About these reflections

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August 2015. New posts will be at the new site.



We live in tough times probably getting tougher. We have lots of wealth, lots of technology and severe problems with climate and population and war and security.  Trying to navigate through this is made more difficult because we mostly lack any image of where we want to go.. Leaving more consumerism aside, we need imagination and heart felt sympathy for ourselves, friends, families, communities world and other spices. GardenWorld is my attempt to come to a view of a viable future. a Future that actually gathers up all the stands of hope in history and tries tor realize them – not only because they are good but because we need this goal, the goal of integrating humans with nature as a place to grow our lives.

I use this website is  like a studio for thoughts about GardenWorld and what is and how to get there, so,  continual experimentation. What you will find here are near daily reflections on the basic ideas in  GardenWorld Politics, on which I have started a major revision after four years.  Some of the posts here are little essays of mine, some are bringing good books together for a dialog,  a version of Machiavelli’s nighttime conversations with the mighty dead.

Because of my consulting with the Institute for New Economic Thinking my focus is on  how to bring the best of the humanities into, or surround,  economic thinking. We need to think about how to make the transition to a better world, and it can’t be done without a better understanding of people and their societies. The withdrawal of the middle class from the revolution of 1848 for example.  A better understanding of economics and politics  is crucial for GardenWorld Politics, and a better understanding of economics and economies requires a much richer conception of human nature. Searching for that understanding is a critical part of the approach

Bucky Fuller said “we have the world and six billion people. Putting them together is just a design problem.” So lets also study design.

To see the raw process

today in the studio. (coming)

Broad context for the posts. minor updated  July 2015

What has my attention right now is the growing sense that nearly everyone, even youth and  the informally educated, share the view that the economy BROKEN and the politics to fix it is BROKEN. But the leaders persist in current policies because … they feel the need to hold together a coherent society and the see no alternative. So we are stuck.

I am suggesting (see posting 1592) that we need some empowered committees to work the issues.




One Response to About these reflections

  1. Richard Lorr says:

    Hi Doug!

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