The Social Cradle for Survivable Futures

SOCIAL CRADLE

Our own development is integral to the evolution of the whole of human culture. Pursuing the realization of non-separation between the self and the world is crucial to the unfoldment of this process. Evolutionary paradigms describe the spiral of basic beliefs. Increasing levels of connection lead towards increasing systemic order.

HELP ME (Basic Survival)
TRIBAL We (Collective Survival
GRATIFY Me (Immediate Wants)
RIGHTEOUS We (Stable Authority)
COMPETETIVE Me (Material Success)
HOLISTIC Us (Global Harmony)
INTERDEPENDENT Me (Sustainable World)
SPIRITUAL We (Collective Renewal)

Fundamental Principles of the social dimension of the developed plan would need to include holonesquely:

· Express resolve to establish procedural and educational planning strategies – to gain public commitment to a set of fundamental principles – including ethical responsibilities to be adopted by all – to guide future urban and rural planning
· Present ethical arguments capable of practical demonstration and thus able to win public commitment to the principles of long term sustainability and responsibility for future generations:
· Call for public acceptance of a planning horizon that extends beyond 2020 to at least 2050, and preferably 2100.
· Ability to argue for public acceptance of the imperative to innovate and plan in science and art for a post-carbon era.
· Argue for public commitment to plan for and live within eco-regional carrying capacity and footprint limits.

Overall Planning Procedure, the developed plan would need to:

· Call for public submissions on alternative structure plan concepts for greenfield sites.
· Outline plans for submitting alternative structure plans to post-carbon era sustainability tests and comparative analyses in order to inform public choice.
· Outline strategies to engage public in democratic deliberation to (1) determine consent for the basic principles needed to guide evaluation and choice of alternative structure plans (2) decide on structure plans
· Outline plans to advance social methodologies for participation and technical methodologies for calculating eco-regional carrying capacity, and holonic footprinting (see explanation herewith) in order to inform decision making on structure plans. Outline plans to engage local/global partnerships and collaborations to undertake the research, and indicate the timeline for research completion.
· Outline action goals to engage educators in all sectors – schools, universities, communities, NGO’s, government agencies and corporations – to facilitate collaboratively the social learning and deliberation on the scale required (so that key players can anticipate the role they will need to play.
Greenfield Structure Plans should:
· Convey the known alternative conceptual options for guiding development of the structure plans and provide links to websites that provide developing analyses and discussion forums around each of the options.

· Include constitutional recognition of the following critical design policy issues:

1. Governance – constitution, grievance procedure – one day per week
2. Dependency – drugs and dole – addictions to chemicals and government handouts
3. Macro Planning – almost absent even obscenely so – rurban
4. Site Planning – economy – generate at least 2/3rds employment locally, contact patterns, relationship within and between the buildings, network market with other EV’s and so forth
5. Innovation – socially and technologically e.g. building materials solar decathlon wise
6. Focus – induction commitment ongoing involvement, agency structure balance
7. Community leaning the EV as a B&B
8. Socio-economic outreach – too often EVs are live in work out a sort of middle class boomer retirees pose’ with no economic centre with hundreds of regulations about noxious weeds and so forth with no through going evolving participation process and can only work for the educated upper middle class
9. Footprint – individually, house, household and community – this is one criteria that, I’m pleased to say, most of the EV’s have taken on board
10. All these integrated into participatory Design

· Outline plans to engage authorities and academic institutions to undertake suitability mapping and start-up siting for the development and demonstration of alternative planning models that offer promising long term sustainability prospects. (Wildman, 2008)

Negentropic Glocal Futuring:

‘It was Plato who introduced ‘the division between those who know and do not act and those who act and do not know,’ Paul Wildman explained in his eBook on Zen and the Artifice of Ingenuity (2008). After Plato in the West we have doggedly followed a staunchly mechanist view, identified with Newton, that ‘The Universe was a mechanical one whose order was maintained by a distant God’. Yet Newton in fact wrote more on alchemy than mathematics: he saw the universe enlivened by emotion and love. These works remain unpublished. The results of this split are readily seen today in terms of the specialisation of skills, separation of academia from actual social change projects, separation of producing from consuming e.g. we are moving rapidly away from being ‘prosumers’ – having our own gardens, making our own clothes and other bush mechanic type activities. Arendt (1963) claims this is the challenge for modernity: to re-braid thinking and doing.

In today’s complex and turbulent world it is vital to have futurists who can collaborate on collective projects, focus on action codified in exemplar projects and validate actions towards a better world. Unfortunately, current ‘education’ systems focus almost exclusively on the individual learner and have separated the learner from the praxis of the lived life. Furthermore, classrooms separate the learner from design, production and integration of learning into community life. Overcoming this separation of thinking and doing is one of the key challenges for post-postmodern glocalized future.

We may be able to meet this challenge as innovative individuals who look forward wisely and solve collective problems today through applying ingenuity with what is available, thus integrating thinking, doing and being in what in ancient times was called poiesis. Human knowledge of neg-entropic processes is urgently needed to avoid extinction. Sir Isaac Newton referred to the basic universal physics as a profound living philosophy to balance the mechanical description of the universe. This has become known as ethical physics and is known today through the logic of life viz. fractal logic the logic of neg-entropy. The holographic universe that such an approach begets and in turn begets it, is infinite, open, evolutionary and ethical – the new logic. This new logic needs to become the model for our social sciences such as economics. [Paul Wildman, Ph.D., (2003), (2004)]

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