The Mycelium

The Mycelium Model of Glocal Governance 

I have increasingly come to regard the mycelium as a heterogeneous army of hyphal troops, variously equipped for different roles and in varying degrees of communication with one another. Without a commander, other than the dictates of their environmental circumstances, these troops …organise themselves into a beautifully open-ended …or indeterminate dynamic structure… that can continually respond to changing demands!…

Dr Alan Rayner

 

Consider a spore from a simple mushroom, out in a field. The spore germinates and produces a short, initial hypha (called a germ tube). The germ tube grows and branches, each of those early branches grows and branches in turn and the process continues. The following diagram shows this process. 

 

The leftmost figure shows a spore (the black dot) with the short germ tube growing out from it. The next figure shows the scene a little later, with several branchings having occurred by now. The cross-connections between the radiating hyphae make it easy to move nutrients quickly around the growing mycelium, taking them to wherever they are most needed.

The Mycelium of Change : “a vision of glocal governance addressing 21st century global challenges “

Introduction:  Wars, conflicts, famines, wealth inequalities, climate changes, economic instabilities, environmental, social and political problems all require a comprehensive approach. 

To put in place an effective and practical solution or model we believe requires the implementation of a decentralized system of governance. History has repeatedly shown us that power in the hands of a few leads to corruption of the best interests and the needs of the many. It can be argued that this has been one of the major causes of human deprivation.  

For our purposes we propose a model which we describe as “the mycelium of glocal governance- or “the mycelium” .

The mycelium suggests the replacement of the old order with the painless, progressive and dynamic way that increases and improves our democracy in a comprehensive manner. It is a metamorphosis. A transformation. Not a violent revolution nor an overthrow of the existing order or regime change; but a dynamic and pragmatic approach of consensus building with all the people of the world.

We believe this is necessary as we face the many challenges of the 21st  Century .

In some ways these changes are already taking place across the world in various communities and nation states and are ongoing. Using the “Mycelium Model” that we propose we will show how greater sovereignty, equanimity and self-empowerment can be achieved through the decentralisation of political, economic and social structures.

The premise of our model is a “bottom up”, organic, self organisational and self governing approach that releases the full potential of human beings ; and the creativity of the human spirit to achieve this goal. This is an enlightened, innovative, and evolving way to look at the challenges we all face… But it is also a simple model that is right for the times we are now living in. And it is spoken in the very language of the Nature we are trying to preserve. 

 The Mycelium of Glocal Governance – an idea whose time has come : a summary 

Global challenges today require a new shape of governance that is future proof. The biggest problems facing humankind today are that our negative impact on the Earth.Our recklessness is creating problems on a massive scale that cannot be met with existing structures based on a hierarchical or centralised shape. 

The mycelium of glocal governance is both a local solution and an international solution that can work in tandem or in symbiosis with existing systems until the old is no longer required or needed anymore.

It is a painless transition of power back to the people. It is both a metamorphosis and a quiet transformation… It is democracy as it should be… for ALL , by ALL and with ALL stakeholders.

In the past it has usually been individuals or small groups of individuals that made ALL the decisions regarding the entirety. The 21st century requires something bigger and better. Democracy up until now had relied on this small group of individuals to come up with the best answers… but in this model the system is decentralised and the best decisions are made

collectively with more information, experience and more knowledge and GREATER communication and overall transparency. It makes the abuses of power less likely because trust and responsibility is shared.

In the past, the problem has always been over centralisation of power.Eg. communism-socialism’

This has led to wars, conflicts, famine and economic disparity. This global solution is to change HOW we think about governance; and to apply it in our daily lives on a local level and then on a global level- or simultaneously.

António Guterres Secretary General of the United Nations on the 19th September stated:

The UN needs to decentralise it’s decisions and to create a game changing strategy that places more on people than on process. “

Our solution to this massive job we face today (global warming, overpopulation, regional conflicts, economic instability, corruption, mass migration and climate chaos) … is the mycelium. We call this the “mycelium of “glocal” governance” . 

It is the shape that is future proof and easily understood and implementable by all human beings irrespective of class, creed or culture. 

