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Writing Process: Removing a Darling Comment

     Volunteering can be most difficult in health settings.   This is part of what Phase II will help build,  Escorts starting about 15-20 years from now as Phase I draws to a close, by building a cadre of Serving Adults (and here is the comment I removed): 

A timeline for building support for a robust public health system could run as long as the generation currently in charge of funding the system, but that is time we do not have.

     So, I continue to work on draft #6 Project Do Better’s manifesto,

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 now re-writing Part II.    I Just found and added Austria’s new train service, which is how Phase I helps get us to Phase II, on page 110!! 

     I look forward to hearing your opinions, Thoughtful Readers.

We can really  Do Better.

-Shira   

 

Action Prompts:

    Share your thoughts on how to build buy-in create a more equal, or at least less inequitable, society, please.   Guest posts are always welcome.  Writing, by the way, is my personal contribution to Project Do Better

What would yours be, if you had time?

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Service Adulthood Began Early, With Compassion In Oakland

     Volunteering can take many forms, whether by helping, as the CCC did (and does, in California), with nature and infrastructure maintenance, or by helping to keep others safe, as this new organization is doing in response to recent hate crimes.   This is part of what Phase II will work toward on a larger scale,  Escorts starting about 15-20 years from now as Phase I draws to a close, by building a cadre of Serving Adults: 

“…700 people of all races and backgrounds have volunteered to work with Compassion in Oakland.

     So, I continue to work on Project Do Better’s manifesto, now re-writing Part II.

     I look forward to hearing your opinions, Thoughtful Readers.

We can really  Do Better.

-Shira   

 

Action Prompts:

    Share your thoughts on how to build buy-in create a more equal, or at least less inequitable, society, please.   Guest posts are always welcome.  Writing, by the way, is my personal contribution to Project Do Better

What would yours be, if you had time?

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Click here to read, if you like:

B5, Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, Lupin, or La Casa De Papel/Money Heist Reviews,

Holistic College Algebra & GED/HiSET Night School Lesson Plans,

           or My Nonfiction  & Historical Fiction Serial Writing

Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BsCs

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Loup: Nicolas Vanier

Loup(English is below…)

Cette histoire de devenir adulte faisait plaisir à lire. (J’aimerais voir le film de 2009.) Vanier a réussi très tôt de faire sentir l’empathie pour un prédateur qu’il montre tel comme il est, et avec des détails. Il m’a réussi d’étonner, aussi, côte émotionnelle chez les hommes, en montrant qu’il est bien possible qu’an homme aussi peut se sentir abusé sexuellement par une femme, même après avoir fait l’amour volontairement. Jamais trop douce, on sent la dureté des deux mondes, humain tant que lupin, en sentant aussi (pour moi, au moins) connecté avec tous les deux. Du bon boulot émotionnelle et aussi d’un point de vue écolo.
(Si vous avez, les Amies, des corrections pour mon français, j’accepte volontiers…)

This was a very interesting and well-written coming-of-age story. (I’d like to see the 2009 film version.) Vanier manages early on to build reader sympathy for a predator which he show as such, in detail. He also surprised me by showing the shame of a man being willingly taken advantage of sexually by a woman (something I will grudgingly admit to never having believed possible). Never mincing his words, you feel the harshness of both worlds, human and wolf, while also feeling (for me, at least) connected to both. An excellent job emotionally and also from an ecology standpoint.

Originally posted 21 November, 12015 HE

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French Fridays, et Adulte ?

English for Project Do Better

Chers Amis voici une autre idée pour vous :

Un nouveau rite de passage .

On a besoin d’un nouveau rite de passage dont chaque adolescent doit de son plein gré enseigner quelqu’un, de commencement, une capacité utile et importante . Elle doit être une capacité dont la personne a besoin dans le monde réele, par exemple depuis l’alphabet jusque a la posiblité de lire des livres simples, ou de calculer jusque aux tables de multiplication , ou d’écrire une simple phrase au un essai, ou de pas d’anglais jusque au l’anglais passable dans les états-Unis.

