Amanda Werhane

Minneapolis, MN, United States

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Erstwhile librarian, tech geek-in-training, mystic poet, and believer in creating a better world.

Areas of Expertise

Literature research, Science librarianship, Cooperative movement, Genealogical research

I'm passionate about

connecting people and information, freedom of expression, the ideal of treating others the way I'd like to be treated.

People don't know I'm good at

singing, finding hard-to-locate bits of information, communing with the divine.

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Amanda Werhane
Posted 11 months ago
Could a few of us get some help with an overwhelmingly big idea? We call it the Co-opernation. We could also use help naming things.
Co-operNation could play out in a few different ways, depending on what order the right people come together... You might be the graphic novelist or infographic designer, who can share the stories of our speculative future. You might be the person with influential friends, who puts us in contact with movers and shakers. You might be the angel investor, who can give Will the financial breathing room to run with this vision. You might be the TECHNICAL WRITER / EDITOR, who can pull all these little 2000-character posts together!!!
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Amanda Werhane
Posted 11 months ago
Could a few of us get some help with an overwhelmingly big idea? We call it the Co-opernation. We could also use help naming things.
This idea/project/movement is ambitious & difficult to encapsulate, and my friend Will is just non-linear & intelligent & creative enough that I expect many folks have had the reaction, "Hoo boy, another pie-in-the-sky wingnut!" While the Coopernation idea was catalyzed by the death of Will's late wife, they had been talking about aspects of it for years. Will has experience with large-scale efforts from his work in multinational corporations and the military -- but he'd rather work behind the scenes than be a spokesperson. His harasser is, unfortunately, quite real, and while currently under a restraining order, has managed to be very destructive to his family, friends and coworkers over the years. Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction... Thank you to all who've participated in the conversation here! We're going to keep posting on other sites, and hopefully find a few key folks to take the ball and run with it (:
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Amanda Werhane
Posted 11 months ago
Could a few of us get some help with an overwhelmingly big idea? We call it the Co-opernation. We could also use help naming things.
More bits & pieces from the past year -- ----------------------- It is not okay that we live in a world where people think it's okay to hurt other people. I bet you just read that sentence and nothing clicked, just like it was with me for years. Yet that thought, that simple realization invariably brought tears to Rebecca's eyes, ended her ability to carry on a conversation, and depressed her immensely. So I'm going to try again. We can harness the power of the atom, we've unraveled our own DNA, we can make cats glow in the dark and practically can see the origins of the universe, and we still can't figure out how to stop murdering each other. Because. . .what? Those great big brains that ENABLE us to connect so easily and to harm each other so easy are too dumb to figure out how to stop constantly motivating ourselves to be awful people? Who's buying this? That's not even a plausible science fiction scenario! We know it happened, and we know it's because of centuries of gradually adding more and more of these societal constructs and then spend most of our lives unlearning those great lessons we learned in Kindergarden in order to survive in them. And that's kind of silly, isn't it? So I and a few friends took it seriously, and cobbled together a way for us to kick over the chessboard and stop ruining each other's lives all the time. It was actually pretty easy, you just had to look in the wrong places (if there's one of Rebecca's lessons that I alawys took seriously, it was 'Just because that's why they made it doesn't mean that's what it's for') And that idea (VERY ROUGHLY) is to use the legal shell of a multinational mega-corporation to create parts of the world where we are constantly challenging ourselves to be better people and everybody within them is there because they adhere to a more reasonable standard of morality at a very minimum (be nice to other people, embrace the idea that EVERY human is fundamentally capable of being wonderful, etc.).
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Amanda Werhane
Posted 11 months ago
Could a few of us get some help with an overwhelmingly big idea? We call it the Co-opernation. We could also use help naming things.
Here are some bits & pieces from various attempts to summarize -- ---------------------- The Co-opernation I'm sure you've heard of Valve, and they do make a great starting point, so we'll start there, since they have a few bits already incorporated and make a good proof of concept (and Cory Doctorow wants to work somewhere like there, so that's pretty cool, right?). There are other examples, like Mondragon and others that use some similar approaches. And they're generally pretty successful. Let's hit on a couple of key factors that they use, and we need. 1) Very flat salaries 2) Self-organizing management structures (you pick your teams/squads, pick people to lead you if you need leaders, and fun people aren't taken away all the time against everyone's will) 3) The employees as a whole democratically influence how resources are used in the company 4) Projects are chosen based on what interests you and what you feel should be done How do you win at a game if you can avoid wasting resources on war and rarely have to worry about money? By getting so far ahead in the technology curve that you look like you came from the future and they look like monkeys with sticks. Everything else revolves around that. You expand your manufacturing base to build more universities and research ships. You expand your population to get more researchers or engineers. But all of that is secondary to getting more researchers. And science says that happier people are far more productive, and having fun makes people happy. So most people are spending their time discovering cool new things to share with everyone or implementing plans to make people happy and have fun. The only effective competition would require out-researching and producing us, which would require increasing the happiness of their own citizens.
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Amanda Werhane
Posted 11 months ago
Could a few of us get some help with an overwhelmingly big idea? We call it the Co-opernation. We could also use help naming things.
Do you like to do any of this stuff? To further explain and share these ideas, we need help with small and large acts of: * Comic illustration or graphic design * Short-form video or machinima * Technical writing or editing * Spokespersoning * Make connections between movers and shakers We want to be able to condense everything down to easily-comprehended chunks, but also be able to demonstrate the research that's gone into pulling these ideas together (: