WEEK NINE

Social Organisation Blog

I love watching documentries that showcase stunning urban innovation. My infatuation with these sorts of films began about six years ago when i was handed a free zeitgeist movie by a dishevelled man on the street in Bondi Junction. I thought, “What is on this hippie’s dvd i wonder?” But the film intrigued me, in a nut shell, it asked people to question the hierarchical top down structure of our society.

Recently, i watched a production on urban gardening projects where an entire suburb can be fed from the roof top garden of one building block. And became acquainted with the concept of Aquaponics which is a genius way of producing clean fresh food  in your back yard using a domestic scale aquaculture system.

Dynamic forms of social organization that are not adhering to financial road blocks presented but find solutions through community collaboration and mate-ship. Projects where people, real people, who have solutions take to action with the backing of other people, real people, who not only support a practical solution but whom are able and willing to get their hands dirty and contribute on the ground.

New media and online collaboration re draw the lines of communication, prosperity and interaction. “It’s built not just to learn (and then do “business”) but, more deeply, to redraw the boundaries of prosperity, by doing meaningful stuff that matters the most.” (Bauwens, 2011)

More recently a film, ‘American Drug War II,’ caught my attention on the benefits of juicing the cannabis plant. With people being cured from Lupus, a degenerative autoimmune disease, just from the highly antibiotic and anti inflammatory acids in raw cannabis leaves. People have relocation to California to legally grow, study and consume this miracle plant.

I am amazed at the organization, cooperation, vision and teamwork that go into these projects. From scientists, doctors and researchers to blue collar workers help bring these vibrant, energetic and vigorous projects to life with governments and regulatory bodies always lagging behind.

Contact is the concept of a ‘new internet’ linking people to people informally with no middle men, gatekeepers or central service. He thought a system that couldn’t be controlled as easily as the current one is needed to shake the shackles of government control. “The Internet as built will always be subject to top-down government control and domination by the biggest corporations” (Rushkoff, 2011)

I’ve noticed lately Facebook, supposedly developed for people is now bombarded with spam and advertising. Soon companies like, ZeroMail (a company specializing in spam reduction and optimal inbox organization) will be adapted to redirect spam from our news feeds and organize their inboxes according to priorities and importance.

There are always challenges, but ‘Contact’ is proof that people are trying, are wanting and working on making a difference and the future. “From the development of a new non-hierarchical Internet to the implementation of alternative e-currencies, the prototyping of open source democracy to experiments in collective cultural expression, Contact will seek to initiate mechanisms that realize the true promise of the networking revolution.” (Rushkoff, 2011)

Everything we think is pure and for the good of people to use as they will, is eventually commodified and corrupted according to materialist agenda. “The strategy group’s job is to ensure that the organization is maximizing its payoffs, thus creating value for shareholders — so industrial age, so selfish” (Bauwens, 2011)

The aim of this Contact is uncorrupted and undisrupted collective intelligence. “The wisdom group would make sure the company was doing stuff that matters to our great-great-great-grandkids, that ennobles us, that develops our better selves, and that honors the firm’s bigger purpose.” (Bauwens, 2011)

Because the basis of social organization is being challenged fundamentally. You cannot attach restrains to innovation, as Jellis says, “micropolitics: neither small-scale nor situated on the ‘left’ or ‘right’ of the political spectrum, micropolitics operates transversally.” (Jellis, 2009)

Refs:

Bauwens, M. (2011) ‘Book of the Week: Umair Haque’s New Capitalist Manifesto’, P2P Foundation: Researching, documenting and promoting peer to peer practices. Available: http://blog.p2pfoundation.net/book-of-the-week-umair-haques-new-capitalist-manifesto/ (Date accessed: 06/05/2013)

Jellis, T. (2009) ‘Disorientation and micropolitics: a response’, spaces of [aesthetic]experimentation. Available: http://www.spacesofexperimentation.net/montreal/ (Date accessed: 06/05/2013)

Rushkoff, D. (2011) ‘The Evolution Will Be Socialized’, Shareable: Science and Tech. Available: http://www.shareable.net/blog/the-evolution-will-be-socialized

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