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Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Floors, Chapter 5: Introduction to Baby Bonds and Baby Acres, now Floors

This post starts the rough draft of  Chapter 5, the y section, for my non-fiction WiP, Baby Floors.

It was Baby Acres, for an Acre per baby, but may now become A floor per baby, and Baby Bonds… 

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 5:

( Chapter 4’s  ending section, section II,  was last week…)

 Chapter 5,  Intro.:

Chapter 5Introduction (600/500 wds): How Phase IV helps complete the 4 Freedoms

 

A (342/250 wds).

In the first year of Phase IV, the final stage of this project, 45 years will have gone before, of preparation for this moment.  The previous three phases, lasting 15 years each, have had time, by this point, to educate and build support for three necessary sets of conditions to be achieved before this stage.  First, the rebuilding and expansion of a connected network of safe, clean, accessible and widely used mass transit and railway systems, which now give full transportation coverage to all across the entire country.  With that system, a robust library system connecting university and public libraries fully and freely open to the public has been expanded into a safe set of community education and gathering hubs, offering space for daily ongoing educational updates of local legal and financial information to all residents, on a pro-bono basis.  Interlocking with this is a now robust and fully accessible public health service, which has become universally available to all, thanks to the work done in a later stage.   Second, a cultural shift has begun which began to move us all closer to a cooperatively problem solving mindset, which then, during the third phase, opened access to both the health care, and the formal as well as informal sets of education needed by all of society to continue progressing.  Third, during the prior phase, a universal basic income has been installed which provides the needed relief from fear of want which allows us to move into the current and last stage of our project, this year.  We now have the breathing room, both physical space and emotional and critical thinking tools with which to solve the remaining problems that might beset our societies as a country, and as a planet.  The freedom of speech and association which the first three phases opened up are now joined by the freedom from fear and freedom from want, which by necesity imply a basic level of housing, food, water, and emotional security.  The final stages of this phase are designed to get us to that point.

 

 

B (292/250).

An earlier image of this phase comes first, then to evolve as needed.

First cut idea:

1. Each child, at birth, receives half a hectare of land, non-alienable. The person may rent, lend or swap the land, but always remains the owner of the land or the swapped parcel. Where ever the location, it should have a well and be arable. (This way, at a minimum, every person on the planet will own at least 1/2hectare of land, free and clear, withno way tolose it…)

2. Beans, Rice, local Greens, and enough fresh drinking/cooking water, and fresh or filtered salt water for bathing for every individual person;

3. Free Bedsit or Tiny House for each individual person, accessible from the time a child can safely (independently) cook an egg;

4. Each family should have a book in the local public library, containing the autobiography of every adult in the family (which means that each person needs free time and the means to write his or her autobiography).

5. Each ADULT is both:

  1. trained to serve in the national protection forces (police or military), and
  2. prepared to rotate, if called upon, into a limited time term of either Jury Duty, city, state, or federal level government duty as a local/state or federal Representative or Senator, Governor, or cabinet member. A system o fsortition could gradually replace elections for the House of Representatives and state assembly lower chambers, followed by the upper chambers and executive level elected positions via IRV/Ranked Choice Voting, as the national educational system evens up in quality across the country.

 

These initial ideas of what this phase could eventually look like will be subject to much negotiation, at all levels, across the entire country, and undoubtedly, beyond, in the early years of this phase.

 

(Note: 1. and 3. have now been swapped…)

 

 

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 5, section I, on the early stages.  )

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.

  Many thanks to Dr. Garland for suggesting Philosophy

Maybe also: 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 homelessness and child abuse, starting right now,

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
Read, Write -add Stayed on Freedom’s Call on GoodReads via this GR button: Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC,

Vote, Teach and Learn (PDF Lesson Plans Offline),

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 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
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.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page, and please do let us know here that you’ve reviewed it there!  🙂

Day 5 of GED in 5 months, libraries, and La Convivencia during Sukkot (aka Tabernacles)!

During this holiday of Sukkot, aka the Feast of Tabernacles, or Booths, the verse proclaiming this holiday as one of inclusion for all nations, and that inclusion which happened 1000 years ago in Islamic Spain, seems especially important to remember, today. 