Ce projet doit exiger un investissement sérieux de temps (de préférence deux ou trois heures par jour) pour au moins un an . Ainsi le jeune peut être fier d’avoir accompli quelque chôse de dificil et peut réclamer son statut mérité d’adulte.

Un même temps, plusieurs problèmes dans notre société peuvent être résolu :

-Cela diminuerait le manque d’auto-discipline, de courtoise et de respect pour la connaissance parmi les jeunes.

-Le manque d’enseignants et le manque de budget dans le plupart des états seront un peu plus suportable. Cela augmenterait le nombre d’éleves qui ont besoin de terminer leur “Projet d’être-Adulte” au numéro des aides de salle et des bénévoles.

-Le besoin pour les défis et pour se prouver pendant l’age adolescent de la vie est laissé irréalisée par la définition excessivement arbitraire d’être un « adulte » dans la société moderne.

Je propose que le mise en route de telle idée doive commencer par l’engagement de la communauté locale. D’abord, l’adolescent (ou le “pré-adulte”) doit présenter une personne qui connait la communauté pour montre le but du processus de l’apprentissage. Après avoir atteint l’objective, le « pre-adulte » et l’apprenti retourneront voir la communauté pour évaluer l’efficacité des efforts et pour donner au « pre-adulte » son statut d’Adulte, avec tous les droits et responsabilités attendu d’un adulte, compris les normes culturelles comme la civilité, la courtoisie, et même la gracieuseté.

Ainsi nous irions d’une société oû l’impolitesse est la norme vers une dont la gracieuseté est valorisée. Par exemple, une amie raconte un incident dont un chien la’a grognée. La propriétaire s’etait excusée tout de suite. C’était la chose civil à faire. Ensuite elle avait même offert de l’appeler un taxi, et c’était la chose gracieuse à faire. Une société oû la gracieuseté est valorisée serait une société plus compatissante et plus créative.

Je laisse ces pensées pour réflexion, débât et action.

À l’amour, la Paix, et … la Coopération Communautaire !!!

Shira Destinie

Mars, 12015 ÈH

Salût ! 

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La Sombra del Templario (Shadow of the Templar) Núria Masot #1, and Empathy for Coming of Age

Hace tiempo, leî éste libro y me encantô. Es un libro de mayoridad, asi que es màs o menos facil de leer, y corto. Pero una historia que me sorprendiô no tener nada que ver con la religiôn, sino màs con la amistad.

Some time ago, I read this book and loved it. It’s a coming of age book, so it’s more or less easy to read, and it’s short. But the story surprised me by not having anything to do with religion, but rather, with friendship.

SombraTemplarioMuy bien escrito con fin maravilloso. Se provoca pensar. Con las palabras justas, y con un gran amistad! 

Wonderful ending. A very well-written, thought-provoking. The right words, and a wonderful friendship!

#Pages4Progress #Libros #librotransformamundo

Shira
12015 EH/HE

  Nos vemos!  

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French Fridays & Adulting Education

I call the need for Pro Bono Legal Aid and on-going Local Financial Legal education by the name of Adulting Ed. now aka Public Financial Knowledge Infrastructure. The below in French is here in English

(and Do Better still needs a logo, & no idea why this formatting refuses to change… )

Est-ce que je suis une adulte ? Partie 1 : La Définition

( ENGLISH :  from a previous post)

Mes critères pour être adulte sont au nombre de six :
D’abord, chaque enfant doit être capable

1. de nager, autant que faire se peut
2. de se défendre (émotionnellement et physiquement), autant que faire se peut
3. de penser et bâtir des arguments
4. de comprendre des statistiques
5. de conduire les voiture à boîte de vitesses manuelle (ou monter à vélo, à cheval, naviguer…)
6. (Tout ça implique :) la responsabilité de réfléchir et d’accepter des responsabilités pour ses actes.

