The Global Square: an online platform for our movement

by ROAR Collective on November 2, 2011

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A proposal on how to perpetuate the creative and cooperative spirit of the occupations and transform them into lasting forms of social organization.

This is a proposal made by a group of concerned global citizens who also act as volunteers for Take the Square, United for Global Change, 15october.net, European Revolution and Reflections on a Revolution (ROAR). We do not pretend to represent or speak on behalf of anyone but ourselves.

The Global Square: Towards an Online Platform for the Occupy Movement

In its most recent tactical briefing for the Occupy movement, Adbusters correctly pointed out that, “of the many questions swirling around #OCCUPY, the most challenging is how to gel into a global movement without sacrificing the decentralized, leaderless model.” In the wake of the global day of action on October 15, the question now arises how our movement can evolve new organizational structures that will allow the assemblies — and their highly innovative participatory model of decision-making — to survive beyond the occupations and become a permanent fixture of our emerging global society.

How, in other words, can we perpetuate the creative and cooperative spirit of the occupations and transform them into lasting forms of social organization — at the global as well as the local level?

Currently, the organization of the occupations and the collaboration between them rests in part upon the innovative use of social media. However, as a group of volunteers who were directly involved in the coordination of the worldwide protests of October 15, we have found the existing social media to be increasingly restrictive in their functionality. While Facebook and Twitter have been very helpful for disseminating basic information and aiding mass mobilization, they do not provide us with the tools for extending our participatory model of decision-making beyond the direct reach of the assemblies and up to the global level.

What we need, at this point, is a platform that allows us to radically democratize our global organizational efforts. In addition to the local squares, we now need a global square where people of all nations can come together as equals to participate in the coordination of collective actions and the formulation of common goals and aspirations. For this reason, we call upon the revolutionary wizkids of the world to unite and assist in the development of a new online platform – The Global Square – that combines the communicative functions of the existing social networks with the political functions of the assemblies to provide crucial new tools for the development of our global movement.

The aim of the platform, in this respect, should not be to replace the physical assemblies but rather to empower them by providing the online tools for (trans)national organization and collaboration. The ideal would be both to foster individual participation and to structure collective action. The Global Square could be our own virtual Zuccotti Park, serving as a public space where different groups can come together to organize their local assemblies — and where different assemblies can join hands to coordinate their collective projects. In a way, The Global Square could be a groundbreaking experiment in building a global participatory decision-making system from the grassroots up.

To be more precise, the specific tools provided by this online platform could include the following (note that this list is far from exhaustive and will grow organically to include many other functionalities):

  • An interactive map that lists all ongoing assemblies around the world;
  • A search option allowing users to find squares, events, working-groups, etc.;
  • An aggregated news feed that lists the most relevant ‘status updates’ shared by the various assemblies (à la Facebook);
  • Individual ‘pages’ for each local square/assembly where participants can organize collectively, including the following functionalities:
    – A calendar with upcoming events/actions;
    – A forum for public debate, with the ability to open different threads;
    – A list of all relevant documents/minutes uploaded by the assembly;
    – The ability to create and edit new documents collaboratively;
    – The ability to vote on specific decisions;
    – The ability to submit new proposals.
  • A public and private messaging system that allows all individual users and assemblies to communicate and exchange information, reinforcing solidarity and mutual collaboration;
  • The ability to ‘scale-up’ local decisions, actions, and initiatives to the global level through a ‘sharing’ system that allows local assemblies to pose ideas, votes, and proposals to other assemblies in a horizontal, non-hierarchical fashion (i.e., straight from the local to the global level).

Furthermore, The Global Square should be 100% multilingual and open-source, so a community of developers can continue to add languages as well as functions.

Facebook and the other social networks have until now only offered the possibility to share and promote content. The Global Square, by contrast, should encourage the active participation of citizens, the consolidation of online working groups, the collaborative scheduling of events, the establishment of consensus, the process of participatory budgeting, and the exchange of needs, proposals and ideas – in a local and a global context – between individuals and assemblies. Furthermore, to promote the widespread uptake of the platform, the creation of a minimalist, user-friendly and aesthetically-pleasing design is of the utmost importance.

We are aware of the existence of social platforms like n-1.cc, used by the Spanish movement, yet we feel that these have a number of shortcomings. They are not very user-friendly and not universally accessible for citizens from different national backgrounds. Also, resulting from a lack of funds and time, these platforms have not been able to develop the level of complexity required to provide all the functionalities listed above. We realize that the project we are proposing is a very ambitious one. But we hope that our movement can seize this opportunity to prove once and for all that creativity, innovation and dynamism can flourish in a collaborative, non-profit framework — and that it is possible to ensure a form of participatory democracy beyond the nation state.

