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Become a politician to (try to) make the world a better place?

About two years ago I discovered TED, then i spent a year watching all the Talks and getting into many different Conversations about just about everything.

It was clear to me long before I found TED that the world had problems, and every now and then I would come up with a solution to one of these problems.
But the problem or the solution was only ever discussed and shared with my friends, who weren't very influential - and thus no changes came to the world from my thoughts or opinions.

As I watched more and more TED Talks and got into deeper and deeper Conversations I realized that many of the problems I had been pondering were already solved in ingenious ways. But very few were ever implemented on large scale, mostly because of political issues in one way or another.

I tried at first to influence politicians through social media and Emails. I wrote to all kinds of officials about everything that was promising and innovative, about all the cool projects that there were out in the world and urged them to take these great ideas to heart.
Very few replied and it is my conclusion that I was unsuccessful in influencing them strongly enough to achieve the amount of change I was hoping for.

So in December I decided to become one, a local politician in my hometown.
So far I haven't been able to pass any revolutionary laws or systems. But I have managed to make politics in Falkenberg, Sweden a bit more transparent and open, getting them to use social media and tech more and better.
I've managed to help save our local hospital from being moved to another city and I've gathered a handful of good and smart people to form a "visionary group" for our city.

On top of that I've met incredible (and not so incredible) people that have the power to change things. And I've been able to forward my ideas to them, getting feedback and achieving (small) change through this.

It's a start!

When will you start and what will it take?

Topics: politics

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  • Sep 19 2012: I used to be an anarchist, not voting. Then I discovered the Pirate Party which lets you participate using the internet. Lately I watched some Ron Paul clips and reverted back to the initial (libertarian) anarchist stance.

    People will have to become organised in a non-autoritarian way, using the internet. Governments misinform the public and take away incentive to self-organize.

    If I became president I would send everybody home and fire myself.

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