Tell me about the project
1. What is a general overview of the Project?
The Aurvana Project produces the societal standard for the logical derivation and technical operation of a community-type societal system. This societal standard presents an alternative version of the present, in which the age-old inadequacies of war, poverty, hunger, debt and unnecessary human suffering are viewed as solvable at the societal systems level. Anything less will result in a continuation of the same catalog of problems inherent in modern civilization. Hence, the project presents a new and up-to-date societal system, as a standard, that is unlike anything that has ever been tried before — it describes a society capable of sustaining the mutual fulfillment of all individuals on the planet. The project presents a vision of society oriented toward ecological sustainability and the fulfillment of all human need — a society designed and operated through social cooperation. In this sense, the Auravana Project is a consortium, an agreement formed among a combination of organizations to openly develop, and cooperatively apply, an explicit information standard for society. The standard for this societal system is explicated and distributed via the Auravana Project. This is a proposed societal system that works for all individuals, and the Earth upon which all individuals depend. Through a [whole] systems approach the design facilitates an understanding and transitioning of complex and inter-related issues toward wide-scale social and environmental regard, and ultimately, global human flourishing.
The purposeful design of a community-type society offers every individual on the planet a set of highly enriched living opportunities based on that which is possible today (through the union of human fulfillment and scientific possibility), and directed toward a new era of flourishing and sustainability for all. Specifically, the vision involves the construction and operation of a global community network with localized integrated city systems, including a multitude of innovative and environmentally friendly technologies directly applied to the living system. With reason, it is expect that the implementation of this proposal will dramatically reduce suffering and violence on the planet, while facilitating the elevation of the well-being of the global population and maximization of everyone’s quality of life. Further, the systems design will support individual’s intellectual and emotional adaptation to life-oriented, and technically capable, society.
The technological empowerment that has made humanity, for the first time in history, capable of destroying the biosphere, has simultaneously enabled humanity to provide a quality of life to all people that is higher than anyone experiences today; and to do so in sustainable harmony with the biosphere. This technological power has given humanity both the need, and the ability, to rapidly evolve its collective values and how it navigates through life as a species. In part, The Auravana Project exists to facilitate and elucidate that evolution.
The project introduces a global redesign of the idea of “society” and “community” using many of the principles of what has become commonly known as a “natural law”/resource-based economy (RBE). Herein, all goods and services are available to all people without the need for any form of exchange, including money, credits, or barter. Instead of government coercion, there is contribution to a transparent service-team framework. For this to be achieved, fulfillment is cooperatively coordinated and all resources are declared the common heritage of all Earth’s inhabitants. Hence, one fundamental premise of this design is the perception of the Earth’s resources as the common heritage of all the world’s people. In order to create an abundance in access, the society is designed to include the tracking of world resources, the use of a shared collaboration and algorithmic operational system, and the accounting of human needs. The system emerges, at the material level, into a network of integrated city systems capable of supporting a global community population in sustainable alignment with the carrying capacity of its environment. In order to accomplish this, the project’s adaptive design combines an emphasis on individual self-integration with a systems-oriented approach, and an informed reliance on nature’s underlying principles.
Fundamentally, the Auravana Project [Consortium] exists to co-create the emergence of a community-type society through the openly shared design, construction, and operation of a socio-economically unified network of integrated city systems in which purposefully driven individuals are fulfilled in their development toward a higher potential state of human experience for themselves and all others.
We are designing and developing a highly automated, moneyless society oriented toward human fulfillment and ecological sustainability.
The Project’s published standard details the logical derivation and technical operation of this system, which may be called ‘community’.
Rather than assuming only iterative changes within the context of the social and economic systems that are themselves at the root of so many of our challenges, we have embarked on an analysis and redesign of human civilization, starting with the definition of what constitutes a fulfilled society. Instead of trying to patchwork and reform existing systems, we are resolving our many current and impending, self-induced challenges, through a design that renders those challenges obsolete. Through holistic development, conditioning elements that predispose a driving pattern of behavior are shifted toward regenerative, emergent, and global fulfillment of our true potential. Our specified designs for holistic community development address all the major areas that influence human behavior and ecological stability, tracing root issues back to driving structures, and from there to the environmental influences and response mechanisms that cause them. These “blueprints” (a metaphor for our design specifications) then propose new structures for those environmental influences that instead condition and predispose fulfillment-oriented values and life-enhancing systems.
