Monthly Archives: August 2009

What is wrong with the Zeitgeist Movement?

This is a massive conflict with me now.

I am watching the Addendum above after seeing the original and even though they are saying most of what I have suggested here, or even dreamed of, there is a real resistance internally to it and I do not understand why. It should be enough that there was some symbology and imagery that was important to me years ago – even for me to actually be convinced by the logic and arguments put forward.

This has halted my ability to move forward and any thoughts of what Beyond One World frozen until I find the answer – and believe me I would love to not be concerned with its development any more, knowing that these things were being taken care of elsewhere by people with more skills than I.

I keep asking myself also, Who am I to argue with this, no one as yet has subscribed to anything that I have suggested and the Zeitgeist Movement has around a third of a million in membership and is growing rapidly. As it contains much of what is within Beyond One World it has to be right – hasn’t it? But there is a real block that I must understand – I really feel that something is wrong…

With this I probably expose my stupidity, I don’t know and cannot even express or see it. Very humbling…

Do I give this all up and join The Zeitgeist Movement?

Found this on YouTube – a movie produced by the Zeitgeist Movement.

That is certainly the question now on my mind. I am amazed at all the people involved in it already. Anyhow I haven’t had time to look deeper into it yet and joined the forum as ‘BeyondOneWorld’ and introduced myself.

I am concerned at first look of the video however about the references it is based on. I do remember the ‘Book of the Dead’ stuff from years ago and the connection to the 10 Commandments is a bit loose – there were many many other lines not just (or all of) the 10? Anyway, that’s all from years ago when I was much much younger 🙂 – Let’s see what happens here…

A radical new idea, get in at the start

This is an idea that needs me to disown it – it is something that needs to be driven by others that collectively have better ideas, different perspectives, more knowledge or more skills than I could ever achieve. So the plan to have a social web here at Beyond One World I have thrown out and picked something more useful. For one ‘Beyond One World’ is a bit of a mouthful and a social web with that name would not be easy to type into the browser. The other reason is that it would need something special to be used by anyone, a good reason for them to choose it in the first place. Well, one of the principles in Beyond One World is that of ownership, not having any corporation or authority tell you how it should work or what information belongs to you. The social web should work exactly as the users desire and not have any corporate marketing directing it or adding advertising to its pages. So I have pulled in a domain name that is very short and implies this – ADSo.com.

I have put together a website on that domain that has an Open Source social web running on it. It may not look nice now but with membership and direction of how it should work to help us all collaborate together it will achieve exactly what we want it to.

I have placed the important stuff on the main page of ADSo and pasted it in here. Are you going to be first to join in?

ADS0.COM is owned by every member that joins – equally – and of course NO ADS.

The principles being worked out to make this a reality can be found at the Beyond One World Blog.

Absolutely everyone is welcome to join and take part to make this social network all that you would want it to be without any company or organisation behind it.

The aim is to gather together those interested in changing the world finally, to make it a better place, by allowing everyone in it to have an equal stake in it and removing any centralised power and sharing the work and responsibilities.

Even if that sounds a bit daunting to you right now – or you have no idea what this means, there is one ADVANTAGE to getting in and JOINING NOW. That is to stake your claim now and GET YOUR SHORT NAME REGISTERED now before someone else does.

The other advantage is that you get to say exactly how it should work. You are in control if you want to be…

Any problems with the site, then please let me know in http://forums.beyondoneworld.com.

My hope is that this will be the first step for people to see that we as a people realise that we are all essentially striving for the same things and can collaborate together to remove the problems that face us globally and individually.

Please spread the word – You may know  others who may be interested in taking part in this experiment. The more we gather here the more we can develop and improve it and make it something special.

Of course it may not grow very fast, or in the beginning be disorganised, it might break or not be very pretty, or even worse for some unforeseen reason disappear completely – but I personally honestly believe with all my heart that it could be the beginning of the biggest collaborative event in history. Not built by an international organisation, secret or otherwise, or by a government agency or corporation – but by the individuals themselves,for themselves, for each other, for their children, to our highest principles and ultimately helping each other.

How ‘Open’ a world are we prepared to live with?

I believe part of the answer for many of word’s problems lies in secrecy – but I have never worked out to myself how much openness the world is comfortable with.

Sadly the power that is held by institute or person over another person is usually maintained and upheld by the secrecy of its information or action. There are a few stories today in The coming-out stories of anonymous bloggers that show in todays society how the freedom of speech and expression can have implications if you do it anonymously.

What if all speech was open and honest, would people be too frightened to speak up, or does the right to speak anonymously infringe upon other people’s rights.

When I speak of an open and transparent government in Beyond One World I am sure of it being absolute. There can be no more secrets, no more hidden agendas and operations by those in power. It has to be open to absolutely everyone – so that no corruption is possible. But I wonder how far can that go? An extreme point I know but imagine the ability of telepathy miraculously appearing in every person in the world so that even everyday thoughts were open. Would everyone suddenly go to war realising the true intents of others or would another level of understanding develop, in the causes of those thoughts.

I have been wading through news on the Internet in any subjects relating to World Governments – the list I found interesting I have put in the World Government News and Events folder of the forums – and the dismaying and mind numbing number of conspiracy theories makes this very hard going. What is the antidote to the ‘New World Order’? It is definitely openness, equality and collaboration by the majority – the essence of Beyond One World idea.

But how far should this openness go?

Me? A Facebook self-centered careerist?

Brandon Griggs has posted a list of the 12 most annoying types of Facebookers at CNN. Red-faced I realise that recently I have slotted into one of the worst types of Facebook users you can have – Ouch! I have posted quite a few updates through Twitter and Facebook from my blog and so earn my shame as ‘The Self-Promoter’.

