A must-do. Though we have to tread carefully in order to not look “crazy” and to be listened to for longer than the intro paragraph.
The frustration is almost palpable. The anger, not so; the crowd gives more the vibes of despair and resignation. But even that is better than nothing.
We need alternative channels, alternative routing, QRPp transceivers… The first priority is communication - reliable, covert, low-probability intercept, cheap. (Can be slow, SMS messages with few minute delays vs no comm at all are a much bigger difference than high-bandwidth data link vs SMS,) A tall order, but what’s the software-defined radio for.
We need to inspire people to have fun by poking the System into its eyes. It wants more eyes, it can be poked into more places.
The fun is the crucial point here. Every (or a significant proportion) activity done should be rewarding on its own; that keeps the motivation even in absence of visible short-term results.
The hacker/maker movement that is slowly taking off is an example of threads of things going the right way. (That we have the ropes of things going wrong way on the other side is another thing.)
The advantage of knowledge-working is that one person can cause a lot of change; Phil Zimmerman did so in the field of communication security, for example. Or that Napster guy who started the P2P revolution. One person writing the right bit of code can cause a significant cascade chage in the world, as there are no physical limitations of duplication of the creation.
The current emergence of 3d printers can partially bring the same principle to the physical world, too. The off-the-shelf generic high-volume platforms like Arduino or Raspberry Pi or others of that kind further lower the barriers to entry, and while fewer people can work with those than can click through the installation of Napster, it is still a fertile field for innovation/change. With open software and hardware to grow on.
We just have to not count with roughly 90-95% of people, and build enclaves within the system to have good starting positions when the things are ready for some sort of a cascade change.
The Co-operNation thing looks sweet, I have to read it more in-depth.
It’s always the darkest just before it gets pitch-black.