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The Individually Controlled Account for Commons Focussed Activities
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Crowl Feb 2, 2009.

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Tom Crowl replied to Michel Bauwens's discussion Orgware virtual districts: empowering citizens to manage government (call for feedback)
"Just noticed Mr. Coates' favortite quote: You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. - Buckminster Fuller EXACTLY! I'm worn out now but would…"
Feb 3, 2009
Tom Crowl replied to Michel Bauwens's discussion Orgware virtual districts: empowering citizens to manage government (call for feedback)
"Hi MC, Wanted to add a bit on monetization and why Chagora is constructed as a for-profit model. The impetus for Chagora arose out of an investigation for ways to overcome the power of concentrated money in politics. The search for that solution…"
Feb 3, 2009
Tom Crowl replied to Joseph P Jackson III's discussion Abundance: The Journal of Post Scarcity Studies Launch Plans
"Very much interested in this topic! I'm can't be sure after just a brief look... but it's possible that something I'm interested in could well have an important place... The Individually Controlled Account for Commons Dedicated…"
Feb 3, 2009
Michel Bauwens left a comment for Tom Crowl
"Dear Tom, The regular blolg doesn't usually cover projects, but we can always make exceptions, so if you have any appeal for collaboration, if you could describe your project for laypeople, and perhaps include your video,…"
Feb 3, 2009
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Feb 3, 2009
Tom Crowl replied to Michel Bauwens's discussion Orgware virtual districts: empowering citizens to manage government (call for feedback)
"Chagora site is up tested and practical re its background accounting software at http://www.Chagora.com with functional gateway, credit card processing, separate trust account for donor funds, donor account pages, recipient account pages,…"
Feb 2, 2009
Tom Crowl replied to Michel Bauwens's discussion Orgware virtual districts: empowering citizens to manage government (call for feedback)
"It's quite likely but I will need to know more about your project and strategy. I am not familiar with the platform you are building beyond what is suggested above. We are certainly keeping careful watch. The only policy I am pushing is to get…"
Feb 2, 2009
Tom Crowl replied to Michel Bauwens's discussion Orgware virtual districts: empowering citizens to manage government (call for feedback)
"While not part of the Chagora platform referenced below specifically its also important to note, of course, that the same sort of tensions and interplay betweens distributed and hierarchical networks in the decision landscape are applicable to…"
Feb 2, 2009

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About Me:
Have been working on developing Chagora since early '07 after realization these are needed capabilities for revitalization of representative systems. Not the easiest without money or history in the field.

Some basic info re Chagora Project:

Speech and Association - Fundamentals of a Neutral Hub in a Developing Internet Landscape

The Role of Political MicroDonation (under $1) and Electoral/Geographic Networking Facilitation in Empowering the Distributed Network

Prototype & FAQ: http://www.Chagora.com/faq.aspx

A quote from Eyal Sivan, our newest member re "The Connective Hypothesis http://www.TheConnective.org

"The Connective refers to the global culture emerging as a result of the proliferation of information technology.

A connective refers to a distributed network made up of voluntary participants, organized around a specific interest or context, with each member seeking to achieve an individual goal.

To be connective is to be expressly designed or predisposed to take advantage of voluntary loose associations, or the resulting efficiencies, in order to gain personal value.

And from Iqbal Quadir, founder of Grameenphone of Bangladesh:

"If concentration of power has contributed to poor governance, the solution must lie in dispersing power… ICTs empower from below while devolving power from above, resulting in a two-pronged attack on abuse of state power that has left so much of the world’s population languishing in poverty… ICTs can be the means to both freedom and development by blindsiding obstacles to both."
*ICT = Information & Communication Technology

Chagora is about empowering all us folks out here without pedigrees and credentials. It’s about realizing that there’s a wealth of good ideas and solutions available to us if we broaden the avenues for finding and implementing those ideas. The very idea of a free market for goods is that even an idiot has enough sense to value those goods that are important to him. A free market in ideas requires a viable public square where meaningful lines of opinion and motivation are available to all!

Chagora is a Civilization Fundamental
And an essential technology for the Individual

blog: http://CulturalEngineer.blogspot.com
linkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/culturalengineer
facebook: http://profile.to/culturalengineer/
twitter id: CulturalNgineer
How did you come across this network?
via facebook/Joe Trippi reference specifically.

This is my area of specialty.
I also have developed specific solutions in this area and have worked independently to put them together but now need help since B of A cut credit line in mid-startup!
Website:
http://www.Chagora.com/faq.aspx
Facebook:
http://profile.to/culturalengineer/
Other:
http://www.linkedin.com/in/culturalengineer
Other:
http://culturalengineer.blogspot.com

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At 6:10 on February 3, 2009, Michel Bauwens said…
Dear Tom,

The regular blolg doesn't usually cover projects, but we can always make exceptions, so if you have any appeal for collaboration, if you could describe your project for laypeople, and perhaps include your video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=La0A2ueaYtg&eurl=http://culturalengineer.blogspot.com/&feature=player_embedded

Feel free to add it here in our video section as well.

And as soon as your project is operational, let us now for further publicity.

Thanks for joining us here with your wisdom and important projects,

Michel

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