Remember, if we did it before, we can do it again!  We go farthest fastest by working together, right? 

“Of course, right!”

Libraries are one of the greatest legacies of the Convivencia (remember that cooperation, in Muslim Spain, of Jewish, Christian and Islamic scholars, that gave Europe books again?), and one of the key parts of Phase I of the Four Freedoms movement.

 

Day 5 Lesson Plan

Khan Academy Indefinite Pronouns
Interactive Indefinite Pronouns Worksheet Online
IndefPronouns Prntable WrksheetWoutAns
IndefPronouns Printable WksheetAnswers
Khan Academy Basic Adding negative integers BasicNegativeIntegersJustPg1
Day5 ExitSlips

(Day 4Day 6)

Action Items:

1.) Search your local public library’s online catalogue for books on La Convivencia.

(here’s a good one to start with: Read more in M. Rosa Menocal’s book, available at most public libraries!)

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

3.) Share your thoughts on what La Convivencia was, and what it might have been like to live in Al Andalus at that time,

4.) Write a book, story, blog post or tweet that uses those thoughts, and please tell us about it! If you write a book, once it is published please consider donating a copy to your local public library.

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 for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport

ReadWrite, Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline) 

 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa. 

my Babylon 5 review posts, if you like Science Fiction, and

a proposed Vision for a kinder world on Wondering Wednesdays…    

 

Shira Destinie A. Jones, BsC, MAT, MPhil

 

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

 

(GED lesson plans: Day 1)

 

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
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.

 

-one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button: ,  Please leave a review, if you can make a bit of time, on the GoodReads page.

 

 

Shira Destinie Jones is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Minbari Mondays, Spider in the Web, and, crazy solutions for peace

This week, Ranger Mayann has no report, but I am taking the liberty of summing up this 6th episode of season 2, from what I hope would be the Minbari point of view:

 

“I’ve read your proposal, Mr. Isogi. Frankly, you’re either insane or a very brave man. “

 

Here, after this reaction from a representative of a provisional colonial government, Taro Isogi reminds her, as the Minbari often remind us, that history matters.  And so does long term innovative thinking.   His idea of Future Corp was a way of solving the violence on the Mars colony peacefully.

Einstein said that only by thinking at a different level from which our problems began, can we solve those problems.  This episode represents that idea in a more concrete form.  

The core of the actual problem is that there exists a black ops agency buried deeply within the Earth government, working against the interests of peace.  Captain Sheridan confides his intention to find that agency, the metaphorical Spider in the Web, and to destroy it.  This is why this episode represents so much of what I love about Babylon 5: the willingness to confront unpleasant realities, and then create tools to deal with them.

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

I come in peace, I am your friend.

 

There are earlier episodes, as part of a letter on the history of the Babylon Project.  

-Shira Destinie

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the importance of history and building on earlier knowledge to make space and tools to solve new problems, please.

2.) Share your thoughts on how we Human Beings might start to build a more fully inclusive society for all of us, and how this episode of Babylon 5 could help that process.

3.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses these 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 for COVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
ReadWrite, Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline) 

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa. 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, BsC, MAT, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(GED lesson plans: Day 1)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
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.

-one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button: ,  Please leave a review, if you can make a bit of time, on the GoodReads page.

Shira Destinie Jones by ShiraDest is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


Continue reading Minbari Mondays, Spider in the Web, and, crazy solutions for peace

Peer pressure, proving oneself, and new tools for that

       While most of our societies no longer need adults capable of hunting to ensure our protein supply, we clearly still have a burning need to find ways to prove ourselves, especially when we are young.  NPR reported on a nationwide problem, recently: teenagers are vandalizing school property for the attention on social media.  Somehow, the very human need to prove oneself is being channeled into a means of seeking approval that actually does damage to the infrastructure that was built to help those same kids move forward in life.  Clearly, something is missing.  Is it that we don’t seek buy-in from our young people about the ways we try to prepare them for life, or is it that we lack ways of allowing all of them to gain healthy attention, apart from empty participation trophies?

   The new rite of passage I imagined some years ago may be a tool that can help us use that peer pressure and need to prove ourselves, turning into a benefit for all of society, and maybe for the benefit of us all?

