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What are the goals of a [[healthy society]]?  If they were being met within our current economic and governance models '''this project wouldn't have even been conceived.'''  [[Manifesto | Our current Establishment is ''broken'']].  But, as learned by the lessons of the 60's, it's not enough just to complain about the system, ''one must have a compelling alternative''.
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What are the goals of a [[healthy society]]?  If they were being met within our current economic and governance models '''this project wouldn't have even been conceived.'''  [[Manifesto | Our current Establishment is ''broken'']].  But, as learned by the lessons of the 60's, it's not enough just to complain about the system, ''one must have a compelling alternative''.  The Internet is that alternative, creating a many-to-many communications network to ignite and unite humanity like never before.
Humankind has reached its Malthusian limits, there's no more territory to expand into to create value.  It's also reached its organizational limits -- our institutions have gotten so complex that they can no longer be managed without immense drains on our planet and psyche.  Society currently exists in a sort of limbo waiting for the next "phase transition", which will take it to the next level.  The only way to create new value is to [[grouping model | ''interconnect'']] more effectively.  The market alone won't do it -- it has too much inertia, designed around physicality and historical privilege.  The Internet is a [[structure|vital component]] to the [[new economy]].  At [[Pangaia]], we're literally creating the nervous system for the Body of Mankind.  The first Internet wave got quenched, but this time were studied and know what to do.
Humankind has reached its Malthusian limits, there's no more territory to expand into to create value.  It's also reached its organizational limits -- our institutions have gotten so complex that they can no longer be managed without immense drains on our planet and psyche.  Society currently exists in a sort of limbo waiting for the next "phase transition", which will take it to the next level.  The only way to create new value is to [[grouping model | ''interconnect'']] more effectively.  The market alone won't do it -- it has too much inertia, designed around physicality and historical privilege.  The Internet is a [[structure|vital component]] to the [[new economy]].  At [[Pangaia]], we're literally creating the nervous system for the Body of Mankind.  The first Internet wave got quenched, but this time were studied and know what to do.

Revision as of 03:32, 4 March 2011

What are the goals of a healthy society? If they were being met within our current economic and governance models this project wouldn't have even been conceived. Our current Establishment is broken. But, as learned by the lessons of the 60's, it's not enough just to complain about the system, one must have a compelling alternative. The Internet is that alternative, creating a many-to-many communications network to ignite and unite humanity like never before.

Humankind has reached its Malthusian limits, there's no more territory to expand into to create value. It's also reached its organizational limits -- our institutions have gotten so complex that they can no longer be managed without immense drains on our planet and psyche. Society currently exists in a sort of limbo waiting for the next "phase transition", which will take it to the next level. The only way to create new value is to interconnect more effectively. The market alone won't do it -- it has too much inertia, designed around physicality and historical privilege. The Internet is a vital component to the new economy. At Pangaia, we're literally creating the nervous system for the Body of Mankind. The first Internet wave got quenched, but this time were studied and know what to do.

Put simply, the project aims to create new economic and governance models leveraging the technological efficiencies never-before available in the history of civilization, namely ubiquitous and pervasive inter-networking which has democratized masses of information and places everyone only a step away from each other, breaking, once and for all the limitations of geography and the nation-state. With that greater freedom comes the greater need to provide structure to those new organizations and orders.

The success of Wikipedia is one such example of the "creative class's" desire and need for greater personal and community participation. These aren't the old fashioned communities of yesteryear, defined by physical geography or job location and organized around "civic pride"; these are creative communities -- people organizing themselves due to "psychic" proximity rather than geographic. With this abundance of interest, there arises the need (as well as opportunity) to effectively connect all these people and sift though the mounds of information that it generates. Hence, the PanGaia project.

The Internet and our global society are undergoing a radical transition, evolving in parallel across many different internet locations. Each is fundamentally trying to answer the same question: How can one build an active community of upwards of a million users without centralized control? The question is asked both politically and practically: It's simply not feasible to manually process and sift through everything and manage everyone using old paradigms and methodologies, nor is it desirable. When everyone can be their own publisher, one must give serious thought of how to give voice to all without drowning in chaos; most, like Wikipedia capitulate back into old-power techniques as the burden gets too high.

Furthermore, there is the issue of many ideas, little interoperability. With the unified model presented here, applications and data will exist as one.

In any case, one thing is clear: Our market system and democracy fall short of their ideals due to exploitation of information imbalances. Like any form of protectionism, this inefficiency hurts everyone--even, ultimately, the ones at the "top".

Finding ways to establish true merit, in real time, and the means in which to cultivate it and allocate decision-making authority are inherent in the notion of PanGaia as well as making an efficient marketplace and thriving society.

Need more pep talk? Check the discussion tab and marketing and all the links in the open paragraphs of the main page.

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