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The Knowledge and Action Platform - Mark Roest

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To the The Future We Deserve community,<br />
What follows probably exceeds 800 words, but it is also a far-reaching systems analysis and vision that can both organize and inform many specific efforts, and maximize the probability of creating a network of network effects, and facilitating the needed changes in economics, social discourse and political power, which will in turn enable the critical, humanity-wide course change in our relationship with nature (and with people who are in some way different from us).
Nick asked a framing question in Coalition of the Willing camp 10-10-10: <br />
We all share a common belief, and this is why we are coming together today. We are committed to improving the quality and sustainability of the world we live in firstly, with financial and other individual gains (mostly) coming second or even further down the list. What I propose to you all is that if our collaborative efforts are more structured, if we can come together and present a more united front, we can and will change the world.
Business men and women have followed the "Knowledge Management"
movement as a way of improving organisational performance by removing
barriers to knowledge transfer within the organisation. However, as we
Mark Roest:
'''Potential Elements of a Future We Deserve Knowledge & Action Platform'''<br />
Here is an answer at the level of the question, without getting into the design and implementation details (I will put that in separate postings).
We create a global system that acts to give voice to the people of the world and to the scientists, prophets and healers who can see nodes, links and dynamics of the whole larger and smaller wholes, and want to teach about and respond to the world's needs. As Doug Engelbart calls for (Bootstrap InsitituteInstitute), we organize this knowledge into a working top-level tool for improving human effectiveness in every area of life -- a dynamic, well-planned knowledgebase.
We facilitate and find support for translating the relevant parts of it into the languages used by the cultures who evolved in and live in partnership with the 667 ecosystems mapped with the sponsorship of National Geographic and the World Wildlife Fund, and the assistance of about 1200 ecologists and other scientists, so that the urban masses and the rural herders, farmers, fishers and others working in nature can access it and make their voices heard, regarding both events on the ground and the policies that are needed to deal with them sustainably and equitably.
One more major opportunity that impacts policy profoundly:
By merging a copy of the input-output analysis database created by The Perryman Group, (an econometric consulting firm in Texas that supports the New Apollo Alliance plan for revitalizing the USA, ) with the knowledgebase, so that both physical and process specifics and non-economic dynamics ('externalities') are represented in the transactions that the input-output database models, we could wind up with not just an operating manual for lifeship earth, but an operations system that we all can use to conduct our personal, family and community businesses, and to steer and grow and stabilize sustainable economies.
This could also support multiple, complementary currencies, such as Fernanda Ibarra is talking about (Coalition of the Willing camp 10-10-10).
Such a system would constitute the synthesis that completes a Hegelian dialectic comprised of:
1. thesis: capitalism (local economic decisions that aggregate through 'the invisible hand of the market' -- but lead to increasing concentration of wealth and power), <br />2. antithesis: Marxist socialism (or the Soviet-style top-down planned economy). <br />
3. synthesis: collective planning by everyone, interacting in a working model of the economies of the planet, with local focus and global reach, with transparency and accountability supported by all who choose partnership over domination.


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