 

Action Questions:

1.) What, if you wish to share, was a defining moment of self-proof that made a difference in your life?

2.) How would having a new way of showing what each person can do affect the role of teenagers and coming of age in our society, do you imagine?

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via  GoodReads,

Vote, Teach and Learn (PDF Lesson Plans offline)

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

the year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
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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Shira Destinie Jones by ShiraDest is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 29, and new spins on old solutions

It is crucial that we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us today, and to come and work together, for all of us, right?  

I believe that attention to shared histories, as in DC, may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

” … Time Banks USA
“What is the function of a currency? Rewarding caring and sharing…


A medium of exchange reinforcing what we say we value.” -Dr. Edgar Cahn on Time Dollars


Lying in his hospital bed in 1980, Edgar Cahn realized something.  Each person needs something, and each person has something to contribute. Money is an impersonal and scarce medium of exchange which devalues those who cannot give in terms that the market recognizes as valuable. But if we could match the time needed with the time available to contribute, then we could organize our society along more caring and mutually respectful lines. Thus, from a heart attack, Time Banking, a new system of community economic self-
help now used all over the world, was born. Here is an explanation of how Time Banks work in the United Kingdom:


“ What is timebanking?
Timebanking is a means of exchange used to organise people and organisations around a purpose, where time is the principal currency. For every hour participants ‘deposit’ in a timebank, perhaps by giving practical
help and support to others, they are able to ‘withdraw’ equivalent support in time when they themselves are in need. In each case the participant decides what they can offer. Everyone’s time is equal, so one hour of my time is equal to one hour of your time, irrespective of whatever we choose to exchange.


Because timebanks are just systems of exchange, they can be used in an almost…


29  “

So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about  something on this page, but I’m not sure what.

Page twenty-eight was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on this page?  (You can download the entire book for free via the Archive link below…)

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

4.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those 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
Read, Write -one can read Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

  Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline):

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(Online pdfs of 5 month GED lesson 67/67 plans…), and

Babylon 5 review posts, and

Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World (posts listed at bottom of page…)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
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.

 

Creative Commons License
Shira Destinie Jones by ShiraDest is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Floors, Chapter 4: Section II, the later years of phase III

This post starts the rough draft of  Chapter 4, the last section, for my non-fiction WiP, Baby Floors.  

This section of chapter 4  has  about 1000 words, (hopefully currently practicable words).  Below, I will also include the outlines that I missed last week for Chapter 4.

And  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 will show what Phases III 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 Four:

( Chapter 4’s   section I  was last week…)

 Chapter 4,  section II

II. (1915/1250 wds):  Later years of Phase III -What it could look like:

II. A (359/250 wds).

In the middle to last years of this “Three Universals, Plus” stage of our project, nearly 45 years since the beginning of Phase I, at this point, the task of advocating for and helping to implement a Single Payer System of universal health care across the entire United States.  Due to the work of building up the public health service, and improving access to information and education of the earlier phases of this project, there should now be less and less smoking and drug usage, coupled with more and more recognition of the fact that “your health = our health” and accordingly, there will be less and less public expenditure on preventable health maladies.  This all results in an easier task of implementing universal health care.  Dedicated volunteers will continue to show the public how free condoms and birth control increase public health statistics in several areas, with the Single Payer System of universal health care as a driver for ever improving public and individual health outcomes across the board.  As continuously updated public health and financial law workshops remind us all how pandemics have been driven by all residents and visitors in an area, the natural conclusion will become continuously clearer.  That conclusion is that all people need free access to health care in order to protect the public, and that protection works more effectively when all people have access to basic preventative health care upon arrival in a community.  Studies, and volunteers opening up access to those studies, will continue to show how a Single Payer System lowers the costs of prescription medications over the long term, and improves quality of life for all members of society.  By the end of this Phase, 45 years after the start of Phase I and the efforts to build up the public health service, every single person in this country should be able to walk into any clinic, hospital, doctor’s office, or store, and update his or her medical history, make a cost free appointment for medically necessary procedures, and get information and advising on needed medical concerns, all in a safe and comfortable environment via safe, clean, comfortable and efficient public transportation.

II. B(330/250).

By the end stages of Phase III, the work of advocacy and educating should have led to the implementation of a truly universal basic income for every citizen in the United States, if not also for every resident of the country.  The work of Andrew Yang to popularize the concept of a UBI for every American adult must, by this point, have come to be understood as the possibility of hope for all of society.  It must also have been updated to include access to that rightful income by children able to care for themselves, in cases where parents, guardians, or caretakers are not taking sufficient steps to ensure the care and protection of said children.  The results of the 2020 Basic Income pilot in Stockton, CA will also have had time to be understood and updated, by this time, so that every person in our society understands how we all benefit from putting a floor on poverty, want, and fear, through the issuance of a UBI, and why it must be all three things: Universal, Basic, and an Income.  Many other documents explain the details of a UBI, but suffice it to say here that such an income must go directly to every individual resident in the form of federal money accessible to that individual without an unwanted intermediary.  It should provide enough money to be able to buy all of the basics needed to live simply, including basic nutritious foods like beans or lentils, rice, organic greens (and we hope that by this time, all food will be grown without toxic chemicals), basic essential clothing, and basic safe individual shelter.  That it is an individual income means that it must go directly to every man, woman, and child, with that child being able to have full and exclusive spending and saving control over his or her own money after, perhaps, passing a simple basic budgeting test to show ability to safely manage that money independently for basic daily needs.  The details of how we could get to a place in which we can safely make this happen for us all we be discussed in chapter 9.

 

II. C (425/250wds).

Returning to the importance of education across each phase of this project, the last years of Phase III should see the solidifying of a movement across the country in favor of free preschool through PhD or vocational technical education for every member of society.  By the end of this phase, marking 45 years of work on the overall project, all child care should already be of high quality educational time, whether designated as childcare or day care, as preschool willl be, but more so.  The public education system, starting with the public library system, will have been shored up to be able to reach the highest standards of quality, as is already the case in many OECD countries.  Free vocational technical, trade school, arts training, and apprenticeships with on the job training should all be freely available to all residents, by this point in the project, with the support and understanding of the importance of such availability of all of society.  Clearly, there must also be free preparation and tutoring, provided one on one by individuals, or also provided by organizations working in the public interest rather than for profit, to ensure that each and every person willing to work hard enough and dedicate the required persistence has the opportunity, like the wealthy, to obtain the best preparation for any educational entrance exam.  In this way, society can ensure that time will not be wasted by those merely seeking to use the time in college as a diversion, and can also be assured that only those qualified to complete the training offered by society actually embark upon such educational opportunities, and do not waste them.  The benefit of making free university training up through and including research degrees, such as the PhD, should be obvious, when viewed in the light of the number of missed opportunities each person who does not pursue such research represents as a loss to society, in knowledge and in new tools build for later use.  Often, research and development in a variety of disciplines does not show its practical utility until later on, when the engineering science has finally caught up with the theory developed years earlier, as in theoretical mathematics.  For this reason, and more, all education must be free of cost, but full of work, with discipline and a sense of commitment to the good of society.  In the last years of this phase, new educational courses to provide free training for Citizen Jury and government service should also be developed and offered, in preparation for Phase IV.

 

II.  D (335/250wd).

By the end of this third phase of our project, most of the country could be using old tools which have been updated to become modern tools, some with a US twist, in keeping with the needs of each particular community and region in this large and diverse nation.  For a local means of complementing the federal money supply, communities may choose to add a community issued currency to the supply of money in circulation, thus adding options for spending on and incubating local businesses, and providing another way of rewarding local customer loyalty.  Local currencies have also been shown to improve levels of trust and empowerment within communities (citeGreenMoneyCommunityEmpowermentPaper2010).  In combination with other old friends, like Ranked Choice Voting, aka IRV, which should also at this point be in use in cities, counties, and states for elections across the nation, such tools meet the needs of today, adding resources and options in local communities.  Participatory Budgeting is another tool already well known places like Porto Alegro and Paris, where they have been used before, but perhaps less known here in the US, but by the end of Phase III, understood and used across the country.  Likewise, citizens’ juries could be in use in many parts of the country to help develop local and regional policy, based on the work done in earlier years by dedicated volunteers to educate the public regarding the benefits of using such juries in answering a variety of policy development questions in other countries.  Finally, youth courts, also known as teen or peer courts, already known in much of the US, should certainly have greatly expanded use, nation wide, and greater funding and support from a now far more well-informed and thoughtful citizenry.  Thus, at then end of Phase III, as old tools have been adapted for modern use, the stage will also have been set for the building and sharing of newer tools, by a new generation, to solve the unique, multiple, and extremely challenging problems that face this new generation.