Within the mycelium people are not necessarily appointed but come together to find a consensus on a shared concern or issue. Affinity groups. 

These groups are the “wisdom councils” that facilitate this drive forward for global transformation. 

The Mycelium is a holistic way of looking at governance structures from the smallest to the largest and solves the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced… it’s very survival on planet Earth…

The Mycelium is an idea whose time has come…

 

WELC0ME TO THE MYCELIUM!

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2. Description of the Model (no more than 5500 words)

The document must be divided into subsections with clear and descriptive headings. The Participant must clearly define the functions of the various components, their areas of responsibility and the extent of their decision-making mandate. Also, describe how the model is meant to manage both current and emerging challenges and risks.

The Mycelium Model of Glocal Governance 

A. Opening statement :

The Mycelium Model of Glocal Governance is a governance structure that is parallel to the existing governance structures in the world. It does not aim to replace them. It is complementary to them. It has, however, the inherent power to transform them or to bring about new structures that make them obsolete.

It is glocal in nature. That is, it is both local and global. It is decentralised; powered through the interdependent participation of autonomous, local and translocal random/selforganising affinity groups of people.

The Mycelium governance structure does not make decisions. Its function is to facilitate awareness of the current consensus in society!

Once collective realization arises, there should be no need for making “decisions” anymore because everyone will know what has to be done when the time comes to do it. It is then up to those governmental decision making structures to abide by what the people have in their collective wisdom through open discussion and debate worked out.

Therefore, where decisions would be made in other existing or newly emerging governance structures, this collective realization is taken into account when agreeing on a path forward.

B. Summary of description and how it works :

The mycelium model of glocal governance can best be described as having an infrastructure with a “cellular”- interconnected and integral intelligence that intuitively seeks the best, healthiest and most ethical outcome for the whole without harming the infrastructure or the wellbeing of its parts…

This model works by the opening and linking of “neural networks” between symbiotic entities such as local organizations or working groups. These fungal freeways carry the nuclei between each entity which in turn impart what is need by that entity to thrive.

There is a process of mutual reciprocity of information and/ resources (just as in the language of nature there is a trading of “nutrients” such as sugars and carbons that feed those plants or projects which need them the most.)

Key to this model is in the inter communication and interaction between assemblages, groups, nodes or “ shiros”. The Mycelium is truly a living organism. It is the biometric “mind” of humanity. The mushroom represents only the tip of the iceberg of the process that is necessary to bring about changes in society and the spores are the initiatives of the new that is to come to deal with the redundancy of the old. Thus it never becomes stagnant or bloated as we now see in today’s modern governmental structures such as the United Nations.

The mycelium is the collective of collectives and the “mother” of communities. It is a model that solves the problem of over centralization of power, influence and information structures by decentralizing them…and with sick or dead entities … it “composts them transforming them into the new paradigm!

The mycelium model addresses the challenges we face in today’s 21st society through its decentralized structure and its open, transparent democracy. By creating and accelerating awareness or consciousness and redistributing responsibility; it focusses on the solution and how it can be implemented. It is then up to the existing structures in society to apply the “will” of the people – or not. To adapt or die…to evolve or perish. And in doing so becoming more conscious of those decisions or lack of them and their consequences!

Schematic of the Mycelium Model :

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Society                     Consensing process

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Summary of Description:

1.        This is a model based on the application of principle of decentralisation,inclusivity,democracy and agreed consensus or collective realizations. 

2.        Groups of self-empowered individuals do not make decisions but create a dynamic consensus which can influence the decision makers yet not replace them. 

3.        Each group is linked to “the mycelium “of virtual intelligence or the biometric mind of humanity online.

4.        Each group which gathers to debate or discuss relevant issues is facilitated by two facilitators- one offline and one online. 

B. Metaphor Map or Glossary of Terms : 

To understand this new shape of governance we will be using new terminologies to describe the model and its pioneering, ground breaking approaches to meeting the challenges ahead for all humankind on Planet Earth. 

