A Time For Bridge-Builders*
It is increasingly clear that the institutions of yesterday are inadequate for the challenges of tomorrow. Multinational corporations bent toward the myopia of quarterly returns are ill-fit for extended periods of volatility and turbulence. Centralized governments, with an opacity built in to ensure secrecy, cannot keep pace with the speed-of-light communications of 21st Century internet-based and mobile technologies. They must be opened up and redesigned with agility and integrity as guiding principles.
What is needed now is nothing less than the wholesale redesign of civilization. Our banking institutions must be reconnected to the thriving of human communities. Our schools and universities must cultivate a creative resilience that enables massive-scale innovation. Our businesses must produce positive social impacts alongside healthy revenues. And our governments must successfully provide the supports through which well-being is sustained and spread across the entirety of nations, cities, and villages.
This schematic captures the essence of what is needed:
Phi Beta Iota: Industrial era information tribes are very slow and have no memory. The study of revolution, for example, shows that it is not just the pace of change that matters, but many other factors about the change as well. This is important because across multiple parameters (for example, defense, education, energy, health, justice) there is generally only ONE truly revolutionary aspect, and that is the aspect of integrated communications and intelligence (decision-support). Communications without intelligence is noise; intelligence without communications is irrelevant. Governments and corporations and other “tribes” have been very foolishly investing in the technical aspect and ignoring the human factor as well as the urgency of integrating the human factor across all boundaries. Also revolutionary are the combination of solar power with water desalination and hydroponics; and broad human understanding that wars are profitable only for the banks, while peace is profitable for everybody.
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