Jonathan Ghalmi Ribeiro

Software Engineer, Thales Australia
Sydney, Australia

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Jonathan Ghalmi Ribeiro
Posted 9 months ago
Developing a new type of Utopia
In this post I'll finish defining the governing bodies of Newtopia. Each sub-society government will manage political matters as well as investments that are mostly relevant to their own society. Inter-societal relations and investments/projects will be overviewed by another entity : the Constitution Group. Along with the Founders, they also ensure the respect of the Newtopian constitution across all sub-societies. They decide on a periodical basis on the creation or dismantlement or redefinition of a sub-society in a concerted decision and with the overview of the Founders. Founders basically ensure that all decisions that could lead to possible disrespect of the Constitution are made in accordance to Newtopian values. The Constitution Group: are members of each sub-society governing body with equal reprensentation, with both experts and civilians. Sub-society governments decide of whom is to be representing them within the Constitution Group (with Founders approval). They are selected for a defined period of time and cannot have more than 1 mandate within a period of 3 mandates. At this level all members of the experts/civilian pools deserve an equal chance at being in that group. They decide on major investments/projects as well as reevaluating those already actioned to decide of their value overtime and their usefulness. For example, a national broadband network project is decided by the Constitution Group with milestones/plan defined when launching it. After 1 year/6 months/... they reevaluate the plan and act accordingly (more/less funds, technological changes, project dropped...) Experts/Civilians : in that group, both experts and civilians are chosen independently from other sub-societies to avoid to the maximum any connivance between multiple sub-societies. If that type of interaction is identified by the Founders, the responsible will be first expelled from any possible role in any governing body and in grave cases, expelled from Newtopia.
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Jonathan Ghalmi Ribeiro
Posted 9 months ago
Developing a new type of Utopia
Each sub-society should follow that model that I defined for a government. Amendments can be asked and validated by the Founders. Merit-based government will always be preferred to any other option so amendments should take this into account. If those amendments are not in line with Newtopian principles then the next question is whether that sub-society fits into the Newtopian model. If it doesn't, the Founders can shutdown that sub-society. That seems harsh but the type of Utopia I am aiming for is one that leads by example by promoting the fittest societies (think a 'Survival of the fittest' to a society level). Not everyone will fit that model to start with and many people will be left out because their views differ from what Newtopia is trying to achieve. The aim is to prove overtime that the selected models of society and sub-society work in defending basic moral principles (the constitution) and also prove to be an efficient way of enabling high-quality technological/societal/moral progress. When other countries and people will look back at Newtopia and see that it is progressing faster and better than any other society, more and more will join that model or try to adapt it to their needs (maybe even coming up with something better). It will take a very long time to reach that point but the best way to convince others that you are right is by proving it through example. I believe there are enough people who aim for that goal for that idea to actually work in a work of fiction and maybe even in real life. I'll continue with the governing organization of Newtopia in my next post but I'd like to raise a an important point first. Unlike many countries, Newtopia is not based on sharing a historical legacy. Common values/morals are much more important here. I thinki many countries are not working at their best because they are based on uniting people based on their history instead of regrouping them by shared values which is a far better incentive for progress.
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Jonathan Ghalmi Ribeiro
Posted 9 months ago
Developing a new type of Utopia
Hi guys, first of all, thank you for giving some of your time to participate in the discussion. Before answering your questions, I would like to precise that one of the main goals of the novel is to actually prove to a certain point that building a Utopian society with today's progress is possible given the right mindset and means. Other than the story, which I know the main points of, prove the possibility of a utopian-like society and get people thinking/talking about the subject is my other main goal. Now to the questions raised. The Constitution group is made up of a mix of field experts and civilians, The size will be limited, see it as a small assembly (40-50 persons) which members come from the different sub-societies of Newtopia. Here's in detail the selection process which is based on a merit criteria (yup it's not a democracy). Founders of Newtopia : the group of people whose implication in building Newtopia is such that they can be considered independent from each sub-society. They would be the guardians of the principles that rule Newtopia and therefore are selected for a limitless period, They leave the group following a personal decision, conflict of interest or found guilty of any crime. Sub-society government : Composed of both experts and civilians. Sub-society government-Experts : Each sub-society has to come up with a defined pool of experts that is validated by the Founders in respect of Newtopian principles and merit in being an expert. That pool decides within itself of whom should be in the governing body, limited in size (10-12 people) Sub-society government-Civilians : Once the governing experts are selected, they select a small pool of civilians in concert with the Founders based on merit criteria. Basically, the people who show the most interest in participating in the life of their society get chosen. Also note that any civilian can become an expert and the aim here is to give everyone the same chance at improving their society.