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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 Nick Heyming on March 31, 2010 at 12:33am
We should collaborate. This is similar to my evokation for Global Gratitude Gardens, but its more general. I'd like to combine efforts if you're interested.
Comment by Sarah Shaw Tatoun on March 31, 2010 at 12:58am
Turil-- I can contribute webhosting if you get the name. I would really love it, too, if you would include the latest research on psychology in it. There's a wonderful book out by Richard Wiseman called "59 Seconds" talking about what really works in terms of 'self-improvement'. He completely debunks the myth that you can improve your performance by visualizing a successful outcome (although it's still worth doing a certain amount of it because it does make you happier). Instead, he says you should visualize yourself practicing the activity you want to improve your performance on. Specifically he says, students who visualized themselves getting an 'A' on a test did worse than average. Those who visualized themselves studying for a test did much better. Fascinating stuff!
Comment by Turil Cronburg on March 31, 2010 at 1:04am
I think your idea deserves to shine as it's own special thing! I think both ideas are very valuable, and should both be done. My goal is aimed more at helping people find ways to do very basic things, literally the elementary stuff. And I think your project is more nuanced. I think we need both approaches happening in the world simultaneously. And I'd like to make both happen. :-)


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