Herding Cats to Map the Damage, the Revolution & the World of Production
Let’s imagine that we have citizen’s assemblies as a part of government institutions. The people have been selected at random, but with diversity in mind. Great. Now who makes the agenda? Where do we begin?
Individuals have been making their actions publicly and transparently on the web for around two decades, since the birth of social media. Now it is time for black box companies to do the same — without the creepy googly-eyed filters — to integrate all productive processes so they are no longer ecologically destructive and to remove the waste and redundancies that equate to existing rubbish jobs. I have some suggestions for how this can play out.
- It needs to be clear, the people’s decisions will come before executive or company stakeholder decisions. This is not the company allowing some eco-warriors to rant while you sit in your executive chair smugly. Your dictator status is now void. You had thirty years to change and you didn’t. You messed up, to put it lightly. You are no longer trustworthy. Change must accelerate in a way that will reduce the value of your portfolio, but that will finally benefit the rest of us and all life on earth and eventually give us all the wealth of billionaires without the ecological footprint.
- First we need to establish: What are the most important issues? The top polluting corporations should be taken over completely for starters, while all companies are taken over in time, with operations made publicly available with easy to understand descriptions and pretty pictures and 3D models; a sort of Google Maps for the People (otherwise known as a digital earth or mirror world; and with proper security measures: telerobotically maintained). Flows of operations and transportation can be outlined at first, with more detailed models as development on a Public Resource System continues. (Think Project Cybersyn or OGAS, now with everyone having a “command center” in their pocket)
- We need to determine how much damage these companies have caused in environment and biodiversity loss. With full control of the corporate sphere there will be a ton of internal reports to go through that will document to what extent the company damaged the earth. A damage map will be needed before presenting a solutions map.
- Degrowth. We need to model the materials of the economy and provide more transparent models of finance, to observe the transaction history of money itself, to make processes as efficient as possible, and ensure a strong currency. This will mean hiring teams of peoples and many people are let go from tasks made redundant by the mass of productive processes integrated into a unified whole, progress viewable on your web browser.
- Introduce universal basic assets. Make organic food the standard and make it free. So long as food security is ensured, shelves will not be emptied. These free items will be paid for by the taxes of luxury goods and other taxes on the rich.
- Everyone given noncommercial housing that with roomy and dignified.
- Everyone given a plot of land to grow food if they wish.
- All fossil fuels will be banned and kept in the ground.
- Programs to empower the houseless/beggars by cleaning up the water ways and planting trillions of trees and other carbon sequestering plant-life.
- Products will be made to last centuries or made renewable.
- And whatever else the citizen’s assemblies demand.
So after citizen’s assemblies will be a need for expert assemblies that are continually checked by citizen assemblies, but also individual users online enabled by a person-to-global transparent supply chain. Expert assemblies will include:
- Global Resource Interface Design
- City Planning
- Factory Planning
- Materials Processing
- Assembly Process
- Finance (With a Post-Scarcity Target)
- And so on…
These expert assemblies will reside as local, national, and international councils, all interlinked with one another, to keep optimum maps of the earth’s territory, to ensure that it goes from being destroyed to being regenerated.
So what if you just want a hair cut and your nails done; something that doesn’t need grand scale design thinking? Go to your local as usual. The shop will still be open, the shop keeper will no longer own the business, but will remain in control of it, earning more (or the value of her money will be greater) than if she had to maintain the business herself. Any maintenance or refacing needed at the shop will be sent to a council and swiftly actioned.
See you at the Rave, cat friends!