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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,


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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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