BOREALIS - THE LIVING UNIVERSITY OF THE NORTH
TO WORLD MILLENNIUM
DECISION MAKING CHAIN 1
No. 1 - Executive Director
No. 8 - Project Coordinator
This is a position which requires the greatest versatility of background and experience. The project coordinator may have a basic formation in architecture or urban planning, but must have an orientation and interest in all the creative expressions in space, whether they are arts or techniques. Primarily this will be a role of mediator and reconciling agent between the various specialists, between these and the average person, and more generally between the fields of the intuitive thinking (poetry) and rational thinking (science). It is his task to take the whole field of human knowledge and human activity into account and bring these problems to a common denominator of the different fields. This orientation must be given to the entire project.
No. 9 - Urban Planner
The background required is a formation and experience in urban planning, giving knowledge of building arid zoning codes as well as regional and national planning. An interest and knowledge of other experimental towns and cities is necessary together with a desire to be experimental.
The main responsibilities shall be:
No. 10 - Architect
This position requires someone of architectural formation and experience, yet whose role in this project will be one of explorer and designer of the spatial expressions and needs of man. Ultimately he will not be solely responsible for the design of those spaces, but will act as an advisor of how to play with those elements so that they will fit individual specifications.
His areas of responsibility shall be:
No. 11 - Urban Environmentalist
This person could have a formation in urban planning yet his primary interest and orientation is the urban environment as a HUMAN environment. Thus he must be aware of problems of urban planning yet have a wider background, including both the social sciences and natural sciences.
His main responsibilities shall be:
No. 12 -- Structural Engineer
The structural engineer required for this type of project has to be by natural tendency an innovator and researcher in the field of structures and be able to adapt to the requirements of the planning choices, :inventing or adapting new ways of structural freedom. We require an engineer who, instead of equating new problems in terms of the old ones and thus reducing engineering to the computer, will formulate totally new equations to the old problems as well as the new ones.
His chief responsibilities are:
No. 15 - Sociologist
This position requires a person having a basic formation in sociology with experience working in a variety of urban situations. The principle orientation and philosophy shall be to no longer attempt: to adopt people to society, but rather to form a society which adapts to people's needs.
The primary responsibilities of this person shall be:
No. 16 - Psychologist
The background required is experience and studies in psychology with special interest in the city as it related to this field. As with the sociologist, the primary concern is not to change or adapt man to our current city patterns but to discover an urban environment which grows out of man's needs.
The Psychologist's principle responsibilities shall be:
No. 17 - Educreator
To the root word of education (ducere - to lead, draw, bring) we have added another (creatio - to grow, cause to grow). Education has been limited to leading our young along the lines we feel they should go. We would wish rather for it to be a bringing of ALL persons to the threshold of their own growing and creativity. Thus we seek a person whose philosophy is EDUCREATION.
This field requires an individual with formation and experience in education, giving her/him knowledge of historical developments and methods as well as present experiments and schools of thought, yet whose main orientation is openness to new forms and a desire to create a new kind of education system. His work is NOT to design more relevant courses or programs but to discover a way of giving optimum accessibility and flexibility to a system where persons of all ages would be- able to pursue those areas which interest them. This work will be done through discussion and interaction in research group C with the educreator giving form to ideas expressed and conclusions reached.
His chief responsibilities shall be:
No. 18 - Gestalt Ecologist
A formation in psychology and particularly gestalt theory is necessary for this position. Also necessary is a keen interest in and knowledge of the environment, both urban and natural. The primary importance of this position shall be in working as an intermediary between the fields of General Ecology and Urban Environment and studying the understanding and actuation on both of the social group.
The main responsibilities of the Gestalt Ecologist shall be:
No. 19 - Anthropologist
A formation and experience in cultural anthropology with primary interest in studies of the human habitat throughout history is necessary for this position.
The principle responsibilities shall be:
No. 20 - Creatics Cybernetician
In this position might be necessary a person with working knowledge of the principles of systems (mainly in the socio-economic sector) and with the ability to operate, analyze, and program a computer for the formulation of certain interrelated sets of variables interesting the research course. Her/his basic formation may be in mathematics with a side specialization in computer analysis and applied electronics. Moreover the cybernetician will have to show some level of involvement in fields such as creatics and eiconics related to tho interdisciplinary study of imagination and human learning. In the working groups' organization the cybernetician may be called upon to:
No. 21 - Soft Technologist
The aim of alternative or soft technology is to make possible a life style which is compatible with long-term ecological stability. This is therefore the principle aim of the person involved in soft technologies.
The background of this person should probably lie in the natural sciences. Previous work experience or wide knowledge of what is being developed in this area is necessary. The primary qualities of the individual must be versatility, inventiveness, and a dedication to working out a balance with nature.
The main areas of work and responsibility for this area of study shall be:
No. 22 - Energist
The aim of the specialist in this area must be, as with the soft technologist, a development and utilization of energy and resources which is compatible with long-term ecological sustainability.
The background required is a formation in a science field such as geology. This person should have previous experience giving her/him wide working knowledge of current energies and resources in Canada specifically, the World more generally. He/she also must be in tune with or even participating in research for alternative energy sources and resources management. Above all, she/he must be aware of and committed to the solution of our critical energy needs while seeking ecological harmony. This work would combine with the expert in soft technologies and be interdependent with studies of environmental management.
The principle work of the Energist should be:
No. 23 - Ecodomist
For this position is required a person with a formation arid full understanding of Economic Science, of its evolution and present situation as well as an awareness to possible alternative systems. To our present economic system of production and distribution of "goods" centered on expansion, we counterpose the need for another - an Ecodomic system based on a balance of a set of interrelated vectors (natural web) of which man is only one element. Ecodomv also conveys the meaning of "rebuilding or restructuring the house" in contrast with the "managing the house" of economy which doesn't take into account the whole structure but only a set of operations.
For a more viable city system, achieving long-term symbiotic balance with the natural Systems, the ecodomist working more closely with the energist may have to:
No. 24 - General Ecologist
The formation required of a general ecologist is in the natural sciences with emphasis on studies in ecology. Experience of working in the field of ecology is also necessary. The primary interest and goal of the ecologist in this project is to create a balance between urban and natural environments.
The chief responsibilities of this field shall be: