This is a personal post. As I have not posted anything here for quite a while, I would like to take stock, update the permanent record, and map out next steps.
Views of the future possibilities for humans on planet earth has been the theme of my writing since I joined the www in 2003, and I continue working in the background on my independent research projects. I also contribute some cognitive surplus to other worthwhile projects when I can. Meanwhile, I have decided that a direct approach to influencing future thinkers, leaders, and global citizens will be the most rewarding method I can engage moving forward. This year I have completed a bachelors degree in creative media, with a major in photomedia, and minor in geography. My plan is to take this forward into a masters of teaching degree so I can become a qualified high school teacher and share the benefit of my experience, knowledge and wisdom with the youth in whose hands the future lay.
1. Accountability Structure
Please see http://i-imagineer.info/planet-pilot/ for more information and contact options. This a set of research area stubs and links to further relevant information – I am preparing a thesis proposal outline, and this is a copy of the first section.
In order for the future viability of human civilisation in any form to be adequately addressed, a number of key area must be prioritised. Foremost among these is understanding and management of planetary life support systems, including the development of:
Life Appropriate Technologies
Characteristics: non-toxic – or detoxifying, recyclable, carbon sequestering, generative/regenerative, biophillic …
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‘Transdisciplinarity’ is a form of research and practice that synthesises knowledge from a range of academic disciplines and from the community. There is now global interest and a significant body of work on transdisciplinarity and its potential to address the apparently intractable problems of society. This creates the opportunity for a specific focus on its practical application to sustainability issues.
Transdisciplinary Research and Practice for Sustainability Outcomes examines the role of transdisciplinarity in the transformations needed for a sustainable world. After an historical overview of transdisciplinarity, Part I focuses on tools and frameworks to achieve sustainability outcomes in practice and Part II consolidates work by a number of scholars on supporting transdisciplinary researchers and practitioners.Part III is a series of case studies including several international examples that demonstrate the challenges and rewards of transdisciplinary work. The concluding chapter proposes a future research pathway for understanding the human factors that underpin successful transdisciplinary research.
As Emeritus Professor Valerie Brown AO notes in her Preface, this book moves transdisciplinary inquiry into the academic and social mainstream. It will be of great interest to researchers and practitioners in the fields of sustainability, qualitative research methods, environmental impact assessment and development studies.
Long term thinking (i.e 10, 50, 100, 1000 yrs) planning and evaluation is necessary for the continued success of life on earth. Taking the Long View will become the most valued human capability. Engaging the human population through fun and learning, challenging the intellect and skills, and providing appropriate opportunities to participate enjoyably and effectively in the life of the whole is paramount to successfully embarking on a trajectory in this direction. This process could be called the Long Game for it will provide entertaining, educational, and functional skills based recognition to those who engage with it, and they will be rewarded with satisfying positions in the social structure which supports their needs, and the needs of others. This is a game which can be played for life without boredom or repetition.
This idea is being explored in greater depth here along with a proposal for a planet wide, trans-disciplinary research project which aims to develop a knowledge base from which this “Long Game” strategy can be developed and implemented. Fellows and funding actively sought.
I grieve the common sense that would ensure the continuance of life on earth – I grieve that which is already lost, and that which will be lost due. These great “Last Stands” are all that stand in the way of a human induced global catastrophe.
Lets take ‘life’ as a general principle rather than an attribute. Life is dependant on a complex interconnected web of interactions between a diverse range of individual beings in all forms from the microscopic to the galactic and universal.
Killing myriad lifeforms indiscriminately has already halved the biodiversity on this planet, and is set to render this planet uninhabitable by higher conscious biological lifeforms within our lifetimes (can get the research data for those who require proof).
Meanwhile, the contributing factors to this mass desecration of ‘life’ are known, enforcement of the paradigm where this destruction is rampant continues to escalate, and the viable alternatives to self annihilation by the human species is available but opposed by the current system of global exchange and resource distribution.
It is in this context that I ask my question:
Which right has greater social license – the right to protect and preserve life – or the right to kill?
Please do analyse the question, I think essays would be appropriate, the qualified views of academics and lay persons alike would be a valuable asset to those who would do something else instead.