Planning futures

Thinking about this in my own life, I consider long term plans, but also short term plans. In fact, I usually also look back into my life. All this of course from my current perspective. From the position I am in now, and the things I know. I constantly realize that I cannot really plan for the future, since tomorrows events are unknown to me today. Anything can change in an instant. However, I can try to make plans, en do my best to realize them. Planning ahead like I do is something in between the ‘make-and-sell’ and ‘sense-and-respond’ frameworks as described in Peripheral Vision: Sensing and Acting on Weak Signals Making Meaning out of Apparent Noise: The Need for a New Managerial Framework, written by Stephan H. Haeckel. I try to ‘make-and-sell’ planning ahead carefully and executing my plans regardless of anything, but it doesn’t always work that way. One major reason for this might be that I am still learning how to plan in the first place. There are many times that I sidetrack from the schedule I made for myself. Although trying to ‘sense-and-respond’ might work better for me in certain situations, it’s not perfect for me either. I need some kind of certainty, so that I know where I am heading. I need to have a reason to get up in the morning, other than an external influence. When my life would totally be led by whatever comes up, I wouldn’t get anywhere. It doesn’t work for me. There is a certain attitude that accompanies these ‘senses’, and when you aren’t carrying out this stance, there will be noting to sense, or to respond to.  
Reading the article about the future of Paris I realize that cities weren’t always what they are today. The fact that Paris, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Zurich, to name a few, are at a scale and greatness they are was planned carefully. As mentioned, ‘participatory planning’ was used to create a future for Paris which would suit a capital. It is interesting to hear that Paris, perhaps because of its already established greatness within France didn’t comply with certain laws and regulations that were set in the country. Their grandeur and status gave them the freedom to continue ruling without having to stick to the rules of the rest of the country. However, it sounds unheard of to me that such a thing would exist. In this regulated era, where everything is bound to computer times and preset data entry, it is very hard to imagine dodging anything formally set. Though, everything had be established at some point, it all grew into what it is today. I wasn’t born the way I am now, that took quite a few years. And I’m still developing. As is Paris, and the rest of the world. Developing countries aren’t developing as much as the name suggests though, coming to think of that. The developed countries are evolving more into further developed countries, while the developing countries aren’t moving forward very much. This can be blamed at corrupt government, or at the wrong approach the developed countries have towards them in the form of ‘aid’. But one large player in their current development is their location. Because of the climate many mainly African countries have nomad nations. They travel around in order to make a living growing crops, and breeding livestock. In order for them to fulfill the most primary need, food, they are forced to maintain such a lifestyle. I’m no expert on the matter, far from it, but in order for them to have a future that would look more like our ideal, climate change is something they can absolutely not use.



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