For the second time this week, I couldn’t sleep as my mind wrestled with better ways to explain the principles outlined in this blog.  I feel constricted by the two-dimensional nature of the monitor-as-stage and the narrative nature of spoken language that forces me to communicate in a single thread.

One option seemed to be to divide the principles into several websites, connected in various strategic fashions, allowing for spontaneous concept bridging as each visitor creates his or her own narrative thread while traveling from site to site.  Sites might divide the central thesis into:  psychology/personal, evolutionary biology, primatology/language, anthropology/social structure, consciousness/spirituality/teleology, cosmology/molecular biology, neuropsychology/autism, autism/matrifocal society, Internet/contemporary society and art/spirituality/society.  Overlap would be unavoidable and desirable.  By traveling from site to site in whatever way the visitor chooses, perhaps he or she might find that the tyranny of narration would be less intense.  Still, not everyone likes treasure hunts.  The whole thing might feel like a tease.  What other ways are there to communicate an evolutionary thesis characterized by many and subtle interconnections?

The Peace, Justice & Environment Project is facilitated by 15 activists working with over 1,000 organizations in 36 states so that those organizations can communicate and cooperate online to achieve social change goals.  The web application is complex, designed to mirror and encourage, pace and lead activists to use new technologies to encourage the transformation of our culture.  PJEP seeks to help organizers achieve the goals of their organizations as they seek an increase in equality, transparency and diversity.

Integrated into the programming is a particular kind of social networking that allows any participant to observe whom they have indirectly influenced to participate in a campaign.  For example, if a user of the application participates in an online petition campaign and that person brings five other users into that online petition, and of those five users three users bring in several new people, and on and on, then the original signer of the petition can observe in his or her social networking window a lineage chart outlining in detail the matrix of relationships encouraged by his or her original signing of the petition.  Each online campaign that he or she participates in will show a different lineage chart of relationships.

What we are seeking to do is to empower activists by displaying the influence or effect that they have upon their community by providing them high quality information on their interconnections with the world.  Creating these lineage charts so that they reflect the multidimensional nature of our experience is a challenge.  Showing a hierarchical chart on a monitor simulates a reproduction of interconnection, but, for me, it demands three dimensions to offer a feel for our position in a complex, subtle, overwhelming, beautiful matrix of relationships.

These daily blog entries are not really narrative presentations.  Most of the folks arrive here on a particular day via a search or through another site.  They bounce around creating their own narrative sequence.  Some return periodically.  Blog format is a vast improvement upon a book because it not only easily allows, but encourages, that the visitors decide upon their own sequence, their own narrative stream.  In a blog whose main theme is evolution and interconnection, book format would kill the message.  Still, as noted in the beginning of this entry, I’m feeling confined.  As in the programming we’ve developed for PJEP, the medium informs the message.  What are effective ways to get out a message that transcends the medium being used to communicate its core?

Art and metaphor are pretty much what I am left with.  I am a latecomer to that group of people seeking the perfect metaphor to communicate what is going on beyond the hill.  I am awed by talents like Tom Robbins that can find powerful and delightful ways to build bridges to places I’ve never been.  So, for now, I’ll continue to string words together, suggesting non-narrative experiences, occasionally transforming monitors into windows into a world.


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