online: 20 may 2006
modified: 13, 19 may 2006

13 may 2006 global problem language

11:01 an almost secret valley where few people come...

...i stood for about 15 minutes at the highest point looking at a dense raincloud that is obscuring most of east London.... Canary Wharf is only just visible and even here on the hilltop there is a strange end-of-the-world light in which the pine trees look surreal... waiting for rain, even thunder, an electrical storm...

...and i don't remember how the storm led to what follows: 6 o'clock this morning i listened to the BBC's 'Farming Today this Week' (on Radio 4, 13 may 2006) in which i heard farmers, ecologists, journalists and politicians all speaking what i'd call the new language of global problems with fluency and apparent understanding of global reality and of each other...

...i doubt if they would or could have spoken in this language say thirty years ago.

samples of the vocabulary of the broadcast - from an audio archive at the BBC website

strategic future for farming
a stable dependable system
climate change
pre-production process
waste-to-energy process
food-and-farming as part of the health agenda
biomass - and how do you get it into power stations
carbon storage and methane
incentivize the farmers
regional supply chain
(to stop) shipping food across the continent to be cleaned, packed and shipped back again

as i listened i realised that speaking this language, or vocabulary, is part way to the expanded design method i have been calling xdm and creative democracy... part of the evidence that global problems are at last provoking a wider language and resolve that is indeed capable of solving them - but only all-at-once, as everyone, not one-by-one, as specialists... (even if in 'interdisciplinary groups')

...but, but, but... where is the imagination?... it was left behind when the people speaking these words began to forget (or never knew) the wider picture, the imagined reality, the intended purpose, which called each word into being in the first place...'s not enough to repeat existing words or even new ones - it is necessary to re-imagine the whole and to re-invent as one speaks as one acts... with each word becoming new in the context of the others... to speak of the unspoken new that is the ever-changing purpose and the life that is being lived in these words as in everything we think and do collectively...

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