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Jun 03, 2021

small monologue on large conversations (5/10)

by: Jon Borichevskiy


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Had a good conversation with Kristen and Dave.

How do we make social structures that are more long-term-friendly and more likely to generate excess that is then funneled back into that social structure?


Part of it being then used for the sustainability of said social structure, but part of it being invested into new experiments; new offshoots of itself that have some lineage back to the original one. Some connection, like a little mothership that is able to sort of feed and support these offshoots or sprouts.


And then there's also the the other side: what does this look like when applied to a explicit geographic region, perhaps a rain forest or river? And eventually, an entire planet or series of planets?


How do you distribute decision-making, but also awareness of both implicit and explicit costs -- for example, logging? Who gets to decide whether a forest is going to be the source of resources? One might say it's whoever lives in around that forest... so how do you give each one of those stakeholders a voice?


Not a simple democratic one vote equals one, one count - binary yes:no. But instead something complex, something able to allow decisions to be made around complex things... I mean, we don't know what what's coming in the next 10 years. How are we supposed to build voting systems that account for it, we can't just barrage everybody with yes/no votes at the ballot box.


I mean that's how our current voting system works and this stuff is a couple hundred years old. So how does a future voting system look like? One that accounts for complexity and very rapidly changing situations, where you have like high degrees of information asymmetry -- even accounting for the internet and social media and speed of light? There are norms and situations that evolve fast -- faster than even that can support.


How do you let people talk with one another, across vast distances? Potentially cases when they don't know who they're talking to -- but they know that they're talking about the same thing. They know that they're worried about the same questions and trying to seek the same outcomes. So, how do you translate those different perspectives across vast distances and sort of support that sort of large scale distributed conversation?


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