Back to the Future

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 school teacher and share the benefit of my experience, knowledge and wisdom with the youth in whose hands the future lay.


Planet Pilot Research – Section 1

 1. Accountability Structure

Please see 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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Whole Planet as Sentient Entity?

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.

Sanity option – Hope for the future.


James Greyson outlines a set of implementable strategies by which the human species may rescue the future and experience viable quality of life for all on earth. The conclusion to his introduction states:

“The flood of problems, locally, regionally and globally, already exceeds the capacity of researchers, policy-makers and the wider society to cope. The strategy of handling problems one at a time, a bit at a time, has not worked and cannot work. The solutions are not to be found where they are being sought, within the narrow territory of each symptom. Time is short but a new strategy is available: it is the ‘system’ that must be fixed, not all the separate symptoms. The boundaries of what is realistic need not be set by the struggles of the past nor current economic conditions. What is possible must match what is necessary. Habits of thought, world-views and economic rules-of-the-game can be switched from accelerating the planet crunch to reversing it. The goal of global security, implemented by the proposed policy switches, offers the possibility of future stability, security and prosperity. These switches redirect attention from the daunting list of changes that would be seen if things were working, to the manageable list of changes to make things work. This is not academic nor complicated and if acted upon people would soon wonder why it wasn’t done long ago.”

See James’ website to engage with the whole series of documents presented at NATO Advanced Research Workshop. Split, Croatia 17th-19th June 2009. Published for the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme by Springer, Sept 2010. Publisher’s link (paywall), slides, author’s copy of published full paper, event pdf, previous discussion on, discussion group Fixing Systems Not Symptoms, TEDx talk, Planet Levers project – collaborators welcome!

Global Voice?


I am currently reading “Citizen voice in a globalized world” by Lawrence MacDonald, Bobby Fishkin, and David Witzel


In today’s world, the global economy
is highly interconnected, but the
global polity is weak, rudimentary,
and fragmented. Market forces speak
with a booming voice and get all the
best lines, while nonmarket forces—
especially citizen’s preferences
about global affairs—are typically ill
informed, poorly articulated, and hard
to hear. This paper explores options
for uncovering and amplifying
informed global public opinion as a
means for improving the decisions of
international bodies and of national
and sub-national governments in
regards to global issues. The paper
examines problems in ascertaining
citizen preferences and surveys common approaches. It then makes
the case for a specific approach—
deliberative polling—and explores
possibilities for using it to help
address the comparative weakness of
the global polity.

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Now What?

Global corporate governance is inherently incapable of taking into account the needs of the people upon whom it depends, albeit currently in a parasitic manner. The ‘parasite’ is threatening the well being of it’s host, which is a sub-optimal situation for all concerned. Across all sectors of civil society, the intrinsic rights of individuals are being swiftly eroded, and the inherent responsibilities of governance are being hastily discarded. This is a dangerous situation, and we are on a slippery slope right now.

The corrupting power of the prevailing profit at any price paradigm is threatening the viability of life on this planet. The time we are in are is call to action in itself.


What is most needed now, in my humble opinion, is the capacity to imagine something different, something which has not been effectively tried before, that which is so out of the current paradigmatic box that it is still invisible to most even when it appears amongst us. Some examples of what I feel can empower humanity to climb out of the grave it is digging for itself are already arising in response to the difficulties imposed upon us by the mighty and deadly dangerous “powers that be”.

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Co-creating a new way.

From little things, big things grow.

From humble beginnings, on a conversation thread among friends on Facebook in September 2013

~ real action and commitment to creating actual mechanisms and methodologies which can facilitate widespread, informed, people driven changes ~

This is what needs to be discussed, and developed. Bigger than any one of us, more powerful than any existing power structure, more life affirming than all of human history. This is a conversation where *really* listening to one another may mean the difference between life and death for billions of living beings.

How is listening done? What practices might best empower the process?

An idea has  formed into a seed, a seed which is set to sprout a root into the Earth in South Africa at the winter solstice of 2014. During this time of deep introspection, a core team of inspired volunteers will converge upon the site of earliest human activity that is accessible to us today, and set an intention – to truly co-create the possibility of embracing the new. A deep listening, an honouring, a learning journey, will commence.


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