I know there are concepts of “world governance” and “global governance“. So I think there must a concept of “world architecture” and not in the narrow sense used by civil architects. Or maybe better let’s call it “global architecture”. Assume the world, aka planet Earth, is an enterprise. We then can apply EA principals to design it. Why would anyone want to do it? Apart from “for fun” I can see several reasons:
- To improve the quality of life through continuous process of optimization
- Plan for the future and be ready for anything
- See the “meaning of life”. It’s kind of inverse process for EA – we plan for activities for a reason, thus if something was done there must be a meaningful motivation behind it.
- It’s the highest possible level of architecture. Doing EA for some company or a government will always lead to certain assumptions about the outside world. Now we can have a complete picture. Everything is organized. Bless my OCPD.
- The complete history of everything. It’s just EA collateral but can be quite handy nevertheless.
Let me put on my “global architect” hat
By my definition of the enterprise (see the previous post) the world is just a collection of activities performed by people at different points in time in Solar System (he he ). They perform those activities based on their understanding of the world and motivations.
So here is Why?
We need to define top level motivations. Fortunately there are plenty of frameworks available. I will start with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Of course his forced hierarchy is wrong. Take ballet for example. It is an activity that addresses the metamotivation “Perfection” but also comes with poor financial security and terrible consequences for one’s health. But the taxonomy is decent so let’s rip it off:
- Physiological needs
- Sex, questionable by some but from EA point of view the luck of motivation will lead to no action and therefore extinction. And since we are still here the motivation exists whether we want to acknowledge it or not.
- Personal security
- Financial security
- Health and well-being
- Safety net against accidents/illness and their adverse impacts
- Problem solving
- Luck of prejudice
- Acceptance of facts
- Wholeness (unity)
- Perfection (balance and harmony)
- Completion (ending)
- Justice (fairness)
- Richness (complexity)
- Simplicity (essence)
- Beauty (rightness of form)
- Goodness (benevolence)
- Uniqueness (individuality)
- Playfulness (ease)
- Truth (reality)
- Autonomy (self-sufficiency)
- Meaningfulness (values)
The next stop is to list all the possible activities, well, high-level taxonomies at least and link them to motivations.
At one point we will need to map the motivations to people, aka stakeholders. If you think it’s impossible you haven’t been paying attention to what Google, Apple, Microsoft and NSA with their PRISM project are doing. It’s not about your privacy, it’s just an excellent method to design the global architecture