Boldly creating a world that works for all – Trimtabs for systemic change

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“I will invite the Future Salon members to a bit of meta-thinking and meta-design,” I announced in a three-question interview that was posted on the Future Salon website as part of the invitation. “What can you and I do that really can lead to a radical positive shift? I will raise this question by proposing a candidate answer.” In the lecture I proposed ‘Trimtabs for systemic change’ as a strategy for creating a world that works for all. I introduced this as a strategy complementary to the conventional way of handling contemporary issues, where we strive to understand and control specific problems such as the climate change.  

# this is a really nice talk, worth listening to! 

@Karen O’Brien, cChange

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Before You Give up on Democracy, Read This!

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Who doesn’t feel like throwing in the towel… with congressional approval ratings at a pitiful 10 percent? For pete’s sake, even the much-reviled “socialism” has more than double the fans.


Yet a moment’s reflection tells us we can’t solve any of our giant challenges without public decision-making bodies that work. So settling for the best democracy money can buy is not an option.

And just as clear?


That we can’t we fix our broken democracy without a vision of one that could work. Human beings have a hard time creating what we can’t imagine or even name. Of course, our “vision” can’t be some pie-in-the sky, fairy-tale democracy. To be motivating, it has to be hard-nosed: grounded in all we now know — the good, bad, and the ugly — about nature, including our own.


Living Democracy builds from the insight that today’s problems are too complex, interwoven, and pervasive to be solved from the top down. People rarely change by fiat. So solutions require the ingenuity, insights, experience, and “buy-in” of those most directly affected by the problems we face.


The term “living democracy” suggests democracy as both a lived experience and an evolving, organic reality — “easily lost but never finally won,” in the words of the first African-American federal judge William Hastie.

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2013 REPEACE USA official release

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Repeace wants to unite all humans in a global pro-accountability/anti corruption virtual movement behind 3 simple empowering pledges:

1. I will support businesses that focus on local, sustainable, quality products and services, not on buying influence.
2. I will support politicians who are accountable to me, not to corporations.
3. I will support countries that promote and defend freedom of expression.

Repeace wishes to mobilize all activists behind the principle that peace is the absence of fear and all activists realize peace because they identify with the suffering of victims of abuse, including the environment, oceans, animals, seeds or in a wider context ideals like justice, equality, freedom.

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Save the Planet, Starting on Your Own Block

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Local efforts are the backbone of global green activism.


While we generally think of Greens rallying to save rainforests, coral reefs, deserts and other faraway tracts of wilderness, that’s just one aspect of saving the Earth. It’s also crucial to work together with neighbors on important projects in our own backyard. Activism at this level draws more people into fighting for the environment because they can see the consequences in their own lives—and they will then make connections to what’s happening elsewhere around the world. Plus, a few victories on the local level will give them momentum to dig in for long run on the international level.

Jonathan Porritt, a leading UK Green, declares “Most people think the environment is everything that happens outside our lives. Yet this is a huge philosophical error creating a false divide between us and the physical world. We need to.. acknowledge that the environment is rooted in our sense of place: our homes, our streets, our neighborhoods, our communities.”

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BitGov – Voters without borders

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Imagine what someone else would want to post on your wall about signing up for your project.


What if we could hear the voice of every voter, what if every citizen could vote safely and wisely, and what if every voter could see the choices of citizens globally? What if we could make democracy global and have it be transparent?




[…] no matter what we propose for these grand challenges, governments will ultimately form policies aimed at addressing these pressing issues. Unless we improve governance, our solutions are futile.


After late-night discussions with my classmates acknowledging this reality, six of us started a project called Bitgov which ‪enables citizens to vote on proposed legislation anywhere and anytime, regardless of nationality. It aims to make it easy for people to understand legislation, but also to express their opinions and join in the decision-making process.


Here’s how the technology works: 


Public opinion is gauged using algorithms to find the most significant social media posts and the opinion leaders. ‪We also provide policy makers with clear insights into the sentiments of voters. The endgame is to create a platform for global governance without borders.


There are already many organizations and companies like Ushadidi, the Sunlight Foundation, the Open Knowledge Foundation, Code for America, and Popvox that aim to make government more transparent and accountable. “However, seeing collecting people’s opinions as either just big data business or simply a civic movement wouldn’t bring governance to the next level. We must combine these two perspectives in a global and local scales to create sustainable governance tools,” says Roberto Alveraz, a Brazilian entrepreneur and Bitgov partner.


Already, BitCoin has disrupted currencies by presenting a net-aware global currency to replace the outdated infrastructure. Starting out virtually, it soon gained real traction. Governance will follow the same path. As Ilse Gayl, chairman of OneRain (a company of rainfall experts) and Bitgov partner, says: “We need civilization infrastructures for our future.”


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