Book Project Global Villages /
Initial Questions







1. The Human Measure

We have seen that human well-being is very much based on the clarity and transparency of our living environment, on the fact that we are not an anonymous number, but shape our living environment ourselves in community with others.

What are critical boundaries for maintaining a vibrant culture of shared self-determination on the one hand, and for actually being able to exploit the potentials of global knowledge and skills on the other?

How do small and larger units connect in a way that consciously seeks to avoid structural dominance - but also makes reliable collaboration possible?

How can virtual and spatial-local communities enter into a synergistic relationship?

2. The New Relationship with Nature

Through a long history of struggle, subjugation, apparent control, and ever deepening insight into the nature that surrounds us, we have come to the conclusion that we must indeed grasp the nature of human beings as an ensemble not only of its social but also of its natural relationships. We are, taken seriously, the necessary organism that brings everything to extended life and not simply the crown of creation, but its ferment - according to the pattern of nurturing gardening. Who does not want to overcome nature by subjugation like Francis Bacon, but wants to shape a world according to the pattern of natural life processes with their integration as far as possible.

How can we imagine this life with and in nature, how the communication and integration, how the design of space?

How far are phytogenic and biogenic processes able to overcome the destructive - extractive industrial processes - and how far does the exchange of substances with nature go?

Will our animal and plant communication capabilities expand?

3. Space Transcending (Digital) Technology

Godsends from multimedia object sensing to decentralized automation. Enabling connectivity to all of humanity's intellectual, technical and cultural production from any location.

Ideally, how must knowledge and tools be organized to ensure such connectivity, and what pitfalls must be avoided?

4. The Ergosphere

The power of the sun, winds, tides can be captured and harnessed at any point on the planet without depleting storage and poisoning the world as fossil fuels do. They support decentralization and self-sufficiency.

What are renewables capable of and what are they not? How do we find smart ways of storage, conversion?

5. Cultural Differentiation

Authentic spaces that are divorced from each other and give space to different ways of living. (This is also where the peace issue has its place, also cultural evolution)

What are the basic types of cultural differentiation?

Is there any way at all to reconcile global cooperation and cultural self-determination?

Doesn't any idea of "planetary management" ultimately have to lead to a coercive situation and paternalism?

Conversely, how can cultures be prevented from reacting in a purely self-referential and aggressive manner?

How can the freedom of the individual coincide with the idea of a regional cultural community, what models are there here to give people chances of resonance and free choice in their development?

6. The Evolutionary Power of Miniaturization

Massive compactness by design has shown us how space can be multiplied. At some points, efficient solutions have also been found in cities, for example by networking and concentrating many functions under one roof. The new village centers will also learn from shopping malls, and creative multiple uses and densification of building fabric can be very invigorating.

7. The Power of the Cycle

We are becoming masters of metamorphosis. Cradle2Cradle and Regenerative Technology are widely replacing fossil and limited resources, lessening our dependence and expanding our local options.

What are the prospects for substitution processes (Green Chemistry and Materials Technology)?

At what levels does the integration of all necessary materials into cycles work, what is the metabolism of our habitats???

8. The Power of Social Networks and Cooperations

The taming of money logic and growth constraints, and the common provision of the general interest, allow us to eliminate pointless redundancies and waste, and to put the actual quality of life at the center of our activities. Instead of looking at the winners, we look at the weak, and in doing so, we encourage further cascades of mutual aid.

What models are there that show that such cascades can really exist?

9. The Power of Silence

We have long been on an inner journey to our 'divine' roots. We are not really separate from each other but have no access to the reality we feel. The inward orientation of Global Villages supports these meditative elements. Glass Bead Game. (HL: Deceleration. Slow Food. Deep Listening. Time to listen and enjoy life....) So also the wealth there to initiate this "post-materialist turn".

10. The Manifested Forms