The emergence of nu and positive social systems may occur first in the developing world. Consider the linked story about women in Kenya trying to become leaders in the “culture of computer geeks” to serve Kenya’s futures development plan. Cell phones are spreading faster then laptops. Globally there is a rising wave of innovation and entreneurship servicing the local needs of many regions; many, but not all, involving intelligent tools.  Even the very poor in high population density shack-slums (squatter cities) ringing many world cities are pregnant sites of innovation and collaboration to escape poverty.

I speculate that many of the poor in developing (and even failing) nations and regions have much less to UNLEARN (in relevant areas) than populations in the developed and privilidged world.  Those whose relative well being is dependent on preserving “business as usual”, and have their inner worlds strongly anchored to paradigms that support their resisting fundamental change, will find unlearning difficult. The poor also have much baggage and limiting paradigms, but in domains that may not be critical to their participating in creating a better world in terms of education, economics, and security.

Our Western high-tech advancement creates powerful frames that makes it difficult to perceive advancements in other domains that don’t fit Western criteria of advancement.  We tend to focus on the lacks among others and avoid our own lacks.  At times I really sense my own provinciaslism.  The propensity for creative intelligence exists in all newborns, no matter where they are born.  Instead of looking at the very poor and suffering as burdens we might explore them as potent resevoirs of talent and energy to fuel the uplift and emergence of Humanity.


Author: nuet

01/24/1935. BS-physics RPI 1956; MS-physics UofChicago 1958; PhD-physics Yale 1965; PhD-Edu Psy Uof MInnesota 1970. Auroral Research Byrd Station, Antarctica 11/1960-02/1962. MINNEMAST curriculum dev 1964-68. Woodstock. faculty Pima Community College, Tucson 1974-1997. Transdisciplinary scientist, philosopher, educator, futurist, activist. PC user since 1982. "Wife". daughter, 2 grandsons. 5 dogs & 7 cats. Lacks mental imagery in all sensory domains.

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So long as basic needs are met, there would be sufficient energy to make use of one's talent.  Arrival Cities should serve this function, as millions flock to the cities to survive, the slums would serve as a vehicle to a healthier livelihood, but without seafing networks (unlearning), a considerable amount of poverty and suffering would likely persist, no?

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 @ddrrnt  Thanks, Dan, for the comment. Hadn't heard the term "Arrival Cities".  Each population can go many ways, given circumstances.  What I have viewed about the attempt to drive the drug lords from the settlements surrounding Rio for the Olympics, involving the population, is encouraging.  Poverty and suffering will persist until the whole system is changed; many actions will only shift the pain from one population to another.


Immediate idea: what if there was a way to reach those who donate or otherwise assist those who suffer and educate/mobilize them in movements to work to eliminate the causes of suffering?


I contemplate versions of BUS distributed among these populations as a means for seafnets to function. Exploratory probes into target populations will be needed to tailor the design of the BUS and involve selected members from each population to participate in the design.