But often what everybody knows is wrong.

— Richard Fernandez

The Project

The Long Haul

Standing Witness to a Power Greater Than Ourselves

The Project pulls together over 25 years of work into a single unified perspective.

Outline Draft (April 18, 2019)

revised April 23, 2019


  1. Preparing the Soil: Objectifying One's Foundation
    1. Setting the Conditions (Establishing the Context)
    2. An Encounter with Thomas Muntzer
    3. Taking Responsibility
  2. Laying the Foundations: Setting up a Common Language
    1. The Schematic
      1. World Process (Emergent Probability)
      2. Knowing Reality (Transcendental Method & Functional Specialization)
      3. The Playing Field (The Invariant Structure of the Human Good)
      4. The Individual's Progress (Maturing)
    2. Becoming Human (A Theory of Human Development)
    3. Human History (Energy/Material--Institutional--Transcendental)
    4. Politics as 3rd Level Reflective Intelligence
  3. Building the Structure: Making Cosmopolis a Reality
    1. What Exactly is the Problem?
    2. Is there a Solution?
    3. A Mission Statement
    4. A "How To" Manual
      1. The Project
      2. Required Knowledge
      3. Team Players
      4. Leading
      5. Coaching
      6. Mentoring
    5. Becoming a "Cosmopolis" Professional
      1. Fundamental Institutional Change
      2. Taking a Stand
      3. Orientation
      4. Evaluation
      5. Diagnosis
      6. Prognosis
      7. Scope
      8. Constraints
    6. The Need for an Evaluative History
  4. Outfitting the Building
    1. Setting up a Research Library
    2. Monitoring Fundamental Institituonal Changes
    3. Cosmopolis Training Program
    4. A "Cosmopolis" Reading of Insight & Method
    5. Foundational Exercises
    6. Ongoing Intellectual, Moral, and Religious Conversion
  5. Open for Business
    1. Acquiring Resources
    2. Absorbing What is Known
    3. "Fake" News
    4. Pivot Point
    5. A "Novel" Solution
    6. Standing Witness


Russell C. Baker

We are using a simple metaphor in caring out such a task, that of building a building. So in turn we deal with:

  1. Preparing the ground. This section deals with objectifying one's foundational stance as a precursor to all that follows, for if the ground is shaky the structure will not last.
  2. Pouring the foundations. Before construction begins, engineers need a common language. In our case, the language is laid out in the Schematic. One of the primary uses of this language is to reveal potential blind spots in out thinking.
  3. Building the building. Any building must have a form and our work is no different. But our structure takes the form of a mission statement that not only identifies the work to be done but places this work within the broad institutional structure.
  4. Installing the furnishings. A shell is just a shell until the fixtures are put into place. Thus we bring in the tools and techniques as well as readily available resources with which to carry out the primary work.
  5. Opening the doors for business. This section sets out a variety of educational and research tools that connect the organization not only with other educational institutions but to the public at large.

Of course, it will be necessary to convey the history of this project (preface), an overview of the tasks involved (introduction), and a final statement on where we stand and where we need to go (epilogue). So bear with us.

Russell C. Baker

April 14, 2019

Montreal

An Emergent Cosmopolis