When I joined the community on Feb 4 I was really triggered by the mission and vision of the CHT, fully agreed with the problem statement and the conveyed urgency to address it (landing page: “Why is this problem so urgent?”).
Also the website hints at a big plan being in the works to address these issues (from problem statement: “What we feel as addiction is part of something much bigger.”, “The whole system is vulnerable to manipulation.”, and in The Way Forward “In the future, we will look back at today as a turning point towards humane design…”
We are now almost 2 months on, have almost 1300 members who joined the cause, but there has been no follow-up communications from the founders on their future plans and roadmap! This notwithstanding that many members, including me, have asked for more clarity multiple times. This community currently is steerless, and I would think that that is not a good humane practice, sorry to say.
Two weeks ago I contacted Tristan Harris about this issue and he agreed with me (“Dear Arnold, thank you and you’re right. we should be chiming in.”). He also told me that the CHT is currently under-capacity and works very, very hard to organize, get things done, which I appreciate a great deal!!
But I think now is that time to chime in, as the confusion is growing as @patm accurately states in her response to my proposal to have Topic categories that reflect core Humane Tech themes
As far as I can tell–and I have only read a few of the posts–we members don’t know why we are gathered here. (Some people seem to be running away from something, and others toward something; the collisions need to be recognized and sorted out.) Of course the obvious conclusion is that we are here to teach, collaborate, share. But as with defining the humane impulse, clarification and structure are needed.
What this community and forum direly needs is:
- Positioning on what constitutes Humane Tech and what are the core CHT themes
- Strategy to translate vision + mission to real action
- Steering so members don’t feel lost and to get them on the right track
- Tooling to follow-up on forum discussions in any productive way. This forum on its own does not cut it
- Organization so the forum is not just a long, messy list of posts that get forgotten over time
- Structure so we know where/how to add new content consistently and effectively
Founders, I know you share my concern, and hope you also understand why I am posting this in such direct manner
Your member and moderator,