We believe The Global Square could make a significant contribution to the consolidation of the assemblies and the development of our global movement. It is important to note, however, that the project will require significant funding, as well as a team of full-time professional developers. As we know that Occupy Wall Street plays an exemplary role within the movement, we are turning specifically to you for help in further refining this idea and initiating the search for funds and developers for a beta-version of the platform. We would be very interested to hear your ideas, suggestions and criticisms of this proposal. We can be reached at tts@riseup.net.

Finally, we have registered a domain (theglobalsquare.org — not active yet) that we would happily share with the movement (other suggestions are, of course, very welcome too). We are looking forward to a public conversation with all of you on how to make this idea work in a way that involves and benefits all. From the local village square to the global village square — it is time for us to unite!

In solidarity,

The volunteers at:

Take the Square
United for Global Change
15october.net
European Revolution
Reflections on a Revolution

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planetary November 3, 2011 at 01:34

We welcome your proposal, applaud your goals, and submit our own concept for consideration: the Superassembly method for linking live GAs in current consensus process.

http://plntry.net/adv/adv_001.htm

We think this can be accomplished very cheaply (vs large scale full duplex VoIP services), very securely (vs centralized hub fora), and with no trade-offs of true consensus / direct democracy process.

This latter point is in contrast to pure online fora and full duplex conference call solutions conducted to date, which have often sacrifice proactive facilitation for mechanisms like artificial floor rotation, majority “up/down” votes and radically limited participation due to scale & cost.

We thank you in advance for taking the time to review our ideas: update and elaboration is pending.

http://plntry.net/adv/adv_001.htm

PLANETARY
http://plntry.net
@planetary_io

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Will E. November 3, 2011 at 01:38

Wow! …That would be Wonderful! … This might lead to making a real difference in structure that could even allow “sollutions to glaring Global need” like my project to be considered …
Thanks,

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Daniel November 3, 2011 at 01:54

Love the idea! I have been dreaming of something like this even before OWS. As useful as facebook is, it’s kind of weak to depend on their platform, considering they can commodify and all the content we add, and funnel every word we say to the government and the corporations we are protesting.
It strikes me that this article does not mention that, in contrast to it’s real world dynamics, OWS’s online presence IS very centralized! I mainly mean Occupywallst.org and several Twitter and Facebook pages. Honestly I somewhat distrust the power of these media. Early last Tuesday morning, the Facebook Occupy Wall St. page, which almost 300 000 people “like”, captioned the article -”State Concedes Defeat For Now in Occupy Nashville Battle; Judge Bans More Arrests”- with “leftist win”. There was a huge outcry of resentment against this strange statement, which is a relief, but it shows how 1 person can seize the Mic and misrepresent the movement to an audience of 100′s of thousands of people. It show’s how vulnerable OWSonline is to getting co-opted, either by the 1%, or by some idiot!

I have an insane and ambitious idea for the platform: a sort of social network for websites, instead of individuals. Different websites can “friend” each other, and can comment in shared space – just like facebook: “hey everybody, general strike tomorrow, share it on your websites!”
It is visible what other websites a given site is connected to. A website like occupywallst.org, for example, would probably be very popular and have a huge network of sites they are connected to, while small blogs may be less connected. Bigger sites would still be more visible this way, but only because other web masters want to be linked with them – not simply because they dominate Google search results and social media sites. If a given site appears to have gotten co-opted – other sites can simply disconnect from it.
This is already how search engines determine search results – but the links are invisible to everyone except Google, Bing and Yahoo. The difference is that Google considers all links, on the entire internet. I’m just talking about sites that are sympathetic to OWS and the good things yet to evolve out of it, and sign up. And instead of a complex algorithm for qualifying numerous links, I just mean making simple, facebook style connections.
The reason I feel such an elaborate scheme is necessary, is that there is safety in numbers: as it stands there is a risk megasites will be co-opted and become Astroturf (fake grassroots!), and if they are not co-opted, a great deal of damage can be done to our movement by taking these megasites down.

The point is, what I would really like to see is a method for making the movement more democratic online, and it is very hard to have an entirely democratic website, especially when it has hundreds of thousands of members. So let people make their own websites, to adress the very local. And a transparent linkage system, so the local sites can connect with other sites they sympathize with – thereby joining a global network.

Well, I said it was an insane idea : )

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ProsperAus December 30, 2011 at 10:17

You make a lot of good points and your idea is not insane. This movement should not just be about protesting. It must aim to achieve something and that means having solutions in mind to achieve. Without this it will just be a big bitch session with a lot of weeping and wailing that equates to nothing more than wishing things could be different, but having no idea how. Your idea can help democratise solutions: those that have the most merit should gain the most positive attention.

