RSA Insight - Where can technology take us? (by The RSA)
Digital Devices are a platform for a more collaborative evolution of our species.
The Circle Economy and Permaculture
Arc 44 and Social Security; Abundance in RetirementGrowing up in an affluent suburb of Boston the idea of Social Security as a viable stream of revenue to live off of is laughable. Many in my community, though not willing to give the money back, scoff at actually living on $12,000 a year. With aging baby boomers moving into retirement at a rate of 8,000 people a day, the nation as a whole is wrestling with ideas on how to deal with this. Since most Americans have not saved enough money to live ‘comfortably’ in retirement, many are scratching their heads at what to do.Living in community is the most viable solution. When resources are pooled, they have a higher optimization. When the aging population have ‘jobs’ (or labor credits) that challenge them just enough to stay active and vibrant, but allow for full integration into our community both socially and economically. Much of our food will be grown on site, or produced in our aquaponics facility and chicken coops. The businesses will pay for the basics in an ongoing way, loosening the strain on the collective. If members become too aged and cannot do any labor, then they can subsidize their cost of living with social security. The whole system handles itself, and we give the elderly a chance to live and flourish with dignity.We are seeking the flower children of the 1960’s. The ones who saw this coming global change before we did, ‘the elders.’ By having a flourishing ecosystem of young people, older people, and even children, we showcase the natural cycle of life not seen in many of today’s isolated households. We will give our ‘elders’ a chance to pass on their lifetime of knowledge to more than just their blood family; to their human family.By having many cross sections of human life all living/ working together to create abundance, we also extend the ratings capacity for our docudrama television series. This will increase the potential return on investment for our investor/ founders group, becoming a virtuous cycle for all involved with Arc 44.Let’s Build the Future
*IX Living in Community
"Learning about the natural world is one thing, learning from the natural world is another."
"How does Life Make Things?… Life adds information to matter"
*IV. Overview of Ecosystems Thinking
Noah Gunderson- Oh Death
According to the Academic Study, Psychology and Death, Meaningful Rediscovery, “recognition of personal mortality is a major entryway to self knowledge.” By understanding and accepting the cycle of life we are all apart of, we can better develop systems that mimic nature.
*XII Biodiversity and Cyclicality of Existence
"If there’s been one topic that has entirely dominated the post-election landscape, it’s the fiscal cliff. Will taxes be raised? Which programs will be cut? Who will blink first in negotiations? For all the talk of the fiscal cliff, however, I believe the US is facing a much more serious problem, one that has simply not been talked about at all: corruption. But this isn’t the overt, "bartering of government favors in return for private kickbacks" corruption. Instead, this type of corruption has actually been legalized. And it is strangling both US competitiveness, and the ability for US firms to innovate.
The corruption to which I am referring is the phenomenon of money in politics.”
*II Laying out the Problems Honestly
Decentralized Complex Systems and the Occupy Movement
Occupy Wall Street began on September 15th 2011, and the basic idea was to steer the ‘national conversation’ in a direction more connected to reality. As much as I dislike the meme of the ‘1 percent,’ calling out how wealth dynamics are skewed in this nation (and the world) makes statistical sense, with that 1% of the population controlling 40% of the world’s wealth. The 1% did not keep this wealth via true capitalist ways; many market rules have been put in place that prevent the ‘invisible hand’ from executing efficiently. That is what drew me to the movement.
Student Loans, In an Asset Class of Their Own
I am Not an Anarchist, or Why My Tattoo Was a Bad Idea
*III Complexity Science