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Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Floors, Chapter 6 section I

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):

   (This series began in March, if you have time to read the fuller explanation…)

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.

 

 

I. B(215/250).

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…

 

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

-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

(Online pdfs of 5 month GED lesson 12 of 67 plans),

   and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story inspires learning…

Toward Peace,

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

Shira

the year, 2021 CE = year 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.

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

Wondering Wednesdays, Do Better (was Baby Floors), Chapter 6 Introduction: How to get there from here

This post begins the rough draft of  Chapter 6 for my non-fiction WiP, Baby Floors/Baby Acres, now working titled Do Better.    This chapter and those that follow put a roadmap in place for getting to where every child born could have at least a little studio apartment (I’ve even stayed in converted tiny hotel rooms that had been advertised as apartments, and thus learned never to rent sight unseen, even if it seems legit and  you are desperate), as small as a hotel room with a hot plate, fridge, and microwave.

Putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.

Since this is a short post (only 200 words or so), I’m putting all of the chapter 6 rough draft outlines below, since each chapter, past and future, ties back in to this chapter, via the high level outlines.  Outline marks left for comparison later against the horrible 1st draft, which I am currently formatting in order to let rest before attacking it again for the 2nd draft.  I post these rough draft sections just in case I get hit by a bus before completing this work, in the hope that someone will take up the torch in my place.

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,  section II was last week…)

Chapter 6 Introduction:

Chapter 6 Introduction (212/200 wds): How Phase will progress us toward more of the 4 Freedoms

 

Each stage of each phase will require four sets ofmarkersFindBetterWord in order to map out a path for arriving at the end goal of each phase, leading to the overall goal of this vision, starting from the very beginning of our first phase.  For each stage, we will need to know what goals need to be reached, and how to reach those goals in some reasonable period of time.  We will need some set of manageable ways of attaining those goals, methods, practices, actions and campaigns which can be scaled up from the smallest level to much larger, and are also accessible to all members of society.  Responses to objections to those goals which explain how the goals make sense, and why they will make a difference, at both a practical level and also as symbols of the ongoing progress for us all, are needed.  Finally, reliable and transparent methods for determining whether and when we are within reach of attaining each milestone leading to each overall goal must be created that will allow us to measure the progress of this project.  We begin by looking at each of these issues, in a cursory way, for Phase I.  Full details will be given for each Phase in a later respective chapter.

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 6, section I 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.

 

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 and share some ideas you may have on how our society can solve homelessness and child abuse, starting right now,

2.) 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

-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 create tools: Do Better: a Vision of a Better World to build a kinder future

          and  Babylon 5 review posts, from a Minbari Ranger’s perspective: story inspires learning…

                   

Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.  I am your friend, and work for peace.

   Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

   

Shira

 in October of our year 2021 CE, which is year  12021 HE (Human Era)

(most recent GED lesson: Day 10)

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 6 related

outlines.

Wondering Wednesdays, Do Better: 1st draft is done!

I just have to share: I have finally finished my first draft of Do Better, formerly known as Baby Acres, or Baby Floors!  I’m still posting the rough draft sections so that when I post the first draft sections, there will be a line of progression to follow, to help me track my own craft learning and writing process.

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on writing books?

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

-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: Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World

 

Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

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

Babylon 5 review posts, how story inspires learning…)

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 5: Section II, The Vision

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

Putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.

    I am nearly done editing this draft, to complete my “shitty first draft,” as Stephen King would say, so bear with me, and I hope that the outline marks are interesting for those following the writing process.

 

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 section II:

( Chapter 5,  section I was last week…)

Chapter 5, II:

II. (1250 wds):  Later years: We’re Almost There!

 

