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It's both easy and hard to answer your questions, Barbara. Easy to say we probably share a similar view of a tired and fucked-up world (yes, the world always was, but there are ups and downs and we're on a down that might be terminal) and a desire to speak with a new, energetic, and authoritative voice that might help humans live more generous, linked lives on a breathing planet. That, to develop a voice, we've discussed using, and use to a greater or lesser extent, tools that (are not mutually exclusive and) include

  • this Scoop site, its community exchanges (virtual and real), its writings and comments, its debates, its capacity to attract new participants;

  • monitoring the activities of the European Union and attempting to have some (small) influence on them -- this has at best led to a couple of contributions to EU Consultations;

  • pushing out sketchy pseudopodia that correspond to a wish to watch, monitor, critique, formulate policy, communicate to the media, in other words develop a think-tank personality;

  • since Ritter has been mentioned, another possibility is "networking", using connections to find receptive ears in the corridors of power;

  • an overarching project at least some of us have discussed is the creation of a new narrative for society and the economy, to replace the one anti-progressive, aggressive capitalism has used to turn the world to its profit over the last thirty years.

The hard thing is to say what we can actually do with the time at our disposal. Try doing all these things at once? I don't think it's possible. Some of them are beyond us at the moment -- the think-tank, for example, or the connections (though Mig might be right that the connections will come). None of us can be full time on ET, many of us are stretching the time we can give. We need more people, particularly Europeans (non-Europeans please don't take umbrage, this place is open to the world but its focus is European). We can invite family, friends, acquaintances, contacts to tune in here, but above all we can collectively contribute to make the place intelligent, attractive, alive -- and accessible to those for whom English is not their first language. For the moment, I think that's quite a lot of work for apprentice train-stoppers.

Sorry if this sounds discouraging.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Nov 21st, 2006 at 03:41:48 AM EST
We can invite family, friends, acquaintances, contacts to tune in here, but above all we can collectively contribute to make the place intelligent, attractive, alive -- and accessible to those for whom English is not their first language.

I have invited a great many people and I think exactly one of them created an account and hasn't used it much).

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Nov 21st, 2006 at 05:20:20 AM EST
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I invited Alex.

No acquitance in real life is someone whom I think ET would be for. On the other hand, I thought to invite another internet acquitance, a Spanish guy I befriended on the USENET, but his old identity disappeared since from USENET and his old website is off, and I can't Google him because apparently he shares the name of a writer...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Nov 21st, 2006 at 06:19:16 AM EST
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I woudl hope you're not referring to me :)!!!

"If you cannot say what you have to say in twenty minutes, you should go away and write a book about it." Lord Brabazon
by Barbara on Tue Nov 21st, 2006 at 08:21:32 AM EST
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No, I was going to say that you came in as an ET widow, but didn't want to distract from the main point...

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Nov 21st, 2006 at 08:26:51 AM EST
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since Ritter has been mentioned, another possibility is "networking", using connections to find receptive ears in the corridors of power

I note I used "networking" in a much wider sense. What that Peruvian woman Barbara met did must have involved 'networking' at a very local level, i.e. getting together neighbours and waste disposal companies and maybe some bureaucrats to establish a system that Changed the World. For varied reasons, I think this basic level of networking is missing for almost all of us ET regulars.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Nov 21st, 2006 at 06:10:10 AM EST
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I am uprooted, as maybe most people here are.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Nov 21st, 2006 at 06:12:45 AM EST
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ET Tumbleweeds.....?

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson
by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Tue Nov 21st, 2006 at 06:18:56 AM EST
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There seems to be an interesting mix here.  Uprooted and replanted successfully; rooted but restless; uprooted and flung on the far winds...and some rooted and happy in their original communities...(?  Not quite sure who that would be...but I'm sure we have contributors who fit that description...I could be wrong...)

(Me, I'm happily uprooted from where I spent my formative years, but now live (after a roundabout wavy line strange shape path) only 26 miles down the road, so I have a lot of place recognition through time around me--which I enjoy and think is useful--nd contacts going back and out and across in strange temporal/physical directions.  An ET eg, melo and eternalcityblues are in Italy (where I lived in the early 90s)--but neither grew up there (correct me if I'm wrong) and so I have (potential) connections there...whereas I've never been to the U.S., unlike a lot of contributors who have either lived there, visited for often extended periods, or are residents or citizens...a strange mix we have!  Vive la polyphony!  (Hat tip to rememberinggiap.)

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Tue Nov 21st, 2006 at 06:59:42 AM EST
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