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William Holz

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Could a few of us get some help with an overwhelmingly big idea? We call it the Co-opernation. We could also use help naming things.

My beloved and I would often get frustrated watching TED talks, seeing all these lovely, brilliant ideas that we were afraid would never happen in the real world, even though they made more sense than what we saw around us.

When she passed away, a few of us started working on an idea she inspired.

The idea was to stop fighting AGAINST anything and to simply use every single tool at our disposal to make a better place for the people we loved. We looked in a lot of right places and even more wrong ones, focused on seeing tools as what they were rather than what they were used for, and a strange question presented itself.

Would it be possible to take the framework of a corporation, like a Valve or Mondragon, insert a whole bunch of other people's amazing ideas and basically, turn corporate campuses into charter cities? Could we free people to simply help other people and remove most of the worries society has created? If we do this right could we hire anybody who wants to be a good person and contribute to the greater good and instantly free them from the current messes we're in?

So, we found our 'yes' answer pretty early (mostly standing on the shoulders of giants who hate each other), but it was a scary revolutionary confrontational thing and somehow that just felt WRONG. So we dedicated ourselves to making it gentle, harmless, hilarious, and non-threatening, and we're pretty much there.

And now we need help! We're shy, but since TED really is the biggest source we have, we want to start here. Our hope is to get some help organizing us, getting this idea out there and into some better hands so it can grow and get even better, then we can hopefully crowdsource a mellow revolution.

If anybody could point us in the right direction it'd be great!


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    May 9 2013: We will: "crowd source a mellow revolution"
    I like that. It's a catchy idea. Reminds me of Woodstock w/o the drugs.
    Pls spend more time on this thread. Some of us want to hear more.
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      May 9 2013: I'm working on a bit of an alternate method of walking through things. There's a lot of evolution in this idea and I'm doing it a disservice by skipping those steps, because all of our minds work differently and we all make different assumptions.

      It's probably especially important because every step you take to enhance things, especially as we started playing with the campus/city/city-state idea, would result in a whole new refinement. Principles like they have at a corporation like Valve are great, but since we're also talking about people interacting during non-work time we have to enhance those slightly, and so on. it's a big tangled web of connected things, and the more you connect the better and stronger it gets.

      I still struggle with a couple of parts that are so mind-bleedingly obvious to my particular quirky brain that I don't actually know of any words that can express them properly. It's like when I was driving Mr. Moberg crazy when he was trying to get me to show my work in Algebra and all I could say was 'I didn't do any work! It's 6!'

      My inability to communicate doesn't take away from the awesomeness of the idea, just as the answer was indeed six. :)
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        May 9 2013: Hey guy . . . William, I can right away tell two things about you. First you have a very agile and perhaps brilliant mind. With a brain like you got, you need to take care of it. We'll talk more about how to do that later (ask if I forget). Second, you have a really good idea here. But GOOD ideas arrive on this earth and die the death of oblivion every day. That is to say, the BEST ideas arrive in the minds of MILLIONS of people every day. Most are ignored. Some are valued. And occasionally, someone like you manages to both capture and then begin to nurture one of those most precious ideas. So don't let go!

        On the other hand, the BEST ideas occasionally arrive in the minds of those who are suffering, disabled, or otherwise UNDERFUNDED (for lack of a better term). Maybe its because I need to write a book myself; or maybe I'm just selfish -- but YOU need to write a book.

        You see, WRITING, is one way that your wonderful idea can be 1) preserved forever, and 2) sold or disseminated widely over the face of the earth. It may be that you alone both see and understand the impenetrable value of the idea you feel living within you. This idea may well be yours and your alone. If so, WRITE. Make your idea complete. Make your idea well documented. Cite the research that proves the truth of your idea. Quote the other great thinkers who may actually have spoken about YOUR idea; but didn't even know it themselves! The written word can last thousands of years. And when written/published, your idea truly will never die. Do it. Write. And dedicate your writing to the memory of someone you've lost recently. JV
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          May 9 2013: The alternate explanation is indeed turning into a bit of a novella, I just have to do it in bursts.

          My mind's always gotten a lot of credit, and I like to think I use it well, but I'm not sure I consider myself terribly special. I did a lot of experimenting (nootropics and such) just to shift my mindset slightly and let me see the whole thing with new eyes, because this turned out to be important and Rebecca hated half-fixes.

          I know you're probably right in that some of the bad things leading up to this idea probably made it better and enhanced it. I figure this is something where we all have our roles, and luck is just as much of a factor as any sort of innate . . . anything.

          Unfortunately, I might not have time to do it well. I've distanced myself from the world and it's helped a lot, but I'm about out of insurance and I have child support to pay and need to get a job again, but the distance is what makes it easy to make the quick leaps and laterally jump around the ideas and knit them together properly based on what they ARE rather than what they're used for. When I see FOX news I instinctively see mean spirited LARPing and don't get caught up in the silly things they say, which is good because it's so easy to miss obvious things with this many layers.

          But as I start reconnecting I'm noticing those leaps are a bit harder because I'm immersing myself in the context of our society again, and dissonance is a survival trait. So I am a bit rushed because I've already caught myself missing a few obvious bits, and want to do as much as I can here before more of my brain's been . . re-allocated.
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          May 12 2013: Really like the WRITING a book idea Juan.
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        May 10 2013: Take care of yourself, guy. I can't imagine what you must struggle with each day. The depth of your loss is more than I can imagine. I guess the best thing I can say to you via TED is this: anything we can say to help you. Anything we can write here to support you . . . there are a lot of us here who want very much to see you succeed and grow. Hang in there. Time helps. So do long naps at odd hours of the day. Rest. Go slow. Get stronger. Believe. And keep posting here on TED. JV
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          May 10 2013: That's very kind, Juan.

          It's difficult, but lots of other people are suffering a whole lot more, and I've had the luck to experience some tremendous joy in my life. If we can get this out there than a lot of those people could suffer less or not at all, and that's a win-win at the very, very least, right?

          It's really hard to sit on it though, because it's hard not to think that there's a point in time where things get better that drifts further into the future the more we wait, and that's unfair to everyone else.

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