II. A (385/250 wds).

As the fourth and final phase of this project to update our paradigms draws to a close, nearly 60 years since the start of Phase I, much work, and many of those who began it, will have passed.  By these laterOrLast years, the dream of a Tiny Home, Hobbit Hole, bedsit, Pod Dwelling, or other basic shelter owned by each individual person should now be a reality for many, and progressing toward becoming a reality for the rest of us.  Such a basic minimum of ownership is not difficult to build, quite literally, and by these final years of this stage, even old hotel rooms can have been converted in to safe, well-insulated, well-ventilated studio apartments suitable for any person, including the aged, infirm, vulnerable, and allergy-sufferers.  These last years of Phase IV, as the final years of the overall project, should see the education and advocacy of previous years converted into concrete personally owned shelter for each individual resident.  From this point, it should be clear and popularly supported that this housing, together with a minimum ownership of one inalienable acre per person, can be world-changing.  Through donations, reclaimed family-owned land (cite ProPublica Black land loss…), and even “ocean acres” with a free boat, for the most intrepid among us, as sea levels rise (although, since a mere half of the nearly 200 million acres managed by the US Forest Service would suffice for an acre for 1/3 of the US population, this may not be an issue…), more than enough land is available, when society decides to make this happen, for each newborn infant to be issued an acre for life.  By the end of the last year of this fourth phase, and of the entire project, formally, 60 years will have passed since the start of  this work.  By the 61st year after the start of phase I, in which needed infrastructure was built up, followed by cultural and governance tool-building, something marvelous can have happened.  By this 61st year, every new citizen born can have a name, age, and an acre, with the GPS location listed on the birth certificate.  Whether that person, growing into adulthood and old age, ever chooses to live on, farm, garden or even ‘give away’ that acre during this lifetime, is an individual choice.  But for the lifetime of each child, there will be an acre and a safe dwelling on, above, or even below that ground, where the person can go to be safe, yet know that the community will be there, should the need ever arise.  From this can grow the strength and energy of every person to contribute to a safe and progressing society.

 

II. B(262/250).

By the end stages of Phase III, improved physical and social infrastructure will have made it clear that these earlier developments were a necessary but insufficient set of steps toward making The Four Freedoms a reality.  The delivery of a supplementary basic set of food items can be, for many people, the difference between merely surviving, and actually contributing.  Contributing being made possible by the security, or the lack of fear of want, of having both shelter and food, where income is needed to meet other basic life needs, such as care-taking or other daily life help.  For those battling mental or physical infirmities, the elderly, or people living in areas where they are not yet conversant in the local language, a needed daily delivery of basic food like beans, rice, and greens can make the difference, allowing them to then take on  ever greater levels of responsibilities in the future.  This assurance of a minimal basic level of nutrition, and of a minimal basic level of human contact each day, if wanted, is a lifeline for both the individual and the community.  Supplementing the UBI in times of sudden food shortage or price inflation is another reason for these basic daily deliveries, as Haiti’s rice riots in 2008 teach us, among other places where the “rise over the run equals insecurity.”  Such a lifeline, in addition to helping in the process of learning to save for a rainy day as happened in Haiti, and preventing food insecurity, may also teach, for those who are able, the value of composting in caring for the land, for future generations, and for guarding against waste.

 

II. C (370/250wds).

Thus, as necessary as the Tiny Home of some sort, is an acre, for each child upon which to place that home.  An acre and a home which, come what may, can never be taken away.  For any reason.  One could even suppose that in the future, prisons can be eliminated and house arrest in one’s home on that acre could be substituted, in cases where the person convicted of a crime serious enough to warrant loss of liberty could not be more effectively helped to make restitution to the community and to learn to reenter society through community service of an appropriate sort.  Thus, even in the case of a dangerous person, the acre and home should be a place of safety, lack of fear, and lack of want.  In later chapters, those chapters which consider ways to get there from here, we will show how the amount of arable  public land compares quite favorably to the population level, and will also suggest ways that the current discussion around giving back occupied native lands can be included in voluntary land donation suggestions.  This could also help billionaires like Warren Buffet, who have signed a pledge to give away much of their wealth before death, by giving them more concrete ways in which to give that will directly benefit society.  By assigning an acre of arable land to each newborn infant, whether that child later chooses to live on that acre or not, there is always a place for that person, with fresh water, a home build with that person’s own hands and the help of the community.  There will be a sense of safety, of freedom, and of purpose, however that person chooses to contribute to the larger society, even if it is only by leaving a Time Capsule for the next child who will hopefully grow to adulthood having that particular acre of land after this person who currently owns it.  Whatever the use that a person decides to make of the acre assigned at birth, always mindful that another will have that acre after the current owner’s passing, having such a spot to call one’s own for a lifetime can open up a life of possibilities, rather than a life of suffering.

 

II.  D (290/250wd).

By the last years of this final phase of our project, not only will we have opened a vision for everyone of a way of life free to speak and associate, free from fear and from want, but also a way of life that opens the possibility for respect and accomplishment for all.  One way of accentuating this respect for the accomplishments of all of us is to encourage, during this phase, the writing of biographies for those who risk being forgotten, and even autobiographies, for those nearing the end of their lives, with ideas, memories, and lessons of use to the rest of us.  Each and every community and family has such lost memories, ideas, and potential tools that our society needs to be aware of.  Thus, all interested residents, particularly those volunteering on local archival committees, could give their time to help make these memories a part of their local branch library’s family archives.  Given that everyone will have more time to contribute, those who wish to contribute in this way can help rescue a small part of the history of many local organizations, communities, families, and individuals whose earlier contributions would otherwise be forgotten, and lost to our potential set of updated tools for society.  Likewise, the knowledge of crucial flora and fauna contained in many native local languages, in the Amazon, for instance, can also be documented, saving the culture of those communities, and also the knowledge needed for future medical advances, as well.  In terms of restoring a tiny bit of the balance for colonized peoples whose languages and stories have nearly been extinguished, this part of the project can also represent a very small part of restitution to those communities, though there remains much more to be done.

