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Life long action system

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Life long action system. This idea is part of a foundation and synthesis tool kit.

This is not just another tactical document to read. It is something to do. This site blueprints an action system into which everything else fits, is ignored or abandoned. Part of this system includes consciously deciding what to read (attention focusing), in what sequence, and how to process it.

This action system is based on a fundamental question:

"What do I have to DO (informed in each of the five dimensions—illustration above) so I have the kind of life (informed) I want (informed) in a world with other people that interact through complex systems?"

Imagine the different kinds of answers a person 10, 15, 20, 25, 35, 45, 55, 65, 75, or 85 years old would have.

What about the differences between being informed and uninformed? How would answers vary between 1900, 1925, 1930, 1935, 1945, 1960, 1980, 1990, 2005 or 2020?

So it should be obvious that different combinations of age, point in time, and levels of informedness lead to different answers.

Add in geographic location differences and there are more different actions.

With this in mind, what is the appropriate action?

Or maybe what are the elements of the appropriate action?

This system is not just another add-on to an already busy life. It is at the core of consciously designing one's life. It is an outgrowth of the change in the basic human condition that has taken place in the last hundred years or so.

TLN end result and action
Concepts to daily action


“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic”. — Peter Drucker

The shift from manual workers who do as they are being told — either by the task or by the boss — to knowledge workers who have to manage themselves ↓ profoundly challenges social structure

Managing Oneself is a REVOLUTION in human affairs.” … “It also requires an almost 180-degree change in the knowledge workers’ thoughts and actions from what most of us—even of the younger generation—still take for granted as the way to think and the way to act.” …

… “Managing Oneself is based on the very opposite realities: Workers are likely to outlive organizations (and therefore, employers can’t be depended on for designing your life), and the knowledge worker has mobility.” ← in a context




These pages are attention directing tools for navigating a world moving toward unimagined futures.

It’s up to you to figure out what to harvest and calendarize
working something out in time (1915, 1940, 1970 … 2040 … the outer limit of your concern)nobody is going to do it for you.

It may be a step forward to actively reject something (rather than just passively ignoring) and then figure out a coping plan for what you’ve rejected.

Your future is between your ears and our future is between our collective ears — it can’t be otherwise. A site exploration starting point



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