 

II. E (403/250wds).

Finally, at the end of Phase III, we finish advocating for and building some new tools in preparation for new policy crafting, and a new paradigm, coming forward in the next and final phase of this project.  By this point, 45 years into our 60 year project, the DoE may be able to begin doing on a nation-wide level what many states may have been doing for some years, already: rotating teachers all around the US, as new teachers are rotated in many European countries already.  The World Youth Parliament, like the Belgian Youth Parliament before it, could have, by this time, paved the way for experienced veterans of such bodies to take part in transforming the United Nations into a sort of world parliament, modeled, perhaps, on the European Parliament, with nation-states looking to the EU as one possible model for world wide cooperation.  Here at home, the movement for a Constitutional Convention could suggest several updates for the needs of the coming centuries based on an educated population that did not exist in 1787, including the use of proportional representation as Denmark has, at least in the House of Representatives, and removing the Electoral College as no longer in keeping with an educated and engaged citizenry, and making health, education, housing, and basic food a human right, as several European constitutions also do.   Provisions could also be added for frequent referrenda, as is done in Switzerland, as the start of a move toward greater levels of direct democracy, now that we have the technology to permit this process to work.  Building on the work of the Adulthood Challenge rite of passage, this would be the time to begin working actively for all Adults to be placed into a jury pool for a variety of difficult responsibilities, including national policing and defense services, somewhat like that of the Swiss model.  This pool of Adults could also be used to build the lottery for Sortition into the House of Representatives, once proper training in good governance and policy craft is assured (although much of that work, in reality, is done by Congressional staffers, rather than the elected lawmakers themselves).  By the close of the final year of Phase III, the infrastructure, cultural, and policy tool preparation for a paradigm shift should now be in place, allowing the work of looking forward to the next and final stage of this project, Phase IV, to begin.

 

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 5, Introductory section…  )

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.

  Many thanks to Dr. Garland for suggesting Philosophy

Maybe also: System Change, Causes, maybe even Inspirational, but I doubt it.

Action Items:

1.) Consider some ideas you may have on how our society can solve homelessness, starting right now,

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?

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Vote, Teach and Learn (PDF Lesson Plans Offline),

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 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(Day 1  Lesson plan…)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
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.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page, and please do let us know here that you’ve reviewed it there!  🙂

Chapter 4

outlines.

 

Minbari Mondays, The Long Dark, and, mental health care in outer space

 

“Now what would a guy with everything in the world do with one of those?”

Good question, coming from a homeless combat veteran suffering from nightmares and flashbacks, in response to Garibaldi’s suggestion that he knows some good therapists.  Just before that, Garibaldi tells a young security officer that he knows this “lurker” served in the infantry because, while watching the homeless “lurker” having a nightmare, he tells the young security officer that

“I’ve had that same dream.”

Hence, as the Minbari often reminds us, history matters.  And so does health care.

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

 

 

That was the 5th episode of Season 2, of Ranger Mayann’s letter on the history of the Babylon Project.  

-Shira Destinie

Action Items:

1.)  Share your thoughts on the importance of history and mental health care, please.

2.) Share your thoughts on how we Human Beings might start to build a more fully inclusive society for all of us, and how this episode of Babylon 5 could help that process.

3.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts.

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Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa. 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, BsC, MAT, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(GED lesson plans: Day 1)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
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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Continue reading Minbari Mondays, The Long Dark, and, mental health care in outer space

Stories, teasers, and Adulting ed

   The common good, and our imaginations, seem to benefit from stories.  I’ve noticed how story can inspire, encourage, and provide examples.  Our entire world may become more fully inclusive for all of us, if we tell the uplifting stories, perhaps, as tools for building a more just and empathetic society.

