Archive for August, 2018

A non-profit organization promoting a network of local community owned and operated social sites dedicated to ethics and service rather than profit seems timely. It would be an opportunity for people to engage in face-to-face socializing while connecting with other communities around the world. A global network of cooperatives working together internationally and locally independent to engage people of all ages in a celebration of their interests and concerns would be nice. It could serve people rather than serving up consumer’s private lives to corporate interests. No advertising, no tracking – just an exchange for those who long for an imaginative life rather than an imaginary one. A network of few rules governing local matters would be helpful … but enough rules to have the ability to quickly disassociate with any ‘community’ using the technology poorly or strictly for self-interest.
Modified browsers could be designed to maximize the ease and benefits of such a network as the designers would be leaders in the system rather than trying to follow it and protect people from it. A modifiable community package could be freely distributed to ensure everyone gets off to a common start. In my mind’s eye I see something along the lines of community organizations more prevalent in the past (scouts, 4H, Lions Clubs International) working for the common good. I would hope funding could be along the lines of PBS rather than too much influence from corporate sponsors. Such things as direct trade (coffee beans, bananas, cacao) and local farming cooperatives may be able to emulate the model separately as it develops. Good things but not the right place…


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