This post is the rough draft of Chapter 6, section IV, for my non-fiction WiP, Baby Floors.
Putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.
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 IV:
( Chapter 6, section III was last week…)
IV. : (1k wds) An overview of Getting to Phase IV of this project after Phase I:
IV. A (288/250 wds).
How will the milestones and goals of Phase IV, the last of this project, be able to fit into a 15 to 20 year time span? That remains to be seen, looking at this vision from the year 2021 CE, aka 12021 HE. To build very small houses, eradicate hunger, and distribute an acre of land to each newborn citizen would not be very difficult, from a production, distribution, and resources perspective. We already have more than enough of each provide several shelters, abundant food, and more than a hectare of land (1.5 hectares per human being) to each person on earth, even more so for the US. That is not the difficulty. The reason that we will need from 15-20 years to arrange all of this new housing, food, and land distribution, in the nation with the largest GDP on earth, is the logistical and cultural work needed to make this happen. Given the amount of food thrown out simply after purchase, let alone before arriving at market, simple rice, beans and greens for each local resident should take far less time to organize. Finding and arranging an acre of land for each newborn citizen should be a simple task, given the land to population ratio in the US, but the reality will, of course, be far more complex. Chapter 10 will suggest a range of possible solutions, both for these questions, and for the sub-project of getting a biography per person, family, and community into local branch libraries, both for the sake of posterity, and for the use of those ideas which, as Thomas Edison pointed out, show us what does not yet work, to help society invent new wheels, rather than reinventing old ones.
The scalable, universally accessible means of allowing every person to complete activities which will work both as mans of meeting the milestones toward the goals for this last phase of our project will come in baby steps, described in chapter 10. Phase I began the physical infrastructure improvements that should remind us all just how easy it is to build. Now, groups like Habitat for Humanity can show us how volunteers can teach each other the needed expertise to complete the work of building in community. From food pantries to our own food, steps can be designed to build in that way, also, as networks of volunteers design systems of daily food distribution, starting with individuals, and working up to entire towns and cities, so that no one is ever forgotten, left out, or entirely alone. Similarly, an acre per baby can start with one baby being given one acre of land by a donor of good heart, and one baby at a time becomes one town at a time, as we match acres to babies, and see how the rotation of land builds a new type of bond, from generation to generation. So it is with the written or spoken word, or even image and sound, for the “Let’s Write Grandma!” project, as well. From one biography published by volunteers, a story is saved, one person, one family, one town and city at a time. Chapter 10 will have further suggestions for goals and their milestones, in detail, by objective.
IV. C (281/250wds).
In pondering this last phase of our project, a multitude of possible, and actual, questions and objections arises. First among them, from an ecological point of view, is the supposed “need to build up, not out,” due to our growing population, and shrinking quantities of arable land, due to rising sea levels. This is a valid and pressing concern, particularly since our vision is one of assigning an acre of land, with a personally-built home on it, to each newborn baby citizen for life, with absolutely no coercive or forced possession of that land in any way. Thus, it is crucial that these acres be given freely, either by state or federal governments which find themselves in excess of public land, since this is in fact a public good, or by private donors not in need of that land, and glad to give it over to this public service. Much like leaving a house to Howard University, as one of my grandfather’s relatives did, leaving land to the Acre Per Baby fund could come to be seen as a public service in itself. As with building the home itself, the practical and hands-on learning of plumbing and wiring is good for each person to know, despite the ease of obtaining prefab houses. Yet this very abundance of sheds, pods, prefab and mobile homes speaks to the ease of producing tiny shelters in large quantities. Less easy, perhaps, may be the effort of learning how to generate electricity. Nonetheless, that knowledge is good for every person to understand and have practical access to using, from photo-voltaic to pedal and hand-crank power. Remaining details, and there are many, will be discussed in Chapter 10.
IV. D (272/250wd).
When therefore, will help arrive for those most vulnerable in our country, and how will we be able to tell? Creating metrics for Phase IV, and beyond, as we turn our eyes to the completion of this project, and then to the greater global vision of freedom for all humankind, will be complex. But not quite as complex as it first seems, perhaps. By this point in the project, we should be able to see by a variety of measures that we are Almost There. There will certainly be the traditional numbers by which many factors of success are measured, such as housing and employment statistics, etc. Obvious metrics for our Phase IV goals to add to this include measures for the room/person: number of tiny shelters per number of citizens, then the number of shelters by number of residents, and so on. For our rice, beans and greens, we can look at food pantry usage, over the years during Phase IV, and expect to see a downward trend in usage as communities mobilize networks to distribute food to each individual at home, personally. Clearly, the situation around the acre per baby sub-project will be more complex, and thus discussed at greater length in chapter 10. Finally, a biography per person and then per family in each community library, not to mention stories of the various communities contained in the geographical space of local branch and main libraries, can be counted by both the number of such books published by community publishing or printing presses, and also by the number of local libraries with a “Let’s Write Grandma!” program in progress.
With these overviews of the implementation stages of each phase of our project, we have seen a glimpse of how we could get there, from here, in 60-80 years. Clearly, all of this, with the exception of the very ideas upon which this vision rests, that of the Four Freedoms FDR spoke about, based in the UN Declaration of Human Rights, is subject to change. Local communities will have the last word in how this Vision takes shape in the real world, although they should certainly harmonize their local policies with the larger regional policies, in the absence of overwhelmingly good reason not to do so. We now move to the detailed implementation chapters for each phase, starting with chapter 7, for Phase I, mapping out the very start of this project in detail.
— (Next Wednesday: Chapter 7, begins… )
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…
1.) Consider sharing 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.
Thoughtful Readers, have you other ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?
Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure & #StopSmoking at LEAST for CCOVID-19:
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
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by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to
We can Do Better to create a kinder future
Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS
the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE
Stayed on Freedom’s Call
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.
Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.
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