a question to 21st : will men at top of globe leave the peoples to suffer all the troubles first?The death of distance future history we wrote in 1984 (the final book of a trilogy whose first 2 episodes were published as surveys in The Economist 1976 1982 ) predicted the next decade would revolve round reconciling this risk. In a networked age the people at the top are not as smart as connecting what we could all observe, question, collectively knowledge work around.
If this decade 2000-2010 fails in this globalisation reconciliation, 1 we will have failed our children's generation and started mankind's destruction of the earth. Call that the George Orwell scenario or which ever scifi apocalypse tomorrow you have had the closets encounter with. If however we succeed in mapping a way through so that the top listen to the people and use media to ask the next big questions rather than to image over reality, then we forecast that the 21st C will be the age when humankind finally grows up in the greatest collaboration and civilisation imaginable.
OUR MISSIONS at MACRAE.NETS
WE will keep circulating our scripts on Death of Distance and Entrepreneurial Revolution for Open Debate wherever people sources linkin or netizens co-blog A B C D
We will develop a website valuetrue.com where all transparency communities are invited to map out hi-trust relationships and transparencies between the boundaries of one place and another, or one competitive corporation and another, or one management profession and another. We will update any trouble stories that appear in the hope that out of conflicts pattern rules higher order harmony can be facilitated. This reflects the number 1 learning about innovation and peace of open space in its first 50000 rehearsals that Harrison Owen's worldwide alumni began about the same time as we started issuing earth of distance debating scripts. May all your good's love unite around large scale people meetings wherever the souls and spirits are trying their best to love one another.
valuetrue - a cross-sectional sample or troubles- March 2006
March 06 - ClubofPakistan continues to search through how the world could help with people's desperate needs; we hear a lot from Spiral Dynamists and Integral System theorists but clearly their roadshow in Denmark a few years back didn't nurture enough worldwide understanding among the media and cartoon communities; system mapmakers have no business to offer methods that do not open up interfaces with other system methods in cross-cultural ways; we applaud Brainjams for its intent to move its open space roadshow on the deepest possibilities of silicon valley and web2.1 to disadvantaged cities, New Orleans next stop; Oh Paris you are the love and terror of my life and Brussel Sprouts are the one food whose knowledge you are the worst in the world maitre D'
OPEN SPACE RACES
FRAP! & globalcharters: we are starting to map the who's concerned who of waves all over the world - clean energy, education, knowledge, brand
August 05 - Sarajevo's story from Paul -Thank you. I have been here for three days. It is one of the most intense places I have ever been. Sarajevo is itself exquisitely beautiful, with architecture dating from the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires while at the same time everywhere the scars of war are evident. Also, everyone has a story of pain. Together, it is almost too much to bear. The task of reconciliation is certainly a massive one!
Appreciating other's places
How we announced MyWorldAtlas to The Open Space Community whose shared listserve is as inquisitive for humanity's sake as any yet known to valuetrue transparency communities and ASIN emerging at BBCican.
|I have been piloting this systemic construct's components for quite a long while now, and feel confident enough to expose it to your advice. Doubtless it needs huge improvement. I have long believed an open networking world needs a whole new atlas to take economics above zero-sum extraction - our dream journey begins at global university with helping people to develop a different map for every humanitarian agenda that replicates globally but requires active resolution locally.|
Oddly, as I begin to network professionally with sustainabilty investment analysts - defined to be those whose prime concern is mathematically quantifying future exponentials - I believe that service and knowledge community businesses could learn from this paradigm too. See through maps of how key relationships of productivities and demands win-win-win make a company's most attractive (unique founding) purpose sustainable if it a company is prepared to make its reputation an open gateway to better futures for as many people as possible (an old fashion view of why people commit working lives to organisation). This seems to be acutely true in transformation contexts needing appreciation of Harrison's Triple-C : Conflict-Chaos-Confusion template for reconciliation.
The first component of MyWorldAtlas is literally to issue an invitation to a person or people in a network who appear to have a common gravity that I would hope to mutually multiply trust around.
