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Add to Brian Eno's "250 Projects"
Alex Steffen, 15 Nov 03

It's your turn to share what you know.

Tonight, at a rousing lecture sponsored by the Long Now Foundation, Brian Eno described his next undertaking. It's a book, 250 Projects for a Better Future.

Like most good ideas, the premise is deceptively simple: can we describe the 250 projects most critical to building a better future?

He wants recommendations. He knows about this site. Let's give him some. Each project recommendation could include the following: a definition of the project (to take his example, desalinization: the removal of salts from seawater), a description of why it matters (fresh water is an increasingly scarce, but neccessary resource, the lack of which is the source of much conflict and suffering), a brief history of work done on the project to date (overview of previously-created desalinization tools), and suggestions on what work remains to be done (create a desalinization method which is cheap, sustainable and easily distributed).

So, what do you say, worldchangers? Got a project (or two, or twenty)? We want to hear 'em. Mr. Eno assures us credit will be given where credit's due. Consider it a contest. All ideas welcome. Share your answers in the comment section (click on "comments" below).

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Project: Conversation Cafes

What: Hosted, regular, open dialogues in public places like cafes where diverse people with a shared passion for understanding our world engage in a lightly structured process that promotes insight, depth and novelty.

Why: "lateral connection dissolves top down control" - people talking to people about what matters promotes social intelligence and empowerment - *this is what democracy looks like*. Transcends polarization, media control of information, loneliness and loss of community.

Unique? Yep... talking to strangers... saying what's real and true for you instead of posturing or falling silent... occupying already created spaces (tables, chairs, food, someone else pays the rent and cleans up - duh-uh, how perfect for group dialogues of any size)... open boundary;anyone can join in... subtle education in principles of dialoge:respect, inquiry rather than debate, listening, seeking what you've never said and never heard... *we are the talk show*

State of the Project: started in summer 2001, spread widely after 9/11, now in about 60 locations in the US and another dozen around the world, self-organizing with only a 3/4 time coordinator, integrated into Green Festivals 2002 and 2003, Bioneers, Institute of Noetic Sciences conference, phone trainings for hosting, website with everyone anyone needs to get going (and not have to ask permission), web calendar of locations and more...


Posted by: vicki robin on 15 Nov 03

Project: Tax Reform

What: By modifying the tax system demand for goods and services will increase, and the need for government services, welfare and charities will decrease.

How:

1. Everyone earning wages gets paid a weekly salary on the same day.

2. Half of the value of each paycheck is deducted and they are all added together, averaged, and the average value put back in the individual checks.

Think of it as two paychecks: you get half of what your wages are, and the average of half of what everyone in the country makes -- your share of the wage economy.

Why: Salaries and earnings will move toward the average. The rich cannot consume proportionately as much as they earn since a man earning 1000 times what you do does not consume 1000 times as much as you do. The poorer people having more disposable income will greatly increase demand for common goods and services. Businesses thrive, economy strengthens, investments do well, living standards raise. Much of the need for charities, welfare, doles, etc, is gone, removing justification for transfer payments and most if not all government assistance programs.

Justification: The only way we CAN earn any money at all is through our actions which influence others. No others, no influence; no influence, no money. We _owe_ it to each other to get half our paycheck on our own, and half from everyone else, because without them we are
nothing, and without us they are nothing.

We need each other.

Negatives: Doesn't affect people earning residuals, capital gains, business income, or many other kinds of profit. Virtually impossible to politically sell the idea to the rich.

Positives: Easy to understand and technically easy to implement through a national bank. The results will show quickly if any nation tries this, and it would work well in a developing nation under a socialist style economy such as China or Cuba.


Posted by: Steve Devine on 15 Nov 03

unifying quantum mechanics and general relativity to have a single coherent physical theory of quantum gravity! there's been a lot of work done on the theoretical side, say at princeton's institute for advance study and the perimeter institute in waterloo: alain connes' work on noncommutative geometry, juan maldacena on the holographic principle and fotini markopoulou kalamara's introduction of causality into spin networks. work to be done: possibly merging string/M-theory with LQG and formulating experiments to make predictions testable :D


Posted by: smerkin on 15 Nov 03

Dynamic P2P Payment System

for Creative Commons lisenced works.


