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Lope Gutiérrez-Ruiz

Founder / Co-Director, The Gopher Illustrated


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What do organized communities achieve more efficiently than government? What could they achieve?"

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    Oct 7 2011: I think many issues would be better solved by issue based/geographically based communities. The OpenSource movement has many examples. The self-organization of people into communities/working groups is severely lacking in modern culture. I think broadcast technology and the cheap copying and distribution of media is also behind this change in mentality. I call it broadcast culture. Human psychology makes this difficult to overcome, as large-scale efforts to produce products/services will too often outdo local efforts when it comes to addictive qualities such as instant gratification. We are now hooked on high tech special effects and polished works (eg. AAA game titles) and in those things we see a noted lack of diversity.
    Modern culture I feel defines citizen incorrectly, especially the worker aspect. The worker is highly specialized, working in his one role where he earns money and then expects that that money will pay for all his other goods and services rather than participating in a variety of projects themselves, especially at the local level. The issue is the systems resulting from this ontology don't have the gamut to address local needs with local solutions and so there is loss of efficiency widely distributed, and widely distributed pain is less likely to be identified, and more difficult to address. Such systems are also less flexible -> econ bubbles.
    Convergence as a trend exacerbates this issue. Such devices require scale to economically produce and so lack a rich HW aftermarket, as say the PC ecosystem had. This limits the diversity of the ecosystem, the number of choices at each step in it's evolution and the number and type of participants involved.
    I would also like to point out that I think the worldwide Occupy-* movement(s) are a great venue/vector to get the memes to undo broadcast culture distributed. If we could get some of the strong TED members involved in that movement to help it address these issues I think it could be revolutionary!
    • Oct 7 2011: Adam I agree with your assessment of the occupy movement, but would add that is already revolutionary in that it breaks the broadcast, stay on message mold.

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