We all view the world through our individual set of filters and lenses. Each of us has unique experiences, biases and ways and means of thought. Because of this, if we asked each citizen of the world what the most important change would be to increase happiness and well-being for all, the variety of responses would most likely be overwhelming. So how can we choose the targets for innovation that Intellagon will promote?
Historical systems often delegated this task to elites of one form or another – political, ethnic, socioeconomic, or theocratic. This tends to perpetuate the inequity and unevenness of the resulting Manhattan Project or Great Wall. How can we do better? By integrating a broader slice of humanity. By soliciting participation by those, regardless of origin, who care about our common future. By organizing them into self-managed communities of common interest. The internet shows the way by providing examples of people volunteering their efforts for a common cause or even just a common interest.
Advances in communication and collaboration technologies (addressed by Thomas L. Friedman in his book The World Is Flat) provide the opportunity for powerful, robust new forms of group work. Self-organized communities around the world are pushing these technologies to ever richer and more productive use.
The first time I encountered this was in the early 90s when Usenet provided a window into impassioned debates over art, literature, automobiles, sports, and baby accessories. No one was paid, anyone could participate, and some donated their time as moderators to keep the peace in scattered enclaves of discourse. Also in the 90s, open-source software came on to the scene. Again, a global community working freely on projects of their own choosing, coming in time to threaten corporate software giants because of their creativity, audacity, and unwillingness to surrender control to “the man”.