 

II. E (371/250wds).

Finally, in the last years of Phase IV, which mark the last of the 60 years of this project we come to see, now, how the end goal of reaching each of the four freedoms laid out by FDR can help all of humanity.  With the needs of each person fully met, all are free to serve the community in the capacity best suited to that individual person.  Every person who succeeds in  becoming a recognizedAdult should also be expected and personally committed to serving the wider community in any of a variety of more demanding areas.  One of those choices offered could be to serve in the local protective services, currently known as police forces, but updated to emphasize the role of protecting all members of the community as community servants, while enforcing the laws equitably and safely.  Another choice could be to serve in the national armed forces, while continuing to work toward cooperation among all democratic military forces, and for the reasoned and cautious use of force only when necessary to protect democracy, and always careful to prevent greater loss of life, especially that of civilians in any war zone, no matter on which side of the conflict.  A newer and perhaps more challenging option may also be to serve as a lawmaker, either in Congress or at a state or local level, as part of the Sortition pool ofAdults trained to rotate into one of the legislative bodies.  While all residents will clearly have the right and hopefully also the sense of honor to vote with well-informed thoughtfulness,Adults will also be expected to take on roles as civil servants, should they not choose to serve in some other capacity.  As public servants, they are to be held to a higher standard of honor, behavior, and learning.  In the very final years of this phase, and beyond, it can be hoped that they will take on leading roles in working to establish full and stable democracies around the world, and to eventually even work toward converting the UN General Assembly into a lower house of the UN as part of a World Parliament, perhaps looking to the European Parliament as an example to emulate and improve upon.  Details of these suggestions will be discussed in chapter 10.  We now continue to chapter 6, which will give an overview of what chapters 7-10 will detail: how to get there from here.

 

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 6, Intro 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.

 

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.

Social sciences seems to be the library shelf it would be on, at least here in San Diego.

  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 -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 5 of 67 plans…), and

Babylon 5 review posts, and

We Can Do Better (former working  title is 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.

Please leave a review, if you can, on the GoodReads page.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE and please do let us know here that you’ve reviewed it there!  🙂

Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Floors, Chapter 5: Section I, early years of The Point of it All

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

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 our needs  met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind. 

Chapter 5:

( Chapter 5,  Intro. last week…)

Chapter 5, section I.

I. (1250 wds):  What could Phase IV look like in the early years of this final phase:

 

I. A (300/250 wds).

The first years of this last stage, Phase IV, of our project should be bringing the objective of the entire Vision in to view, by now.  The start the #FreeRoomAndRice movement will be a small one, no doubt, building, full pun intended, on earlier work from the Tiny Homes and Pod dwellings movements to straw bale and re-purposed container homes spoken of during and before the 21st century.  The many options for housing individuals and small families can start to be explored from a wider perspective than before, as communities connect and work together to build housing for each person in need of shelter, using a variety of models, as best suited to local and regional circumstances.  Habitat for Humanity, for instance, is an example of a model for community home construction in the aid of a member of that community, made famous by President Jimmy Carter.  Now, however, that idea of “sweat equity” can be transferred to children, building a small, but upgradable home, with the help of the community in which that home is located.  Not only house-building skills, but an understanding of electrical wiring and generation, plumbing, water, and sewage, are all to be build by the child, eventually on that child’s own land, with the help of the local community, just as Habitat volunteers help new homeowners today, in 2021.  In the earliest years of this stage of Phase IV, volunteers may need to partner with local members of the community to help build each others varieties of mobile or Tiny Homes, in whatever places the various states already permit.  As more progress is made on both the building of new housing, and on the changing of zoning laws, more community members will join in the movement to ensure that each person has a safe place to call home.