J’ai passé assez de temps en étudiant toutes ces choses et aussi en pensant sûr mes propres principes.

En terminant, je crois que la dernière preuve pour être reconnu-e comme adulte est le fait d’enseigner à une personne une habilité critique. Par exemple, nager ou écrire. Réfléchir fait aussi partie des points 3 et 6 , comme disait Dr. Viktor Frankl. Cette épreuve ferait partie du Défi pour être Adulte.

À suivre : Est-ce que je suis adulte ? Partie 2 : Moi…

(Originally Posted on …) FourFreedomsPath  

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We can Do Better Wednesdays, and Homes for All: Chapter 8, section III. E.

This post is the start of the rough draft of (5/5 of Phase II) Chapter 8 of my non-fiction WiP, Do Better, fka Baby Floors.   This part of chapter 8 will begin the later years of A Home for Every Person, mapping out a path to get there for Phase II, with a potential new service-adulthood rite of passage.

Sorry, Dear Readers, I forgot, earlier, that this chapter has 5 sections per early and late, rather than the usual 4.

The overall objective remains that of putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.

Outlines for chapter 8 will attempt to match with each section, at the bottom of each post.

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

(Chapter 8, III. D. was last week)

III. E  ch8e

III. E (x/1000 wds).  Recognition

1. (260/250)

The last 5-7 years of Phase II, where recognition of having met the requirements for a given community’s rite of passage Challenge are concerned, will  revolve around continuing to educate, and advocate for children’s rights as Human Rights, for lobbying to arm children with the tools they need to keep themselves and other safe, and around commitment to cooperation and teaching one another to learn more.  In these later years of this phase, the recognition conferred upon those who have passed The Challenge in various communities should give the equivalent of an informal status of educator, at least within the community where the candidate has been recognized as an “Adult” meeting those community standards, and hence as a person capable of and responsible for helping lead efforts to educate others.  Such recognition makes these “Adults” strong advocates both for continuous learning in every way, and also for new ways of educating and equipping children for citizenship, due to the fact that these advocates have proven that they know how to cooperate, to teach themselves and others, and to do so with full empathy, both interpersonal or in-group, and social empathy.  Thus, they will be well placed to lobby for stronger rights for children, within safe community.  They will also be the core of a cadre of people entirely committed to making sure that every child has a sense of safe belonging, and a caring and supportive community to fall back upon.  This is the highest and principle duty of every person called to serve in community, and in our society.

 

 

 

2. (263/250)

The sets of measurement tools, and the milestones for the later stages for Phase II, for  decision-making around the recognition of new Adults in each community, should be evaluated and adjusted, if needed, at this time.  Testing committees in each community may find it necessary to add requirements, depending on the needs of that community.  The number of recognized Adults should be taken into consideration, at this point, as well as the then current trend for what the numbers look like up to the end of this phase, for deciding, as an entire community, whether to extend Phase II up to another 5 years further for that particular community.  The question of whether to examine or talk with each person who has been taught by candidates for recognition should have been settled by every community engaging in this new rite of passage, by this time.  Likewise, the question of whether goals for the numbers of candidates, recognized Adults, etc, should have been worked out within the community by this point, and possibly even opened up for comment by the remaining communities, or even the larger public, depending on the needs and desires of each particular community.  The idea is to measure in some way the progress being made during this time in building greater flexibility of thinking both within each community, and also in the surrounding geographical community, and the larger overall society and public.  Recognition of the success of those who have undergone this rite of passage is yet another tool that may help in building the needed societal flexibility of thought.

