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Democracy in the Cloud

Date posted: Sunday, March 9, 2014, 10:46 AM
From: Bruce Schuman
Date edited: 3/9/2014, 10:57 AM
Msg ID: 107018
Posted: Sent to all subscribers

Hi People. Thanks for being here.

I just wanted to float an idea past this group -- something not quite formed yet, but taking shape.

The question is -- how can we pull together the very diverse and well-intended political motivations of "activists in our region", in ways that can create a unified and transformative political force -- without requiring that everybody see everything the same way, or somehow be in lockstep?

OVERLOAD

One thing we learned from Occupy -- is that there are a ton of issues impacting our lives today -- and we have to find a way to deal with all of them. In a context of super-overload -- like we're dealing with today -- we're in serious danger of "the boiling frogs" problem. Too many issues, too interconnected, coming too fast. Before we can get in focus on the first one, we're drowning in the second one. After a while, we're all numb and trying to change the channel.

DEMOCRACY IN THE CLOUD

What we need is a low-bandwidth interface -- human-sized, manageable, "one thing at a time" -- in a context that we know is taking on everything that's hitting us.

So -- I am now exploring and experimenting with that idea.

Here's an initial screen-shot for an emerging pilot project. This interface is designed for activists interacting with the network through a cellphone or hand-held device.

The mantra is -- "low-bandwidth personal interface interacting with a super-high-bandwidth network"