The system's mathmatics would work parallel with the bandwidth/distribution costs of any one file needed to be distributed over the network using a P2P system like BitTorrent, where bandwidth is distributed. The bandwith costs would be calculated, or estimated, and an initial price per copy would be set by the selling party. At the time of the distribution, a critical mass of initial investors would be met, then starting the redistribution of funds. The price per copy would then decrease with every other person's investment in a copy. At the same time, the initial critical mass of investors would have funds transferred back to them as more people invest in a copy.
The goal is to find a dynamic way of sharing a network freely and Democratically, but also represented by a currency system and a legal system. High distribution costs and low demand are emergent properties of each other, and thus the ideas either get recycled or cease. If a file finds importance among a large part of the population, the distribution costs should approach a very low number. Low distribution costs and information deemed very important by the masses are emergent properties of each other as well.


Posted by: Tim Andonian on 15 Nov 03

comments for above, sorry, bad contact link...
tim


Posted by: Tim Andonian on 15 Nov 03

Problem: Social Security Insolvency and the problem of disappearing pensions

Solution: Turn the system whereby you pay into the system inside out- give every child born here say-- a $75000 'trust fund' This money can be touched for only 3 reasons. Education, First home, retirement @ 18-23, 30-35, and 60 years repectively. You pay taxes to pay for the next generations birth gift. Equal opprotunity.

Upside: Hey, You dont have to come from a rich family to go to a good school!, or get a starter home if you only make minimum wage, or have to eat pork n' beans every night as a retiree.

Downside: beating off the opportunist monkey that creates inflation


Posted by: Damon Lippert on 15 Nov 03

What: Medical data mining on a very large scale. Application of statistics to determining actual effect of treatments, lifestyle, etc, on a large population over a long time frame.

Why: Currently, studies of the effectiveness of drugs tend to last for a short period, while the effects of other things such as lifestyle are hard to judge (and are in any case not well funded). The current system does not seem to cope well with chronic diseases, such as mental health problems. Also, the current system does not sufficiently take into account human individuality, instead tending to lump people into overly broad disease categories. By collecting much more data, we can make accurate, individualized predictions about efficacy of various strategies.

Previous work: http://www.RemedyFind.com has made a reasonable start.

What needs doing: Provably correct statistical methods and accounting for reporting bias, in order to obtain scientific validity. And collection of lots and lots of data.

I have a more detailed (though still sketchy) proposal here: http://www.logarithmic.net/pfh/Sparrowfall_Design_Notes


Posted by: Paul Harrison on 15 Nov 03

What: Adult Foreign Exchange Programs
High schools have them, as do colleges and some companies. There are few for the average working American adult.

Why: Overwhelmingly, high school and college participants rate foreign exchange as one of the best and most eye-opening experiences in their lives. Increasingly, American foreign policy is radically misguided and misunderstood by a lack of foreign experiences amongst voters and politicians alike. By increasing the exposure of Americans to foreign cultures through voluntary incentivized exchange programs, America fosters goodwill, social education, and better foreign policy decision making.

How: Federal and state government incentives to businesses to support foreign exhcnages that are based on professions. Simply put -- engineering firms exchange engineers, hospitals exchange doctors, and general contractors exchange workers. Implementation needn't be for an entire semester or year, per education based programs. A simple one to three months in a simplified job function overseas should be enough to stimulate understanding without threatening family life or job skills. Highly participatory companies will make it part of their normal employee training programs.

Prior work: Sister City International has had a long and successful success story in helping Japanese, American, and European (and a few other Asian, Australian, Russian, etc.) cities establish exchange relationships. They are mostly aimed at teenagers, but also include civic government officials and adult volunteers.