 

 

3. (293/250)

Again, in the last years of Phase II, the tools and some of the 1-minute activities developed by communities earlier for use in giving recognition to successful candidates for this new rite of passage should be joined to legal campaigns in favor of protecting every person, and safe and accessible travel for all members of society.  Every person should have the right and the real ability to travel within and between cities in comfort, safety, and efficiency.  An American version of the European Gap Year travel campaign, such as a ‘Travel To Learn’ campaign, may help with making this a reality.  If the teaching test remains part of the adulthood rite of passage challenge, communities may wish to consider whether it should come after, or maybe as part of the two year time period, a required travel experience, for a wider learning by living under a greater variety of conditions.  While a language learning requirement for that period may seem to be a bit too much of a difficulty to require of most candidates, many will benefit far more from having stretched themselves to the task of learning the local languages spoken before or while living in other parts of the country, like learning Latin American  or Puerto Rican Spanish in many parts of the US, or even French for some towns in Maine, and to link to Cajun if living in parts of Louisiana or Mississippi where the patois is still spoken.  After all, it is the most marginalized and left out of people whom this project aims to reach, help, and to lift up, and this task requires understanding both their particular ways of speaking and thinking, which can only be fully accomplished by learning at least some of their languages.  The robust mass transit system developed during Phase I, obviously, will be a major tool for this travel.

 

 

 

4. (275/250)

The purpose, both practical and symbolic, of the recognition of successful candidates in various communities, of The new adulthood rite of passage Challenge, should well be applicable to individuals, communities, and to our wider society.  Passing the final requirements for this Challenge should, quite likely, be recognized in a place that holds special significance for the community which is recognizing candidates as Adults.  This recognition can act as a doorway in a far longer journey, both for the candidates and for the communities recognizing their achievement.  On a practical level, this recognition means that those who succeed should now begin to lead us in innovation of learning practices, tools, ways of thinking, and habits of health in every way.  On a symbolic level, this recognition means that those who have thusly succeeded should now be leading their communities, our society, and the entire world in hope, and in creative problem solving.  More tools for governance, and indeed for wider ways of thinking, will need to be created that meet both our practical needs and our human need for symbol and ceremony.  The new governance tools and teaching practices that we will need to develop, share, and learn to use, as a society, should be conceived, developed, refined, and shared by this new generation of upcoming leaders, as they teach us how to continue learning, stretch ourselves, share, and cooperate ever more effectively.  This new paradigm will be extended further in the next years, as we come to the close of Phase, II, and the beginning of Phase III, with the Three Universals, Plus.  We now move to the details of this next phase in chapter 9.

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 9, section I. )

 

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

 

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

As for genre, I’m still wondering:  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 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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Click here to read, if you like:

Babylon 5Hakan: Muhafiz/The ProtectorLupin, or La Casa de Papel (aka Money Heist) Reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

           or Long Term Nonfiction & Historical Fiction Writing

Shira

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Wondering Wednesdays, Do Better, Chapter 8, section III. D.: 4/5 of a map for the later years of Phase II

This post is part of the rough draft of  Chapter 8 of my non-fiction WiP, Do Better, fka Baby Floors.   This part of chapter 8 will begin the later years of mapping out a path to get there for Phase II, with a potential new adulthood rite of passage.

Sorry, Dear Readers, I forgot that this chapter has 5 sections per early and late, rather than the usual 4.

The overall objective remains that of putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.

Outlines for chapter 8 will attempt to match with each section, at the bottom of each post.

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

(Chapter 8, III. C. was last week)

III. D   ch8D

III. D (x/1000 wds).  The Ritual

1. (253/250)

The last 5-7 years of Phase II, where the ritual related to passing The Adulthood Challenge are concerned, will involve increase educating, advocating, and now lobbying, for the rights of children, with this ritual as one of the catalysts for discussion.  Education at this point in the process should revolve around preparing communities and the larger public for taking responsibility for learning new ways of thinking, always based on the greater Human Rights related principles.  Advocacy, for instance, for a book per person, written by hand as part of a useful physical challenge.  Education and innovations in the tools used to educate ourselves is obviously involved with regard to the person being taught that critical and difficult life skill, if the Teaching Terror requirement for the rite of passage is used in a given community.  The ritual could conceivably involve candidates bringing an object which they have found or made, as part of the ritual.  Lobbying around adulthood and safe childhoods for all of us may mean that society can finally start to define adulthood not as the mere reaching of a certain age, but as the proof of commitment to service of society and of human empathy.  At its core, the essence, after all, of being an adult, is to take responsibility for what needs to be done, and to learn how to do it, while helping others to meet their needs as well.  Bringing out that essential quality in all of us is the goal of this part of our project.

