an open-source research project
Why can’t societies work together? We see disagreement all around us, in our governments, among citizenry and between countries. In part, this is because past wars and disasters have fragmented us into opposing groups, while, at the same time, awareness of overwhelming future threats like overpopulation and global environmental degradation can drive us into a haze of apathy.
Seemingly overwhelming threats can be overcome with greater cooperation. The purpose of this open source project is to develop and vet models that will help societies to overcome these threats. In other words, this project will provide analysis and intervention tools for activist groups: scientific, religious, governmental, non-governmental, and business, to help their societies to respond to future threats or past traumas.
This project is based on four presumptions and is built on seven related lines of research.
1. We human beings are like young children. For the most part, we seem to have little awareness of how robotic, unconscious, and emotionally reactive our individual and group behavior is. Increased self-awareness creates concrete changes in the world.
2. Tensions are increasing between national identities and an emerging global identity.
3. It is easier to shift some aspects of culture from a parochial to a global point of view than others. For example, free-trade zones are easier to establish than shared religions.
4. Global cooperation is our ultimate goal.
The seven lines of research can help us to build capacties for self-awareness, cooperation and adaptivity in our societies, and, in doing so, foster national and global solutions to the problems that confront us:
- Response to threat group behavior
- Response to threat subgroup formation and persistence, including positive feedback loops between subgroups
- Transference and threat-driven identities and behaviors (roles)
- Return on investment time frame considerations, including societal checks and balances
- Cooperative capacity and corresponding governance mechanisms
- Empathetic capacity
- Memory systems
Every year, our societies develop, socialize and employ tools in sociology, traumatology, evolutionary psychology, economics and other fields. As a result, we are shortening destructive societal processes, and unlocking the potential of millions of citizens, for the good of the world and our individual countries. Our intent is to integrate these related disciplines into a collaborative societal transformation process.
The headings at the top of this page organize the work:
- MODELS describes the theories, underlying assumptions, and potential for authentification and falsification.
- THREATS includes analyses of particular global threats.
- COUNTRIES includes analyses of countries using these models.
- INTERVENTION introduces three consulting firms whose work is based on these models.
- ABOUT introduces the key contributors to this work, from past andcurrent partners, and project team members.