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The main goal of Change and Change-Makers (CCM) is to enable a dialogue about the future of the debate about persistence. Also, a novel theory of persistence will be developed, providing the means for a paradigm shift in philosophy of time. As it takes processes as the basis for persistence, this theory is called produrantism.

The potential of produrance becomes evident once we use it to analyse stability. In a case of stability the same property is exemplified through time — say an object staying red from t1 till t2. Stability is obviously a persistence phenomenon, since it is different case whether some entity is red or stays red. However, Stability-cases have not been in the focus of the debate about persistence, presumably because they do not lead to a contradiction. Nevertheless, stability is as explanation-worthy as change. Produrantism has the potential to account for stability in the same way as change: the primary property bearers are abstractions from the underlying persisting process.

This new concept of persistence is not tailor-made to solve a trifling philosophical problem, and so it is no wonder that it has a much wider area of application. Stability is often brought about by massive cooperation, and objects and systems often exist through time only as long as their corresponding stability processes persist. In many areas of science it is the stability-makersthat are more important than the change-makers. Examples are not hard to come by: the human body persists by metabolism; a literal exchange of matter brings about a (roughly) stable, persisting body. The corresponding human stops existing once the body loses metabolic power. Social systems like an entire state often only persist by a delicate balance of internal and external forces. This stability cannot be taken for granted, but has to be brought about by interaction of the different powers involved. Finally, vast astronomical entities like a solar system only persist by a delicate equilibrium of rotation energy and gravitational pull.

A process understanding of persistence can account for all these cases because processes are not individuated by their space-time location: A process of someone baking a cake is in no way hindered by a co-located process of the same person whistling. Representing persistence in a higher resolution by including the change- and stability-makers makes it possible to account for all these cases in which stability or change is brought about by massive cooperation. The paradigm shift of the debate aiming for an exhaustive account allows for a concept of persistence that can naturally be applied to a wide array of science.