Posted by: Ryan Kenny on 15 Nov 03

Definition: Arcologies like Arcosanti. Arcosanti is a futuristic town for 7500 now being constructed in the Arizona desert. Paolo Soleri has designed it as a living demonstration of his principles of "arcology." Arcology is Soleri's word for a new kind of city which deeply integrates architecture with ecology (architecture + ecology = arcology).

Why it matters: We won't have a future if we don't start being ecologically self-sufficient. All of the above suggestions will never come to pass if humans are no longer living.

In Progress: Arcosanti is in progress (see the website for details), but needs further funding to continue.

What needs to be done: Funding needs to be found for one of the most important environmental experiments to date, seeing if we can reduce the destructive impact of humans on the world.


Posted by: technodummy on 15 Nov 03

What: Perennial grain polyculture: a model of sustainable agriculture based on North American praries; in contrast to our current reliance on monoculture of annuals.

Work in progress: The Land Institute, founded by Wes Jackson, has been working on this for 20 years. They already have a "long now" approach to the problem. See http://www.landinstitute.org


Posted by: David Flanagan on 15 Nov 03

Change school to this concept: adults are students and kids are the teachers.


Posted by: Lu on 16 Nov 03

Definition of project: Construction of a space elevator

Why it Matters: We have many problems here on Earth to solve and a general need to grow to reach for a better future. The construction of a space elevator will greatly reduce the cost of accessing space and allow us inexpensive access to the resources and opportunities it offers. For example, with the space elevator we would be able to construct solar power satellites to produce unlimited clean power for use on Earth, we would be able to monitor and in some limited cases affect the weather that dominates our world, and we would be able to colonize space giving our children a new frontier and endless resources. The positive impacts of this project are unimaginable and we believe the downside is limited.

History: There has been little work in this area until recently but it is now a very hot area with extensive media coverage and interest from NASA, ESA and various other organizations. The most comprehensive work in this area that is publically available is a book my colleages and I compiled called the space elevator that is available on Amazon.

Work to be done: There are engineering studies and some materials research but we believe we will finish these in the next two years. The space elevator should be ready for construction within two years and we could have an operational one in 15 years.


Posted by: Brda Edwards on 16 Nov 03

Civilization Reboot in a Box. How to go from a third world agrarian society to a stable first world state in 30,000 easy lessons, all in a ruggedized, solar powered, solid state PC. Like an encyclopedia, but with the details filled in. I'll bet about 100 GB of data, but I could be optimistic by a factor of 10. Definitely less than 1000 GB.

Lessons 1-1000: English as a second language, how to use this knowledge base.

Lessons 1001-5000: the first industrial revolution. How to build a 10 KW electric power generator starting with only a shovel, clay bricks, trees, and sources of iron ore and copper ore.

Lessons 5001-15,000: biology, medicine, public health, and agriculture. How to stop cholera epidemics by closing polluted water sources. How to breed improved species of grains. "nothing in biology makes sense except in the context of evolution".

Lessons: 15,001-20,000: social technology. "all politics is local." Universal human rights. Illegitimacy of government without consent of the governed -- "no taxation without representation." Land registration offices and surveying. Locally elected councils with taxing authority. Robert's rules of order. Regional improvement authorities. Newsletters and newspapers. Journalistic ethics. Legal bar associations and independent professional certifications. Processes for impeachment of officials and removal from office. Limited liability -- partnerships and corporations. Accounting techniques and generally accepted accounting principles. Stock markets and commodities futures. Organizational bylaws.

Lessons: 20,001-30,000: the second and third industrial revolutions. mechanical engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering. Scaling-up from pilot projects. Petroleum refining. Synthetic fertilizers. Pollution management and industrial ecology. Aerodynamics --of wings, --of fuel-airflow in internal combustion engines. Telecommunications: voice, data, information theory. Principles of programming and computer systems design. Engineering project management.

The Whole Earth Catalogs of the 1960's had the same idea, but now seem quaint and naive. Universities such as MIT and Rice are putting their entire course contents, including lectures, onto the Internet -- these contain essential information, but are targeted at the high-performing third world high school graduate, not at people who may have an annual income of $100 or $1000.


