I believe that in order to grow a wise and effective governance system that is capable of appropriate use of force and regulation, we need a VERY different mindset than that of "implementing blueprints". Simply writing up a charter and establishing a new institution with better doctrines that we have in our current institutions will not be sufficient, on my view. I believe the Regenerative movement is the most powerful and promising development in these directions so far. Regenerative systems design is wholistic and it includes considering relationships, culture, and other human dimensions as part of the design process. The regenerative movement is large, diverse, influential, and is just beginning to learn to coalesce globally. #REgeneration_rising https://medium.com/@designforsustainability/designing-regenerative-culture-reviews-356480a0e4b3 The Transition movement is a part of that, and is also gaining momentum and beginning to learn to coalesce globally. https://transitionnetwork.org/ Every aspect of a society influences every other aspect. On my view, culture is upstream from most every other aspect of society. Of course, feedback loops abound, and culture is influenced by everything else, as well. Our culture is heavily influenced by the political and economic systems we live in, for example. The field of cultural evolution is mature enough now to begin to appreciate this complexity in a much more sophistocated manner. I believe viewing our context from the lens of cultural evolution is crucial to moving forward effectively. The transformation of society requires we learn to make effective cultural transformation. https://medium.com/age-of-awareness/the-complexity-of-cultural-evolution-63e28e117f6b https://uxdesign.cc/the-real-state-of-power-is-culture-41dfe172b27e I believe that cultures and societies and civilizations are living beings that are born, grow, and evolve. I believe an ant colony is a unique kind of living being composed of ants and other beings. I believe an organism (such as a human, for example) is a highly efficient cooperative colony of cells and other beings. In the same exact way, a city can be correctly viewed as a very unique organism made of humans and other beings. I believe we are living in failing systems largely because we are still trying to design our societies from blueprints. Engineering is one form of design. Engineering is reductionist. This means it requires considering how parts function in isolation, and then fitting them together in a way that can build a complicated "machine", with more or less predictable output. It involves beginning with some level of a "blank-slate"- Like blue-prints. Blue prints are designed in a sort of vacuum- on blank paper- and then implemented in reality once the design is complete and the output and function is more or less predictable. Living systems design is a very different process. Permaculture is one design philosophy that is incredibly effective at guiding us in designing living systems. It is very different than engineering from blueprints. It begins with a living system already alive, and guides our interaction with it in such a way that grows our influence over time. https://permacultureprinciples.com/
https://medium.com/@joe_brewer/cultural-design-the-scientific-field-needed-for-the-21st-century-b1e2ff546245 I believe the wholesale redesign of human civilization is necessary for survival of human civilization. I believe that that in order to do this, we must engage in participatory stewardship of these living beings, and must resist the temptation to try to engineer too much of our designs. Engineering is still a powerful design approach and has it's appropriate contexts within the larger societal design process. But, if we are to be successful, we need to reassess our engineering design thinking approach and work to become wise and effective stewards of our own cultural evolution That doesn't dismiss the value of guiding visions and charters. But, far more than that is required to be successful. There is tremendous value to be added to this venture through the lens of cultural evolution in the form of strategic thinking for systems change. I highly recommend looking into developments in this field. I believe this lens, and this approach, and this scientific community of practice (along with others) is poised to completely transform our understanding of the social sciences and our ability to steward the evolution of our social systems- our societal organisms. On my view, this change in philosophy is exactly what the regenerative movement represents. Trying to engineer social systems has led us down a destructive path. We have just begun, over the past several thousand years, learning to have conscious influence over our own cultural evolution. The regenerative movement and the field of applied cultural evolution represent very new leaps and bounds in our ability to wisely and effectively participate in the design of our own societies. This is a glimpse of what something like this might look like, as articulated by a brilliant friend of mine, and global systems change strategist, Joe Brewer: https://medium.com/@joe_brewer/a-global-network-of-culture-design-labs-7cf90746d58
Much Love to All. Thanks for reading. And thanks for being an active, conscious feature of 21st Century Earth! Check out my related work at Common Ground Networks: https://www.commongroundnetworks.world
Here's an example of how a cultural evolutionary lens can have direct, tangible, and very surprising influence on how we view our current context: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rE3j_RHkqJc&t=1s Onwards! Resources: https://medium.com/@designforsustainability/designing-regenerative-culture-reviews-356480a0e4b3 https://transitionnetwork.org/
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I forgot to include our website: utopiacornucopia.org
Hola, I appreciate your efforts and thoughtfulness in this process. I would like you to consider our vision of how to create a just, non-corrupt, regenerative world: Primarily, it is essential to restructure governing from vertical top-down to horizontal, bottom-up, which is virtually uncorruptible. Please watch this 7 minute animation which explains horizontal governing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wywMhg604W8&fbclid=IwAR1yrCZJkRivOnW85HeC1j-ftAMsW6SFQEkqupfiZFvvk9aYhgOPI1RNBLc
Next our group, which we would like to align with yours has a number of strategies that you are welcome to adopt, if you like. One, is to utopianize cities. We believe it is cities that need our focus. Cities can organize horizontally parallel to government, legally as does The Transition Towns Initiative. Each city can have local experts reimagine each sector of the city such that there is no further pollution and using AI to augment and balance their systems with absolutely no spying. One way to keep out infiltrators would be that there would be a social contract that all could agree upon which would embody our common, shared values, like guarantee of human rights, womens liberation, ecology, freedom, justice, etc.
At the same time, we wish to create another website, using bots, to collect all the innovations and solutions and put them into categories such that all have access to them.
Furthermore, we wish to create a gigantic network of networks, again using bots to harvest all the like-minded individuals, organizations, and website, such that we can unite with millions if not billions and use this to share ideas, solutions, and strategies and at the same time disseminate relevant information to the rest of humanity with access to the internet and possibly to demand that all governments be restructured from vertical to horizontal. No more politicians, lobbyists, or corrupt influencers.
I would be happy if you would entertain these strategies and critique them. Perhaps, you might find flaws or have better ideas, both would be welcome to us, as we don't wish to compete with you in any way, we much prefer collaboration and cooperation. And we wish to be an example of horizontal, not controlling organizing.
Thanks for your consideration,
Tom (Mofwoofoo) Osher, founder of chambalabamba eco-community (chambalabamba.org)