Vital Signs Monitors are the early
critical warning indicators for understanding and communicating
about the dynamics that work in complex social systems to generate
levels of destructive violence and conflict, or act to create
waves of peace and tranquility. We will be scanning for the Vital
Signs that announce the onset of either conflict or peace, and
reveal the contours of the deeper tectonic-like social plates
that are rumbling beneath the surface.
Our monitors will be unique in a number of ways, including offering
a synthesis of all available early warning-like indices from public
and private think tanks and other groups at all levels, as well
as our own our own systemically and strategically placed sensors.
We will incorporate state-of-the-art understanding of human nature
i.e. how cultures/countries form, experience stresses and strains,
go through layers of complexity as Life Conditions warrant, develop
boundaries, interact with other cultures/countries, and deal internally
with social, political, and technological dynamics that often
break out into different forms of conflict.
This vast array of data will be
meshed into holons to detect the underlying patterns and interrelationships
that reach across so many domains. The information will point
toward scaffoldings of solutions, forms of procedural conflict
conclusions, and will include a host of other technologies that
have the power to reduce levels of violence, while facilitating
natural human emergence through evolutionary steps and stages.
These Richter-like conflict barometers
and monitors will thus be able to make a profound difference in
how we construct our social and physical environments in the decades
to come. Global solutions will, of necessity, require global thinking.
We must learn to think across human domains, boundaries, landscapes,
and continents and deep down into the thought structures, ethnic
cores, and indigenous worldviews to produce a new generation of
global scholars, diplomats, and problem-solvers. Vital Signs Monitors
are a vital step in realizing such a dream.