Wholeness (= Health = Symmetry = Balance):

A few of the domains to seek balance:


  • Heart, Mind and Body. 
  • Masculine and Feminine. 
  • Up and Down. 
  • Dark and Light. 
  • Young, Middle-Aged and Old. 
  • Sweet, sour, bitter, salty, umami. 
  • Inner world and outer world. 
  • Self-centeredness and other-centeredness. 
  • Left brain and right brain. 
  • Work, Relationships and play.
  • Together and solitude.
  • Noisy and active, quiet and reflective.
  • Morning, day and night.

Within the paradigm of wholeness and the principle of balance, we choose to emphasize that which is most unconscious, ignored, dis-owned and taken for granted to move towards a consciousness and life that honors the shape of the sphere and the paradoxical circle of life, in which energy moves through all points in the sphere before coming to center. 

Protocols: 


  • Intentionally design all aspects of the community to move towards a more whole and balanced experience of the cycles and expression of energy and life.
  • When there is unnecessary or stuck pain/conflict, look for the imbalance that if balanced might allow flow or have precluded the context.
  • Examine all of the polarities in the group, the individuals involved, the cultural residue in both the near term and in the long-term and lean towards balancing out the greatest imbalances. For example if a woman is being humiliated for expressing her feminine side repeatedly in the context of a chauvinistic culture by a more masculine woman the issue may be more effectively addressed on that basis than on the specific points of protocol - particularly if protocol is being used to mask feelings within the community. A movement towards honoring the feminine might create more health/balance than following the letter of the protocol.
  • A process of circling, listening and speaking about body sensations, feelings and awareness until balance is restored and voices are heard is one technique for resolving tension daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly, addressing those topics that are high on the emotional intensity scale first.

Synergy:

The whole is greater than the sum of the parts, suggesting that the probability field is greater within community than without. This probability field is intelligent to protect when it offers the individual more accelerated well-being within than without. This is similar to the principle of marriage: When a relationship offers more growth, healing, well-being, abundance and aliveness than either person can create alone, it makes sense to make that marriage sacred by sacrificing (making sacred) certain individual attachments that weaken the vitality of the marriage. When the marriage is a destructive synergy - creating more unnecessary pain than either would create alone it is important to sacrifice the marriage for the health of the individuals. 


Protocols:


  • Pay attention to the probability fields in play and how a decision will affect them. 
  • Put the healthy probability field of the community ahead of the personal needs of any one person, while aiming to increase the probability field to a point that meets each person's needs five times more as a group than as an individual.
  • Set clear visionary objectives for the community synergies, reach for those objectives and consider those objectives when making personal decisions. 

Example: The goal of having a place within the community that allows any individual at any given moment to experience and explore all of their feelings and human states suggests that a place exists to celebrate, to be noisy and dance that is removed from another place to be alone in silence. If the boundaries of these to spaces are violated out of personal preference something much bigger is lost: the certainty that any emotion has a home that is sacred within the boundaries of the community space.

Win Win or No Deal:


The principle of win/win draws on the faith of the third alternative. When there is a conflict that appears only resolvable in a win/lose dynamic, where if I get my way you do not get your way, there is an opportunity for a bigger space to open up by examining other dimensions and remembering the primary goal: energy efficiently converted to well-being.


Protocols:


  • 1-10 Scale trade off: "I want this 8 out of 10." "I want that 3 out of 10." The higher number is deferred to in an awareness that over time this will result in more emotional wealth and everyone getting their most important preferences honored, while giving way in less important areas.
  • The conflict is reduced to a base-level of well-being: "If I get my way 2 units of well-being will be generated." "If I get my way 3 units of well-being will be generated." Now let's start going through the hundreds of options that will allow both people to experience at least 30% more well-being doing something currently unimagined instead of the area in conflict. "I want to stay home." "I want to go to the movies." becomes "We want to go on a moonlit walk in silence as we hold hands and sit in each other's arms talking about new ideas for the coming year."
  • The design of the system is examined to make room for a previously ignored need: "I need silence." "I need to dance." emerges as a new pair of headphones or a comfortable area outside under a canopy for all-weather dancing.
  • Ending, separation, space and pause are built into the protocols of relationship with individuals and with the group so that using clearly agreed protocols at the beginning an individual or group can disengage to the area necessary for all to win. "Begin with the end in mind." extends to a clear plan to transition out of a community if any individual would blossom more by doing so.

