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fixing the world

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this page is and will be constantly changing and evolving as I change and evolve and is part of my objective of being an open-source person

summary: what: re-inventing the lifestyle of the modern human why: empower individuals to reach their fullest potential so they could work on innovative solutions to global issues how: by providing them with living arrangements that are sustainable on a psychological, financial, and environmental level

gamithra's realization

I won't ever be able to fix all the ignorance and greed in the world on my own, as much as I'd like that to be possible - but what I can do is to empower as many people as possible to do it with me

and the core question is:

why isn't everyone else already fixing the world and being nice to each other?

contents:

  1. what is wrong with current human lives?
  1. some personal backstory
  1. so what do we do?
  1. so how does that look like in human language?
  1. and how does that save the world?
  1. things that need to be figured out
  1. case studies & proof of concept
  1. resources required
  1. timeline
  1. extra: actual implications on gamithra personally


what is wrong with current human lives?

since we should never start creating solutions before we know which problems we are trying to solve

  • it's so damn hard for a modern human to balance their lives in a way that fills the whole hierarchy of human needs - maslow's pyramid for reference
  • fuck this way of living we aren't made for this. our bodies aren't made for this. and for some reason people think we need to give up modern comforts to get there while the correct answer is the opposite - we can and have to utilize modern technology to get there. we don't need to undo the industrial revolution


some personal backstory

to give you some context

interests

bringing people together and making them do things has always been my #1 passion.
(my favourite example: on my last birthday, I asked everyone to bring a new person as 
a gift so they could all become friends. some of them still are friends now <3).

I've always had too many interests, too. even though I'm currently employed full-time
in the information security industry and I absolutely love it I still see it as a vessel 
to carry me to the next places so I could do more cool things.

and, I've always wanted to make the world a better and efficient place. and I've always
wanted to make places to put people in to empower them. 

struggles

I've struggled a lot to maximize my potential. I've always known I could do more than
I've been doing at any given moment but there's always something there keeping me 
from it - whether it be lack of money and having to work long hours doing something
completely unfulfilling, lack of my own space to work on the things I want to do, lack
of people around me to support me - I'm not the type of person to be able to maximize
productivity under such circumstances, and I've always beat myself up for it

progress

right now I'm living in this place called the Astralship and it has enabled me to become
the best version of me I've ever been.

it's a tiny community in an old chapel in North Wales - as I'm writing this, we're 9 
people living and working here. I've got my own room and office space, someone is always
in charge of preparing meals for all of us, we do cold water bathing in a nearby creek
every day and hang out in the nature a lot. I'm working remotely and contribute to the
ship financially, but it's close to perfect. 


being here has filled all of the lowest sections of my maslow's pyramid of needs - we
all care for each other physically and mentally - which has lead to the fact that in 
less than two months, I've had the mental space and time to figure myself out, do some 
rigorous mental debugging, figure out what's been holding me back and become absolutely
the best gamithra so far.

this is a great place. but it's not 100% there yet. I've identified a bunch of short-
comings that need to be dealt with to make this concept even better, and as the next
step - to really save the world - the concept has to be made scalable so it could 
really have impact on the modern society.
astralship.org
An optimised vehicle for human consciousness to change the game The Ship is an extraordinary space that enables creativity, collaboration and innovation, allowing teams to go deeper, faster, with more creativity, and without any limits. This is more than an innovation retreat centre themed as a pirate ship inside a Welsh Chapel.
https://astralship.org/


so what do we do?

yeah what's the solution gamithra????? that's what we're all here for!

build a unit of civilization boosting innovation, creativity and well-being

don't imagine the atmosphere to be a bunch of hipsters living in the forest in a hippie camp. imagine the atmosphere to be a bunch of normal, tech-savvy modern people living their lives inside a start-up incubator program (that happens to be in a forest and might slightly look like a hippie camp) - while the people themselves, they are the start-ups!!! it's a full-time coworking space!

