Tao as Positive Teleological Panentheism

Toward a Positive (0) Soul Panentheism


This narrative attempts to define a three-dimensional cognitive spacetime within a 4 dimensioned Hilbert space optimized-meaning metric-system universe. This binomial Hilbert Space algorithmic structure assumes a 4-based metric system (one base for each of 4 universe dimensions) and +/- e-function  [agreeing with Euler and B. Fuller that information and metric systems are more primally about relational function (verbs) than nouns, so (0) Core function is the prime root of all form] bears a prime relationship to +/- pi-squared diametric form.


DEFINITIONS toward a Positive Teleological Theorem


Theorem: Exegetically “True” [+1] that a conjecture could not be “False” [-0]


In-Formation: enthymematic potentially confluent synchronization in an explicating (David Bohm) positive trajectory [+e-function]


Ex-Formed: NonPolynomial side of binomial +/- information axial-polar implied (David Bohm), predicated, ergetic-ionic gravitational [B. Fuller]  relational structure.

Dark Relationship (Hole) is  spacetime chaos, or shadow, universe.

Hilbert Space relational geometric constants liminally prime-bind, and optimize cognitive orthopraxis, physical relativity within logical/rational limits of consciousness and, therefore, metric structure.

4-Based diametric (binomial) positive teleological assumption. For now, the best I can do is an analogy. Imagine that there is a Tree of spacetime evolution and that the human species’ bicameral mind perceives the tree growing up toward the sky as Physical Universe, and the tree growing down toward the (0) Core of ergetic spin as Metaphysical Universe. The metaphysical roots of this Positive Teleological Evolutionary Tree are our Species’ nutrient/composting DNA string, unweaving all the way back and within Dark spacetime toward the origins of RNA, which may be the beginning of spaciated time (see Julian Jaynes on the ethological evolution of our bicameral information processors and his correlated evolutionary theory of space perception deriving from a more primal temporal aptic/synaptic  relational awareness) differentiating Self [-0] from Other [+1].

0-soul theorem: Gregori Perelman and Group Theory work by William Thurston predict no more than 4-binomial +/- geometrically balanced ellipses, in 0 through 4 prime dimensions.  Within each ellipse, we follow Buckminster Fuller in heuristically assuming universal smooth-structure. His Trimtab greatest effect with least dissonant loss design principle also intends to follow systemic tipping points to minimize disvalues, irrationality, insanity, through a 0-Core Vector/Vortex. Fuller assumes metric information systems express relationship, including potential change, more primally, and significantly, than being about algebra’s variables, nouns, nomials. Math is about function more primally than nomial form. In this he follows Euler, so that Fuller’s 0-soul core vector might be expressed as +e/-e diametric binomial (0) Core Vector/Vortex, radiating and synergizing a 4-Based fractal universal Omega Point (borrowing from Teilhard de Chardin).

According to this 0-soul theorem’s smooth-structured assumption, dense analogical geometric corollaries follow:

As within (-), so without (+)

As before (-), so after (+)

As below (-), so above (+)

as Right-elliptical  inductive (-), so Left-elliptical deductive (+)

as Right-diastolic (-), so Left-diastasis (+);  thermodynamically balanced, this defines diastasis as well as optimized enculturation, or permacultural balance, a Climax Community

as -0 False, so +1 True, within binary digital processor expression of magnetic axial polarity

This latter corollary suggests that Bayesian trend analysis, using +1/-0 polynomial assumptions, are also binomial assumptions of Positive Teleology and thermodynamic magnetic polarity balance. This may be why the combination of QBit stage analysis of potential information, especially as structured in the development code of the Higgs Boson, and Bayesian statistical analysis predicts an e-function for Bohm’s implicate order as ex- or un-forming. Potential information loses a geometric 4-dimensional rational structure beyond nature’s RNA-coded accessibility to deductive reason and commodification capacity. Irrational numerics are not prime relationship balanced, by definition. Prime and irrationality are mutually self-definitive and refining, like polynomial and not-polynomial language processing trends.

Not-polynomial information (NP) = appositionally reversed-binary polynomial information (P) relationship. P and NP are digitally vector/vortex balanced polarity expression. If so, we might predict that Continuous Quality Improvement information system codes for network improvement might look something like

-000% = +111%

Bicameral mutual positive/negative feedback between two information processors would start here, with +1 representing +111, and -0 representing -000. Within each information bit lies a Dark Relationship Fractal Vortex implicating within each individual bit’s 4-binomial Byte familial boundary:

+110 =  -001

+101 = -010

+100 = -011 [and F = -G for full musical resonance, just as +U = -C within the RNA information fractal]

Prime octave thermodynamic balance assumes +e/-e constancy which is binary system expressed as +e radiance (up and out) = -e ergetic diastolic function (down and in) as gravity.

