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2020 Summit Submission

29 May 08

1. The future of the Australian economy

The following is based on a model of the mind that sees human activities as systems. What is defined as a particular system depends on the current focus. Therefore the model is scalable, from the thought structures of an individual to groups to society at large. Since an activity is an expression derived from a certain capacity, it can be circumscribed as a property of a certain type. Under this view we can do away with words such as race, culture, religion and/or politics, and substitute them with demographic, functionality, and spiritual and/or secular ideology. The model already predicted the outcomes of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the riots in France and Sydney, the implosion of so many Pacific Island states, and much more besides.

An economy is the sum total of a nation's ability to organise, modify, create, and check for errors. These features are interdependent. Hence it is possible for the strength in one to compensate for weakness in another, regardless of whether that aspect led to an outcome judged positively or negatively.

A truly sustainable performance is one where the system and its subsystems are allowed to grow from within, rather than following a command from above. When limits are encountered they are recognised at the relevant level. Yet interdependence also means that the opportunity must be given for the members to perform. At any level of complexity the system needs a basic infrastructure that is accessible to everyone and not subject to day-by-day market forces. Private enterprise is for adding value. Actual use is a matter of a subsystem's inclination to do so (from governments to companies to individual citizens).

Due to their interdependent nature the systems and their subsystems set up feedback loops where the positive as well as negative results reach into higher and lower strata and disperse across to their neighbours. Information is of vital importance, and the information value of data decides the quality of the recipient's knowledge base.

Given the current state of technology and considering the layered nature of an economy, an interactive flow chart accessible on the internet and depicting the existing entities down to a feasible level would be an advantage. It should inform the user about the status of a government, a department, a bank, a business, or an NGO in terms of that entity's economic situatedness within the entire system. The flow of tax dollars, of profits and losses, of initiatives of any kind, would be apparent to the user. Because the installation is interactive, what-if scenarios can be played with.

A system's complexity is a function of its inherent characteristics. The system cannot reach beyond its respective capacities. And since the characteristics form the system, its members are representative of the overall result.

Due credit to all those whose submissions contained comparable views. The current text is derived from a perspective that is formal and independent of culture and politics.

 

2. The productivity agenda - education, skills, training, science and innovation

The following is based on a model of the mind that sees human activities as systems. What is defined as a particular system depends on the current focus. Therefore the model is scalable, from the thought structures of an individual to groups to society at large. Since an activity is an expression derived from a certain capacity, it can be circumscribed as a property of a certain type. Under this view we can do away with words such as race, culture, religion and/or politics, and substitute them with demographic, functionality, and spiritual and/or secular ideology. The model already predicted the outcomes of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the riots in France and Sydney, the implosion of so many Pacific Island states, and much more besides.

Education and training form the inherent capacity of a system's members and determine their situatedness within. The higher the complexity of a society, the greater the number of these opportunities as well as the challenges.

The current status of a system cannot be maintained if the opportunities for education do not hold pace with the demands. Indeed, in a competitive world the potential of a system to evolve needs a commensurate level of education that steps beyond the contemporary standard.

Skills are a function of instantiated standards. Some can be removed, others need attention, still others need developing. For example, in Australia the skills of a hangman have disappeared, while the manufacturing of clothes is on the way out, and the construction of geothermal power plants is evolving.

Care needs to be exercised when it comes to the middle ground. The question is: what is the ultimate cost to the nation when a skills base has disappeared against current economic factors (eg, cheap foreign imports)?

Science enables the current knowledge base to be enriched and leads to further opportunities. As examples from companies and other nations have shown, the more capital is reserved for cultivating such a potential, the greater the payoffs further down the line.

Innovation must be removed from the present immediacy of perceived usefulness. Fifty years ago gene research was the esoteric toy of selective institutes. Now it has become a global industry.

Since a potential is not limited to institutionalised frameworks, universities need to be accessible to anyone, whether they be students or accomplished creators. Lecturers of any rank need to be released from administrative pressures to allow them to engage with society at large in their respective fields.

While universities must remain autonomous in terms of knowledge and its perception from the outside, they should not be independent of the common checks and balances necessary for the maintenance of standards, from general administration to the evaluation of students.

Education provides a most important leverage - for good or for bad.

Due credit to all those whose submissions contained comparable views. The current text is derived from a perspective that is formal and independent of culture and politics.