1.Mycellium

The word “mycelium” literally means more than one”! plural form is  Mycelia.  The word has New Latin and Greek origins and was first coined in text in the early 1800’s, and refers to the thread-like body of a fungus.

Our definition: The system of glocal governance that determines the new way of thinking and is better able to respond to the challenges through future proofing the variables. represents the model or the organism of the eco system of the new glocal society. The collective of collectives. The “biometric mind of humanity” or “mother” of communities. The virtual intelligence of the whole. The dynamic change in society. The “revolution” of mindsets. The organic internet. The glue that binds all… we are the mycelium. 

2.Fungus    

Any of a wide variety of organisms that reproduce by spores, including the mushrooms, molds, yeasts, and mildews. The spores of most fungi grow a network of slender tubes called hyphae that spread into and feed off of dead organic matter or living organisms. Fungi absorb food by excreting enzymes that break down complex substances into molecules that can be absorbed into the hyphae. The hyphae also produce reproductive structures, such as mushrooms and other growths.

Any of various types of organism which get their food from decaying material or other living things.

Our definition: The new structure used to serve the collective that has disassembled the old by feeding on it and transforming it into the new. 

3.Hypha

A hypha (plural hyphae, from Greek is a long, branching filamentous structure of a fungus. In most fungi, hyphae are the main mode of vegetative growth, and are collectively called a mycelium.

Our definition: The strings or instruments that engage the old and transform it into the new. The hypha are the active participants that collect and disseminate information and participate in the decision making process. It represents the networks within society- the neural networks or -the “fungal freeways” which join the mycelium together into a living coordinated and self-governing organism.  (In a fungus) one of the threadlike elements of the mycelium.

4. Shiro : 

The mass of hyphae is sometimes called shiro/ the soil microhabitat influenced by mycelia growth /fundamental ecological unit…can also be defined as the  “castle or domain “of the fungus. Beneath the fairy ring of T. matsutake, a whitish mycelium-soil aggregated zone, called “shiro” in Japanese, develops. Shiro also means “ white” in Japanese. 

Our definition: The working group/ the eco system where decisions are made. Council/ Assembly. The hyphae come together to share information/knowledge/experience and insights to “ blossom” into the mushroom. And so the circle is complete. When the hyphae come together in the “shiro” or general assembly…a domain of habitation and conglomeration… the result is the instrument that produces the fruit of the consensus. The mushroom…and the spore. The shiro is the interaction ,communication and mutual impartations that produces the consensus of the whole. 

5. Spore : 

The definition of a spore is a small organism or a single cell being that is able to grow into a new organism with the right conditions. A reproductive cell or group of cells, produced by some plants, that is capable of developing into an adult plant without combining with another reproductive cell.

Our definition: The idea /the mechanism that stands alone and is the tool that spawns the new. It is what initiates the new hyphae that again decomposes the “biomass “/hubris of the old and with its DNA constructs the new so that the mycelium can use these tools to construct its own structures on these foundations of what has then evolved. The spore are the result of the dynamic consensus of the “shiro” and the mushroom – the seed of what then replaces the old…and the circle is repeated again and again. Each time with the new replacing the old ad infinitum. represents the DNA of the new…the ideas. The visions… Biology. a walled, single- to many-celled, reproductive body of an organism, capable of giving rise to a new individual either directly or indirectly.

6. Metamorphosis:

Change of physical form, structure, or substance; 

A noticeable change in character, appearance, function or condition.

Our definition:  What occurs when the biomass of the old is decomposed by the new and turned into compost… the material or building blocks or tools of the new ecosystem. 

7.Enzymes :

Enzymes are biological molecules (typically proteins) that significantly speed up the rate of virtually all of the chemical reactions that take place within cells.

Our definition: The enzymes are the active acceleration of best practices, ideas, awareness and the impartation of the actors/catalysts  of change. The arguments that break down the fixed ideas and the stagnation of the old “biomass “that serves the interests of the elite with its stinking thinking!  represents the awareness, best practices, ideas and actions of the new. (Biochemistry):any of various proteins, as pepsin, originating from living cells and capable of producing certain chemical changes in organic substances by catalytic action, as in digestion.