 

 

2. (258/250)

The sets of measurement tools, and the milestones for the later stages for Phase II, for ritual related decision-making will need to be adjusted, in coordination with the other parts of the work of this phase, by each community creating a ritual for the new rite of passage.  This would be an appropriate time to asses whether the milestones have yet brought each community to where it planned to be by this point in time, and whether new measurement tools are needed to help making that determination.  The E1T1 groups should, by now, have become regular weekly events, and could mark the achievement of a major milestone, should communities decide that this meets an important set of needs for them.  An important question for communities to decide upon is whether or not members of the E1T1 groups should be allowed to attend the ritual when an organized of their group is a candidate for recognition as anAdult.  The Ritual may also require new tools and new ways to measure progress related to the ritual, from designing the ritual itself, and the participation by community members as this phase progresses, to post ritual assessment of how it helped candidates, community members, and the public at large.  Communities may find it helpful to invite ideas and even participation for the surrounding local community, and even from the public at large, providing that those ideas and that participation is in keeping with the spirit of their community, and meets the basic Human Rights ethic, and the standards of that community.

 

3. (253/250)

Again, in the last years of Phase II, the tools and some of the 1-minute activities developed around the Ritual should remind us all of the values to which we are committed.  Each community must decided and say to what extend they would like to invite public involvement in their community’s ritual for any given candidate, with as much of the reasoning being made public as well, not for criticism, nor for debate, but for the rest of us to learn from.  New 1-minute activities, campaign ideas, and tools leading to universally accessible and meaningful ways to participate in this process should also have a practical impact on daily public life in as many ways as possible.  Ongoing legal and public media campaigns related to child safety should be tied into this ritual and to the discussion around the ritual and the process leading up to it, as well, obviously, as the resulting status and that which goes with it.  Media and PSA campaigns on anti-hazing, self-control from within, and empathy should be wrapped into the ritual itself, if it is to be made public in any way, as well as the processes leading up to the ritual.  The point must be emphasized in the clearest ways possible for all to participate in, that this ritual and the entire set of processes surrounding it are meant to build and demonstrate both empathy, at the individual, family, and social level, as well as practical cooperative problem solving skills in the service of all humankind.

 

 

 

 

4. (250/250)

The purpose, both practical and symbolic, of the ritual after passing a community’s requirements to meet The Challenge, should be multiple, both for the individual, as for the community, and even for the larger society.  Since this is a coming of age ritual, as with any rite of passage, this ritual should be designed to allow the candidates to prove their ability to accomplish the assigned tasks.  But more than that, the tasks assigned must also be carefully chosen to further develop and demonstrate that candidates have the courage of their convictions, and that those convictions serve all of humankind, with Human Rights as the base.  It should also allow the community to test future leaders of that community in a safe and useful way.  It should, of course, give a meaning beyond merely having reached the age of 18, or 21, to the status of adulthood that can carry over successfully into the larger society as significant and meaningful for the larger public, as well.  A bit like becoming a commissioned officer in our armed services.  But it should also symbolize trust in the new generation of recognizedadults, and most importantly of all, this ritual should become a symbol of hope in and for Humanity.  Thus, the committee has a delicate job of designing a ritual that will show the strength of character of each candidate, in the best way possible, while also showing the value of both that candidate, and of this process, for our larger society.

 

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 8, section III. E. )

 

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 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.

