The Social Architect: A New Framework for Effective Activism and Social Leadership
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abstract: Social theories and humanitarian movements, despite their good intentions, have had limited effectiveness. This paper introduces Socio-Systemic science as a conceptual and implementation framework designed for effective high impact systemic action. The science of Socio-Systemic impact is led by the Social Architect who understands how to consciously catalyse key drivers of systemic change. The rise of a systems-based worldview forms the basis of a new way of understanding modern problems, inferring the kind of thinking and leadership required today. The Social Architect is a new entity in this development, working to apply grounded sociological science and understandings of natural systems to improving the human condition. Where traditional activism falls short through structural illiteracy and continually stumbles in engaging mere symptoms of world issues, the Social Architects act as the compassionate analysts addressing the systemic causes of world issues. We can no longer turn a blind eye to structural violence and systemic failure. Inside the dark heart of structural violence are the keys of societal re-architecting that are in fact our only hope out of it. The first part of this paper outlines the science of Socio-Systemic impact. The second part explains how to put the science into practice; reviews current implementation methods being deployed by leading Social Architects; outlines the key skills and roles of the Social Architect working individually as well as strategies for integral systemic action
structural violence et al
1. Socio-Systemic Impact, Effective Action & the New Social Architecture
How you conceptualise a problem greatly determines how you conceptualise its solution.
Social sciences and humanities have lacked a coherent, systemic, causal and epidemiological understanding, which affords the capacities for effective action. One which requires more than just NGO and third sector initiatives for development; one which understands *fundamental constructs and forces which underlie all social phenomena;
2. Part 1: The Science of Socio-Systemic Impact: Framework for Effective Action
We can now understand how to act systemically in order to alter outcomes scientifically.
The solution to this global problem requires not only a new level of regulation and compliance but, more critically, a structural shift for addressing how societal institutions and economies operate, working to remove the source of the problem
new level of reg and compliance?
2.1. A Bio-Social Epidemiological Understanding: The Critical Nest of Relationships
Through this, we can understand the social preconditions that breed addiction and criminal behaviour, as well as the social preconditions that set children up for *higher intelligence and life success. Criminality, addiction, intelligence, and life success are not purely social phenomena; they are also **biological and directly related to cognitive development, and are neurologically bred through a bio-social interface and social preconditions.
*part of the cancer.. red flags
**bio? cog vail/mask.. rather than development.. related to sea world
When we understand how criminal behaviours are created through bio-social factors, and how poverty is created through societal structures, then we can start to analyse things systemically and address their root causes rather than only symptoms.
Through this bio-social and systemic lens, we gain a crucial understanding of the critical nest of relationships, which give rise to social phenomenon.
It then becomes clear that if one alters the critical nest of relationships embedded in societal structures, then one can *alter behavioural and societal outcomes at a causal level.
This integrated systemic epidemiological understanding is where the majority of activist, humanitarian, altruistic and applied social theories have failed to date.
2.2. Systemic Causality
Ordinarily epidemiology is limited to cover medical and health-related frameworks. Rarely is this approach considered when it comes to the impact of more complex causality, such as outcomes correlated to a social system, its economy, its institutions and so forth. In order to understand systemic causality, the range of epidemiological study must extend to human behaviour and hence to individual and group incentives and practices. Priority, then, moves towards those casual realities that are most powerful in effect. Socially shared ubiquitous influences, such as economic structures as well as the institutions and societal structures we find ourselves inside of, incentivise the limiting or exaggerating of specific aspects of behaviour. Through this lens, we can see how institutions have a profound influence not just on the people working within those organisations but also on key aspects of social organisation that generate our wider societal phenomena.
By combining this extended epidemiological understanding with a systems worldview, we can expand the contributions of the social disciplines and move systemically into the causality of social issues. Utilising a cause-based analysis embedded with a systemic understanding of mechanisms and processes underlying social phenomena, we can engage processes of social re-architecting. A critical understanding must be gained by the human being and his/her institutions that is integrative and causal. The systemic intersection of historical cultural influence, paired with the short and long-term incentives of institutional structures, in particular our most dominant institution, the economic system, along with our evolutionarily-determined biological propensities, gives us critical information about how the causality is ordered. Some forms of causality will be more powerful and influential on the human being while other forms will not. This can be thought out as a kind of hierarchy of importance.