8. Biomass :

The total quantity or weight of organisms/plant /animal waste in a given area or volume.

Our definition: The total weight of the old that needs to be decomposed ,disassembled and transformed.  Represents the stagnant – (yet at times useful) old ways of doing things. The existent inadequate system of governance. That which requires reform or “ composting” … eg ” this project has become biomass…it doesnt work anymore for this age. 

Ecology. The amount of living matter in a given habitat, expressed either as the weight of organisms per unit area or as the volume of organisms per unit volume of habitat.

9. Compost: 

Is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment. Compost is a key ingredient in organic farming.

Our definition: 

The product of the process of metamorphosis of the biomass of the old. The compost are the tools that complete the cycle and are the foundations that the new eco system is built upon. It  represents the material ,the tools or the wherewithal to accomplish the new. The fertile soil. a mixture of various decaying organic substances, as dead leaves or manure, used for fertilizing soil…a composition; compound.

10. Permaculture :

Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered on simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems. Permaculture was developed, and the term coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in 1978.

In the “Mycelium Model “we utilise the same principles and apply many to existing challenges in society. For example : Care of the Earth ,Care of the people and fair share. 

11. Glocal : Reflecting or characterized by both local and global considerations. Of or relating to the interconnection of global and local issues, factors, etc.:a glocal conference on community development. Thus for any global governance system or model to be successful in the 21st century it needs to understand the interconnectedness of our world today and its interdependence. 

12. Nodes 

A centring point of component parts; a connection point in a network that is a processing device with an assigned address, as a router, computer terminal, peripheral device, or mobile device.

Our Definition: A node is a place in the mycelium that essentially is a shiro….or domain..or castle … whereby all the elements within the local eco system connect,  exchange  and interact. 

13. The Shiro:-( “ Japanese word meaning “ white or castle” ) represents the councils or “assemblages” of people who are working it out. The affinity groups that formulate the consensuses and accelerate the awareness or consciousness towards a conclusionary truth . That work out the issues. That solve the problems, challenges issues at hand. In biology, a spore is a unit of sexual or asexual reproduction that may be adapted for dispersal and for survival, often for extended periods of time, in unfavorable conditions. Spores form part of the life cycles of many plants, algae, fungi and protozoa.

14.  The Mushroom:– represents the collective realisation or consensus of the collective. The fruit of the process of the Shiro/Shiros.

15. Nucleus: noun (pl) -clei (-kl??a?), -cleuses 1.a central or fundamental part or thing around which others are grouped; core 2.a centre of growth or development; basis; kernel: the nucleus of an idea. 

Our definition: In this model the nuclei are the vehicles which transport information, resources or other useful things within the networks/ the hyphae. The people or self-empowered individuals within the fungal freeways or neural networks that interconnect projects or nodes. They are essentially “traders” they bring or transport things or resources and impart this to healthy planets or projects or useful nutrients from the “biomass” of the old. 

C. What is a Mycelium in Nature? 

The word mycelium literally means “more than one”. It is actually a plural form of the word Mycelia.  The word has New Latin and Greek origins and was first coined in text in the early 1800’s, and refers to the thread-like body of a fungus.  The main part of the fungus is the mycelia, which lives inside the substrate (wood, straw, grain, etc). The mushrooms that we eat are actually just a small visible part of the organism. In nature mushrooms “bloom” much like flowers do.  Like flowers, mushrooms bloom during certain times of the year when the conditions are just right.  To properly explain mycelium we have to get a little technical.

Mushrooms do not reproduce by seed or gather energy by photosynthesis like plants do.  They reproduce by means of spores.  These spores germinate to produce a mass of interwoven, single-cell wide structures known as hyphae.  Hyphae are sometimes also called Shiro.  Collectively, masses of hyphae are known as the mycelium. 

Fungus absorbs nutrients from its environment (substrate, log, etc) through its mycelium in a two-stage process.  First, the hyphae secrete enzymes into the decaying wood or other substrate. These enzymes break down biological polymers into smaller units such as monomers.   The mycelium then absorbs these monomers, using a combination of facilitated diffusion and active transport. 

