Alex Steffen (@ WorldChanging): Reframing the Planet
National groups themselves have lacked a shared strategy or vision, while the movement as a whole has lacked what I call a ‘win scenario’ — a clearly articulatable and complete description of how the world will be a better place if we get what we want.
[via Movement as Network]
Very interesting points – how to turn the environmental debate to the people? By focussing on Prosperity, Security, Luxury, Health, Progress and Success, not Self-esteem. That’s the basic premise. The comments look lively too.
Update: Choice quote from the comments – Ted Wolf:
I would love to see, for instance, a good commentary on the Iranian uranium enrichment standoff that took the tack “Well, if part of Iran’s motivation really is seeking confidence about a long-term power source, here’s the perspective and package that can make Iran the regional leaders in green power — at much less financial and diplomatic expense than their silly flirtation with the nuclear fuel cycle. Here’s how the US and the world community can help make that happen. Here’s how we all win.”
While O/S Tobes, a friend of mine who happens to be a journalist with News.com.au, shares what seems to be his growing enthusiasm for weblogs in journalism. I’m talking to a friend about setting up some community news sites based around the weblog format. I’m also reading the book We the Media by Dan Gillmor. I’m looking into a bunch of different open source content managements systems for both WWF and this other project as well. Needless to say I’m pretty interested in the “citizen journalism” space at the moment 🙂
Today I discovered (through Personal Democracy Forum) Movement as Network which has a couple of posts on the topic: OhMyNews International: citizen journalism and “The Rise of Open Source Politics”.
Very interesting times…
Sean and Jai have been talking about the pros and cons of CD distribution for a little while now. Sean summarises with some good points.
Scott Rosenberg: Google and the public good:
Google’s leaders are demonstrating that their corporate mission statement — ‘to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful’ — is not just empty words.
… This is all such a Good Thing for the public itself that we may be inclined to overlook some of the more troubling aspects of the Google project. …
This, as Scott points out, is a big deal. His words of caution are also important to heed.
EchoDitto: Online Organizing :: Best Practices:
The internet enables you to both widen your audience and also strengthen your relationship with existing supporters or members. With the proper mix of authenticity, leadership, and sometimes humor, information about your idea, product, campaign, or effort can travel virally through thousands and millions of people within hours. Your goal is to capture the attention (and email address) of as many of these people as possible. Support this community’s ability to (a) continue growing and (b) accomplish your common goals.
[via Personal Democracy Forum.]
An interesting post, but as pointed out by Micah at PDF, some more detail would be handy…
Movement as Network has an great post on the issue too…
SMH: Pinochet fit to stand trial for murder, kidnapping:
Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet was indicted today and placed under house arrest for the kidnapping of nine dissidents and the killing of one of them during his 1973-90 military regime.
This is amazing news, if only because it has taken sooooo long for anyone to actually get him to trial. Lets hope this one sticks.
In the extended entry I outline some thoughts about moving the WWF website from the more passive mode that currently exists to something more engaging.
In the extended entry I put forward some thoughts on moving the WWF website and certain communications from a centralised model to a more decentralised model.
Reuters: Nobel Peace Prize Winner Maathai Answers Critics:
Much conflict in the world is resource related. It is good news that the prize judges have recognised this.
Australia’s economic growth over the past few years has been bolstered by consumer debt – “$431 billion in 2002, representing 60 per cent of all economic activity“. Then Costello decides to warn us not to overspend at Christmas, dodging the underlying open-secret that his budgetary performance is dependent on it.