Build The App
Organized by: Tim Anderson
We Are Each Other's Destiny
December 31, 2016
The pictures on the left show some of the first pages of The App.
Every profound media transformation leads to a systemic shift in political and economic systems. We could not have had empires without writing and accounting systems. We could not have had the modern liberal democracies without the printing press. The new interactive technologies point a new system which is continuously participatory. Instead of voting once every few years, we could all be involved in an ongoing fashion... not only voting but also educating ourselves and debating about the important issues, which could be explored with much greater transparency. We can use the communications infrastructure to create tools for sharing and storing values that support cooperation, ecological regeneration, etc. This transition from competition to cooperation is an evolutionary paradigm -- either we make it, quickly, or we don't survive as a species." ~ Daniel Pinchback
We lived in cooperative consent for millions of years, shedding our muscles and fangs and claws and growing big brains and language and love. Then, like five minutes ago, agriculture enabled us to live together in large numbers. 12,000 years ago. Since then we’ve flailed around trying to learn to cooperate in large numbers, and failing a lot. The simple next evolutionary step is for people everywhere to connect and self-govern using our paleolithic, biological, organic, natural, tribal inheritance.
Our species and the entire biosphere wait in the balance. Which way will it tip? We must take our best shot at acting together globally like responsible adults.
We are fundraising. None of the funds we raise on this campaign are for us. 100% will go to coders to build an app, The App, that can change the future and save the biosphere.
Many people wonder why something like The App doesn't exist already. It's an idea whose time has come. Now's the time to build it.
Billions around the world want to create a global society that takes responsibility for our collective societal health, but we haven't known how to put it into practice. The App gives us a way to work together for things we all passionately need and want. With the connecting power of the internet, we can
~ constellate a billion of us
~ cooperating meaningfully
~ self-govern the loving left
~ model irresistible fun, fair world tribal democracy
~ become powerful
~ achieve critical mass
~ care for the biosphere with in a self-governing planetary collective
Although the scope is global, the essence of The App, and real democracy, is based on the relationships with people we already have. The basic structure of a globally cooperating humankind is each of our existing, organic, over-lapping communities ~ communities made of us ~ from our next door neighbor to the distant, famous leader we trust.
Depending on how you define us, the "nonviolent left" makes up 23-99% of the world's population. If we work together on all of our priorities we can repair and evolve the local and world systems we need to thrive.
Self governing billions of independent minded (cat) people is new for homo sapiens, but we can do it. We have to do it. We do it in unprecedented huge numbers already in many healthy nations.
The billion+ people who want justice, sustainability and happiness through power-equivalent, nonviolent mass movement behave like a healthy forager clan of a few dozen.
We use the same cooperative ways we used for millions of years: the ways we evolved to survive and thrive. These behaviors are caused by our genes and nerves and blood. They are how we act instinctively, biologically. They are the ways healthy groups of friends act.
And, when you fight biology, you always lose.
They are the kindergarten rules: Share, Be nice, Listen, Learn, Clean up, Play, Eat, Nap: the things healthy moms want. We could name this new/old system Momocracy.
The App first shows you whom you know.
You then choose whom you trust to be your spokespeople, from personal friends to famous world leaders.
The App activates existing relationships, enabling easy one-way and two-way communication between everyone in the nonviolent left. The movement then functions as a single, conscious, body-politic: consensual, self-governing, efficient, transparent, power-equivalent, replicable, distributed, kind, wise, brilliant, evolving, fun: from personal to the local to the global.
Slide: "All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come." ~Victor Hugo
It won't be hard. Deep inside, everyone has evolved to want love to rule!
Even those who currently have most of the money and power want to be overwhelmed by love, like a loving mama hugging you in when you're in trouble.
Slide: "Everybody wants to lose a love war!"
The App is all about consent culture: the opposite of rape culture. We hear everyone's ideas, objections and consent, all the time, on everything that effects them. Many people already have had a taste of what this culture feels like because they've been to a cooperative summer camp, or business or commune or church: It feels amazing. You trust the leaders and you want to help. It's even better than chocolate (especially if you already have chocolate).
The App will enable the nonviolent left to organize. We will eat, think, plan, play, act, learn and celebrate together in 100% democracy, maximizing all our power and loving our way out of sick and confused systems.
And we will do it with everyone's consent, even the consent of those who have acted ruthlessly. Because, negotiating together as a whole, smart movement, we will have the power we need to ask for and get a fair deal. We can soon have a practical utopia: a Star Trek version of earth government.
If we build it, we will come together.
Through The App all the major projects of the nonviolent left will be taken on by critical masses of us, just as the Amish build and maintain each other's barns, working efficiently and joyfully together, building entire barns with dozens of people in a single day.
