The Holigent Helix



Holigent ® is a registered trademark • The Alliance to Reconstruct America™ • Copyright © 2010, 2017  A. Nicholas Frank

An Open Letter

January 2017

To Chancellor Nicholas Dirks

Chancellor's Leadership Team

University of California, Berkeley 

The "Holigent Helix", a 5" dia. x 7 feet tall plastic column will temporarily appear over the 6 inch "no jurisdiction" center of the Monument to Free Speech on Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley. It serves as an experiment and urgent search for peaceful systemic solutions to secure our future.  At minimum we want to see the response and level of interest in developing a conversation about societal innovation and reconstruction. We intend to share the results of our research with anyone interested in this project. The Holigent Helix bears the following words:

This monument to free speech shall be invisible no more. It speaks freely about the increasing disorder in the world, the depletion of our planet's life support capacity and about the rising probability of nuclear war. It tells you that no government or institution has the capacity to secure your future. Only you can build a new and truly sustainable society. This responsibility cannot be delegated or entrusted to any priest, politician or president.

Your mission is to become the new foundation of a peaceful and thriving civilization. Your action plan is to build, test and demonstrate self-organized and self-replicating cellular communities with hybrid economies and social contracts that secure quality of life and true sustainability for their residents. You are the pivotal and last living generation who has the option to do this work.

The existential challenge of our age is your puzzle to solve. Become an activist solutioneer and a shining beacon for a 21st century renaissance of your world. The operating concept is holistic-emergent evolutionary self-organization, and your key word is HOLIGENT.

I'd like to give you a brief background and introduction. My name is A. Nicholas Frank, and this story began in the spring of 1945, Budapest, Hungary. After months underground, an eight-year-old boy climbs out of a bomb shelter at the end of World War II, hungry, filthy and full of lice. In disbelief, amidst the rubble, he asks: "Why would grownups destroy beautiful buildings and kill innocent people?" I was that eight-year-old and that question still haunts me.

I was born into the Great Depression, then survived the Nazi hunt for my life and the bombs of World War II. I grew up in mindless and murderous Soviet occupation. Following the bloody uprising against the regime and the occupying Red Army in 1956, I crossed the minefield of the Iron Curtain as I escaped communist Hungary.

My father was an attorney by profession and a thinker, writer and dreamer by passion. I lost him to illness when I was four years old but got to know him well through his 1930s book manuscript about social evolution that he left behind. In it he called for the workers of Europe to unite — his early dream of a peaceful united Europe. His spirit of social consciousness is my guiding beacon.

In my life I experienced both extremes of Western bipolar political choices — fascism on the right and communism on the left. In 1991, along with many others, I took some satisfaction in the collapse of the Soviet Union and the “victory” of democracy and capitalism. More recently, however, we are discovering with regret that capitalism and democracy are failing to provide essential quality of life and security for large segments of humanity in the United States and beyond.

It is also discouraging to find that the tipping point between left and right seems to exclude the possibility of political balance in the center. Consequently, the long-range prospect of society is not bright — we can see dark clouds gather on the horizon. When in convergence that social, political, economic and environmental super storm arrives it will leave behind devastation and a wreckage of civilization.

We can now conclude that business as usual in the 21st century offers us two dark choices. One is slow death as desperate humanity is depleting our planet's life support capacity. The other is rapid self-annihilation by the detonation of even a fraction of the existing 16,000 (hair-triggered) nuclear weapons on our planet. — I fear for my children and yours.

We hope that students and educators will join in a grand experiment and earnest collaboration to answer the following question:

"Why is it that the greatest problem solvers in the known universe with countless brilliant minds credentialed by higher educational institutions are unable to answer humanity's existential challenge: to create universal quality of life, peace and systemic sustainability on our abundantly habitable planet?"  The questionable answer of our society is the result of the 2016 election. Clearly, we need a better answer.

As our world drifts toward the dark scenarios, the Holigent Proposal will serve not only as a pacifier of the disillusioned and angry but also as a beacon calling on students (of all ages) to direct their energies toward a well-reasoned non-political socioeconomic experiment away from business as usual toward systemic solutions in societal reconstruction.

As students participate in the freely offered Course and Workshop, they will be guided to follow evolution's model of holistic-emergent cellular self-organization. Equipped with Nature's "building code," a new generation of students and graduates could take the path of societal innovation toward systemic sustainability — building peaceful and thriving cellular, live/work pedestrian communities with hybrid economies and social contracts.  

I hope you will help plant the seed of social, economic and environmental justice, quality and systemic sustainability and encourage that seed to grow and blossom on college campuses. The Holigent Reconstruct America Course and Workshop can be a starter program to signal a departure from business as usual and spark the concept of societal innovation and systemic reconstruction.

Let the seeds of societal renewal be planted on UC Berkeley's storied grounds and from here, let the winds of change carry the spirit of a new renaissance across the land. Reeducating people, politicians and presidents, starting with young people, is a teaching job, who will do it if not educators? — Our future is in your hands.

With hopeful optimism,

A. Nicholas Frank

Founder and CEO