My thoughts have been on Google’s delays with the Project 10 to the 100 – and specifically Evan Kroske’s efforts to elicit some response from them on http://www.Project10tothe100Now.org , I hope they do show some willingness to communicate with him or better show decent feedback on their pages. I see now in forums and blogs some question of Google’s motives and this dealy will only fuel it.
Anyway, for the record, I will reproduce my entry to this worthy cause – though I cannot imagine I will actually make it into the top 1000 let alone reach public verdict.
Details of the entry for 20th October 2008
Your idea’s name (maximum 50 characters):
Beyond One World
Please select a category that best describes your idea.
Community: How can we help connect people, build communities and protect unique cultures?
What one sentence best describes your idea?
Use current open collaborative technology to organise priorities and effort required to define and coordinate the help of its members in an open way.
Describe your idea in more depth
The idea is to use the current open collaborative technology to organise the priorities and effort required to define and coordinate the help of its members. Ultimately the prospective members are global, all are considered equal in rights and the system is to remain 100% open and transparent to them all. It gives every person an equal voice and ability to define their ideal world. It offers a community of no barriers, no borders in which to discuss this.
With a centralised base and self governance, with no external interference then the members will have a true representation of the needs around the world and will be able to find and coordinate effort between them with information they can trust.
It begins with a call to arms to all individuals who want to change the world, to help each other and collectively fix the global problems affecting them. With the gathering of members to this system it will become known as the shared global system to which they can collaborate on meaningful projects and not be subject to regional, political or corporate interference.
The coordination of this system will learn as much as possible from successful large scale online communities that have learned to organise themselves and collaborate globally – such as Open Source projects.
Its transparency will lead to openness and trust and the ability from its users and also the information to constantly learn from mistakes to improve whatever processes they set up.
The aim of the project is to create the largest collaborative project of all time and to allow everyone to be able to dictate how it can be run. Ultimately to be considered a multinational resource and to take on global projects that regional effort will not be able to tackle.
What problem or issue does your idea address?
The problems that are addressed by this idea are ones of equality, trust, communication and the ability to see that one person can help others in tackling the biggest global issues of the day.
Equality in the sense of one individual has one voice, no matter what the issue is.
Trust is maintained because the system, documentation and discussion will remain 100% open and transparent, not covered over for corporate, political or prejudicial reasons.
Communication is addressed in the ability to offer their voice, their opinion, for others to hear.
The ability to help others in held because it is a collaborative system, offering documentation and the decision processes in which they all have the right to take part, these issues can be global in scale and the decision of action rests on each individual.
If your idea were to become a reality, who would benefit the most and how?
The individuals who would benefit the most would be the people who have little power or resources in which to change the world for the better. The idea of equality is inherent in the system, therefore they have just as much right to determine any result as any other. If this were global in nature right now then the Third World would see the biggest difference in rights to resources and help.
In the early stages is will be just their voice that is equal. This is in itself a useful message to ones that do have the power and resources to make a difference in the world. However, if enough people agree to any principle that should be applied to all then these ideals will spread external on external agencies.
Idealistically, the system would hold everyone’s opinion and the power of their opinions will be decided from within it.
What are the initial steps required to get this project off the ground?
It is purposefully that Google has been chosen as the first base of this idea. They mostly have the reputation of ‘Do No Harm’ and are the most visible media source in the world of the Internet, together with their openness in creating applications for the purpose of collaboration. It is these collaboration tools that offer the most powerful way to start off this idea. With the facility to accommodate a great many of the requirements as individuals join in and work together. It would be a great showcase in supporting this as it grows.
Describe the optimal outcome should your idea be selected and successfully implemented. How would you measure it?
The optimal outcome of this idea being selected would be instant visibility and recognition that a global site exists that is open and belongs to its users. This ideally would attract the abilities and the knowledge to continuously enhance how it would work effectively. Ideally, the intention is to learn from the best people and process and from those ideas to allow it to grow.
I hope that within 1-2 years it will raise awareness of what the global issues really are and who are affected, added together with their own voice it will certainly raise the chance of aid going to where it belongs. The more success it gains in this the more effective it will become, in ways that can be measured.
Beyond the goal of influence, imagine if people capture the vision, of what the system could possibly serve us in the future.
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If you’d like to recommend a specific organization, or the ideal type of organization, to execute your plan, please do so here. (maximum 50 words)
Google – with help from international associations and organisations.
I can tell I was tired when writing this – oh well! Reading through it I do regret not defining the connection with a ‘World Government’ or even ‘One World Government’ – I know at the time I was concerned with mentioning the term because this is such a big backlash against any such idea. Just search for it on Google and you get the picture. I answered on a few videos on YouTube on this idea, trying to put forward that there was a way that it can be made a ‘good’ thing – I was responded to immediately with questions of my sanity or intelligence. I soon realised that there was a lot of excitement and fear generated by this whole area and that maybe this was not a platform to try and explain why I actually think it could be one of the best achievements we could make.
I know the attacks will come from the ones not wishing to listen to what the idea is and also from possibly more elite groups who would obviously see the idea as a threat. In my comfortable obscurity however I am working towards putting forward a more helpful vision instead of the ramblings seen thus far on this sight.
Back to Google – I’ll be there voting for the best ideas that come forward. Especially of the type that Valentino collated referred to in http://blog.beyondoneworld.com/2009/07/30/sharing-projects-from-google-project-10-to-the-100/. Good Luck everyone who put forward an idea. At least it is still going forward.