Shared Responsibility for Ascending Our Human Needs:

Abraham Maslow studied healthy human beings and observed a consistent behavior pattern: Human being seek to meet their needs in a natural hierarchy of priorities:


  1. Survival: All that is needed for physical survival, including the social relationships needed to survive.
  2. Security: All that is needed to make it more likely that physical survival will continue.
  3. Love and Belonging: A feeling of family, welcome and the ability to give and receive willing affection.
  4. Self Esteem: A sense of pride and respect in who we are, and environments in which we can become someone we like and are proud of.
  5. Self Realization: The environment in which our talents are seen, nurtured and able to make a contribution.
  6. Self-transcendence: The need to surrender, be a part of and become something or someone more than we knew ourselves to be.

Principles:


  • A group can realize these needs functioning with the goal of doing so at least 400% more gracefully and consistently than an individual functioning alone.
  • By insuring that each individual meets their needs for survival and security, love and belonging, a community eliminates 80% of the crime, violence, and self-destructive personas in Western culture.
  • The faster a community insures the first three needs, the faster an individual will move towards meeting the needs that give back to the community. If by age seven every community member solidly meets their first four needs, they are already beginning to develop the talents that in teenage and older years will see gifts coming back to the community, enriching the environment for others.

Protocols:

  • An app measures the progression of each individual monthly through their hierarchy of needs, with equal weight being placed on a) The individual's assessment (50%) and everyone else's assessment (50%).
  • Protocols are in place to insure a repair of unmet needs.
  • The first three needs for each community member take precedent as a community over all other things. The community must be able to say when any member is insecure in their survival or belonging: "What all of us are doing right now makes sense as a rapid way to respond to those needs." Actions can be challenged by anyone if that is in doubt.
  • Anyone can press a "help" button on the app, which will escalate as needed until if necessary the whole community is helping them to survive, feel loved and belonging.
  • Anyone having a hard time regularly in the meeting of their needs will be assessed: "Why is this happening?" both from the perspective of why the community is failing the individual and what the individual can do that they are not doing to meet their needs. 

Scientific Well-Being:

Science is the art of measuring and correlating and our focus is well-being. 


Principle: 


  • If 10 units of well-being can be created by using 3 units of energy/resources using method a, or 200 units of well-being using method b, method b should be used.
  • In order to know how to translate energy into well-being many options must be considered, and finalists tested.
  • A challenge to a status quo should be on the basis that "there is a better way to create sustainable well-being with less energy invested than the current way." This should be tested.

Protocols:

  • Everyone who joins the community commits to the goal of more well-being with less resources, time and energy as a value.
  • Everyone is responsible for projecting data (hypothesizing) and gathering data about the protocols relevant to the community.
  • Everyone agrees that changes that will result in at least 30% improved well-being over the status quo should be adopted.
  • The app measures and shares the actual well-being generated from a given protocol. 
  • The default is to propose a trial. For example, if someone believes that a new windmill on every personal dwelling would be cashflow positive within two years, one windmill might be purchased by them and assessed for three months. If the hypothesis is shown to be correct and no other alternatives show better results, the community will vote to expand the protocol to the community on the basis that it will stand until someone shows a better way of doing things, which includes consideration for the time/energy involved in making the change.

Power, Thought and Trust:

All choices and the power to make them are made on the basis that this is the most effective and efficient use of energy to serve the community's well-being.


Principles:


  • In general power is decentralized within the community.
  • Transparency is a key condition for trust and safety within the community.
  • More weight is placed on those with more experience, using an algorithm.
  • When power is centralized, clear questions are established by all that must be answered by the individuals.

Protocols:

  • When possible interactions are recorded.
  • A clear set of questions are established when delegating - these questions are votable by all and visible on the app, such as: "What is the cheapest source of power over a five year period?"
  • The person who uses the community power will review decisions publicly as to why they are making the decision relative to the questions they are seeking to respond to.
  • Power is decentralized as a default. 
  • Weight in a decision of a technical nature is proportional to expertise. An electrician would have three times more weight on an electrical vote than someone with no electrical experience, which is why knowledge and competency are tracked within the app and the app will express that weight transparently over time.
  • Any time anyone is not trusted, a circle will be formed by those who do and do not trust the individual and the pattern of behavior will be examined referencing best-practices and the goals of the community to insure that a best-practice is established and clarify if someone does not care about the community, is ignorant, or is stuck in a trauma defense that has their loyalty.