Institutions and societal structures are at the centre of causality. Business cannot be dismissed as ‘just business.’ Institutions structure relationships. Institutions create the ‘norms’ of what is acceptable and what is not. They tell us which behaviours are rewarded and which are not. Institutions decide which forms of knowledge are important and which are not. Institutions decide which values are more important through what they focus on institutionalising. Most critically, institutions incentivise group behaviour. Generally, this can be based on given incentives or rewards to act or not, and can become a cultural phenomenon, where long term, overlapping institutional influences generate a common mental schema and, hence, shared cultural worldview. In this light, we can see how institutions create psychologies and behavioural incentives which powerfully shape social norms and have a causal relationship to societal phenomena.
aka: sea world
Structural, institutional and systemic causes of poverty and inequality are supported now by multiple scholars. By understanding systemic causality of world issues, we then see that solutions, actions and strategies must be systemic in order to be effective.
The social determinants of health utilise a bio-social case base framework to explain how the risk of ill health is structured. The robust research behind this moral movement concludes that the core cause of global health problems can all be traced back to ‘Structural Violence’.
Paul Farmer, one of the founders of the Global Health Movement, explains: “Structural violence is one way of describing social arrangements that put individuals and populations in harm’s way […] The arrangements are structural because they are embedded in the political and economic organisation of our social world; they are violent because they cause injury to people […] Neither culture nor pure individual will is at fault; rather, historically given (and often economically driven) processes and forces conspire to constrain individual agency. *Structural violence is visited upon all those whose social status denies them access to the fruits of scientific and social progress.” This means that to effectively address global health, we must act structurally to achieve genuine progress.
in other words.. anything that is keeping us from trusting us.. that what we need is already in us.. and that we just need a means to hear/see/be that.. so.. a means to undo our hierarchical listening
By understanding systemic causality, it becomes an imperative to act systemically for effective transformative solutions. If we really want to solve the problem, we must address the cause.
problem deep enough ness..
Current activist and humanitarian efforts, despite their good intentions, have engaged in mere symptomology. To move out of symptomology into effective action; to afford ourselves ‘the fixing capacity;’ to really become solutionaries, *we need to become structurally literate and systematically engaged.
*rather.. we need to let go enough to let ourselves heal ourselves.. (literacy and engagement.. red flags)
2.3. The Culture Codes
Every systemic dysfunction and mechanism of structural violence has its inner counterpart—the belief, the mindset, the narrative, the culture, that supports it or that is interlocked with it. We institutionalise what we understand. Socio-Systemic science recognises this interlocking nature of beliefs, mindsets and culture in relation to organizational mechanisms, structures and institutions.
Cultures are constructed of language, symbols, and behaviours. They are connected to space, place and historical context, and, as such, interconnected with social preconditions.
what if language/behavior ness are our preconditions – whalespeak et al.. and we have no idea what legit free people are like..
As previously discussed, social psychologies can emerge connected to the incentives of societal institutions. The ‘culture codes’ are cultural mechanisms that can be engaged to address the critical nests of relationships that potentially mobilise, facilitate or even transform social organisation to align with and/or catalyse systemic change. They should be implemented according to the context in which the systemic intervention is taking place.
Culture Code 1: Language & Narratives
As a collective of academics and activists astutely points out: “All power rests on the ability to control language.
Humans make sense of the world through stories.”
In order to target the deep logic of narratives that propagate systemic dysfunction, we need narrative interventions that engage a language which is most meaningful to their context. An example of this form of narrative intervention is the Culture Hacking method which seeks narrative and structural change: “The stories we tell shape the way we see the world and guide our responses to the problems we face” To change a system, it is critical that we change the narrative at the heart of the system.
Creating alternative stories and narratives goes hand in hand with the creation of alternative systems.
yeah.. i don’t think we need stories/narratives.. i don’t know.. but i just wonder how much we keep relying on them for alts.. is perhaps part of the reason we keep missing the alts.. like.. am thinking.. the legit alts are un-story/narrative-able..
