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 Blogger's Parliament2003-11-09 15:42
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Natalie d'Arbeloff (see also her alter ego Blaugustine's Blog) has started the Blogger's Parliament. And what is that?
"A flexible assembly of bloggers who are interested in finding and selecting from the blogosphere or from any other source - including their own thoughts - feasible solutions to current problems in the world. Members of Bloggers Parliament can be thought of as talent scouts, finding those elusive needles - solutions which can get right to the point of a problem - in the daunting haystack of information.

This is not a chat room, discussion forum, soap-box or fund-raising scheme, nor can it be used to advertise or sell any products or services. Our focus is only on the collection or creation of specific imaginative, relevant, informed, constructive and perhaps unorthodox solutions which could, if applied, really solve specific problems."
So, essentially creative people post specific solutions to specific problems. And then those solutions might end up being put into the hands of people who can use them or implement them. Looks very promising sofar.

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10 Nov 2003 @ 15:56 by Natalie @ : Bloggers Parliament
Hi Flem/Ming, thanks very much for the mention. It's good to be in touch with you again. And don't forget there's always a seat waiting for you at Bloggers Parliament.  

12 Nov 2003 @ 06:07 by lugon @ : interesting
What I find interesting in Natalie's proposal is the focus in specific solutions. I wonder what will happen if the blogosphere starts to selforganise that way. I think it's bound to be an exponential process. Anyone dares to write specific predictions or tell the rest of us what you'd like to see?  

18 Nov 2003 @ 02:17 by zigzag @ : yes ... but ...
Thank you "lugon"! ... for the opportunity to show how much "I dare" saying what I'd like to see happening ...

The Bloggers  

18 Nov 2003 @ 05:47 by zigzag @ : Trying with Mozilla Firebird
Since my previous comment did not show up ... I downloaded Mozilla Firebird .. to see if it was a browser problem I was experiencing ...

I posted my comment on lugon's weblog (http://copensar.blogalia.com/comentarios/12884) and it worked fine.

Hope it works here as well ...

Cheers / Ciao !!  

25 Nov 2003 @ 18:18 by John Abbe @ : Relationships
I see some value to such efforts, which have been going for a while -- e.g. the Global Ideas bank (link in Ming's sidebar) is still active; hopefully the Bloggers' Parliament folks will hook up with them. But inevitably my attention goes to what seems like the harder part: what's the conversation like from which people generate solutions? What's the conversation like when it's clear that people support conflicting solutions? In general, how do we support working relationships among people with apparent differences?

Voting is at worst still coming from the ways of thinking that are causing the problem, and at best a very rough and incomplete expression of a new way of doing things. Throughout the world, 60/40 votes (or even 51/49 votes) maintain or strengthen polarities, from which so many problems arise. Among on-line efforts, i get more hope from efforts which focus on community conversation -- wikis, attempts like Topic Exchange to link together weblog conversations, Rotisserie, etc. Underneath conflicting solutions are common human motivations. To the extent we really see each other's humanity, whatever decision-making processes or specific solutions we take up is less critical.  

26 Nov 2003 @ 05:40 by ming : Conversations
Hear, hear! Yes, we need to figure out how to have conversations that generate solutions. And how to live with that everybody don't need the same solutions.  

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