Category: Exploration I
Posts on my thoughts of a new type of community, and how it could function.
How does the community obtain money?
The community will have a number of incomes. Firstly from work contracts with outside organizations, these should be considered low cost, long term solid contracts that benefit the recipient. Secondly, from donations from private individuals and institutions who support the ideals of the community. Thirdly, from self generated web services and associated advertising on the internet. There are numerous different possible incomes but as much as feasibly possible should be offered for free or in exchange for honest, simple work in the community. The other method can be from existing members People who make lifelong commitments place all their money they would have saved into a community account to aid the community through difficult times.
How does the community help society at large?
Simple, it helps by researching developing and creating thing to aid and benefit mankind. Initially this will be by working through and for existing organizations offering peer review of scientific papers, computer applications and technical support at low rates. Especially it will try to help organizations which offer something free to the world (citizendium, wikipedia, linux etc.), organizations that are trying to help heal the world (WHO, Medicine sans frontiers etc) and ultimately independently help educate local and international students for nothing to improve education for all. The only thing that limits the community is its size and the dedication of its members.
How are outside contracts decided upon?
Due to the necessity of securing work with exterior agencies, firms and foundations. There should be a committee dedicated to taking on the responsibility of which jobs are taken, declined or delayed. the committee should really only have to worry about the the numbers of available community members who have the required skills. However, if the institutions asking for members demands work that is contrary to the communities ethical stance or is currently involved in provable actions that run contrary to the benefit / future of mankind they should be turned down. Once again turned down contracts can be complained against and a a decision committee involving outsiders can be formed. No outside influence should be involved in research as it would create a bias automatically unless those involved are left unaware who requested it.
How does education occur?
This is a very broad question I asked, I would imagine that given the practical working nature of the community where & when will education take place?
There are 3 main methods that can be broadly applied; theory & study much like a traditional education system, practical application and learning by usage/inquiry/investigation, dialogue and debate with your chosen mentor or teaching those in your care.
We as individuals can take everything to be a learning experience and indeed education should be a perpetual thing. The moment we cease to inquire is the moment we need to be circumspect and ask ourselves why we have stopped.
self-study is also vital in education an a healthy respect of skepticism or doubting the currently accepted status quo for things should be applauded. Be open minded enough to allow new ideas but not so much that our brains fall out
How are members elected to different positions?
Initially in a small community positions will be given to those most suited to the role and with the most experience. Ultimately a list of advocates amongst the top 10 in each department will be found and for each dept a random 3 will be selected to be the voting representatives for each department who will then vote for their preferred official.
The random element that regularly occurs in committees an selection processes exists for 2 reasons:
- To try keep the system free of corruption and loaded committees.
- The elected position will undoubtedly remove the selected individual from their research for a number of years, such a situation should be considered a necessary chore and not a privilege one strives towards.
How are people organised?
There are very few divisions in the members of the community and you can label them easily by situation.
- Transitory members: Those who are in the community for a brief period (6 months or less) there to give lectures, run courses, provide support, on sabbatical leave, or simply to attend a conference.
- Candidates: Those who want to join a in a more permanent way. People who are considering a long-term commitment will be evaluated for a period of the 3-6 months to decide whether they are appropriate members of the community.
- Novices: those who pass candidacy are considered novices who are obliged to reach a minimum level of knowledge within all the basic sciences and other core subjects.
- Advocate/Citizen: a full member who has reached a level of reasonable understanding of all the core subjects and who can provide a service to the community. At this point they can say they are an advocate of a certain field / skill / discipline which they intend to dedicate their life to.
- Elected officials: Selected from citizens (advocates) these members hold positions of administrative power. The purviews and limitations of which will be defined in the founding document.
Much like martial arts the only division between a novice and a master is their level of knowledge and ability on the continuum of a particular discipline (although that definition is questionable). The only only division between members is novice, those still reaching a basic level of understanding, and an advocate who has reached a point where they can make an informal decision and picked a subject / skill / purpose to dedicate themselves to, or be advocates for.
How do we define dialogues?
As previously discussed in e115 dialogues can be broadly split into 5 types each one devised for a specific purpose. Although if a dialogue shifts into Eristics it will automatically be considered a win for the opponent.
Dialogues should be clearly started and finished as to employ clear moments and their purpose from an inquiry to an advanced learner to a deliberation in a committee. They should fal between either formal discussions where something is at stake or informal where learning is involved.
The rules for dialogues should be clearly defined in their own set of entries later.
How are decisions made in the community?
There appear to be (from previous entries ) a number of methods emerging. Firstly an elected official can make decisions within the purview of his elected position. Secondly, there are are both short term and long term committees made of a random selection of members. Short term committees are created to resolve disputes in the case of an individual vs another or an individual vs an elected official.
Long term committees are created for a number of years to have authority or expertise over a particular part of the legislation, chore distribution etc. In all cases committees should be chosen at random from an equal spread of disciplines, gender etc.
Finally a 2/3 majority is necessary to pass, accept, agree on a verdict if this doesn’t occur more debate time should be allowed and then more members should be added or compromises created.
How should new members be found?
The community should encourage new membership broadly through its website, through associations at universities and word of mouth. Affiliations to existing institutions and the creation of educational material software should help spread the word to encourage new members. Public debates and interaction should not be seen as a recruitment drive any interaction with the public should if asked only respond; “The community is always happy to welcome new members” we should be clear we don’t have ulterior motives to any of our acts that help the community and the world, our motive is what we are, what we do and we want the world to improve for the present and subsequent generations.
In fact certain responses should be crafted that give a unified response to all questions that are regularly demanded so the community can speak with one coherent response.
What technologies should be used?
Initially due to budget constraints, space, health and safety issues, the initial community should focus purely on computer and IT technologies. These provide the most utility for the lowest costs.
As for software a primarily open source approach fits in line with an organisation trying to help the world and future generations without extending the price tag.
As the community expands, gains members and space more labs and additional technologies can be integrated.
For the sake of expansion and diversity of members these labs should initially be multi-purpose.