Friday, October 13, 2006

Citizen action, or something. an open source model for war

Recently a group came together with some big ideas, nothing less than the proposition that people from around the world can come together, united only by a common intention, and be in a position to affect world affairs.

What took shape at the Gates of Vienna might have seemed outlandish, but in the wake of a small war last summer, and a scandal that followed, the world has changed.

Universal literacy, cheap technology and a global talent pool that guarantees an infinite supply of creativity, passion and genius have brought the world to the edge of a cultural revolution.

But this revolution may not be what you were expecting. It's personal (12 million blogs), and playful (more). That's the good news. But it's also going to put everything on the table in a way that few people are prepared for.

Participants in The 910 Group, though rooted in the counter jihad purpose that brought this particular group of people together, are also aware of themselves as being part of a larger social evolution, beginning with the premise that you don't need permission from anyone to stand up for what you care about.

Participant Christine writes:
... what I think is happening is an “open source” movement in public diplomacy – sort of like the open source software movement of the last decade, where developers decided to work together, on the Internet, voluntarily, to improve software (Linux OS resulted from open source software development).

Some things are just too important to leave in the hands of the experts, or the bureaucrats, or certainly the State Department. If, as Clausewitz said, “War is not an independent phenomenon, but the continuation of politics by different means…” , then the asymmetric warfare being waged against Western civilization requires a countering asymmetric “politics” – an internet based, “open source” movement committed counter-attack against the internet based jihadist ideologues.

Unlike the current blogosphere, open source was highly disciplined, in a kind of milling-about, “wisdom of crowds” complex system way – they did have a final product they were working towards, and everyone just kept trying to improve it and use it at the same time.
There's a paradigm shift happening. It's real. It's related in some way to Web2.0 and IVth generation warfare, but it's not simply equivalent to those things. What it ultimately means is still unclear. William Lind argues that it is premature to talk about a 5th generation, and I agree.
From what I have seen thus far, honest attempts to discover a Fifth Generation suggest that their authors have not fully grasped the vast change embodied in the Fourth Generation. The loss of the state's monopoly, not only on war but also on social organization and first loyalties, alters everything. We are only in the earliest stages of trying to understand what the Fourth Generation means in full and how it will alter - or, in too many cases, end - our lives.
The 910 Group is a worthy experiment in purpose driven social organization that might just offer a first hint at what lies beyond those first loyalties. If authoritarian societies respond to the times by becoming more ideologically radical, maybe free societies should respond by looking deeper into themselves as well.

This blog's purpose is to hold an ongoing conversationin in which group participants can take that deep look. Let's begin.


Blogger VSK said...

Great explanation for this growing Movement to Worldwide Liberty -- thanks for setting this public facet of our work up!

5:36 PM  
Blogger sharinlite said...

The human brain creates and then uses its creation to better itself, usually, as in this case. Good Luck to all for a better world.

8:36 PM  
Blogger Baron Bodissey said...

I'm very glad this blog has been put up. Thank you,

9:19 PM  
Blogger aeneas said...

It's great to see the blog. I look forward to reading and commenting on future posts.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Beach Girl said...

Thank you for this blog. I keep saying that from tiny acorns the might oak does grow. The thing here is that we are universal. We are coming together. I for one do have deep loyalty to my nation and I believe that nationalism is a strength, not a weakness. One issue we face is that a global war has been declared against what is commonly known as Western Civilization and Western Civilization, just like the United States that treated terrorism as criminal acts for so long, is not fully awake to the very serious intent of the jihadists and their leaders.

This blog will become our meeting place; our home; and a place to share our thoughts, our plans or calls for action. We will better ourselves and our world and we will do it through our willingness to face the realities of the day and try to define them. One thing we can help each other with is to try to protect the innocent in our respective countries and ensure that they are safe. We can work to keep our neighbors (our next door neighbors) safe.

Thank you, 910 Group.

5:25 PM  
Blogger Abu Nopal said...

> believe that nationalism is
> a strength, not a weakness

definately one of the core questions.

6:16 PM  
Blogger Abu Nopal said...

John Robb has some fresh thoughts on open source war and related questions.

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Straycat said...

This blog is one more creation we get to witness being born from the initial 910 group spark a few weeks ago. And so the fire burns a little brighter...keep fanning the flames!

12:46 PM  
Blogger River Cocytus said...

ladies and gents, this is what I have been babbling about on
Winds of Change. (you'll have to look for RiverCocytus comments.)

I myself am a Christian of the first-century sort-- a person of reason and faith, who believes that Christ fufills our roles as men and women.

I see Dar-Al-Islam as our enemy, but the Dar is not associated with a particular nation-- it is a movement compelled and fueled by ideology. This ideology itself creates warriors wherever it is spread-- all it needs are willing minds.

We don't have such a virus that we could unleash on ourselves; but we do have our own free will to fight back using our advanced technology.

If our tools serve us, and not the other way around, our works will prove it.

Anyway, I just wanted to post this. Your work is, I think, what needs to be done. This Christian soul will do what he can to help.

6:53 PM  

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