Have you ever wondered why humans are incapable of forming healthy, holistic, inclusive communities? We all live in communities- villages, towns and cities- but they hardly feel like communities. Why are we so slow to respond to shifting dynamics and what prevents us from implementing sometimes simple and obvious solutions?
Greed, corruption, competitiveness, lack of empathy etc are ‘obvious candidates’.
Many animals have many similar traits, so what’s the problem?
Groups of people larger than 30 have the greatest of difficulty speaking together about deep issues within reasonable time constraints, yet we all live in communities of 2000 plus. See the problem?
We also have a great, (often overlooked) biological handicap that affects our large group discussions- People cannot concentrate for more than 10 to 20 minutes which is a big issue if say 300 people come together for a chat and everyone has something important to share.
To overcome our tremendous ‘large group-speak’ disabilities we have developed various managerial structures in the form of committees, councils, teams, representational democracy etc. but they are often clumsy and seriously limited logistically by hierarchical ‘bottle-necks’, poor communications, etc. This primary flaw, our exaggerated reliance on the often over-burdened appointed authorities and leadership, often leads to corruption and various forms of system failures.
Success Stories- The paradigm shifter explained.
In 2011 the mayor of a small town called Jun in Spain introduced a local Twitter platform to connect most of the locals and the municipal personal all together creating the first online Participatory Digital Democracy in the world! (Details in the link below.)
Since then there has been several evolving large scale participatory democratic processes in Madrid, Portugal, Taiwan, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand and others, all using Online Localized Forums to introduce new laws, allocate millions to local initiatives, plus resolve heated or sensitive issues *(with people from all sectors of the local communities participating).
You can view the reports and success stories here on this Facebook page-
Mass Collaborations and Communications
A truly astonishing fact is that you will not find reports of any massive online localized participatory forum failures!!! (Google.)
*(For those who are not on Facebook, all that information will be uploaded to this website soon).
Although the above selected examples are impressive in scale, on closer examination all the examples in the above link have forums that are very limited in their scope and processes. They can only deal with a limited number of subjects within specified parameters and time-frames.
The forum concept presented here (on this demo website), is UNIQUE in that it can facilitate self-regulated various mass processes simultaneously, connecting locals not only with each other, but also with the many processes that affect them (24/7, with many languages participating in real-time).
One town, One voice, One people!
For an EXPLANATION of this CollabJHB website
and to read THE FORUM DESIGN description,
Please Click here.
The envisioned Johannesburg forum concept and discussions around it’s launch 2020, can be found on the site menu but it is important to first understand how this website and forum work by visiting the link above.
At the end of each page there is a link that will take you to the next.