02018 | The Long Now | Bloom | Stickiness: Killing Our Attention Span #NEVERAGAIN

The Long Now Foundation was established in 01996* to develop the Clock and Library projects, as well as to become the seed of a very long-term cultural institution. The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide a counterpoint to today’s accelerating culture and help make long-term thinking more common.

The Clock and Library Projects

Below is an essay by a founding board member Stewart Brand on the need for, and the mechanism by which, The Long Now Foundation is attempting to encourage long-term thinking:

Civilization is revving itself into a pathologically short attention span.  The trend might be coming from the acceleration of technology, the short-horizon perspective of market-driven economics, the next-election perspective of democracies, or the distractions of personal multi-tasking. All are on the increase. Some sort of balancing corrective to the short-sightedness is needed – some mechanism or myth which encourages the long view and the taking of long-term responsibility, where ‘long-term’ is measured at least in centuries. Long Now proposes both a mechanism and a myth.

It began with an observation and idea by visionary computer scientist W. Daniel Hillis : “When I was a child, people used to talk about what would happen by the year 02000. For the next thirty years they kept talking about what would happen by the year 02000, and now no one mentions a future date at all. The future has been shrinking by one year per year for my entire life. I think it is time for us to start a long-term project that gets people thinking past the mental barrier of an ever-shortening future. I would like to propose a large (think Stonehenge) mechanical clock, powered by seasonal temperature changes. It ticks once a year, bongs once a century, and the cuckoo comes out every millennium.”

Such a clock, if sufficiently impressive and well-engineered, would embody deep time for people. It should be charismatic to visit, interesting to think about, and famous enough to become iconic in the public discourse. Ideally, it would do for thinking about time what the photographs of Earth from space have done for thinking about the environment. Such icons reframe the way people think.

Hillis, who developed the “massive parallel” architecture of the current generation of supercomputers, devised the mechanical design of the Clock and is now building the monument scale version of the Clock in the Sierra Diablo range of West Texas near the town of Van Horn.  The first Clock prototype is currently on display at the London Science Museum and others are at the headquarters of Long Now in San Francisco.  The Clock’s works consist of a specially designed gear system that has precision equal to one day in 20,000 years, and it self-corrects by “phase-locking” to the noon Sun.

Long Now added a “Library” dimension with the realization of the need for content to go along with the long-term context provided by the Clock – a library of the deep future, for the deep future.  In a sense every library is part of the 10,000-year Library, so Long Now is developing tools (such as the Rosetta Disk, The Long Viewer and the Long Server ) that may provide inspiration and utility to the whole community of librarians and archivists. The Long Bets Project – whose purpose is improving the quality of long-term thinking by making predictions accountable – is also Library-related.  The point is to explore whatever may be helpful for thinking, understanding, and acting responsibly over long periods of time.  –  Stewart Brand

check out: About – The Long Now

BLOOM

Another generative work called Bloom, created with Peter Chilvers, is available as an app.

Part instrument, part composition and part artwork, Bloom’s innovative controls allow anyone to create elaborate patterns and unique melodies by simply tapping the screen. A generative music player takes over when Bloom is left idle, creating an infinite selection of compositions and their accompanying visualisations. — Generativemusic.com

Out of Eno’s involvement with the establishment of The Long Now Foundation emerged in his essay “The Big Here and Long Now”, which describes his experiences with small-scale perspectives and the need for larger ones, as well as the artist’s role in social change.

land-art-11-638This imaginative process can be seeded and nurtured by artists and designers, for, since the beginning of the 20th century, artists have been moving away from an idea of art as something finished, perfect, definitive and unchanging towards a view of artworks as processes or the seeds for processes — things that exist and change in time, things that are never finished.  Sometimes this is quite explicit — as in the late Walter de Maria’s “Lightning Field,” (above) a huge grid of metal poles designed to attract lightning.  Many musical compositions don’t have one form, but change unrepeatingly over time — many of my own pieces and Jem Finer’s Artangel installation “LongPlayer” are like this.  Artworks in general are increasingly regarded as seeds — seeds for processes that need a viewer’s (or a whole culture’s) active mind in which to develop.  Increasingly working with time, culture-makers see themselves as people who start things, not finish them.

And what is possible in art becomes thinkable in life. We become our new selves first in simulacrum, through style and fashion and art, our deliberate immersions in virtual worlds. Through them we sense what it would be like to be another kind of person with other kinds of values. We rehearse new feelings and sensitivities. We imagine other ways of thinking about our world and its future. keep reading

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02018 – it’s amazing how adding the 0 works on my brain!

You and I are a WORK IN PROGRESS and a SEED!

I hope we can reframe how we look at the future with inspired hope and less stickiness! For me music has always been vibration and transforming.  I was a musician long before doodling as a writer.