if you've been to a hacker camp, you totally know what I mean - yup, a permanent unit sustaining the energy and atmosphere of a hacker camp, with all the knowledge sharing and flashing LEDs, while being the ultimate incubator for people looking to make the world a better place

and eventually, create an open-source blueprint for building more of these spaces - a starter pack for taking a bunch of people and making them the best versions of themselves

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going off-grid isn't the goal. there's no point shooting yourself in the leg by denying yourself access to tools and knowledge you could be using to maximize potential baby we're going beyond the grid


so how does that look like in human language?

these are all nice words, but what exactly do they mean?

imagine this - the first prototype for trying to empower the modern human:

the thing is - 20 people just going to live in their own village and farming their own food is a nice idea, but it's not scalable. it doesn't suit everyone and it'll never save the world. however, providing 20 people with everything they need so they could live their lives to the fullest potential might just be enough to create a technological breakthrough capable of solving modern problems that said, recycling & producing our own food and materials is still relatively important as it is in line with the whole world-saving idea and helps to keep costs lower

likely types of residents so you kind of have an idea of what the population might consist of:

  1. elders the ones who take care of human and material maintenance and make sure everything is running smoothly; providing advice and assistance and maintaining the organizational structure, central points of informational logistics (more about efficient internal communication later)
  1. villagers (no not the ones with emeralds haha) everyone living in the village and contributing either time and/or money to sustain the structure (more about their potential sources of income and types of villagers later)
  1. temporary stays short-term visitors from whom only financial contributions are expected


and how does that save the world?

cool idea, but why are you sure this could have the potential to actually change things?

providing anyone access to healthy and sustainable ways of living so they could focus on what matters most - themselves

providing an environment for the next generation of world-savers to grow and learn

and, if:

then it has the potential to transform the way humans live - and if we can build a massive amount of efficient humans wanting to make the world a better place, we can acquire the momentum to go and change the existing system

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I'm here just imagining a world where living in spaces like this are as common as, like, going to universities? that'd be cool


things that need to be figured out (a non-exhaustive list)

there's so, so, so many things you have to get absolutely right to build a functional unit of civilization in which everyone's individual needs are met - but it's definitely possible

country

things that matter when choosing the target country: - international accessibility - climate - legislation & immigration - local economy - tolerance towards newcomers that are doing a thing they might not quite understand (incl. language barrier)

sources of income

there's a bunch of stuff people can do to maintain their financial stability: - work remotely - work in a nearby population centre - move their team over to the village - most exciting option: generate in-house products and sources of income like digital products and software (or anything else we have the tools and skills for! we could even sell veggies if there's people wanting to start a farming business) - making villagers employable by the village itself - host paid events and workshops & provide airbnb-like short-term accommodation - most exciting option nr 2: income share agreements (see next section)

talented young people

people accepted in on a per-application basis; imagine a startup incubator but incubating people instead by making income share agreements with them (you come in, you want to become great, you kind of know what you want to learn and where you want to go, and once you're out there in the world totally killing it and making all the money we get a percentage back)

resource independence, tools and sustainability:

one of my favourite people ever that I'm totally going to be collaborating on this with has got the engineering and building side of things covered - and has absolutely amazing ideas. read his mission statement:

Mission Statement
Dear Reader, It is my personal belief that all human beings have an innate desire to create, be that artwork, written work, song, engineering, or scientific knowledge. However I also believe that most people do not wish to become engineers or scientists, these two groups are uniquely different to most; we wish to engage in living on "the bleeding edge" of what is possible to create and/or understand.
https://rockstoreplicators.blogspot.com/2018/05/mission-statement.html

a digestible concept

people have to be able to understand what you're doing - you have to be able to explain it in simple terms to mobilize people, get support and input

meetings that could have been emails & efficient internal communication

internal democracy, logging feedback, issues and problems should not be done in those dreaded weekly meetings where all of the people come together and listen to someone talk about issues irrelevant to them - we need switches, not hubs ;)

meetings need to be called for specific reasons and should only include people that the issues at hand are relevant to. this doesn't remove the need for everyone to come together every once in a while - but when that happens, it should only be fun!

NO MORE INEFFICIENT COMMUNICATION OK?