   I remember really finding the first season of the show Heroes to be inspiring, especially the character Hiro.  One of his lines in particular got my attention:

Hiro: ‘a hero too scared to use his powers does not deserve them’

  I first saw this back in 2007, and I was struck by the idea.  A character who was innocent, at least at first, kind, stubborn in his convictions, and acting on the good in himself, and others.

  Right about this same time period, there was a disturbance in which I felt obliged to intervene, and will tell that story when it is done.  Until then, I hope that we can all find courage in our shared stories, and help make this world a kinder place for all of us.


-The Brolly Lady, as they called me back in 2007, with the story to come soon, as I continue to work on my own Adulting, and educating myself on how story can help in that process.

 

 

Action Items:

1.) Consider your ideas on the role of story, and of characters in story, in Adulting.

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how our stories might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking,

4.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses an alternate calendar, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. If you write a book, once published, please consider donating to your local public library.

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 for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport


Read, Write,

Vote, Teach and Learn (PDF Lesson Plans Offline),

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 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(Day 1  Lesson plan…)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
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.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page, and please do let us know here that you’ve reviewed it there!

Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 28, leaping forward

It is crucial that we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us today, and to come and work together, for all of us, right?  

I believe that attention to shared histories, as in DC, may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

” … When GWU shut down the Urban Law Institute, a hole was left in community legal services which the Cahn’s endeavored to fill.

They created the Antioch School of Law in 1972, each serving as “Co-Dean” of the law school.


This law school took a unique approach to training lawyers. First year law students were assigned to live with the clients for the first six weeks of the new school year while learning to do legal research, getting oriented to the city, and handling administrative cases not requiring a lawyer. This allowed greater contact with the local community, while building an ethos of public service.


By 1979, financial problems and difficulty meeting the payroll for the Antioch Law School caused Antioch College to cut the law school, not without a long fight from Dr. Edgar Cahn. The Antioch College Law School became
part of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). The UDC Law School, now called the David A. Clarke School of Law, is known as the most publicly spirited law school in the city, with a higher percentage than any other
of graduates who go on to practice public service law. But that fight had a price. On February 29th, 1980, Edgar had a heart attack. That day, not only did the calendar observe a leap year, but the stage was set for the next leap forward
in community-based economics and cooperation.


28 …

So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about  something on this page, but I’m not sure what.

Page twenty-seven was the previous week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on this page?  (You can download the entire book for free via the Archive link below…)

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

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

4.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those 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
Read, Write -one can read Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

  Vote, Teach and Learn (Lesson Plans offline):

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(Online pdfs of 5 month GED lesson 67/67 plans…), and

Babylon 5 review posts, and

Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World (posts listed at bottom of page…)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
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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Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Floors, Chapter 4: Section I, the early years of phase III

This post starts the rough draft of  Chapter 4, the first section, for my non-fiction WiP, Baby Floors.  

This section of chapter 4  has  about 1000 words, (hopefully currently practicable words).  Below, I will also include the outlines that I missed last week for chapters 2 and 3.  Chapter 4’s outlines will come in next week’s posts.

And  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 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 Four:

( Chapter 4’s  introductory section  was last week…)

 Chapter 4,  section I

I. (1250 wds) :  What Phase III could look like in the early years:

 

I. A (340/250 wds).

 

The starting year of Phase III will be 31 years into the full project.  These prior thirty years will have been spent building up both physical public infrastructure and cultural infrastructure, so that by this point, libraries will be hosting regular public health workshops, perhaps given by doctors and nurses sent from local neighborhood health clinics on a rotating basis.  The new cadre ofAdults who began building their cohort 15 years prior will also now be available to give free workshops telling of their own personal emotional and financial self-defense learning, which ties in directly to the emotional health of the entire community, as they give referral information to local health clinics even while sharing tools, like Tai Chi in the libraries or parks.  As local health clinics provide and push for the ability to provide more and longer preventative and mental health care tools, like nutrition classes, or podiatry services, or various types of therapy, they can also continue to offer updating education classes regularly in library conference rooms.  Each of these sets of workshops can be opportunities to show the benefits of a dignified and fully accessible system of essential basic health services fully available to all residents, and how such a system, properly funded and prepared, can act to prevent the spread of public health emergencies, such as Hepatitis A, or Covid-19 outbreaks.  Multi-media, arts, pamphlets and other forms of popular communication can be used, during this period, to start a “doing your part to keep yourself healthy helps us all” campaign, similar to and connected with the American Lung Association’s stop smoking campaigns, with links to the connection between individual responsibility and action, and better outcomes for all of society’s public health situationsNeedBetterWordHere.  As we start to move into the later stages of this third phase, a strong public education and media campaign should be well under way to end the demand for all smoked products, whether tobacco or other particulate-producing items, and to show alternatives to and the benefits for moving away from all mood-altering chemicals, prescription or otherwise.    .

