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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I like to imagine stuff, especially cool stuff that could help make the world work for all living beings…
A culture of respect, admiration and gratitude for worthy, suitably qualified ‘leadership’. Teams of the most highly qualified domain experts in positions of global responsibility. Viable ethics in all interactions the measure of worthy participation at the scale of a flourishing planetary civilisation. A society filled with access to creative opportunities for all its people, where the sense of belonging and worth are supported by systemic processes whereby we find our best expression and fit in the social milieu. Seamless integration of environment, economy, technology and biology….
How do we get from here to there?
What do we need?
on September 17th this year I will present a paper to the Tropics of the Imagination conference at the Cairns Institute of James Cook University, Australia.
Here is a sneak preview of the introduction.
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Times of great change involve cycles of endings and beginnings. For there to be new life in spring, autumn must strip the trees bare and winter kill off that which does not belong to the seasons to come. With the longer cycles of the earth, we know from the sciences that this planet has been through many periods of flourishing when myriad creatures emerged and evolved only to disappear again when conditions changed. Times of warmth and fertility have been followed by periods of icy desolation, and when cataclysmic events have occurred which left only small traces of life on the planet from all life as we know it has evolved from those small beginnings. So it is also with human scale cycles, such as the evolution of civilisations. We can see in the example of the Roman empire, how a flourishing collective life form reached an unprecedented level of technological and cultural sophistication, only to move through the cycles of decay and decline that led to its eventual demise. More evidence of ancient civilisations from prehistoric times comes to light every year, and we can only surmise that they too had their cycles of growth and decay before their collective lives disappeared. An interesting read along these lines is a book called “Collapse” by Jared Diamond, which brings together a lot of evidence and creates a compelling narrative around the topic of endings at the scale of human civilisations..
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Over the years I have had a series of seemingly precognitive dreams about the future of human civilisation. Now, one could be forgiven for assuming that these may have an apocalyptic or distopian flavour, however this is not the case, and each time I receive another instalment in this dream series it refreshes my sense of hope and joy, and faith in humanity.
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This post introduces my lifetime project:
This document describes a perceived potential movement toward a coherent, integrated planetary paradigm, in which our best intelligence, technology and ethics combine to underpin a new era of truly ‘civilised‘, as in gracious, and relatively enlightened, behaviour among beings.
The thought experiment driving the evolution and development of this idea for over 8 years is: “if I were a sentient entity at the scale of our planet, what would I need in order to become functionally self-aware?” the subtext to that inquiry is, “what evidence, if anything, is there which points to the possibility that a higher order entity (existing governments, ngo’s and corporations not withstanding) may be emerging from the sum of human interactions?”
So this document, and the diagram it describes are one possible example of a high altitude overview, or meta-perspective,addressing the inquiry set out in that thought experiment. Using this type of perspectival lens through which to assess the available information, we can begin to formulate a hypothesised set of basic pre-requisites that a planet sized being might need to become functionally self-aware. This is admittedly a hypothetical metaphysics for a hypothetical paradigm. The experience of living the reality of such a paradigm, if actualised, could be well worth the time it takes to develop and test this kind of model. Please note that this example is not suggested as an absolute in any way, this is simply an example of applied experimentation in metaphysics.
Obviously, there is much more to the picture than can be illustrated in a concise overview such as this, and many nested levels of complexity could be revealed through further research. I have endeavoured to limit the inquiry to genuinely meta-level structures and dynamics for the sake of initial simplicity. I hope to continue refining this inquiry, as I believe that useful and relevant information will be revealed which could enhance our capacity to continue evolving as a species, while finding our balance in relation to our planet and the rest of the living beings in our galactic neighbourhood.
I welcome feedback as the scope of this project is as wide as those who participate.