We propose an alternative version of the present that calls for a straightforward redesign of our culture in which the age-old inadequacies of war, poverty, hunger, debt and unnecessary human suffering are viewed not only as avoidable, but as totally unacceptable. Anything less will result in a continuation of the same catalog of problems inherent in modern civilization. Hence, our proposal presents a new and up-to-date socio-economic system that is unlike anything that has ever been tried before — it describes a society capable of sustaining our mutual fulfillment on this planet that we all share. Hence, we envision a society oriented toward ecological sustainability and the fulfillment of all human need — a society designed and operated through social cooperation. This is a system that works for all of us and the Earth upon which we depend. Through a [whole] systems approach our design facilitates an understanding and transitioning of complex and interrelated crises toward wide-scale social and environmental regard.
In an effort to provide the greatest possible clarity and value the Auravana Project has formatted the design for the proposed society (i.e., its logical derivation and technical operation) into a series of specification standards. Each standard is both a component of the total design, as well as intended to be a basis for deep reflective consideration of one’s own community [or lack thereof]. Together, these “living” specifications represent a replicable, scalable, and comprehensively “useful” model for an intentional need-fulfillment community (composed of an integrated community-city network vs. city-State network) spanning the globe. Of note, these standards are “living” in that they are continually updated as new information becomes available. The community is not ever established; its design exists in an emergent state, for it evolves as we evolve, which is necessary for our survival and flourishing. In essence, the project’s primary deliverable is a new system to make the existing system obsolete — it is our intent to continuously evolve ourselves and the systems of which we are an integral part.
Cooperation and discovery are an inherent part of what it means to be human. The community environment, herein, has been designed to nurture and support the experience and evolution of this understanding. In community, individuals pursue life and learning at their own pace and according to their own interests, passions and preferences. The design for community provides a fulfilling way of looking at (i.e., a perspective of higher potential) the nature of life, learning, work, and human interaction: it represents the potential for a life lived through meaning and purpose. Herein, the designs seek to maintain an essential alignment with humankind’s evolving understandings of itself and the world of which humans are a regenerative part. Hence, the design proposes a a global society with a specific function – supporting the well-being of Earth’s ecology while improving the standard of living for all inhabitants.
The fulfillment of all sentient beings is an eternal way forward. And so, contributors have come together to share in our discoveries and evolve humanity’s understandings so that its creations align more greatly with the well-being and flourishing of all sentient life on this planet and in the universe. Here, the work contribution fulfillment brings joy in life. Sharing opens new possibilities for inspiration and creation. How we think and work together, and what we do, will ultimately make the difference. Notably, our direction is also in perfect accord with the spiritual aspects and ideals found in most religions throughout the world. What sets our efforts apart, however, is that we propose to translate these ideals into a working reality in the present.
This comprehensive standard for community suggests a potential (and evolving) solution to the issues universally plaguing humankind, and could possibly bring about the greatest revolution in living and learning in our modern time. Change on the scale that is required can only be realized when people see and experience a better way. Unless we imagine, though most importantly, explicitly describe (both conceptually and technically) the world we want, how are we going to create it?
The project’s overall vision for community is an urgent one considering the myriad of perceptible global-societal crises. Candidly speaking, humanity’s current modes of operation are unsustainable and its trajectory is (structurally speaking) often self-destructive. The problems humanity sees in the early 21st century are not isolated or solvable at the level of the problems themselves; they are the inevitable expressions of the underlying power structures and value systems that drive human behavior to externalize power and harm. When divided ideologically, and separated by borders and beliefs, it is not possible for humanity to apply relevant solutions to the foundations of society. Here, it is possible to recognize that reducing global threats requires the application of evidence rather than personal opinion. A standard must begin to identify and design in accord with that which all humans hold in common. Nothing less than a fundamental redesign of global power structures, co-arising with a fundamental paradigm shift in global values and worldview, is adequate to resolve humanity’s challenges, avert the otherwise impending catastrophes, and facilitate the emergence of a world commensurate to our true potential. Through societal standardization it is possible to create the next generation of regenerative and fulfilling human environments wherein individuals develop toward their highest potentials through pursuits in which they are inspired and engaged. Take note that this is not some hazy future system that can’t be imagined or understood; it is something that can be conceptually and technically defined.
The society’s design has been separated out at a high-level into four principal standards; each detailing a different primary aspect of its formation and operation, its structure and patterns of coordination. The proposal for community is composed of:
- A Social System Standard
- A Decision System Standard
- A Material System Standard
- A Lifestyle System Standard
// These 4 design standards form an adaptive and unified information model for the implementation and operation of a globally networked (socio-economically defined) community.