 

 

I. B(400/250).

The same time period, 30 years after the initial opening of this project, should see the opening introductions and arguments on a wider level in favor of a universal basic income, as we educate ourselves on the benefits of seeing that the basic needs of every resident are met so that each of us can contribute fully to society.  Building on earlier campaigns by those like A. Yang, and others, a fuller examination of what it means to provide a universal benefit to all members of society, without means testing or questioning, and how this saves much time and effort on the part of every level of government, individuals, and communities, can begin.  That such provided benefit would be basic is already clear, given the propensity that we all have, as Americans, toward austerity.  Any universal benefit would be given at a level which is basic enough to be minimal, and allow subsistence, but not so much as to be a burden upon society’s resources.  For comparison, studies should be cited which have determined minimum levels of expenditures necessary to maintain a basic living arrangement, such as a studio apartment, with enough funds to purchase an adequate level of nutritious food, and to pay for basic clothing and public transportation, which, by this point, will have had 30 years of development into a system used by all classes of society, including the middle and upper classes, on a daily basis.  That this is an income means that it is neither a tax credit, nor a loan, nor a grant, nor a benefit, but an income given to each individual as a human right.  Additional income aside, those who do not need this income should, upon their honor, choose to use that surplus to help others attain their worthy goals, in the service of humanity.  Examples of a limited experiment in basic income, such as that of Stockton, CA in 2020, and others which have been conducted around the world, like Finland and other places, can be used as a starting point for developing this concept, and making it work in the context of all 50 states.  As we move from the early stages into the later stages of Phase III, the universal basic income will become known, discussed, and decided upon within each community, nationwide.  Specific ways in which this can happen will be discussed in further detail in chapter 9.

 

 

 

I. C (350/250wds).

The third Universal, universal free education, builds on the existing public education system already in place.  In 2021, President Biden began to build support for his proposal for free education from preschool through Community College, or at least the Associate’s Degree, for all Americans.  This start will be added to, in Phase III, by advocating and educating for a fully free public education system, from preschool through and including the PhD level for research education, and vocational or trade school education for the manual or craft trades and arts.  Finland and other countries offer entirely free education to their citizens as a Human Right, according to Diane Ravitch, and if they can, so ought the United States be able to do for American society.  Starting from an ‘Each One Teach One’ level of one on one tutoring and tool sharing, every person can help every other person find and triage information, going back through the third, second, and first hand sources to verify information and judge data and statistical conclusions based on that data.  From these vital citizenship skills, individuals can decide whether a college preparatory path, or a vocational technical trade, or even an apprenticeship in a trade or art is most apt for that person, which also helps society.  Likewise, the newAdults recognized in Phase II can now help to find, build, and share  new tools based in the VAK mode, widening out to sharing tools based on all of the multiple learning styles.  Other tools like Project Gutenberg, LibriVox.org, The Archive, and more new tools will certainly be developed to help propagate access to free information in the public domain.  As we move into the later stages of Phase III, this movement for independent and shared learning can expand, showing us how all students can get help with their preparation for SAT, or GRE, or LSAT and other entrance exams via free test preparation tools, the Open Textbook movement, and people willing to share their time and expertise to help each individual realize the human potential that also helps all of society to successfully move forward.