We begin by gathering those of us who already share the mission of sustainability, justice and happiness, and who desire to work together. Physically and digitally, we will constellate a trust matrix using spokespeople.
We organize into small, hyperconnected governance and working groups. We do everything simply, in small-groups, replicably, always setting aside cultural artifice that might alienate or confuse. We're as universal and welcoming as we can be.
We come to practical consensus quickly. We do not get bogged down with proposals we can’t get a critical mass to agree to work on together. We keep moving!
We act, using massive people power and love as our tools ~ no violence, secrecy, cruelty, lies, coercion, cheating, monetary enticements, bribes or threats. We act as we would if we were just a few dozen people living healthfully together in an island paradise. Because, in fact, we are just a few billion people living together in a planetary paradise. They same rules can and should apply.
Here are seven links, seven modes, in which we can connect and organize:
1) The App
Democracy 2.0 ~ Liquid Democracy ~ The Common Sense: free, open, evolving, universal. The whole Loving Left gets in consent and stays in consent as fully as possible, ongoingly, 24-7-365, forever. The App is beautiful and empowering. We use it for organizing everything from Bernie's next campaign, to the United Nations, to mom's activist book group. It connects all the left to each other in a set of hyper-connected circles organized in piles of circles of people each represented by plenty of spokespeople. No "No" is violated. Imagine many piles of sand with the most trusted spokespeople on the top of each. The people below support their Spokes with their provisional consent. The App illustrates these piles of circles everywhere, for all tasks. Every single person's trust matrix is visible. The App manages minutes, agendas, nominations, proposals, objections, agreements, announcements and measurements.
2) The Stadiums
We gather the nonviolent left all over the world in stadiums with speeches, comedy, organizing, music and self-governance.
3) Game One
A cooperative bank for the loving left. A non-profit fundraising and development bank we run together with power-equivalent consent self-goverence. It helps finance the projects, as appropriate. Bookkeeping, budget-making, and all decision making processes are transparent, widely broadcast, efficient, and fun.
4) Eat Together
Eating together within walking distance, everywhere, all the time, for cost, sliding scale. Open to all. Always safe, family-friendly, legal: in gyms, schools, halls, camps, mosques, churches, temples, parks, streets, yoga studios, dance spaces, business places, warehouses, government buildings.
5) Leaders of the Loving Left
Nightly Circles of 2-8 spokespeople in governance circles at all levels, broadcast openly for all. Short and full Minutes instantly, easily, always available.
6) Working Groups
Meet as much as possible and needed. Working Groups connect into spokescouncils and to the whole body of us. They facilitate and operationalize the all of the tasks beyond governance: They campaign, teach, cook, think, dream, do child/patient/elder care, business, maintenance, construction, production, design, IT, etc.
7) Transparency Broadcasting
We video and livestream everything above, especially governance, for full transparency and participation. Through spokespeople and working groups we all offer proposals, consent, objections, participation, and chores for the efficient constellation of the movement, engagement of the revolution, and the building of we-topia.
This is not just a request for money. Please don’t think we’re asking you to just fund some new project that might do some good.
are being asked
to change the future
Change the sea.
Thrust your life into the breach of history.
Be a visionary.
Be a hero.
We are either a movement that loves all-out, or we are not.
We either brilliantly use the full mass of the wise people who care, or we don’t.
We either decide everything consent-fully, equivalently, transparently, inclusively, efficiently, replicably, virally, enjoyably, or we don’t.
This isn’t just a request to fund an app.
This is a global family therapy intervention.
We are asking and enabling one slice of the body politic ~ the nonviolent left ~ to stand up, meet together, start self-governing, and negotiate with the rest of the world as a powerful, unanimous mass big enough to succeed at saving the future for everyone ~ even the near infinite number of future generations so close to being aborted by our primitive squabbling.
We are not asking for money to build The App because we know *what* a critical mass of the nonviolent left should do next.
No part of us can know *what* the whole of us will decide together.
This is about *how*: Our next steps together must always be decided together.
The App is by far the best next use of our time and money because The App is how the nonviolent left will decide together what to do next.
We are asking you to enable one billion people to connect and get on the same page.
Before a lake surface freezes, it can wait for ages, mostly liquid, with only patches of ice, ready to tip to solid.
Then, it all freezes, in minutes: trillions of molecules crystalize solid.
We are asking you to freeze the lake so we can all walk and skate and dance and self-govern horizontally, flatly, equivalently on a flat, fair, fast, fun, supportive surface.
Species don’t change gradually. A new adaptation arrives ~ a better eye, or brain, or method ~ and it’s so much more useful that it spreads like wildfire. It’s a monster. It takes over.
We will evolve like amazing suddenly music fills a chaotic room: Instantly everyone wants to dance.
