So You’re Thinking of Becoming a VIG for the WHOLE EARTH DESIGN PROJECT . . .
The Whole Earth Design Project has sent out a call for Volunteer Information Gatherers to participate in this extraordinary research effort to lay the groundwork for the design of an ecologically an environmentally sustainable economic system capable of providing every individual on the planet with all of life’s essentials.
If you are interested in becoming a VIG, please let us know by way of the CONTACT form. Tell us which of the ten workgroups is of greatest interest to you. If you will click on the link to that group (Air, Water, Food, Clothing, Shelter, Information, Communication, Transportation, Health Care, and Energy) you will see a summary of the research already conducted by the WEDP in locating individuals and organizations with specialized knowledge, expertize, and experience in that field.
Next, we will ask you to begin a dialogue via the Internet with one of the individuals or organizations the WEDP has identified. You may begin, for example, with an email something like the following:
The Whole Earth Design Project is conducting a survey of expert opinion regarding the future of this planet.
Specifically, we are beginning our survey with a focus on ten of life’s essentials: air, water, food, clothing, and shelter, as well as access to communication, information, transportation, health care, and energy.
With respect to each of these ten essentials, we are seeking an expert-based consensus on a broad-stroke assessment of the current situation:
1. What percentage of the earth’s population now has access to each of the ten essentials?
2. What would be required to expand that access to the remainder of the population?
3. How many workers would be required to maintain that universal access in the future?
The objective of this first pair of survey questions is to establish the feasibility of providing every individual on the planet with all of life’s essentials. We are convinced that we possess an abundance of human and natural resources that, when combined with our collective understanding of how the physical, chemical, biological, and electromagnetic forces operate on this planet, make such an objective well within reach, and we hope to demonstrate that convincingly with an abundance of evidence.
We would greatly value input from your organization with regard to [water] and look forward to your response to the above three questions. Meanwhile, we invite you to visit our website at www.design.thecoalescence.net.
Here you will have an opportunity to exercise all your creative and journalistic talents to search out meaningful information that will contribute to the larger picture. You will be working closely with a group leader who will be in charge of reviewing the input from the entire workgroup to produce a consensus report for that essential, to be reported to the public along with similar reports from the other nine workgroups as the basis for the declaration that, given our technological expertise and scientific development in conjunction with an abundance of human and natural resources, there is enough for everyone, thereby undercutting scarcity as the justification for competition as the dominant social ethos and laying the foundation for designing an economic system based on cooperation.
We are hoping to attract volunteers to participate in this program. If you know of someone who may find this of interest, please let them know. And, of course, we hope you will join us. Meanwhile, click on the globe in the upper-left corner of this page to take you to this project’s main page where you can learn more about this effort and the ideas behind it.