Well – Sorry guys…

I just think I have a fantastic idea to change the world for the better and so in my eagerness I used the social network as a means of telling someone, anyone … Why not my friends?
OK – So only one or two answered or took part but Hey! It’s August – Probably everyone is on holiday!? Right?

No matter, at least it is only one slot I fill
– I didn’t tell anyone on Facebook I had Coffee and Toast this morning did I.
Or invite anyone again to join in with BeyondOneWorld because I think it would be a good thing.
Or became a ‘Friend-Padder’ with hundreds and thousands of friends in my list – In fact I could only find 50 that would speak to me … and most of them probably only connected because they perhaps heard my name previously at some company they worked at and thought it polite to accept. So that fact alone should save me any more embarrassment of being duly multi-slotted in the Facebook hall of annoyances.

Take your pick – Do you slot into any of these annoying groups:

  • Let-Me-Tell-You-Every-Detail-of-My-Day
  • Self-Promoter
  • Friend-Padder
  • Town-Crier
  • TMIer (Too Much Information)
  • Bad Grammarian
  • Sympathy-Baiter
  • Lurker
  • Crank
  • Paparrazzo
  • Maddening Obscurist
  • Chronic Inviter

Can you think of any more?

Oh Well! I may as well add another slot for myself – the ‘Chronic Inviter’ – If anyone wants to be my friend I am on Facebook and Twitter at http://www.facebook.com/shawnd and http://twitter.com/shawndm .

Seriously though, it is an interesting article  and does really show the current social needs of a large proportion of people that use Facebook and other networks. I think social networks will grow in function in the future to not just be a communication toy, but quickly to be a fully fledge collaboration tool, connecting people with their needs to those that can fulfil them.

The information that is growing exponentially on the media in these networks, day by day, shows more and more of the character, background and history of every individual that uses them. Including of course individuals that were unfortunate to be unwitting participants, possibly expressing some confused reaction to an event that did not immediately make sense but a later showing on YouTube revealed all. Unfortunately this can be a source of lifelong embarrassment to someone, whose antics, though funny at the time, could remain on display forever online when the funny side may not be so apparent – or even understood. Maybe later historians will gain a true reflection of our time from analysing this media, after wading through a copy of the internet archived and getting past all the spam posts and time-consuming porn to find this very event, in its permanence, a symbolic picture of life in these early days. I wonder if they will see this as an important point in our history – where we became ‘causally’ self aware, that with every connected upload and post, it eventually sunk into the conscience of the people that actually none of it was ever going to go away. Later generations maybe a bit more careful knowing this. Also they will live with the fact that everyone they ever met can never be forgotten – no matter how hard they try.

Other ways that these social networks may grow, in sharing, connecting and collaboration:

Imagine, with all your previous working connections and associations finding your next employment through these social networks – or indeed your employer finding you. Instead of course the current and often forwarded posts showing someone losing their job by calling their boss a ‘perve’ on Facebook. Could this be the death of the Curriculum Vitae in return for automatically up to date information available at any time?

I suspect people will find their soul mates through them, enabling them to know a person in unheard of before detail before even meeting them. Conversely of course it is possible for an unfortunate photo or comment on these networks to do quite the opposite too. Interestingly I wonder if a YouTube video or Facebook comment has been produced in any court as evidence.

I imagine too that social networks will tend to be more ubiquitous, reaching out into other web services and devices and becoming the glue that connects them together. I wonder for example for the very reason of connecting people if there will be an iPhone app that will connect through Bluetooth two people in close proximity that could be friends, friends of friends, or even in the same group on the network. Possibly alerting you at a conference, a night-out or even on holiday of someone you may wish to talk to. It might be useful even the other way round, by one click, adding the person you just spoke to your network of friends, colleagues, discussion group etc to your social network so that you may follow them up later to continue your talk. (Actually, wouldn’t this be great if you could also avoid someone or a certain group of people? ) Maybe the wireless, GPRS or mobile network layer could increase this range to give more uses? If the social network reaches towards being ubiquitous then businesses that take the heavy hand on blocking these networks from the world of work will certainly struggle to stop this flow of connectivity – it may actually cost more in effort to stop than to allow it to become part of their processes.

I predict that for our ‘identity crisis’ roles I can see more development in defining who we are and who we are relating too. There is often the need to hold different identities on the Internet to connect with different services having distinct relationships to you that you will not want to mix up. Each of us has one identity but different roles in our lives and this will be reflected more in the social networks. For example you may not really think it necessary that your relatives hear your deeply thought on comments on the latest widget servicing process, but to other possibly self-centred careerists this may be great stuff to listen to. Alternatively, you may want to filter (or expand to channels) thoughts and media you are open to. Certainly an area open to advertisement here, maybe we will see the death of spam, connecting only people that may want to listen. Also as more networks appear and share more different kinds of media I wonder if they will tend more toward the peer-to-peer model of communication.

I know that for the project here at BeyondOneWorld the social network will be the key to full collaboration on anything developed here. In fact a social network already exists here at http://social.beyondoneworld.com/ so if anyone wants to get in first then at the moment just one more person will double its membership. You might ask why bother creating another one? Well this one will be owned by its users and not a company – the model of the Open Company Specification detailed here could be shaped up quite nicely with the experience of how this experiment develops. So if you want a social network that although at this moment in time is ‘unfashionably devoid of users’ but fresh and open to your direction as to how it works then get in now – we’ll figure out what its rules are as we go on. It does have the advantage of never having any company behind it shoving flagrant ads all over the pages – that would never happen unless every user of it agreed to it.

I’ve rambled on again – this was meant to be a short post because I found a list of the 12 most annoying types of Facebookers interesting… instead I have added another few kilobytes to history.

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