nora on finding a way

nora bateson (@NoraBateson) tweeted at 7:39 AM on Thu, Jul 16, 2020:
An article w wonderful Mamphela Ramphele (anti-apartheid activist, author & co-president of Club of Rome) -this is the think piece of our project.

Finding a way. Will People’s response to the emergencies of the coming decades be Warm? or Cold?


15 min read on medium – by nora and mamphela

People are not numbers. Numbers are just numbers, they cannot source possibilities from each other, they cannot find a way when the basic arithmetic says there is none. People can. t.. Abstracting the solutions to numbers inherently dehumanizes, and unnecessarily constrains, the spectrum of possibilities. The metric logic removes the human breadth of experience and relationship. ..This is the magic of being a living organism. 

free/alive people can.. organism as fractal

literacy and numeracy both elements of colonialism/control/enclosure.. we need to calculate differently and stop measuring things

People are not roles. A word of warning: collaboration can easily become a mechanistic allocation of effort according to roles. ..This is not a matter of assessment of who is good at what and assigning roles according to expertise. On the contrary — ‘finding a way’ is about the unique possibilities that occur in relationship between particular people, in that particular water, on that particular day. There is no formula, no method, this realm of possibility is accessed through a sentiment of human care and imagination..t

imagine if we just focused on listening to the itch-in-8b-souls.. first thing.. everyday.. and used that data to augment our interconnectedness.. we might just get to a more antifragile, healthy, thriving world.. the ecosystem we keep longing for..

what the world needs most is the energy of 8b alive people

We are all capable of different things depending on who we are with and what they are finding themselves capable of. Capacity cannot be front-loaded, it is emergent. But it is possible to front-load a baseline perception of self, others and world that assumes the inherent multitude of stories and draws from them.. t With care and imagination the possibilities are endless.

ie: cure ios city

Particular Complexities “find a way”: The possibilities for “finding a way” in emergencies are not countable, controllable, nor predictable. ..The solutions to the situation are completely contingent upon detail and they are accessed spontaneously, iteratively and simultaneously. They are as infinite as the combinations of people.

humanity needs a leap.. to get back/to simultaneous spontaneity ..  simultaneous fittingness.. everyone in sync.

The cold questions are compelling, even though they are the wrong questions. These questions are a distraction from the process of perception of the complexity of each person, and tuning into the alchemy they produce. As such they can easily hijack the limited time and morale needed to ‘find a way.’

spinning our wheels looking at whales in sea world

The dark history: As it turns out, there is a reason this type of approach feels so cold. The creator of the “lifeboat ethic” Garrett Hardin actually was a eugenicist, nationalist, and white supremacist. Hardin was an important figure in the history of environmental solutions, especially known for his popularizing of the idea of the “Tragedy of the Commons.” The history of Hardin’s eugenics and nationalistic thinking have been known all along, it was never a secret. But those ideas and the sentiments under them, came to set the tone for how response to complex crises is imagined and managed. And, that is something which requires a sobering wake up, learning, and new attention to the ways in which that genre of thinking sneaks in.

today .. even by those thinking we’re commoning when we’re still just tragedy of the non common ing.. so many red flags.. and we’re missing them..  part\ial is killing us.. for (blank)’s sake.. there’s a nother way


1\ undisturbed ecosystem (common\ing) can happen

2\ if we create a way to ground the chaos of 8b free people

While there are cries for collaboration and unity, they are often founded on the grounds of competition, roles, and mechanistic notions of who does what. This is not collaboration, nor is it a living response.

red flags..

A pre-scripted and rigid set of roles is a harbinger of an era of errors in thinking in which most aspects of daily life were modeled into industrial patterns.

let go.. of that hard won order

And now, People NEED People. But to get there a starkly different approach is needed. And an honest look at current approaches is at hand.. the need to address the hidden agendas, the blind assumptions and the ways in which elitism and control keep manifesting as eco-idealism — is a requirement. Like a detective with a black light, it is time to look at where the blood is, to check for fingerprints.

yeah.. i think that’s a useful approach.. ends up being an energy sucker.. we can let go of all that if we want.. and reset.. (maybe i’m misunderstanding.. requirement to check for fingerprints?)

So where is the commons? And how can the communities be allowed to learn in mutuality from within and between the many forms they live within? Community is complex.

ie: cure ios city with 2 convers as infra

The eagerness to define community and to define set formulas for responding to the needs of community are creating a blindness to the necessary complexity, perpetuating the elimination of contexts and failing to perceive the uniqueness of the ways in which communities are alive and entangled..t

yeah.. that..

‘in undisturbed ecosystems ..the average individual, species, or population, left to its own devices, behaves in ways that serve and stabilize the whole..’ –Dana Meadows

Dangerously the notion of creating solutions for the commons is often inherently infected with the thinking that the ‘lifeboat ethic’ was forged in. The eugenics is there, implying control, implying scalable solutions, implying that people are numbers, that communities are equations to be solved, measured and managed. This is Newtonian physics misapplied to living systems.

tragedy of the non common rather than organism as fractal

The idea of the garden needs to be homegrown, not implemented by planners, no matter how altruistic..t

curiosity over decision making ..beyond finite set of choices et al

Solutions to scale defy the complexity of the people, the places, the ideas and the situations. Scale is a trendy concept, and one that must be used with extreme caution. Some *projects and products do scale, others do not. The distinction is badly needing attention and articulation..t When is the urgency to scale a project a form of colonialism? And when is it not?

i’d add *infras.. we need an infra to scale to the root of all of us.. today.. (no prep, training, et al needed) ie: maté basic needs

and we need a means to do that (scale) all in sync.. across the board [to get to the roots of healing.. it has to be all of us]


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