How this Charter project came to be -- an overview of my education and experience and projects and influences
I was born in Berkeley California USA, and grew up in Monterey. I was a tennis player and musician and long-distance runner.
At the age of 18, I hitch-hiked across the USA and traveled to Europe on the Cunard ocean liner RMS Queen Elizabeth. The Cuban Missile Crisis occured during that week of travel, and I had a lovely shipboard romance under the full moon on the fantail with a beautiful German girl. I traveled in Europe for a year. Shortly I got back to the USA, President Kennedy was assassinated.
At the age of twenty, I went up into the Sierras and spent three months writing and studying in a remote little cabin near Downieville CA, with a big stack of philosophy books and poetry and a portable typewriter.
At the age of 21, I was in the Haight/Asbhbury and in Big Sur and in Cannery Row, hanging out with beatniks and artists and musicians.
At the age of 22, guided by a "vision of mandala" which was extremely popular at that time, I entered UC Santa Cruz as a junior, majoring in psychology. That vision was transformed into a psychological and mathematical theory at UCSC. Enrolled in the independent study program, which offered a high degree of freedom, I spent another three months alone writing in a little cabin, this time in the Mojave desert east of Palmdale.
The 12th century Spanish saint Ramon Lull -- honored in Barcelona and in many places -- pioneered a method for defining the elements of logic in mandala-like form (induction/deduction, synthesis/analysis) that was said to have influenced Leibnitz https://goo.gl/ESWjou
From this initial deeply intuitive vision, I became convinced by philosopher Edmund Husserl's admonition that "philosophy must become scientific", and I began concentrating my efforts on the attempt to translate inutitive models of psychology into strict science and engineering-based models. I concetrated on methods of "cybernetics" and "system theory" and the foundation of language. As I continued to grow in this area, I got into the computer-based theory of languages and the discrete mathematics of digital space. How do finite-state symbols represent reality?
From this beginning, I created an ambitious comprehensive model of logical and category structure that was built on hierarchical principles and evolved into "synthetic dimensionality". https://goo.gl/j4jpAg
I got involved in a universal mysticism-based church and religion, and discovered a body of spiritual practice which I still follow to this day, that I believe connects me to the classical and non-dogmatic universal teachings of all religions and spiritual paths.
In 1986, I built my first online "bulletin boardd" system, running on an Atari 520 ST computer with a dedicated second phone line into my apartment.
In 1988, I joined the pioneering WELL ("Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link") online community (Stewart Brand, Howard Rheingold, many other avant garde luminaries).
In 1993, I persuaded the computer science department at UC Santa Barbara to allow me to develop a "listserv" project on their university network system, and I created "BRIDGE-L", "The Bridge Across Consciousness", which ran for six years and distributed about 30,000 messages on the epistmology of religion and what religions have in common.
I learned how to build database-supported websites -- like this one -- that enable a very wide range of interactive possibilities. Why jump all over the interent to get features and functions when you can do many (most) of them in one place, all under very efficient and fast non-labor-intensive integration?
Inspired by my background in universal religion, and convinced the world needs the influence of an enlightened universal ethics, I worked for interfaith and interspiritual groups and built many intercultural web projects and systems, including projects for URI, CPWR, and NAIN.
I became involved in Conscious Evolution as taught by Barbara Marx Hubbard here in Santa Barbara, and when we built our community network of circles ("core groups") I learned about group resonance. That process went on here for 10 years.
I continued to work on new models of organizational and cognitive structure -- still intuitively consistent with mandala and deep intuition, but now based on ambitious models of dimensionality and algebraic semantics.
I built many web projects designed to support various approaches to intersector community, including the Interspirit Alliance -- http://interspirit.net
United Commnunities of Spirit / Lightweavers
Lightpages and the CEN
The Interspirit Alliance
The interspirit networking system of interconnected groups
The Purple Alliance
The Bridge Across Consciousness
The Global Resonance Network
Network of Circles
The Resonance Project (Renee Levi)
When I felt the very signficiant Great Transition (Shift / Globalization) cultural evolution project visualized by millions of people around the world was essentially stuck and not making much progress at its spritual and culturally transformative levels, I mostly dropped out, considering the deep mysteries of this process and wondering what a viable and workable form of activism might look like without sacrificing the beauty and complexity of the emerging vision and collective human potential.
Today, sensing the rising call for activism, and sensing a new oppprtunity and a new way forward, that had not been visible earlier -- feeling that we can enable an effective spirit-guided activism through "community weaving" and this broad Charter agenda -- I began building this project in early April 2018.