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Pocast No. 25 Posted 1/17/2011

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The “Who” of Terasem  1.3 – 1.3.6

SUB TITLE: Leadership in Terasem

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 25 on the Truths of Terasem.  Today, the focus is on leadership within Terasem.

(Linda)  Leadership?  Is that anything like what’s meant when the Pentagon orders troops into battle, or a big corporation figures out how it can squeeze the most out of each employee for shareholder benefit?

(Fred)  That’s not “leadership”, if anything, we might call it “laggership”.  The boss with a whip in his hand is not ‘out front’, paving the way and helping those who want to follow, to not be left behind.  He’s behind them, with a sharp stick.  And, the military commander who is ordering troops into battle, especially if it’s for political purposes as is so often the case, is simply a puppet master who will sacrifice pawns to save the knight or bishop, or the king or queen, speaking in terms of chess.

(Linda)  So, if that’s not “leadership”, what is?  What’s the positive side of the picture?

(Fred)  The leader, effectively, opens new doors and draws attention to them, helping those who can see them gain access, removing obstacles and acquiring more capability to do so each time what’s done “works”.  A good example is the foraging teamwork of bees.  The bee who finds a new area of flowers comes back and spreads the word, then leads the way back, and as a result is “paid off” in extra body energy with which to do even more of it.

Biology offers examples that can be illuminating.  Consider the tick that locks onto the back of a dog’s neck, drinking blood until it is so full it bulges, with the idea that it will then be able to lay more eggs that will then do exactly what the mother tick has done, if they can.  Then, picture the Noblemen of the old European kingdoms who used their inherited land and wealth to virtually enslave the neighboring farmers and villagers.  Not exactly like the creative, productive bee, were they?

(Linda)  There’s a wide spectrum of what people do with what they earn, and some do more good than others.  Ayn Rand glamourized capitalism as if to suggest that most who accumulated wealth really created more good than they kept, but reality tells us that is not the case at all; hard-sell salesmen are all too prevalent, and office politics in highly discriminative ways is too often the rule rather than the exception.

Terasem is organized to cultivate a spirit of positive visions and the pursuit of them.  Its introductory Truth here is:  “1.3 Leadership: The leader of Terasem is the sub-collective most progressed in achieving the Terasem Way of Life.”  Is there any way you can synopsize, in simple terms, the “Terasem Way of Life”?

(Fred)  First of all, note that it is a group, not an individual, being referred to as the “leader”.  The term “sub-collective” could mean, at this time, a small c-cube of 5 to 10 Terasem Joiners.  As Terasem grows, it could be so broad as to refer to a network of all the c-cubes in some region, assuming that this part of Terasem’s network had been highly attuned to Terasem’s principles and very creative and productive, in nourishing its growth.  This is more of a yardstick based on principle than a rigid formula.  Perhaps the point here is that such a group, whether large or small, could serve as a role model for others, and thus ‘lead the way’ toward even higher achievement.

The next Element of this Expansion is “1.3.1 Let the founders provide direction, for they are inspired from the future age of cyber-resurrection.”  That’s a little more far reaching an idea, isn’t it?  How would you interpret this one?

(Linda)  The founders have provided a fantastic ideological platform as well as a strong corporate group support network, upon which to build, and they are committed to increasing the strength of both of these.  So, as the building process moves forward, it makes sense to seek guidance from them, or “direction” if you will, in how to pursue this with the best balance and blend of diversity and unity.  This doesn’t rule out innovation at all, in fact we’ve found there’s tremendous encouragement of that.  It’s more like looking for insights from those who conceived the whole notion of Terasem from the first, and who may be able to see pitfalls those of us who are newer can’t spot, or opportunities we may have overlooked.

(Fred)  Sounds good to me.  I’m particularly glad to see the emphasis on “being inspired from the future age of cyber-resurrection”.  Terasem does envision that we will, no later than the end of this century and probably well before, transcend biology as the seat of our personalities and basic sense of identity, and emigrate into cyberspace as well as take along with us emulations of many who didn’t live that long via mindfiles.

Ideas like this are sprouting out everywhere.  The famous astronomer Fred Hoyle long ago speculated about electrical interactions in nebulae as a possible basis for sentience, and in a discussion of science in Star Trek Voyager at the end of its first season, it was mentioned that possibilities like this are being used more and more, as their plausibility mounts.  At the level where our consciousness as human beings is concerned, there seems to be no doubt that self-conscious cyber-personalities will soon be achievable, and that fairly elementary mindfile sets can nucleate identity.

(Linda) The next Truth after that one is “1.3.2 Evolve operational leadership from those individuals at the highest levels of the Terasem Way of Life.”  This sounds like diversifying responsibilities in a sensible fashion, more than anything else, something at the other end of the spectrum from micro-management or imposition of goals that aren’t practical but are demanded anyway, as is so often the case where those in management insist on an arbitrary deadlines or production quality levels that are unrealistic, based on whim alone.