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Sandee D December 31, 2011 at 05:34

Yes, I was dreaming of this too. Excellent!

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Daniel November 3, 2011 at 02:05

On fundraising: I am all for making the platform self sustaining, by employing basic monetization strategies, like affiliate programs for sustainable businesses / selling books online / even having a sort of marketplace – and doing it all where the finances are transparent, and there is voting on how to invest raised funds. Some start up cash could be nice, but it would be cool to set up a huge grass roots movement that is actually profitable, so it can grow and support causes it believes in, instead of depending on donations.

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Joe May 2, 2012 at 06:12

I almost agree, but I also completely disagree that “profitability” is such an important thing. I think TGS must successfully break away from the current economy, and what is much more valuable than profit is the potential for this to represent a way that anyone, anywhere can organize their community with no “start-up” money required. If TGS becomes just like a corporation with a profit margin, then it will have failed at exactly what it is meant to be. TGS can’t become susceptible to the whims of the markets, otherwise it will cease to represent a force for the abolition of capitalism. OWS has not yet been “in it for the money”, but it would lose probably half of it’s supporters if it did.

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Tom Griffin November 3, 2011 at 02:31

Would hope that this kind of effort would build on or at least be inter-operable with some of the existing efforts to build an open-source federated social web, such as diaspora or identica.

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Claudio November 3, 2011 at 02:34

Excuse me, but is for the Brazilians, until it is resolved we will perfect our needs through our minds!
A proposta sobre a forma de perpetuar o espírito criativo e cooperativo das ocupações e transformá-los em formas duradouras de organização social.

Esta é uma proposta feita por um grupo de cidadãos globais preocupados que também atuam como voluntários para Pegue o Square, Unida para a Mudança Global, 15october.net, Revolution Europeu e Reflexões sobre a Revolução (ROAR). Nós não pretendemos representar ou falar em nome de ninguém, mas nós mesmos.

The Square Global: Rumo a uma plataforma online para o Ocupar Movimento

Na sua entrevista mais recente tática para o movimento Ocupar, Adbusters corretamente assinalou que, “das muitas perguntas que rodam em torno # ocupam, o desafio maior é a forma de gel para um movimento global, sem sacrificar o modelo descentralizado, sem liderança.” Na esteira do dia de ação global em 15 de outubro, a questão agora é como o nosso movimento pode evoluir novas estruturas organizacionais que permitirá que as assembléias – e seu modelo altamente inovadores participativos de tomada de decisão – para sobreviver para além das ocupações e tornar-se um elemento permanente da nossa sociedade global emergente.

Como, em outras palavras, podemos perpetuar o espírito criativo e cooperativo das ocupações e transformá-los em formas duradouras de organização social – a nível global, bem como a nível local?

Atualmente, a organização das ocupações e da colaboração entre eles repousa, em parte, o uso inovador de meios de comunicação social. No entanto, como um grupo de voluntários que estavam diretamente envolvidos na coordenação dos protestos de 15 de outubro em todo o mundo, encontramos os meios de comunicação social existente a ser cada vez mais restritivas em suas funcionalidades. Enquanto o Facebook eo Twitter têm sido muito úteis para a divulgação de informações básicas e auxiliando mobilização em massa, eles não nos fornecer as ferramentas para estender o nosso modelo participativo de tomada de decisão fora do alcance direto das assembléias e até a nível global.

O que precisamos, neste momento, é uma plataforma que nos permite democratizar a nossa radicalmente esforços globais da organização. Além das praças locais, precisamos agora de uma praça global, onde pessoas de todas as nações podem se unir como iguais a participar na coordenação de ações coletivas e na formulação de objetivos comuns e aspirações. Por esta razão, apelamos a WizKids revolucionária do mundo para se unir e ajudar no desenvolvimento de uma nova plataforma online – The Square Global – que combina as funções comunicativas das redes sociais existentes com as funções político das assembleias de fornecer cruciais novas ferramentas para o desenvolvimento de nosso movimento global.

O objetivo da plataforma, a este respeito, não deve ser para substituir os conjuntos físico, mas sim de capacitá-los, fornecendo as ferramentas on-line para (trans) organização nacional e colaboração. O ideal seria tanto para promover a participação individual e para estruturar a ação coletiva. A Praça global pode ser a nossa própria virtuais Zuccotti Park, servindo como um espaço público onde diferentes grupos podem se reunir para organizar suas assembléias locais – e onde montagens diferentes pode juntar as mãos para coordenar seus projetos coletivos. De certa forma, The Square global pode ser uma experiência inovadora na construção de um sistema global de tomada de decisão participativa a partir da base para cima.

