Dear Promote Your Books Member,
Let me know what you think of the whole idea behind my book Allsville Emerging. The book proposes improving the world by making model communities which practice interdependence, develop each and every person's "gifts," and adopts various "spiritual principles" by which all citizens (religious or not) can use to improve the quality of their individual and collective lives.
Think globally. But act locally: by first imagining "Allsville." Then use the book as a blueprint. Then make an actual "Allsville," like the one described in the book. Then see what works and what doesn't. Finally, use the original model community as a benchmark for making others in kind. Eventually these specially-designed communities would dot the landscape of the whole world (propogated by means of the global market). At some point the "shape" of society and culture could be changed altogether by these "examples" of how to do "us" better.
Read the book blurb here to get a general idea about the "Allsville" approach to social transformation:www.allsvilleemerging.com .
Here are some of the defining characteristics of the proposed model community of Allsville when looking at as social transformation strategy:
The "Allsville Approach" to Positive Social Transformation
(as described in Allsville Emerging)
• using model communities as socio-political experiments, from which we gradually learn
to do government, or "us," better
• enacting a democratic and deliberative process to collectively engineer a healthy culture
• maintaining a priority of developing human virtues in general
• forming and using systems which maximize the development and utilization of
human gifts (each person's unique aptitudes and dispositions) in particular
• consenting upon, and practicing, spiritual principles in common with all faith traditions
and secular expressions of spirituality
• creating and using an integrated system (utilizing pooled resources and organized into an
"indigenous corporation") for developing an optimal lifestyle service
• placing our lifestyle service (as provided in our intentional communities) on the global market
Is this a potentially effective means to make the world a better place? Or a misguided idea that is bound to go bad?
Let me know what you think.
Darrell Moneyhon, author of Allsville Emerging: Creating and Experiencing a New Culture Together