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Storytelling, part 7: We Are Letting A Few People Fuck Things Up

The problem is governance, not this or that political party
Everything that is wrong with 20th C narrative, summed up in two sentences. This is the wicked problem we need to spend a good portion of the 21st C resolving - good governance.

This is why my whole approach is summed up with two questions:

"We made it? What happened?"

via +John R Webster
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Although I do sympathize with all those who make fun of politicians, we need to understand what is going on, and go one better. We simply can't base our decisions and actions on polarized and polarizing emotions anymore. We need to grow up and help build the future society we want to live in.
Also, almost all politicians have been perverted, much the same as poor Mr Romney. The perversion is a symptom of a deeper, structural, systemic problem, with a disempowering narrative as root cause.

Whenever a politician utters something utterly stupid, we react, which means we remain stuck within the disempowering narrative. We need to proact.
+David Stickney exactly! We are more than capable coming up with better narratives, systems and frameworks than the ones we've got. In short - governance is a field ripe for innovation. We need 21st C governance.
I think it a mistake to take the slow speed of progress, the existence of impediments, for simply a question of fixing blundering inefficiencies. Many times what is "stuck" is anchoring the system in the roots of human meaning. We can of course come up with all kinds of things, but people find meaning in archaic relationships, ideology, ways of life. Not saying we should not work for or hope for change/improvements, but true improvements realize that what is "broken" is actually "working" on deeper levels that must be satisfied for changes not to be either bloody or alienating.
+Erich Feldmeier brilliant find: "Can human authenticity be scaled to social networks?" very relevant to this thread.

Although we might find it a bit awkward at first, we need to design tools similar to Klout, where we measure peoples authenticity. As I see it, Mitt scores close to zero on that score. I believe good measuring systems need to be multiplicative. Which means Mitt Romney could have a whole host of good qualities - if multiplied with an Authenticity score close to zero, it would still not be good enough.

In a nutshell - we need people capable of good governance, and a public scoreboard, public discourse, public dialogue around this. We have the idea - crowdsourcing. We have the tools - social media. We even have prototype influence scoreboards. We only need to come up with a working set of metrics.
+Kevin von Duuglas-Ittu true, and important. I've written more than a hundred Redesign posts during autumn of last year, outlining possible options beyond pitchforks. A good working set of metrics, validating whether we're making progress or not, would need to take your perspective into account. As it is right now, there's too much anchoring up, to a disempowering narrative, and insufficient anchoring down, with one recent result the emergence of #OWS . That the powers that be more or less succeeded in repressing the #OWS movement, adds to the dysfunctional dynamic for all those who are still too attached to an old, increasingly obsolete narrative. Life will find ways. My advice is, we need to work with emergence, not against it. Design rather than default.
I feel a need to state, that I am very optimistic. As I see it, the blundering inefficiencies, the blatant lies, the idiocy and near total lack of authenticity, is one important part of what's driving the ongoing transformation. A bit like a chrysalis turning into a butterfly. The death of the old body, the death of the old narrative, catalyzing the emergence of the new.
When mixing de-territorializations and re-territorializations, everyone has their own recipe of "Baby Bear". Politics as Aesthetics. Thresholds.
+Kevin von Duuglas-Ittu yes. Deleuze & De Landa are both crazy useful. "As J.K. Gibson-Graham argue in The End of Capitalism (As We Knew It), “The project of understanding the beast has itself produced a beast.”But the economic classification of an increasingly capitalist world system is a product of (dominant) discourse only. It does not reflect actuality. Capitalism, rather, is at loose ends with itself."