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Description_LongTextOn the surface, there's nothing objectionable about [[wikipedia:Sustainable_Development_Goal_11|SDG 11]]. ==SDG Shortcomings== Similar to other SDGs, which propose something entirely impossible given existing physical infrastructure, societal structures and dominant paradigms, [[wikipedia:Sustainable_Development_Goal_11|SDG 11]] is safe enough to list as a goal. Its shortcomings, lie with its language of resilient and sustainable. Here it is important to note: all beings and biotic communities are naturally resilient, assuming they are embedded within healthy ecosystems. To expect resilient Human settlements that do not nest gracefully within larger ecosystems is absurd. Similarly, living systems do not sustain indefinitely, they regenerate constantly. Sustainability is neither possible, nor desirable and not in the least bit aspirational. Both these terms fail to envision a Humanity beyond mere survival. ==Context== Over the last several centuries, there has been a well documented trend of centralization and concentration of Human settlements in vastly over-crowded, viciously-sprawling and over-built and poorly-designed urban and suburban areas. This has gone hand-in-hand with an abandonment of rural areas, an overwhelming intensification of destructive and extractive Human activities; including ,the associated, mostly unnecessary movement of people and materials all over the globe that Human activity implies. Humans suffer from a ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Pattern:Pathology of separation|pathology of separation]]''-- a centuries long process of divorcing ourselves from our ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Pattern:Wild ecosystems|wild ecosystems]],'' physically, emotionally, psychologically, economically, organizationally. Most present-day Human societies operate in ways that actively perpetuate this Pathology. Many Human settlements are structured to enforce that separation. The capacity to truly ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Pattern:Inhabit|inhabit]]''--that is live in a way that we can care for and regenerate our places--is being rapidly lost. The physical, emotional, mental distance and discontinuities are immense. Resilience is used mostly as a code word signifying that we should "just live with..." or "adapt to..." an increasingly untenable ecosocial reality. Similarly, sustainability implies that one should focus on survival, on getting by as conditions worsen. ==Living systems== Biotic communities and their ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Pattern:Wild ecosystems|wild ecosystems]]'' are widely-distributed almost everywhere on Earth. Over time, the species that evolve, have mastered the capacity to fit into and thrive as a species in all sorts of conditions terrestrial, aquatic, volcanic, etc.; and, across every type of [[wikipedia:Biome|biome]]. Biotic communities self-regulate continuously, so that they rarely, if ever, overrun the ecosystems they inhabit. They live within a scale of relationship that brings viability and vitality at every level. These communities cannot be isolated or separated from the ecosystems in which they participate and still remain viable. They are ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Pattern:Place-centric|place-centric]]'', almost everything they require is ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Pattern:Place-sourced|place-sourced]]'' and, via the act of living day-to-day (see ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Pattern:Radical participation|radical participation]])'', they continual regenerate their larger ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Pattern:Whole|wholes]]''. ==Human ecosystems== As with all RDAs, '''Human ecosystems''' invites and challenges us to embrace a regenerative paradigm and living systems thinking that goes with it. The idea of Human settlements structurally isolated from the wild ecosystems that endow us with Life and regenerative capacity, is no longer desirable, nor viable. Nora Bateson often asks the question: "What wants to continue?" Here we can read this questions in two distinct, but very related, ways: What wants to continue into the future and what wants to be continuous? Human settlements must be reimagined and reconstituted '''Human ecosystems''', that flow out from and embed into ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Pattern:Wild ecosystems|wild ecosystems]]'' seamlessly''.'' This includes not only the built environment but all of the processes and activities generated from within. This is best approached via encouraging and supporting the blossoming of human-scale communities, especially in the largest and densest metropolises. Economies must be reimagined as ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Pattern:Local, living economies|local living economies]]--''self-organizing layers of relation and governance--that mediate the interstices and interactions between '''Human ecosystems''' and ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Pattern:Wild ecosystems|wild ecosystems]]''. ==Pattern generators== '''This aim could be generative of the following patterns in any Community of Place of any scale.''' *reconfiguration and redesign of Human settlements everywhere, so they become authentic '''Human ecosystems''', whose capacity to integrate and blend with wild ecosystems is reflected ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Pattern:Degrees of aliveness|degrees of aliveness]]'' they produce at every scale (from organism to planet) *universal access to adequate, safe and free ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Patern:Naturally-constructed|naturally-constructed]]'' housing arranged in ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Patern:Human-scale|human-scale]]'' "villages" (whether urban, periurban, suburban or rural) each with the capacity to surpass basic needs of each individual (RDAs [[Pattern:RDA 1. Abundance for all|1]], [[Pattern:RDA 2. Food and material abundance|2]], [[Pattern:RDA 3. Whole health and well-being|3]], [[Pattern:RDA 4. Lifelong, developmental learning|4]], [[Pattern:RDA 5. Radical participation, equal valuing and enabling|5]], [[Pattern:RDA 6. Perennial flow of freshwater|6]], [[Pattern:RDA 7. Community-sourced renewable energy|7]], [[Pattern:RDA 8. Genuine wealth and right livelihood|8]] ) [11.1] *redesigning of mobility systems with an emphasis on public and alternative modes of transport with special attention to those in vulnerable situations, and to support a move toward revitalizing of rural areas [11.2] *prioritization and enabling of a movement to ''re-[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Patern:Inhabit|inhabit]]'' rural villages, including a focused effort on reviving land-based, ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Patern:Place-sourced|place-sourced]]'' ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Patern:Right livelihoods|right livelihoods]]'' and emphasizing trade autochthonous products within and between nearby ''[[Special:FOrmEdit/Pattern/Pattern:Community of Place|Communities of Place]]'' [11.3a] *redesign of cities into agglomerations of small villages, repurposing the stock of existing structures and paying attention to proper ''[[Special:FOrmEdit/Pattern/Pattern:Human scale|human scale]]'' design [11.3b,6] *encouragement of ''[[Pattern:RDA 5. Radical participation|radical participation]]'' of all in community through ecosocial activism, by working together on projects and celebrating together [11.3c] *enabling of sharing [11.3d]: **promoting of a culture of sharing of technical resources and of the [[wikipedia:Commons|commons]]; **design '''Human ecosystems''' and [[Pattern:RDA 9. Living infrastructure|living infrastructure]] to favor sharing and caring for the [[wikipedia:Commons|commons]] *actively repurposing of all buildings that fall out of use, rather than build new ones [11.3e] *protect and safeguard, and create opportunities in each [[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Pattern:Community of Place|''Community of Place'']], to enhance and add value to, the world’s cultural and living ''[[wikipedia:Commons|commons]]'' [11.4a; 11.4b] *addressing communities in living in the most vulnerable areas or conditions, via propagate regenerative '''Human ecosystems''' [11.5]: **via increased capacity of a community for inhabitation and regeneration of land and commons; or, **resettlement of vulnerable communities to existing or new '''Human ecosystems''', where ecologically and socially viable systems are set in place *provision of universal access to safe, accessible, inclusive, open, productive landscapes for all (see [[Pattern:RDA 12. Place-sourced primary production|RDA 12]]), beginning with the most vulnerable and prioritizing high-density environments [11.7a] *prioritization of food and materials harvested and/or produced via regenerative agriculture and agroforestry in or in proximity to urban areas [11.7b] *enabling of the emergence of [[Pattern:RDA 8. Genuine wealth and right livelihood|genuine wealth and right livelihoods]], ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Pattern:Regenerative enterprise|regenerative enterprise]]'' and ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Pattern:Local living economies|local living economies]]'' connected to [[Pattern:RDA 12. Place-sourced primary production|place-sourced primary production]] with the necessary, supporting [[Pattern:RDA 9. Living infrastructure|living infrastructure]] [11.7b] *proliferation of ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Pattern:Local living economies|local living economies]]'', in and amongst ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Pattern:Community of Place|Communities of Place]]'', where ''[[Pattern:RDA 2. Food and material abundance|food and material abundance]]'' are produced, flow freely and provide the basic conditions for complex constellations of relations based on ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Pattern:Regenerative commoning|regenerative commoning]]'' to grow organically [11.a] *substantially increase the number of regenerative '''Human ecosystems''' within ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Pattern:Lifeshed|lifesheds]]'' by transforming cities, ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Pattern:Reinhabitation|re-inhabiting]]'' surrounding rural areas, and ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Pattern:Regenerative|regenerating]]'' the places in between [11.b] *assist most challenged and vulnerable ''[[Special:FormEdit/Pattern/Pattern:Communities of Place|Communities of Place]]'' to repair degraded ecosystems and integrate [[Pattern:Regenerative development|regenerative development]] at their own pace, in a self-directed manner [11.c] '''''Note''': SDG target linkages in brackets''
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