Just like an apple on a tree the mushroom is a fruit of these reproducing fungi.  In nature the chances of mushroom spores germinating and then actually producing a mushroom are quite slim.  Everything has to be just right to actually produce a mushroom.  They don’t just grow everywhere at random.  This is why mushrooms are highly prized and hunted in the wild.  In our sterile laboratory however we can produce mushrooms that are free of contaminates. 

This is the amazing mycelium, the actual organism that produces mushrooms.

We have decided to utilise the shape of the mycelium because it is the best metaphor to describe a decentralised , ethical and dynamic consensus or organism that can deal with the challenges of the future in a more democratic and able manner. Our inspiration is from the nature and how it governs itself. We cannot do better than how we see things in the natural order and duplicate it in the human order. 

D. Metaphorical description of the Stages of the Mycelium 

1.        Spores germinate and manifest the “new”. This could be the inspirations or the visions from the shiro assemblies/Councils or groups. 

2.        Hyphae from the spores release the new enzymes and acids which decompose the biomass of the old/the status quo. This can be a “ greater truth” discovered by the collective processes of those involved in feeding the neural networks within this organic internet.

3.        The Biomass of the useless or redundant is decomposed into useful compost of the new paradigm. The mycelium model maintains the health of the world society by interacting and interconnecting with all and through the networks created from the hyphae. 

4.        Hyphae group together en masse to form the “Shiro”. Empowered individuals  or nuclei that wish to participate in the assemblage to go to the next level of the life cycle of the mycelium. They impart information and resources and receive new nutrients to create spores of the new mycelia. 

5.        The assemblage makes the collective consensus based on the new instructions or information and are able to adapt or evolve to the new conditions or paradidms with this new information.. and then the Shiro produces the collective realisation/s – dynamic consensus that is the mushroom….the “flower “ of the new that protrudes from the darkness into the light!

6.        The mushroom then spawns the spores by shooting out these new innovations of governance from its very core. These spores can drop to the nearby ground or be carried by the wind to far away shores to break the bubble of apathy,ignorance and fear.  

7.        The spores then use this new technology or “realisations” to create new initiatives and adapt to the new paradigms… And so the cycle continues. A circular transformation that keeps the whole of society healthy and happy…FOREVER.

8. The mycelium includes both the underground and the over ground and is vital to the health of the global eco system. The plants or young trees that grow on the fertile compost of the new are nurtured and fed by the mycelium until they are able to survive adequately. 

9. The old or dead or sick trees are decomposed, disassembled and composted as is every living thing…until it becomes a useful foundation for the new plants. 

10. The decision making process comes through environmental changes and needs as the local or local communities require and the platform of the mycelium supports the new projects and decomposes the old. 

E. Practical implementation and examples of successful mycelium models of governance:

The practical implementation of this model needs to look at the cogs in the wheel of the mycelium…. to this end we can also apply the  “principle of subsidiarity”  ie that is that things are handled at the most local level possible where applicable .

Things are decided as close as to where they are actual happening rather than far away.  This way decision making processes are decentralised and fairer to all within each eco system.

1. What is the SHIRO?

The Shiro is the general assemblage of the hyphae- or the self-empowered individuals who come together en masse to work together to collectively come to a collective realisation or dynamic consensus. The beauty of this model is that shiro can appear at anytime anywhere and are NOT centralised.

This means to address NEW challenges the HYPHAE in each Shiro /assemblage work together through a communication, impartation, integration and interaction process . It is a constant process.The hype then respond to new environmental circumstances as and when it is required.The information collected at ANY and ALL times is fed back into the SHIRO in the dynamic life cycles of the hyphae wherever they are in the mycelium. The gathering of hyphae happens when it is required. The “blooming” stage of the this eco system is the so called “mushroom”… thus the blooming stage of the cycle is the “collective realization”-or consensus of the community at large within that micro or macro eco system. It is this innovation that sets the whole system or model apart from other obvious models. The mycelium of glocal governance is both a local solution and an international solution that can work in tandem or in symbiosis with existing systems until the old is no longer required or needed anymore. It is a painless transition of power back to the people. it is both a metamorphosis and a quiet transformation… It is democracy as it should be… for ALL , by ALL and WITH ALL stakeholders. In the past it has usually been individuals or small groups of individuals that made ALL the decisions regarding the entirety. The 21st century requires something bigger and better.

