Open Operations is issuing a Challenge to EVERY HIGH SCHOOL IN THE USA, heck, in the world, to develop and present simple system visualizations in two categories:
1) Visual model for how Personnel System Methods make an Adaptive Organization.
2) Visual models for how Credit, currency, criminology & policy Methods make a Scalable National Economy. (5 subsections)
For more details, see below.
Why this challenge, now? In many domain areas, we have endless criticism of things that are wrong, and and many illogical things to correct. Take CREDIT, CURRENCY, CRIMINOLOGY AND FISCAL/TAX POLICY in general. Despite growing numbers of critics, gridlock abounds, and OUR COUNTRY IS BECOMING A LESS RATHER THAN A MORE PERFECT UNION. Identifying what's wrong is no longer rate limiting. Our biggest problem is in coordinating coherent responses to what are still very distributed perceptions. Our group-awareness of context is lagging context change, and is never adequately close to being coherent.
Similarly, specific types of navigation tools proliferated AFTER more people realized that the world was round and circled the sun, not before. For personal/public health, the response was rapidly spreading demand for all the diagnostic-tracking tools we know today, from charting of diets/exercise/toxins/nutrition all the way up to shareable electronic health records & statistics from public databases.
Why? First, we're not teaching the prior need for coherent context awareness to students. Second, we don't provide enough ways for youth to PRACTICE the overriding return-on-coordination that scales up to trump any & all heroic but unscalable local practices. Why memorize data BEFORE knowing what it's for? Most data is irrelevant, most of the time. Data can be generated or retrieved upon demand. Adaptation primarily involves creating & capturing new methods for determining what tiny fraction of data matters, when it finally matters.
Since DATA IS MEANINGLESS WITHOUT CONTEXT, we must first build group context-awareness before trying to utilize all the data we've been producing like projectile vomit.
In our current context, we need simple models letting any Trudy, Nick or Harriet visualize how personnel (not just personal) methods make an organization, and how credit/currency/criminology policy methods make a national economy.
With an iterative approach to such frameworks, people can fit in more detailed visualizations of sub-systems like credit systems, currency systems, criminology systems, and policy systems ... that are actually coherent visualizations of actual systems, rather than uncoordinated and unscalable ideologies.
If we can have Open Source Health tools & practices, then we can also have Open Source Policy tools & practices ... but only after achieving adequately shared public awareness of an economy as a coherent system. If we as land and sea-faring nomads can invent celestial navigation tools and practices, then we, as Context Nomads, can also invent tools for navigating any context whatsoever. To navigate, you first have to model which signs are most useful, and then monitor and leverage them appropriately.
Upon reflection, it seems necessary to divide scalable economics into 5, overall stages, especially for students being introduced to scalable systems theory.
a) credit operations b) monetary operations c) regulatory operations d) national policy operations [public ambitions] e) a->d combined (adjusted, actual or "dynamic" national policy).