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Timm Amstein

Student , TU Dresden

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Do you want a united Europe?

Dear Europeans,

I want to take the opportunity to ask the question, all our politicians should have asked. Do you want Europe? I mean not as a union of many sovereign states! Instead I mean a united Europe. Many people are talking about it. The media sometimes use it to scare, sometimes to inpire people. Is the dream of Europe, that is dreamed by many politicians really the dream of the people? I personally think a Europe build by the people is the only way to restore our reputation and our future. In my opinion, we should start a national assembly right away and build something the world hasn't seen before. It maybe take us 10 years, but sooner or later we have to start if we don't want our future shattered by old politicians who are obsessed with their power. What do you think?


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    Jun 13 2013: I am not European and it is not appropriate for me to comment on the politics. I would, however, like to introduce the possibility of taking a proactive approach and moving beyond the Information Age to Wisdom Networks. It is my view that many of the problems of the world are a result of structures of the Information Age.

    The underlying problem is that information is isolated, communities are opaque and deriving profit from information discourages the inevitable and necessary shift to transparency, access and a prevailing meritocracy which is the environment in which wisdom can be achieved.

    Society has crowd created connectivity (internet), information (world wide web) and software (open source software communities). The community needs to crowd create Wisdom (knowledge and action) in a person to person network which achieves accountability and transparency within our community.

    After a long wait, we finally have all of the pieces to move to the next stage of economic development. It is a future that has been described as the Network Society. It can now be enabled by Wisdom Networks. Wisdom Networks are a cloud of things, books, process and outcomes distributed amongst the people. A European Wisdom Network (EWN) could be launched within 180 days and (with citizen adoption) provide integration, accountability, transparency and accessibility within a short period. It may sound bold. However, Wisdom Networks simply reduce complex communities to 6 types of things and a few simple interactions. The cloud simply scales this simplicity.

    A introduction presentation "European Wisdom Network (EWN) crowd creates productivity, growth, a single digital market and Network Society ( http://is.gd/wnewn ). A second presentation "Wisdom Networks crowd create Network Society" provides 67 slides of detail ( http://is.gd/wnecon ). I uploaded these about a week ago. It's time I submitted them for review to the "crowd"
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      Jun 14 2013: Okay, as a student I am really thrilled about the concept. But I think it's a very scientific approach. Thats very unfamiliar to most of the people.
      You say that the status quo has changed and I would agree that for companies the use of Web 1.0 is absolutly compulsive. When we talk about Web 2.0 I think the acceptance and familiarity is still low (but growing rapidly). I don't think that we are ready for a wisdom network. Not yet. I still see the generation 40-50+ who are struggling, how to really utilzed their PC. Even our politicians just recently leaned how to use the internet. So from my standpoint I don't see that the status quo has changed that much.
      I also think that the expectations about implementing it are too optimistic, because you have to get rid of the existing system. Technically speaking you can't format europe and install a new Operating System. Scientificly I ecpect your estimates to be correct but I don't see a possibily to implement it that fast in real.
      But I really hope you proof me wrong!
      From a scientific standpoint I think it's a great concept, thanks for sharing it.
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        Jun 15 2013: You have described the reason for two phenomena that exist in our society today. Firstly, government use yesterday's solutions to tomorrows problems. Secondly, there is a 30 year delay before the internet is used to its full potential to reshape society. We literally need to wait 30 years for a generation to die out before opportunities to improve society are fully exploited.

        Government has a monopoly on power. It also has legislative power to make immediate change in society. Unfortunately, the hierarchy becomes more inefficient and ineffective the larger it gets. Government is further compromised by additional political considerations.

        Europe can not afford to wait another 15 years for the second internet generation to be given positions of influence. From an economics perspective, productivity is negative, growth is inadequate and debt is approaching unserviceable levels. From a social perspective, citizens of the EU resent others for a variety of reasons.

        Europe CAN launch an EWN within 6 months. We could call it "Europe The Game". Wisdom Networks have gamification or points built it. People earn points for the quality and quantity of their contribution. The effort and Wisdom of Crowds is bought to every 'thing' in Europe. It is a contribution that a government irrespective of size or budget could never match. George's TED talk describes how this would work in democracy.

        Europe NEEDS to accelerate the evolution toward the wisdom of crowds given economic and social challenges. Without a proactive approach Europe may descend into crisis, lower standards of living,and social decay. The future of 300m people depends upon politicians just learning to use a PC while most of their citizens spend 6-8 hours a day playing games or on social networks. Europe needs to harness this time and effort to unify Europe. The vision for a United Europe can be achieved with a gamified EWN.

        Will add a slide on gamification to the EWN presentation over the weekend.

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