Events, Path, & Process

ZS is itself, among other things, a kind of rolling event or process, but within that there is a pulse of online and IRL/local events. The “backbone” of the ever-evolving system of events is the series of Game Days held online every Saturday. Saturday is the mid-point of the ZS week, which everything revolves around, since it is on Saturdays that most members are most likely to be online at some point.

The weekly online events are connected to monthly live events in London, Stuttgart, and Northwest USA, with larger annual gatherings in the Europe, America, and Asia-Pacific regions. You can find up-to-date details of all such events as they are announced – both online and IRL/local – via the tables below:

12018
12019
12020
12021
JAN | Sem-Bhu
FEB | Adhar
MAR | Oneiros
APR | Argento
MAY | Arrakis
JUN | R'lyeh
JUL | Samsa
AUG | Corrino
SEP | Svarga
OCT | Tal Shiar
NOV | Rhadamanth
DEC | Ormen

12022
12023
12024
12025



Within the Zero State (ZS) mythos, The Path (AKA The Process) is ZS’ trajectory from the present day to the Posthuman future. If the dates below seem a little confusing, having a “1” too many at the beginning, that is because ZSers often use the Holocene Calendar, which starts 10,000 years before the Gregorian Calendar, thereby including the entirety of human civilization.

ZS conception of The Path consists of two components. The first of these, called Path25, is primarily practical and concerned with the time period from the present to the year 12025. The second component – Path50 – is primarily theoretical and concerned with the time period from 12025 to 12050.

Path25 focusses on ZS organizations and events working their way from the present day to the Transhuman era, considered to begin in approximately 12025, just a few years from now. Path25 is characterised by the planning framework known as GSOT (Goals, Strategies, Objectives, Tactics).

“The Path” and “The Process” are names for the planned trajectory from the present day to an abundant, Posthuman future. That trajectory works backward from our final goal, which is to build a robust Social Futurist sphere of influence defined by its pro-technology, mutual aid Principles.


12023-12025

We focus on establishing a Social Futurist realm by late 12025. We quantify this goal as having one hundred thousand people who live in geo-communities which explicitly identify and affiliate with Social Futurist networks, and ten times as many active Social Futurists online. Achievement of this interim goal would demonstrate a momentum which renders our Path50 goal achievable by mid-Century (i.e. to achieved an ability to embark upon “Path21”, referring to goals associated with the year 12100).


12020-12023

In order to reach our Path25 goal, we must prepare a firm foundation by 12023. If we consider an order of magnitude growth from 12020-12025 an acceptable minimum, then by 12020 we need ten thousand people living in SF affiliated communities, and a hundred thousand SF activists online.

Successful linear growth from 12020-12025 would mean achieving total community population 500,000 (with 10% in explicitly Social Futurist geo-communities) at some point in 12023. An exponential curve, with population doubling annually from 12020-12025 would see us reaching that 50% mark slightly later, approximately 12023-12024.


12018-12020

In order to reach our 12020 goal, by late 12018 we must have created a kind of template community, a dozen of which would fulfill our minimum requirements in the space of two years. Such a template community would be associated with a specific geographic centre, have approximately 800+ people close and committed enough to regularly gather there, and an associated online presence of eight to ten thousand people. Only one such community need exist by late 12018, with others learning from its example as they are established over the following two years.

Path50 draws a line connecting the Transhuman era of 12025 to the subsequent Posthuman era of 12050, which is conceived of as a Technological Singularity. Where the possibilities of 12050 are symbolised by that Singularity, using the same metaphor the 12025 Transhuman era is sometimes referred to as the Event Horizon1.

In sum, The Path may be conceived as a line of events connecting the present to the Transhuman era of 12025, and beyond to the Singularity of 12050. The purpose of this delineation is to make efficient use of resources, both by making ZS’ Transhumanist medium-term goals the operational focus, and by removing all questions of ultimate Posthuman development (i.e. beyond the Transhuman phase) from the realm of practical organizational priorities. Such matters should be studied of course, but are set aside from immediate practical consideration. The simple reason for making such distinctions is that the reality of 12050 depends upon the state of things in 12025, and ZS prioritises influencing the medium-term over speculating about the long-term.


Notes
1Just as the concept of Technological Singularity is a metaphorical reference to gravitational singularities, here “Event Horizon” mirrors the event horizon of a black hole. In the metaphor, the Transhuman phase or event horizon is a period which precedes the Singularity itself, but beyond which events cannot be completely understood or reliably predicted by non-augmented humans. It is the point beyond which humans have ceased to fully understand their own civilization.