. . . before people start thinking about a Plan B?
What happens when the house of cards that is the world’s financial system finally collapses in a tangled heap of broken promises, worthless institutions, and clueless leaders? Where is Plan B?
The objective of the Whole Earth Design Project is to produce Plan B. The strategy will be to authoritatively demonstrate that, with an abundance of natural and human resources combined with our scientific and technological expertise, there is enough for everyone, thereby undercutting scarcity as the justification for competition as the appropriate driver of social interactions.
Now that we have seen what widespread misery and chaos competition has produced, it’s time to begin thinking about the kind of world cooperation can produce. Collectively, we know enough about the physical, chemical, biological, and electromagnetic forces operating on this planet that we can easily provide universal access to all of life’s essentials, that an all-hands worldwide emergency effort could bring the planet’s entire population up to a humane and sustainable standard of living in a few short years, and that the maintenance of that standard would require as little as the equivalent of a day a week from each of us as our individual contribution to the smooth functioning of the newly designed economic system. Thereafter, for many, adjusting to a life of leisure and liberty could prove to be the bigger challenge.
Right now we are searching for volunteer information gatherers and researchers. We will be forming ten workgroups to study ten of life’s essentials: air, water, food, clothing, and shelter, as well as access to communication, information, transportation, health care, and energy. Anyone who can volunteer some time, resources, or special expertise is invited to get in touch. Go to firstname.lastname@example.org and send us your name, where you are, how you believe you can help, and which of the ten essentials is of greatest interest to you.
Meanwhile, it is your help in spreading the word about this unique effort that will enable us to find those persons who may be willing and able to speed the process along.