Bioregions: Lake, Rift Valley, Nairobi
- I wrote a letter with an outline of a Constitution for Humanity which I
include below. I envision a Command Structure for independent
peacemakers to wield authority, a Congress for each Tribe to cultivate
meaningful traditions, and Intertribal Councils for each location and
bioregion to make sure that all are included fairly.
I spoke with Dennis Kimambo about the bioregions. We considered the
areas of conflict in Kenya. What bioregions do they fall in? There seem
to be three that are relevant for us now:
* Lake region, which is to say, the area around Lake Victoria, which
includes Kisumu, Homa Bay, Mbita, Rusinga Island, but also parts of
Uganda and Tanzania. Water from this region flows down the Nile into
the Mediterranean Sea.
* Rift Valley region, which includes Nakuru, Eldoret, and many of the
areas with the worst fighting. The Rift Valley is part of a large
feature, a tectonic divide that goes from the Dead Sea to the Red Sea
and through Ethiopia to Tanzania and Mozambique.
* Nairobi region, which is on the other side of the mountain from the
Rift Valley. Water flows from here down to the Indian Ocean.
These bioregions actually are very significant in the current turmoil.
Each has its own dynamic.
* The Rift Valley is the scene of some of the worst ethnic violence as
various tribes are incited to drive people out and claim lands.
* The Lake region is supporting Raila Odinga so that they get their fair
share in Kenya.
* The Nairobi region is a major metropolis with many slums and urban
gangs because it is the hub for all the resources.
* The Coastal region - such as the port of Mombasa - is notably quiet.
These bioregions are I think relevant for us in a way that "Kenya"
isn't. Of course, Nairobi/Kenya sets the laws and we will respect
them. But given the choice, I don't see any need to organize the
Pyramid of Peace in terms of Kenya. Indeed, by organizing in terms of
the bioregions, we help to filter in those who care in real terms, and
filter out those who must think in terms of the nation-state government
I find it helpful for focusing on real problems such as land issues in
the Rift Valley or malaria in the Lake region. Note that the Lake
region is connected by the Nile with Italy. Storks fly back and forth
between Lithuania and Egypt. These kinds of connections are much more
real for me than a construct like "Europe" or "Africa". The Lake region
and the Nairobi region don't have so much reason to be related except
for the road that brings goods from the port of Mombasa. Which makes
clear why the Rift Valley region affects them both. And also raises the
question, Why does the Lake region have to send tax money to the Nairobi
region? unless it is for joint projects such as roads? and Why is the
Lake region so dependent on imports?
We then see that the Pyramid of Peace is already active in three
bioregions, and aside from sharing a Commander-of-Operations for this
emergency, there isn't any need for any long term "nationwide"
structure. The cause of the emergency is national, but I think the
solution isn't. Mombasa seems to have solved the problem. We can help
each bioregion solve the problem, too.
I therefore envisage that we think separately in terms of these
regions. My thought is that in March we organize an Intertribal Council
for each region. Certainly, we will encourage bioregions to work
together where they are interested. But we will also point out that in
many cases they don't have to. Also, the question of participation in
the structures organized by Minciu Sodas becomes separate from national
structural issues. We can organize in this way around the world to
include regions large and small. They can overlap and group themselves
in many different ways.
I encourage us to speak up about such an approach. If it makes sense,
then I will work with our Commanders Dennis Kimambo, Rachel Wambui Kungu
and Kennedy Owino to organize our Pyramid of Peace command structure
accordingly. I will ask them to suggest peacemakers who can lead each
region, and we will rotate them. We will also train them if they are
interested to be Commanders. Please let us know if you would like to be
trained as a Commander. I don't think a Commander should be shy, but
should nominate themselves, just like the boy David who took on Goliath.
Each Intertribal Council will let us and donors know the priorities in
the area, organize participation in community projects, help us check to
make sure the lead peacemaker is acting fairly, manage the treasury and
release funds for our operations, and work with a group of international
I also envisage an Intertribal Council for the Earth. This would
certainly be the place to organize consensus regarding global warming.
Janet Feldman and Franz Nahrada, I think you would be both good
organizers for such an Intertribal Council. Of course, it would be
quite a challenge to find twelve people who might reflect the diversity
of the people of the world.
I envisage this as a Minciu Sodas activity. I will be very active to
shape the structure of such Intertribal Councils that I propose. I want
an Intertribal Council to be a voice expressing a consensus of all
people AS THEY ARE, and the Congress of a Tribe to express the
expectation of what people SHOULD be, and the Command Structure to
demonstrate how virtuous people CAN be. I am taking initiative so that
these three modalities can be vibrant and in harmony. I also think that
participants should be active and accountable as independent thinkers.
