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the only real scarcity is knowledge - The Whatworksipedia!

We are living in a vast universe of almost infinite matter and energy, and so the only thing that's limited us in the past was lack of knowledge about how to use the overwhelming abundance of resources we have available to us right now in the universe to get us to where we want to go, physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually.

"I dream of a new age of curiosity. We have the technical means for it; the desire is there; the things to be known are infinite; the people who can employ themselves at this task exist. What are we suffering from? From too little: from channels that are too narrow, skimpy, quasi-monopolistic, insufficient. There is no point in adopting a protectionist attitude, to prevent "bad" information from invading and suffocating the "good". Rather we must multiply the paths and the possibility of comings and goings..."
~ Michel Foucault

Thus, the way to move forward is clearly to widen the floodgates of information between everyone, everywhere. Humans all over the world, talking to trees all over the world, talking to elephants all over the world, talking to the wind and the rain and the stars, all creating a universal information superhighway!

Thus, I propose a more positive version of Wikipedia. We could call it the Whatworksipedia! (Hey, maybe you can come up with a better name... :-)

Rather than having millions of blogs and websites and books and magazines and so on, why not have a central, global, library of solutions? Run this in the same way Wikipedia is run, as an openly editable platform, functioning as a non-profit, but with the focus on solutions to every imaginable human problem dealing with food, water, air, warmth, light, and basic social organizations for serving collective needs.

Have the goal of each entry in the Whatworksipedia being easily translatable into as many languages as possible, and of each entry being easily understandable by children (who are going to be the majority of users on the internet in many areas of the world, at least for many years). Effictively, the Whatworksipedia would function as a primer for a sustainable, healthy, growing world - an instruction manual for global healing!

This would be easily funded through government and non-profit and individual donations, as nearly everyone who benefited from the Whatworksipedia would naturally be motivated to support it, in some way because nearly every Earthling has a vested interest in reducing, or even eliminating, scarcity, so as to drastically increase health and wellbeing and quality of life for everyone on the planet.

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Comment by Turil Cronburg on March 24, 2010 at 4:19pm
Who's up for helping me start this? All we need to begin is a website host that could deal with a lot of traffic.

And maybe a better name? :-)
Comment by Turil Cronburg on March 24, 2010 at 4:49pm
That might be a place to organize something, if this doesn't end up being one of the projects that makes it into the final EVOKATIONs. I'll definitely be looking to keep connected with and working on things with EVOKE folks for a long time, In hope!
Comment by PJE on March 24, 2010 at 5:25pm
Great idea. I was speaking to a friend today from the Netherlands and she was saying that something similar is available there.
Comment by Turil Cronburg on March 24, 2010 at 5:42pm
Can you get more information about it? My guess is that there are already things that have some of the elements of this... Like Instructibles. And wikihow.com. But the combination might not have been done before. An open and editible wiki, with the specific focus on simple solutions to basic human needs, and run as a non-profit. But if it's already out there, then that would be great!
Comment by Jan Lampe on March 24, 2010 at 8:10pm
i think the name should less be a question than rather an answer... koshy, whatreallyworks.com makes people think that the site doesnt really know either.

I had a similar project in mind for my evokation, and i changing mindset is a sort of test run.

so correct me if i am wrong, you sort of wish to bundle the stuff we collect on evoke and turn it into a database?

Id be willing to help you out, but how do you plan on supporting this thing financially?
Comment by Turil Cronburg on March 24, 2010 at 11:05pm
Jan, I was thinking the name should be more poetic anyway, but I did think the what works was a statement, as in "Here's what works." Something more interesting and catchy wou;d be preferable, though.

And no, the goal isn't to bundle the stuff on Evoke so much, because there is a wh*** lot of contemplating here, and not much instruction. I was thinking that this project would be more of an instruction manual for making things like windmills, bike trailers, solar hot water systems, rain cachment systems, biointensive gardening, and that sort of practical stuff.

As for the financing, as I said, it would be run as a volunteer effort with most things being paid for by donation, rather than money. The only really expensive thing would be the website hosting/server costs.
Comment by Turil Cronburg on March 26, 2010 at 2:23am
I'm refining my idea here, trying to keep it simple, yet wanting to include the stuff that really matters, as much as possible, so the following is my final(ish) idea of the core goals of the Whatworksipedia site (though the names of categories probably need a little work). I think sticking to the physical needs is a better idea than my original one, which included more complex emotional/social needs. Keeping things simple will probably help keep the project focused, and will allow it to be more practical (which seems like the way to go while we work to sort out global sustainability solutions as quickly as possible). So...

Whatworksipedia offers a place to share and learn from simple, step by step instructions describing how people have made stuff that works for getting more:

Nutritious Food
Clean Water
Fresh Air

And for finding beneficial ways to use excess:

human movement (exercise, weight/force/gravity changes, micro-movements, etc)
human waste (poop, hair, fingernails, pee, sweat, spit, etc.)
breath/voice (CO2, yelling, etc.)
human radiation (body heat, static electricity, electromagnetic stuff, )
Comment by michael driscol on March 26, 2010 at 3:16am
I am in the beginning stages of putting a page together with resources and links about urban farming. I would love to help from that angle. Peace, Michael
Comment by Turil Cronburg on March 26, 2010 at 3:33am
Micheal, being an urban gardener myself, I'm especially interested in how to use sustainable solutions to lead in the soil. I'm guessing that lead is a major problem in nearly all urban areas, at least in any cities in the US that have been around since the 80's, when leaded gas was still around, and anywhere else where leaded gas was ever used, as well as lead paint.

And, yes, I'd love to have everyone contribute content once the site is live! If you have any ideas on how to organize the site, especially the nutritious food (which includes gardening) part, I'm all ears. It's such a vast idea, I can't imagine how you'd even begin to keep things easy to find. Maybe each plant gets it's own page? And techniques get their own pages too (how to build a swale, how to build a raised bed, etc.).
Comment by PJE on March 26, 2010 at 2:05pm
I am still waiting to get hold of the link I mentioned, sorry it's taking so long.
Best wishes to you


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