In issuing such invitations, its often unclear who needs to co-mentor who first- that is part of the exploration permit or open space dialogue. I am sure, since Open Spaces are the greatest invitation gatherings around, you could edit a better invitation but the one our (1) MyWorldAtlas network uses currently is approximately this
Typical Co-Navigation Opening Offer Between Deep Context MyWorldAtlas Cartographers
The more I read of your ideas and concerns , the more I would like to work as virtual partners on a deep joint project
By a deep issue context I mean: any one that you will be passionate about over the next 7 years and need some joint open searching, linking, promotion, facilitation, action project prooftesting and global replication. I don't particularly mind whether a nomination is commercial or wholly humanitarian as long as it does not close off collaborative learnings and transparency work I try to do with many others and other networks.
The bigger the challenge the better as long as you know some of your time/passion will compound around its action learning curve. I have been piloting a rough idea which I call MyWorldAtlas that I can illustrate better to show how to iteratively connect around a context, but I would need to hear or rehearse with you what the deepest context you are interested in from where you observe and experience life and sustainable value development. One reason why big actually helps me is that I mail coordinators of powerful networks with expressions of interest of people I link with giving them a menu which test out whether their network is actually up for action. One example of a target I want to test over the next 6 weeks is (3) clintonglobalinitiative.com - I get to hear of a new one of these almost monthly, and whilst I expect 11 out of 12 won't listen, (4) At Interlocal I later publish the gist of the letters I wrote and so discover who is prepared to work all the way with the people everyplace and who is just in a summit world of their own kind
chris macrae , firstname.lastname@example.org - London & Washington DC, Project30000
Our official journalist biographer of Transparency Mapping's first 5 years of learning from all our communal members has just sent me a complete draft of chapters.
If you want to peak at some, say which
We ask that however short, you post a comment back to us after reading any chapter. Your comments will not be named anywhere unless we receive your permission
email chris macrae
Can we simultaneously learn from New Orleans, 77/7, Tsunami, 9/11...? We profile New Orleans here because it may have the most learning loops all the way down from superpower to communities whose fragility may be cause by nature's extremities on man's more selfish divides compounded over many periods of government. In most situations, we have local disaster clubs continuing action learning and regeneration from their epicentre of crisis- ask email@example.com if you want or can help guiding transparent learning from these situations. Thanks
Exploring New Orleans Future : Doublequotes is full of tense clues
Sep 16, 2005 — President Bush said Friday that the Gulf Coast must be rebuilt with an eye toward wiping out the persistent poverty and racial injustice plain to all in the suffering of the black and the poor in Hurricane Katrina's wake.
"As we clear away the debris of a hurricane, let us also clear away the legacy of inequality," Bush said during a national prayer service with other political leaders and religious figures from the affected region at the National Cathedral."
Also Friday, White House officials said that taxpayers will pay the bill for the massive reconstruction program for the hurricane ravaged-Gulf Coast and that the huge expense will worsen the nation's budget deficit.
Before Bush's remarks, Bishop T.D. Jakes, head of 30,000-member Potter's House church in Dallas, delivered a powerful sermon in which he called upon Americans to "dare to discuss the unmentionable issues that confront us" and to not rest until the poor are raised to an acceptable living standard.
"Katrina, perhaps, she has done something to this nation that needed to be done," Jakes said. "We can no longer be a nation that overlooks the poor and the suffering, that continues past the ghetto on our way to the Mardi Gras."
Bush, faced with continuing questions about whether help would have been sent more quickly to the storm zone if most victims had not been poor and black, echoed those themes in his brief remarks.
"Some of the greatest hardships fell upon citizens already facing lives of struggle, the elderly, the vulnerable and the poor," he said. "As we rebuild homes and businesses, we will renew our promise as a land of equality and decency and one day Americans will look back at the response to Hurricane Katrina and say that our country grew not only in prosperity but in character and justice."
vt says- lets make as start with some Washington DC cafe circles (and share ideas across other cities like London &...) discussing these intents and also survey what are the most valued humanity networks that invite volunteers to activate thier joint concerns
Top Billing for Grassroots Testimonies eg this - please email firstname.lastname@example.org others of similar depth or diversity
The Washington Post of Sept 11 carried a complete calendar of breakdowns between all major organisations in the first 2 weeks of Katrina's disaster. Even more clearly than the tragedy 4 years earlier, this shows how the prosperity of human beings everywhere is declining unless we can learn to value transparency as the new vital dynamic of our networked globe and communities everywhere.
