Fixing BIG!

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Political Contribution IS Speech... and it's caused a lot of problems! Political MICRO Contribution (<$1) is very NEGLECTED and very, very POWERFUL Speech... (especially when networked)! And Its Practical Enablement is a very, very, very BIG Deal! Seeking a few additional Team Members as well as general financial and political support. Blog http://CulturalEngineer.blogspot.com for additional links and info. Prototype built and ready.

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By: CulturalEngineer (63 month(s) ago)

The world's recent financial "troubles" are just one more egregious example of the disconnection between government and the rest of us which has afflicted civilizations since the development of agriculture. The imbalances in "Influence Capability" that continually create this sort of distortion relate to problems of scale, the loss of congruence between the social network and the social organism, the vital role of various forms of proximity, the foundations and limits of biological altruism, and importantly, a failure to address these issues. Or perhaps more accurately, a tendency over time, by a dominant social network, to actively resist effective remediation which will reduce their own perceived survival potential . These problems can be addressed. But an issue-by-issue approach to their solution will be never ending. I realize this may all seem a bit esoteric, but there are actually practical ways to improve this situation. At least, that's what I've been working on. For background see http://culturalengineer.blogspot.com/2009/05/foundations-of-..

By: CulturalEngineer (63 month(s) ago)

Blog http://CulturalEngineer.blogspot.com Fixing BIG! can also be downloaded via box.net at https://www.box.net/shared/299795easd Additional Info on LinkedIn profile http://www.linkedin.com/in/culturalengineer

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Fixing BIG The Right blames BIG GOVERNMENT… The Left blames BIG BUSINESS… But the PROBLEM is in the BIG!

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There’s a Relationship Problem Between the Citizen , the Government and the Commons The Citizen’s ability to interact… to influence… to touch… powers FAT with time & scale has eroded… but ICT can repair this landscape!

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Believe themselves incapable of impact Never give to a cause or campaign Frustrated with Lobbying and Campaign Finance Cynicism Scandal Bad Law Unraveling of the social contract Distrust of Government And experience suggests… Expansion of Corruption over time! And… NO solutions! There’s a Relationship Problem Between the Citizen , the Government and the Commons

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Citizens per Congressional District in 1790 = 33,000 Citizens per Congressional District in 2008 = 700,000 For a 1790 Level of Representation NOW we’d need 10,000 Members of Congress! Scaling issues and Neglected Technologies of Interaction have favored Imbalances in ‘Influence Capability’ Campaign Finance, Lobbying, Politics & the Social Contract itself can’t be Healed until a Citizen’s meaningful participation can be as Frequent and Painless…

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Campaign Finance, Lobbying, Politics & the Social Contract itself can’t be Healed until a Citizen’s meaningful participation can be as Frequent and Painless… As a SHOUT in a hunter/gatherer camp on the Serengeti. Or a FINGER to the chest of your cousin… behind the barn… intended for his wife’s brother… the city councilman, in 1820 New Hampshire. The Political MicroContribution is Central to Citizen Representation and a Fundamental Element of the Landscape we are now engaged in shaping!

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The Political MicroContribution is Central to Citizen Representation and a Fundamental Element of the Landscape we are now engaged in shaping! Chagora for Everyday People… everyday! You CAN Meaningfully Participate with Nickels, Dimes & Quarters… Take YOUR Place in OUR Public Square!

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The Power of… Small Money… Large Numbers & Immediate Feedback! ICT’s critical role in balancing Influence Capability’

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The Individually-Controlled / Commons-Dedicated Account Chagora

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The HealthCare Debate “20 of the biggest health insurance and drug companies spent nearly a combined $35 million in Q1 -- a 41 percent increase from the same quarter last year.” Lobbyists on a Roll Huffington Post: WOW! That’s a LOT of MONEY! Could Chagora ever compete with THAT? We now pause for this very important message…

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CHAGORA is NOT a CONTESTANT in these Competitions! A fairer field for the runners’ race! A more level court for that game of basketball A less muddied field for the soccer final Chagora IS: A Fundamental for the World’s Developing ICT Landscape

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The HealthCare Debate Lobbyists on a Roll Huffington Post: WOW! That’s a LOT of MONEY! Could Chagora ever compete with THAT? Could a User-created network ever compete with THAT? “20 of the biggest health insurance and drug companies spent nearly a combined $35 million in Q1 -- a 41 percent increase from the same quarter last year.” 10% of the Electorate giving a quarter once a WEEK for 12 weeks via interest group(s) using Chagora is $30 million. Who do you think would get more Congressional attention?

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Facebook & Causes Washington Post:'Causes' Ineffective for Fundraising "The majority of Causes' participants have received no donations through the site." Support Our Troops Members: 436,545 All of whom I suppose must support the idea! Colossal Total Raised: $3,437! BUT WHAT IF... You could easily give 25 or 50 cents on joining? Would that stop you? Would you be more or less likely to revisit that group? Give again? Stay involved? Would it matter?