 

3. Population, sustainability, climate change, water and the future of our cities

The following is based on a model of the mind that sees human activities as systems. What is defined as a particular system depends on the current focus. Therefore the model is scalable, from the thought structures of an individual to groups to society at large. Since an activity is an expression derived from a certain capacity, it can be circumscribed as a property of a certain type. Under this view we can do away with words such as race, culture, religion and/or politics, and substitute them with demographic, functionality, and spiritual and/or secular ideology. The model already predicted the outcomes of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the riots in France and Sydney, the implosion of so many Pacific Island states, and much more besides.

The population of a country impacts in two ways, through its sheer size and its inherent capacity. Multifaceted opportunities derive from the size, how issues are addressed depend on its capacity.

Processes are sustainable if the resultant complexity of the system needs resources that exist and not more. Part of that definition is the aspect of value-adding, a leveraged approach that enhances the effectiveness of a product despite the same set of limitations.

Since the processes and their ramifications relate to a specific system (at whatever scale), their environment needs to be evaluated in terms of the usefulness to that system.

For example, to someone from the tropics polar regions could be seen as their nemesis, and vice versa. Yet both can be livable as demographics on this planet demonstrate. As long as issues regarding the environment are addressed from a purely contemporary and culturally specific view, questions about population increase and urbanisation are not handled objectively.

The pragmatic assessment needs to take into account the degree to which bio-diversity matters against the sustainability of the population centres themselves. An interactive map accessible on the internet reflecting the energy credits and debits of our society's activities would aid the real-time perspective and what is and is not feasible.

Urban sprawl must go. Population density is an advantage when it comes to the efficiency of administration, infrastructure and commerce, but is also a matter of relative perception on behalf of its inhabitants. Urban centres can feature high density at their core, with a gradient to the minimal towards their periphery (but not sprawl). This applies to single centres as well as greater metropolitan areas comprising several centres.

Climate change, population increase, and resources shape up to be the most significant challenges in the history of this planet. Global peak oil is already part of our vocabulary. Underpinning all issues of governance, education, and social dynamics is a near future when oil has been largely removed from these equations.

Once it has arrived and we are not prepared, hardly anything else matters.

Due credit to all those whose submissions contained comparable views. The current text is derived from a perspective that is formal and independent of culture and politics.

 

5. A long-term national health strategy

The following is based on a model of the mind that sees human activities as systems. What is defined as a particular system depends on the current focus. Therefore the model is scalable, from the thought structures of an individual to groups to society at large. Since an activity is an expression derived from a certain capacity, it can be circumscribed as a property of a certain type. Under this view we can do away with words such as race, culture, religion and/or politics, and substitute them with demographic, functionality, and spiritual and/or secular ideology. The model already predicted the outcomes of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the riots in France and Sydney, the implosion of so many Pacific Island states, and much more besides.

The inherent capacity of a system's members defines its overall status. Hence the level of general health matters. Due to the interdependence of a society's subsystems various factors determine the result. Humans need to interact productively (viable communities), need the means to do so (adequate infrastructure), need to overcome trauma (a responsive health system), and need to appreciate the effects of life style (education in a profound sense). As with the economy, strength in one can overcome weakness in another, yet the average holds.

Negligence in these matters can be just as deleterious as idealism. Notwithstanding the above, we should work to live, not live to work. Since in the end a healthy society relies on the status of its individual members, ham-fisted governmental policies to enforce one or the other standard hardly produce the effect they had in mind. As history shows, often the exact opposite happens.

Education needs to be based on rational assertions, not naive generalisations. The admonition "every k over is a killer" for instance is childlike.

In line with the basic principles of good governance, apart from the provision of an underlying framework the ultimate responsibility rests with the individual. Whether slipping on a wet rock, hitting your head on a staircase, or tripping over a kink in the footpath, irresponsible acts of compensation send not only the wrong message to the individual, they generate unsustainable effects reaching into wider society.

As obesity demonstrates, continuously chasing the symptoms rather than addressing the cause leads to ever increasing costs in so many areas, from administering tuck shops to legislation to surgical procedures. Society will always represent a broad spectrum. There will always be people below the common standard. Recognising such limits is the mark of wisdom. To put it bluntly: what is more effective overall, having a small number of addicts on official and organised books, or feeding an underworld despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars on police with massive outflows of capital and the effective support of belligerent militias worldwide?