We will constellate trust-ocracy like when we sit down in a circle together, and we hold hands, and everyone looks at everyone, and breathes, and sees, and melts a bit together.
We will take our next giant evolutionary step together when we find ourselves finally connected in tribe again, and deeply relax, flooded with oxytocin, because we know we are safe and powerful.
We either live in fiery crystalline connection and action with all of the loving, hopeful, smart and giving people, or we don’t. Let's do.
This is how: Build The App. Take this one, giant next step together.
Be a hero.
Billions around the world want to build a new global society that takes responsibility for our collective ecological and overall societal health, but we haven't known how to put into practice in a systemic way. The App gives us a way to work together for things we all passionately need and want. With the power of the internet all seven billion of us can cooperate in a meaningful way and care for ourselves in a self-governing planetary collective.
We begin with as many people as possible cooperating in all the ways we can. Although the scope is global, the essence of The App, and real democracy, is our actual relationships with the people. The basic structure of a globally cooperating humankind is each of our organic, over-lapping communities, communities made of us, from our next door neighbor to the distant, famous leader.
Depending on how you define us, the nonviolent left makes up 23-87% of the world's population. If we work together on all of our priorities we can repair and evolve the local and world systems we need to thrive. We should!
Self governing billions of independent minded (cat) people is new for homo sapiens, but we can do it. We have to do it. We nearly do it already in many healthy nations.
Here's how we can succeed fast: The billion+ people who want justice, sustainability and happiness through power-equivalent, nonviolent mass movement simply need to behave like a healthy forager clan of a few dozen. We must use the same cooperative ways we used for millions of years: the ways we evolved to survive and thrive. These ways are in our genes and nerves and blood. They are how we act instinctively, biologically. They are the ways a healthy groups of friends act.
These ways are the same as kindergarten rules: Share, Be nice, Listen, Learn, Clean up, Play, Eat, Nap: the things healthy moms want.
As simply as possible, The App shows you whom you know. You then choose whom you trust to be your spokespeople, from a little to a lot and from personal friends to famous world leaders.
The App activates existing relationships, enabling easy one-way and two-way communication between everyone in the nonviolent left. The goal is to enable the movement to function as a single, conscious, body-politic: consensual, self-governing, efficient, transparent, power-equivalent, replicable, distributed, kind, wise, brilliant, evolving, fun: from local to global.
It won't be too hard, because, deep inside, everyone evolved to want love to rule! Even those who currently have most of the money and power want to be overwhelmed by love, like a loving mama hugging you in when you're in trouble.
The App and its related activities are all about consent and consent culture: the opposite of rape culture. We will get everyone's ideas, objections and consent, all the time, on everything. Many people already have had a taste of what this culture feels like: better than chocolate.
The App will enable the nonviolent left to organize. We will eat, think, plan, play, act, learn and celebrate together in 100% democracy, maximizing all our power and loving our way to freedom from sick and confused systems and people. And we will do it with everyone's consent, even those who have acted ruthlessly. Because, negotiating together as the whole, smart, kind nonviolent left, we will have the power we need to ask for and get a fair deal. We can soon have a practical utopia, a Star Trek version of global government.
~ Lots of people have volunteered to help build The App, but coding is laborious. We need to pay people. We have enough designed to keep the coders busy.
~ Keep it simple. Make it fun.
~ $12,000 buys us programmer time to build an alpha and beta version.
~ We may well test The App on www.DanceCollectiveNorthwest.org, an annual summer dance camp I founded that now has produced four successful camps in the Pacific Northwest.
~ www.NextStepTogether.net presents the basic ideas behind The Step Together and The App.
~ We each have our own ideas about what the movement should do, but in building The App we will focus exclusively on how the movement decides what it should do, and helping us to get it done. We set aside our preferences about what to do in able to focus fairly, like a referee, on how of the whole critical mass of us decides together in a hyper-democratic mode.
~ On my Facebook Newsfeed and the Next Step Together Facebook Page I share my most current passions and insights. On both you will find livestream rants which are almost exclusively focused to how to build a better world via The App and related projects.
~ I am the lead designer. I'm trained in group leadership, family systems therapy, and individual therapy and I have extensive large group facilitation skills and experience.
~ Wayne Hiner has volunteered to build a MVP (minimal viable product) with Ruby on Rails. Wayne is a expert coder with rich experience. In addition to many experiences engineering for business he teaches programming at the University of Washington.
~ Brian Fifer is a software engineer who builds games in Bellevue Washington. He’s put many hours into discussing and laying out design documents for The App.
If you have something besides money to offer, please do! Marketing, emergent insights, project management experience, coder skills, front end ideas, connections to related projects are all desired and essential!