Information is to exformed noise as Prime Relationship pattern-trends are to irrationally patterned algorithms. For Fuller, non-sensical (not sensory-information frequency prime rooted) for humans as a species to actually use for optimally inclusive effect.


Panentheism: Binomial (Spirit/Nature = Down/Up = Within/Without) Metaphysics/Physics mutually regenerative and informative enthymematicism. This has to do with the appearance of temporal reversal between deductive and inductive learning. Our Right, older-brain, hemisphere perceives prime relationship in reverse spatial-temporal sequence and order. Metaphysics is within Earth and within Self, and Physics is what happens on and above Earth’s skin, in my exterior landscape of Other.

Enthymematic is before and yet within the relationship between two nomials, variables, nouns, verbs, memes, paradigms, paths, systems, universes; like an interior and exterior fractal Janus-faced relationship between before and after a spacetime event. (Please see Robert Norton and David Brenders, 1996, on enthymematic communication strings, and the laws of interactive relationship-string development.)

In Positive Teleological Panentheism, God-Physical Universe emerges as WeSelf = +1.00% while

Individuating Person–my “Self”– is an emergent but temporally-constant-presence, 4-dimensioned; a cognitive mind Identity-Universe metrically expressed as a combination of Planck’s Constant meets Positive Teleological Prime Relationship meets Turing’s incomplete search for a logically optimized information processor design meets a double-bind event horizon of the holographic principle in string theory. This is self-consciousness of a “Self” identity = +/-(0.00-Temporal-Centric)% = -(1.00)% spacetime eisegetical awareness (basically Polanyi”s Personal Knowledge) is implicately coded with a binomially balanced normative original instruction to follow natural systemic assumptions for  smooth-structured positive teleological orthonormative optimization .

This Self is, in Group Theory, a (0) prime-rooted binomial information universe, +e/-e-functionally balanced.

God as WeSelf Universe is bicamerally human functioned in the Right hemisphere, older brain. For important work in this area Julian Jaynes’ work on the evolutionary ethology of bicameral development, essential to the development of  consciousness, 3-dimensional spatial awareness, language, and symbolic abstraction, is well-complemented and updated somewhat by the more recent work of David Abram.  Especially note the evolutionary functional implications for “Other” synaptic messages as the exception to our RNA-Codex default setting of +U as aptic-sustained–probably something like hibernation, at some point in our species’ history.

WeSelf as Other+Me identity is positively [+e] functional, congruent, confluent in the Left hemisphere–the resting place of deductive reasoning and bicameral self-consciousness.

Left-brained conversation with Right-brained may be + Teleological default or (-)Teleological corrective, but is usually somewhere between positive-deductive-synaptic and negative-inductive synchronic. Fuller’s word is synergetic to describe those events in which these two cognitive threads (deduction and induction) recognize each other. His precession, refers to the diastolic half of an active diastatic enculturative and regenerative trend. Diastolic is generally understood as an ergetic-gravitational pull inward toward an appositional synaptic stasis, which is synaptic-fractal for RNA’s living natural string system. Diastolic-aptic-precessive-trends are rests between beats, breaths, and moments of mind-consciousness, or self-awareness.

Reverse polarity causes appositional disorders. Autism is the full spectrum of dissonance between Right and Left hemispheric message transfer anomalies within our bicameral  multisensory systemic information transfer economy. Left sensory receptors propose, while Right message receivers dispose using permacultured principles of complementarity and subsidiarity. Cognitive dissonance is the result of the chronic incapacity to synchronize receptor and information processor messages which may be associated with any one, some, or all of our senses (taste, touch, smell, hear, see). The Right hemisphere functions exegetically with +NP (essentially, in logic, a double negative double-bind; in photography, the negative development enthymematic toward the development of a positive image) code frequency balance assumptions for sensory forms, functions, and frequency rhythms.

