Our organisational structures are still evolving
Throughout our evolution, humans have experimented with many ways to work with others-who-share-the-present, and compete with them at the same time. Humans are not unique in this, most moving species have evolved attempts at communal organisation, from ant colonies to fish shoals, from wolf packs to the solitary Panda.
The question today, is whether we have harvested enough information from our experiments, and have developed a good enough set of tools to enable us to consider, and put in place, a more formalised approach to organising ourselves on a global scale.
We live on a planet of fixed size, in a vast cosmic sea that is constantly changing. Our planet will only support life as we know it for a few million years. The planet itself may cease to exist in a few billion years (These approximations are based on our current understanding).
We have emerged from the evolutionary soup of possible creatures to dominate our planet. This has happened haphazardly with no conscious plan on our part.
During this journey we have developed technologies that can threaten the entire species and alter the systems of our planet.
We have started to explore and colonise space, and we have just begun to manipulate our DNA so that the evolution of our species can be shortcut.
We are only here, in this species form, because of genetic competition. During our evolutionary development we have not only refined our DNA, but also the ways in which we work together as groups, and as individuals.
Our history is littered with the records of multiple attempts at organising ourselves, some more successful than others. These are still evolving as can be seen in our many ongoing conflicts.
We have organised ourselves using a multitude of mechanisms to separate Us from Them.
We have formed tribes, states, nations, alliances, trading blocks, empires ….. we have many words for groups of Us.
We have experimented with and refined many concepts and tools that help us co-ordinate our activities, such as language, ownership, ethics, law, religion, taxation, social services, currency, uniforms.
We wrap some tools into cultures that help us differentiate ourselves into organisational units, and these units compete for resources, status and control.
All wars are ultimately between cultures. Between Us and Them.
Our current best practice organisational unit is the nation state, which aims to co-ordinate the activities of its citizens to benefit themselves, sometimes at the expense of other nation states. We form national identity based on national cultures. However, with modern travel methods and communications, cultures are spilling across national boundaries. Cultural diasporas are becoming harder to reconcile to geographical boundaries.
We have also only recently developed our communications capabilities to the point where a thought can be rapidly communicated to, and understood by, all members of our species.
The time is right to apply some conscious control to our activities.
This paper proposes a system of organising ourselves to control destructive competition and promote constructive competition on a global scale.
Most of the policies that make up the proposed system are not new, but what is new is their combination into an overarching system