learn Living Platform

To learn Living Platform requires some discipline and willingness to overcome one's prior beliefs about politics.


  1. . willingness to learn and overcome stupidity
  2. . awareness of the political virtues and one's inability to practice them under certain circumstances
  3. . a general belief that to waste ECG Master time is to degrade the value of life and the price of Earth - and to be willing to defer to judgement of such people
to change politics drastically for the better

To ultimately contribute to the whole requires doing some things that people who don't care to contribute, don't do:
Drill exercises that seem pointless are very useful but not if one only seeks to pass a test, only if one seeks to understand.

degrees of learning


Simply staring at pages and seeing words in combinations one is unused to seeing, will have little learning effect. It is not advisable as one may get drool on the keys. It is even less advisable to get drool on others with non-operational complaints such as "this is too complicated." If this is what you have to say, please go away, we do not need more ways to waste time. What we are doing here is valuable and much simpler than learning the way it is done without the tools we offer. If you find it too hard, then, you probably are not the person we are looking for.

learn rules

To learn a ruleset and practice it diligently is useful at least to those who want the rules followed. It at least saves chief editor and senior editor time so that those people will be more willing to answer your questions.

simple drills

Craig Hubley says "Normally I ask people to review pages a few times and write their detailed view of the content down each time, so I can read them and see what they are getting out of each pass." This helps avoid having to write a textbook on subjects for which there is none.

"ten by ten" self-paced course

Craig Hubley advises taking ten core pages (noted below) and reading them times each (using this process:)

"If you wish to actually master this material in a week, not months or years, here is a recommendation: that you read all ten of these core (well ok two of them are actually pairs) pages through, once, without really trying to understand them completely. Then write an overall summary in your own words of what is going on, about one page long. Don't bother to criticize the choice of terms, etc., obviously they are not easy to understand right away."

"Then do a second pass only of the A. goals, plans, positions pages, and, write another full page just about those three. Then likewise for B. meetings, agendas, documenting decisions and minutes. Then likewise for C. habits that make things work smoothly. Now you have read through everything twice and have four pages well worth your time to review. See if you have anything to correct (but save the original), and, write out a four page report that exactly summarizes what you learned on the two passes."

"Now, read all the pages of A and B over again. Write two pages just on that, and how they interact. Then, read all the pages of A and C over again. Write two more pages on that interaction. Then, read all pages of B and C. Write two more pages on that interaction. Now you have got six more pages. Add these to your four page report to get ten pages. I think if you read it through honestly you will have to correct some of the things you said in the four page, and certainly the one page version. Again keep the originals. By this point you have done three passes, and, it will be obvious to you that your understanding evolved."

"Now try to mirror the basic understanding of each core concept: On the fourth pass read every page through separately, all ten, and try to restate what it says in your own words, as simply as possible, on one page. Take the ten pages and add them to your first ten. Now you have twenty."

"Read through all twenty and then read again through all of A, B, and C as if the whole thing was one textbook. You will no doubt have some notes to add to your twenty. By now you should be clicking "edit" to add questions to the actual livingplatform.ca pages, or request things be made clearer, or contradictions resolved. You have by this point done five full passes." And written a textbook.

"After that, I will bother to review what has changed, and will read all of your twenty pages carefully, as an essay on what livingplatform.ca is and does. I will have different exercises for the sixth to tenth passes that will depend on what you have understood fully, understood partially, or have failed to understand. I will have thought of a role you can play and will be aiming for you to be able to play it by the tenth pass. To do that, you will need to have certain skills by the seventh pass, so, the first set that I assign will test those skills. I won't tell you what the skills are only what to report. If you demonstrate the skills are already there inherently then I will set a sixth pass to test their level, the seventh to stress them and the eighth to consolidate and apply. By the ninth you should be able to find flaws in the material, and, by the tenth, answer questions about it all."

"This should give you the same awareness of what is going on in five days or so, as others took a year to develop... to making teaching 50x faster than it was before - hard work for one week not one year - is possible. To make it more efficient than that is probably entirely unreasonable."

A. goals, plans, positions


IPA=issue/position/argument (treat as one page)

backcast to fixed time horizon

B. meetings, agendas, and documenting decisions and minutes

wiki meeting

agenda protocol

TIPAESA=evidence/source/authority (treat as one page)

C. habits that make things work smoothly

administrator guidelines

naming conventions

all name precedents

policy resolution

changing your mindset

Read single command hierarchy, efficient politics, twelve levers, tensegrity, intellectual integrity and reflexive intranet. Then consider how commit verbs, feedback, consensus decision making, and intellectual integrity contribute to a deliberative democracy.

Read more widely in this area for other sources, e.g. Wikipedia, especially on ethical relationships, ethical decisions.

Then read politics as usual, Canadian politics as usual, and finally all pages linked to living ontology.