Dissonance between hemispheres may occur from very high-frequency receptors through very low aptic-default expression, from schizophrenia through cognitive limitations approaching flat-line morbidity. Generally we reserve the term “autistic spectrum” for those who are on the low-moderate through high-functioning portion of the bipolar chronically-disassociating spectrum. Critical event bipolar disassociations are more likely for those with Fetal Alcohol and others with chemically-related bipolar understories. In other words, we are all normatively bipolar but we use the word “bipolar disorder” to refer to issues related to critical event dissonance between right and left hemispheres. We usually diagnose “autistic spectrum disorder” when right-left dissonance  expresses chronically, as well as critically, and within moderate to high-frequency sensory receptor issues.

A double-bind boundary functions normatively for maintaining individual constant identity within any one individuating metaphysical (binomial) information universe; any one person, or bicameral information system. The double-bind line between deductive-left and inductive-right awareness may be symbolized as the line between polarities; the line we draw between numerator and denominator, the line within the % icon, between + and (-), between Other and Self and between the appositive fields in 2-dimensionally expressed digital binary fields, and algorithms use “=” or not-so-equal signs.

Teleology: The Positive human-nature speciated faith that we will continue to evolve toward mindful compassion, where purpose and meaning connect, as do longing and belonging, becoming syncs to being, and individuation (a life-long maturation process) joins WeSelf  identity, as ontological form meets phenomenological function. Our species’ cultural evolution history from our earliest DNA-emergent string to the present day is mythologically and analogically articulated  as variations on the Golden Rule and Golden Ratio and Golden Fleece theme.

According to BuckyFuller, a deeply creative functional design is not only an evolutionary paradise for the designer but an Omega Point (de Chardin) to which we point as a Species through discovery of first or prime principles of nature. A prime principle would encompass and transliterate the relationships between our prime laws of physics and metrics and information. Indeed, a theory of everything, or at least a theory of information itself; an explanation of the unfolding relationship between form and its creative, regenerative, function. This is the point where we can satisfactorily connect the original purpose and source of informing purpose with what form means.

What is the ultimate function of form itself? is answered by looking back through evolution to when form began. For each of us, and for himself, and for our species as an information string stretching back to the original event of RNA self-regenerative capacity, Fuller’s answer was to become most fully who WeSelf are, finding optimized personal integrity within Universal Intelligence synergy by following the greatest effect with least dissonance principle of positive TrimTab adjustment. This is our becoming process toward a state of increasing balance between not only Left and Right personally, but as a species, within an RNA information-regenerative string. As more recently evinced in emerging theories of what lies behind Positive Psychology and the effectiveness of the Positive Deviance Initiative (www.positivedeviance.org), greatest sustainable complementarity with least dissonance for inclusive subsidiarity is our becoming process toward a state of increasing balance. Fuller’s active optimization through Trimtab intent and practice, also found as fundamental to Permaculture Design, is transculturally accessible through mindfulness of our richly diverse complementarity (within universal WeSelf) optimally sustained by our passionate gratefulness for our mutual equity of subsidiarity (as Self, mutually regenerating individuation and incarnation of WeSelf).

We see this normative definition of equity fractally expressed in natural system development, such as the four seasons of spin, life, and learning, as well as the emergence of the hydrogen atom from helium, perhaps a predication of the 4-dimensioned emergence of +e/-e-cubed, perhaps predicating+U/-C, predicating +We-synaptic/-Self-aptic, predicating Explicated Natural Universe Order/Implied Spiritual Metaphysical Universal Mind (Fuller’s Intelligence) as self-consciousness of Me-Identity, predicating

+1.11%/-0.00% may become a 4-Based metric thermodynamic balanced dimensional proof that P cannot be unequal to NP if we can optimally assume that +1 = -0 within binary binomial digital systems. And, a significant corollary for our iconic human nature, that for every +1 explicating, informing QBit we are invited to comprehend a -1 QBit implicated order of exformative, reversely-positionally functional fractally organized place-holder, a mind-space WeSelf regenerating spacetime WeSelf, as without, so within; exterior and interior landscapes become mutually +/- self-referencing.

Positive (P), then, is not-negative (NP) information as Yang-Yin prime relationship emergent double-bind balance.


Yin-Exformation devolves, recovers, in an enthymematically prime relationship with Yang’s positive information-uncovering events. -0 predicates +1 and -0 is the enthymematic binomial predicator of the possibility of +1QBit = +e-functional informing event AND

+/-0 QBit also stands equidistant between -1 QBit, a –e-dysfunctioning irrationally noisy and dissonant appositional balance that is invisible to Left or Right hemisphere alone–yet abundantly obvious when looked at stereophonically and thermodynamically together; -0QBit without a positive-balancer devolves toward an implicating -1.11% Dark Non-relationship C-aptic Codex of Self without Other, which cannot possibly exist.