 

 

 

I. B(315/250).

From the beginnings of a movement to understand, advocate, and implement sustainable and equitable levels of housing for each resident, it should become clear that there is one major hurdle to be overcome alongside the home for each person.  That hurdle is the ability to get out and purchase groceries.  With a well-developed public transportation infrastructure, the knowledge of how to use it, and the guaranteed income to purchase basic nutritious food, the prior three phases have achieved most of the necessary tasks to ensure food and housing security for every person.  But not yet sufficient.  For those who are unable to walk, or unable to go outside, those suffering from illnesses of the mind or of the body, old age, or for other reasons, unable to get to the stores to purchase their groceries, and with no family to do so for them, there remains a need for a minimal safety net.  That safety net can also take into account sudden spikes in the cost of living, as when changes in staples like rice rise too suddenly to have the Basic Income adjusted quickly enough, or temporary price surges that do not warrant a UBI adjustment yet.  Volunteers can both educate, in the early stages, and deliver needed basic goods, like beans, rice, and local greens, to those needing such supplies on a daily basis.  The very need to do this, however, shows that a gap exists in the community’s caring for each member, and thus also argues for the need to build a connected system of food, shelter, basic income, and some way to ensure that that basic shelter remains a safe space for the individual, however infirm that person should become.  Thus, these early years will see a need for education around the need for each person to have at least one acre of arable land, rentable, exchangeable, or farmable, but always inalienable to that person.

 

I. C (255/250 wds).

Owning a bit of land, for each individual citizen, makes for a more equitable, just, safe, and kind world for all of us.  Should the need arise for a person, in difficult straits, to find a place in which to park the Tiny Home in security and privacy, an acre is just enough to do that.  Should the person not wish to live on that acre, then renting it out while living elsewhere is one easy possibility.  Obviously, living on that acre while subsistence or Permaculture farming is also an option or perhaps even renting it out as farm land while living in an elevated home on that acre, if for instance the person is unable or unwilling to farm or garden, but wishes to live on that land.  The progress made during the initial three phases of this project ensure that transportation, knowledge, and enough income are available to each person to have basic food and shelter, but the only guarantor of having a safe place in which to make use of these basics is having a basic plot of land with clean water access, which cannot be taken away.  For this reason, to prevent exploitation or forced absence or renting of a person’s land, this acre must be inalienable for the life of the person.  Thus a pool of rotating acres of arable land can be started which will never be sold, but are always available from the birth to the death of the person, unconditionally, and with the help of the community, if needed.

 

I.  D (280/250wd).

As the fourth and final phase of our project begins, while the needs for housing, care of the most vulnerable, and home security for all are being addressed, two more planks in society’s platform of sustainable democracy remain to be laid.  As travel becomes more accessible, and the number of recognized Adults increases in communities,  the lives of many who pioneered these changes, as well as those who made that pioneering possible before them, risk being forgotten.  So many lives, especially those of women, have fallen into oblivion, and with those lives, lessons, ideas, and tools that could have helped all of us.  Volunteers not already involved in the work of educating and building tools for the food, shelter, and land security of society can busy themselves, with honor and empathy, in the also needed work of documenting these lives, so that their works and the tools that they provide for us, will not also be lost.  Likewise, the lives of whole families, villages, and towns, need documenting so that like Tulsa, OK, in 1921, we can learn from that which was hidden.  We can also learn from ideas that never gained popularity, like the AbuelaVida project idea, or “like when Grandma started using The Holocene Calendar,” as someone could say one day.  Every idea not documented dies a lonely death that takes part of our society’s potential along with it.  But at the start of Phase IV, we should have many volunteers willing and able to document the lives of so many who formerly had no voices, and share those histories, ideas, and tools with us in the local and family archive section of every community public library branch.

 

 

I. E (290/250wds).

By the middle stages of this fourth and final phase of our project, a reasonably large cohort of people dedicated to service ought to have matured, during the 30+ years since the beginning of the Adulthood rite of passage, in Phase II.  Now, those volunteers, whether they have chosen to undergo the Adulthood Challenge or not, are committed to the service of Human Community, non-violently.  The future of human work is not manual labor, but flexible creative thinking, as Dr. Harari points out.  Preparation for that future absolutely requires the equitable access of all residents to good infrastructure, the flexible cultural mindsets of service and critical thinking acquired through education, and the freedom from fear and want generated during the first three phases, and being completed through the fourth and final phase of this project.  Now, with the eminent possibility of all people being free to do so, is the time to give back, to create, to contribute, and to build new tools freely for all of the human race.  Freedom of speech and association can now lead to more creative and innovative contributions from all of the population, and new ways of governing ourselves, as thinking and careful people.  One possibility would be to expand, for instance, the UN security council into a worldwide Senate, using the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a basis for a world Constitution.  Such ideas can be debated in a safe environment, as our infrastructure and governance systems grow into a more mature set of processes in which all ideas can be expressed civilly, evaluated logically, and accepted or discarded based on the merits of the idea.  We now move to discuss the final years of this fourth and final stage of our project, Phase IV.

