to put the Puerto Princesa Underground River in the global map to be one of the best ecological tourist destination in the world.


It is reputed as the longest navigable subterranean river in the world which approximately is 8 kilometers long--is a magnificent ecological spot with diverse ecosystem. Now that it is on its way to the official declaration as "New7Wonders of Nature", it is expected to boost the tourism industry of the country considering the flocks of tourist who will visit the place. As of 2009, it was reported already by the local government of Puerto Princesa City that the tourism increased by 50 percent--an evidence that the "New7Wonders of Nature" campaign is an effective means of boosting tourism industry.


Now that the Puerto Princesa Underground River is gaining global recognition and fame, there are some things that should be taken into consideration--the effect of environmental progress.

Development of the the city of Puerto Princesa is ongoing since many tourists arrived in the city recently. I have watched a documentary film about Puerto Princesa City Mayor, Edward Hagedorn who invested for the building of infrastructure projects that are of truly world-class in preparation for the big blessing which is the coming of tourist from other parts of the world.

We just hope that the place will not be fully commercialized just like other tourist destination in the country where they sacrificed the environment for the massive income. Along with progress comes possible environmental issues that may arise such as the waste management, cutting of trees, pollution, etc.

Palawan is truly a paradise and deserves to preserve its beauty and charm so the next generation will be able to love and appreciate it. It is not only for the Filipinos but also for the people of the world. We can not control development but we can do our share by protecting it and criticizing the environmental neglect and abuse.

Group Power is essential for success and we should not underestimate what it can do hence, it can make or break something. We have to be responsible by using this power carefully and for good intentions only. I always believe in the saying, "In unity there is strength" and that is applicable to the present-day scenario, that to be on the top, we need people to support us with our ideals and aspirations, people who will push us to our limits and people to will help us to raise the bar to become what we are meant to be.

© 2012 Del Cusay