This topic requires its own thread. +Steven Liaros
said 'Wisdom is transcending data and knowledge"... This means not looking for ways to manage and control data or knowledge... But setting it free, making sure it is freely available to all...
Steven's presentation at a conference in Copenhagen...http://polisplan.com.au/documents/portfolio/TransparencyDemocracyLiberty.pdf
Really enjoyed the pdf it has many gems about identity and the issues of private versus public. Questioning our belief system about privacy and taking it to a next level of the purpose of urbanization and how the internet is shifting this purpose which allows us to rethink city design.
Quoting +Steven Liaros
The very reason for gathering in cities, the purpose of urbanization, was to provide a location for political gathering and for trade. Both of these activities are now happening more efficiently and effectively on-line. The city is being supplanted by the internet. The main advantage that the city still holds is its superior access to the internet, its existing infrastructure and networks and the momentum of history. Provided a small collective can satisfy its basic immediate needs, food, housing, perhaps basic health-care and education, if it has access to the internet, it can be located anywhere. Groups of these
collectives can then gather as necessary to satisfy larger collective needs or share less common skills. All the benefits of urbanization are possible without the congestion!
The paper talks mainly about democracy. Some gems I enjoyed:
True democracy is where the citizens have a hold over the decision making process, they hold power; not to forfeit it every few years to the elected few, but to actually control their destiny.
In the how do we do it there is a lot of space for creativity and innovation and perhaps multiple paths and tools, processes and practices to create and master. It reminds me of the work of Tom Atlee and the TAO of democracy. There is a particular post I got reminded of about the different forms of power. http://www.phibetaiota.net/2011/12/tom-atlee-four-types-of-power/
Another piece that got my attention is:
As transparency again undermines the established systems we can see the potential for democracy that the internet and ‘public’ networks can offer. We can see the opportunities for a new market based on selflessness, honesty and authenticity rather than on selfishness and greed, the enhancement of our private interests at the expense of
Yes, we have an opportunity for open data, open rules, open transport and open identity for the creation of systems that will allow for us to be able to have a relationship with the emerging whole that is more dynamic, alive, organic and coherent. Thank you for this post Steven. #RethinkingtheCity #democracy #power #transparency