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internal communication and conflict resolution should be managed by village elders and, ideally, software. a potential solution could be an internal communication tablet (or smartphone app - but we'd rather get away from phones) in every person's room where important notifications are broadcasted (and reception of messages logged) and messages can be sent directly where they need to go

integration and newcomers

social atmosphere and structure has to be very well thought out such that newcomers and people that aren't social butterflies would feel comfortable integrating into a bigger group of people; no interactions should be forced but they should be encouraged in a way that fits the individual's needs; a job of the village elders to make sure everyone is doing alright and be a central point of trust

resource efficiency

the more you bring costs down and money up (efficient allocation and ways of obtaining resources), the more actual time everyone has in their day

measurement of contribution

a money vs. work slider - I'll cover my costs with x% of work and 100-x% money but how do you measure work such that it's an accurate representation of effort?

trust

completely, 100%, transparent finances. are there any unforeseen implications that come with transparent finances other than not being able to secretly steal money for yourself?

profit from guest visits

get people visiting and hanging out to generate income, promote openness and share the idea

social gamification

need a good metaphor of gamified in-game design that doesn't sound cheesy and is also digestible for anyone example: in Astralship, we're the "pirates" and we go on "voyages" with our "ship"; it's a great metaphor for boosting motivation and creating a sense of belonging, but it doesn't necessarily help outsiders understand what lies behind these terms

heavy (but smart) social media usage and broadcasting

you'll be needing to plant this idea in as many brains as possible and document everything

sharing

build effective systems for sharing items (examples include cars, bicycles, toys) - ideally have their usage and ownership registration maintained by internal software; this point has to work nicely together with other ownership issues (what's "mine" when we all live together? what's "ours"? how do we transfer ownership of items?)


case studies & proof of concept

I'm not yet aware of any projects that have fulfilled all of the above goals - but attempts have definitely been made

where I currently live (I'll have to write another more detailed article about the strengths and weaknesses I've identified here):

astralship.org
An optimised vehicle for human consciousness to change the game The Ship is an extraordinary space that enables creativity, collaboration and innovation, allowing teams to go deeper, faster, with more creativity, and without any limits. This is more than an innovation retreat centre themed as a pirate ship inside a Welsh Chapel.
https://astralship.org/

a list of similar spaces:

Hackbase
A Hackbase or Hackerbase is a Live-in Hackerspace - a hackerspace with a capacity for coliving. everything you would expect from a hackerspace + place to stay (sleep, eat, ...) ...
https://wiki.hackerspaces.org/Hackbase

some notable examples:

web [Totalism.org v1]
Totalism.org hackbase / CHT is an infrastructure project in Lanzarote (Canary Islands, Spain), researching, developing & practicing the transitional technologies, theory, tactics and arts of post-capitalism. Since 2011. Currently organizing temporary, experimental off-grid desert camps several times per year, that are open to all, no matter if already trained in these domains or not.
https://totalism.org/
What is Kuckucksmühle?
Anyone who shares these ideals is welcome to participate online or on site in the ongoing projects. We would like people to come, share their knowledge and participate in community activities linked to restoration of the old mill and its outbuildings, gardening, digital and hardware infrastructure, organizing and planning the future.
https://wiki.ecohackerfarm.org/kuckucksmuehle:start

TODO (in progress hehe): to live in more of them and communicate with people living in them. identify strengths and weaknesses of existing systems and co-living solutions


resources required

"you just need a house and some people, right?"

skills

organizational

growth

maintenance

human physical maintenance

human mental maintenance

building

fulfillment

other resources


timeline

to be honest I wouldn't be surprised if this took a whole lifetime

step 0 (a good number of years)

step 1 (another good number of years)

step 2



extra: actual implications on gamithra personally

a list of thoughts and things for me to keep in mind so I could align my current actions and next life steps with the mission (:

things I need to do:

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if you're reading this and have 1) problems with it, 2) ideas, 3) feedback, 4) random emotions, or 5) anything else - then get in touch!!!!! if you don't have me on any social media or prefer to stay anonymous you can use my message box here: http://gamithra.com/