Culture Code 2: Social Preconditions
A precondition is defined as something that comes before or is necessary to a subsequent result.
i think we obsess w results too much
Medically, the term is used to denote factors that may lead to a *statistically probable result, such as smoking tobacco leading to lung cancer. Sociologically, the term is used in the same way.
*yeah.. that’s messing with us.. we need to let go of any form of m\a\p.. we’re live people.. on a live earth.. not math equations..
As opposed to individual health, however, the context is public health—health outcomes occurring on a population level. For example, poverty is highly determinant of many negative outcomes, including child abuse and neglect.
While society tends to view the parents as the starting point of these problems, as does the legal system, this inclusion of social preconditions extends the chain of causality. For example, researchers at the American Academy of Paediatrics directly linked an increased unemployment rate to child maltreatment. From this view, problem-solving hinges on focusing on the social preconditions in order to stop *resulting in negative social outcomes.
Culture Code 3: Symbols, Experience, Place
Culture is lived experience, lived experience which connects symbols, space and place. In order to engage transformative levels of participation, interventions must be meaningful and engage the symbols of experience that are authentic to their place and context of intervention. To engage the mobilising powers of culture, actions should be expressed in a way that has a local cultural force.
Without engaging culture or a process of cultural change, structural changes not only lack meaning but its people and populations *may not understand how to engage with the new structure or system and, therefore, revert back to the systems that they know, even if those systems are destructive. It is, therefore, important that initiatives for structural and systemic change *engage culture for meaningful participation.
This means working to synthesize culture codes and *using their knowledge and symbols to reorder and re-experience social phenomena in order to generate new meanings and environments. Through this **transformative cultural engagement, initiatives for systemic change can engage authentic participation and social transformation.
Culture Code 4: The Arts
The fact that arts have had a long history with social change is no coincidence. The arts enable us to read what is embodied and embedded in the larger social order. They are the densest information ground for understanding group values, characteristics, communication and social processes.
oi.. i think legit art isn’t made for reading/informing ness
With the right understanding and engagement, the arts can play a huge role in re-inventing social narratives, transforming mindsets, catharsis, healing wounds of societal violence, catalysing systemic change as well as cultivating alternative cultures with values that align to more sustainable systems.
sounds like anti art.. like coercion
The arts can effectively catalyse social transformation and hold much potential to strengthen systemic interventions. To utilise the arts-based interventions for systemic change, the wider lens of culture can first enable one to see which artistic interventions could be most relevant and have the highest transformative potential for the context of systemic change
sounds like someone wants to be in control of telling people what to do
Culture can be said to contain the above mechanisms, ‘culture codes’ and critical nests of relationships that when altered systemically and integrally can alter behavioural and societal outcomes. By changing our perception and understandings we increase our capacities to support and even give rise to systemic change. New processes of social learning generate new understandings and new forms of relationships which can enable authentic *reordering of social formations for a new social architecture.
thinking.. carhart-harris entropy law
Through this three-pillared framework of Socio-Systemic science, we can highlight key axis points to act on and create more effective activism strategies and transformative *leadership. Some of these axis points may be bio-social axis, some cultural axis and some socio-systemic axis depending on the context. Through this framework we can create methods of systemic action alongside identifying key axis points to leverage systemic change. We can understand how to develop methods of practice which can alter outcomes **scientifically.
*huge red flag we’re doing it/life wrong
**another huge red flag
3. Part 2: Putting the Science into Practice
Systemic thinking is critical for addressing our global issues at a causal level, in particular our most fundamental global issues: socioeconomic inequality and ecological decline.
not systemic enough.. go deeper
At the root of socioeconomic inequality are the system of commerce and its built-in mechanics.
Hence, if the *societal interest is to reduce socioeconomic inequality in a serious way, taxes and regulations will only go so far.
From a *systems perspective, to reduce caustic socioeconomic inequality means to get to the root of causal dynamics and change the very mechanisms causing it. This would require restructuring of **how economics works at the root level.
