The Real Game

In the press conference organized by myself, Jamen Shively and ex Mexican President Vicente Fox in May 2013 which changed the course of history as regards the prohibition vs. legalization of drugs, around minute 6:30, President Fox talks about playing “the real game”:

He was referring to the “real game” of dismantling prohibition.  Herein, we explore the vastly bigger “real game” of saving life on Earth, and the action in the arena:  actual conversations on what matters the most right now.

Humanity has been progressively (regressively) retreating from the space of actual conversations, and engaging instead in a game of “notes under the door” which is how I think of social media generally, and to a lesser extent email, blog posts, even newspaper and magazine articles.

The Real Game is about humanity getting back into a space of authentic, open-hearted, open-minded actual conversations about what matters the most:  saving, healing and transforming life on Earth.

In this conversation, we explore The Real Game from different facets, dimensions and angles, including:

·      What will it take to get humanity back in the game?

·      How did we get so far out of the game, to begin with?

·      How do we make the game safe, compelling, enticing for people?

·      What are the objectives of the game?  What are the rules?

·      Stories about the game – real life stories from the front lines

Designing the Conversation

The main action of the The Real Game is conversation.  So how do we “do” conversation, in a way that is maximally productive, efficient, inclusive, and ultimately successful in terms of the goal (see Mission and Vision)?

Please see also “Designing the Network of Conversations”, which takes us from a single conversation, all the way up to the 50,000 foot view of an entire network of conversations.

Herein, we focus on designing the perfect conversation – the perfect “single conversation” – the perfect component within the larger system of a Network of Conversations.

Designing a Network of Conversations

If a single conversation is a way for us to collectively “make sense” of a given topic – whatever is being discussed in that single conversation – then a well-designed network of conversations is how we collectively make sense of a much bigger topic, or set of topics, such as for example “saving the Amazon”, or “cooling the planet”.

And beyond a single “network of conversations”, there is a vastly larger construct we are working on, which is a “network of networks” of conversations – see UN247 for more on this.  The big big BIG idea is that a proper UN247 is perhaps the single most effective way for humanity to collectively make sense of the entire set of our problems, opportunities, solutions and transformations which await our collective sense-making, and ultimately our collective management of ourselves and how we walk the Earth – whether as rapists of our Mother Earth, or her caretakers.

Herein, we focus on designing a single Network of Conversations, and in particular, we will use the guinea pig of  What is our aspiration for TheConversation, as a single network of conversations?  At any given moment, the above calendar shows a bird’s-eye view of this particular network.  What is the story that that view tells?  What is the big picture we are striving to address in TheConversation?  What is missing from the calendar?  Part of this discussion includes an exploration of a 24×7 network of conversations, which is what TheConversation strives to become, among many other things.


This is an emergent “holy grail” culmination of the preceding three topics:  The Real Game, Designing the Conversation, and Designing a Network of Conversations.  The Real Game defines the game; Designing the Conversation defines the action in the arena; and Designing a Network of Conversations expands the arena to a whole network of conversations.

UN247 stands for “United Networks of 24×7 Conversations”.  Just as the United Nations constitutes a union (of sorts) of all of the participating nations in the world, UN247 constitutes a union (of sorts) of all of the networks of conversations in the world, which are 24×7, and which meet other criteria which we will explore herein.

These criteria center around two pillars:

One pillar is the overarching goal (please see Mission and Vision) of saving, healing and transforming life on Earth.

The other pillar is the idea that humanity, by coming together in a network of networks of conversations (such as UN247), can and must a) engage in “collective sense-making” of the whole of this mess we currently find ourselves in on planet Earth, as well as the entire set of solutions we will ultimately need to develop and implement in order to save, heal and transform life on Earth.

Mission and Vision

As a species, who are we?  Why are we here?  What is the mission?

What is our collective vision of the world we want?  We explore all of these questions in this conversation, as a guiding light for TheConversation specifically, and UN247 generally.

Grand Strategy, and Grand Plan

One of the big goals is that out of TheConversation and UN247, emerge a collective synthesis of a Grand Strategy and a Grand Plan to save, heal and transform life on Earth.

If you think it is impossible that humanity will ultimately reach a collective consensus on a grand strategy or grand plan, then you are right, and you are wrong.  To learn why, please join this conversation

Dimensions, Realms, etc.

Herein, we explore, analyze and tabulate all of the dimensions and realms relevant to both the bigger picture of saving, healing and transforming life on Earth, as well as specific problems, opportunities, and solutions.  Why is this important?  Because all too often, we pursue a single objective relative to a specific metric or set of dimensions, and we (often unintentionally) remain ignorant of other relevant dimensions and impacts.  Herein, we propose a systematic “inventorying” of all the relevant dimensions, to the overall big picture of saving, healing and transforming life on Earth.  For example, here is a “starter set”, which beckons to be expanded:

·      Politics and Political Transformation

·      Economics and Economic Transformation

·      Our Story, and writing a new story for humanity

·      Togetherness / CSI (collective superintelligence)

·      Global Movements, Trim Tabs, etc.

·      Heart and Spirit

Specific Solutions, Goals, Projects and Strategies

All too often, we humans dive into specifics, without creating a healthy and holistic framework, such as the preceding sections address.  In parallel with the development of such a framework, we are hard at work on specific solutions, with corresponding specific goals and milestones, projects and strategies.  Among the most important and urgent of these which we discuss ongoingly within TheConversation, are:

·      Food Healers – feeding everyone on Earth, ongoingly, as a basic human right.

·      Cooling our Planet:  we are overheating exponentially, and all options for halting and reversing this cooling must be explored, and ultimately rationalized into a set of the most urgent solutions.

·      Decommissioning Nuclear – all forms of nuclear (bombs, power plants, etc.).

·      Togetherness and CSI:  To varying degrees, each of us possesses a knowing that life on Earth can be “night and day different” from the dystopian mess we are living in at the present time, and that humanity getting herself together is the key.  TheConversation is being designed to bring us together.  CSI stands for collective superintelligence – one of the crucial outcomes of humanity finally coming together in constructive, harmonious ways, as outlined in the sections above, and explored in depth in TheConversation.

The Conversation

Herein, we explore the conscious evolution of TheConversation, from the following perspectives:

·      TheConversation as a model 24×7 network of conversations.  As we explore in UN247, we envision a vast, interconnected network of 24×7 conversations.  We have to start somewhere; we are starting here in TheConversation.  One of our goals herein is to create an example for the world to see, and to the extent it wishes, to emulate, copy, modify, learn from (successes and failures), etc.

·      Within the emergent UN247, what is/are the niche(s) of TheConversation, beyond the preceding bullet?  What is our role within the larger “network of networks” of conversations?

·      Where are we at, right now, and where are we going?  What is missing?  What actions can we take today, this week, this month . . . to forward TheConversation?

The Tyranny of Thought

Like a cancer cell . . . that consumes the other cells . . . by performing some kind of violence against their free will to think . . . whether through condescension, shaming, . . .

The tyranny of like vs. dislike . . . from social media  . ..  that was training ground for obedience to the tyrant . . .

“we are safe in our collective belief system” . . . Oppenheimer disparaged David Boehm’s career . . . when the tribe says “you’re out” . . .

tribalism .  .. “false acceptance” of the individual . . . conditional acceptance  . .. Trump and his brown-shirts.

Going Multicellular

Each cell maintains its own nucleus.

Yes, there is a lot more “coordination cost”, at least initially, than in the Tyranny of Thought model.

Yes, there is a lot more “coordination cost”, at least initially, than in the Tyranny of Thought model.