In solidarity with #NEVER AGAIN

Lara Trace in 02018

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The Time Has Come: A multitude of small actions can change the world

unseen-world-disrupting-orbits-solar-system_53057_600x450By J. Glenn Evans

We have had good ideas of how to build a better world for many centuries.  Poets, writers and thinkers of all ages have visualized a better world.  Even in our own present day we have the technology to easily accomplish this, yet we seem no closer than we were a thousand years ago.  Why is this so?

Is it not because a few rich and powerful people control the reins of power?  Is it not to their advantage to keep this power and operate the world to their best interests?  As long as the peoples of the world continue to go along and accept this scenario, we are doomed as a species and possibly all life on this planet with the current threat of global warming brought on by our lifestyle and corporate rule of the world.  These people are only 10% of the 1% who manipulate and control the rest of us to their advantage.  One of their favorite and most effective strategies is to keep us fighting against each other.  Racism is one of their most efficient weapons.  Keep us in distrust and fear of those who are different than we are.  Create enemies with whom we can then be led into war.  This strategy is most profitable to the few and yet shatters the lives of so many.

When will we people ever wake up?  When will we take control of our governments that were organized to keep peace among ourselves and protect us against outside enemies, not to make us slaves?  The select few with their wealth and power are most skillful in manipulating people against their own best interests and they have done so since the dawn of history.  Yet if we the people develop a new mindset of cooperate and share rather than compete and beat and put a stop to the gross inequity among ourselves by progressive taxation for the common good, we can build a society where all our basic needs are provided and put an end to these wasteful wars of greed.  We must disarm these powerful interests of their weapons of greed before they destroy our planet as well as all life.  We cannot wait another century, or another ten years, or another five years.  The time is now; we must wait no longer.

The resources of this world are here for all life, not for just a few powerful grabbers.  Life is sacred; property is but a convenience.  Peoples of this world are not riff raff to be herded like cattle for the benefit of the few.  We must disarm these predators of their weapons.  Their weapons have become excess wealth through which they control nations and manipulate the economic resources that have made the majority of people into corporate serfs.  Their speculations create the boom and bust economies that shatter people’s lives and steal the resources used to manipulate their next boom.  Red Cloud, the great and wise old Indian Chief, had the right idea for a sustainable society when he said you can own what you can carry; the rest belongs to the tribe.

We need an equalization tax now, worldwide.  Any wealth that exceeds $10 million per person should be taxed for the common good at the rate of a 100 percent and any income that exceeds a million dollars a year, tax it at 95 percent.  The same goes for inherited wealth: any legacies to one person or institution that exceeds $10 million, tax it 100 percent.  Close the tax loopholes and shut down the offshore tax havens.  Disband any foundations that are merely shields for corporate control.  Any corporation that does interstate business must be co-chartered and regulated by the federal government and those that do international business must be co-chartered and regulated by an international agency.  Peoples of the world must take control and make these changes worldwide.

Regardless of what the corrupted USA Supreme Court says, corporations are neither people nor citizens of flesh and blood and their money has no right to vote.  If our representatives do not take the corrective action to bring the necessary laws about for the common good, they must be replaced.  The Democrat and the Republican parties have both betrayed the people in their pursuit of Mammon and can no longer be relied on to hold positions of public trust.  We must replace them with people from among ourselves who are subject to recall if they fail in their mission to truly represent the people.

            The military and the police belong to the people and they better start acting like it or we the people must withdraw our support to them.  Those responsible for turning these agencies against the people must be held accountable.  The 10% of the 1% should heed history.  The nobles of France felt pretty secure with their army and police, but when they went too far, they paid a price that was dear.

           Too many people equate capitalism with democracy and it is not.  I suspect that most Americans feel powerless and are discouraged.  We can get so disheartened that we don’t even want to try. We need to remind ourselves that any great political accomplishment has usually been achieved through many small efforts and choices of individuals that turn into the many.  We see this when we need to lose weight, when we plan to build a small and sustainable business, to winning at sports, to doing something creative like writing a novel.   We see it when communities make the shift to cleaner energy. It always starts with small, single individual choices.

While we bitch about the 1% running everything, we can make those small consistent and collective changes, like where we do our shopping and banking.  We can stand up for our rights.  We can help our neighbors.  We can plant a small organic garden in our backyard or in pots if we live in an apartment with a lanai.  We can commit small acts of kindness each day.  We can learn about community affairs and become engaged in efforts at building a better community.  If nothing else, you will feel better about yourself when you know that your lifestyle is not contributing to the greed of the 1%.  A multitude of small actions can change the world.

We the people of the world must develop a new mindset of cooperate and share with each other.  We must rebuild and repair the damage to our environment.  We must create a new society with opportunity that encourages the best efforts of all to use their skills and talents for the common good as well as for their own personal development.  Our new society must see that all have food, shelter, health care and education.  We must bring this greedy empire to an end and any other that springs up, hopefully by peaceable means.  Otherwise we do what is necessary.  Some may call these thoughts a pipe dream, but once so were flying, radio and television.  Nothing is a pipe dream if it concerns justice and human rights.  If these ideas are good for people and the world, we can make it happen regardless of how powerful these man-made constructs have become.  We must recognize the enemy of life and humankind and bring it down to manageable size.  The dream created by the 10% of the 1% has turned into a nightmare for the people.

