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“We have become, by the power of a glorious evolutionary accident called intelligence, the stewards of life’s continuity on earth. We did not ask for this role, but we cannot abjure it. We may not be suited to it, but here we are.”

~Stephen Jay Gould, The Flamingo’s Smile: Reflections in Natural History

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ”
~Franklin D. Roosevelt


WORLDOPT INSTITUTE:  PURPOSE STATEMENT

The WorldOpt Institute is founded to develop and improve the process of world optimization (including optimal human and environmental resource allocation) by working to support, enhance, and evolve a twenty-first-century-technology-enabled networking of individuals and organizations dedicated to environmental and/or social sustainability, in order to:

(a) develop agreement and consensus on education and values appropriate to environmental and social sustainability;

(b) develop predictive models for sustainability; and

(c) encourage the adoption and improvement of “best practices” and other actions to optimize our continued existence on our planet.

The Institute exists to gather convincing evidence that a comprehensive, science-based analysis of our worldwide problems is possible and would be productive, and to further the conversations and commitments necessary to chart and promote a global optimization process. Individuals and groups working on sustainability issues should be supremely interested in such analyses and action plans, to comprehensively bolster and most effectively deploy the resources being applied to the world’s current problems. To that end, our website

www.WorldOpt.org

is intended to be an important forum to discuss the means and methods to optimize world conditions, and to effectively organize and take action, such that civilization has more assurance of being sustainable.

Suggestions as to how best to organize, and to promote maximum participation and innovation, are welcome. And, of course, there is a lot of work ahead!

Albert Einstein is quoted, after the atomic bomb exploded, as saying “The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking”. Additional creative thinking by many others has added hugely to the foundational “general relativity concepts” that Einstein conceptualized. Let’s make a concerted, organized effort to similarly develop his suggestion to change the models we use in our thinking, leading to a renaissance of consciousness!

Albert Einstein is quoted, after the atomic bomb exploded, as saying “The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking”. Additional creative thinking by many others has added hugely to the foundational “general relativity concepts” that Einstein conceptualized. Let’s make a concerted, organized effort to similarly develop his suggestion to change the models we use in our thinking!

The operating system of a fairly basic computer from the 1990’s is far more effective than the operating systems we use in our governments, including the U.N, because those are pre-computer age. Little intelligence seems to be applied at all…imagine what could happen if we updated!

Einstein further said, “The solution to this problem is in the heart of mankind.” [We suggest that, if we expand our mental models (ways of thinking), we will have created a better operating system for our thinking. This expansion process should provide us with the thinking software to convince us that we have a choice about using it with heart.] Acting with heart very much coincides with analytical “best practices” models to seriously save ourselves and the planet by attending to all the details. Heart directs us away from the abusive, the warlike, the careless pollution behavior, exactly as does the analytic WorldOpt “optimization” concept. Such correspondence gives hope that this is the most correct direction to explore.

WorldOpt wants to present and discuss a seed of new thinking, a seed of the mental models approach. To succeed, it must sprout and flourish on its own, and become a leaderless thought revolution. We can encourage it to sprout in ourselves and our community groups and then we can become Johnny Appleseeds.

We have had almost countless “wars”, on poverty, on drugs, against guns, etc., as well as over 14,000 named and historically detailed physical wars in the last few millennia (leave alone a great many lesser, but violent skirmishes), and few have really proven successful. So force doesn’t usually work; the most hopeful thing we can conceive seems to be a thought revolution, a renaissance of consciousness. With the proven general failure of wars and oppression (the negative aspects of our human nature), moving towards the positive expressions of our human nature seems to be the thing that can really work.

If we don’t launch a values-oriented societal operating system, developing cooperatively and spreading virally, then it is clear that Artificial Intelligence will give potentially calamitous power to people and organizations who don’t have sustainability in mind, and who are effective at overbearing control using even the means of murder and widespread warfare, with uncaring pollution an unavoidable side effect.

We appear to be at a tipping point right now such that if we tip towards further crudity, bigotry, and top-down authoritative behavior with its dominating abusive energy (negative expressions of human nature), we will be in a much bigger mess; whereas if we tip towards an intelligent optimizing operating system with heart (positive expressions of human nature), we can clean it up. After all, this is our Garden of Eden.


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