After any +1QBit e-function event, -1QBit bears an enthymematic relationship to its NP equivalently implied non-event. This prime relationship balance is significant for orthonormal optimization within Hilbert spacetime. This may be the useful for comprehending the correlation between Bayesian statistical analysis to analyze the dynamic relationship between our diverse pathologies and their implications for predicting optimized therapeutic interventions.

Implied, exformed, enthymematic +/-0-frequency, the diastatic balanced moment between function and dysfunction, is the equidistant double boundary between Physical-natural universe and Metaphysical-mind universe, between explicated +1 and implicating -1 QBit. The Dark Universe of implied Prime Relationship Codex liminally defined by Light Universe’s prime natural explication is a dark vortex boson that, when noticed, displays an enthymematic reverse-formative potential function for predicating rich future possibilities for joining our spiritual meanings to our naturally experienced purposes, syncing where we have been with where we would like to sustainably arrive; comprehending form as the functional evolution of emerging WeSelf refinement, self-regenerative fusing definition within our meta-codexed universe. This sounds almost full circle back to the “divination” project of early alchemy, back in the days when science and religion and math were three languages about one mutually-shared Universe.


A prime relationship design corollary of Positive Teleological Panentheism:

The greatest synergetic effect (defined as confluent universally inclusive information complementarity) is the reverse face of least subsidiary negative gravitational and pathological dissonance, dismay, and decay. Our therapy is implicated, predicated, predicted when we listen to our pathology as a deeply rooted systemic teacher of meaning/purpose, longing/belonging, conjoined in comprehending Trimtab Original Intent, rebalancing as the Tao of Yang/Yin regenerative balance.



ABOVE/WITHOUT–Metaphysical Perspective-Yin

Prime relationship constancy is negatively defined by prime stricture. The remainder of the implicate order (Bohm) is dissonant irrational space, irresolutionability, absence of enthymematic pattern, rhythm;  potential information is liminally prime-strictured exformation.

spiritual-intuitive implicate order of Dark Non/Potential Relationship

-0QBit = NP-negatively dissonant and irrational trend

-1QBit = Dark Implicate Potential Appositive Geo-numeric  Relationship

smooth-structured reverse-elliptical Hilbert spacetime universe


——(0) Core Axial Prime Left/Right Hemispheric Relationship–3-dimensional double-bind (mutually self-defining -perpetuating spatial-temporal boundary——–


BELOW/WITHIN NATURE–Physical Perspective-Yang

double triangulated, trigonometric deductive reasoning, languaged

double-helixed 3-dimensional

dia-binomial fractal responds synaptically and diastolically-aptic in bicameral human speciated mindspace

4 equi-dimensional, tetrahedral, developmentally positive revolutionary/evolutionary patterns, reflect

4 spaciated-temporal RNA Codex frequencies and functions fractally forming double-bind closures, using

information double-holographic string theory of evolution as sustained binomial normative pattern balance assumption: P=NP












CT-ReGenesis Network: Reconnecting People, Place, and Planet


  • Habitat for Humanity Bridgeport, Cromwell, Danbury, Hartford, New Haven, New London, Salisbury, Waterbury, Willimantic (HfH)
  • Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding (CCIU)
  • Connecticut Food System Alliance (CFSA)
  • Melville Charitable Trust (MCT)


FROM: CT-ReGenesis Cooperative Network Developers




At the deepest level, there is no giver, no gift, and no recipient…only the universe rearranging itself.

Jon Kabat-Zinn


CT-ReGenesis Project’s proposed mission is to rearrange our State more nutritiously and equitably; one home, one neighborhood, one cooperative moment in time.


We believe Habitat for Humanity, the Food Alliance, Council for Interreligious Understanding, and the Melville Charitable Trust already participate in this mission, as do we all. Some more intentionally; some less so.


This communication will introduce each of us to the others, within a proposal to design a cooperative network together. This cooperative project might have the potential to significantly expand how we define optimally supportive housing and homes, nutrition, and healthy well-being.


A summary outline of our initial infrastructure might be pictured as a tree with two balancing main branches, each reseeding the soil of future generations:






















Habitat-9 CT Chapters/6 ReStores                         Council for Interreligious Understanding

Restoring materials, homes, neighborhoods               Restoring people and communities

Formation of renewed places: hope                            Formation of young people: faith




Food System Alliance

Restoring well-being, nutrition, health

Formation of healthy CQI[1] systems, individual and corporate

Melville Charitable Trust

Restoring supportive homes/environments

CQI supportive habitat development for optimal sustainability of at-risk people

Root system leading to a support network of CT social investors/philanthropists/public-sector investments



Who is in this CT-ReGenesis Network?


