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Scott MacAfee

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Open Sourced Governance anybody? With technolgy do we need to have elected folks make our decisions for us or can we do it ourselves...

Do we trade taxes for responsibility? Are we getting to the point where we could start deciding instantly and en masse what should be done - use surveymonkey, take a facebook poll and count hashtags. Then make a decision alert the appropriate individuals that the time their social responsibilty obligation has come - and get the action implemented.

Or are we not ready for the responsibility

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Closing Statement from Scott MacAfee

I appreciate your contribution to this idea - it is forming with every comment - One of the issues that was brought to my attention is that not everybody has the information, the inclination or the time to contribute in a meaningful way to their community. "Can't someone else do this?" The simple answer is yes, but should someone else do this - I'm not sure.

Some of the boundaries that seem to make sense are:
- you should have daily impact on the issues that impact you daily
- You need to come for an informed place (Develop Community teams made up of "experts"
- Trading Taxes for Time/responsibiilty is the big question.
- If you had more time, what would you do, become more self absorbed or spend more time doing the things that you love to do, like volunteering or engaging in your passion.
- Our world needs our passion, and since all of our passions differ there is a place and time when we all have a chance to shine in our own unique way.
-we do need to develop an method or mechanism where those with the expertise, no matter their position or personality can assist in moving us all forward - we just need to be willing to give of ourselves.

Thanks again -
Scott

  • Oct 20 2011: Hi Scott,

    Great idea!
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    Oct 20 2011: Too stupid or too lazy - http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2011/10/stupid-and-lazy.html

    I think we all have something to offer in our talent area.
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    Oct 20 2011: Responsibilty to the people!
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    Oct 20 2011: Great idea.

    Currently, politics is not about governing, it's about power.

    Good luck wresting that power from the current keepers, but you have my support.

    Power to the people!
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    Oct 20 2011: I believe population as a whole would adapt, we did many times already.

    I have thought about this topic a lot and I went past direct democracy - to liberation of an individual to collaborate. The mechanics for it is a new way of representing value in society.

    I have started to work on a friend2friend currency to let each individual decide what and how to produce and trade. I believe that freeing people does increase productivity. So we all can work less and have the same or work the same and have more.

    Here is how far I got till now: http://transcendingmoney.blogspot.com/p/why-and-what-of-onefreesociety-project.html
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    Oct 20 2011: Hi Scott,

    I think that this is a brilliant idea, the likes of which is popping up all over the place. Check out this conversation about internet voting: http://www.ted.com/conversations/6425/should_communities_use_interne.html It caused me to come up with the same idea :)

    I think anyone who isn't confidant in this approach doesn't really want democracy. I personally feel that the only reason we needed elected representatives was because in the past people were too busy with surviving to get involved in politics when travel and communication were legthy and costly processes. With today's technology I don't think that there is any reason why we can't be more involved in the decission making process.

    I think that you would still have to have teams to put the outcome of these on-line polls into action. But I think that we are getting incredibly good at informing each other (as evidenvced by this site!) and I think that it is a possibility.

    I can envision a future where we wake up, and have our morning coffee while reading the newspaper and voting on a couple of issues before heading in to work. :)
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      Oct 20 2011: Very good point -got me thinking about this in a new light, I think we also traded taxes for time, if we pay enough taxes somone else could do it, what if we were the ones that were doing those things and we kept our taxes?

      What if you woke up, ate breakfast, voted on a few items, got your social responsibilty assignment for the day, which played off your strengths/gifts/talents - and then went to work.

      I think it may be more than just giving an opinion, but also giving your time.
    • Oct 20 2011: If I correctly understand your suggestion, we would let anyone to vote on what laws should be passed, what actions should be taken in economic sector, healthcare and so on.

      I hope one day we can have such a system, however I do not think it would benefit society to implement this right now. I explain why.

      Unfortunately in our society large number of people either do not have time or interest to educate themselves about all aspects of every decision that is being made. Even with help of experts people are busy to even spend time with their family, entertainment and so on. Not imagine they would need to spend a few hours a day to go through analysis, educate themselves on basic terms in given area that is being voted on and so on.

      Personally I experienced vote on an economic issue in my area. When I asked people why did they vote one way or another, many considered their own benefit with limited knowledge about the actual impact of the decision on society and economy. It didn't turn out well.

      Finally, what majority thinks is not always a good thing to implement. We need to take into consideration the needs of minority, disabled, youth, elderly, sick, environment, human rights, freedom, ethics and so on. There is a lot to be learned.

      Why not fix the main problem with today's politics in US Congress where many decisions are based on interests of corporations rather the society itself?

      My hope is that in the future people will work less, spend more time engaging in community and spend their life learning. Then I think this idea will suceed =)
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    Oct 20 2011: we're too stupid