Democracy up until now had relied on this small group of individuals to come up with the best answers… but in this model the system is decentralised and the best decisions are made collectively with more information, experience and more knowledge and GREATER communication and overall transparency. It makes the abuses of power less likely because trust

and responsibility is shared. In the past, the problem has always been over centralisation of power . This has led to wars, conflicts, famine and economic disparity. The solution is to change how we think about governance and to apply it in our daily lives on a local level and then on a global level- or simultaneously. With the “Shiro”- anyone who is affected or involved with the local implications can participate in the discussions that reach the consensus ..or collective realisations of the whole. From this stage of “ clicking” /realisation- the spores SHOOT out from the blossoming of the realisation/consensus . Projects- the actions.. the decisions..the visions- ideas etc… are all the result of that chemistry of coming together and deciding together.

Thus the NEW life cycle then begins and the hyphae/self empowered individuals / citizens shoot out from the spoors and attack/consume the biomass of the old with the equipping of the NEW- the enzymes of new consciousness or awareness … and so the life cycle continues…

NEW compost is created in this metamorphosis -which is the wherewithal or resources or tools to cope and deal with the new paradigm of challenges ;and then when needed again the hyphae again meet en masse and form a new shiro – and produce the new wisdom and new ideas through the same process of dialogue and communication and interaction -until the collective realisation is reached again and so on and so on … – new spores…new life cycle …new dynamic solutions for dynamic challenges…thus the model remains dynamic- not static – ever changing and ever adapting to new circumstances as and WHEN they come…the organism of the living mycelium – NOT THE ORGANISATION continues to function dynamically and effectively; and becomes future proof. Its not dry…not dead…not elastic…Able to address or handle any new challenge it faces quickly and effectively.

The Shiro is part of the innovation of this model and the dynamic consensus which is ready to  respond at any given moment with the consensus of that moment . When fully working governance will function autonomously and trustworthily. It is an ongoing consensus that moves society ever forward ! The self empowered citizens of this new society keep evolving into the NEW… all the

time- using the useful things of the past -but not clinging onto the past models to save it when elements within the old have become redundant and no longer relevant…it is a cycle of continuous learning ;and a cycle of applying new solutions to new global and local challenges. And who can argue with Nature? The mycelium is not only an indefinite organism – it is an adaptive organism

able to handle any  radical changes within its environment better than any other life form on Earth.

2. Practical Examples of How the Myclium works.

The language of nature is as old as the hills itself. Many human systems of organising and governance have occurred across the millenia since human beings first walked the planet. 

To show HOW this mycelium model of global or glocal governance can work in societies irrespective of cultural, spiritual or tribal backgrounds we will propose two concrete examples or mycelia. 

1.   The Rainbow Mycelium 

When the earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colours, classes, creeds, and who by their actions and deeds shall make the Earth green again. They will be known as the Warriors of the Rainbow 

Old Native American Prophecy

In 1972 the rainbow movement or non organisation which focusses on world peace and healing society was born in the rocky mountains of Colorado. 

Since then the Rainbow has multiplied as an organic movement and gatherings have been held in over 150 countries around the world. Many millions of people have been to gatherings in wild forests, jungles, deserts, mountains and other remote places part from mainstream society. The Rainbow “ family” has the honour of hosting the oldest , continually  running website in the world  ( www.welcomehome.org ). The rainbow family acted as first responders in Hurricane Katrina. Airport traffic security and even NASA  have been made safer and easier and more efficient to use because of open source software designed mostly by rainbow software engineers. 

The ethos learned in the gatherings and the Shiro of the gatherings in the Nature all over the world has also inspired many peace projects  ( eg Jerusalem hug, Walk about Love, Jerusalem Peacemakers ). It has helped to assist in mediation and conflict resolution all over the world in all kinds of backgrounds. 

