THE EMERGENCE PROJECT
To bring together the world’s leading thinkers from all relevant sectors to collectively identify:
1) The critical structural drivers that condition harm-externalizing behaviors,
2) The criteria for new structural drivers that would condition sustainable, regenerative, omni-evolutionary behaviors, and
3) The minimum set of highest leverage initiatives that collectively facilitate the systemic shift necessary to fulfill the mission.
Our mission is to facilitate the emergence of a society that spontaneously self-organizes for the good of everyone by fundamentally recoding the underlying structural drivers of human behavior in ways that elicit the development of people’s full empathetic and creative potential and align personal incentive with collective well-being.
An omni-considerate, evolutionary, emergent, self-governing global civilization.
SCOPE OF THE WORK
Culture and human society are created by the interaffecting dynamics of these major areas:
Super-structure: Memetics -- Human Values, Beliefs, Meaning, Orienting stories and narratives, Worldview, Identity, Definition of success.
Structure: Social systems -- Economics, Governance, Law.
Infrastructure: Modes of production -- Agriculture, Transportation, Energy Generation, Water, Building Technology, Waste Management,
Biological Structure: Behavioral Influencers -- Neurochemistry/ Neurobiology, Endocrinology, Psychoneuroimmunology, Epigenetics, Toxicity, Nutrition
The life support systems of the planet are rapidly nearing failure from human action. All the major challenges we face result from our collective world-view, which gives rise to the structure of economics, which in turn directs governance, law, industry, and infrastructure. The problems are not isolated and solvable at the level of the problems; they are the inevitable expressions of the underlying power structures and values systems that drive human behavior to externalize harm.
Nothing less than a fundamental redesign of these global power structures, co-arising with a fundamental paradigm shift in global values and worldview is adequate to resolve our challenges, avert the otherwise impending catastrophes, and help bring about a world commensurate to our true collective potential.
The goal of our work is to change the public conversation around what the real causes of our global problems are and what’s needed to truly resolve them. To make the interconnectedness of seemingly separate issues clear and the specific ways the structures of economic incentive drive the problems. To critically demonstrate the fundamental structural flaws of modern economics and governance, show the unavoidable harms that necessarily result from these structures, so as to make clear what actually has to be addressed to solve the causes of the problems. This will make obvious that any proposed strategies that don’t address these flaws are not adequate...and will give a clear basis for the development of truly viable solutions. Also, to present potential blueprints of new systems adequate to address the identified needs.
Our aim is to create awareness and demand for global systemic restructuring, for each of the key audiences that have influence. Our goal is to be strategic and highly leveraged by influencing the influencers, and working in conjunction with related efforts.
The Emergence Project is bringing the world’s leading thinkers together to collectively develop a blueprint for the future of humanity, commensurate to our real potential.
Rather than assuming only iterative changes within the context of the social systems that are themselves at the root of so many of our challenges, we are embarking on an axiom level, ground up analysis and redesign of human civilization, starting with the definition of what constitutes a successful civilization.
Rather than seeking better systems to resolve our many current and impending, self-induced challenges, we are seeking to obsolete the basis of those challenges by changing the conditioning elements that predispose the driving patterns of behavior...towards regenerative, emergent global self-governance.
This blueprinting process address all the major areas that influence human behavior, tracing global issues back to driving behaviors, and from their to the environmental influences that cause them...then to proposed restructures for those environmental influences that instead condition and predispose omniconsiderate values and systemically life-enhancing behaviors.
This includes a blueprint for the future of:
1) Infrastructure: Modes of production -- agriculture, water, building technology, manufacturing, energy generation, waste management, transportation,
2) Social Structures: Social systems -- economics, governance, law; and
3) Superstructure: Memetics -- human values, beliefs, meaning, orienting stories and narratives, worldview, identity, definition of success.
WHAT IS THE EMERGENCE PROJECT?
Step 1. Work with a core team to further specify the work ahead: refine the mission and guiding philosophy and axioms, as well as the processes for the work to follow.
Step 2. Set up immersions with follow up collaboration processes for bringing the leading thinkers in each major area of work together to develop a synthesis of the world’s best thinking on what’s needed to bring about a global phase shift.
Step 3. Prepare for the immersions by developing an initial synthesis of the field: identifying the key players and projects in each area, bringing together the high level data and assessments regarding the challenges and needs in that area, and outlining the major ways that area of work affects and is affected by the other major areas of work (ie, fits into the biggest picture and vision). This will inform an initial agenda of questions to answer for the immersion. All this will be shared with participants ahead of time to make best working use of the time together. We will also develop the structure and processes for the immersions to optimize contribution, flow, and meaningful output.
Step 4. Hold the immersions and collect all that’s generated. Synthesize the data, ideas, and conclusions coming out of it, along with the field info already prepared, into a clear outline of the recommended work. Share with the contributors for feedback and refinement. (Where there are people who have key insights to contribute that can’t make or are not well suited to the immersions, we will interview them individually to factor their content.)
Step 5. Synthesize the work from each area into a comprehensive document on how to facilitate the global cultural phase shift. Have process for contributor input and refinement. Get collective sign off on this being the foundational work of our time.
The phases to come after this will arise from the work done in these first 24 months.
In the immersions, we will bring together leading researchers, scientists, activists, visionaries, strategists and tacticians, along with facilitators in collective intelligence and collaborative generation, focused on one of the topics below, pre-informed about the intended outcomes, other participants, and structure of participation…to collectively generate the emergence strategies in that area.
THINK TANK IMMERSIONS
Beyond being comprehensive and adequately detailed, this blueprint must be both clearly doable and clearly desirable, which requires deeply addressing the philosophical challenges associated with both of those concepts.
Ensuring that what is proposed is actually doable requires addressing not only technological and resource feasibilities, but also comprehensively addressing the topic of human nature. Ensuring that the proposal is desirable requires an integral, non-relative ethics that allows an evolutionary synthesis of worldviews. These deep philosophical issues that have represented obstacles for real convergence in that past, are powerfully addressable now and provide the basis needed for a compelling and sharable vision for our collective future.
This blueprint gives us a clear convergence point to reverse engineer a roadmap from. Specifically, this gives us the basis to identify the minimum set of highest leverage initiatives that collective ensure the phase shift into a responsibly self-governing global society.
To have all economic externalities accounted for and internalized in the cost of a good or service
To account for the commons where all interactions have a positive or net neutral effect
To have a closed loop materials economy that produces zero waste and doesn't need virgin resource acquisition
To have the fundamental needs of all people met unconditionally
To have a stable and sustainable human population
To have a comprehensively educated and omni-considerate global population
To deneccessisate and deincentivize war
To have all avenues for personal advantage aligned with global good
To distribute the wealth created from the technological automation of the labor economy
These four areas coevolve and co-influence each other in complex ways, and thus all have to be factored together to effectively evolve society. Most social philosophies have emphasized one of these areas as fundamental leading to projects focused in that area. A reductionist orientation simply isn’t adequate for systems as complexly interconnected as human society and the biosphere. The goal of this work is to ensure the comprehensivity necessary to affect real global systems transformation -- complex systems science applied to facilitating collective emergence.
All the work will be aimed at answering what the highest leverage possibilities are in each area of focus, with the primary goal of changing the conditioning elements of human behavior, and the secondary goal of addressing current or impending global issues.