Essays on thinking in three dimensions - whole system design
I know that the message I am trying to convey is difficult for people to grasp. The most consistent response I get is to the effect "I read your philosophical stuff - and I didn't understand it". If you believe that what I am writing is philosophy you have not yet seen how the world is in fact three dimensional.
Understanding how the world really works is the only way that we are going to be able to design and build a future conducive to human life.
The technical description starts with essays like essential unity and I can see how people think that is philosophy (as opposed to a more accurate description of system function than our struggle of good against evil model) but one can also start with the practical applications and work back to how those designs derive from the technical analysis.
I also know that people think I am not very friendly or giving - I never found time to play the word association game at 'the other place' - for example - and I have made only limited contributions to other people's projects. I apologize for that part - I am interested in your success - but the way I can best contribute is to help you see the three dimensional aspects of the two dimensional plans on which you are working. I was never active in the Food Chain group because - aside from the daunting volume of information - you were working on two dimensional business plans - and because, so long as your plans are "market based", you will be unable to overcome "market limitations".
From Better Maps:
It seem to me that there is a limit to what we can expect from the “free market”. Although the market excels at increasing the availability of goods and services at increasingly higher quality and lower price, there is a limit to the abundance the market can create. That limit is the point where the abundance of an item reduces the market value below the cost of production.
Another limitation of the market has to do with the supply and demand for [labor]. Increasing productivity in the market is, by definition, producing more goods and services with fewer people. . . . Those who do not have the skills in demand in the market, become an excess supply of labor driving down wages in the remaining jobs that do not require advanced skills. As the wages of more laborers are reduced, there are fewer goods and services that they can purchase, limiting the number of businesses that can survive providing them goods and services, further reducing the number of jobs and the rate of pay for those jobs.
I am experienced and successful in two dimensional designs and implementation. I built a law practice with the capacity to generate cash on a regular basis without my participation. I then created a set of agreements that allowed my partners and associates to take over the business - and me time to pursue my ideas on three dimensional networking/whole system design. If I were to devote time to your two dimensional designs, I might be able to help, but my heart would not be in it.
Because of climate change, everything we do will change over the next twenty five years. We can let those changes be decided by large organizations like national governments and international corporations, or we can make those decisions locally in the way that best suits us as a community. I prefer the latter, and the latter is more likely to employ the practical applications of three dimensional networking/whole system design referenced above.
It is on that basis that I have been promoting Local Organizing and the Planetary Mind. I have suggested that Ned (the online community) could function in the Planetary Mind role and I have suggested ways that Ned could get involved in developing the tools for the local organizing part. I am still interested in pursuing those ideas - and will remain available to give a three dimensional perspective should any of you be interested - but, I am thinking right now, that I will focus on the local organizing part here in Denver, and hopefully generate a demonstration of the potential for three dimensional networking/whole system design.
"What can We do to make Our community a better place to live?"
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