Posted by: Alton Naur on 16 Nov 03

What: A democracy in which an individual can make a difference

Why: Current democracies give their citizens the right to vote once every blue moon. The single vote an individual can cast is drowned in millions of other votes and has no effect on the outcome of the vote. Sad, but those are the laws of mathematics.

How: A modern democracy should provide a webpage for every topic a decision is made on in parliament (etc.). Arguments and solutions provided by citizens are included on that website, for every one to see, scrutinize and supplement. The website is moderated, to ensure that it remains on topic, and that repetition of arguments is avoided. The result is an organized webpage that politicians can use to take decisions. Politicians can use solutions they'd never thought of themselves, and media and citizens can check that politicians are not defending their point of view with false arguments.

To do: With elections coming up next year in Europe (European parliament) and the US (presidency), now is the time to ready the web-tools and enlist politicians. Few are the times that a little money can have so much influence on the daily lives of billions of people.

Bert Altenburg
The Netherlands


Posted by: Bert Altenburg on 16 Nov 03

My idea is not so grand as fresh water for all the world's children, but it would have an impact on every local economy by re-establishing the local ownership on the production of cultural materials. Already I have had serious investor inquiries; having Eno on my side, even in principle, would be a tremendous advantage because a lot of the people I have targetted are people that I know he knows and is not terrible fond of --- my plan, succinctly, would destroy the music distribution monopoly of the RIAA, and it's not just some idea that leaves it at that, I have a plan, I even have a business model, and at the end of the road, one positive side-effect is that those who are today wrongly called "pirates" (ie the bootleggers) would become the backbone of a new and vital global network of local economic initiatives.

my blog notebook on my progress is posted at http://www.teledyn.com/mt/archives/cat_slay_the_riaa.html


Posted by: mrG on 16 Nov 03

Breaking up of large companies

Most of our problems are of socio - political origin.
And one of the biggest problems of those is the centralization of business power.
Big business controls our lifes.
With monopolies at the far end of the scale when corporations are getting too big the systems suffers.
We become dependent on just a few companies for all our needs.
The anonymity of those large corporations makes profit the sole ambition.
Creativity, fair competition and innovation get's shut out. But those factors are the basis for a healthy economy with a broad middle class. With the middle class disappearing we end up with a very large segment of the population having to shop in the Wal-marts of the world because they can't afford anything else. Ironically they even have to work for them for peanuts because there isn't anything else they could do.

Those huge companies should be broken up to reduce their power and re-establish competition and innovation.

It worked once before in the telecom industry by breaking up a monopoly and creating a much healthier environment of many cute little baby bells.


Posted by: The Stick Insect Hunter on 16 Nov 03

I guess this is kind of an old idea, but a global energy grid is still an overwhelmingly good idea.

The quote below from http://www.geni.org/

"The GENI Initiative focuses on linking renewable energy resources around the world using international electricity transmission.

Three decades ago, visionary engineer Dr. R. Buckminster Fuller developed the World Game simulation, posing the question:

How do we make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone?

The results of this research shows that the premier global strategy is the interconnection of electric power networks between regions and continents into a global energy grid, with an emphasis on tapping abundant renewable energy resources - a world wide web of electricity.

The benefits of this sustainable development world power solution are proven:

Decreased pollution from fossil and nuclear fuels
Reduced hunger and poverty in developing nations
Increased trade, cooperation and world peace.
Stabilized population growth "


Posted by: billy on 16 Nov 03

What goal would you like to achieve, actually manifest, or contradiction would you like to resolve? World peace? Too easy. You would not be capable of selecting something difficult, by design of the human mind.

The process is just knowledge, that for which the human mind was invented. The controlling concept is that of learning the functional design of the human mind, the simple process of asking and answering real questions until no question remains unanswered for any particular process. Everything then falls into place.

Notice that the average person will not persist with any one line of questioning more than 10 minutes, and the best of them not more than a day.

The process requires about 4 days of asking and answering questions, simply to verify the first few hours of controlling questions.

