Learning Civilization: The Future We Need
Learning Civilization: The Future We Need
The main problem in our current world is complexity. There are too many moving parts, too many organizations all stewarding Earth’s resources in a collectively inefficient manner. But imagine if, in the Internet and Space Exploration Age, we humans all banded together to create a new organization, one that encompassed everyone on Earth. That’s right. Imagine a world where a single well-designed organization educated, employed, and serviced everyone. Some people might get afraid at the sound of such an idea, but I would argue that is only because those people never imagined they would get to design such a world.
Now, ideally, we should all be able to enjoy a globally distributed reality TV show where everyone can vote with their phones to determine the best designs for this future world. However, since such program has not yet been initiated, I will use this article to detail at least the best possible design that I can imagine. Readers can then ponder it, and if they truly like it, I encourage them to share a link to this webpage on social media. For a little background on myself, I have spent a portion of my free time since 2010 imagining and evaluating the pros and cons of different ‘civilization designs’ in hopes that I may one day discover a design that I would feel compelled to advocate for. I am writing this article now because I believe I have finally found such a design.
Designing everything requires a steep learning curve at first, but like anything else, when you devote enough time, it becomes not so difficult. For example, the ideal world that I can imagine would basically only require two viewpoints, a small picture view of what day-to-day life is like stewarding resources in any given region and a big picture view of how those regions collaborate to make bigger decisions, such as decisions concerning interregional affairs, planetary defense, space exploration, etc.
The small picture has the most going on because that is where day-to-day life is happening. In the best world I can imagine, the region is responsible for educating, employing, and servicing everyone that lives there. In this ideal world, employment would actually be intertwined with a lifelong education system. From an early age, children would be found simple tasks that they can perform to contribute to society in meaningful ways. As children get older, these young people would get rotated through positions considered increasingly more important to the basic functioning of regional maintenance. This rotational employment-education system would continue into adulthood so that all members of the region would eventually have first-hand knowledge of how everything in the region works. This experience would in turn make every citizen a better educated innovator and voter. …Small picture, done.
The big picture decision-making system would be supported by the thorough employment-education foundation that regions would provide their voting populations. In the best world I can imagine, both local and global decision-making would be technology-facilitated. Everyone would get the chance to vote on global proposals, and regional citizens would be the only decision-makers eligible to vote on region-specific proposals. For global proposals to win, they would have to win a super majority (such as two-thirds or three-fourths or four-fifths) in both of two categories: popular vote (1 vote per person) and regional vote (1 vote per region). Everyone would vote once, but their vote would count once for the popular vote and once for their home region vote. Proposals could be created by anyone, and those proposals would be launched for a vote globally after first winning a super majority at an initial region. …Big picture, done.
I call this efficient world organization… the Learning Civilization. If you think it is an idea that should be discussed by world leaders and the media, then please share a link to this page on social media and to everyone you can. Thanks for your help.
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