A Good Mix

Only in times of war or national emergencies do we call upon and assemble interdisciplinary teams to help find workable solutions to varying social problems.

If we apply the same efforts of scientific mobilization as we do during a war, large-scale beneficial effects can be achieved in a relatively short time. This could readily be accomplished by utilizing many of our universities, training facilities, and staff to best determine possible alternative methods to solving these problems.

[...] An interdisciplinary team of systems engineers, computer programmers, architects, city planners, sociologists, psychologists, educators and the like would also be needed [...]

[Jacque Fresco]
'The Future and Beyond', see here

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Another reason that class has become less visible even as it's become more determinant is social networking.

The internet has allowed us to filter our contact with others to such an extent that we're seldom likely to encounter anyone who thinks or feels significantly differently online -- unless we consciously seek them out.

And why would we do that? To "challenge our own values"? Because "it's good for us"?

[Momus]
From Click Opera, here.

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2 comments:

  1. To fight a decentralized power requires the use of a decentralized means. Let each group resist from the coordinates that it perceives to be most fruitful. This means that leftist political action must reorganize itself in terms of anarchist cells, an arrangement that allows resistance to originate from many different points, instead of focusing on one (perhaps biased) point of attack.

    Each cell can construct its own identity, and can do so without the loss of individual identity; each individual within the cell maintains at all times a multidimensional persona that cannot be reduced to the sign of a particular practice.

    The cell must be organic; that is, it must consist of interrelated parts working together to form a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts. To be effective, the schism between knowledge and technical ability in the cell must be closed.

    A shared political perspective should be the glue that binds the parts, rather than interdependence through need.

    Avoid consensus through similarity of skills, since in order for the cell to be useful, different skills must be represented. Activist, theorist, artist, hacker, and even a lawyer would be a good combination of talents - knowledge and practice should mix.

    Electronic Civil Disobedience and Other Unpopular Ideas, p.23

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  2. "The small group is the unit of transformation."

    The small group is the structure that allows every voice to be heard. It is in groups of 3 to 12 that intimacy is created. This intimate conversation makes the process personal. It provides the structure where people overcome isolation and where the experience of belonging is created.

    The small group is the bridge between our own individual existence and the larger community.

    [Peter Block]
    Community, p.95

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