143 – Languages to learn

How many languages should be taught or learned? Every member should strive to be bi-lingual or better. To speak another language is to learn another culture, to speak properly is to understand the mindset of a people and the no doubt necessary time abroad to master all this will be a life changing experience. Also this helps in translating the studies, lessons and content of the community and would increase the ability of the community to spread to other countries without massive language barrier issues. The type and diversity of languages that be learned are immense. English, Chinese, Russian and Spanish are 4 of the most important. Especially a high level of English because, for the moment at least, it is incredibly widely spoken as the worlds second language in science, engineering and software development.

142 – Distribution of knowledge

How should knowledge be distributed among the members and the public? Obviously there are various elements to learning:

  1. Obtaining knowledge : facts and details.
  2. Obtaining practical skills : Experience, work.
  3. Creating theories, improving existing theories.

Members must share knowledge of keeping the community running a form of members only (publicly viewable) wiki to give advice, information, methods, memes learned or discovered that make chores, elected responsibilities more efficient, or common solutions.

The Spreading of scientific/reasoning knowledge is done through teaching, self study and dialogue.

There should always be a publicly available site that consolidates all the knowledge and discussions of the community.

This site should be easily searchable and allow statistical analysis of different systems of the community, trends and allow members to collaborate on work without duplicating research.

The world at large would also have access to this via a public wiki. Some research for companies would be kept hidden due to NDA’s or other restrictions.

However, the ultimate aim is to make as much data as possible free to the individual and free to the people of the world. Translated versions of the content should be progressively created and text books in all the core subject areas, recipes, personal development, science, lessons plans and source code should be placed under a creative commons licence (GPL).

141 – Ageism and membership

How will age affect the process of entering the community?

While in many entries there has been discussion of this there should be a clarity of what it means to ‘enter’ the community. In many communes, monastic groups around the world there are full-time members living in the community perpetually, there are transitionals (laypersons), novices, candidates and even, pilgrims etc. Depending on the type and beliefs of the group in question.
In fact the monastic orders of old were in a constant state of change due to changing ideas of what it meant to be a monk, philosopher or aesthetic.

It seems universal though that a lifetime membership should be just given out to people on a whim, a layperson can help at can be someone of any age giving up their limited leisure time if they believe in the community, or a student could be a transitional merely at the community to obtain experience and an education.

Someone deciding to move into the community on a permanent basis must be firstly old enough to by civil law to leave home or in foster situations, orphaned etc.

While it is not the intention of the community to become another foster system for the plight of abandoned children following the reasons for founding the community, every provision must be made in such circumstances, where possible, in final analysis no child should ever be abandoned.

Similarly someone who wishes to join at an advanced age and brings a huge wealth of experience, or a dedicated effort into the community exceptions can and should be made. Essentially ageism should not blind us to all prescriptive members.

All decisions (as stated in e108) should go through a group selection committee.

**Addendum: Members should go through a lengthy novice and training period to ensure that they will be happy within the community in the long run.

140 – Community Hierarchy

How will the hierarchy of the community be decided?

There shouldn’t be a huge hierarchy, any sufficiently complex hierarchy creates too many divisions between those elected and those not elected into positions of control. We are all different levels of our chosen disciplines.

An elected official only holds power only within the purview of his office, any major decisions can be challenged to a debate of peers or a board of review if there is sufficient cause.

Furthermore, people will be randomly assigned to communities and all people within the community have a minimum of 20% of the their hours doing menial chores.

If the community should grow beyond one location there should there be another elected group above the individual communities at a regional, national or international level?

On a large scale representation of each discipline also needs to remain as equal as possible to avoid a bias towards a particular field of study or science. This of course would depend on how many people exist and could take the time to partake in such committees.

139 – Growth and Membership

How would the community grow over time?

I would like to see the community only grow at a natural and stable pace that if correctly managed will have savings for hard times, provide for the members and prepare a fund for a future community .The rather elegant system of biology and mitosis would seem an appropriate growth methodology (if done at a reasonable rate). when the community reach a certain size it first of all will remain stable gaining enough resources and savings to create a secondary community and training its members up to a sufficient level so when the savings and abilities of the communities reach a predefined level a secondary property is renovated by all available members followed by around half of the original community leaving to populate it.

As per mitosis and cell division each community can start to specialize and work on a specific expertise, science etc. and be a place where members can go to gain mastery in a discipline, the public can go to be educated or where organizations go to get technical support and help on a particular subject. One should always be careful of over specializing, over specialization breeds in weakness, it’s slow death.