Journal on Policy & Complex Systems Volume 3, Issue 2 - Page 222

Policy and Complex Systems - Volume 3 Number 2 - Fall 2017 Plato’s Cave to Unite Americans and Save Democracy but Not Without Analytics Maury Seldin A,1 , Liz Johnson B Abstract Just as chemical combinations have emergent properties, so does the combination of certain concepts provide true education innovation, in order to expand the development of knowledge. With the tools and insights from analytics and complexity science, we can encode the concepts, as though we had a Periodic Table for the social sciences, and innovate in translational science, in order to spread the educational innovations to a broad electorate. Yet there is still a need to call on philosophical wisdom from Plato’s Cave to provide foundational arguments for a unique innovative educational enterprise, one that serves as a catalyst for The Third Wave of the Internet, potentially uniting Americans and saving democracy in its wake. The goal of this research is to provide the vision and application of an Academy in the Cloud Enterprise (ACE), via integrated wiki sites, that capitalizes on the fact that learners start from different places. Furthermore, they have different commitments of energy to gain knowledge. Given there is great reliance on conclusions reached by trusted others, this provides an exceptional opportunity to leverage off the social networks of the motivated learners. Concepts can be sequenced to be credible at face value, but verifiable to some degree by further exploration going back to the ACE wiki site and following paths to literature texts, in whatever depth the learner chooses. Knowledge-based education, like in ACE, helps individuals make better policy decisions in their personal and professional lives. Part of that education relates to the functioning of a democratic society based upon better policy from the voters (and the eligible non-voters), as well as targeting elected officials making wisdom-challenged decisions, with excessive reliance on linearity of twentieth century thinking. The intent is to foster the use of the lens of complexity science appropriately for reasoning and research, using nonlinear analytics. ACE is a work-in-progress based off applications from complexity science, directed to the issues involved in the organic transitions occurring in the American political economy and other dimensions of its modernity. (Please note this is speculative work in process, as part of a larger research endeavor that is developing and will be formally defined and modeled later with an agent-based model). Keywords: complexity, analytics, invisible hand, democratic structures, emergence, Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, Third Wave of the Internet, justice, Enlightenment, Spinoza, motivated learners Counselor of Real Estate, Emeritus Complex Systems Institute, University of North Carolina Charlotte; Corresponding Author 1 My coauthor selected the counselor status for identification. For present purposes I would add the following: Dr. Maury Seldin, a chaired professor emeritus of The American University School of Business Administration, was the founding president of the Homer Hoyt Institute created to serve as the research arm of two of the schools programs. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Homer Hoyt Institute (HHI), founded in 1967 and Chairman Emeritus of the Maury Seldin Advanced Studies Institute (ASI), founded in 1982 and serving as the corporate home for the Weimer School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Land Economics. Dr. Seldin is co-leader of the Seminar on Strategic Decisions at ASPEC) an interest group that he founded in 2002 and that in recent years has focused on applications of complexity science to a variety of strategic decisions ranging from personal health to organizational management and societal issues. A B doi: 10.18278/jpcs.3.2.12 219