Deep Futuring

Attributes of Negentropic Deep Futuring

Virtual Personalities:

Interacting & Teaching in Social Networks; Gender Reunion; Makers, Producers and Servers, Communicative Action, Learning in Action; Action Research; Social Negentropy. An integrated politics of partnership no longer splits off the “private sphere” from the “public sphere” or “women’s rights” and “children’s rights” from “human rights.” The personal is individual, collective and political.

On the basis of criteria identified by Wildman (2003), some characteristics of social neg-entropy are:

1. Giving (in that giving from the heart without necessary expectation of return generates good will – an esoteric form of neg-entropy)
2· Empathy (care and concern for others health and well being as well as yourself)
3· Net energy creation (as contrasted to an energy sink)
4· Organologic (such as diversity encouraging, fractal geometry, spectral-reserve, self-organisation, recursiveness)
5· Diversity harmonising cp. to Conformity centralisation
6· Informal/outside the box (in that all the formal economic structures are now seriously entropic and generally shrink wrap any within house initiative); not one best way; the whole is more than the sum of the parts, neg-waste (another word for entropy)
7· Trans rational from either or to either and ie. towards the theory of the included middle where something can be both a and b rather than only a or b – with no middle overlap
8. Rebraiding thinking and doing
9· Replacing black with green letter law – this means being rewarded for what we will do right tomorrow and not punished for what we did wrong today. Wildman (2003).

Bridging & Bonding:

Wider and Deeper Global Networking; Learning Circles; Emotional and Action Learning
Value is viable and thus valuable neg-entropic complexity and evolution may be seen as the increasing of diversity within this viable complexity through self-organisation and fractal logic. This will then lead to the emergence of something valuable and potentially viable which can be found by such self-organising fluctuations among the neighbouring possibilities.

Ethical Economics:

Considerations of Ethical Economics includes for instance recognition of the importance of the Physical Economy cp. the Monetary Economy; Fractally Embedded Self-Reliant Economic and Political Systems; Creative Partnership Futures. See for instance Wildman (2003).

Cultural Reclamation:

Positive Sum Situations; Intentional Community; Anticipating Emerging Issues; Deliberative Democracy
Tocqueville 1825 identified a form of oppression as ‘mild despotism’, which he saw as erosion of liberty far more serious than violent form of despotism characteristic of feudal societies. Corporate feudalism rolls back the world clock by imposing propagandised groupthink of the lowest common denominator:

‘it covers society’s surface with a network of small, complicated, painstaking, uniform rules though which the most original minds and the most vigorous souls cannot clear a way to surpass the crowd: it does not break wills, but it softens them, bends them, and directs them; it really forces one to act, and constantly opposes itself to one’s acting; it does not destroy, it prevents things from being born; it does not tyrannise, it hinders, compromises enervates (deprives, weakens), extinguishes, dazes, and finally reduces each person to being nothing more than a herd of timid and industrious animals (robots?) of which the government is the shepherd.’ Young (2001:38).

Cultural Dynamics of Self-Organizing Chaos, Order and Negentropy

We may be able to organize boundary conditions under which evolution on earth can continue. These boundary conditions are therefore no longer purely biological they have evolved to be culturological. The spreading of this logical insight about the primacy of mental and cultural evolution is the key task, which, we have to fulfill in a hurry, and globally. We need a Socio-Cultural Neg-Entropic Innovation Process and we only have a generation to do it.

Such a Neg-Entropic Social Innovation Process (NESIP) needs to focus on:

1· Glocal Governance
2· Glocal responsiveness to socio-cultural events and acts of terrorism
3· Zones of Social Innovation – resourced e.g. through private philanthropy or the UN
4· Strong commitment to improve the health and well being of all people and peoples
5· A Physics Of Love that ennobles relationships between living entities and enriches our planet leading to a deeper respect for all life and what supports it. This way of being is called ‘relatio’ where relationships, as a way of knowing, become neg-entropic. Wildman (1996).


