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A somewhat short-sighted view to those of us who believe that forums like this will develop into agents of change, and that understanding how they work and how to improve them will accelerate change. We are a long way from that now - accepted. But the potential is there.

Every single day I see more evidence of the way people are collaborating in doing practical things that make small differences. Things that no government is capable of thinking up or implementing. Two examples from today: one is called Couchsurfing - a network of people around the world who are open to travellers sleeping on their couch, the other is Autostop - a Finnish site where lifts and shared travel can be arranged.

Nothing special in these two cases - just saving some money and making new contacts.  But these types of sites are growing everywhere, and they are based on the e-bay type of reputation and trust. Some of them will be banal, some of them will change all sorts of social mechanisms - and, I believe, change the nature of top down government, by bypassing it.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Apr 4th, 2009 at 04:24:58 PM EST
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