Together, the standards may be said to represent a unified field theory of community; they are a treatise of [every] fulfilled human society (given what is known). At a practical level, they specify the composition and operation of an adaptive ‘community’ network of socio-economically integrated city systems (and self-integrating individuals). In other words, the four specifications represent a description of that which is required to construct and operate community; and, they provide the reasoning and evidence for why community is so constructed. Here, it is important to note that as we discover new information, we integrate that information into an updated version of our community model. We then re-construct community through the application of the updated model. The evolving spiral-like nature of the system allows us to rapidly overcome insufficiencies in its intended design.
Clarification: We co-design an adaptive information model representative of community > we co-construct and co-operate the specified system > we discover new information > we integrate and update the information model (i.e., we evolve the design), which we then construct and operate, and the process continues. Hence, the specifications are the documentation we use to engineer community, and then re-engineer its designed operation as more information becomes available. Practically speaking, the community is many things operating together deliberately and forming an evolving whole.
Technical language: At the community level there is the open and cooperative formalization of organization and coordination; there is a recognition that resolutions create structural modifications to our environment, which are fed back into our experience of life, causing behavioural changes to us in turn. Hence, the structural coordination logic of community is informed in a shared, explicitly planned, and accountable manner. The structuring of our common environment toward our mutual fulfillment requires the coordination of our tasks and open access to our common information space. Hence, the specifications become a description, a set of reasoning accompanied by visualization and simulation, of how we access and participate in community, while its collaborative design and development structurally coordinates our society for the benefit of all inhabitants.
The standards and accompanying project plan form a feasible “plan of action” for social and economic (societal) change that works toward a harmonious and sustainable global society. As contributors to this direction we seek out new ways of thinking and living that emphasize and utilize the vast potential of an existent reality and of the human spirit. We have the tools at hand to design and build a present that is worthy of humanity’s potential. Globally, we have the knowledge to accomplish this, which ought to excite anyone who understands this direction. Together we are interested in, and working toward, formulating and formalizing a different kind of society.
Thank you for taking the time and effort to co-create community. Let us all discover and learn our way forward.
Postscript note 1 – There can be a substantial learning curve when it comes to acquiring a comprehensive understanding of what is actually being proposed by the Project. It is important to remember that this community proposal represents an entirely different linguistic worldview than most (if not all) other worldviews present in modern society. Fundamentally, the Community’s design describes an entirely divergent way of living and of understanding reality than the many worldviews and socio-economic structures expressed among the current population of the planet. This can present a significant motivating challenge for those interested in this direction. The design specifications are dense in content, and individuals who read them for the first time often feel like they are learning a new language and integrating a new worldview, which takes time and requires internal processing. A contributor, however, does not necessarily have to have a comprehensive understanding of the total system in order to facilitate the evolution of one of its subsystems.
Postscript note 2 – Two alternative ways of composing our purpose/vision statement:
– The Auravana Project [Consortium] exists to co-create a community network of socio-economically integrated city systems through the collaborative design, development, testing, and application of an open and emergent specification informed by purposefully driven individuals fulfilled in their development toward a higher potential dynamic of experience for themselves and all others.
– The Auravana Project [Consortium] exists to collaboratively design, develop, test, and apply an open and emergent specification for the creation of a community network of socio-economically integrated cities (also known as a “natural law”/resource-based economy), where purposefully driven individuals are fulfilled in their development toward their highest potential state of human experience for themselves and all others.
2. What is a technical overview of the project
Auravana is a standard setting organization (SSO, or Consortium) that proposes a unified standard for a type of society known as community. Auravana is an open source societal-level engineering project. The type of society being proposed and engineered into existence is one of cooperative access toward global human fulfillment. The Auravana Project is a contribution effort to develop a community-type society by means of a set of socio-technical standards for its conception and operation. Herein, community is a societal-level organization that orients individuals toward their highest potential of human need fulfillment.
The Auravana Project proposes a complete “community-type” societal model composed of four societal system standards, a project plan for the transition to and operation of the society, as well as an overview document for the whole society. The proposed society has the potential to be developed and operated based upon these system standards. The proposed society may be characterized as operational without a market (i.e., without trade and money) and without a State (i.e., without coercion and power-over-others). This societal system is directed toward global human fulfillment and ecological regeneration, and this is possible through the conception and operation of a unified societal model where the real world environment, including human needs, material resources, and what is possible, is accounted for at the individual and social levels, together. The east and west, the north and south, may come together due to intelligent design.
The Auravana Project coordinates and hosts the development of the societal standard for a type of society with several features unique to community:
- A societal system based upon cooperatively shared access to common resources, and thus, trade-less (and hence, moneyless).