Was it not inherent to the design of a human mind, a seemingly complex, yet actually simple contradiction resolution device, that it already held the resolution of every human-caused contradiction, by design of the origin?

Amusingly, within the proverbial 17 part puzzle, because the balance is perfect in all things, the manifestion of any concept by humans requires at least two minds, one to learn the intriguing puzzle, and another to carry out the boring process to manifest it.

Let me know if you encounter that second person.

May you learn the most knowledge of the most concepts, most efficiently.

DougBuchanan.com


Posted by: DougBuchanan.com on 16 Nov 03

Project: Permaculture Cities - eg Brisbane.

What: Cities producing their own consumables - fruit, vegetables, eggs, fresh water, timber

Why: Energy reductions in distribution, restoration of marginal farm land to wildlife (because cities are mostly built on the best agricultural land), job creation, skills creation (eg secondary production - making tomato sauce for example), healthier fresher produce, preservation of heritage garden plants (very endangered and much better than plants selected for 6 weeks storage life and ripening all on one day), increased biodiversity, reduction in use of agricultural biocides, increased community activity and local economic trading, and the preservation/ restoration of natural systems (from reduced monocultural/ intensive agriculture).

Work to date: Havana produces 40% of the vegetables for 2 million people (because of critical food, petrol and agricultural parts/ chemicals/ hybrid seeds shortages in the 90s). Includes community, state and private gardens, a non hybrid seed saving network, a self educating education system, libraries and interest groups, and a volunteer network. (see David Suzuki, "Good News for a Change")

Work needed: Let's 'Permaculture' a few other cities - not because we have to (a la Cuba) but because we can. Maybe pitch it at the 'healthy wealthy and wise' self interest angle..? I'd love to start with Brisbane (where I live. I started the Havana project in 1993). I just need a government mandate, like we had in Havana...

Scarlett Patrick


Posted by: scarlett patrick on 17 Nov 03

What : Democratising the understanding of money.

Why : Our economic understanding is at the heart of our political beliefs and projects. And money is the deep underlying protocol that biases how our economy and society run.

We need to understand the implications of the details of our money system a lot better. And we need discussion and understanding of money to be wide-spread.

What's been done? : I'm here pitching for the Optimaes project (Open Project to Investigate Money and Economic Systems - http://www.nooranch.com/synaesmedia/optimaes/optimaes.cgi ) We're equally inspired by money reformers and alternative currency enthusiasts, the open source community, and those like Alan Kay (http://www.viewpointsresearch.org/about.html ) who are using computer simulation in education.

Optimaes combines software for computer simulation of "toy" economies, with a discussion forum and community who use it to ask and answer questions about the way money works.

The code is free (naturally). And the discussion is open, encouraging debate between socialist and libertarians, eco-feminists and "Austrian" economists.

What's to be done? :

Phase one (where we are). Build the community. Get the geeks talking to the alternative money people. Show those with the "hacker" mindset that money is a network protocol, and the ultimate platform to hack.

Phase two : A larger community will start spawning more projects. There'll be different questions and simulations and economic theories. But there'll also be new online and offline markets and currencies to test the theories with real communities and real life.

Phase three : Get the message out! Webloggers will discuss this stuff, to death, of course.

But we'll also make the software easier and more accessable :

* Simulation software aimed at schools, so that the next generation grows up with a deep understanding of how monetary systems work.

* Simulation software so simple it can be used as a token in a political debate. A politician's blog will embed a model to demonstrate the working-out of her proposed reforms. A constituant will mail a question, complete with an awkward parameter-set which drives the model into chaos.

The endgame : Money system(s) that work as well as we know how to design them. And politicians who tend them well, because they know that the electorate knows how they work.


Posted by: phil jones on 17 Nov 03

Problem:
I am an old fuck with no ideas and drowning in debt.

Solution:
Get others to write a book for you.
Profit!


Posted by: Goat on 18 Nov 03

I'm not sure if this really belongs in a top-250 list of critical projects, but what the hell:

We need a trustyworthy camera.

