Human beings have not yet evolved to live in such a congested and stressful environment that is the modern world. In order to survive we find the need to medicate whether it be prescribed, over the coffee counter, or some sort of activity that allows us to keep our equilibrium. This idea of a controlled survival has become such a concept that some feel the need to implement this idea onto other organisms. For example, in Korea, some trees are medicated using intravenous therapy. The use of such a technological development to "fix" such a natural object picks at the idea that once human technology is introduced to a natural object, is it still natural? Or just a product of our civilization?
Looking to the social linchpin situation, a group of people held together by a single individual (the linchpin), "Linchpin System" becomes a device that calls for the identification of the linchpin in order to "save" a group or social structure from impending diaster. Just as you look to the people sitting in the EXIT row on an airplane to facilitate airplane evacuation, the linchpin must follow the procedures noted on the Safety poster and facilitate panic.
Similar to my piece about a social linchpin, this piece talks about a system or network of people. However unlike the linchpin system, which uses the concept of a leader, “Neighbor network” relies on no leader to function. This idea of consensus decision-making is seen through many examples in nature. Collective behavior governs swarms and schools of different animals for reasons that enhance their own survival and because of the multiple sources of information they will generally reach the correct conclusion. Animal patterning in groups also rely on how signals of attraction, repulsion, and alignment which, determined by where and when the signals are received, change the pattern that is created by the collective.
As animals that have no real predators, we have outgrown this need to flock together in this same fashion in order to keep our survival rate from diminishing. Instead we have formed individualistic minds that keep us separate from the group. Even in situations where social groups form, we are individuals within a group. My hope for “Neighbor Network” is to allow people to feel the forces of alignment that are so instinctual to animals. Through the use of rubber tension cords, harnesses, and simple rules that are projected along with the ideal collective behavior, a group of twelve can attempt to function as one mind although they will have to battle with leaving their own consciousness behind and submitting to the group.