Franz Nahrada /
Global Villages Book







  • Outline for the "Global Villages" book by Franz Nahrada
  • German version due in spring 2023 at ProMedia? publishing house in Vienna
  • Maybe write adapted versions for English and Russian speaking word?
Title: to be determined (Maybe just „Global Villages“ with subtitle Size: about 300 pages book print


"The globalisation of media, if pushed to its very extremities, will lead to an unprecedented renaissance of the local" (Marshall McLuhan according to Corinne McLuhan in a personal letter)

This book takes a double stand:

  • on the one hand, against the still ongoing politics of economic globalisation, whose increasing vulnerability and exorbitant costs are becoming more and more apparent;
  • on the other hand, against a variant of deglobalisation policies that seek to cut all global connections indiscriminately and advocate a backward-looking autarky.
Rather than that, the book develops a world model in which local autonomy and cycles are enabled and strengthened through global networking.

The very existence and possibility of „Global Villages“ is their access to electronic networking.

Global knowledge cooperation and – to some extent - targeted transfers of resources should build up a new integration of human settlement and way of life with the respective potentials of the cultured landscapes around them, according to their respective character.

Such approaches to „in situ urbanisation“ worldwide are the answer to the obsolete world of megacities. The term "Global Villages" is chosen for the abstract model of this way of settling and living, even though the book covers all aspects of „cosmo-local“ development and brings together seemingly unrelated perspectives.

So here is the initial plan

Introduction: A short history of development with many milestones (giving an account of the personal journey of the author )


1. the secret of successful revolutions - using Adam Smith's "Wealth of Nations" as an example. What would Adam Smith write today to achieve the next stage of our social development? Whom would he address?

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a) transition from feudalism into capitalism as managed history
b) global superpowers and their impact today vs. the rising potential of circular economies
c) which powers can be braught to a helpful reaction to the crisis

2. the end of the industrial system: the rise and fall of growth-oriented economics. Why state based socialism never was and could never be an alternative to capitalism.

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3. regenerative automation as the antithesis of industrialisation and the basis of unleashed abundance that outstrips the wealth of value and commodity based societies.

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a) new technologies supportimg circular ecomies, synergetic effects

4. post - anthropocene or the Fourth Nature: a new understanding of nature as the basis of a re-approximation of man and the biosphere. Critique of "rewilding" ideologies. Examples of the new entanglement.

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a) nature as partner of society
b) reunite nature and culture (historic examples of indigenous and advanced civilisations that created balance)

5. the transformations of the urban. From the „vacuum cleaner and bunker city“ to the mother city. Of urban qualities in rural areas and the challenge of the UN and EU 2021 U-turn to in-situ urbanisation. Gestalt of entangled urban.

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a) example Arcosanti Video

6. A pattern language of global villages: how our future living space can be sensibly designed. According to the need for constant interplay of patterns.

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7. planetary cultural universals and the diversity of local cultural spaces; the new syntheses of nomadism and sedentarism.

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8. the digital gift of God: how we can transform and make sense of the legacy of the cybernetic revolution.

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9. what do we do with the „marsh blossoms“ of the Anthropocene - space travel, artificial intelligence, genetic engineering? What is useful, what is dangerous ?

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10. gaia in colours: a vision of the world in 100 years and how we got there step by step. A worldbuilding effort based on grounded assumptions

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11. the story of the DorfUni or: everything begins with training our imagination

12. centres of vitality or: how the progressive province comes to life

13. transition towns or: how we learn to say goodbye to the megamachine and learn collective self-determination,

14. open source, or: how we learn to share knowledge and construct the world together.

15. prosumer industries, or: how Adam Smith would convince some capitalists today to turn away from growth and thus divide the ruling class.

16. regenerative villages, or: how we discovered that our best technology has biomorphic qualities.

17. the transformation of universities or: how we left the ivory tower. (and even reinvented the monastery instead).