We are an informal cluster of individuals, three of whom are currently working part-time to propose that the four organizations (counting HfH chapters as representative of one international organization) could form a Core Network Team:


Mary Millican is a parent, former special needs school administrator, former owner of vintage retail enterprises, estate staging and closure experienced, master gardener, avid recycler. She wants to help Habitat ReStores, and other non-profit materials recyclers discuss how they might optimize their individual effectiveness for clients while minimizing transportation and acquisition expenses through cooperative networking and resource sharing.


Janet Tanner is a real estate agent with ReMax, an international brokerage firm. Her eco-justice and social justice experience includes advocacy for affordable housing, Habitat volunteer, horrible gardener and cook, shops at thrift stores because it is the logical thing to do, parent of a fully employed ADHD young adult. She wants to help people who are selling their houses get rid of their unwanted resources as generously, efficiently, and cost-effectively as possible, recycling goods into a cooperative distribution network where each item will return highest and best use where it is most needed in the local community. Habitat ReStores would be ideal organizing anchors for local gathering and distribution networks.


Gerald Dillenbeck, M. Div., MPA in Community Development, Permaculture Designer with special interest in the economics of ecological and nutritional development for at-risk populations. Interreligious EcoMinistry Chaplain at the Sustainable Farm School. He is a Taoist Christian, more or less; Ph.D. candidate in Holistic Teleology, occasionally; dissertation research is relevant to the mission of the proposed CT-Restore Cooperative Network. He is a former Habitat Board member (New Haven, in the 90s), sometimes a not-so-great community gardener, and vegetarian cook, member of the Order of Universal Interfaith, former President of the CT Housing Coalition, former grants administrator for Covenant to Care for Children, which, among other things, distributes clothes, and sometimes nutrients, through a network of faith communities, to at-risk kids throughout Connecticut.


Jerry (seldom “Gerald”) would like to help form religious and secular youth leadership teams to discuss and grow toward CQI standards for optimal nutrition, home environments, and sustainable vocations in a globally “rearranging” self-awareness. This requires formational environments mindful of the diverse and mutual well-being of all individuals, and all species. His favorite story is Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who, “A person’s a person. No matter how small.”



Readers are encouraged to first look at the section pertaining to your own organization. If that makes sense, then reading the other sections should begin to articulate how the Core-4 could fuse high CQI eco-equity and nutritional outcomes throughout Connecticut.



CT-ReGenesis Network’s potential value for HfH and ReStores: Two Scenarios


First Scenario


Each Habitat ReStore is loaded with great resources including many that have filtered through various Youth Transition Teams, sometimes as community improvement volunteer projects that have led to establishing entrepreneurial cooperative enterprises, vocations, and guild associations. The Americorps/VISTA programmatic platform has been tailored to support challenged young adults move into sustainable Transition Team vocations.

  • Full kitchen sets
  • Bath fixtures
  • Good reconditioned appliances [entrepreneurial venture of a Youth Transition Team]
  • Furnishings, including refinished/painted by a Transition Team(s)
  • Interior décor
  • Window treatments
  • Organic compost [entrepreneurial Transition Team]
  • Mulch [Transition Team entrepreneurial opportunity]
  • Gardening equipment
  • Seeds and plants, seasonal [Transition Team organized and produced]
  • Fencing
  • Bicycles [Transition Team refurbished], urban cargo-bikes


Most of the more established real estate agents in Connecticut are supporting the ReStore Cooperative Network’s expenses to pick up their property sellers’ unwanted items prior to closing, then distribute those goods where they will return the highest value. This follows the CQI value template for greatest effectiveness in response to trauma, potential pathology, lack of well-being, with least overall resource loss. Resource investments include living-wage time invested by cooperative worker-owners, and energy/nutrient depletion.


Also available at the ReStores, or other neighborhood/community center space, are Restoration Incubators for homeschool education, training, recreation, and vocational development space. These Centers are home to the HfH, Food, and Housing AmeriCorps/Vista youth leadership and internship programs, and may provide after-school Deep Learning activities available from the Sustainable Farm School, Gaia University, etc. AmeriCorps stipends are initially paid through a Melville Foundation grant, and eventually through ReStore sales and cooperative exchanges within the Network.