A gadget that takes pictures that can be believed; images that, short of NSA-level technical tomfoolery, can be used to prove something.

The images would have a timestamp and a placestamp. It probably should have an optional userstamp as well, although that might be dispensed with for images taken in places where honest reporting could get you killed.

I'm thinking of a hybrid. A camera that captures both digital and conventional chemicals-on-film images. The film would have an optical vetting strip bonded to it, with a longish digital key. Each film frame would have a write-once spot for a time/place stamp, and for a encoded hash of the digital image. And, if a satellite link is available, a registration stamp. (You snap the picture; the digital gist and time/place information and the optical film's vetting code is uploaded. By return packets comes the registration stamp.)

Maybe the camera can take a picture of the photographer too. You could cover the backwards-facing lens, and again in some situations it might be a good idea, but in many cases an image is more trustworthy if someone takes responsibility for making it.


Posted by: Stefan Jones on 18 Nov 03

The Project
Global Democracy

Description of why it matters
Augmenting the UN with an elected global president is a bootstrap for the 21st century. Every citizen of every nation on earth gets a vote. Well, that's nice and idealistic, but what about water, food, education first? Well, we've been trying to do that, but it just doesn't seem to happen well enough or fast enough.

The great leaps forward in the lives of the poorest in the old world have come when their opinion has started to matter. Saying to every single person on this planet thay they count is critical to raising the standard of living of the poorest.

Once their opinions matter, those in power will start to listen. Once they see their opinion matters, then there is the chance for domestic change.

And the roll-out of a global democratic infrastructure will bring other vital infrastructure, and endanger non-democratic governmental structures.

Brief history of work done
Roman Empire
League of Nations
United Nations

What remains to be done
Everything.

Stupid Footnote
If we don't have a Global President, who will negotiate with the aliens when they try to invade?


Posted by: Dave Ph on 18 Nov 03

Project: Pro-Rated Democracy

a definition: Let's use a U.S. Congressional election as an example. Joe Republican beats John Democrat 51 % to 49 % and walks off to Capital Hill with 100 % of the representation.
In a Pro-Rated Democracy, they would both go to Capital Hill; each time they vote on legislation their vote is multiplied by their percentage share of the electorate in their district, so that the combined vote for multiple representatives from a given district adds up to 1.


why it matters: upwards of 49 % of Democracy is currently being thrown in the trash.

work done on the project to date: I'm unaware of any other work along these lines but I'm sure other people have had the idead from time to time.

work remains to be done: Constitutional Amendment.


Posted by: Paul Waggoner on 18 Nov 03

Project: portable, easy-to-maintain blue-green algae hydroculture farm tank.

Why it matters: Third world villagers with nothing but sun and water can create fuel and food from a starter culture. Blue-green algae doubles every few hours under the right conditions.

What's been done: Photosynthesis researchers have been growing Synechocystis for years, but it's not terribly edible. Health-food stores sell Spirulina, but it's expensive. The beer industry has developed really nice tanks for brewing and growing microorganisms, but they're not photosynthetic.

What remains to be done: Develop a strain of easy-to-grow algae that tastes great (or can be processed to taste great, or that can be fed to livestock, or have the protein extracted from it). Design a portable tank/culture vat/ centrifuge system for production. Attach a photovoltaic cell to the roof so that any power it needs (bubblers, centrifuges) don't require external electricity. Fit outlets on the side so that the guy who operates it can watch TV while he waits. Set up a hydrogen fuel generator so that the PV cells split molecules of the water and process them into tanks so that the tank can create engine fuel as well as food. Distribute them as part of a microloan program to rural villagers who will create local industries from them, and pay back their investment with profits from the sale of fuel and food.


Posted by: Warren Apel on 20 Nov 03

Reader George Mokray sent this suggestion:

Your Southernmost Window

A series of half hour programs

What you can do with one south-facing window, or how to live within a solar budget, including designs viewers can replicate at home to provide heat, light, ventilation, and/or stimulate ecological growth.

