This post is the start of the rough draft of Chapter 8 of my non-fiction WiP, Do Better, fka Baby Floors. This part of chapter 8 will begin the later years of mapping out a path to get there for Phase II, with a potential new adulthood rite of passage.
Sorry, Dear Readers, I forgot that this chapter has 5 sections per early and late, rather than the usual 4.
The overall objective remains that of putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.
Outlines for chapter 8 will attempt to match with each section, at the bottom of each post.
Once again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases. This chapter is part of showing what Phases I-IV could look like as potential 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 8, III. A. was last week)
III. B (1112/1000 wds). Declaration of intent to undergo The Challenge
Education and advocacy, during the last 5-7 years of Phase II, where the declaration of intention to attempt the Challenge are concerned, will likely need to revolve around building volunteer Community Assemblies. These assemblies should, by this time, be on track to decide whether their communities wish to conduct some sort of examination, for potential adulthood rite of passage candidates, regarding the good faith intentions and reasons behind each candidate’s reasons for wanting to undergo The Challenge. It seems to be a reasonable assumption that all parties involved have agreed to at least sign or affirm the intention to abide by some sort pledge in support of Human Rights, before starting this process, at a minimum. This will be the time, also, at the midway point during Phase II, to check on whether the standard 15 years will be enough for this phase, or whether up to another 5 years should be added, by agreement of the entire community, to this phase. Lobbying should also start, by this point, around insisting on greater funding for all learning related issues, such as early childhood education, in particular. Progress in educating the public around why candidates choose to undergo The Challenge can also be related to the number of community assemblies formed thus far, and how those assemblies are making their decisions, and allowing input into their decision-making processes. This is also a good time for advocating in the larger public around direct democracy and participatory decision-making. Thus the example set by communities in their processes for this new rite of passage can lead the way as a set of prototype examples for larger societal processes.
The sets of measurement tools, and the milestones for the later stages for Phase II, for declaration decision-making, will revolve partly around who takes those declarations, who is informed of declarations, minutes from Community Assembly discussions of these declarations, where they are not deemed too personal for public access, and the risks, consequences, benefits, and desired outcomes for both The Challenge, and for the process around The Challenge. Minutes of various meetings should help each community in deciding whether to set new milestones for this phase, as well as what statistics to use in measuring those milestones. Community Assemblies can recommend time and action targets for this part of Phase II, and should coordinate the timeline for all of Phase II with committees dealing with the other parts of this new rite of passage within each community. Milestones should be evaluated for which have been met thus far, the number of potential and upcoming candidate declarations, and of course, for the consequences to communities thus far with regard to candidate questions. Have the desired outcomes with regard to the Declaration met, in reality, what was hoped for by all parties, candidate, community, and the larger public? Are changes needed to the procedure for making a declaration of intent, in those communities where such a declaration is required or desired, and what milestones should be set or reset in relation to such declarations? Each of these questions should be guided by the larger picture, of Human Rights, of empathy, and of long term critical thinking for all of society.
Again, in the last years of Phase II, the tools and some of the 1-minute activities developed earlier should be joined by legal campaigns, if helpful, around the concept not only of eventually making the passage into adulthood more meaningful, in our larger society, but also of making childhood a safer experience for all of us. The tools that have previously been used and adapted in the early years of this stage, like walking, pilgrimages, or pledges, should now be evaluated, at this halfway point, to see the effect so far, and determine how to change course, if need be, to achieve the remaining milestones for Phase II. The various stats collected as well as any anecdotal information should be taken into account by committees to assess progress in this Phase, and how the process of the Declaration of Intent has helped, if at all. New tools should also be in development, at this point, to help with incoming declarations, and with new candidates, and with measuring the effects on both the community and the wider public, not to mention individual candidates. It should also be asked at this point whether prior prerequisites have been good proof of intent, without a specific declaration, and most importantly, whether the tools developed for this process have led to improved education in the greater community and in the public at large. And lastly, but not least, public records and statistics should be checked in the geographical areas near communities in the process of taking declarations of intent from candidates, to see whether the process of looking into these declarations has had any effect, over the past 5-7 years of Phase II, on the larger public near communities actively engaging in this process.
The ultimate purpose, both practical and symbolic, of the process of the declaration of intent to undergo The Challenge, is to assure that the intent on the part of each and every candidate foradulthood in any community is to serve. Have the potential candidates making required or suggested declarations in fact matched their deeds to their words, in organizing walks, pilgrimages, creating new tools, and has there been any observed difference between communities where such a declaration is required versus merely suggested, from those communities where no declaration is desired at all? Has any pledge related to this phase been developed, and if so, what has been the engagement level around both taking the pledge, and following through on the words of that pledge? Much like the “safety pin” movement following Brexit, making a pledge is one thing, while standing in front of a woman who has been thrown to the ground by her attacker may be quite another. No pledge is required to do the right thing. How, also, has social media reacted to communities where a declaration is desired, and to candidates who have made such declarations? Do the results from communities with a declaration requirement differ significantly from those that did not, and how have the results played out for individuals, and for members of the Community Assemblies? Finally, and most importantly, have any of the overall statistics for public health hazing at local universities, and related educational numbers changed at all in apparent response to discussion around and use of this process of taking a declaration of intent for The Adulthood Challenge?
— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 8, section III. C. )
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: clearly part of Non-fiction.
Maybe also: System Change, Causes, maybe even Inspirational, but I doubt it.
1.) Share some ideas you may have on how our society can solve homelessness and child abuse, starting right now,
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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BsCs