These were the spores that came out of the vision circles or Shiro of the rainbow mycelia. Many autonomic communities have developed and many environmental organisations have been created including Green Peace.  ( “ Rainbow Warrior” ) 

When we look at the mycelium and how it will work in the future we can take the rainbow mycelia as a biomass for the new. Compost it and improve on it. But how does it mirror the mycelium model? 

Firstly, it is an organic movement with no leaders and no decision makers. They have “ focalisers” or facilitators who “ focus the direction of the work flow. The ethos is that “ if you see a job ..its yours !” – and responsibility is the ability to respond. Its about empowering people. 

The Rainbow is a group which meets in the Nature and lives together without electrical aids or the niceties of city life for up to one month. It is an intentional community and focusses on self-motivation and self empowerment.  It is a movement that governs itself through tools that work. The Shiro that forms during and before the gatherings facilitate the process of governance and mirror what we are trying to do in our mycelium model. It is a practical model of glocal governance and has proven that the technology works in any environment anywhere in the world at a grassroots level. 

Secondly, small circles or Shiros -or workshops meet after lunch to discuss issues or to educate others. In the “ talking circles the “ talking stick is used to give everyone a space to share their voice in the group. During this communication process no one interrupts the one who is speaking. 

In the vision councils a 100% consensus has to be reached for any consensus to be passed. For example which country to gather the next year.  The problem with this method is that it is time consuming. We propose a more dynamic tool using facilitation both on and offline.The methodology is good but needs to be refined. 

Finally, the rainbow movement has survived where other movements have not. It has no leaders but an effective system of governance. It works. It proves that it is possible for all nations of any background can live together in peace and is a strong support or foundation for what we are proposing as a NEW model for glocal governance. 

2.The Fair CoOp Mycelium

Fair Coop was started in Spain after the nightmare of the crash of the banks and the austerity measures there ( fair.coop). Enriq Duran who was based in Catalonia along with others looking for solutions to the crisis eventually invested in a cryptocurrency called faircoin. In the last 3 years the currency has expanded to include a prepay card and a ” bank of the commons” which empowers anyone that wishes to invest a small amount into it. Fair coin is currently in the top 100 of digital currencies. ( See www.coinmarketcap.com ) . Within this mycelium or eco system local nodes help to produce a fair economy that is transnational and seamless. All decisions are made within democratic, integral assemblies. This is already a successfully working model of change and governance according to the shape of the mycelium as we have proposed. 

3. The Transitions/Occupy mycelium 

The occupy movement began in 2011 in New York and quickly spread to cities all over the world in protest to the banking collapse and the response by governments to bail out those same banks. Although no longer visible above ground… it is still in its ethos very much alive within the overall mycelium. 

The transition movements or initiatives propose a local approach to global issues and practise little initiatives that are meant to make an overall difference. The first transition town was in totnes in 2006 and since then this grassrooots mycelium has spread its hyphae all over the world. It is part of the shape we are proposing and is a real example of it. 

F. What are the tools of the Mycellium and the processes that make it work?

In this section we want to go into further detail of the actual processes of implementation and the tools we are postulating. To describe this model correctly and in the simplest manner we have interpreted the language of Nature as it works in symbiosis with all living beings on Earth. This model is using not just common sense to bring new solutions but the infrastructures of the mycelium to show how we can improve, integrate and innovate a new way to prevent the catastrophes we are now facing as humankind.. Nature is not only a tool to help us as humans keep the earth and its eco systems on balance but in the mycelium we have a virtual intelligence that doesnt require the kind of top down governance structures that have led us to this point of extinction. The mycelium is not only the shape of the future but a cross cultural tool that can transform whole nations from poverty and hopelessness into a better, more prosperous  life for all. Using the metaphor of this living and intelligent organism we can build an open human project that governs the entirety of all living beings and all resources on planet Earth… to curb the destructive forces that have governed  us in the past and led us to this point of crisis…this nexus of our own making.  

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c) Argumentation demonstrating how the model meets the assessment criteria (no more than 2750 words)

For each of the criteria listed in section 2.2 below, the Participant must provide convincing arguments as to how the proposed model meets the criterion.

