SpaceArc Mission Statement

November 11, 2002

The SpaceArc Mission

We live in complex and challenging times. Driven by economic and technological imperatives, the pace of our lives is accelerating. Our disposable time is diminishing, and with it, our privacy, our freedom of choice, our attention span, and our individual voice. Diversity is subsumed by homogenization; understanding gives way to conflict. Such are the great forces at work in the world today. The evidence is widespread and undeniable. But perhaps we can do better.

 

SpaceArc is been founded on a different set of principles. Our goal is to empower the fundamental human striving for understanding through communication.

 

Human beings are designed to communicate; we are intrinsically social creatures with an enormous need – and an enormous ability – to communicate with one another. The complexities of language and social interaction are so fundamental to our nature that they are widely recognized to be hard-wired into our neurological systems. To be human is to express oneself.

 

et we live in a world that is increasingly hostile to the individual voice. We are taught to fit in; to conform to the broad preferences of society at large. Thinking that is considered to be out of the mainstream is routinely marginalized by society. This occurs in business, political, educational, economic, religious, and social contexts, and is so commonplace that we have come to regard it as an inevitable, and even laudable condition of modern society.

 

Yet, even as cooperative members of society, we embrace the undeniable fact that we are individuals as well; individuals with unique talents, unique experience, and unique contributions to make. It is that very individuality which underscores our education and informs our choices. And so we must face the central dilemma of the human condition – the friction between our instinctive need to express our uniqueness, and the imperative to do so in a world that, with increasing force and sophistication, seeks to moderate and control that communication toward a single goal – conformity.

 

The tension between the individual and the society is a perfectly natural condition of life on Earth, and as such, is neither good nor bad in and of itself. But healthy societies strive for and maintain balance in this tension, such that both societal and individual voices can be heard and respected in meaningful discourse. The problem faced by modern societies is that the influences of wealth, power, and technology have shifted the balance of this discourse away from the individual to such an extent that meaningful dialog is disappearing, and with it, the understanding that can emerge from the open and free communication – and conflict – of ideas.

 

SpaceArc is working to change that, by undertaking specific, tangible projects that seek to promote free and open communications among and between the peoples of the Earth. Our resources are as vast as the societies that we serve, encompassing the generous donations and hard work of individuals, corporations, foundations, and governments. Our palate is equally broad, with capabilities that include global-scale project management, public relations and media management, and access to technical prowess ranging from Internet and telecommunications technology to aerospace engineering. We marshal these resources in service to the exchange of individual communications of all forms, from any quarter, in any media, new or old.

 

In doing so, we hope to promote better understanding within the global village, and to offer a vision that transcends the geopolitical chaos of the moment.

 

About This Mission Statement

 

If the content of the SpaceArc mission statement doesn’t convince you of the difference in our thinking, perhaps it’s sheer length will. The corporate mission statement has become something of a business institution – a technique for articulating the core competencies of a business enterprise in easily digestible form for employees, clients, and investors. Its hallmarks are simplicity and brevity, and it serves the ostensible purpose of focusing the behavior of an organization on one specific goal – the maximizing of shareholder value. In the business community, this is of course a perfectly laudable and worthy goal. But too often, well-intentioned simplicity gives way to oversimplification; brevity to meaningless platitudes. In attempting to say everything, the mission statement often says nothing at all.

 

SpaceArc has adopted a different posture. We favor comprehensiveness over simplicity. We’d rather celebrate the complexities of the real world than mask them over with platitudes. Better to take a position and learn from the exchange, than to take a poll and learn from the numbers.  We believe in the exchange of ideas, and we hope our mission statement demonstrates this.

 

If you’ve read this far, it’s pretty clear that brevity is not a prerequisite to your interest, nor, we hope, to your understanding. If you want more information, if you want to get involved, if you just want to communicate – please call us or drop us a line. We’d be delighted to hear from you.

 

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