This is the intro to a book/ebook I'm in the final stages of editing. I'm here because I need to find some well-informed people willing to conspire to help bring about a tipping point phenomenon along the lines of a Great Turning. Part of what that will require is a nonlocalized group of evolutionary proponents, experts, etc., such as the folks in this forum, willing to collaborate/weigh in on a public debate I'm trying to instigate at a local level. How that all plays out will become more apparent as time goes on. But for now, and for the sake of brevity, let this intro suffice. I also ask that you allow me a few posts to prove this fits within the scope of this groups parameters. Again, what I am looking for from you is for you to use Korten's theories as a filter to critique the work. On my end, I'm working on a real-life, real-time political strategy to make this happen; so this is a real attempt to put theory into practice. Small aside, for those of you who were following my last few post entries concerning an Ohio-based Logos, you might find it especially interesting that David's first book conference was held in Columbus, Ohio, sponsored by a group called CIRCA (Citizens Intent On Reforming Corporate Accountability), of which I was a member.
Without further ado...
This e-book represents a unified critical theory that seeks by way of the dialectical process to introduce, argue and define a new co-op-based synthetic design paradigm within the field of urban planning.
Initially conceived of as a thought experiment to answer Mayor Michael Coleman’s question, “What does Columbus [Ohio] need?” my work eventually developed into a comparison and contrast between two competing sociological paradigms: the inequitable and unsustainable system that exists today and the more evolutionary praxis of a potential New Age Agape.
Despite the limitations of my historical accounts and the eclectic, intuitive style of my inductive process, my hope is you find this presentation more inspirational than challenging and more audacious than self-serving. For I have sought to the best of my ability to paint a picture of a world where art, imagination and beauty are viewed as moral and ethical imperatives, architecture is utilized as a sociological tool to redefine the political-economic landscape, and philosophy functions like an infectious meme to enter ideas into the collective mass consciousness through active confrontation with an obstructionist political bureaucracy.
This real world experiment has resulted in research that brings to light many of the problems we as a society must address and resolve if we are to adapt to the many challenges and uncertainties posed by tomorrow’s environmental and economic crisis.
My name is Darren Grundey. Welcome to the post-historical debate galvanized by my “hallmark” New Eden, Renaissance Revival dream.