***************** 

Click here to read, if you like:

Babylon 5Hakan: Muhafiz/The ProtectorLupin, or La Casa de Papel (aka Money Heist) Reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

           or Long Term Nonfiction & Historical Fiction Writing

Shira


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Wondering Wednesdays, Do Better, Rough Chapter 8, section III. C.: 3/5 of a map for the later years of Phase II

This post is part of the rough draft of  Chapter 8 of my non-fiction WiP, Do Better, fka Baby Floors.   This part of chapter 8 will begin the later years of mapping out a path to get there for Phase II, with a potential new adulthood rite of passage.

ch8C

Sorry, Dear Readers, I forgot that this chapter has 5 sections per early and late, rather than the usual 4.

The overall objective remains that of putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.

Outlines for chapter 8 will attempt to match with each section, at the bottom of each post.

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

(Chapter 8, III. B. was last week)

III. C

III. C (1106/1000 wds).  Why undergo The Challenge, in the later years of Phase II?

1. (258/250)

The last 5-7 years of Phase II, where the many reasons for attempting the Challenge are concerned, will  tie together the education around our society’s very attitudes toward education, advocacy for greater cooperation in education, earlier tools, and lobbying for more flexible long term thinking in a variety of areas, education included.  First, by the middle to ending years of Phase II, one out come of the discussion around why to consider a new adulthood rite of passage ought to have generated increasing amounts, and hopefully also quality, of discussion among the larger public around education.  By considering the question, and proposing a marker, so to speak, of who is an adult, and what constitutes adulthood, this project hopes, by the 20 to 25 years that will have passed since the inception of Phase I by this point in time, to have generated both advocacy and public debate on the issues of early childhood education, emancipated minors and their needs, and child abuse and ways to prevent it from the all sources.  This will also be the time to check on whether, in consultation with the entire community, to change the initial time for this phase from 15 to up to 20 years, depending on the needs of each particular community.  Lobbying for increased support for all types of education, and especially for help for abused and vulnerable children, should be stepped up at this point.  By the end of this phase, we should see a new generation of “Adults” beginning to take the lead in this issues.

 

 

 

2. (270/250)

The sets of measurement tools, and the milestones for the later stages for Phase II, for  decision-making around new governance tools, adulthood, and adjustment of the time line by each community in this project, should have input from all concerned parties, especially the new “Adults” in every community.  Each community should set, if necessary, new milestones, and consider additional ways to help measure progress toward those milestones, as they adjust the time line for this phase based on progress made thus far, in coordination with the rest of their community committees for other parts of this phase.  New governance tools, from  RCV/irv, to PB, to sortition for the community assemblies and committees, should be used as an example, and to work out the kinks in these tools before proposing their use on a wider scale.  New tools for direct democracy, for setting agendas, and ways of allowing every person to contribute their voice and have a say in both these processes, and in our wider societal governance processes, should be used and fine tuned starting at this time.  Showing the numbers of new Adults helping in this process of education and advocacy for old tools, and developing new tools, may be one way of measuring the effect of this new rite of passage within each community.  Other ways of measuring the effects of this process on the local community and on the wider public should also be actively created and developed as well, remembering that this process, this new rite  of passage, this phase, and indeed, this entire project, are meant to benefit the Human Rights of all people.

 

 

 

 

3. (299/250)

Again, in the last years of Phase II, the tools and some of the 1-minute activities developed earlier for this phase can continue to provide reasons for the entire larger public to support communities who choose to engage in the task of creating this new rite of passage.  These tools, activities, campaigns, and even legal activity around what was once seen as the coming of age of a person, can help making this new rite of passage more meaningful for all of society, while introducing new governance ideas, tools, and processes.  At this stage of the second phase of our overall project, about 27 years or so will have passed since the start of the entire work, and this Challenge, in particular, over the past 5 to 7 of those years, should have generated a good level of discussion and engagement, at least among those who were involved in the work of Phase I.  Development of new tools will now start to fall to those who have more recently joined this project, as older members continue to mentor, but begin to move into the background, making way for the next generation as it comes up to speed and begins to create more and more new processes using those new tools.  New activities should allow every person, including those still having to work three jobs, take care of children and parents, and wait for the bus in the cold rain, to meaningfully participate in this process in some way.  New legal campaigns on behalf of the safety of all children and vulnerable people should be launched at this time, as well.  Finally, this point in the process should be used to set up ways to work for and build more flexible thinking in the wider society and new governance paradigms.

