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A New Future Needs a New Approach -- Could These Be 5 Key Ideas?

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This is necessarily in quick blog form, concise and unedited in the spirit of new emerging methods of pattern formation in all areas of life of the kind that will hopefully lead us to create better systems in the future, from individual thought right up to international policies.

One thing we can all agree on is that the walls are down and what was once secret, or only discovered in dissenting literature in specialist sections of the bookshop, is now open. Chomsky can speak as loudly to the world as Cameron and we can all draw from whichever sources we wish (dependent on technological freedoms).

The ideas quickly presented here came about through thinking about my own collaborative working practice in making art with other artists, and thinking about an interview I had with technology writer Steven Levy (author of Hacker and In the Plex) and Electronic Beats magazine last week about whether technology is leading us to "new literary narratives in the digital age."

I spoke with creatives in music and art, with computer game designers, future imaginers, scientists and businesspeople with a guideline "what changes are happening with storytelling and what futures can you imagine." The results were a surprise to me.

Key ideas, not for traditional discussion or dialogue with their strong focus on reaching immediate "conclusions" to take cumbersomely on to the next discussion. Rather, a morphing colony, to reflect our world in which ideas are gathered from a number of sources at once that is left to exist, rather than enforcing immediate coherence with each other.

Voices left out there to co-exist for longer periods of time than those dictated by the cultures of speed and competition in politics. The methods for allowing many voices to participate in the biggest idea poolings would be another topic entirely, and work for advanced cyberneticians, but if we could accept for now that this is the future of life on our planet, a condition where all (shareholders and stakeholders of the old world) can express their truest voice and listen to the truest voice of others.

So, in the microcosm of this blog, an experiment in idealism, not pre-tested for holes.

1. Wholescale Transparency : A system of global integration in which the biggest ideas could be laid out, along with the world's resources, in a way that allowed local policy to sustain itself but with intelligent relation to a global community. Is this possible? What would stand in its way?

2. A World More Feminine : What are the feminine traits that would improve the balance of the world?

3. Cultural Creativity : What do different cultures do better than our own? Do we learn? Are we ready to create after the long period of consuming and try to seek out an alternative model to "growth, protectionism and war" and learn culture again?

4. Code Refinement : In our art, science and technology, what are the breakthroughs that can join people together with a common basic language that still allows for cultural complexity?

5. Celebrate Being Wrong : Would it be impossible to imagine a world where our most prominent figures could be applauded for making public mistakes without value judgements? If a model existed where these mistakes were just part of the assimilation of ideas and not immediately pressed into policy, would the mistakes even matter?

I'm going to get back to reading other people now. These may be five key ideas. They may be five duds. They may encourage parallel ideas elsewhere.