Additional classes, cooperative employment, activities that might emerge from these Incubators, depending on local interest and needs:

  • staging services for real estate sales,
  • solar and wind energy production,
  • Community Farm Association transactions, food banks,
  • designing organic, edible landscapes and gardens, and installation support services,
  • mural design teams,
  • cooperative stores and exchange centers for clothing, toys, books, tools, seeds, organic fertilizers, mulch,
  • child and elder care,
  • tax assistance,
  • classes in nonviolent communication, writing, entrepreneurial development, natural construction and crafts, permaculture design, interfaith dialogue, cooking, preserving, yoga, Tai Chi, meditation,
  • support for the formation of residential cooperatives, partnering indigenous tenants in multis with property owners looking for a buyer.


Second Scenario


Each Habitat homeowner receives a broader scope of services, as needed and welcomed.

  • Recycled, natural and low carbon-footprint building materials and  systems design;
  • Optimized functional, aesthetic, and ecological site planning and landscape design;
  • Access to cooperative-subsidized alternative energy [a potential Transition Team enterprise];
  • Green/natural/recycled/refinished/repurposed furnishings and interior design, new homes fully staged in consultation with homeowners [Transition Team enterprise];
  • Edible landscape design, including organic gardening, on site, or within a nearby community garden setting [Transition Team enterprise];
  • Full garden-to-table-to-compost nutritional loop support system—implementation and/or maintenance, as needed and wanted [Transition Team service];
  • Functional bicycles/tricycles, cargo pedal systems, possibly battery-fueled vehicles eventually [Transition Team services and/or entrepreneurial enterprise];
  • Access to organic CFA cooperative;
  • Access to treadmills, exercise bikes, aerobic equipment connected to electric meters [Transition Team enterprise];
  • Solar panels, wind/water turbine energy production system on site as feasible [Transition Team enterprise].


In addition to these two scenarios, HfH relationships with constituent faith communities may be enriched with enhanced youth ministry connectivity and a broader band of useful volunteer skill sets, more inclusive of all ages and genders.



CT-ReGenesis  significant values for the CT Council for Interreligious Understanding (CCIU)


This opportunity framework is somewhat the mutually symbiotic reverse of the Habitat possible futures scenarios.


Adolescence through young adulthood is the stage we are increasingly losing kids from intentional faith communities, and other formational systems, such as schools. Perhaps even more true in a globally interfacing culture, young adults are discovering their life journeys informed by the “Religious Commons,” what is held as sacred by all faith traditions, including those that have become secularized, like science, the arts, humanities.


Resilient, “deep learning” development systems help us understand ourselves and mature most effectively in an intentionally diverse environment, with others we may primordially see as not like me. Deviant frames of reference, appreciatively facilitated, become richly valued diversity for better understanding the range of assets, resources, and nutrients in Universe. Cultural strengths and challenges inform each other through the individual’s original lens of meaning and value. This seems to be true in all regenerative economies, whether they are pedagogical, spiritual, financial, communication, ecological, or possibly even genetic information systems.


CT-ReGenesis is informed by a combined economic, ecological, and social justice agenda long familiar to the religious sector. Faith community participation in this cooperative network may increase interreligious opportunities for dialogue, understanding, and cooperative neighborhood improvement projects. Those with skills and interests in alternative energy, new economics, eco-justice, international justice dialogue and discernment, gardening and agriculture, nutrition and food preparation, therapeutic and nutritional education, permaculture design, holistic therapies and medicines, planning and design, nonviolent communication and living, group facilitation, compassionate therapy, are a rich source for mentoring, team leaders, and skill-shares.


Faith community members may want to consider stronger nutritional and environmental standards for their own properties. For example, more edible plants and less grass, buying into an alternative energy cooperative, harvesting solar and/or wind power on-site, group purchases of local CFA contracts, investing in local cooperatives, organic farms, and intentional communities, responding to local needs for more affordable and sustainable habitats.


Faith communities may come to think of their HfH affiliate as the local religious sector’s incubator for housing, economic and nutritional and vocational development, and neighborhood improvement partnerships. Individuals may discover that their religious tradition is more dynamic and compelling within a more inclusive polyculture. If participation in this cooperative network transforms Habitat’s Restores into incubators, participation by CCIU may transform this platform for mutual understanding into more of a positive teleological laboratory. CT-ReGenesis network developers may want to consider the Interfaith Youth Core (www.ifyc.org) as a rich resource for linking youth ministry to interreligious understanding and housing/human/environmental service projects. There is also a federal initiative for interreligious cooperation and community service that may be useful for drawing higher profile momentum.



