Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Acres, Chapter 2: Infrastructure, with words!

This post starts the rough draft of  Chapter 2 of my non-fiction WiP, Baby Acres.  

This chapter will have about 2500 words, (hopefully educational words!!)  500 of which have already been written as the Introduction, but will quite likely have to be thrown out and refitted with the new evolution of the book.  We shall see.

And  again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter will transition to a chapter (2-5) for each phase, showing what Phases I-IV could look like as part of a possible roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us.  This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind  will eventually have each person’s basic needs  met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind. 

Chapter Two:

( Chapter 2’s outline was last week…)

 Chapter 2 Introduction: 

The first stage of this project involves building empathy, and bringing each one of us to see each one of our fellow human beings as … a human being. Each one meriting humane treatment, and human dignity.

 

That empathy building phase was Phase 0 (yes, I’m a computer scientist by first training, so I start with 0…).  Phase I is meant to go for fifteen years, potentially from the years 2022 to 2037, building a movement to strengthen some of our most crucial and obviously key pieces of our social infrastructure, which are in the public domain. During this period, one of the ways that we can both build conceptual support and also literally build our physical infrastructure that needs support, is by borrowing an idea from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which worked during the Great Depression to create jobs while educating young (white) men at the same time. What we want to do now, is to educate, facilitate service, and build a community-service frame of reference, while also upgrading our public infrastructure, just as FDR did in the 1930’s via his program.

 

Bringing back an updated version of FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), or Roosevelt’s Tree Army, as it was popularly known, could provide a stepping stone between the empathy- building work that must always be on-going, and the support-building work of bringing our society to a consensus on the needed support for the most basic of our public social infrastructure institutions, like Public Libraries, Public Transportation, Public Education (especially in the financial and legal areas, where so many consumers fall prey to financial predators, and end up in debt due to lack of knowledge),  and Public Health. These four systems under gird our entire societal structure, and need support perhaps the most urgently, in return for which we potentially get the most payback for all members of society. While we do the difficult work of building the necessary consensus to get there from here, a simpler step might be to bring back some form of the CCC, updated to be far more inclusive, and used as both a means of providing employment to young people, and also to educate them, much like the Gap Year in Europe.

But instead of having our new high school graduates backpack around the country, they could be sent to work in urban public library branches, light-rail and subway/Metro stations, local urban public schools, or inner city health clinics. As they rotate from one part of the country to another, say, monthly, they learn first-hand of the conditions in places they are not from and have not lived, while serving communities they have never met, working alongside peers from different walks of life, and seeing a side of their native land that they did not grow up with. In short, learning the realities, and different perspectives, of this large and diverse nation of ours.

 

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 2, section I …)

I’m considering this Rough Draft as the block of clay from which my book will eventually emerge, obviously, and some ideas for phases III and IV are still becoming more  fixed in my mind as I write, so the final version will likely look pretty different from this Rough Draft, and will need updating once I get to the very end.

 

And once again, yeayyy( !!)with regard to audience, I may have at least a couple of comps:  Walden Two meets The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective (by Dr.s Jean and Edgar Cahn, 1964).  I know that lots of people consider Skinner’s writing to be stilted, but I like the tilt of most reviewers, in that the idea is that a community should keep trying policies that members agree upon until they find what works for all of them.

As for genre, I’m still wondering:  Non-fiction,   System Change, Causes, maybe even Inspirational, but I doubt it.

Last week’s installment of this series…

 

Action Items:

1.) Consider some ideas you may have on how our society can solve the problem infrastructure upgrades in the next 15 years,

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please, and

3.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those sources and your thoughts.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at LEAST for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
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Vote, Teach and Learn (PDF Lesson Plan Book)

and
my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction,
and
a proposed Vision on Wondering Wednesdays: for a kinder world…
   

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil

our year 2020 CE =  12020 HE

(Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
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includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

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17 thoughts on “Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Acres, Chapter 2: Infrastructure, with words!

  1. for a systems thinking application see https://eyeonsociety.com it’s written by John Raven and is, at others say so, a world authority on education. Do approach him directly he’s pretty straightforward and gets straight to the point. I have known him for over a decade now and while our contact is fleeting we still pick on stuff tossed around and parked until… You just might have an until project that would capture his heart…. I think his contact details are in the body of the ‘eye on society’ site…

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      1. then I’ll forward this to him myself if that’s OK with you… msg Y or N…he’s seriously passionate and has a life long commitment to Education and at least he’ll know about your efforts…(if he doesn’t already, he’d had his eye on me as a phd student without my knowing and simply decided to ring me on a Sunday morning for a chat… he’s a great bloke… we still disagree on many things too but that does not stop the conversation)… your call if Y N or 0 1 lol lol do tell me…

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        1. Yes, please, and many many thanks again , Alec. I think I may be off to bed early, but I wanted you to know how much I appreciate this offer, kind Sir. I hope that my work finds a bit of interest as useful in his thoughts, and that our work may compliment that of others making longer term plans to make this world less unkind for us all.
          Thank you so much,
          Shira

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  2. I will do it immediately… well in about 6hrs… at decent time… it’s 3am here… lol lol… I did some stuff years ago on Life Long Learning and setting up the only 1of 11 European 2nd Chance Schools in the UK… simply staggering results… so damn good the FE colleges were scared of losing their bums on seats funding…. tuff territory… which is why I think John should know more about what you are doing… (shh he’s a bit of giant in those places us mere mortals don’t get to go)

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      1. stop saying thank you and the again bit smacks of a frustration when there’s really no need… I write, generally speaking, with a naivety and stupidity as I have found that those advocating inclusion and participation only, really, want it on their own terms and with an undisclosed commercial interest… just saying… but saying it must always be possible, no?

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        1. Sorry, I’m just so grateful that you are sharing and connecting for me. No one else has yet done that, and I had begun to despair that anyone ever would, so what you are hearing is relief, not frustration (at least not frustration with you…).
          And yes, I have also found this, which is a great part of my frustration with ‘them’ and with others insisting that I, too, ought to be trying to make money on this work. But, yes, it must always be possible to say, and to say with honest sincerity and empathy.

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  3. Forgive my suggestions SD, but every time I read one of these, my brain wheels start turning. I know I already said your work is like Butler’s, but this kind of confirmed it. You could write about a future, but instead of a dystopian one, it would be a utopian one, including all your insights and plans.

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    1. Forgive?! I love your suggestions! Please do keep giving them!!
      Dr. G. you read my mind!!
      🙂
      A friend has been pestering me for a year now about Who By Fire, but I stopped plotting it because the pull to finish Baby Acres/Floors was insistent, given the fact that the project frames every thing else, including the novels (of which Who By Fire is the first in a series that will certainly not be utopian, but is leading to a second that will work it’s way up there, by the third, hopefully…) of this trilogy.
      And:
      Wow! Thank you!! You really see my work as like Butler’s? I am certainly influenced by her, but I’d not have dared to hope that it showed, yet. I am still working to learn my craft, in the fiction writing.
      Did Octavia Butler write any non-fiction?
      This is so cool!
      Thank you for your suggestions, Dr. G!!

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