Glocalization for Human Survival

Artificer or artificer learner now may be defined as: someone who while being deeply and broadly technically skilled is reflexively orientated and who ethically and participatively explores the big picture and prioritises, chooses, designs and enacts forward wisely by creatively developing prototypes towards a world transformed. [Paul Wildman 15-12-03]
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Glocalization proposes both theory and practice for bridging global/local scales in an alternative equitable international system, using a mosaic of committed key actors in the physical and electronic environment. McLuhan called the environment a programmed teaching machine. The meaning of globally accessible information becomes organized in its local context as coherence. Intense local and extensive global interaction is a dynamic that operates in fractally embedded spatial and cultural dimensions. It mobilizes social and economic interaction at the local, national and transnational levels, igniting our active responsibility for future generations.

A potential movement, a peace-building activity combining realism and idealism, glocalization is a bottom-up view of the complex process of harmonizing local and global needs for sustainable futures. It brings globalization issues down to the human scale, linking committed local and global social actors.

Keywords: Futuring, Chaos theory, negentropy, fractal-logic, creativity, values and ethics, sustainable lifestyles, learning, holism, communication, science-art, networking, depth psychology, transpersonal psychology, paradigm shift, complexity, imagination, consciousness studies, fractal logic.

INTELLIGENT NETWORKS: The immediate goal of glocalization’s scale-relativity is practical development of pilot projects and best practice exemplars and policies that can be applied in many if not all areas. It includes proposals and concrete initiatives that promote balance of local and global dimensions via information sharing on a global or transregional basis. The purpose of aspirational futuring is not to predict the future, but to audaciously improve it. Wiser futures require trend identification and scenario development. Scenarios embrace and explore uncertainty in conceptual frameworks.

By adhering to a mechanistic worldview, Western civilization is on a path to extinction, says Science-Art philosopher Robert Pope. The ancient knowledge passed on by the Greeks upheld a survival science, a “Savior science” that was misinterpreted by Leonardo da Vinci but was privately understood by Isaac Newton. Da Vinci by “inadvertently” obscuring the “principle of creation” helped bring into existence a mechanistic mindset that is now accelerating a global crisis of destruction. He presumed all of the universe could be made visible to human perception, and yet the Greeks, and other ancients before them, identified with a universal reality in which harmonious, invisible atomic movement generated divine wisdom.

Negentropic futuring includes six synergetic aspects: 1) mapping acceleration, 2) anticipating, 3) timing and 4) deepening the future, 5) creating alternatives to the present and 6) transformation. Aspirational futuring includes environmental scanning, forecasts, scenarios, visions, audacious goals and understanding change and strategic issues (analysis).

Trends identify key forces shaping the future. Environmental scanning includes global, local, political, economic, technological, environmental and social trends. Scenarios map plausible and visionary space. Roadmaps help us visualize strategies and collaborative foresight, which evokes collective visualization. Paradigms are the assumed truths of our logic. Acceleration is built into the physics of the universe. We can draw from the organic metaphors of quantum physics, field theory, and chaos theory to illuminate the state of the arts.

In open systems, negentropy is the life-promoting generative force of the universe. It is the mobilization of our creative potential with cascades of positive results. Negentropy (emergent order from chaos) is a nonlinear higher order system, a dynamically creative ordering of information. Life feeds on negentropy. It is syntropy of free energy and organization. Complex systems can explode into higher forms of order and involvement — phase transitions to networked consciousness and intelligence.

Life is a survival-supporting negentropic pump. Thinking, science, and art are therefore neg-entropic. Negentropy, like art –as in the painting below, is ‘in-form-active.’ It is related to mutual information exchange and meaning. Information is embodied in the fractal nature of imagery and symbols, which compress the informational content of the whole. Opportunities are fractally reiterative instants and situations, openings for unpredictable synergy, quantum leaps — chance and choice. The better we understand complex arrangements, the better we understand and cope with what is going on.

Creativity is an emergent phenomenon patterned by strange attractors, which govern the complexity of information in dynamic flow. If you can’t see how to use continually less matter, energy, space, or time (physical resources) in your scheme to improve human performance, then you aren’t operating at the ‘leading edge’ of the tidal wave—somewhere else on the planet things are flowing much faster and more efficiently, and will soon change your game. How can we give people a choice as to which values they want to maximize first, so that different cultures can take different paths toward an inevitably faster future?

Negentropic Socioeconomic Transformation:

Can we formulate tailored local responses to growth imperatives from the inevitable forces of globalization? A combination of ‘Globalization’ and ‘Localization,’ Glocalization was first used by transnational corporations to mean a global marketing adaptation strategy. This corporate “buzzword,” a top-down view is NOT what this view is about. Joining negentropic vortices in global networks is a closer image.

Milton Friedman defines glocalization as “the ability of a culture, when it encounters other strong cultures, to absorb influences that naturally fit into and can enrich that culture, to resist those things that are truly alien and to compartmentalize those things that, while different, can nevertheless be enjoyed and celebrated as different.” A structural shift in information flow, Web 2.0 is about glocalization, it is about making global information available to local social contexts and giving people the flexibility to find, organize, share and create information in a locally meaningful fashion that is globally accessible.

Glocalization Definitions:

Diverse, over-lapping fields of global-local linkages — pan-locality, a merging of global opportunities and local interests, aiming to create a more socio-economically balanced world, reconceptualized in non-geographical terms. Comprehensive connectedness.

Conceptually Local: Combining globalization and localization, the coined-term Glocalization proposes both theory and practice for bridging scales in an alternative equitable international system, using a mosaic of committed key actors, including a full range of local, national, international, public, private, and nonprofit entities. The meaning of globally accessible information becomes organized in its local context. It means unpredictaly doing more than we know.

Networked Individualism: Intense local and extensive global interaction. Glocality is the social equivalent of “nonlocality” and entanglement in quantum physics.This dynamic operates in fractally embedded spatial and cultural dimensions to mobilize social and economic interaction at the local, national and transnational levels, responding to our responsibility to future generations. Deterritorialized active learning processes rooted in mutual understanding of needs, problems and solutions. Decentralized globalization, prioritizing strategic peacebuilding.

Placeless Power & Interconnectivity: A conscious development strategy, empowering non-subjugated localities to develop direct economic and cultural relationships to the global system through information technologies, bypassing and subverting traditional power hierarchies like national governments and markets. The identity-affirming senses of place, neighborhood, town, locale, ethnicity, etc. survive (if just barely) against the global onslaught of global capitalism, media, and network identities. Systematic integration of social and economic issues.

Vision: Activating & Motivating Individuated Autonomy

Glocalization is a potential movement, a peace-building activity combining realism and idealism. It is a bottom-up view of the complex process of harmonizing local and global needs for sustainable futures. It brings globalization issues down to the human scale.

Social Synergy: Glocalization links committed local and global actors, including virtual personalities, individuals, local, national and international business, governmental and nonprofit entities, coupling and decoupling for positive sum solutions. We can harness the benefits of multinational globalization, ethical economics and repurposing open-source information for local realities by extensive local and long-distance interactions.

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