(Fred)  The next one builds on that, with “1.3.3 Allow fresh beings to join the Leadership based on advancements in level granted at Quadrennial Convocations.”  This is both conservative and highly flexible.  Earlier, we described sub-collective as a group that might correspond to a c-cube, and we know that advancements of c-cubes to c-quads, and higher level advancements of this kind, only take place every four years.  That type of advancement in leadership level is confirmed in this Element, and strengthened by formalizing it in connection with the quadrennial events.

Flexibility is there, because the entities advanced are groups vs. simply individuals.  At the same time, the four year intervals are good because they prevent snap judgments.  As opposed to political voting practices which put people into office based on highly intense and brief campaign periods, and then seeing what they do over the next four years, Terasem waits up to four years to see if advancement is really justified, and then the advancement is lasting, barring a very high level of internal difficulty that might cause a shift downward based on a loss of confidence that has a high level of consent associated with it.

That’s a rather abstract way to put it, so temporarily, I’m going to jump over 1.3.4 which would normally come next and go straight to 1.3.5, which states, “Extract from Leadership anyone who lacks the confidence of even 16% of the Leadership.”  For example, at whatever level of group is concerned, if five out of six groups were to find the other one to be so out of tune with the 5/6 majority that obtaining unanimous consent on issues that required this were being blocked, then that 5/6 could get “unstuck” by a de-escalation process.

(Linda)  Yes, if the idea seems to be that we’re committed to unity on some issues to a very high level, perhaps to the level of requiring unanimous consent, like on Geoethical Nanotechnology matters, but one group almost always, blindly and without good cause, stands in the way, this would be a way to resolve such a deadlock, but not in a simple majority, shoot-from-the-hip way.

(Fred)  True, and even that is just one illustration of the extent to which this principle might be applied.  For example, if consent to a 5/6 or better level were required by mutual agreement on some issues, something less than unanimity, it would take 5 out of 6 to approve it.  One member could disagree, and action could go forward, but even a 2/3 majority would fail.  There are so many possible ways of seeing how a high-consent principle would be conservative in the interests of Geoethical Nanotechnology or in the building of an ethical set of principles on which a harmonious sense of community could rest, that we could devote multiple podcasts to just this one idea, but the purpose here was only to build upon the ideas of 1.3.3, where quadrennial convocations were the occasions for advancement.

(Linda)  Now we can go back and pick up 1.3.4, which reads, “Delegate sub-leadership responsibility for geoethical nanotechnology, universal emulation, and cyber-resurrection, and scientific, economic and legal questions.”  These areas are so critical to Terasem’s goals, as set in its earliest stages, that already subspecialties are being identified, but we may expect a continued expansion of this with time.  There’s a lot to be done.  Just a look at the Terasem Journals and the many serious articles that have been published there, online, is evidence of that.

(Fred)  The last Truth, this week, is “1.3.6 Respect the previous decisions of the Leadership, absent compelling reasons to change, for this compounds order.”  This integrates a number of the other preceding Truths, for the exclusion of “compelling reasons for change” is in congruence with the idea that a high level of consent would be required to change previous decisions as well as initiate new ones.  The evolution of Terasem’s Leadership may be slow, but it’s a foundation we are hoping will carry us to the stars, not just those of us who are involved today, but a great many others we expect to join us in the future.

(Linda)  Next week, we’ll explore Terasem’s view of “love”, the part it played in Terasem’s origin, and how integral it is with Terasem’s future.  This is one of the most penetrating Expansions in the Truths, and one of the most inspiring.

(Fred)  Right!  Terasem is a community where love is taken to mean the deepest levels of acceptance and respect, overriding diversity of all kinds, so long as the relationships are free of pain and cruelty.  Joining Terasem puts you right at the center of this, and terasemfaith.net is where the whole picture is available.

(Linda) If you think you might want to plan and prepare for “Waking up in cyberspace” at the head of the crowd, this can be pursued by way of CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com, no fees to participate.  Check out the new service called “BioFile”, at LifeNaut.com, where you can collect and store a copy of your DNA for almost nothing.

(Fred) Right!  And, there’s a new Android App from Terasem that’s being downloaded like crazy.  It’s at terasemcentral.org, and it’s free, more like a game than anything else, but with a serious underlying purpose.

(Linda)  A smart phone is all you need, and with a two dimensional display you can see how personality traits unique to you compare to others’.  A map lets you see how people in your area have the same kind of mindsets you do.  Tens of thousands of these have been downloaded, and it just keeps growing, every week.  And don’t forget, mindclones.blogspot.com tells you all about mindfiles.

(Fred)  Join us, and our quest for an endless future…

(Linda)  Come with us – into Tomorrow!

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Posted March 8, 2011 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

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