I’ve been asked by The Technology Source to write an article about the Second Superpower ideas and education. TSE goes to teachers and others concerned with the institution of education. Can any of you help me jump start my thinking on this one? My best starting idea is that students and teachers should be blogging and using the tools of online dialogue to mobilize their own emergent point of view in schools. I think this is true, but not particularly brillaint. Perhaps schools should be rethought in terms of cognitive and spiritual communities, linked by various communications media–and all become experimenters in the new discipline of emergent democracy. But I don’t know, concretely, what this means. In any case, anyone have some better ideas?? Thanks!!
April 8, 2003
How do we strengthen the Second Superpower? What are the next vital developments we need to make? Are there one or two things which, if accomplished, would enable more rapid and fuller evolution of emergent democracy and the second superpower? Are these spiritual, technical, political, or in our collective mindset?
In ecology there is a sub-field called “assembly rules” that seeks to understand the combinations of species that are required for a functioning ecosystem. The field goes farther and looks for the sequences by which a few species can establish a foundation on which others can grow. Aspen trees stabilize nitrogen in the soil, making a place for hardwoods to follow. Lichens break down volcanic rocks into a primitive soil, mosses and ferns follow.
I wonder, what are the assembly rules for emergent democracy?