Regenerative Nutrients for the CT Food System Alliance


Food systems are nutrient systems. Food, power, medicine, health are words that have been closely associated with each other since early symbolic communication, and these are all about nutritional flow. The Permaculture Design principle of greatest effect with least effort is all about optimizing the improvement of quality, measured in nutrients, energy, vigor, thriving, rather than the lower qualitative standard of survival of the fittest. Regenerative evolution of nutritional flow aspires to abundance, resilience, healthy sustainability far into our future. The evolution of nutrient systems becomes revolutionary as our focus moves from survival toward global thriving.


Thich Nhat Hanh understands communication as a type of nutrition. What we sensorily absorb from our environment, whether through taste, sight, insight, or hearing, lies on a spectrum from abundantly nutritious to offensively toxic, even poisonous in sufficient amounts. Substances, sounds, views, fragrances, feelings, ideas, informationthat we are drawn to because they enrich our selves, and our Universe, are nutritious; those we avoid have proven to be toxic.


Both science and religions agree that our neural and nutritional systems evolved through natural systems experience, following natural principles of thermodynamic balance and development, regardless of the polynomial, polycultural, paradigmatic, or power/energy frame through which we have learned to comprehend Universe. Our most permanently-encultured (PermaCultured) frames, or narrative strings, extend back through our proto-history toward an even more Primal Root in the form of shared RNA Codex.  RNA-coded nutrient-fed-and-yielding development systems define the form and function of all living cells. In a sense, natural sciences recognize RNA as our universal progenitor of life, and each neural/nutrient system is an articulation of that global, natural, and primal plasmatic river. Our neural systems thrive with natural nutrition abundance, and avoid dissonant, toxic, anomalous, and entropic dissonance patterns (negative deviance, in Group, BioEvolutionary, and Cognitive Dissonance Theories).


Forming a newly-activated intentionally designed polyculture with affordable housing developers, neighborhood organizations, interreligious intentional communities, and post-millennial young leaders, heads of young families, populations at-risk of homelessness and poor nutrition, promises greatest inclusive effectiveness, with least redundancy of organizational and program-delivery expense. Strategies that are more academic and school-based tend to be less effective and well-sustained at the family level because these are not responsive to the specific situations of each household.  Program delivery limited to school-based participation seldom engage at-risk parents in the sustained and holistic way that would be most helpful for family well-being and health, including mental and economic health.


Organic carrots, even habitually devoured, will only go so far in meeting the full nutritional needs of a family living in a chronically stressed environment.  On the other hand, a family suffering from PTSD eating organic carrots will probably do better than the neighbor devouring the equivalent weight of quick-fix toxins and sugars.


Youth EcoMinistry settings are also ideal opportunities for all of us to teach each other about our growing awareness that nutrition v. toxin is a range of resource variables that crosses all sensory receptors, from touch through sight. Both positive and negative deviance information travels across all natural systems and paradigms, sometimes enriching, sometimes decaying, adding further dissonance, sometimes adding great beauty and grace and feeling to a growing global comprehension of our nutritional vocation to be sure every individual’s health and energy developmental needs are met. Nutrition optimization is healthy self-care (greatest effect) and dissonance prevention (least resistance).



Regenerating CT’s Optimally Supportive Habitat with the Melville Charitable Trust


What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?

Henry David Thoreau


Community and Economic Developers, and Permaculture Designers, come to the topic of nutrition from an unusual position, especially if they have watched and listened to the nutritional flow of our global wealth evaporate.  While research funders are finding significant productive value in cooperative-learning structures, philanthropists are finding the competitive grants economy unsuitable for encouraging cooperation and networking. This dissonance becomes more urgent as social investors of good will are confronted by the viral growth of the non-profit sector, each becoming increasingly skilled as a special interest lobby for its exclusive domain, territory, and mission.


Adding considerable climatic cacophony to the evaporative trend of philanthropic dollars: When investment markets do poorly, the suffering of competing worthy missions raises to a higher pitch. Generous social investors’ wealth deposits shrink, and calcify, deplete, and become of incrementally less functional value in the face of further climatic change. The nutritional power of the grants and research economy wanes as need becomes more acute, critical, dissonant, chaotic, moving toward despair. The nutritional wealth of our communities ebbs as our communication resonantly echoes and flows with the discord of not enough, and exclusion, and not in my backyard.


