In recent years (more or less since the fraudulent and absurd victory of a nitwit like G.W. Bush for president of the supposedly most powerful nation in the world in the year 2000, accumulating up to the equally fraudulent credit-default swaps -by banks of that same nation- that almost drove Greece to bankcrupcy for a second time in 2011) I have developed a growing affinity and awareness regarding Human Progress and the conviction that intelligent virtual communties can and should have a mayor contribution to this. I consider the internet to represent the collective human knowledge, creativity & consciousness and, as such, it plays (should play) a significant role in the global process, which should be free and transparant, towards a truly human society.
Despite my education focused on consumer products, marketing and design, I turned away from the overproduction and overconsumption model that dominates modern society. I find it is mainly based on quite artificial, material satisfaction. The induced and excesive consumption required to guarantee 'growth' for face-less and frequently spirit-less corporations, supposedly in the name of, mainly industrial, progress, is clearly a dead end street. In my opinion it is quite a fake kind of progress and too often it leads to violation of human rights and/or yet increasing destruction of natural environment.
Thus, my personal interests and preferences have grown towards the non-profit sector (foundations and cooperatives) and activities that help reduce the destructive impact of unlimited industrial growth, which is the essence of the current globalized model.
I believe globalization is about something far more human, harmonic, natural and sustainable - for human beings amongst each other and between human beings and Nature.
That second rescue of Greece was for me the final trigger to try and start to consciously and actively add my grain of sand to the process toward a better society for ALL (not just for a few retarded nitwits and including our natural environment) resulting in the creation of websites like www.humanprogress.net (a way we could go) and www.independencyproject.org (compiling lots of the corruption, hipocrisy and injustices of this modern 'civilization' we all are born and live in - ergo: not knowing anything else).
Initial requirements to allow global, collective and just Human Progress
- Nature first!
Sustainability or actually recovery of nature is the only true priority if we want to make it further than the next generation or century.
However, as long as global society is ruled by the currently dominating profit-obsessed money system, chances are zero, of course, that either governments or corporations take any truly signficant action to stop destroying nature. So it seems that, as wisely said by Buckminster Fuller, we'll have to build a new system (model) to make the old one obsolete.
- Bring down Bank Secrecy -> Eradicate Large Scale Corruption
Corruption is the main cause of all major global problems (in the current, money-centered society)
Bank Secrecy is the main support and incentive for Corruption.
Bank Secrecy does nothing else but stimulate the greed of the most greedy and reduces scruples of those with less scruples already.
- Change from Corporations to Cooperatives
Shift society from the few huge, centralized, hierarchical, rigid, competitive, machine-centered, profit & production obsessed Corporations
to many small, flexible, organic, collaborative, human & society centered Cooperatives working in an extended interconnected global network