Questions and Answers – some links as POSTSCRIPT for:
IGNORANCE or COMPASSION? http://www.pelicanweb.org/solisustv07n05page6.html
I have collected over the years some questions and will try some answers so that the deeper and pragmatic aspects become more obvious.
This collection starts with some lines for final chapter for the article above but will be expanded and improved as I see responses and questions a good way to get started or get the broader purpose, meaning and orientation for the design presented over the years.
ADD Q and A s from the old FAW times early 90ies..….. [ADD HERE]]
The author has presented over the years in many worlds to many different communities. The response is very often “This is not out field”. As so aptly recalled as an anecdote by Ivan Havel in the Wholeness Seminar[i]. So we have to own such a “field” or end in a postmodern Cyberculture. When presenting about the Problems of Philosophy in 1998 I made a big step in my focus on what is behind all this discussion on Space and Cognition. Namely the Concepts and Percepts Kant so nicely has put into the context of “empty” and “blind”:
“Concepts without precepts are empty; precepts without concepts are blind.”
Subtitle of Fig 1: Although the perspectives of the world's people vary in space and time, every human concern falls somewhere on the space time graph. The majority of the world's people are concerned with matters that effect only family or friends over a short period of time. Others look far ahead in time or over a large area - a city or a nation. Only few people have a perspective that extends far into the future.
Source: Limits to Growth, Donella H. Meadows,
Dennis L. Meadows, Jorgen Randers & William W. Behrens III, Potomac
Interactive relations among hierarchically ordered subsystems
The Club of Rome presented an interesting figure in 1972. It shows where the focus of Human typically needs to be in daily Life, and where the focus of the Club of Rome report was. No wonder they did not find the same wording and meanings. Paul Weiss had a similar embodied imagination, he showed that we need to bridge scales in general System Theory, and Hellmuth Plessner showed that we humans as model-making “animals” can assume and share the other and ex-centric (not from one perspective only) positionality[ii].
In my presentations I often show at the end these figures. It might help to get that I am not opting for the next schematic-turn, but show that commons can be seen in different formats and that the old thinking of traditional cultures is needed to share commons. I leave the next 2 figures not explored – but like to make a recommendation. Check out this work of Marilyn Wilhelm: As she works on a New Curriculum – which I feel can provide the fundament for meanings between cultures. This paper needs to base on such work to address modern times challenges.
As I see it: It is not enough to complain and get dumbed down, wee have to make sure to be able to share Global Commons or multiple Global Covenants across scales and share their “overlap” and relations. See the author citing Elinor Ostrom repeatedly[iii]. The dualistic trap has to be overcome by embodiment of the given and not given (Schwartzkopf) and the visible and invisible (Merleau-Ponty) to really go beyond the ages of ideological fighting over “terrains”, “turns” and “turfs”, even “paradigms” by creating “meta-paradigms”. Maybe we can learn to create and share expanded forms of concepts and presentations (see: SuperSigns and Superstructures) to be more concrete and learn to see issues and items in context and start structured deliberation and design processes? This article is a report from the road …. See the 21stCenturyAgora collection of social system design and Peace-making ways and means.
[ii] See above and this long PDF presentation: http://benking.de/systems/codata/CODATA-MIST2005-long.pdf
[iii] ELINOR OSTROM see slide 3: http://quergeist.net/Peace-Laueats-Climate-Berlin-Oslo-selection.pdf or in a broader context: http://www.open-forum.de/Barcelona-Forum-2010/Oikos-Heiner-ALF-award-proposal-2010.pdf