Due credit to all those whose submissions contained comparable views. The current text is derived from a perspective that is formal and independent of culture and politics.

 

6. Strengthening communities, supporting families and social inclusion

The following is based on a model of the mind that sees human activities as systems. What is defined as a particular system depends on the current focus. Therefore the model is scalable, from the thought structures of an individual to groups to society at large. Since an activity is an expression derived from a certain capacity, it can be circumscribed as a property of a certain type. Under this view we can do away with words such as race, culture, religion and/or politics, and substitute them with demographic, functionality, and spiritual and/or secular ideology. The model already predicted the outcomes of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the riots in France and Sydney, the implosion of so many Pacific Island states, and much more besides.

Society is an interdependent system and healthy communities make for a healthy society.

The concern about communal interaction and social inclusion is largely a matter for Anglo-Saxon demographics. Many immigrants tend to form clusters that support their members. The reasons for one as well as the other inform about a desirable scenario overall.

The concern expressed by the former stems from a lack of cultural cohesion, whereas the situatedness of the latter comes from an adherence to a way of life sometimes at odds with their host society. The solution is not deconstruction but cultivating an awareness of what it means to be Australian first and foremost. Shared values have proven to be powerful social attractors anywhere.

Next to the individual families are the fundamental building blocks of a society. They provide a social niche that protects, educates, and supports through intimacy. It does not matter how this is instantiated as long as these features hold. The respective historical, cultural, and religious source should provide, not be used as a tool for discrimination.

Dysfunctional families (of whatever type) not only fall short of their purpose in general, they also affect the children in a fundamentally negative way. The present system of foster care is an ad hoc approach that does not make for a cohesive substitute. A far better solution would be the creation of real families headed by officially sanctioned guardians capable of taking over and providing that long-term niche so important for society at large. They give stability to their children, are of high quality by definition, are more cost effective, and there is no social stigma. And, no less important, they would be an opportunity for some adults who cannot have children of their own.

Dysfunctionality relinquishes the right over its domain. This should be a general principle.

Due credit to all those whose submissions contained comparable views. The current text is derived from a perspective that is formal and independent of culture and politics.

 

7. Options for the future of Indigenous Australia

The following is based on a model of the mind that sees human activities as systems. What is defined as a particular system depends on the current focus. Therefore the model is scalable, from the thought structures of an individual to groups to society at large. Since an activity is an expression derived from a certain capacity, it can be circumscribed as a property of a certain type. Under this view we can do away with words such as race, culture, religion and/or politics, and substitute them with demographic, functionality, and spiritual and/or secular ideology. The model already predicted the outcomes of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the riots in France and Sydney, the implosion of so many Pacific Island states, and much more besides.

As the debate about indigenous people everywhere shows, a nomenclature that substitutes 'demographic' for 'race' is far more productive. In the world of today and the future what determines a person's situatedness is not skin colour or their cultural background, but how they perform within the context of their society. Using 'race' makes this topic indeed a "delicate" one.

When 'culture' means a specific mind set and no other, problems arise if its surrounds have reached a higher complexity. While a hunter-gatherer culture is preventing its members from creating even a written language, entire empires have come and gone and right now we enter the age of space travel.

The insistence of any mind set to remain true to itself poses a hindrance in a dynamic world. Whatever romanticists might say, China would not be where she is today had she aligned herself with Tibet rather than aligning Tibet with her standard.

Generally speaking, in Australia opportunities exist for anyone provided their inherent capacity allows them to participate. To what extent shortfalls are addressed by the overall system becomes a matter of balance. The question of whether members of indigenous demographics ramp up to the common standard or whether they choose to exist in virtual anthropological zoos remains first and foremost for them to decide.

In the past under-performing demographics were swallowed up by their betters. In today's world we have the luxury to create political buffer zones, but their existence relies on available resources. Observing the current trend lines around the globe this situation may not hold for much longer.

Although a more complex society needs more resources to maintain itself, it also affords more opportunities to its members. In this context and considering the emerging trend lines an indigenous mind set will not be a constructive partner in preparing ourselves for the challenges ahead.

Due credit to all those whose submissions contained comparable views. The current text is derived from a perspective that is formal and independent of culture and politics.

