From Sustainable Development Goals to Means of Integral Development
Our core purpose, at TCA, is Re-GENE-rating Societies, and one key means to that end is to turn from University to Communiversity, as a further evolution of Integral Research and Development, that in itself is not sufficient. Therefore, we are proposing Sustainable Development to Means of Integral Development (MIDs) as such, a further evolution of Integral Enterprise and Economy. That would also tune in with a prospective undergrad program on Integral Human Development as well as a Masters in Transformation Studies.
As constituents of the above, to begin with, is :
– Finance to Sustainable Development (micro) and Sustainable Economy (macro) as a Catalyst forSustainable Development aligned with Laboratory – HR to Conscious Evolution (micro) and Soulidarity Economy (macro) as a Catalyst for Conscious Evolution aligned with Transformation Journey
– Operations to Knowledge Creation (micro) and Associative Economy (macro) as Catalyst for Knowledge Creation aligned with Research Academy
– Marketing to Community Building (micro) and Communitalism (macro) as Catalyst for Community Building
Introduction: SDGs to MIDs
Trans4m Communiversity Associates (TCA), structurally, through developing learning communities, transformation journeys, socio-economic laboratories, and an overarching research academy, is an inter-institutional catalyst for ecological, economic, technological, and cultural innovation in a specific society through collaboration with individuals and institutions in every continent. We complement the standardised SDGs by focusing processally, on a Means of integral development of particular communities, organisations, and societies, that is by focusing on Mother nature, a Moral narrative to follow, thereafter scientific Modelling accompanied ultimately by oikonomic Measures.
The Nature and Scope of the Communiversity
There is then a developing TCA movement of emergent Communiversities worldwide, most specifically in Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Jordan-Palestine, and now the US as well as prospectively in Ireland. These share certain common characteristics, recognizing that the employment of self and communities, in the 21st century, will be dominated by knowledge workers:
Our Communiversity has a fourfold structure of:
Grounding in Community; is defined by particular social and economic boundaries, most especially within rural areas.
Communiversities activate Communal Learning – through story-telling, community arts, shared projects, and discovering neighbourhoods
(including the history of the local built environment) afresh.
EmergingLocal Core Values and Spirituality (what we term the ‘Trans4mation Journey’)
Communiversities awaken individual and collective Consciousness – of common values, history, local culture, crafts, art, and spirituality, through a mutual journey (of Trans4mation) on Ph.D. and Masters programs in Integral Development.
Navigating through a Research Academy, using culturally appropriate Research Methodologies, Systems, and Processes, from local origination to local-global foundation to newly global emancipation, on a path of regeneration.
Communiversities emancipate Research – pursuing Communitalism and Community building, Soulidarity and conscious evolution, Civil Economy and knowledge creation, Sustainable Economy, and sustainable development, in a particular context.
Effectinga series of Co-Laboratories, with the purpose of generating enterprises, in business, arts, science, culture, and the social economy, that meet local needs.
Communiversities embody Development – creating co-laboratory spaces, where innovations diffuse culturally relevant knowledge and generate enterprise, mutual working, and communal employment.
Typically operating then as integral enterprises, such laboratories not only locally build human and more-then-human communities and evolve consciously out of their local-global cultures, but they co-create newly global knowledge, ultimately promoting global-local sustainable development
Through these processes, Communiversities are activating Communities, to awaken local people to share in a common venture of culturally appropriate research-to-innovation.
This is not, necessarily, the type of research that academic institutions thrive on – although some will be – but will involve more participative action research (PAR), and co-operative inquiry (CI), in which many more people can be involved, innovating for change, in locally relevant ways, that navigate a way towards new, sustainable enterprises.
In the final analysis, we aim to complement, through our inter-institutional Communiversity structure, process-wise, the standardised SDGs with our particularised MIDs.