Bcc: a few colleagues Friends, Below are two invitiations to submit material for publication, one from Science for Peace and another from New Dawn magazine. I was very pleased to receive these invitiations. The topics are timely; an opportunity to reach audiences is always welcome - and the requests dovetail with work I was already pursuing. Earlier I've mentioned "A Guidebook: How the World Works and How We Can Fix it". I've been working away on this guide and have a good deal of the first chapter completed, "How the World Works Today and How it Got That Way". I'm setting high goals for this project, and I think I've adapted some techniques that may make achievement of those goals feasible. On the one hand, I want the guide to be a quick read, so that the reader doesn't get bogged down in so much detail that the overall picture is lost. On the other hand, I want to include supporting material which gives more detailed treatments and examples of the various points. In order to do both at the same time, the guide will be a browser document and will use links in a particular way. The guide is divided into two columns, a 'links column' on the left, and a 'text column' on the right. The text column provides the 'fast read' overview, and the links column is packed with annotated links off to supporting material. When you hit one of these links, the referenced material comes up in a second browser window. Thus you can keep your place in the guide while following up a reference. Each chapter is divided up into sections of approximately 1,000 words, and the sections from Chapter 1 will provide Science for Peace with their first batch of commentaries. New Dawn is requesting an article on 'Vision for a New Society', which is the topic of Chapter 2. I'll write the chapter first and then modify it slightly for New Dawn. The synergy is good and I take these serendipitous invitations as being good omens for the project. I'm pleased to share these invitations (below) with you. David Jones' words I find particularly inspiring and I am pleased to join in both of these collaborative endeavors. all the best, rkm <advert> Sorry to bother you with this, but I'm currently looking for some software contracts to tide me over for a while... if you have any leads to folks who might need some web database applications done, they'd be appreciated. -rkm </advert> ============================================================================ Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2000 20:12:04 -0500 From: Paul Hamel <•••@••.•••> To: "Richard K. Moore" <•••@••.•••> Subject: Greetings and A Request Dear Richard, I am writing on behalf of Science for Peace. We have begun a weekly commentary series in which issues and perspectives typically undiscussed, distorted and/or otherwise "lost" in the media can be raised. These commentaries will be between 500 and 1,000 words and will address any number of important issues including but not limited to nuclear disarmament, global militarization, economic globalization, human rights, biotechnology, science and ethics, homelessness, democracy etc. These commentaries will typically provide a Canadian perspective on these local, national and international issues, although important perspectives from other countries or, for example, the First Nations in Canada, will also included. They will occasionally be "borrowed" from other media sources when an appropriate or urgent matter arises. This week was actually the first one we sent out. It was Noam Chomsky outlining and commenting on recent Palestinian events. I am hoping to have more like that which combines an academic tone with some excellent sarcasm, and/or emotional impact. I hoping to have the view primarily from those that have "taken the red pill", do not dither with apologies or excuses and who will expose the system and its guardians (sorry, I'm getting out of control there). I have read a great number of your excellent writings in the CyberJournal (I'm on your list server) in the past and have been impressed by both their academic quality and their insight into the distortions presented in these same issues by governments and main stream media alike. I would like to ask you, therefore, if you would be willing to write a commentary for the Science for Peace Weekly Newsletter. I appreciate that this would be an additional burden on your schedule. Please fell free to contact me if you have any questions or comments and I look forward to your reply. Thanks for your consideration in this matter and I hope that you will overlook this rather informal method for a more formal request. Sincerely yours, Paul. Paul A. Hamel, Ph. D. Associate Professor & Executive Secretary of Science for Peace Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto Toronto, Ontario, Canada (416) 978-8741/405-8645 check out: http://scienceforpeace.sa.utoronto.ca ============================================================================ Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2000 18:36:15 +1000 To: •••@••.••• From: (David Jones) •••@••.••• Subject: re: cj#1146,rn> Overcoming capitalism with new-society visions Hi Richard Trust all is well with you.... I've been going through all my mail and came across one of the more important and relevant messages: your discussion about building a new movement and creating the necessary *vision* to unite the peoples against capitalism and build the new society. I've felt this is the ONLY way we are going to achieve anything. There are endless critiques of capitalism but few actual visions of the new society. The greatest motivating factors for people are not 'negative' portrayals of the situation (although they are vital so that we all understand the problem and don't delude ourselves), but positive images of the future we are fighting toward. In fact, real success may lie in a strategy of formulating coherent -- but not overcomplex -- models of the new society. These models would be presented to people in different formats -- from the scientific to the utopic/paradisical. Any person with knowledge (or the intense desire to learn) on a particular area (ie. agriculture, democracy, economics .... down the scale to single subjects -- permaculture, conflict resolution, money systems) could develop models for the new society. The beauty of this system is that those designing viable models will need to expand their horizons and understand all other related (interlocking) subjects and models. This would greatly help to move toward (w)holistic models and away from overspecialisation and reductionism. There is also nothing to stop this new movement from putting the models into practice even while capitalism still rules the day -- thus creating the new society within the shell of the old. However, I believe this can only work when the individuals involved are truly committed to the vision because this is no place for fence sitters, armchair revolutionaries or cynics. We all know of capitalism's resilience and great ability to absorb its opposition. Richard, we'd be glad to accept an article from you on this subject. The deadline has passed for the Jan-Feb 2001 issue, so the Mar-Apr issue would be the place. The deadline for this issue falls around mid-Jan. Please let me know if you're interested.... 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