The city would be like the school/classroom. True public education, for the public (concerning all the people.) Any topic. Any time. Any where. And because more people are sharing/collaborating, scarcity diminishes. Exchanges become less about paper-currency/loans/grants/scholarship, and more about time/talent share. Because people start to view the community gain/growth/health as their own gain/growth/health, competition diminishes. And because people are spending their days grokking/doing/being what matters to them, we experience more peace, a different economy, a share/connection/trust economy, abundance exponentiates.
Imagine a city/community/world where gyms, museums, libraries, wifi, recording studios, apprenticeships, swimming pools, dance halls, art/design/remix studios, chem labs, food gardens, lawn mowers, tools, office space, community kitchens, â€Ś. schools, higher ed, â€Ś were all just considered common/public goods.
..is a jumpstart to that vision.
Perhaps we already have all we need. We just need to reallocate. Trillions of dollars are spent on things we don’t really need/want each year. So that money becomes waste/wasted in some form or another. And because currently money drives most things, those dollars also involve/include/abuse other things – like energy/nature/resources/people. Learning to be more resourceful/mindful with what we already have. Imagine the money alone, going toward enlivening cities, where people are freed up to find the thing they can’t not do. 7 billion people making change, as the day, not after hours, and not on a loan.
resources level out
Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. Upcycling is the opposite of downcycling, which is the other half of the recycling process. Downcycling involves converting materials and products into new materials of lesser quality. Breathtaking example of upcycling â€“ landfill harmonic orchestra
of the premise of an ibp (informal business plan)
is part of the
we could start with .. Money in particular, spent on: testing, competing, prepping, training, standardizing purchases, policy-izing, regulating the policy-izing, medication, restoration, prison, homelessness, â€Ś Reallocation of funds, because w/healthier people, city spends less on health care, judicial system, vandalism, homeless. That money can be used to equitize resources, ie: food, shelter, living spaces, .. free higher ed.. Freeing up current ed funding flows, for people to literally upcycle.. enlivening the cities/world in which they live.
But how to convince people to make this (little) changeâ€Ś? Equity (everyone getting a go) matters, so how to make it simple enough so that it scales across and sustains itself?
one with yourself. one with others. so what if we use 2 convos to literally redefine school (the day, the funding, the mindset, ..)
within ongoing protoyping over the last five years..
Most districts average 500 policies they must comply with to garner public ed funding. The most well-known/referenced policies being: seat time & test scores. What if we prototype a city/district getting funding via just 2 policies. Ones that address two fundamental human needs â€“ attachment & authenticity:
community buy-in to have these daily conversations: if everyone is having these 2 convos every day, 30+3 min, the rest of day is theirs. plus they get suggested connections everyday from the 3 min data. plus they get free access to and input for resources throughout the city. government/powers-that-be buy-in for ongoing funding: if having these 2 daily convos works, (enlivens the city: less crime/poverty/health issues/etc), the city/district gets funded per census, rather than seat time & test scores,
Parts of this may sound familiar to things weâ€™ve tried.. ie: advisory, 20% google time, choice, charters, homeschooling, â€Ś
how is this different?
Perhaps what has not yet been tried..
a city-wide experiment, to provide an ecosystem of eclectic people/resources;
an as-the-day experiment, rather than adding something to the day (after hours/school/work).
*well. 100% minus 33 min. so 97.7% your day.
people spaces/resources tech upcycle/reallocate
Money calls too many shots. people become money free for a year.
Initial bet. Ongoing remix.
initial 20 mill to model (partial) future. ongoing via upcycling/remixing/reallocating of current govt funding - starting with ed.
the future of money. more resourceful rather than more resources.
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We are looking for like minded dreamers interested in financially jumpstarting ..
Just to see if there is a better way to live our days, rather simply hoping for it or theorizing about it. Getting the sync right to play out in a community where red tape is essentially nill. This is the next phase/prototype of a finding/vision we have been dabbling with the last five years. Perhaps an experiment/mindset in an ecosystem not yet tried.
If/when we model enough of a betterness â€“ a city changed, perhaps it would merit reallocation of current school funding. Future finances would then come per census, rather than seat time and/or test scores, as government, et al, see the benefit of an entire city as community builders. Ongoing spending would be determined by ongoing crowdsourcing of these gatherings per choice. [If there does emerge betterness, yet powers that be donâ€™t deem it worthy of funding reallocation, perhaps the people themselves would bypass the government buy-in phase, hastening a more democratic system/structure.]
20 million would/could represent/demonstrate:
â€˘ what a city might look like financially if govt funding was per census and crowdsourced per the community/city/district â€˘ how rich a city might feel, with or without the literal money, when we start practicing a time/talent/share/trust economy â€˘ the transformation that might take place in just a short year, in a city with a new/emerging mindset: spaces of permission with nothing to prove
three areas of focus: for the moneys
sabbatical to play in city [this could be any district staff]
paid internships to play in city
to start up their real dream job
tech/ai unschooling communication documentary
*note: the idea is that labels â€“ ie: teacher/student fade as everyone becomes/is both. initial/temp moneys go to those currently tied to it. eventually all involved rhizomatically in whatever currency/economy emerges â€“ ie: share/gift/connection/relationship
maker/hacker space studios (record/edit/photo..) homeless hotel visitor/youth hostel collaboratory/pi lab theatre/dance permaculture/wild life
elementary as sudbury-ish middle as make/hacker-ish high as youmedia-ish
cardboard arduinos people tools tables bikes food materials money etc
*note: the idea is that spaces morph as much as people do. and especially initial spaces â€“ ie: collaboratory functions are to 1\get us back to a natural state and 2\as global research/sharing to affect world change
cell\recycle wearable microchip personal-fab
for co-creating/remixing city
urbanfor access observatory/google(in&out)/documentating match.com sketch-up/ /sharing brain/map/trail i-wish-thisscreens personal-fab was/seeclickfix/cityforw projectors wiring sociometer ard/streetlight/edgeryd wifi banks cameras servers ers/hoverapp/collaborat hot spots deb roy-style ivestorage city-wide space â€“ out & in consumption/project*note: the idea is that initial cost/functionality if successful - esp with tech â€“ will soon become self/local/global-created/sustaining citizen
Reviving/remixing becoming indispensably re\mark\et\able. Co-creating a mindset of a different economy/currency. Perhaps trust/share/relationship/connection, as a city listens to each other without an agenda, other than: what do we need, what do we have, what are we curious about, afraid of, .. and how can we facilitate that. At all levels and in all areas we crowdsource/co-create/emerge community via such things as (already existing): urban-observatory/google-sketch-up/i-wishthis-was/seeclickfix/cityforward/streetlight/edgeryders/projectcitizen/hoverapp/collaborative-consumptionâ€Ś maker/hacker spaces.. pie/coffee spaces.. sketch-able walls.. sidewalks.. Perhaps some of these think tank-ish space(s) would have literal birds-eye-view of the city, with i-wish-this-was-a.. google sketch stations, giving everyone easy access to share their dreams.
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a lawn mower time to babysit huge food garden 3 bikes not used on weekend a guest room dance skills
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someone to help me learn italian a car on thursdays a cook someone who can fix my sink $100 for an medical bill
ie: collaborative consumption, mesh, et al..
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