Minciu Sodas is a context for that.
I suggest that each Intertribal Council have twelve people. My thinking
is that twelve is a number large enough to reflect diversity, but small
enough to achieve consensus. One mechanism to achieve diversity would
be to have a system as follows. The members would serve for twelve
months, but staggered. Each month one member's term would end and they
would propose three candidates who might best add to the diversity of
the council. The council would by consensus choose one of them.
I have proposed many ideas in a short time. I appreciate our thoughts
on the whole or any part.
Pyramid of Peace
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I have written my thoughts on a Confederacy of Humanity based on tribes:
Dennis Kimambo, Rachel Wambui Kungu, Kennedy Owino are very supportive
and so I am emboldened to pursue this and to expand my thoughts with
your help, advice, critique and proposals.
I am drafting a Constitution for Humanity that I will propose for the
mid-March meeting of Pyramid of Peace that we will organize. Here is my
current thinking. There are the kinds of structures:
* Command Structure: a command structure (ours is the Pyramid of Peace)
by which peacemakers wield as much authority as possible as individuals.
They act to prevent genocide and terracide. There will be leaders
reponsible for the peace and security of various tribes and locations.
* Tribal Congresses: each tribe will be led by a Congress of thirty or
so independent thinkers who are the voice for the tribe, who can
establish, revoke, revive the tribe's traditions, who can annul oaths
and establish counteroaths (which is important for helping people to
leave militias), who can hold tribal militias accountable, who can speak
on the tribe's behalf, and who can represent the tribe in any agreements
with powers, governmental or otherwise. Tribal decisions will be made by
majority rule so that difficult decisions (such as ending the practice
of female circumcision) can yet be made that hold for everybody. Each
Congress member will be responsible for the relationships with the
traditional tribal structures in one or more villages.
* Intertribal Councils: each location will have a council of twelve or
so citizens who represent the full diversity of the area in terms of
ways of life, including tribes, locations, gender, age, occupation.
Typically they may be leaders of associations. The council works by
consensus so that all are included and there is no unfairness in the
sharing of resources. The council also reports on the local leader of
the Pyramid of Peace command structure to help make sure the local
leader does not show any favoritism to one group or another. The
Intertribal Council maintains the treasury (including for the Pyramid of
Peace), raises money and issues any local currency, and organizes
economic activity and economic projects so they are fair. There will be
many local councils, but there will also be councils that cover larger
bioregions. Those who participate in the larger areas must also be
active in their local areas. The councils may also have supporters
around the world who help, for example, raise money.
* Minciu Sodas is led by Andrius Kulikauskas to serve and organize
independent thinkers. Minciu Sodas provides an environment where every
independent thinker can openly grow and make evident their ability to
work independently. Minciu Sodas structures the relationships between
the Pyramid of Peace, Tribal Congresses and Intertribal Councils so that
they allow every person to contribute fully as an independent thinker.
Every individual, tribe, group is free at any time to participate or
not. They may choose to establish their own structures outside of Minciu
There will be various checks and balances. For example, leaders of the
command structure will not be able to be members of the tribal
congresses of the intertribal councils.
One role that I think you [David Mutua] might like is as the Convener of the
Intertribal Council for a larger region. Dennis and Rachel agree that
you be such a leader. I was originally thinking that this could be a
council for Kenya, but now I realize this is a mistake and so I correct
myself. I think that we have the opportunity to organize ourselves
around larger and smaller bioregions, which is to say, according to
nature rather than nation-states. (God created Nature but God is also
keen on History so I may be wrong, but I think we gain much by
acknowledging Nature here.) The boundaries do not need to be very exact.
But the water system of rivers and lakes is a good guide as to who
should work together so that all interests are included. Here are some
bioregions that cover Kenya, according to the World Wildlife Fund:
* Shebele-Juba Catchments (Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia)
* Lake Turkana (Ethiopia, Kenya)
* Lakes Kivu, Edward, George, and Victoria (Burundi, Democratic Republic
of the Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda)
* Southern Eastern Rift (Kenya, Tanzania)
* Kenyan Coastal Rivers (Kenya)
* Pangani (Kenya, Tanzania)
So we would have an Intertribal Council for each region that is
relevant. I ask our Kenyan leaders to advise how you might approach
this. This would keep us out of national structures and national
politics and national allegiances.
Pyramid of Peace
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