 

 

 

4. (251/250)

The purpose, both practical and symbolic, of the work of creating a new adulthood rite of passage, and in deliberately making it a Challenge, should have become evident by this point in the project for both the individuals involved in the process, for the communities creating the process, and for society via the new cohort of volunteers trained to work together in building new systems as cooperators.  The practical uses of tools like irv/RCV, PB, etc, should have now been shown to be useful to the larger public, likely through the use of these tools within the communities engaged in this project, via their published minutes and discussions.  This new rite of passage can be a symbol of new ways of moving forward as a society, and indeed, as an entire world, if we all only choose to make this happen.  The new “adults” who have proven themselves to be committed to the service of Humankind, with Human Rights first and foremost in that mindset, are now nearly all prepared, or should be, to begin taking the reigns of these processes and moving forward, with the older members staying on as guides, while providing the stability and continuity of that of an elder statesman, in the way that former President Jimmy Carter has done.  These new adults have also proven, through this new rite of passage, their abilities to solve complex problems with empathy and cooperative courage.  This new cohort of “Adults,” therefore, represents renewed hope for all of humanity.

 

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 8, section III. D. )

 

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

 

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

As for genre, I’m still wondering:  clearly part of  Non-fiction.

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

Action Items:

1.) Share some ideas you may have on how our society can solve homelessness and child abuse, starting right now,

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

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Wondering Wednesdays, Do Better, Chapter 8, section III. B.: 2/5 of a map for the later years of Phase II

This post is the start of the rough draft of  Chapter 8 of my non-fiction WiP, Do Better, fka Baby Floors.   This part of chapter 8 will begin the later years of mapping out a path to get there for Phase II, with a potential new adulthood rite of passage.  ch8B

Sorry, Dear Readers, I forgot that this chapter has 5 sections per early and late, rather than the usual 4.

The overall objective remains that of putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.

Outlines for chapter 8 will attempt to match with each section, at the bottom of each post.

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

(Chapter 8, III. A. was last week)

III. B

III. B (1112/1000 wds).  Declaration of intent to undergo The Challenge

 

1. (274/250)

Education and advocacy, during the last 5-7 years of Phase II, where the declaration of intention to attempt the Challenge are concerned, will likely need to revolve around building volunteer Community Assemblies.  These assemblies should, by this time, be on track to decide whether their communities wish to conduct some sort of examination, for potential adulthood rite of passage candidates, regarding the good faith intentions and reasons behind each candidate’s reasons for wanting to undergo The Challenge.  It seems to be a reasonable assumption that all parties involved have agreed to at least sign or affirm the intention to abide by some sort pledge in support of Human Rights, before starting this process, at a minimum.  This will be the time, also, at the midway point during Phase II, to check on whether the standard 15 years will be enough for this phase, or whether up to another 5 years should be added, by agreement of the entire community, to this phase.  Lobbying should also start, by this point, around insisting on greater funding for all learning related issues, such as early childhood education, in particular.  Progress in educating the public around why candidates choose to undergo The Challenge can also be related to the number of community assemblies formed thus far, and how those assemblies are making their decisions, and allowing input into their decision-making processes.  This is also a good time for advocating in the larger public around direct democracy and participatory decision-making.  Thus the example set by communities in their processes for this new rite of passage can lead the way as a set of prototype examples for larger societal processes.

