Social technologies are an integral part of solutions for a functional future.
Our culture places a lot of faith in technological fixes to many of our planetary problems, but the word “technology” is almost always used to refer to physical technology (e.g., solar panels, swales and berms, etc.). Social technology are the sets of technologies we can employ to knit together these physical technologies in communities necessary for their implementation and maintenance. They include how to achieve a common vision, a workable set of plans, the ability to communicate and cooperate and organize people, etc.
Here are some of the important social technologies for one planet thriving:
- Overview: Top 5 Lessons Learned Living in a Village: A Psychologist’s Perspective
- Who to Invite to the Village
- Communication: Skillful Disagreement Through the Use of Intimacy Strategies; Consensus or not
- Good communication requires decent emotion regulation. Mindfulness is one practice that can help.
- Common Vision: Holistic Goals (#5 of Top 5 Lessons)
- Legal & Organizational: Use non-binding (and then binding) arbitration to settle disputes rather than law suits; Fiefdoms (Salatin)/independent businesses (element partners)/ant village (Wheaton Labs); Limit obligations in time and scope; Hard to join, easy to leave
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