Felt Human Experience:

In a culture as heady as ours, many sacrifice their well-being to show loyalty to a dogma. That is why the actual heart-rates, body sensations, emotions and perceptions of the community are the single most important reference to well-being. 

Protocols:

  • Everyone's well-being is measured daily using felt-human experience reference points.
  • Patterns of energy emerge over time.
  • The community votes on how to respond to balance, heal and increase the experience of every member and the group.
  • Roles, responsibilities and resources are designed around the goal of enhanced felt-experience.

Protect the Downside:

In stock portfolio management over time the measure of success is not the most rapid growth. Protecting the downside- something Richard Branson is famous for in the story of Virgin Airlines - is an idea that making $50. a day with zero chance of loss is as valuable or more valuable than making $100. a day with a present risk of losing everything.

Principles:

  • Value reductions in the probable risk of loss as highly as increasing the probable increase in profits in whatever value-metric is being used. I.e. if a new approach is being used for the first time to meet a deadline in construction, consider whether or not this actually increases risk of failure (if anything goes wrong, which it usually does in new experiments, there will be no time to fix it before an important deadline).
  • Any time asymetrical contexts allow a nominal investment in time/money/resources to dramatically decrease the risk of failure, make the investment.
  • When evaluating a strategy, person etc. look at both the worst-case-scenario and the best-case-scenario of multiple options.

Protocols:

  • The community itself must be designed to withstand all probable risks in a 100 year scenario and regularly assess the community's ability to respond.
  • Protocols for disaster-response and disaster-prevention are designed and implemented.
  • All protocols and alerts are integrated into an app.
  • In general 15% of energy is invested on protecting the investment in the other 85% on all dimensions.

Invest in the Future:


Principles:

  • The power of time insures that the sooner investments are made in children, education, investments with compound interest, tax-deferred investments, trees and more that grow, the more abundant the future will be.
  • Grace is a product of vision and the self-love to do things that are not urgent to avoid scenarios that could easily be urgent.

Protocols:

  • All investments in the future are tracked in the app by each individual with honors going to those who invest in the biggest future for all.
  • 7-30% of all energy is invested in making for a bigger future at all levels:
  • Eating a nourishing breakfast to make for a better day.
  • Buying a tool to make for easier work that year.
  • Studying the answer to a question about well-being.
  • Investing in a new technology.
  • Donating towards the information that can lead to change.
  • Doing scientific experiments to measure energy/well-being formulas that the world can adopt.
Transcendence:

It is uncertain, given hedonic adaptation, the dualistic nature of life and death, pain and pleasure, light and dark, that a community can create a sustained experience in which someone appreciates their life ten times more than they would outside the community, even if by technical measures it is ten times better. We grow accustomed to things. The countries that have the most natural resource consumption are often not the happiest people. 


Given this reality, it will be important to measure both felt-experience and objective metrics over time. The other need is for continual change and growth, which breaks the hedonic adaptation cycle of decaying appreciation for anything static.


Goals:


  • To create enough diversity and fresh energy so that every community member stays alive with the awareness of their life.
  • To increase the appreciations for things that transcend duality.
  • To create awareness of the positive side of the shadow, negative.

Strategy:

In any 
polarity there is expansion and contraction. But there is also a third energy that can stay constant, when we avoid dissociating from contraction. For example, in a game of chess there is a winner and there is a loser at the end. That is the nature of polarity. However, when we find the third energy of learning strategic thinking, we see that it is usually the loser who learns the most about a quality that is more valuable than the game, more valuable than winning or losing, and disproportionately favors the loser. Similarly, when we fail to connect with someone we wanted to connect with, understanding how/why we failed may lead to a bigger world in which we learn about the way people behave. Constant to both pain and pleasure are self-awareness, and learning about ourselves, again often learning more in pain. When a relationship ends there is a new awakening of the individual personas that emerge for the first time beyond the relationship.

Protocol:

  • Using the app, conversational protocol and support protocol, we remind ourselves about the third energy, going up or down, that transcends both and is constant.
  • We actively cultivate and measure growth in third energies:
  • Self-awareness.
  • Empathy.
  • Presence.
  • Productivity (learning about ourselves).
  • Creativity (inspiring ourselves/others).
  • Generating data for pattern analysis.
  • Deepening experience, knowledge and skill.

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