Diverse theories and practices of systemic change frequently note that enduring transformation is more likely in the presence of both (a) a compassionate sense of urgency, and (b) an inclusively mindful intention to develop resilient cooperative relationships. The greatest compassionate effect, in the face of increasingly critical global suffering, is to be and do the opposite of what is least mindful, most exclusionary and competitive—creating a vacuum of subcultural, exclusionary, chauvinism. Housing is the Answer! when our questions are provincial, rather than mindful of whole household-systems analysis.


Solving the problem of homelessness, especially through diverse forms of Supportive Housing was a strategic choice at a time when the philanthropic sector was investing in food and nutrition, but not so much in shelter. The scandal of people without shelter in the midst of affluence appalled the Trust’s Founders. This combination of urgent compassion and holistically mindful strategy has superlatively served the MCT in achieving remarkable socioeconomic influence for a more inclusively equitable society.


This cooperatively intended proposal celebrates a watershed moment in the possibilities for achieving realistic CQI outcomes for eco-justice and for humanity, for inclusively restoring people in a place of increasing climatic vulnerability.


Until recently, social investors have been offered opportunities to invest in prevention of loss strategies or more urgent intervention to remediate critical losses already incurred. Supportive Housing has usually been an intervention tool, while affordable housing projects, more broadly argue that local access to affordability helps prevent homelessness, as well as having other well-being benefits.


Based on the symbiotic principles of Permaculture Design and Buckminster Fuller’s Theory of Regenerativity, the CT-ReGenesis Cooperative Network seeks a more inclusive regeneration strategy. Restoring value in people, places, materials, thoughts, actions, words intends to prevent decay of our commonly held values (air, water, soil, nutrients, communication, information, beauty, gratitude, love, mindfulness, equity, integrity), one moment at a time heuristically assumed as an eternal positive teleological place. Somewhere within our network of diverse repurposing, we can help each other find our most mutually confluent home and purpose, if we choose cooperative rather than the more competitive side-by-sideness of walled missions designed to support institutional survival more than shared vocational purpose.


Restoration intervenes at the first identified risk of loss and disvalue, minimizes loss by identifying highest potential purpose through existing relationships, reorientation, reuse with least economic and ecological cost to our present and future. This seems like an appropriate metric for Continuous Quality Improvement within any system, set, or universe.


Cooperative polycultures are more productive of positive resources, nutrients, information, more resilient, easily and inexpensively maintained, resistant to dissonance and disease, mutually enriching, mutually grateful for nutritious diversity, than the competitive economies of scarcity in monocultural self-preoccupied identities.


A pre-development grant to mutually design the CT-Restore Network from three individuals to four, and more, cooperative, mutually-investing, organizations would be helpful. More significant in the larger picture, perhaps the MCT could invite other New England/New York social investors to discuss and discern the possibilities for supporting cooperative enterprises informed by regenerative values, intent, and practice. Our path is recycling; our goal is profoundly deep socio-ecological regeneration.


It would be extremely helpful if the MCT Executive Director and/or Trustees could collaborate on a media plan for this project and the ecology of cooperative economics, social investment, and philanthropy that forms this cooperative project’s theoretical infrastructure. This might conceivably be of interest not only to the CT Council for Philanthropy, but also communication outlets beyond Connecticut.


Our philanthropic foundational question becomes “If we are not 100% invested in cooperative and community-based regenerative initiatives, then on what basis would we expect highest CQI sustainable return on our investments? Is it ethical, is it morally appropriate to the needs and expectations of future generations and species, to settle for anything less than our 100% commitment to a regeneratively equitable and inclusive economy and ecology; bringing us the biggest bang for least bucks?


At the end of the day, each era, each project, we are each and all recycled nature, restoring our pilgrimage home, where past greets future, with gratitude for what we have started, and what may further evolve from our own endings.


[1] The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in response to ongoing social investment optimization objectives, to achieve both sustainable positive outcomes AND cost effectiveness, has led an initiative for program design and reporting metrics that meet Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) standards. The long-term comparative trend analysis by the Tellus Institute (www.tellus.org) defines a constellation of global economic, political, and ecological values that project optimized long-term viability outcomes through the year 2100. They call their highest performing algorithm the “Great Transition.” This CT-ReGenesis proposal heuristically assumes that Tellus Institute trend analysis is appropriately responsive to social investor’s urgent search for CQI program design and reporting standards.