What if we explore governing America transparently: as a network of states where people's cultures flourish- we feel that a more human way can be found of sustaining states like Louisiana and cities like New Orleans than today's short-term power-brokering. We have a dream perhaps, but backed up by networking economics we began work on in 1984 that cherishes community-up transparency and enabling people to make a difference and seeks to resolve conflicts of sustainability systemically ahead of time. If this might be a discussion group you want to be in join our egroup valuationUSA here.
In our networked worlds and interlinking economies & societies 1 2 3 4 5, over-reliance on one system’s command and controls is every being’s greatest risk.
What do New York, New Orleans, Phuket Island, London, Baghdad & Various African States have in common? Were they one-offs or will their compound root causes recur in other cities (or geographically people-tied places)?
Quite simply, we can see that all these geographies of citizen networks (aka societies) were devastated by terrifying acts of man or nature. Some unprepared for a single destructive stroke, many degraded by compounding distrust or short-term monetisation.
Analyse these system crises more deeply for common patterns - and warn yourself by asking would you want your family's future to rely solely on 20th C -pre-networked, pre-global&local - ideologies like these:
|Nightline, ABC Sept 1: To hear federal & local authorities discuss the plight of New Orleans today is to know that one is seriously out of touch or incapable of confronting the truth|
Open Networks that can help share pattern rules of World Citizen Simultaneity include:
Utellus of other networks or ask for guiding links around the networks tables
Utellus of summits where top people most need to include the systemic patterning intelligence in their action planning or media informing
Citizens testimonies worldwide -Utellus who to feature
1 Sept 2005- UK Channel 4 Snowmail:
New Orleans: Anarchy hits US storm relief
The news out of New Orleans is getting harder to believe every hour. The world's only superpower seems to have lost control of the situation. Thousands of people are still stranded without food, water or medicine. Tens of thousands more homeless.
Lawlessness is spreading around the city with police and national guard trying to control things but ambulances and rescue helicopters have been shot at by armed thugs. Those stranded at centres like the sports stadium are in appalling conditions with grim sanitation and supplies. There are attempts to get a few thousand people a day out of the city as the Mayor has ordered the forced evacuation of everyone, but it is pitifully slow and the people have little or nothing to go to. As for the bodies - there is still no reliable estimate of those dead. But now the Mayor and a senator have put it in the thousands.
People are starting to ask whether or not the warning and evacuation was mishandled. If people are being forced to leave now then why not at the weekend before Katrina struck? And there are increasing voices emerging about the warnings that were ignored.
Federal funds were denied to strengthen the levees. Was America so obsessed with fighting terror that it forgot what homeland security really means? And does the demographic breakdown of those worst hit - predominantly poor and black have anything to do with how little was done to help them?
It is worth noting that George Bush's new chief of Homeland Security was out launching September as National Preparedness Month. You couldn't make it up. --------------------
Sept 1 New Orleans mayor speaking on radio: I've spoken to them all from George Bush down. I keep hearing help is coming- this is BullShit man, I ask where’s the beef? We need Greyhound Buses form everywhere, they offer a few school buses. There's too much small thinking- I am saying this may the biggest catastrophe ever seen in a modern American city. Let me tell you there is one John Wayne character I trust a General Honore. He's the one gift the nation's top has sent us. I want him to have all the operating authority, then we could perhaps save some people.