Para ser mais preciso, as ferramentas específicas fornecidos por esta plataforma online pode incluir o (note que esta lista está longe de ser exaustiva e vai crescer organicamente para incluir muitas outras funcionalidades) a seguir:

* Um mapa interativo que lista todos os conjuntos em andamento ao redor do mundo;
* A opção de busca que permite aos usuários encontrar praças, eventos, trabalhando-grupos, etc;
* Um feed de notícias agregadas que lista os mais relevantes “atualizações de status” compartilhada pelas assembléias diversas (à la Facebook);
* Individual ‘páginas’ para cada local quadrados / montagem, onde os participantes podem organizar coletivamente, incluindo as seguintes funcionalidades:
– Um calendário com eventos / ações;
– Um fórum para o debate público, com a capacidade de abrir tópicos diferentes;
– Uma lista de todos os documentos relevantes / minuto enviados pela assembleia;
– A capacidade de criar e editar documentos novos de forma colaborativa;
– A capacidade de votar em decisões específicas;
– A capacidade de apresentar novas propostas.
* Um sistema de mensagens públicas e privadas que permite que todos os usuários individuais e conjuntos para se comunicar e trocar informações, reforçar a solidariedade ea colaboração mútua;
* A capacidade de “scale-up ‘decisões locais, ações e iniciativas ao nível global através de uma’ partilha ‘do sistema que permite que as assembleias locais a representar idéias, votos, e propostas para outros conjuntos em uma horizontal, forma não-hierárquica ( ou seja, em linha reta do local para o nível global).

Além disso, The Square global deve ser de 100% multilingue e de código aberto, assim que uma comunidade de desenvolvedores pode continuar a adicionar idiomas, bem como funções.

Facebook e outras redes sociais até agora só ofereceu a possibilidade de compartilhar e promover conteúdo. Praça da Global, por outro lado, deve incentivar a participação activa dos cidadãos, a consolidação de grupos de trabalho on-line, a programação de eventos de colaboração, o estabelecimento de consenso, o processo de orçamento participativo, ea troca de necessidades, propostas e idéias – em um local e contexto global – entre os indivíduos e montagens. Além disso, para promover a aceitação generalizada da plataforma, a criação de um design minimalista e user-friendly e esteticamente agradável, é da maior importância.

Estamos cientes da existência de plataformas sociais, como o n-1.cc, usado pelo movimento espanhol, mas nós sentimos que estes têm uma série de deficiências. Eles não são muito user-friendly e não universalmente acessível para os cidadãos de diferentes origens nacionais. Além disso, resultante de uma falta de fundos e do tempo, essas plataformas não têm sido capazes de desenvolver o nível de complexidade exigido para fornecer todas as funcionalidades listadas acima. Percebemos que o projeto que estamos propondo é muito ambicioso. Mas esperamos que nosso movimento pode aproveitar esta oportunidade para provar de uma vez por todas, que a criatividade, inovação e dinamismo pode prosperar em colaboração, o quadro sem fins lucrativos -. E que é possível para garantir uma forma de democracia participativa para além do Estado-nação

Acreditamos The Square global pode dar um contributo significativo para a consolidação das assembléias e para o desenvolvimento de nosso movimento global. É importante notar, contudo, que o projeto vai exigir um financiamento significativo, bem como uma equipe de desenvolvedores em tempo integral profissional. Como sabemos que ocupam Wall Street desempenha um papel exemplar no seio do movimento, estamos transformando especificamente a você para ajudar a refinar ainda mais esta idéia e iniciar a busca de recursos e desenvolvedores para uma versão beta da plataforma. Ficaríamos muito interessado em ouvir suas idéias, sugestões e críticas da presente proposta. Podemos ser alcançado em info@theglobalsquare.org (NB: se você receber uma notificação de falha na entrega, por favor, deixe um comentário abaixo ou tente novamente amanhã).

Finalmente, temos registrado um domínio (theglobalsquare.org – não ativa até o momento) que ficaria feliz em compartilhar com o movimento (outras sugestões são, naturalmente, muito bem-vindos também). Estamos ansiosos para uma conversa pública com todos vocês sobre como fazer essa idéia funcionar de uma forma que envolve e beneficia a todos. Da praça da aldeia local para a praça da aldeia global – é hora de nos unir!

Em solidariedade,…

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stéphan December 28, 2011 at 23:07

Parabens, estava esperando por algo assim…
Obrigado, tô dentro !!!

