Is 2012 the year to create a new type of government?

Matt (@greenthinker) 9 years, 10 months ago

TED talk: Coding a new government:

In this TED talk Jennifer Pahlka talks about a city in boston developing an app which allowed people to adopt a fire hydrant. When you adopt it you have to shovel it out when it snows, as a reward you get to name it and it shows up on social media websites. You can also steal peoples fire hydrants to make it fun. The app was a huge success.

The app spread to Hawaii where it was used to adopt a tsunami siren. (People steal the batteries, so you have to make sure the batteries are in it)

Then an app was created in a city which everyone could post their local problems and ask for advice or a solution, similar to the response one would get when they dial 311. So for example, someone posted that they had a possum in their trashcan and didn’t know what to do. Quite humorously a neighbor just came over and tipped the trashcan over, and that was the end of that.

The point to all of this is that these people are beginning to do away with the middle man, which is the government.

"Occupy the SEC has submitted a 325 page letter to the SEC, FDIC, the Federal Reserve and the OCC, to comment on the notice of proposed rulemaking for the Volcker Rule." –

Occupy the SEC has made a huge step towards shaping the government they want to see by acting bureaucratically.

As we begin to cut out the middle man, we begin to remember what the phrase "We the people" actually meant. I was a large advocate of anarchism, I didn’t think a harmonious government was possible. However, it is beginning to seem that the internet allows us to do away with politicians.

So what do you think? I wish I was more well versed with coding to help out, does anyone here code?

March 18, 2012 at 5:07 pm
Martijn Schirp (112,780)A (@martijn) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

These types of citizen governship are great and definitely one aspect of the solution of many problems we face today. Decentralisation of power is very much needed now both the market and the government proofed themselves worthless to protect our commons (water, air, food, safety etc).

Nick (195) (@nickc2007) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

The points were all good, but I think it needs to be taken a bit further. What she said about ‘We The People’ having the power should be emphasised a whole lot more. I really feel like we have to somehow walk away from the system we have at the moment…but how do we do that? Currently in the UK, David Cameron’s proposing a health bill that the vast majority of NHS workers are against, but the bottom line still lies with these few people in government, they still decide where the tax money goes. How do we get around that one?

Matt (26) (@greenthinker) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Stop paying taxes =)

Of course it would help if others did this with you.

They can’t imprison everyone.

Nick (195) (@nickc2007) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Lol, I get paid in cash. But I’m still not certain that means I shouldn’t get a say…

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