The premise upon which this outline is based is that our planet is being poorly managed to the detriment of all living beings, a situation which must be faced head on if humanity hopes to continue to exist into the long term. Whilst this may at face value seem an extreme position, there is in fact a body of considered evidence in a number of fields to back up the statement. The working title suggests that, using the analogy of the earth as a life sustaining “space ship”, there appears to be no-one actively, consciously, or responsibly on the flight deck. What it seems we need is a process by which the guidance systems for continuance of higher intelligent life can be activated, and populated. See also this document for an insight as to how on-ramps for this process may be initiated.

The ideas being explored during the ongoing development of this thesis outline are expounded upon here and from another perspective here. This document is a work in progress which promises to continue evolving with feedback and input from any and all interested parties. The author is currently undertaking a literature review of relevant titles, considered suggestions for additions to the reading list are welcome, and this outline will be expanded upon section by section in time.

Of course what is being suggested here is beyond the scope of a solo research effort …

Expressions of Interest

9 + 11 =

Planet Pilot – thesis proposal outline (work in progress)

Aim: develop future-casting advisory service responsible for creating viable alternative paradigm/s of interaction, and for providing informed support to qualified planetary decision makers

Resource map supporting this outline

Initial inquiries:

a) Who/where are the existing best qualified and most capable working in the following areas?

b) How can these be made visible to each other? 

 Context Development

1. Accountability structure

2. Information quality filter

3. Skills and aptitude based meritocracy

4. Responsibility matrix

5. Planetary guidance systems

Reading list in progress


Grinspoon, David. Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet’s Future (2016).

Khanna, Parag. Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016)

Higgins, Polly. Eradicating Ecocide (2010)

Morin, Edgar. Homeland Earth (1999)

Morin, Edgar. Seven Complex Lessons in Education for the Future (1999)

Aiken, Mary. The Cyber Effect (2016)

Turchin, Peter. Ultrasociety (2016)

Steele, Robert. Intelligence for Earth (2010)

Wahl, Daniel. and Orr, David.

Designing Regenerative Cultures (2016)

MITx U.Lab: U.Lab_SourceBook_v2 (2015)

Wahl, Daniel. Design for Human and Planetary Health (2006)

Goertzal, Ben Creating Internet Intelligence: Wild Computing, Distributed Digital Consciousness, and the Emerging Global Brain (IFSR International Series on Systems Science and Engineering) (2002)

Active Advisers

Robert David Steele Vivas –

Participant/advisory wish list

Nora Bateson –

Jennifer Gidley –

Nancy Roof –

Michel Bauwens –

Joe Brewer –

Jaron Lanier –

Jane McGonigal –

Dr Daniel Wahl –

Section 1 – Accountability


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  • Life Appropriate Technologies
    • Biological
    • Neurological
    • Electronic
    • Cognitive
    • Systemic
    • Exchange
  • Life preservation policy (all species) – LPP
    • Implementation strategy
    • Ethics
    • Ecology
    • Environment
    • Economy
    • Best Practice
  • Earth Dashboard
    • (Near) Real time update of planetary systems
      • atmospheric
      • geological
      • ecological
      • fresh water
      • agriculture
      • energy
      • communication
      • distribution
      • populations
        • species balance
        • health
        • access to life support resources
        • access to energy and comms
    • Decision support, analysis and advisory body
    • Information access and distribution methodologies
  • Incentivisation of life-equity as prime directive – PD
    • Target groups
    • Sanctity of life
    • Ecocide prevention
    • Species and systems longevity
    • Guaranteed long term returns

Section 2 – Information Filtering

  • Veracity checking
    • Information as currency
    • Source and validation of information
    • Information flow, storage, access and retrieval structures
    • Language translation for accurate conveyance of meaning
  • Cross cultural translation
    • Ensure LPP and PD makes sense to every language group
    • Create analogies appropriate to prevailing cultures (corporate, academic, economic cognitive structures)
    • Create analogies appropriate to sub-cultural groups

Section 3 – Qualified Meritocracy

  • Long Game, game based training simulator
    • Open access game based interface for education and certification delivery systems
    • Levels of access with opportunities available at each level
    • Ensuring quality candidates for responsibility matrix
  • Alternate scenario generator and simulator
    • Virtual worlds with real world based resources and physics to run extrapolations of potential policy implementations
    • Verifiable information for decision support
    • Accessed and reported by high level trainees

Section 4 – Responsibility Matrix

  • Competence upgrade
    • Certified trainees fill positions based on aptitude and skills
    • Life experience and satisfaction index
    • Incentive to excellence
  • Leadership Upgrade
    • Best qualified to occupy positions of responsibility
    • Team portfolio models
    • LLP and PD guide policy development and implementation
    • Planetary guidance systems prototypes
    • Continuous long game feedback and improvement model

Section 5 – Planetary Guidance System

  • Long view and Long game
    • Necessity, risk, and value
    • Alignment in long view motives
    • Long game, playing forward
    • Generational responsiveness
    • Retrospective accountability and redress
  • Holistic resource distribution
    • Life support systems
    • Life-vital resources
    • Life-safe industry and resource extraction
  • Justification process
    • Proposals
    • Veracity testing
    • Viability testing
    • Public scrutiny
    • Task allocation
    • Outcome accountability