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With this award-winning proposal, students will see and understand in a clear and graphic way the flaws of our existing system and will be better equipped to know what has to be done. The Action Workshop will engage students to lay the foundation of societal innovation to build a better bridge to their own and our common future. And those who want to learn even more about this call for action can visit the Holigent website.
The future of young people throughout the Western world and beyond is endangered for the following reasons:
It is time for the young, and all who care about our future to engage in a soft and smart revolution. This course begins with stress testing the following pillars and other critical aspects of our existing bridge to the future:
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|Section 1: Introduction|
In this course, we will discuss societal retrofitting to secure social, economic and environmental justice, quality and sustainability – one community at a time.
|Section 2: Reality Check|
In this section, we perform a rhetorical stress test on the pillars of society. We begin by looking at the vulnerabilities of capitalism, whose demands for infinite growth cannot be supported by the finite resources of our planet. Next, we examine the flaws of a democracy corrupted by money, in which corporations, special interest groups and individuals lobby for their own self-interest rather than a sustainable system.
Here we look at how humanity's instinctual fight-or-flight response plays out on grand scales, we discuss how high collective socioeconomic stress leads to war.
This lecture explains the dire consequences of our socio-economic system's self-organizing capacity not keeping up with its complexity. We also analyze the vast inequalities resulting from wealth's eastward migration and upward concentration, as well as the hazards of compartmentalized, fragmented thinking.
This lecture dives into how reality really works, and explain the bit of nature’s magic that equips living things to overcome near impossible challenges for survival. This part will prepare you to retrofit our dysfunctional reality to build a better world, one community at a time.
|Section 3: Rethink|
In human society, entropy is an inescapable, invisible force that relentlessly tries to deplete and disorganize all socioeconomic systems. To overcome it, we must make a leap—much like a salmon leaps up through the rapids to overcome the torrent—toward a higher self-organizing order.
|Section 4: Retrofit|
This part will answer the questions of what we need to do and how to do it. We'll take you inside a new philosophical foundation and societal retrofit plan in which a three-way agreement between employers, employees and the nonprofit management organization of a Holigent eco-community creates a hybrid socioeconomic arrangement. From this holistic arrangement emerges social, economic and environmental justice, quality and sustainability.
To attain true systemic sustainability, social transformation must go global. This lecture charts the course from local seed projects, to Holigent Urban and Garden Villages, to regional community clusters, to national scale and finally, worldwide programs managed by NGOs.
|Section 5: Action|
If the system can't be changed by either protest movements like Occupy or science-based reasoning such as that presented in An Inconvenient Truth, what can be done? Here we look at how things work in our 21st-century, money dominated political reality, and how to work it to our advantage,
The Holigent Alliance can be a tool to change the world and save our planet. This section will explain how it can become a political force to work the system the way the system works.
|Section 6: Conclusion|
The most meaningful reward for completing this course is your sense of empowerment knowing that you’re in the forefront of a smart revolution, addressing problems that governments and institutions seem unwilling to solve. This lecture outlines simple ways to become a societal innovator.
Vanessa holds degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles and Antioch University. She co-presents the course "The Holigent Solution" with its author Nicholas Frank, who is also the founder of Holigent and author of the book The Holigent Solution: How to Win the Transition Race to Economic Security, Quality of Life, Peace, and Sustainability.
Nicholas Frank is the author of three nonfiction books, including The Holigent Solution: How to Win the Transition Race to Economic Security, Quality of Life, Peace, and Sustainability.
After surviving Nazism and Communism in Hungary, he spent a decade researching and experimenting with stress to understand the neuroendocrine process and effects of stress on human behavior. Realizing that stress is merely a failure indicator of complex systems that are experiencing some degree of dysfunction, he turned his attention to understanding how socioeconomic systems work. He is currently promoting an action plan to build an experimental mixed-use, live/work, pedestrian compact urban village with a hybrid economy and social contract to demonstrate the systemic synthesis that would achieve social, economic and environmental justice, quality and sustainability.
I was born into the Great Depression in Budapest, Hungary. My father was an attorney, writer, lecturer, and dreamer. He wrote about the direction of social evolution and need for the workers of Europe to unite – his early dream of a united Europe. I lost him to illness when I was four years old but got to know him well through the 1930s book manuscript he left behind. My mother’s devotion and heroic determination allowed my sister and me to survive the Holocaust and World War II.
At the end of the war my eight-year old self emerged from the bomb shelter hungry, filthy and full of lice; I looked around and saw my city bombed to rubble and asked: “Why would grownups destroy so many beautiful buildings and bridges?” This became the engine driving my life-long search for answers.
Following the defeat of the Hungarian revolution by the Red Army in 1956, I escaped across the Iron Curtain from communist Hungary. After some years of living in Montreal, Canada, in 1963 I moved to Los Angeles, California. The many unanswered questions my mind collected as I grew up during those turbulent times of the mid-20th century prompted me in 1972 to begin a project to answer as many of life’s questions as I could.
From 1972 to 1985 I studied and experimented with stress to understand the neuroendocrine process and effects of stress on human behavior. While I learned a great deal, it became evident to me that there was something more important beyond the psychophysiology of stress that has a greater impact on individual behavior and the functioning of society. In the spring of 1985 I took my wife and two small children on a year-and-a-half thinking, writing, and camping tour of Europe.
Upon our return I retired from all commercial work, lived off of our investments and devoted the following twenty years to the search for a unified answer to personal, social, economic and environmental questions. Realizing that stress is merely a failure indicator of complex systems that are experiencing some degree of dysfunction, I turned my attention to understanding how socioeconomic systems work. For a long period of time I believed that the concept of synergy would shed light on that subject. However, when I realized that synergy does not fully explain the nature of complex emergent systems, and that synergy had come to be associated with corporate and commercial concerns, I felt the need to search for a more complete answer.
I realized that no compartmentalized answers are capable of solving the challenge of true sustainability. To overcome the high hurdle of entropy and achieve social, economic and environmental sustainability we must find a new organizing arrangement that is able to create all-in-one systemic synthesis. During the fourth decade of my search a unifying and satisfactory answer developed in the form of the Holigent (holistic-emergent) organizing concept, which is modeled after natural self-organization. Holistic-emergent evolutionary self-organization is in essence nature’s building code. It is the energetic primal self-organizing mechanism that enables simple parts and particles to come together and build our complex universe.
The Holigent socioeconomic self-organizing concept transforms the top-down, reductionist/compartmentalized and fragmentary institutional approach of our current socioeconomic system. The Holigent Solution can gradually reorganize our existing system to function more like robust and sustainable natural systems – to develop through self-organization from the nucleus out and roots up, and function in balanced reciprocity with all other parts of the manmade and natural life support system. I introduce and explore this concept in a book coauthored with Elisa Frank, The Holigent Solution.
Currently I am fully engaged in promoting an action plan to build an experimental mixed-use, live/work, pedestrian compact urban village with a hybrid economy and social contract to demonstrate the systemic synthesis that would achieve social, economic and environmental justice, quality and sustainability.
I live with my wife in Los Angeles, California. We have a son and a daughter. I work for Holigent Org full time at a salary of one dollar per year.