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
"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
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