The time for change has come; the world can’t wait.

Copyleft 2014 J. Glenn Evans (Feel free to copy and distribute as broadly as possible)

J. Glenn Evans: Part Cherokee, native of Oklahoma, founder of PoetsWest and Activists for a Better World, hosts PoetsWest at KSER 90.7FM, a nationally syndicated weekly radio show.  Evans, an award-wining poet, is author of a book of poetry, Window in the Sky and three chapbooks, Buffalo Tracks, Deadly Mistress and Seattle Poems.  He is author of three novels, Broker Jim, Zeke’s Revenge and Wayfarers, is a former stockbroker-investment banker.  Evans has lived in Seattle since 1960, worked in a lumber mill, operated a mining company and co-produced a movie, Christmas Mountain the Story of a Cowboy Angel with Mark Miller, co-starring Slim Pickens.  Evans, in addition to poetry and novels has written numerous political essays and is the author several local community histories including a history of Seattle’s Pike Place Market and has been published in many literary Journals.

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Master of Lightning Nikola Tesla (Full video)

We lost a genius much too soon when visionary Tesla passed. His death was highly suspicious. We would have free electricity if he had survived! Rest in peace, Nikola...Lara

Today’s Spotlight: Atami Village, New Zealand

By John Robb
Today’s resilient community in the spotlight is Atamai Village. It’s a new, semi-rural developed community located in the northern part of New Zealand’s South Island. Here’s a well done video they made. (please watch!)
 
Atamai Village Area

What We Can Learn From Atamai

So, what can we learn from Atamai? Atamai has done a couple of things that make them interesting to us:

  • A village approach and vision.
  • An incubator for promoting local business development.
  • A way to reduce transportation expenses.

The Village Approach

Here’s an example of how they describe themselves (the best part is the bullet list at the bottom). It’s an interesting way to think about resilient communities that departs from intentional/communal, communal, or strictly commercial approaches.

A village is a settlement where people move from the privacy and separateness of their individual homes and families to their daily exchanges with others – all within the village and its environs. These are exchanges for basic needs such as food and other goods, social exchanges of support and mutual interest, cultural exchanges for fun and enjoyment, exchanges where projects are planned and carried out with others, a place where goods and services are exchanged to the benefit of both parties.

Village life is filled with opportunities for exchanges with a deeper texture, where the depth and breadth of relationships is enriching at many levels; where the joys and tribulations of a full life are felt and shared. Village life involves a sense of place and connectedness – to the land and the people – where relationships to both are rich and mutually sustaining.

A village operates on a human scale:

  • where people know the land and each other
  • where that knowledge translates into caring and support for both
  • where people pay attention to the local because they depend on it for their well-being
  • where there is a connection to the broader world, but where that connection is based on fair exchange rather than dependency.

Local Business Incubation

Another goal of Atamai is to foster the development of local work as a supplement to the global telecommuters that are moving there. The community’s goal is to enable 60% of the residents to obtain their livelihoods in the community or the immediate environs.

To accomplish this, they built a business incubator to grow local businesses, many of which will get their start supplying the community with products and services. Here’s a list of the services the community is offering via their incubator:

  • Agricultural land
  • Infrastructure
  • Some machinery available
  • Internet access
  • Accounting help
  • Website design
  • Shared marketing efforts
  • Shared sales channels
  • A ready market within the village

Reduced Transportation

One of the goals of Atamai is to reduce the vulnerability of the community’s residents to ever increasing gasoline prices and potentially limited future availability.

That’s smart. For example, in the US we already squander 5.3% of our income on gasoline and each family bears the expense of owning and insuring almost 2 cars. Atamai’s goal is to reduce gasoline expense to 1/5 of current needs and one vehicle for every four families (or 1/8 of the current vehicle expense).

Here’s how they are doing it:

  • Help people find local work and make global telecommutes easy.
  • Go car free. Atamai’s transportation grid is limited to pedestrians, bicycles, and electric scooters (vehicles can gain entry in an emergency).
  • Share transportation needs. A community run car share service and mini-bus to the nearby town means that residents might be able to ditch car ownership, and the expenses it entails, entirely.

Your always interested in new ways to improve our future guide, JOHN ROBB

I am so impressed with this village and imagine an entire planet so enterprising and sustainable… Lara/Trace

Why 99% Spring? | | AlterNet

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Why 99% Spring? | | AlterNet.

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Conviction without action is impotence. The question that many of us will ask ourselves in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years is this: When it was clear we were deep down the path toward untenable economic and political inequality, did our action match the power of our convictions? This 99 % Spring, we will prepare ourselves to ensure we have a good answer to that question. We hope you will join us http://www.the99spring.com