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Nanci Cunha December 29, 2011 at 17:36

Valeu a ajuda ai meu irmao!

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alex ugur November 3, 2011 at 02:53

Thanks so much. I was hoping something like this would come along soon. Lets hope it develops into something safe and secure, but that it also remains nice and simple.

In that vein and on a much lighter note, here’s a fun method for finding consensus, when there are too many options, or for developing policies from raw ideas (each waggle dancer could improve on the dance, and see if the improvement is popular)…. It’s so simple and natural. I’ll be looking forward to seeing someone develop a Human/+internet version of this. It seems nature knows best.

Krulwich Wonders, Nature’s Secret: Why Honey Bees Are Better Politicians Than Humans:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2011/05/24/136391522/natures-secret-why-honey-bees-are-better-politicians-than-humans

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Kevin Schmidt February 16, 2012 at 00:51

Honey,

I think this is a fancy-dancy way of expressing thumbs up/thumbs down.

Keep on buzzin’!

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Thomas S. Mikkelsen November 3, 2011 at 05:50

Want informations.
A majority of people in Denmark support the message.

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anonymus November 3, 2011 at 10:20

Hey,

great guys, go for it!!! You might want to embed echo-discussions. That platform is still in development, but in my opinion has a great potential for mass-collaboration: http://echo.to/en

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Chris November 3, 2011 at 10:24

My oppinion is that you should consider the idea of a program to be installed on computers that updates from nodes on the network. Like torrents and bitcoin instead of a website hosted somewhere central.

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Bruno November 4, 2011 at 02:20

What you say is the basics of Diaspora*, the distributed social network where you own your data. Developing over Diaspora* could be the way to go.
https://joindiaspora.com/

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Cillian November 9, 2011 at 23:57

I agree a distributed decentralised network would be best. What is a distributed social network? I came accross a great simple introduction here http://dsn-test.com/dsn-vn/

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Edgar Cruz November 3, 2011 at 14:59

I agree with what Chris say. Why rely on centralized platforms, when a more descentralized one can be built. Small is beauty, they say…When things get so overhwhelmingly centralized, they generally turn in big, big white elephants, and usually drift into corruption of the few… The mere need of a worldwide fund raising, and full-time professionals is suspicious…

Watch ou!!! The most important thing for a real global community, in the end, is to discover how to work together, to cooperate with energy toward a share goal; no centralized machine is necessary for that purpose.

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acidburn November 3, 2011 at 18:31

The guys from n1.cc network spoke last week in the Free Culture Forum in Barcelona. There are only two developers working on N1 st the moment, they made a call To others To join in the N1 team for improve the tool. It would be a great start, a lot of Work is done.

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Eric Westbrook November 3, 2011 at 18:47

This is EXACTLY why I started my current project. I bought occupress.org last week so that I could turn it into a social news platform run by all the occupations all over the world. I just started work on this independently and have been looking for volunteers from occupations as well as other developers to help speed the process. The goal is for it to be totally powered by the people and to help spread important information to occupiers all over the world. Please get ahold of me and let’s work together. Not necessarily on the project I started, I just want to help with the web presence of the movement however I can.

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Chis hunt November 3, 2011 at 20:08

Here is an application that may be very useful to this movement, the infrastructure is all there, it just needs people to use it. In any case, it can be used on any web-site to link relevant information. I think there is another similar(??) app. but have not checked it out yet.

http://www.iglue.com/

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Bruno November 3, 2011 at 22:35

It seems this will happen and has started here. It’s a difficult challenge. Coordinating is good, centralization of decisions may not.

I’d like to be in the development process.

I think you all should take a look at this project: logilogi.org (docs: http://www.logilogi.org/pub/doc/app/)

The project never took off (like wikipedia did) because of critical mass, usability problems, and maybe being ahead of it’s time, but there are very interesting concepts there like MPOV (multiple points of view) in contrast of the NPOV (neutral) of the wikipedia style.

In LogiLogi (LL) you write entities (logis), short texts and expand in other logis which all together make your point. Each logi has contenders, which are other logis of other users. Logis are ranked by anybody but always within a PeerGroup, so you vote from the perspective of a group and when you navigate you also do so from that perspective, and you can change the peergroup to see how different peergroups rated contending logis.

Also your earn power in a peergroup if your logis are well ranked in that peergroup, which means that your vote is more powerfull later on. Anonymous voters have 1 of power versus 10 of registered users, for example.

This project aims to organize information, is not a proposal to take decisions, it’s just a way to organize vast amounts of information quickly by peergroups and balance the power of writers of each peergroup.

I think the main problem of this project not to be popular is that it needs critical mass to actually see it shine, but for now it’s all theory.