 

9. The future of Australian governance: open government (including the role of the media), the structure of government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens

The following is based on a model of the mind that sees human activities as systems. What is defined as a particular system depends on the current focus. Therefore the model is scalable, from the thought structures of an individual to groups to society at large. Since an activity is an expression derived from a certain capacity, it can be circumscribed as a property of a certain type. Under this view we can do away with words such as race, culture, religion and/or politics, and substitute them with demographic, functionality, and spiritual and/or secular ideology. The model already predicted the outcomes of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the riots in France and Sydney, the implosion of so many Pacific Island states, and much more besides.

Due to the model's scalability, as we can consider an individual mind comprising ideations, communications between them, and the emergence of affinitive clusters, so can we view wider society comprising individuals, lines of communication connecting them, and groups of whatever type. An individual's identity becomes a society's governance. The principle dynamics hold in both cases.

Just as in a single mind a taboo subject can lead to mental trauma, so does secretive government lead to precarious situations. In the functional sense this applies to any area, even national security. While the instantiated content may be guarded, the initiative itself must be open (eg, the identities behind phone taps may be classified information, but not the act of phone tapping as such).

An internet-based flow chart defining the connections between governmental departments and their connections into wider society would assist the user to identify their place within the overall system.

For a system hierarchical layers in terms of their scope of responsibility are important for the administration of processes at any scale. Duplication not only wastes resources, it also has the potential for introducing mutually incongruent processes. In the end Australia's governance should be designed with that in mind. Efficient governance should resemble a functional pyramid, from the federal, general core down to the local council level. The present system of states and territories is a remnant from history.

Just as the infra-structure provides the general means for communication in the material sense, so does the media represent the equivalent on the human level. Therefore its status is vital. Checks and balances work if their representatives are removed from the domain of what is being checked. The more critical the performance of a subsystem, the more important that distance becomes.

In a healthy system an unimpeded feedback loop ensures the hierarchical layers inform the members below, and the members define the system through their respective capacities. Just as a basic charter defines the fundamental rights of citizens, it should also define their fundamental responsibilities.

Due credit to all those whose submissions contained comparable views. The current text is derived from a perspective that is formal and independent of culture and politics.

 

10. Australia's future security and prosperity in a rapidly changing region and world

The following is based on a model of the mind that sees human activities as systems. What is defined as a particular system depends on the current focus. Therefore the model is scalable, from the thought structures of an individual to groups to society at large. Since an activity is an expression derived from a certain capacity, it can be circumscribed as a property of a certain type. Under this view we can do away with words such as race, culture, religion and/or politics, and substitute them with demographic, functionality, and spiritual and/or secular ideology. The model already predicted the outcomes of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the riots in France and Sydney, the implosion of so many Pacific Island states, and much more besides.

What can be said about the interrelationship between individuals and government can also be said about nations and their hierarchies, notwithstanding differences due to scale and content.

Since the complexity of a system defines the efficacy of its resources (human, material, energy), its neighbour defines the possible combination in terms of their contribution. The extent to which either can remain true to its standard matters.

A productive neighbour (in the functional, not geographical sense) enhances the standard, a dysfunctional one less so. When a demographic stands for a country, its economic performance defines the overall complexity and hence status. While focusing on one geographical region is attractive, it should not prevent the wider perspective. Some South American countries for example warrant as much attention as do nations in the Asian region, already acted upon by other economies.

Under that view regions wracked by political and religious sectarianism should be avoided. Systems do not interact with each other unless they have a chance to do so, whatever their respective standards. In relation to other nations Australia's security and economic prosperity is a function of her closeness to the former.

Although other factors come into play (currently oil for instance), an interference by a Western democracy in the affairs of medieval dictatorships is fraught with danger. Security needs resources, and the further afield it is exercised and the more disparate the environment, the more unreliable the result.

The world of today is defined by population density, the ease of communication, and the technological wherewithal to implement initiatives. Together they make for a heightened rate of change and dangerous potentials. There is no longer any room for escape, for isolated initiatives, or for unilateral expansionism of any kind without dire consequences.

Overarching the above is the question of climate change and food, water, and energy resources. The nations on this planet will respond to them in line with their respective character. For a country such as Australia the task is to identify its own status and that of the others in order to recognise the emerging possibilities.

Due credit to all those whose submissions contained comparable views. The current text is derived from a perspective that is formal and independent of culture and politics.


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