Evergreen Revolution; Metafuture; Compassionate Community; Collective Responsibility. Futuring means bringing proactive concrete responses to future issues into present-day operation. Rebraiding thinking and doing, this approach is suitable to present day challenges derived from global issues. This ancient ‘rebraiding’approach to futuring demonstrates a better tomorrow today, cutting the lag time from innovation to diffusion, and has the following characteristics.

· Mapping the Present and the Future through methods and tools such as the futures triangle and the futures landscape
· Anticipating the Future through methods such as emerging issues analysis and the futures wheel
· Timing the Future, understanding the grand patterns of change, macrohistory and macrofutures.
· Deepening the Future through methods such as causal layered analysis and four quadrant mapping
· Creating Alternatives to the Present through methods such as scenarios and nuts and bolts
· Transforming the Present and Creating the Future through visioning, backcasting, action learning and the transcend conflict resolution method. (Sohail Inayatullah; )

Establishing a Roadmap

A roadmap is the outcome of a collaborative foresight process that can include general and structure plans as outlined above and also it is an outcome that considers a broad set of strategies important to reaching back from a goal in the future. In this article we argue that to be neg-entropic such roadmaps need grow organically from within the social cradle outlined above and in this sense can include vision statements, forecasts, scenarios, strategy and plans, and yet deepen as they go beyond such roadmap tools in three crucial ways:

1. They emerge in a collaboration network of transdisciplinary and cooperating experts,
2. They emphasise uncertainties and challenges in the environment and in causations in the environment as well as within the researcher and use fractal logic and evo-devo sustainability, as well as identifying probable and preferred futures, and
3. They have long-term time horizons (25 years plus is de rigueur as one must structurally move beyond ones lifetime) by comparison to traditional forecasts and plans. (

Fractal Logic:

Scientists throughout the world working at the cutting edge of human survival technology are now seeking a multidisciplinary solution to the social, economic and environmental crises threatening us all. There is a desire in Western culture to try, in some way, to enhance human values. Clearly, waste-based Western technology and over-consumption is now systematically causing the destruction of human values and the degradation of the global environment. More holistic worldviews of science and technology (Poetry Science; Science-Art; Freestyle Multimedia; Know-Brow Art) can lead toward viable visions of an optimistic future.

Art connected to Source and the zeitgeist of its times has a living taproot in the matrix of evolution. Our works “work” when they work themselves through our culture, based on that culture’s underlying psychological need. They become meaningful if perceived as carrying revelatory weight that somehow illuminates our collective lives. They may not be “true”, but good things come of this generative vision, reaffirming and celebrating our humanity.

Recent major scientific discoveries have been made which demonstrate that the living process is indeed associated with a very complex infinite universal energy system. New understanding of complexity and self-organization in nature, nature’s own means of self-assembly, reveals its geometrical basis. This new paradigm, rooted in Chaos Theory, Complexity and Holographic Theory, also identifies the geometrical logic base that retrieves the lost ethical and humane physics value system.

We can use this scientific knowledge to construct a global human survival technology of unimaginable wealth, resources and human opportunity. The catalytic properties of art have been identified as the essential ingredient needed to provide the opportunity for this human survival technology to be developed. Artists actively demonstrate the environments of the future and create new valuecosms. Biotech and cosmotech are less likely than infotech to be disruptive over the next 30 years.

Human survival technology must link life to an aspect of infinite universal reality. The culture shock associated with collapse of the entropic paradigm is enormous. The issue embraces fundamental human ethical values, and sooner or later it must enter the international legal system on behalf of global human survival. Already the United Nations University Millennium Project, South Pacific Node, American Council, has fully endorsed the concept of using Creative Physics fractal logic for the cause of global world peace and such an awareness is growing via the internet.