- A societal system based upon a formalized socio-technical access design, and thus, coercionless. In a community-type society, there is no property and no trading of property (either for other property or for money). In a community-type society there is no State coercion.
The Auravana Project exists to develop, produce, distribute, and operate the open source societal specification standard for a global community-type society. Standard setting organizations are society’s means of sharing discoveries and integrating work for the purpose of developing, coordinating, revising, producing, and otherwise operating, socio-technical standards and specifications that are intended to address the needs of a group of affected adopters. And, in the case of this project, those affected are a global population humans.
The Auravana Project [Consortium] exists to design, develop, and operate the global information system, of a particular type of society known as, community. The project’s primary goal is to bring into existence the information system (a.k.a., “aura”) for a community-type society.
Auravana is the project organization that develops the current “aura” for a community-type society, and it covers (or references and seeks to account for) every aspect of said society, including its interface with other types of societies (e.g., the market-State). The “aura” for a community-type society is a working socio-technical product/deliverable sub-divided by the primary information sub-systems of any society into a set of standardized articles, including figures, tables, and simulations representative of, and usable by, society.
The “aura” for community is its societal specification standard (SSS). In this sense, AURA could be read as All Unified Research Associations at the systems level of humanity (i.e., at the global societal level). Why explicate the aura, why unify the aura, and why contribute to the aura? Because, within the aura exists humanity’s potential for survival and flourishing. The response a population has to societal development may advance and unify its understandings, or not. It is a population’s mutually unified and cohesive response to society, as a specified standard, that enables the fulfillment of all individuals’ potential (i.e., agency). Further, individuals with agency who compose the societal model may have applied an advanced and unified approach, or not.
What is a societal specification standard (SSS)?
A socio-technical society is engineered through standards, of which some specify reasoning, construction, and operation. A societal specification standard is a technical reference document that everyone can point to as a description and explanation of a societal system. A developer and/or operator should be able to read it and come to an understanding of the societal system itself. Standards exist to be used, and if not used, then archived. Hence, in the context of usability, standards represent the specification (with reasoning) for the selected operation of the next and/or current iteration of society.
The term, ‘societal specification standard’ (SSS) has several other names that it is commonly known by, including but not limited to: societal system specification standard (SSSS),societal design and operation standard (SDOS), societal design and operation specification (SDOS), societal design specification standard (SDSS), community specification standard (CSS – an SSS of the type ‘community’), community-type societal specification standard (CSSS – also an SSS of the type ‘community’).
The term ‘societal specification standard’ refers to an information/documentation set with the following properties:
- Societal – Applicable at the societal/global level.
- Specification – Specifies the design and selection of the system. Specifications ensure actions are traceable. A specification is single source document that gives constructors and operators guidance during development and construction activities.
- Standard – Standardizes technical knowledge and procedures for doing and delivering the system. Standards ensure desired results are achieved. A specification is a document that gives operators operation activities. A standard describes the best way of doing something, given what is (1) known and (2) has been integrated by those with competence.
At a high-level, a societal [project] standard is divided into:
- An Societal Overview of the society [Description Standard]
- A Project Plan for the society [Coordination Standard]
- The Social System of the society [Societal Standard]
- The Decision System of the society [Societal Standard]
- The Material System of the society [Societal Standard]
- The Lifestyle System of the society [Societal Standard]
Each of these standards consists of multiple articles. Each article is the deliverable of one or more project working groups.
The type of societal standard under development by the Auravana project is of the type ‘community’. Hence, it is sometimes called a community specification standard (CSS). More accurately, however, it is a societal specification standard of the type community.
The Auravana Societal Specification Standard
Given what is known, a societal specification standard can be sub-composed of 6 standards, of which, one (#1) is a societal Project Plan (PP), and another one of which (#2) is an overview of the system (SO). Hence, the Auravana Project’s Societal Specification Standard (SSS) is composed of:
- AURA/SSS-PP-### – Project Plan
- AURA/SSS-SO-###– System Overview
- AURA/SSS-SS-### – Social System
- AURA/SSS-DS-### – Decision System
- AURA/SSS-MS-### – Material System
- AURA/SSS-LS-### – Lifestyle System
Note: Community acts, in a socio-technical sense, as a unified information system (or, information field) that contains all knowable information about an object or entity. In this way, AURA is used to refer to a societal system, or its societal standard. In other words, AURA, as a designator, refers to the total standardized information set that makes up a given society, a society’s specification standard. Every society has an AURA, whether it is made explicit, or not. No matter what the language or resulting standard, the official term for the organization of a societal information/specification standard is, AURA.
The Auravana Project is hosted at www.auravana.org:
- The AURA for a community-type society is hosted on the Standards page of this website.