 

 

2. (258/250)

The sets of measurement tools, and the milestones for the later stages for Phase II, for declaration decision-making, will revolve partly around who takes those declarations, who is informed of declarations, minutes from Community Assembly discussions of these declarations, where they are not deemed too personal for public access, and the risks, consequences, benefits, and desired outcomes for both The Challenge, and for the process around The Challenge.  Minutes of various meetings should help each community in deciding whether to set new milestones for this phase, as well as what statistics to use in measuring those milestones.  Community Assemblies can recommend time and action targets for this part of Phase II, and should coordinate the timeline for all of Phase II with  committees dealing with the other parts of this new rite of passage within each community.  Milestones should be evaluated for which have been met thus far, the number of potential and upcoming candidate declarations, and of course, for the consequences to communities thus far with regard to candidate questions.  Have the desired outcomes with regard to the Declaration met, in reality, what was hoped for by all parties, candidate, community, and the larger public?  Are changes needed to the procedure for making a declaration of intent, in those communities where such a declaration is required or desired, and what milestones should be set or reset in relation to such declarations?  Each of these questions should be guided by the larger picture, of Human Rights, of empathy, and of long term critical thinking for all of society.

 

3. (289/250)

Again, in the last years of Phase II, the tools and some of the 1-minute activities developed earlier should be joined by legal campaigns, if helpful, around the concept not only of eventually making the passage into adulthood more meaningful, in our larger society, but also of making childhood a safer experience for all of us.  The tools that have previously been used and adapted in the early years of this stage, like walking, pilgrimages, or pledges, should now be evaluated, at this halfway point, to see the effect so far, and determine how to change course, if need be, to achieve the remaining milestones for Phase II.  The various stats collected as well as any anecdotal information should be taken into account by committees to assess progress in this Phase, and how the process of the Declaration of Intent has helped, if at all.  New tools should also be in development, at this point, to help with incoming declarations, and with new candidates, and with measuring the effects on both the community and the wider public, not to mention individual candidates.  It should also be asked at this point whether prior prerequisites have been good proof of intent, without a specific declaration, and most importantly, whether the tools developed for this process have led to improved education in the greater community and in the public at large.  And lastly, but not least, public records and statistics should be checked in the geographical areas near communities in the process of taking declarations of intent from candidates, to see whether the process of looking into these declarations has had any effect, over the past 5-7 years of Phase II, on the larger public near communities actively engaging in this process.

 

 

 

 

4. (267/250)

The ultimate purpose, both practical and symbolic, of the process of the declaration of intent to undergo The Challenge, is to assure that the intent on the part of each and every candidate foradulthood in any community is to serve.  Have the potential candidates making required or suggested declarations in fact matched their deeds to their words, in organizing walks, pilgrimages, creating new tools, and has there been any observed difference between communities where such a declaration is required versus merely suggested, from those communities where no declaration is desired at all?  Has any pledge related to this phase been developed, and if so, what has been the engagement level around both taking the pledge, and following through on the words of that pledge?  Much like the “safety pin” movement following Brexit, making a pledge is one thing, while standing in front of a woman who has been thrown to the ground by her attacker may be quite another.  No pledge is required to do the right thing.  How, also, has social media reacted to communities where a declaration is desired, and to  candidates who have made such declarations?  Do the results from communities with a declaration requirement differ significantly from those that did not, and how have the results played out for individuals, and for members of the Community Assemblies?  Finally, and most importantly, have any of the overall statistics for public health hazing at local universities, and related educational numbers changed at all in apparent response to discussion around and use of this process of taking a declaration of intent for The Adulthood Challenge?

 

— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 8, section III. C. )

 

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

 

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

As for genre, I’m still wondering:  clearly part of  Non-fiction. 

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

Action Items:

1.) 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.

***************** 

Click here to read, if you like:

B5, The Protector, Lupin, or Money Heist Reviews…

Holistic High School Lessons,

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BsCs

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