Program 1. What You can See from a Window - one square foot of sunlight, orientation to the sun, design principles, window types, glazing, heat loss, infiltration, insulation, heating ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), air purification, breathing

Program 2. Every Window in the House - window types take 2, radiation and convection, caulking and weatherstripping, drafts and infiltration, how to chart your airflows, how to use them, window insulation, whole house HVAC

Program 3. The Electric Window - solar electricity/photovoltaic/PV, small battery charger, solar/dynamo flashlight radio, one window systems, permanent emergency capacity, battery switching and your car

Program 4. Hot and Cold Windows - windowbox heaters, passive and active ventilators, advanced airflow usage, active and passive water
heating, your northernmost window and a nod to refrigeration

Program 5. The Greenhouse Window - windowsill gardens, bubbling out/bubbling in, heat storage, aquaculture, vermiculture, and ecological housekeeping, the neighborhood

Program 6. Most Windows in Town -what if everybody did it?, the economics of sunlight, physics is international, a range of possibilities, systems thinking from community to region to country to world

Or go high concept by re-tooling "Junkyard Wars" into "The Solar Races," focusing on practical appropriate technologies for everybody with just that tinge of competition that we love so much.


Posted by: Alex Steffen on 22 Nov 03

Natalie d'Arbeloff writes
"You may be interested to have a look at the Bloggers Parliament I set up recently from my blog. This is its home page:
http://www.nataliedarbeloff.com/bloggersparliament.html"


Posted by: Alex Steffen on 25 Nov 03

Thanks very much Alex Steffen, for mentioning my Bloggers Parliament idea. I wasn't aware of the Brian Eno project and am excited to discover it. Herewith some details on BP, which I started in September, 2003. We currently have 23 members, from the UK, USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, Argentina and Germany.

What is the Bloggers Parliament? A flexible assembly of bloggers who are interested in finding and selecting from the blogosphere or from any other source - including their own thoughts - feasible solutions to current problems on both the local and the global scale. Members of Bloggers Parliament can be thought of as talent scouts, finding those elusive needles - solutions which can get to the point of a problem - in the daunting haystack of information. We are not pretending that solutions offered here will be the solutions to any given problems,nor that we will necessarily be in agreement amongst ourselves about the validity of some of these solutions.

Bloggers Parliament is not affiliated with any social, religious, national or political group and membership is open to anyone, anywhere, as long as their approach is constructive, intelligent, useful, helpful and creative. If your views are disrespectful or antagonistic towards any country, religion or race, you are not welcome here. Nor will we serve as a platform for propaganda, whether political, religious, sexual or commercial. We are not a chat room, discussion forum, personal soapbox , fund-raising scheme or collective movement and we do not accept advertising for any commercial products or services.

Our focus is only on the collection or creation of specific imaginative, relevant, informed, constructive and perhaps unorthodox solutions which could, if applied, really solve specific problems. Think of it as an encyclopedia of solutions with many chapter headings- each problem has its own chapter in which many solutions are presented.

You need not agree with the solutions presented in any of the members' blogs in order to join this Parliament - you may have very different solutions to the same problems or choose to concentrate on other problems. The problems you choose to find solutions for should be some that you feel personally concerned about rather than generalities, and small issues are just as valid as Big Issues. A voting process will eventually choose which ideas to include in Solution Packages.

When a significant number of solutions to specific problems has been collected, voting days will be announced inviting anyone, everywhere in the blogosphere, to vote on the best solutions published in all the participating members' blogs. All members will be expected to cooperate in publicizing the voting as far and wide as possible. Votes will be cast on solutions to all categories of problems. An automated system for collecting votes will be set up at the appropriate time.

After several Voting Days have been held , we will put together several Solutions Packages to be presented to the media, world leaders, experts, or anybody likely to give them serious consideration.

Problems have been divided into general categories which are shown here;
http://www.nataliedarbeloff.com/problems.html
Members can add new categories or alter the existing ones. Solutions are more likely to be found if you focus on problems that you are personally deeply concerned about.


Posted by: Natalie on 16 Dec 03

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