This post is the rough draft of Chapter 6, section I, for my non-fiction WiP, Baby Floors.
Putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.
( Chapter 6 Introduction was last week):
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 6 section I:
Chapter 6, section I:
I. : (1k wds) An overview of Getting Through Phase I of this project, from Year 0:
I. A (300/250 wds).
In the Year 0 of this project, at the very start of Phase I, we hope it will still be 2021 CE, aka 12021 HE, of the Holocene Calendar, assuming that this book is completed soon enough to begin the work of this project in earnest, with an appreciable amount of the year 12021 HE still remaining. For this first phase, we refer back to chapter 2 for specific objectives in both the early and later years of Phase I. We then deal with two more sets of questions. First, as to why this phase should be separate from the other phases, and then, on how long it may take to achieve the goals for improvements to public health clinics, mass transit, libraries, and free legal and financial learning. The four sets of goals has the public library system tied to each of them, especially in the later stages of Phase I. Fifteen to sixteen years seems a reasonable target timeline, given that the task has already been begun by President Biden’s call for greater infrastructure funding, launched early on in the year 12021 HE. Chapter 7 will provide details on this phase as the required set of first steps for other phases. The basic physical infrastructure improvements will make make possible the remaining phases, with a combination of local and even federal funding, volunteer efforts, and some lifestyle changes overall, such as more walking and cycling, for health benefits, and carpooling for both greater health and social benefits. These lifestyle changes, detailed in Chapter 7, take more time than building physical infrastructure, and will form an iterative feedback loop as better clinics, libraries, mass transit, and consumer education combines with greater uptake among middle and upper class citizens in using mass transit, in particular, as well as libraries and public health clinics in their neighborhoods.
Phase I also sets up a set of milestones and goals that can be scaled up progressively, starting with the existing public health service, mass transit systems, and libraries as community portals, building on universally accessible steps that each person can take to help reach those goals. In 15-20 years, which should be more than doable given President Biden’s backing of infrastructure, if we all help, we can move from buses and light rails in cities to state-wide connections, and then all across the US. From chapter 2, descriptions of what the early years could look like will guide us to a reasonable halfway point goal, with milestones for reaching that goal as steps along the way. Chapter 2‘s listing of later stage goals for Phase I will help us create a set of milestones leading to the end goal for Phase I. The number of milestones needed for early and later stages will determine whether there is a need for a third stage, possibly differing from location to location, depending on circumstances. These specific goals, with their attendant milestones, will help deciding on target dates for achieving them, and suggested strategies for accomplishing the tasks that will lead to each set of milestone and goal completion. Details will be discussed in chapter 7.
I. C (332/250wds).
As with any large or long-term project, each of which this Vision entails, questions will arise as to the viability, and indeed, the worthiness, of such a project. Chapter 7 will also respond to some of these questions for each of piece of Phase I: public health, mass transit, libraries, and free continuous consumer legal education. First, chapter 7 will address the question of scaling up from the existing public health service to a more robust set of public health clinics in each neighborhood, as set out in chapter 2. Readers may be directed to other studies of comparisons, for instance, between private insurance outcomes, medical debt issues that tie in to the consumer legal education, in regard to questions dealing with insurers. Other questions, for example, relating to funding for public transportation and libraries, will also be addressed in chapter 7. Suffice it to say, here, that transportation is a matter of both sustenance and sustainability, and thus is a key component of societal infrastructure for many reasons, which must be supported robustly, through funding and through usage by all citizens. Recall that many many studies have shown the high return in later years to society on investments in human and physical infrastructure that supports early development. Transport and health systems are critical parts of both. Since more investment in mass transit may entail less investment in car related infrastructure, it is to be reminded that true freedom is not the ability to pollute and speed at will, but the ability to have real input in where one’s tax dollars are spent, to travel peaceably and affordably across any span of continent in order to walk in clean spaces with fresh air, and to do so while enjoying civil, or even harmonious, relations with one’s fellow human beings. These freedoms from fear and want, and of speech and association, can only be realized by acknowledging that the suffering of others limits our own freedoms, and addressing this in a real way.
I. D (292/250wd).
The last section of both the earlier and the later stages of chapter 7 will address questions of how to show that progress in reaching milestones and goals mentioned earlier. Metrics for each part of our #PublicDomainInfrastructure will be laid out as suggestions for communities and cities, then for larger regions, in either two, three, or possibly even four contiguous stages. Ways of measuring the needed improvements to each part will be suggested, subject to final approval by each community of volunteers as they begin to implement this process. Improvements to local health clinics, for instance, could first be measured by increase in office staff, providers, improvements in IT for scheduling, etc, and in policy changes, like changing that of some states limiting medicaid patients to one procedure per appointment, and one appointment per day. Clearly, such improvements also have a salutary effect not only on the reducing needless trips, but also on medical and office efficiency as well. Similar measures of cleanliness and staff, schedules and amount of rolling stock are a start to what will be provided in chapter 7‘s mass transit improvement metrics. Libraries, likewise, have ways of measuring their efficiency, and those working on this phase of this project will need to research those existing standards, while adding new metrics, if necessary, to account for the sought after improvements, by stage, during this phase. Many more specific metrics will need to be matched to each specific milestone for each of the four parts of Phase I, to be specified in sections I and II, detailing the earlier and later stages with their goals and metrics, in chapter 7. We now move, hopefully with honor and empathy, to Phase II, and how we may accomplish it, after Phase I.
— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 6, section II of to how to get there… )
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.
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 leaning toward Inspirational Social Science Non-fiction.
Maybe I will shop it to a traditional publisher if one would agree to free or voluntary fee eBook sales, with a sliding scale fee on the hard copy sales. I’d like to find either a publisher or a non-profit, Community org, or other group interested in helping me publicize this work, as long as it is always available for free.
Once I’ve found at least one other person to help with this work, and once I’ve finished at least a 4th draft (the 1st draft is available in pdf format for anyone wishing to read it, 73k words), I intend to begin translating it into French, Spanish, and maybe also Turkish, since many Turks lack access to English language tutoring. I may translate into Spanish first, if it seems that there is more interest, since most Francophones also speak decent English (at least from my experience living in Brittany).
Last week’s installment of this series…
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:
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,
by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to
help build a kinder future: Do Better: a Vision of a Better World
Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS
the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE
Stayed on Freedom’s Call
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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