Think Tanks plan "Daily Acts of Compassion, Tenderness & Motivation"
3D Venus Project on http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1170601
Community Building: Lead From Within
I have borrowed the "Lead From Within" concept from Life-Coaches, Motivational Speakers and Personal Development Consultants; I have found that these people are positive, active members of our communities and are a source of inspiration to others.
'Think Tanks' define their personal goals, their group goals and of course the social implications of their contributions by the amount of good it offers to ALL people. They then proceed on their set path.
It is very easy to criticize. I do it, You do it; we are all accomplices in our silence & condemnation of the current situation.
Your personal Reality is reflected in the world around you: Are you where you want to be?
Is this the reality you want to spend the rest of your life in?
Have you created a 'pipe-dream' of desire and 'wishful thinking' which you have never acted upon?
We criticize governments, scoff at ambitious humanitarian projects and lambaste those who have the courage to try and make a difference. We settle for debating ethics, morals and semantics with tongues dipped in eloquence and intellects clouded by emotions.
We don't have the 'Integrity' to start the change simply because we avoid being 'Honest' with ourselves.
I am trying to be a decent Human being, just like you - and I started this article loaded with negative observations on social issues.
This is where you come in: Lead from Within.
You're the Think Tank and you're here to put your own experience to very good use.
A 'Think Tank' contributes to society in the most equivocal manner possible: Action.
Your contribution to society is very important & as a 'Think Tank' your voice carries more weight than someone who is content with their current situation
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Act upon your Environment to Create the Change
Community Building: SciFi Reality
Plato based "The Republic" on the legendary city of Atlantis. The artistic rendition of a 'Venus Project'city in the image above brings to my mind the imagery conjured whilst reading this philosophical work. "The Venus Project", awesome & inspiring as a concept it may be, seems to be nothing more than an elitist "pipe dream".
Utopia is an escape. Our reality is much more concrete, both literally and metaphorically; we're grounded in an era which has applauded and encouraged discrimination at all levels of society within the concrete jungle in a very un-democratic manner.
The irony of the whole situation is that the more complete the concept of a global community, the more far fetched and unrealistic it seems, hence the liberal attachment of the 'pipe-dream' tag - but a global community, structured by diligent, compassionate humans is not impossible.
The most valid forms of science fiction in most instances is ominous. Portrayals of dystopian & apolcalyptic creeds only seem to engender these phenomenon into our civilizations and Plato's 'Republic' is no closer to being fulfilled than the true meaning of the word 'Democracy' is to being properly interpreted, understood and applied.
The concept of SciFi Reality as it has been applied today is headed towards a "Brave New World" where Nostradamus' predictions all come true. Enough observation. Many people are aware of this problem and my place is not to sprout lyrically and waste more energy in pointing out the faults on the existing structure but to explore solutions to this problem.
Einstein suggests (paraphrase): "When trouble-shooting a problem, you have to look at techniques and methods that were not incorporated in the initial development of the problem". In other words: Solutions to problems should be approached from a different perspective.
[Einsteins original quote is: "We cannot solve problem with the same thinking we used when we created them"]
The previous article on "Honesty-Integrity-Tenacity" explores how 'Think Tanks' go about innovating & developing solutions to obstacles. In this article, we'll be exploring the concepts of Leadership & Innovation in conjunction with 'Think Tanks'.
Things are going to get better -but first they're gonna get worse
Think Tanks: Technology Is Useful
The phrase "SciFiReality" conjures up a myriad of conflicting images. You bias colours this fantasy with the palette of your perception and your attitude fills in the details.
The concept of SciFiReality is not synonymous with High-Tech-Cutting-Edge-Technology. Science fiction is the creative force of thinkers shared with us as they imagine the future -some are positive, most are negative, but the principle is the same: "Act upon your Environment to Create the Change"
Technology is useful only up to the point where it makes all of our lives easier. The situation is gong to get better, but first, they're going to get worse.
Our civilization has been progressing down this path with such reckless passion that we've managed to destroy our natural habitat -Earth.
Things Will get better, but first they're going to get a lot worse.
