Transforming Communication on the Planet

This is a project I’ve been formulating for some time,
and in the past year or so has started to become very clear…
And the next challenge is how to share & launch it 🙂 ?

“Through our scientific and technological genius we’ve made of this world a neighborhood. And now through our moral and ethical commitment we must make of it a brotherhood.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Rewiring internet-based publishing and communication to be sensitive to this dimension of human experience, upgrading our global nervous system to find cooperation as an emergent whole.

I’m greatly inspired & informed by Jaron Lanier’s book Who Owns the Future?  It’s an argument for what he calls a ‘humanistic information economy’, though this is in service of a larger concern – how do we maintain a strong middle class – a prerequisite for democracy – even as more of the economy becomes digitized (automated/machine learnt)? Jaron builds off of Ted Nelson’s Xanadu project, the originator of the term ‘hypertext’, and the initial vision for what’s possible in electronic text, back in the 60’s. 

“Our huge collective task in finding the best future for digital networking will probably turn out to be like finding our way back to approximately where Ted was at the start.” (page 221) “First thought, best thought”, Jaron says.

What I noticed about the publisher/user interaction was that it creates a very robust environment for stacking feedback, specifically that you might visit someone’s published writing and have readily available what other content is linking to what you’re currently reading (via the primary design principle that links work both ways). This suggests an issue, however, when implemented at scale – that of ‘moderating’ just what gets displayed.  And that’s the space where this project steps in.

Creating a World where Everyone has the Experience of Being Heard

Listen again, and discover we don’t know the power communication is:

Any conflict can be resolved
by being in communication
& any future created

Listening is the cutting edge skill of our Humanity

Universally, Humanity, has the same needs. Conflict only exists at the level of strategy (the action or approach we take to meet needs).

Without making this distinction we may relate to our strategies as if they were our needs, and then when strategies inevitably conflict, others will occur for us as if they are enemies.
With attention on needs (commitments), new strategies naturally come to mind…

Listening, at scale.