This was a very short, simplistic explanation, but LL is the product of many years of work and study (mostly by Wybo) and there are many small bits in it’s code and functioning that are worth taking a look.

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Karlie Cole November 4, 2011 at 06:39

Actually been working on something for exactly this purpose for about 2 years. Now it can be focused. Most of the functions you suggest are already there. Rest can be built fairly quickly. Enough there now to begin using for this purpose as soon as it has a logo and some info pages which are likely already available just need a day or few to add that. Site example to see some of the functions is at http://www.holisticcommons.com. Sign-up there to try out everything there – more is ready though not installed on the example – like forums, videos, voice/video chat. All manner of 3rd party tools can be added as well as appropriate/needed. Language translations easily possible though not done yet. Easy to add webinars and well just about anything I could think of that would be useful for people connecting outside of corporate control when the revolution started. And it is here. Here is an earlier idea on using it as a cooperatively owned (no-advertising) social network. It is time to go beyond Facebook and yet be able to share easily to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc. So it also does this – post once on the site and one click shares it to the other networks. People can add articles and events and even their own blogs. Maps are integrated as well.

This is very ready to go – and no cost for it to this stage. Collaboration on further development welcome. I’ve also been working with a group on online voting/consensus models with a good history and workable ideas (sociocracy). That part still needs to be coded but polls are already available (though not up in the example.)

Please check it out. LOVE to hear from you! Vision came 2 years ago and it is as ready to launch for this purpose as I could get it without knowing how it would transpire (or the URL).

Thanks!

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Karlie Cole November 4, 2011 at 06:55

Oops! Forgot the link to the cooperative social network idea: http://rockethub.com/projects/1193-we-own-it-together-cooperative-social-network

Not suggesting this is how it should work – just an idea I had about doing it outside of corporate control.

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Lionel November 5, 2011 at 00:10

I shall say developing an online platform from scrath is… really really really complicated. And it will take lots of time, whilst people need that tool now.

I strongly recommend using something already done that has some of the needs listed and allows improvements over time.

The option I strongly recommend is http://N-1.cc (you mention it but don’t seem to like it much…). Adding more languages no N-1 is not a problem, that could be accomplished quite eaisily: have you asked the developers? (I know some of them, I could ask if you wish).

N-1 may not be friendly but just at the beggining (like every application), once you get to know it it’s quite easy (like every application :-P ).

N-1 has many of the tools you are asking for: every group has its own calendar, forum, documents, etc., and groups may be organized in levels, for example Country -> City/Square -> Comission -> Sub-Comission. For example, in the group “15M Madrid” you get a list of every sub-group, i.e. every comission!! with their info, contact, members, and so on!!

Man, really… I don’t know if there are other tools but as far as i know, N-1 is what you need. It may not include ALL you need, but at least it’s SOMETHING to start with. PLUS, developers/programmers continue fixing bugs and adding NEW functionalities!! The more programmers get involved the quicker and the better. Are there programmers in your countries? LOL of course! :-P

This way, over time N-1 may become exactly what you are willing.

Think about it.

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Cillian November 10, 2011 at 00:12

I have used and like N-1 but I would also recommend using http://we.riseup.net because I find it easier to use. It is a “web application designed for group and network organizing, and tailored to the needs of the global justice movement.”

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Alejo Cuervo November 5, 2011 at 18:55

Common goal proposal for all Occupy movements: declare tax heavens enemies of humanity.

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Bert T. December 29, 2011 at 19:18

Disagree. Tax havens are also places where humanity still exists. Do not forget: By definiion, totalitarian countries are the ones wiht the highest tax rate.

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Lisa Henderson November 6, 2011 at 02:39

Much of this is waay over my head. From this layman’s point of view it is exciting and exhilarating to feel this ideology beginning to take physical form. So that said, here’s some thoughts… If the planned operations model is cooperation, it must remain on the forefront always. Too many people want to be best and be right. Ego must not have say unless it is to focus on the correctness of the movement. Even better to have many plans to filter out the most workable. We must always be willing to yield the floor to cooler heads and other ideas. There must never be a central committee for that would surely invite corruption of the model.

I know you are thinking of this. I go back to the truthful message of the Hopi Ten from Oraibi, Az in 1993. “We are who we have been waiting for”. Let us all know who we are jumping into the water with.

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Jessica Rigney November 6, 2011 at 23:26

What Lisa has commented is important – ego must not be a factor. And for this to work worldwide, an integrated translation application must be part of it. We should be able to click on any comment/idea/announcement from any country and be able to instantly read it in a language we know. A special section where countries/cultures can post information to educate others about customs/phrases in their culture which may be misunderstood by other countries/cultures is necessary again to remove barriers.

