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Governing Civilization through Civilizing Governance: global challenge for a turbulent future (Part #7)


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The dynamics associated with an adequate response to the "emergent reality" noted above, needs necessarily to be of requisite variety consistent with any cybernetic analysis of governance as a control system -- especially for a system that is significantly "open". The schematic explored below is therefore understood as an effort to encompass the set of cognitive challenges of governance in a knowledge-based society, including:

  • desirability of designing in challenging feedback loops in reframing governance so as to ensure:
    • quality of focus
    • quality of engagement
    • conservation of energy (especially as indicated by attention time as an increasingly scarce resource)
    • "resonance" with any expectation of engagement (as used in the French metaphor caisse de résonance)
    • increasing responsiveness of learning/action cycle
  • necessarily self-reflexive fractal framing of new approaches to governance whereby the articulation of any non-model, such as follows, is continually open to challenge, as exemplified by:
  • design challenge of knowledge comprehension and knowledge compaction (as the process of decontextualization and formalization, with the goal of decreasing modification times as well as increasing lifetime, commitment, and visibility) exemplified by the absence of any "Google Earth" equivalent for the global problematique, resolutique, imaginatique and irresolutique:
  • capacity to evoke competence, insight and creative engagement wherever it is to be found, such as to elicit:
    • imaginative questions not just imaginative answers (which emerge as a consequence)
    • imaginative metaphors not just imaginative projects (which emerge as a consequence)
    • imaginative myths not just imaginative declarations (which emerge as a consequence)
    • engaging media not just engaging strategies (which emerge as a consequence)
    • integrative images not just integrative knowledge (which emerge as a consequence)
  • realistic concern to focus on higher order complementary opportunities rather than seeking vainly to redesign legacy systems (or undermining those variously committed to them), as suggested by the emergence, evolution and reliance on:
    • world wide web
    • global media
    • imaginative metaphors (notably as formulated by lyricists at the grassroots level)
Contrasting caricatures of "harmonization" in governance?
Top-down "static" vision?
"explicit imaginary"
Bottom-up "non-static" vision?
"implicit real"
Harmonising governance through a European Anthem Harmonising governancne through demonic music: Lordi 2006
EU "non-Constitutional" Reform Treaty (in process of
ratification under questionable conditions of "democratic deficit") suppressing reference to the
EU anthem
(Beethoven's Ode to Joy)
Eurovision Song Contest Winner (Athens, 2006)
Elected overwhelmingly through a record Europe-wide popular "democratic process"
(Lordi's song Hard Rock Hallelujah)
If aesthetic harmony (notably musical lyrics) offers a way forward, possibilities might include:
A Singable Earth Charter, EU Constitution or Global Ethic?
All Blacks of Davos vs All Greens of Porto Alegre: reframing global strategic discord through polyphony?

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