Benjamin Sanchez

Project Manager, Planet Victory

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To build a single web platform with the exclusive goal and all necessary functionality to resolve all socio-ecological crises on Earth, now.

I'm organizing an open source community to develop an intuitive online HUD, in the form of a virtual globe, with icons for 1) Crises, 2) Solutions, and 3) Active Resolutions. These icons will portal to social media, designed around vetting solutions and catalyzing real world action, and make heavy use of gamification and crowd funding to facilitate safe and lasting change wherever change is called for.

There are innumerable aspects to this project that have yet to be considered, and I welcome your ideas and look forward to hearing from you.

Metta to all,

  • Jan 16 2012: Love it.
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    Jan 16 2012: Great Idea Benjamin! I can already picture the interface, and it's an exciting concept. One of the hurdles that i see is the facilitation of accessibility.
    How will crisis "nodes" be filtered?
    Have you put any thought towards third world input?
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      Jan 16 2012: Please explain what you mean by filtering, and thank you for writing in.

      I'm debating whether or not nods for Crises, Solutions and Realizations should vary in size or not, and I've already thought of a few different toggles for what shows on the map; like only Crises, only Solution, or only Realizations. Also, what kinds of issues one wishes to view; ecological or sociological, local or global, like that. And I was think of adding an aura to the icons to convey urgency.

      The primary search filter is simply brightly colored regional divisions on the virtual globe map.

      Continent, nation, province, city borough.

      Just that would make it a badly needed exercise in geography.

      I envision a pattern minuses, light bulbs and pluses that give the viewer an instant understanding of how our biosphere and our humanity are doing.
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        Jan 16 2012: i suppose you have answered my question about filtering the nodes of events in terms of differentiation. i wonder about the screening process required to categorize the levels of crises as they are submitted.

        an example would be: "user a" declares that the dumping of industrial waste into a watershed is a huge issue.

        and: "user b" declares that their landlord hasn't bothered to have the buildings clothes dryer fixed for a month.

        have you put any thought to relevancy filtering?

        my immediate thought is some sort of "area of effect" value integrated into the event icons.

        what you are proposing sounds like a wonderful concept, and i like the analogy you made to "Gaia's technocratic immune system".
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    Jan 22 2012: Just a thought, Google Earth could be leveraged for something like this and they (Google) are already open to something along these lines as they have been tracking natural disasters among other things for some time.

    I too have thought about a "Global Dashboard" for crisis and have created to address them, at some point I would like to see the site used to respond immediately to crisis as a rallying point for solutions and gathering resources to solve problems. The site was inspired by the BP oil spill and the fact that so many people submitted solutions and in the end it may have been an anonymous plumber who was responsible for the idea that plugged the leak. I talk about this here:

    Great idea, please consider coding features into that would accomplish your goals!


  • Jan 17 2012: Hello,

    Thanks to John Wagner I have read this topic and to be honest, I never met people who have the same idea's like me. Yesterday I've started a similar topic
    It would be great if we can team up.

    Let me know what you think about it

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      Jan 18 2012: Planet Victory is an open source, non-profit development community.

      You are welcome to contribute your ideas. More than welcome.

      Please feel free to get in touch at

      This goes for anyone interested in collaborating on development. Thank you!
  • Jan 16 2012: Hey Benjamin, how about weighing in on my idea: