Congratulations to the community and @aschrijver on the new on the Mission and Vision pyramid. Please see:
The new rendering makes sense to me, it just works. I’m glad we spent so much time philosophising, and that Arnold and everyone helping him spent so much time organising our principles.
Now that there is a core philosophy, this enables us to actually start building the future, something which was very difficult before as we had a confused direction. Now the focus is on human flourishing, building the future, solutions and vision regarding society, freedoms and well-being, aligning humane technology with these values.
In order to achieve the new Mission and Vision, we need to essentially unite existing humane technology (such as open source) and build a new technology system with the Pyramids of Human Technology at the core. I see replacing today’s tech with humane technology (much of which is already built by the way) as a necessity to achieve our new Mission.
The new values are very different from what the organisation was doing before. The last year has proven that reforming big tech has been a failure. Though tremendous progress has been made by Tristan, the end user results are not there and things are continuing to get worse for tech users. Much of big tech has simply been “whitewashing” itself in token humane tech which does not address most of the big problems at all or make a big difference.
We have succeeded in awareness, at least among the tech community. Techies are waking up, though more need to wake up. The next step in my opinion is to unite the tech world to work together, through a foundation or social organisations, to replace the current tech ecosystem with something that starts with the Mission and Vision for Human Technology, and to build the future, literally put together everything into a new system of software and communication, under the hierarchy of a new ethical tech organisation to save the world.
I know the forum is being overhauled soon, but the current categories “advocacy”, “engagement”, “humane design” and “time well spent” seem far off course from the new vision. The problems we hope to solve (society, well-being and freedoms) are much bigger than just design and time well spent, and advocacy or engaging big tech are not the primary solutions at all. If we are to be building the new future, then the forums should be literally about building it, and most of the forum should be about building solutions (uniting humane technology) to match the new vision.