 

 

 

I.  D (330/250wd).

One of the most important tasks in the beginning years of this phase of our project will be to tell of old tools, and show their importance in solving the problems for which they were developed, as well as their utility, once updated, for solving the problems confronted by the current generation.  During the Great Depression, as many will still remember from their studies, FDR formed the CCC, often known as “Roosevelt’s Tree Army,” which served a variety of functions, including job training, travel, and infrastructure cleaning.  What many may not have heard of from that same era are local or community currencies, like the 1930‘s Stamp Scrip described by Loren Gatch (citeGreenMoneyTalkGrtrWashExchange29june2010).  The many such locally issued currencies, thriving especially during the March 1933dlbChkYr Bank Holiday, were based heavily on community trust, and hence, partly also on empathy.  A modern form of these local currencies, like Ithaca Hours, is an example of such an update to an old tool, just as a modern version of Roosevelt’s CCC will be shown to be a potentially valuable tool.  Some other existing tools, like IRV or RCV, as adopted in Maine via the November 2020 general election, are already in use around the country and around the world, but will need further elucidation.  More tools, like Participatory Budgeting, used in places as different as Puerto Alegro and Paris, should be discussed and updated to enhance citizen voice in local decision-making, while Citizen Juries, also used around the world, should be explained all across the United States, particularly by the cohort of newAdults recognized during Phase II, and now ready to take the lead in educating the public on these tools.  Similarly, Youth Courts,like the DC Youth Court started by Edgar Cahn, also known as Teen or Peer Courts, are another tool used in parts of the US that have proven to be effective, when supported by local judicial and funding processes.  They should also be given much more exposure, and adapted, where necessary, for current needs in each locality.

 

 

I. E (475/250wds).

By the beginning of Phase III, 30 years, half of the sixty years of this project, will have passed.  Both the infrastructure improvements of Phase I, and the cultural innovations of Phase II, by this point, will have had time to make a good start in introducing and educating in favor of a paradigm shift: from that of blaming to that of solving, and from that of crushing critiques to that of creating tools.  This new paradigm, over the next 15 years, could introduce some tools that seem new for the US, such as rotating teachers, first for example, within each state, as countries like Greece and France do, but are standard practice in many EU member states.  Other tools, like a World Youth Parliament, already in use in places like Belgium, where the Belgian Youth Parliament issues serious resolutions, are quite familiar to many Americans in the form of a model UN.  But such a new body could be designed to hold some level of actual responsibility and increasing authority in part or all of many communities, depending on the preparation and decisions of the entire community, from area to area.  Such experience can also build education and generate new ideas for a proposed Constitutional Convention, allowing for the invitation of all citizens to submit proposals and vote, as other republics like France and Spain have done, on an updating of our primary national document to frame a system of laws, as in 1787, which can be more faithful to our ideals of the security and freedom of life, liberty, and equitable chance at the pursuit of happiness for all members of an equal US society.  Such a set of proposals might include more processes involving Direct Democracy, including old tools like polling, and newer tools like instant minute referenda at the library, or pop-up votes in the park, to give more breadth to the random samples used by pollsters, and more say to all citizens.  As this third phase moves into the middle and later years, from 30 toward 45 years of the project’s overall life span, education for direct democratic tools can also lead into a start for educating about the possibility of using, at least in lower chambers of state and even the Federal House of Representatives, a system of sortition, aka demarchy, first written of in the democracy of ancient Athens.  To get there will require a fully equitable education system, excellent public transportation, a culture of active sharing of problem solving tools, and a tradition, which begins to be built right here, of civic engagement as a responsibility of honorable elevation of all members of society together.  Such a cultural paradigm can progress through the work of the later stages of Phase III, the “Three Universals, Plus” phase of our vision for a kinder, safer, and fully equitable world for all.

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 4, section II, on the later stages.  )

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.

  Many thanks to Dr. Garland for suggesting Philosophy

Maybe also: 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 homelessness, starting right now,

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
Read, Write -add Stayed on Freedom’s Call on GoodReads via this GR button: Stayed on Freedom's Call: Cooperation Between Jewish And African-American Communities In Washington, DC,

Vote, Teach and Learn (PDF Lesson Plans Offline),

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 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(Day 1Day 5)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
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.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page, and please do let us know here that you’ve reviewed it there!  🙂

Chapter 2 ch2dtld outlines, chapter 3 chptr3Outlines outlines, but chapter 4 outlines will be with next week’s post.