The State of the Ideal Earth
I am trying
to find out what is there in the world that deals with collectively
designing how we all should ideally exist together in this
Currently there is no clearly defined, referable to, by anyone
accessible and by anyone amendable model of an ideal, sustainable
Listed bellow are some of the most prominent, promising, for
modeling the ideal state of the Earth potentially important
Donella Meadows concept of "envisioning"/"visioning".
Donella Meadows' "envisioning"/"visioning" (Meadows 1996) concept
owes its origin to Robert Fritz's TFC (Technologies For Creating)
as originally introduced in his The Path of Least Resistance
The Donella Meadows' "envisioning"/"visioning" cannot really be
properly understood without understanding the very clear Robert
Fritz's TFC concept (Fritz 1984) of creating results that we
Please see author's
"Visioning": Global Citizens Designing a Sustainable World
Together. (Hearthstone 2009)
Robert Jungk's "future workshops" ("Zukunftwerkstätte") (Jungk
Any of the examples of consensual common reality vision creating
based on Robert Jungk's "future workshops" that I found so far
don't go beyond the scope of a local community, with no results
that could really be called "sustainable".
R. Buckminster Fuller's World Game - please read: R. Buckminster Fuller's
World Game and ModelEarth.
ESDA (Future Search)
ESDA's Envisioning a Sustainable and Desirable America
This "Future Search" ( http://www.futuresearch.com ?,
http://www.futuresearch.net/ ?) based consensus building system is
really not a careful combined "... vision" of more participants,
but a forecast 100 years into the future depicting a situation that
seems to be on the way to a not clearly declared ideal, "... agreed
[on] a set of 'realistic' assumptions both about people and the
rest of the world that embodied the latest scientific research
The impression I got was a depiction of a not quite sustainable
future (this future has some hi-tech features in it that would be
impossible to manufacture and maintain by socially and ecologically
sustainable methods, in my opinion) that still was evolving to some
unspecified ideal--the time in this particular vision of a future
in 100 years depicted by three "visitors" was very clearly linear,
still evolving to something else; time in any vision of an ideal
(even though the ideal itself might be evolving continuously due to
us as yet unseen causes) is cyclical--only seasons, moon phases,
etc. change in an ideal reality.
Please, do read "Envisioning a Sustainable and Desirable America".
I have been trying to find out from the participants and from the
people who facilitate "future search" how exactly the "forecast"
described above was arrived at, but so far with no success.
All those who are currently planning, designing the future for any
geographical localities should coordinate their efforts with all
others who are doing the same, as no locality exists independently
from all others--all those localities depend and influence each
other on the entire global level. How should this be accomplished?
It would save a great deal of energy, time, and resources.
1984 The Path of
Least Resistance. Salem, MA: DMA Inc., ISBN:
2009 "Donella Meadows'
'Visioning': Global Citizens Designing a Sustainable World
Jungk, Robert and Norbert Müllert
Workshops: How to Create Desirable Futures. London, England:
Institute for Social Inventions, ISBN: 0948826398
Meadows, Donella H.
1996 "Envisioning a
Sustainable World." written for the Third Biennial Meeting of the
International Society for Ecological Economics, October 24-28,
1994, San Jose, Costa Rica
In Getting Down to Earth, 1996 Practical Applications of
Ecological Economics, editors Robert Costanza, Olman Segura and
Juan Martinez-Alier Washington DC: Island Press
Meadows, Donella H. "Envisioning a Sustainable World." is
It is a must read document; it explains best what Donella Meadows'