I’m working on my research proposal for the 3rd time, and will submit it this evening.
It expands upon the claims in the book, which I am hopefully nearly done editing, four years after the contract was signed.
I had never done a PhD before, so my committee put the wolf at my door by reminding me of my obligations to actually proceed with a literature review and research proposal before I could work on the qualifying exam. I have stepped on most of the rake in writing its various editions.
Sometime around 2013, I started working on a timeline of transportation, just after scrapping the old book in 2012. I now am approaching 10,000 items in that timeline.
Sometime around 2015*, I became captivated by the progression of that timeline, and wondered if it did not have a deeper meaning. A meaning about hunger, expectations, trust, fear, emotions. Which has implications for us as humans, money, labor, satisfaction, sustainability and planning.
Last Friday, I was talking with my dad on the phone, and realized that this does not necessarily have to be a book. I should quit waiting to get it out as a whole thought-through thing and start building it here, in public view
This has always been a blog about planning and sustainability. But it is narrow and naive to worship at the feet of Burnham or Berry. The conversation is evolving. I want to start thinking and creating evolutionarily.
Watch this space.
* Oh, and I happen to care if America survives as a nation.