The Auravana Project’s website is an online hosted, web application to:
- Coordinate work on the societal standard.
- Distribute the societal standard as a working deliverable.
The Auravana societal specification standards details the whole information system for a globally cooperative, community-type society. It could be viewed as a proposal for the next iteration of society.
The effort to create a unified societal standard for community
The Auravana Project [Consortium] coordinates and hosts the development of the societal standard for a type of society with several features unique to community:
- A societal system based upon cooperatively shared access to common resources, and thus, trade-less (and hence, moneyless).
- A societal system based upon a formalized socio-technical design, and thus, coercionless.
The name for a global community-type society has several synonyms, including but not limited to: resource-based economy, natural law / resource based economy (NL/RBE); tradeless society, highly automated society, fulfillment oriented, open access society, open society, needs-based society, significantly composed of a network of circular city systems.
A societal specification standard details (i.e., is) the information system for an intentionally designed society. Every type of society is first and foremost an information system before it is anything else. In order to safely bring into existence the type of society we envision, the information system must be completed. Auravana is a source (core) project to develop and bring into existence the information system (of which the physicalized system is a sub-component) for a community-type society, which exists at a high level as a series of standards.
The Auravana Project [Consortium] is a global organization of professional working group members who are actively contributing and organized based on sub-standard articles. In other words, it consists of people who are contributing to the information system for community by working on its information standard. Within Project Auravana there is a full-time project coordination working group structure dedicated to the informational tasks of developing the societal standard. Projects, coordinators, and working groups have a scope that defines the boundaries by which decisions may be taken. Scopes are set by the working groups in the form of formalized standards, which inform of changes to information and spatial flows. Project Auravana’s responsibilities include the distribution of a community-type societal information system, developed through working groups.
In the working group, contributors work on the actual technical documents. The working group members work on each clause of a standard and make the document up to date and usable. To generate a new iteration of society, it is essential to know ‘how’ society currently operates. Given what is known, a socio-technical society of sufficient population size operates based upon standards set by organizations (of people and machines). There is a standardized process to the development and life-cycle of standards. Therein, scopes (that which boundaries projects at a coordinated information-level) can be broken down into subs-scopes and assigned to sub-coordinators. Each standards document is sub-composed of a set of articles that represents the discovery, understanding, and operation of society. Each article is a primary working group deliverable, with sub-working groups possibly present. In other words, the specification standards are a set of articles developed by working groups (et al.) that are used as formal standards for the specified understanding, construction, and operation of society by InterSystem Teams and the population at large.
Project Auravana operates through a collaborative design platform. Working group members use the platform to identify, develop, and apply standards that enhance human well-being.
The Auravana Project [Consortium] follows the value orientation of the societal system itself, and is thus, open source. Auravana exists to prepare for and create the development of a tradeless (moneyless) and Stateless (coercionless) society sometime in the next several decades.
To be of global applicability with the quality of safety (stability), a societal standard must maintain the following characteristics:
- Scalable – increasingly usable and applicable to larger population sizes without violence and incidental artifacts.
- Open/accessible – trade/money is not required to contribute or use.
- Duplicable – is sufficiently accessible that it can be duplicated by others easily.
The following work-phase structure describes the generalized process of standards development:
- In phase 1 of this project – Identify and review the body of existing human factors and standards, best practices, and guidelines for applicability (both published by the project and published by other organizations). Collect standards related information.
- In phase 2 – Apply a human user-centered design (UCD) approach to societal organization in order to determine how existing standards can be mapped to human (community) needs, technology and processes, and identify standards gaps. Identify gaps in standards related information.
- In phase 3 – Determine where the project may use existing standards and where it may need to augment existing societal standards and/or create new societal standards to address gaps and meet human (organizational) needs. If there are gaps in current standards, then the organization must address those gaps by creating new standards to fill its needs. Analyze gap in standards related information.
There is a relationship between humans and their environment. How systems are designed and used relative to that relationship is significant. Systems designed with the goal of enabling human flourishing and fulfilling human need are likely to ensure a safe environment that effectively meets global human requirements.
The world can be bettered by not only identifying malignant circumstances and reducing or eliminating them in the next iteration (i.e., undoing damaging circumstances), but also by designing for human well-being with ecological consideration. A societal science that measures and builds contribution, planning, and conscious choice (i.e., choice that accounts for spatial resources, human requirements, and an environment) will be more potent in potential than a society of habits, beliefs, and circumstances. Humans can be drawn to visualize the future, rather than just driven by the past. Socio-technical standards are prerequisites for the construction of current society and any future imagined societies.