*not systemic enough.. go deeper
**if must talk ‘econ’ ness.. ie: oikos (the economy our souls crave).. ‘i should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.’ – gaston bachelard, the poetics of space
without new structures with sustainable incentives and humanising mechanisms to support social change efforts, any and all aspirations will remain *nothing but rhetoric and be destined to fail. Standing now at evolutionary cross-roads, we cannot afford to recreate the *same systemic issues in a different package. We need **leadership that understands deep systemic flaws and how to re-architect them.
4. Social Architect Leadership
literate, analysis, re design institutions
red flags.. let go
5. Social Architect Leadership in Practice: Roles, Methods and Impact
This leadership hosts a number of unique roles and skill sets which are for the most part absent from our current models of leadership
wow.. so your solutions all hinge on leader\ness
5.1. Systemic Innovation: The Social Architect as an Innovator
Other major syllabi have also been created such as the Doctoral Program in Systemic Innovation at Buenos Aires Institute of Technology.. Systemic Innovation is high impact innovation which can fundamentally address flaws in how our current industries operate.
so again.. not systemic.. just re arranging the deck chairs.. rather.. some people telling other people how to do it
5.2. Role of The Social Architects: The Innovators
They are the game changers.
won’t work unless it’s all of us.. in sync.. changing the game
suggestions for ways forward: Training in Systemic Innovation can be harnessed to scale out global social leadership for systemic action on global issues. We suggest that ‘Systemic Innovation Labs’ be created where current methods for systemic innovation could be trained and further expanded.
suggestion for.. a nother way
5.3. Systemic Acupuncture: Social Architects as Leaders in Systems Change
Validated by scientific evidence
An example of systems acupuncture is efforts to understand how to reinvent democracy in ways that would not just eliminate flaws and the possibility of corruption, but also provide a compelling UX for citizens
not systemic enough.. we need to let go of any form of democratic admin
5.4. Role of The Social Architects: Providing Systems Change Services
Enabling them to understand how to alter their operating system from the inside out, through the rewiring of whole-system patterns.
5.5. Social Architects as the Leaders of Effective Activism
Our current system of economy has no vocabulary for what it means to be environmentally sustainable. It is not built into the system itself.
True, needed social improvement will not come about if the current socioeconomic structures remain unaltered. This is no small task. It will take Social Architects acting as innovators, and as leaders of systems change, as outlined above, but it will also require us to upgrade our current modes of activism and humanitarian efforts.
i don’t think this is true.. i think we have no idea how easy it could be .. because we keep not letting go enough to see..
Socio-Systemic science as a framework for high impact systemic action could provide skills, know-how and tools, as well as build frameworks for more effective action. It can highlight key system axis to act upon to leverage systems change, but also provide activism and humanitarian efforts with new and needed skills such as structural literacy.. One of the emerging frameworks for structurally literate activism is Critical Cultural Action, which works with principles of collective intelligence to develop the capacity of communities to engage in critical thinking to gain structural awareness in their context of how oppressive mechanisms operate and are affecting their everyday lives. . It therefore holds the potential for social transformation by enabling populations to become *‘structurally literate’ in their societal systems and hence holds the potential to generate Social Architect leadership.
no train.. *let’s org around a structure that 8b people already crave/grok/know.. let’s trust that
5.6. Role of The Social Architects: Leading Effective Activism
huge chunk of this paper under assumption of leader\ness
6. Social Architects in Integral Systemic Action
A new system will not happen overnight. It will take multiple Social Architects in combination with their collaborators and communities.
a legit one would happen overnight.. one that is rooted deep enough in what 8b people already grok
It proposes that in order for a system to handle the diversity of problems that can arise or evolve, the system needs to have a repertoire of responses which are as nuanced as the problems. In other words, the system has to be able to adapt to new conditions.
oh my.. skimming
7. An Imperative for the Future
Humanitarian and sustainability efforts although good intentioned, have for the most part engaged in mere symptomology.
you keep using that word..
Great changes in science and hence our understanding of the world have occurred over the past century.
our understanding of sea world..
huge diff.. and root of the root
2\ if we create a way to ground the chaos of 8b free people