Personally, as a poet, I once discussed with my young son that what the world needed was a world-wide common ID card which read “citizen of Earth” so that we could remove the barrier of belonging to smaller/segregated cultures or communities… A Global Square could be the beginning of this. Thank you.

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morosopher November 6, 2011 at 19:38

There’s now a mailing list for developing software for the occupy movement. You can join here:

https://lists.takethesquare.net/mailman/listinfo/occupy-dev

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David Stodolsky November 6, 2011 at 19:47

Implement consensus features for mailing lists including massive direct participation via back-channels – like hand signals at a GA – and block processing to include all ideas:

Extended abstract (5 min. read):

Stodolsky, D. S. (2002). Computer-network based democracy: Scientific communication as a basis for governance. Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Knowledge Management in e-Government, 7, 127-137.

http://dss.secureid.org/stories/storyReader$14

Comprehensive:

Stodolsky, D. S. (1995). Consensus Journals: Invitational journals based upon peer review. The Information Society, 11(4).

http://dss.secureid.org/stories/storyReader$19

Homepage: http://www.facebook.com/groups/296515583699361/

http://projects.occupytechnology.org/projects/consensus-online-software

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Black_ICE November 10, 2011 at 12:29

Lorea is a project to create secure social cybernetic systems, in which human networks will become simultaneusly represented on a virtual shared world.

Its aim is to create a distributed and federated nodal organization of entities with no geophysical territory, interlacing their multiple relationships through binary codes and languages.

…Lorea word comes from the Basque language and means flower…

Our seeds can be planted certainly many different ways. For example, as a federated series.

Right now, individuals or networks of people approaching lorea have the option to participate in any of our social networks, or create their own network. Visibility against autonomy.

To begin participating in any social network, simply register and begin experiencing it.

To build your own network, join the mailing list, comment on your intentions and we go.

More information about how to participate in the different layers of the project in this link.

Meanwhile, our nurtured army of fairies will work hard on the experiments, assess the views of users and will conjure spells that are necessary to make our flowers grow increasingly connected and beautiful.

Through the federation of data can exponentially increase the number of synergies that occur between people and information. Each further contribution strengthens the balance between efficiency and resilience of the community.

May come a time in which the platform is fully independent and generate their own resources that members need.
https://lorea.org/index.html.en

Greetings

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Mark Blobfish December 28, 2011 at 13:21

There may already be a solution …
http://bettermeans.com/front/index.html
… which is an open democratic system.
If this isn’t good enough, it is built on the same Ruby on Rails as Diaspora … maybe the two could be patched together, yes?

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Anton Andreasson December 28, 2011 at 20:57

Have you guys had a look at The Locker Project? Sounds like similar ideas. Also, hooking into BuddyPress as plugins might get you pretty far without inventing fundamentals from scratch. Just my two cents.

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webtweakers December 28, 2011 at 21:32

Interesting! I just wanted to mention that I had come up with the same idea, using the same thinking as you guys did. Great to see I wasn’t alone – and in fact: I’m surprised by how many people say something similar here in the comments. Great – consensus!

I’ve started a topic on this on the dutch occupy website/forum: http://occupythenetherlands.nl/forum/index.php/topic,681.0.html and also on Occupy Together and Occupy Wallstreet (linked in the first post), just to test the waters and see if other people feel the need for such a network. Reactions, however, were slightly disappointing – despite the fact that there were a few enthusiastic reactions – so I abandoned the idea.

What is the difference between this project and this one: http://projects.occupy.net/projects/fga ?

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Ayocuán Anahuac December 29, 2011 at 07:17

Hi everybody!

I’m part of a group of citizens who participare in several pacific protests since 2006 (you can search at google for images using “planton reforma 2006″, when we occupy Mexico City, the ‘grandfather’ of your OWS hahaha). I been trying to ‘promote’ the #occupy movement broadcasting translated parts of several news about you in our internet radio station.

Now I’m willing to collaborate in the The Global Square initiative, and I can offer to do that by translating to Spanish anything you need (I know nothing about coding, programming, etc.) if you consider it could be useful.

Hopping recieve news from you
Best regards
Ayocuán

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Ayocuán Anahuac December 29, 2011 at 07:20

I forgot to comment that I couldn’t send you the above message using my google e-mail since nov 15. I ask myself if your rieseup.net domain is banned or blocked.

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Rob Witte December 29, 2011 at 17:46

I hope this effort leads to providing the ability to participate in GAs online rather than just supporting physical GAs. That would enable a significantly greater number of people to join the movement and contribute their voices.

