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William Holz

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The promised follow-up on the Co-opernation! (with a delightfully enjoyable read!)

Well, apparently all that science and documentation wasn't what everybody needed!

No, The Doctor is who we needed, because this is the sort of idea that everybody expects from him, isn't it? And I have to admit the time travel element really helped us illustrate some things better.

The idea:
1) To create corporation that's owned by all of us

2) Turn that corporation into our very own nation, to turn 'employment' into 'peaceful citizenship'

3) Offer up a variety of amazing sorts of 'life packages' that will only get better,

4) Hire EVERYBODY who can agree not to hurt anybody else in exchange for safety, support, health, and awesomeness, and

5) reset the world, making all other governments and corporations irrelevant and putting the innocent and gentle in charge.

I have no idea what comes after that, because then it'll be up to them. Who else would you trust with our future? It beats our current options, doesn't it?

We've got a google doc that we'll be updating as we get more questions. There's no problem that can't be resolved at this point, because you'll soon see that this is a FAR more plausible steady-state than anything we see in the real world.

Without further ado, here's a google .doc in which Doctor Who points out the obvious and shows us how to crowdsource a revolution.


Also, we posted it on Boingboing and already a couple of people are getting it! Love those guys!


And lastly, for those who want to see some origins, here's the thread that helped us along the path (Thanks Amanda for the reminder!)



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    Aug 12 2013: look at urgent evoke? Jane McGongal (watch her first talk) did something cool there
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      Aug 12 2013: Wow! I didn't know about that one, and I stopped counting the TED talks I watched once I broke 800 (I swear they're all taking about parts of the same thing sometimes).

      I'm going to be spending a bit of time there right now, it's interesting that they've got a similar (and more sophisticated!) approach. I'm wondering if the 'science fiction' aspect of things is almost necessary to give people a broader vision of what sort of results we're talking about.

      Of course, considering nothing's happening yet and this is the sort of thing that could take over the world in a matter of months (unless they're not using the hiring = citizenship angle? Is that all they're missing to create the engine?), it makes me worry that a whole bunch of us are feeling like we're talking to gigantic multi-billion person brick wall of lovely but exasperating humans. That's sad, because that just means people are struggling to break context.

      Thanks so much for the link! I'll follow up with impressions tomorrow, I'm already somewhat smitten, especially as I have NO artistic talent!
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      Aug 13 2013: Okay, a quick follow up!

      Rebecca and I both saw her first Ted Talk and LOVED it. It stuck in the back of my mind when putting the whole thing together, I use 'stories', but 'games' is really just as good an application. In fact, I've been arguing that we're living in a really big LARP that just happens not to be much fun. I slipped in the 'Guild of WOW' and their top-percentile in overproductivity as a tribute, even. :)

      I' going to have to add both her AND Urgent Evoke as important references, because again. . . several elements not just one.

      In fact, I'm going back to my original thought and thinking if they had the employment = peaceful citizenship angle they could explode just as easily, couldn't they?

      I also amended the document to add this bit, do you think that helps clarify that concept?

      "There are many ways we can go about this. . . bootstrapping an eco-village, complete social revolution with a vision, but most of the most solid ones involve the cheerful use (and friendly abuse) of the corporation.

      I know some people instantly cringed, but I'll just point out three things that may help explain.
      1) The corporation is our most powerful construct, more powerful than a nation.
      2) It's not stuck to a chunk of dirt.
      3) Everybody wants job.

      So what happens when you turn employment to peaceful citizenship in a corporation YOU control from the inside? The Doctor is about to show you.

      There are still several mechanisms even there (starting as a small Valve or worker Cooperative with this purpose, acquiring an existing corporation and hollowing it out, etc.). The only requirement is that the corporation can NOT be publicly traded. No stock market. That road leads to stupid."

      How's that work?

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