|Duane Elgin on Huffington Post: A
new Superpower -- an 'Earth Voice' Movement
An Earth Voice movement based
upon trans-partisan inclusiveness and the power of non-violent global communication
could emerge rapidly from the initiative of local Community Voice organizations.
However, rather than emerging in a controlled or contained fashion, it
seems more likely that an Earth Voice movement will coalesce out of the
unique events and grass-roots circumstances of life in different communities.
Being uncontained and relatively spontaneous, it seems likely that many
groups will seek in parallel to catalyze global conversations. This could
develop into crowd-sourced global conversations with flash mobs of hundreds
of millions -- or even billions -- of people joining in the dialogue. In
this way, the collective intelligence of our global nervous system could
take on a life of its own in a process that transcends artificial boundaries.
next Buddha will be a collective: spiritual expression in the peer to peer
era. By Michel Bauwens
Religious and spiritual expression
is always embedded in societal structures. If social structures are moving
towards the form of distributed networks, what kind of evolution of spiritual
expression can we expect? In this essay, we will first describe the general
societal changes that we see emerging, and expect to become more prevalent
in the future, then examine to what degree these changes will have an impact
on individual and collective spiritual expression. The reader has to bear
with us in the first general part, which explains the peer to peer dynamic,
in order to understand its application to spirituality, which is the subject
of the second part of the essay. Finally, in the third and final part,
we will discuss a few concrete examples.
Opening up government: Tim
O'Reilly and Code for America founder Jennifer
Pahlka say it best when they talk about government
as a platform that uses the principles of the Web and technology to
reframe the function of government, to make it less of a service provider
and more of a "platform for citizens to help themselves and help others,"
as Pahlka said. Code for America has made it part of its mission, and we
are interested in other ideas to help make it happen.
on InterMix by Roger Eaton, Nov 10, 2012
Given before a small group from
the German Pirate Party, their Meinungsfindungstool group (opinion-brainstorming-tool
group) which is holding a series of international
edemocracy talks. The notes for the talk are also
LDI Forum on Gender, Conflict Resolution and Peace - Voice of Women,
Middle East Conflict
The issue of the role of gender
in the field of violent conflict and transition to peace has received growing
attention in recent years, however it is most often addressed in broad
academic frameworks such as gender studies or conflict studies. Thanks
to a new generous contribution of Mr. Alan Davis, the Leonard Davis institute
for International Relations (LDI) is now creating a research forum that
will focus more specifically on the various links between gender, conflict
and peace studies (for example, the role of women within conflicts and
conflict resolution, in peace-making processes, and gender-based approaches
to understanding conflicts and conflict resolution).
Political Prisoner's Dilemma: John Bunzi at TEDxBerlin
Good talk on how to build a basis
for global cooperation. This is the kind of nonviolent global action
that Voices of Humanity can underpin. SimPol
is an intelligent global initiative to bring global voter power to bear
on social justice and sustainability issues.
the Commons as a Meta-Narrative by Helene Finidori
"Growing the Commons" is wide
enough, ambiguous enough and positive enough to bring in a ton of people
onto the same page for networking across disciplines. Great idea.
for the Common Good Initiative
Persons on the GCGI advisory or
outreach team include Linda Groff, Tom Mahon, András László
and Rabbi Michael Lerner. Every year there is a GCGI conference -
might be a good idea to present a paper on InterMix at the 2013 August
conference in Paris.
Interesting academic paper on
a point of vital interest to InterMix development. Dissecting the Critical
Mass of Online Communities towards a Unified Theoretical Model. - Faculty
of Science, Utrecht University Department of Information and Computing
Sciences - Author: Eric Booij
"The Global Compact asks companies
to embrace universal principles and to partner with the United Nations.
It has grown to become a critical platform for the UN to engage effectively
with enlightened global business.": -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
8000 companies are signed on and an estimated 20,000 needed to gain critical
mass to tip the planet.
Habitat - City Prosperity Index
This new index uses five measures
to calculate a more balanced index than is generally used to measure prosperity:
productivity, infrastructure, quality of life, equity and sustainability.
WHY METROPOLITAN ECONOMIC STRATEGY IS THE KEY TO GENERATING SUSTAINABLE
PROSPERITY AND QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THE WORLD
Urban areas are more prosperous
than rural areas. "The reason for this disparity is because urban regions
are the only places that can combine the two most important elements for
generating productivity and innovation, which is the main way that economies
create value and compete in the global marketplace. These two elements
are specialization and diversity."
"In order to create lasting solutions
to social problems on a large-scale, organizations - including those in
government, civil society, and the business sector - need to coordinate
their efforts and work together around a clearly defined goal." - simple
but it is carefully thought through and analyzed. Here's another
good article on the concept, this one from Stanford
Social Innovation Review. And here in October 2013 a good blog
on the subject from the National Coalition
for Dialogue and Deliberation.
Written for Friends of the Earth's
'Big Ideas' project by Professor Julian Agyeman, Duncan McLaren and Adrianne
Schaefer-Borrego. This is a map of how the concept of sharing intersects
with the metropolis. Perhaps as valuable as anything are the many
nuggets, such as "In Portland, Oregon, a group called City Repair has led
dozens of “intersection repair,” projects where streets are painted and
sharing nodes, including mini-libraries, public seating or self-serve cafes
are set-up for the public to enjoy. Residents within a 2 block radius report
increased social interaction, improvements in mental health, a stronger
sense of community and increased social capital (Semenza 2009)."
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