The function of a membrane within natural systems, and especially the function of BioFilms in FAB (Facultative Anaerobic Bacteria) populations. Regarding:
The function of SEEDS Citizenship within Bio-Regions functioning as a flowing economy, established through reciprocity in trade between members of each bio-region so that the practice of the economy is supportive of ecosystems most directly and effectively. Viewing from this end where SEEDS ongoing growth is determined by the regenerated ecology of the place, Citizenship IS an avenue of established responsiveness (Response-ability) that becomes established in the course of earning it which does take time and effort AND
Looking to the FAB: Each bacteria functioning on it’s own until a food source is identified and a population begins the process of reaching a Quorum. Once this number of residents is established consistently over a period of time and perhaps by other markers such as environment (seasonal or other conditions such as drought, etc), the Next Generation literally mutates genetically to form a biofilm. This membrane begins the function like any cellular membrane to transmit and receive in various ways beneficial to the established population, either protective, transportive or communicative in nature.
Maybe Citizenship can be viewed a bit like this transmutation. As a citizen, actions can take on protective, transportive or communicative actions. So not lessoned in functionality, more protected and elevated as a necessary function and perhaps the ratio of Citizen to Resident to Visitor be the focus, especially within bio-regions. So many Citizens can support so many Residents can support so many visitors or at least some vehicle of onboarding and transport of nutrients be established so that various avenues, highways, paths, hypha, redundancies exist for this evolution to act in protection of the whole ecosystem. Perhaps Residents and Citizens are simply rewarded in different but equal ways. A route to Citizenship can reside within a networking capacity. How many redundancies one establishes or contributes to within a bio-region. (which has been fostered through time and within the vehicles of trainings or badges @Kath.PlanetHive , etc) The population of bacteria that express through this biofilm become visible as one organism at this point, not before, yet the work is always the same and the visibility comes with succession in place over time. It becomes by necessity of population for the residents to establish and support the citizenry so that as the population grows, so does the need for more citizen representation so the pathways become supported, the competencies are supported, made more accessible, more inclusive, more fun. We celebrate our task to establish a well-working Citizenry. “We reached Quorum with a 30% representation though Citizenship,” becomes the community supported goal within each region, and those pathways may look totally different and its the ratios that count… It takes a long time or an environment rich in nutrients (a well working pathway of education for example and looks different according to place and season as with the FAB).
Perhaps Citizenship is tied more directly (or at least another viable avenue) to a function within a bio-region. Tasks or responsibilities or networking capacity. A unique function of this bio-film lies in its capacity to hold soil together in clumps that function as whole ecosystems within themselves AND add the most underrated and under appreciated function of WATER HOLDING CAPACITY. Without the function of biofilm, soil loses the capacity to hold water (a very new and necessary understanding of the working of soil, btw). Soil holding water like a sponge is hands down the greatest function of soil to mitigate all fluctuations in climate, to support and sustain life, to cycle water through cloud formation and to mitigate both floods and droughts. In other words to stabilize the ecosystem; the entire goal of this new economy.
Perhaps we elevate Residents to do the function of Quorum building and bioregional populating, and Citizenship be a function of time and practice so that it’s capacity to hold water, to sustain cycles, to bring resilience and stability. It is a function of practice and competencies. Not simply populating with more Residents. Residents do their own populating, their own foraging for the foods that will pass through or express through the Citizens ‘membrane’. This may establish a relationship that must exist between the Residents and Citizenship. Like a point system perhaps for how many intersections of circles both within SEEDS and without, through other communities. And this like the rainbow colors of certain biofilms or the colors in plants (an expression of FABs within plant material…) becomes the responsibility of the Citizenry and is also the expression aspect of the entire ecosystem, signaling a healthy community who has been allowed successional expression through time and which is the building block of all complex life forms including our own. We are the expression of every successional community of microbes we have encountered over our life course of evolution. Citizenship expressed perhaps a maturity aspect of health… of an entire ecosystem.
…maybe Citizenship and Residency or levels of Residency become ‘fluid function states’
which can be entered into as roles. Not a hierarchy but an established functionality that can be entered into at different times. Maybe I’m a Citizen in certain capacities at very specific times or become a resident in different circles or places in gathering knowledge or foraging or pollinating functions. Perhaps we add anther category, that of traveling bard or flute player or globetrotter.