 

 

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 5, section II, on the final years of what this should look like…  )

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.

 

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Nih sakh sh’lekk, sleem wa.

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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.

 

 Please leave a review, if you can make a bit of time, on the GoodReads page.

 

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

Chapter 5

outlines:

 

A call for helping hands

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 have a request to make:

I believe that planning ahead is a good idea, so:

The rough draft I’ve been posting in sections, of my nonfiction WiP Do Better, each Wondering Wednesday,  hopes  to build up a following of interested people, whom I hope will both share the idea of this vision, and eventually also help to share the work, as this project will obviously be inter-generational. I’ve tried to explain the entire idea in the post for the Preface to this book, which several readers found helpful in clarifying my idea.  I am  starting to look for others, hopefully younger than I am, who wish to take up the baton.

So, any sort of way that anyone would like to participate is great, from

1. simply liking and commenting on these posts, to

2. reposting or otherwise sharing any Wondering Wednesdays posts,  to

3. posting your own publications on The Educational Round Robin blog, if you wish, and I can give you publishing authority to do this, as I’ve already given others, to

4. actively collaborating on this book or the project detailed in the book, as there are many areas to subdivide, between now and the next 60 years, and many hands will be needed.

 

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on this project?

2.) Share  with us how you think it could be improved, 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,

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(Online pdfs of 5 month GED lesson 11 of 67 plans…), and

Babylon 5 review posts, showing how story inspires action, and

Do Better (was 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 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!  🙂

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?

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,

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.

 

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.

 

Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Acres, Chapter 4 introduction

This post shows the introduction of the rough draft of  Chapter 4, of my non-fiction WiP, Baby Acres.  

Since this is a rough draft, and I am very keen to hear suggestions if they improve the ideas presented here, as they are still in flux, please do share your thoughts per the Action Items at the bottom of this post.

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: (abt 3000 wds) What Phase III could look like, sooner, and later

Chpter 4 Introduction:  Phase III earlier, and then later stages

A (330/250).

In the early stages of the “Three Universals, Plus” phase, 30 years or so will have passed, from the start of Phase I, through the end of Phase II, marking the beginning of this phase, Phase III.  After thirty years of working on this project, many of those involved in the earliest years will have handed off their roles to those now beginning to lead the charge forward in to this third stage of this vision.  Perhaps the most urgent need, in the United States, is for fully accessible health care by all of those who find themselves within our borders.  Thus, this is the time when the arguments and the education on behalf of a Single Payer System for universal health care should take on full vitality.  At the same time, continuing and extending the introduction to and argument for a universal basic income will need to start with educating everyone around the concepts of the Citizen’s Income, which Dr. King first called for in 1968, and how that differs from a UBI or a Federal Jobs Guarantee which may also be needed alongside a UBI.  Similarly, in these early years, some idea of why free pre-school to PhD or trade and vocational school education must also be made, undoubtedly pointing to the examples of nations who already implement that policy.  The task, at the same time, of re-introducing old friends such as the CCC, aka Roosevelt’s Tree Army, and other tools which served our country and allies well during the difficult days of the Great Depression and Second World War, falls to those brave souls who will be working to show everyone what those tools did for us in past times, and how they must be updated for current needs.  Finally, this core group of courageous volunteers will also have the challenge of introducing and educating all of us for the new ideas and paradigm shift by teaching via known quantities and examples, and extending those examples into new processes and systems.

B (254/250 wds).

In the later stages of this “Three Universals, Plus” phase, the core group of dedicated volunteers should have managed to educate enough of the public that a critical mass has built a consensus in favor of implementing a fully accessible Single Payer System of universal health care nationwide.  Likewise, such a consensus should then be close, if not already accomplished, in favor of a UBI, or at the very least, a Citizen’s Income, possibly also in conjunction with a Federal Jobs Guarantee should that be deemed necessary by the majority of citizens, at that time.  From this point, given the number of countries which already have this, advocating for the completion of adopting a nationwide universal free pre-school to phd or vo-tech and trade school education should be essentially fully accomplished and in the end stages of implementation.  The task of updating old friends and explaining the utility and implementation of counterpart tools for the current generation should likewise be nearing its completion, as the levels of education at both individual and community and society-wide levels continue to be augmented.  This should have allowed, by the end of Phase III, enough time for the development and implementation of new tools for new kinds of governance, with more equitable access, and demonstrably better outcomes for all residents.  The details of those first years of Phase III and the new policy and governance tools that those years will enable via, as always, education and empathy, will be discussed in part one of this chapter, coming next.

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 whether our society could use certain universals,

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 -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

our year 2021 CE =  12021 HE

(Lesson plans:  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.