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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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.
… a culture where quality of life, and generative ecological values are the measure of wealth.
How can we participate in a culture which inspires humans to responsibly steward the planet for future generations of all beings? As the tropics of planet earth are home to a rich profusion of diverse and unique life forms, so the tropics of the imagination are the fertile centre from which springs an infinite diversity of unique thought forms. This resource of inspiration and innovation has been a vital fuel in the evolution of human culture to date. At this time, on the bridge between the juggernaut of history and an uncertain future, imaginative contributions to the ongoing quality of life on earth, for all biological life-forms, is undeniably necessary. This paper sets out to explore international and local trends toward a culture of bio-regional, and by extension, planetary ecological protection, where biodiversity and life-viability are recognised as keys to our future. Proposing that by creatively combining our expertise and resources, creative artists, scientists and engineers can work toward supporting cultural change.
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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?
Natural systems and biodiversity
When we go outside and look into the living environment, whether it be into a small pavement bounded lawn, a public park, a local waterway, or a vast nature reserve, we will notice that there are many things there existing together.
What we know from earth systems science is that for a living environment to be healthy and sustainable it requires as high a degree of biodiversity as it can support. The environments ability to support this biodiversity is a direct measure of its health. When natural systems are healthy, they are constantly changing and evolving, lifeforms are adapting to the prevailing conditions as best they can, some species thrive, others fail and the balance changes over the course of time. What all healthy thriving natural systems have in common is reliable sources of water, integrity of the soil, adaptive vegetation and populations of microbes, fungi, and insects which anchor the food chain for larger plants and animals. In turn these tiny keystone species are dependent upon a conducive environment in which to flourish, so we can see that a natural system is a set of interdependent sub-systems.
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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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