It's worth a look.
by Roger Eaton, May, 2017
The Basic Idea behind our Voices of Humanity Online Social Media
It is simple: participants write a message and then read and vote on each other's messages. Our InterMix software enables multiple communities to have their own "collective voice" while also creating six Voices of Humanity: for Women, for Men, for Youth, for Experience (middle-aged), for Wisdom (senior) and for Humanity-as-One.
InterMix debuted in 2011 with the election of a strong heartfelt message for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon under the auspices of the United Nations Association of San Francisco. We had hoped the message would be delivered to the Secretary General by the UNA-USA office in New York. Understandably, the UNA-USA office has decided not to deliver the message. We had only 30 participants, for one thing, and also, our message called for clean food and water for everyone, and while UNA-USA definitely supports that goal, it is not on their list of priorities. Over the next two and one-half years InterMix InterMix was upgraded and put through alpha and beta testing.
In 2015 we elected of two messages to the Executive Director of UN Women, one from the women and one from the men. Michelle Bachelet has resigned as head of UN Women to run for and win again the Presidency of Chile. She will be missed, but we were happy to send the two messages to the new Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
Restart in 2016
Our previous local-to-global strategy didn't work out. We had a good start in early 2015 with our first set of crowd-sourced messages for Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of UN Women. See the messages for Dr Mlambo-Ngcuka here. These messages reflected very well the goal of the project: human unity with gender equality and respect for diversity built in, but it was just too tough to build up from local organizations.
The local-to-global idea was to enlist a few organizations and that would set the stage for a take-off of the project. Pretty uniformly, tho, existing organizations are stretched to their limit and cannot spend real time on a project that is neither a sure thing nor safely under the control of the organization. It is amazing that we did get a dozen or so small groups to give it a go. Truth is, though, that participation was nominal.
The software continues to improve. We now can handle communities as well as geographic levels and breakout by gender and age. Within the next two or three months participants will be able to build bottom up networks of communities. Now, instead of this or that organization, I will be looking on a global scale for people who consider themselves part of the global interfaith network, or the global peace network and so forth, very much including the global women's movement and the global indigenous people's movement. But they will be participating in these communities as individuals first and only secondarily as members of local organizations.
As of December, 2016, instead of local-to-global, we are going to try a global-to-local approach. In the best case we will get something going that will be useful to and taken up by the U.N. Our latest plan makes nonviolent action a core component of Voices of Humanity.
InterMix is community software designed
to promote a gentle human solidarity. We are open
source at github under the GPL
v3.0 license. The intention is to progress to a collective intelligence
capability, but we begin with the more doable collective communication
function. We are an initiative of Collective
Communication, Inc. a California non-profit with a 501(c)(3) IRS status.