In addition, Participants are permitted (but not required) to submit a maximum of two supplementary non-text items such as graphs, figures, images or short film clips that assist in the understanding of the model presented in the text (“Supplementary Material”).  The Supplementary Material may not contain extensive text elements and may not add new elements to the model that were not explained in the text.

The Supplementary Material may be submitted in the form of attached files (PDF or JPEG) or links to material. Each attached file may contain one page only, and any film or sound clips may not exceed three minutes. For the avoidance of doubt, any Supplementary Material developed by a third party author, i.e. not the Participant, requires the consent of the relevant third party author.

It is very important that any Supplementary Material – as well as texts in a) to c) – does not identify the author in any way. Submissions will be anonymised before assessment, and any form of identifier other than the information supplied in the author profile, may result in the disqualification of the submission.

1. Core Values.

Decisions within the governance model must be guided by the good of all humankind and by respect for the equal value of all human beings.

we trust the open processes that the model affords and distrust the close processes of existing structures which are bond by bureaucracy and secrecy. The value system of humanity  we believe intriinsically good and wants what the better is and the right course of action for all. 

2. Decision-Making Capacity.

Decision-making within the governance model must generally be possible without crippling delays that prevent the challenges from being adequately addressed (e.g. due to parties exercising powers of veto).

In our case our process happens before the decision happens and happens ahead of time. It speeds up the process because the one making the decisions can take the outcomes into account and therefore it is faster . In fact that often times is no decision make because its clear what needs o be done. 

3. Effectiveness.

The governance model must be capable of handling the global challenges and risks and include means to ensure implementation of decisions. 

With our system of governance it is more likely that implementation of decisions within societies or decision making strictures are met with less resistance because the process of agreement has already been with dealt with through this model of governance. If a community is more committed to the course of action then it is easier to implement. It also makes the decision makers care more if the process has been democratically handled.

Also more people are participating in the process and the outcomes of shiro is shared. It is also an integral process. or holistically governance system 

4. Resources and Financing.

The governance model must have sufficient human and material resources at its disposal, and these resources must be financed in an equitable manner.

The mycelium is about generating means for  a broad consensus and equitable distribution of human and material resources.  This is in the interests of all the decision makers to decentralise decisions and thereof should be just , fair and equal for all to bring an integral  reformation of the existing structures.   For universal reform amongst nations there should be a broad consensus in the United Nations to support this model of governance and this support should be equal, fair and just for all. 

5. Trust and Insight.

The trust enjoyed by a successful governance model and its institutions relies on transparency and considerable insight into power structures and decision-making.

This model gives back the power into the hands of the people that are governed because they are part if the process of transformation and therefore should demand greater transparency. The outcomes of these realisations are shared with everyone in the mycelium and fears are overcome with truth. The platforms and networks  are important and they will allow the free flow of information and resources within the model and thereby improve trust and insight as a integral whole. 

6. Flexibility.

In order to be able to fulfil its objectives effectively, a successful governance model must contain mechanisms that allow for revisions and improvements to be made to its structure and components.

The mycelium allows by its organic nature and sing the language that everybody can relate to..ie the language of nature… to become a dynamic and adaptable mutating organism of intelligence that facilitates the collective of collectives that is not static but dynamic in its nature and therefore is by edition …flexible. It also preserves the autonomy of every eco system within the governance model. its not a one size fits all hegemonic and homogenous entity that demands compliance rom everyone but celebrates diversity. 

7. Protection against the Abuse of Power.

A control system must be in place to take action if the organisation should overstep its mandate, e.g. by unduly interfering with the internal affairs of nation-states or favouring the special interests of individuals, groups, organisations, states or groups of states.

The mycelium model shares consensus and raises awareness in society and doesn’t make or implement ANY  decisions. By separating the awareness and the implementation processes we create natural checks and balances that prevent abuses of power from happening within the model. 

8. Accountability.

It is a fundamental requirement of a successful governance model that it performs the tasks it has been charged with, and the governance model must include the power to hold the decision-makers accountable for their actions.