Glocalisation for Survival

In this article we have argued that human survival requires nothing less that the re-emergence of negentropic science and art which are braided together much as the Science-Art Centre Guild indicates by the term ‘fractal logic.’ It represents a paradigm shift from materialistic to holistic attitudes and presumed truths as a negentropic survival strategy.

Chaos theory helps us explain how new forms, or orders, even new self-images, cultural paradigms, and innovative artworks and scientific discoveries emerge. It is the third revolution in science after relativity and quantum theory. It is the prime source of unpredictability in the macrocosmic world and the human scale, formerly described only by classical Newtonian physics. Chaos and complexity is nature’s own way of organizing systems and creating structure. All systems emerge from and eventually dissolve back into chaos.

Fractals, nature’s dynamic self-organizing pattern, exist in the paradoxical space between dimensions, levels and forces of existence. They arise at the interface between processes, at boundary zones where they serve both to connect and separate multiple levels. They translate information/energy, structuring dimensions by adding or recursively removing structure, embodying evolution and change. Fractal dynamics escalate change from tiny to large scales.


Holonism is a paradigm – a worldview, which is equally applicable to the universe and our human existence. It represents an escalation or change of domains from materialistic science. Chaos Theory is not a metaphor, per se, but functions as a science metaphor to describe systems, organisms, and dynamic behaviour, including complex adaptation. Fractal logic helps us access the aesthetic functions of ambiguity and paradox without polarization.

Order emerges from the creative edge of chaos – each self-similar local point is the Zero-Point centre of global fractal involvement, a mutual influence in the zone of interaction. Each point radiates creative potential. Local creativity is entangled in the totality of the global matrix. All interactions can be observed at all levels of complexity. The matrix of our creativity, active learning (by doing and shaping) and social structures helps us shape our glocal future. Elements link and combine in a virtually infinite contextual landscape and coordinate as concrete action.

Global connectivity – glocalization describes patterns within patterns — the multiplicity of factors and nonlocal relationships between each finite part of a system. In this post-Postmodern view, fragmentation is overcome synergetically. We are co-extensive with more vehicles for our consciousness than our physical bodies. Fractal logic helps us understand and exploit global processes, even when we can’t predict or control them.

Fractal logic is the logic of life, the basis of form, networks of nested networks – the logic of repeating patterns imposes itself at any level as an ingenious method of information storage, compression, transfer and indexing. The potentially infinite is actualized as a finite resource in a recursive fractal structure. De-centralized, de-territorialized platforms for communication, work and play, such as cell-phones, the Internet and Wii allow us to interact globally from any zero-point locale.

Wisdom and compassion are transmitted by harmonic resonance, by fractal affect – each of us carries within us the characteristics of all others. Thus, we move organically and experientially via cognitive and affective tuning from a paradigm of scarcity to one of infinite creative potential and hyper-connectivity, interdependence and spirituality for the betterment of the global human condition. This circular logic is embodied in Earth’s beautiful biosphere and promises a New Renaissance in science and art. The World will decide.

Ethical Economics is glocal – bottom up community economy development as opposed to top down Globalisation first. Further it is dedicated to the physical economy as opposed to the monetary economy we see so rampant today in our globalised nation based economies.

Rurban Planning – glocalisation requires self sufficient innovative bioregional permaculture netweaved sustainable settlements that braid rural and urban planning. These settlements need to ‘manage their footprint. Such planning also needs to be able to retrofit brownfield and design from scratch Greenfield sites.

Learning by thinking and doing – this is artificer learning, praxis learning, anticipatory action learning and so forth. In all instances this type of learning braids even blends thinking and doing and reflects what one may refer to as ‘indigenous circumstance’. Here kids and adults learn together vertically as well as horizontally in age cohorts.


In short the authors believe nothing less than the future of humanity depends of this redux of science and the re-emergence of neg-entropic science art~ifice. On this basis we have dedicated this site and established SAGI itself. We welcome contributions comments, ideas and projects along these lines. Maybe by featuring (y)our work we can help build towards a critical mass for this type of integrated science-art.


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