For this reason alone, we're going to have to explore scientific and technological methods to literally "clean up our act". We cannot expect Miracles or Alien Intervention. We are responsible.
We are here for a purpose. Our mission is to understand this.
Your Life Matters. You are the Protagonist of your Reality. Your Voice is Important. Your Actions define all of Humanity's future -not just your own: People Are Awesome.
Community Building: Thinks Tanks In Society
Awareness of Social Consciousness is one thing; Awareness of oneself within that Social Consciousness is another ball game altogether. I hope I'm not getting too transcendent on you right now, but the simple fact is: we make a distinction where none should be.
A Think Tank does not make this distinction. Leading from Within requires the awareness that your contribution is as valid as any other and that any other contribution is as valid as yours. (#YourLifeMatters)
"Eden By Night" by v70z650: http://v70z650.deviantart.com/art/Eden-by-Night-24858974
The "Eden Project" is a super SciFiReality project which Think Tanks like you and me constructed to explore the possibility of Human survival after a major holocaust. It also doubles as the pet science project of many Space Agencies in their misguided perception that we as a species should colonize other planets. I'm an Earthling - not Martian, Venusian, Mercurian or Lunar and I have no interest in exploring other planets when I haven't even discovered what this planet has to offer.
But more than that, it is suggesting an alternative to our current thinking and gives us the possibility to explore, just as Einstein suggested, a new way of problem solving.
Technology is important. Don't let them tell you otherwise, but Ethics and Morals are vital; these give us the opportunity to evaluate the application of technologies.
Morals are personal principles. Ethics are the code of conduct in upholding those principles.
If you feel uncomfortable with a clever argument, remember that the intellect is simply a vast reservoir of knowledge and facts and that arguments are simple constructs to evaluate a situation. Wisdom is gained through applying that knowledge in a moral manner. Think Tanks use Ethics to gain insight into the most efficient use of technology for all of humanity.
The question is not whether or not science has discovered the method which my testicles can be cloned? The answer to that is yes, of course this is possible.
The question which we should be asking is whether or not that science should be used in cloning my testicle?
When viewed as an absurd, highly inappropriate, ludicrous and ridiculous suggestion, it may dawn on you that this is already being implemented, albeit not for my biological gonads but for other, not so humane purposes.
Are you an all-terrain-crossing, ponderously-plodding, full-perception-analyzing creative being that can move forward using hindsight?
Community Building: Democracy
'Think Tanks' approach the concept of Community Building as the true spirit of Democracy. Not the chewed-up version advertised as "Social Capitalism" promoted by both Liberals & Militants.
The concept of a 'Think Tank', when viewed as a vehicle for moving forward offers a beautiful analogy that is most applicable: the swiveling turret affords 360 degree vision.
A 'Think Tank' is an all-terrain-crossing, ponderously-plodding, full-perception-analyzing creative being with the ability to move forward whilst looking back.
What we refer to as 'hindsight' offers an amazing metaphor for fleshing the concept of a 'Think Tank' more fully. When plodding ever forward, the flexible perception of Think Tanks affords them the ability to compare past experiences to best determine their course of action along the unchartered territory of the present into a future they are obligated to create for all other beings.
Community Building (the original essence of Democracy) is a Think Tank's primary target. The rest are secondary objectives required to be accomplished along the way.
Reinstating the true spirit of Democracy , "Of the People, By the People, For the People" is no easy task, but Community Building ventures in the form of Charities, NGO's and Crowd Funding projects not only get more members of society involved in their own communities but help build Trust between the disparate levels of society.
Democracy allows for the sharing of ideas, collaborations, innovations in all fields of industry, but most importantly: the 'pipe-dreams' of dystopian futures are dissolved and put down to being important lessons learnt.
A 'Think Tank' can then say: "Looking back, if we had not experimented with the "Venus" & "Eden" projects, we would not be in a position to use that technology and apply it to solutions we are working on today".
Community Building is the only method available at this stage which we we can all get involved with in reinstating "Democracy" as it should be.
In closing I would like to you leave with a quote from another Think Tank:
To invent you need a good imagination and a pile of junk