Sensemaking and survival

AMG – Cause of the Month Suggestion

[ 8/6/20 ]

I’d like to suggest the topic of “sensemaking and survival in times of exponential change”.

What are the different classes of mechanisms used by people to make what sense they do of the world around them?

What are the strengths and weaknesses of each?

What are the threats and opportunities posed?

How can we use this knowledge to move the world situation towards one where all individuals experience reasonable degrees of security, freedom and empowerment; and all individuals acknowledge their social and ecological responsibilities?

Given that technologies are creating exponential opportunities for change in all aspects of living (most particularly in the speed of transmission of new “memes”) – what sort of stories/paradigms/ideas can we create that work in all current contexts/structures?

[followed by 11/6/20]

Things that go bump in the night huh 😉

Over the last few years I have spent quite a bit of time working through several different sets of discussions.

Deb introduced me to Jordan Peterson, and I read and watched everything he put out.   Some really good ideas in some of his stuff, and I really like the ideas around the ritualistic exploration of boundaries (in the context that all levels of complexity require boundaries of some sort to survive (think systems of morality at one level, and by analogy beyond)).
Jordan introduced me to the IDW (intellectual dark web, the Weinstein brothers, and associates).   Some very interesting ideas there.

I have continued my engagement with the Foresight Institute, and over the last few weeks have been doing 1.5 hour sessions most days on zoom with between 20 and 200 others around the globe, looking at aspects of the covid 19 situation and potential responses.

I strongly supported our government in NZ to go early and go hard; and our PM did a superb job of doing that in a generally cooperative rather than coercive way.   And we have had no new cases in the last 3 weeks, and currently have no active cases in the country.

Now what I see as the big issue is the threat of depression.

Many capitalists see depression as an opportunity to grab capital at bargain prices as people sell everything just to survive.   For me all such strategies qualify as cheating strategies on the cooperative that is humanity and put all of our lives at risk.

To me, it seems clear that some sort of universal income needs to happen.   My suggestion is $60 per day tax free to every adult over 18, and a flat 50% income tax over that.   Also a change away from the practice of creating money as debt (which is not sustainable).

We need to accept that there are many threats that are not of human origin that require a whole of humanity response.

Global cooperation does not mean one world government or global sameness.   It mean accepting and embracing diversity.

We must accept the systemic truth that freedom is maximised in cooperative contexts, and that freedom without responsibility is self terminating.   We must all accept that we have social and ecological responsibilities.
Exactly how that looks is likely to be different for each and every one of us.

So interesting times.

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Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see
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