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Twitter, Paypal & Tipjoy A charity ‘s recent Twitter-centered global fundraiser was also utilizing PayPal & TipJoy. They wanted to have a minimum contribution of $5. But it was suggested by PayPal that they'd do better making it $10! PayPal understands that charities prefer larger donations! The ‘Push for a Larger Transaction Mentality’, in very sophisticated business, political and social theory contexts is often characterized as “The Dumb-Ass, Short-Sighted, Don’t-Bother-Me-with-What-the-User-Wants-or-Needs” Theory of Internet Commerce. Since the User isn’t their focus, they don’t understand that a MicroContribution - even if only useful once for a given user - attracts & anchors the User to this specialized account for ALL such future transactions. Moreover, even if a person never used the MicroTransaction, enough will to catalyze the flocking that eventually brings that guy in too!

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Twitter, Paypal & Tipjoy A charity ‘s recent Twitter-centered global fundraiser was also utilizing PayPal & TipJoy. They wanted to have a minimum contribution of $5. But it was suggested by PayPal that they'd do better making it $10! PayPal understands that charities prefer larger donations! The ‘Push for a Larger Transaction Mentality’, in very sophisticated business, political and social theory contexts is often characterized as “The Dumb-Ass, Short-Sighted, Don’t-Bother-Me-with-What-the-User-Wants-or-Needs” Theory of Internet Commerce. Since the User isn’t their focus, they don’t understand that a MicroContribution - even if only useful once for a given user - attracts & anchors the User to this specialized account for ALL such future transactions. Moreover, even if a person never used the MicroTransaction, enough will to catalyze the flocking that eventually brings that guy in too! Chagora for Everyday People… everyday! You CAN Meaningfully Participate with Nickels, Dimes & Quarters… Take YOUR Place in OUR Public Square!

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The Mechanism User gives a quarter with 39 others via cause/candidate intermediary Chagora pays transaction fees User opens account with $10 Recipient receives $10 Reimburses Chagora what it pays for the same $10 received directly transaction is Revenue neutral! Pooled user-determined account Unified Accounting & Reporting Tracks legal limits single sign-up for User’s unified Accounting & Reporting Provides recipient fec compliant reports Separates taxed & non-taxed contributions supplementary Recipient services employer charity ‘matching’ monetization corporate / charity promotions livedebate sponsorships media event fees traditional advertising campaign services

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Bootstrapping Via the Chagora Live Debate API Everyone with the same $10 Time bound by event Duration RealTime 25? Donation Fedback in RealTime Display Non-partisan National Advertising LOCAL Candidacies Easier Rules discourage Information Cascades E-mail Contribution Confirmation CANDIDATES Build the UserBase! LOCAL Issues & LOCAL Sponsors And Candidates LISTENING CLOSELY to their Constituents!

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Bootstrapping Via the Chagora Live Debate API Everyone with the same $10 Time bound by event Duration RealTime 25? Donation Fedback in RealTime Display Non-partisan National Advertising LOCAL Candidacies Easier Rules discourage Information Cascades E-mail Contribution Confirmation CANDIDATES Build the UserBase! LOCAL Issues & LOCAL Sponsors And Candidates LISTENING CLOSELY to their Constituents!

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Bootstrapping Via the Chagora Sign-up thru employment Program Join Chagora via Regular Paycheck Deduction Choose from ANY legitimate Charities, Causes or Campaigns wishing to reach the small donor… Your Political AND Charitable Contributions are SECURE And to the extent YOU determine PRIVATE (will the candidates not interested in small donors please now raise their hands)

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Bootstrapping Via the Chagora Sign-up thru employment Program Join Chagora via Regular Paycheck Deduction Per Agreement, Employer Match for Your Charity Gifts Choose from ANY legitimate Charities, Causes or Campaigns wishing to reach the small donor… Constant Feedback Provided by User & Other Reviews, Recipients’ own Promotion & Legally Required Reports as well as Posted News items Become RE Acquainted with the Excitement of Citizenship when YOUR Voice … Your Political AND Charitable Contributions are SECURE And to the extent YOU determine PRIVATE (will the candidates not interested in small donors please now raise their hands) Is the MOST Desired… After so LONG ignored!

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Bootstrapping Via the Chagora Sign-up thru employment Program Join Chagora via Regular Paycheck Deduction Choose from ANY legitimate Charities, Causes or Campaigns wishing to reach the small donor… (will the candidates not interested in small donors please now raise their hands) Your Political AND Charitable Contributions are SECURE And to the extent YOU determine PRIVATE Constant Feedback Provided by User & Other Reviews, Recipients’ own Promotion & Legally Required Reports as well as Posted News items Become RE Acquainted with the Excitement of Citizenship when YOUR Voice … Is the MOST Desired… After so LONG ignored! Chagora for Everyday People… everyday! You CAN Meaningfully Participate with Nickels, Dimes & Quarters… Take YOUR Place in OUR Public Square!