Outer intelligence is the biological “It” space of the citizen — the space where the body acts and behaves. Behaviors demonstrate our inner intelligence in action. Demographics are key determinants of our intentional, cultural and social capacities, because they represent the bodies through which our intentions, cultures and systems are delivered.
If we want to understand the city we must observe citizen behaviors; to understand citizen behaviors we need to understand them as individuals in the context of the many. Life behaviors have their own order of complexity that are represented in our most basic biological needs. The order of the basics — air, water, food, clothing, shelter — represents an evolving sequence of evolutionary needs (and thus an order of complexity), with a recognition that the first items on the list have primacy over all the needs following. Each person needs a definable amount of clean air, water, food, clothing and shelter to survive. Therefore the city must supply to its citizens the amount of the necessities required to sustain its population. Each person or household essentially has a “home” economy that arises because of the need to supply the basics of life to the individual cells in the household body. The only source of those necessities is the environment in which the city sits — a range that now extends from the center of the city to the furthest point around the world.
Demographic data about individuals and groups in the city should enable the governance system to make calculations on how to manage energy and health in the human hive.
This blog is a prologue to the Integral City webinar conference City 2.0 Co-Creating the Future of the Human Hive . We are inventing a new operating system for the city. Click to get more details re the Free Expo and eLaboratory membership scheduled September 4-27 2012. You are invited to attend and participate.