How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive
"It is seldom, in the modern day, that one comes across a book with an impact like 'Collapse - how societies choose to fail or survive', by Jared Diamond (an Allen Lane imprint of Penguin books, 2005. HBK ISBN 0-713-99286-7; PBK ISBN 0-713-99862-8). Diamond combines the most rigorous research with a light and engaging writing style that turns this potentially weighty topic into an informative and delightful read. He charts the lessons of past societies such as those of the Easter, Pitcairn and Henderson Islands, the Maya, the Vikings in Greenland, and Papua New Guinea. He contrasts these with modern experiences in Montana (USA), Rwanda, Haiti, China, and Australia. Diamond then provides a compelling synthesis and puts forward practical suggestions as to what governments, corporations and individuals can do to learn from the past and thereby endeavour to secure the best possible future for our world. I thoroughly recommend this book as a thought-provoking read".
William GORDON, co-author of Brand Manners (John Wiley, 2001)
Tales of 2 Cities
|New Orleans News Wires (Several links require free registration to Boston Globe)|
Katrina's death toll will be way above 9/11
Sept 2 CNN news : Unconfirmed 100 perish in one place while 1500 wait to be bussed-Governor of Louisiana broadcasts today's biggest question: what can we do when network of civilisation falls apart? Journalists report reaching places days before National Guards, Red Cross & Other Resources on US Homeland Security. Convention centre testimony: there is genocide going on around here. Journalist: authorities are using responses designed for the aftermath of a terrorism attack and finding that response needed to a natural catastrophe is wholly different.
From catastrophe to chaos: Gunfire, corpses left in the open, and a slow exodus out
Analysis: Politicians failed storm victims
Katrina will have broad economic reach
Foreign governments line up to help after Katrina
Miss. struggles to deal with dead bodies
New Orleans doctors plead for help
Congress to vote on $10B Katrina package
Americans open homes to refugees
Senate approves $10.5B in hurricane aid
Gasoline supplies tighten, prices rise
Fats Domino apparently rescued by boat
Sewage in floodwaters carries disease
From web report of B Kirkman:issues that led to
the tragedy in New Orleans will become apparent:
1. After 9/11 the Federal Emergency Management Agency shifted from 75%
of its efforts being focused on natural disaster planning, preparation and drills to 75% being terrorism event reaction grants administration and terrorism event planning and preparation. Despite what one might think, there is little overlap between the two kinds of events. There has been a major departure of experienced FEMA managers with knowledge in natural disasters due to the focus on terrorism, and their replacement by terrorism experts.
2. All across the US there is a terrible lack of coordination in issues related to flood control projects between the Federal, state and local government. There is also a lack of coordination between the construction of projects and their day-to-day operational management. In particular, in Louisiana is up to local officials to decide if volunteers will be recruited to stay in flood control stations when
major storms approach, at the risk of of the volunteers dying if the stations are destroyed. New Orleans did not ask for such volunteers.
Adjoining suburban areas did. The volunteers in adjoining areas were able to activate back-up generators and keep pumps working that
helped to avoid catastrophic flooding in the suburbs. In New Orleans the stations were unmanned. The power went out -> the pumps went off ...
3. There had been proposals for over 20 years to build stronger flood control stations and barriers in the New Orleans area. It was not supported by short-term taxation logics.
4. The evacuation plans were all designed on individuals and families driving their own cars out of New Orleans. No consideration was made
for the approximately 20% of the city that was dependent on public transportation. No one with knowledge of public transportation usage
was involved in designing the evacuation plan until it was very late.
Discuss RSA Speaker's Papers:
Restore every person's voice to World's Largest Public Broadcaster
In 2002, The New Orleans Times featured a 5-part award winning series written by John McQuaid & other journalists: Surging water is a huge threat to New Orleans. The Red Cross says that there will be a very high death toll if a levee breaks unless all citizens are evacuated in time- something more than likely if a category 4 hurricane hits New Orleans directly. Update CNN Sept 2 interview with McQuaid: the response we needed to this problem requires sustained attention and investment from every level of authority. Clearly that response was not achieved within the 3 years since this report.
UK Channel 4 Sept 5: This is the biggest displacement of people since the American Civil War and it must have political consequences as the people are being scattered across the US.
US Washington Post: Sept 8 - Leaders Lacking Disaster Experience- how FEMA's top became jobs for the boys