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Bert Telco December 29, 2011 at 19:25

It is of tantamount importance that a true democratic base system be
* open source code, so everybody can check out the code – intransparent code will make an intransparent democratic consensus
* non-centralised peer-to-peer, so everybody cold in principle run the system – totalitarian authorities must not be able to shut us down
* supports guaranteed anonymity at the user’s choice
* guaranteed free of third party rights and non-proprietary – as a precondition to faciitate the above two points

Happy to discuss this,
Bert

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joshmahan December 29, 2011 at 23:47

Wouldn’t it save time money and resources to just use the Diaspora platform?

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Florian December 30, 2011 at 13:29

I think also that a decentralised social network would be the best.

I think the best way would be to define something like an XML for personal data. The hosting could be done on your own webspace or on the Webspace of special providers. There could be different social media platforms (centralised or decentralised) wich can handle with this data. There should be an authentication system where the user can assign which social media platform can access which data. Many thanks.

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Sandee D December 31, 2011 at 05:35

WE ARE IN!!!!

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German guy December 31, 2011 at 14:31

Hi guys,
just use Diaspora, it’s anonymous – joindiaspora.com

It’s very funny , that americans can’t communicate freely anymore und feel monitored by goverment agencies.
There is something going terribly wrong in your country.

Have i nice day

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siyavash December 31, 2011 at 22:23

YES: LETS ALL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WHO ARE AGAINST CAPITAL POWER BECOME UNITED AND FINED A COMMON SOLUTION FOR THE WORLD’S PROBLEMS!!!

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Martin December 31, 2011 at 22:57

just

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PDXCatalyst December 31, 2011 at 23:13

This one is based on the concept of dual power. It’s got nested community, city, state, and national assemblies based on your zip code, but the plan is to globalize it once the concepts are proven. You can make and vote on proposals, though it’s only testing “officially” in Portland, OR for now. It focuses both on direct democracy, local community-building, and the formation of co-ops/worker-owned businesses through time banking.

Anyone can join:
http://www.generalassembly.us

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Juan January 2, 2012 at 18:12

Hello from Spain! Its a great idea! I have some time writing in my blog many ideas for a tool like this in Spanish but I have to translate!!

It is necessary to establish a platform for example in GitHub to share ideas and code

http://objetivo2060.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/pantalla_profesional1.png

http://objetivo2060.wordpress.com/

Regards from Spain!

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Conan January 4, 2012 at 15:27

I have actually been working on a similar project since mid-2010 called ‘Metapolitik’, which can be found at:

http://metapolitik.org

“Metapolitik seeks Direct Digital Democracy (3DGA) via ‘Hexidecimal Consensus’, or: a mathematical mechanism for achieving Direct Democracy through the RGB additive color model.”

“Metapolitik is an open-source platform built to facilitate metalinguistic talk about the analytic, synthetic, and normative language of political inquiry and politics itself. Put simply, it is public-platform for dialogue about the way we talk about politics.”

“Think of it as a Facebook for people with ideas. “

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Daniil January 10, 2012 at 05:14

an open source peer to peer server like Diaspora would be best, but more geared towards decision-making, action planning, and local community outreach.

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ingvar January 28, 2012 at 14:32

If this thing is not dead yet, I agree with Daniil: build upon an existing platform, like diaspora. I’m not enough in the details (not sure about diaspora’s choice to build on ruby and mongodb). There is socialswarm, that you might wanna check:
http://wiki.socialswarm.net
their arguments against diaspora and alike sound valid, and imho should be considered:

- All social updates are one-to-many transactions, but federation technologies do not multicast, so they don’t scale.

- Web-based end-to-end encryption doesn’t function.

- Federation sucks because it distributes my private data to dozens of servers. If Google or Facebook participate in the federation, it’s even worse, because there will always be some friend of mine from there, so all of my data STILL gets to them, so in the end I have LESS privacy than now by being on Facebook only.

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Suzani February 21, 2012 at 13:07

am with you!..from Mardrid (near Puerta del Sol…where it all began for Spain)

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Todd March 4, 2012 at 22:15

When is this coming? I’ve heard talk for a while now. We desperately need a safe place online like that which we built in our camps!

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Jerome Roos March 4, 2012 at 22:41

Scheduled beta-release is in March 2012. Check out our ‘tools & technology’ section for the latest news on the Global Square!

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Tanya September 17, 2012 at 09:11

May I simply just say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what they’re discussing online. You certainly understand how to bring a problem to light and make it important. A lot more people need to look at this and understand this side of your story. It’s
surprising you are not more popular since you most certainly possess the gift.

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