Wednesday, November 24, 2010

i used to keep this idea to myself because I wanted to be the one to start and/or run the organization. Now I care about other things..

The idea is called ProCat, or Project Catalyst Organization. The idea is to establish a non-profit organization, with legal bindings, and they allow it to allow the citizens to establish ideas, submit variations on ideas, and vote on them - ideas for improving the town, like, for example, establishing a new park. But it's not this simple.

The citizens themselves -- maybe, at least sometimes -- pay for the project (because there may be no other way). So, how does it work?

Say 1,000 people vote on a new park. Bob submitted an idea, Marly modified it, more people voted on Marly's modification, all 1,000 of them (or maybe not all) committed to paying a certain amount toward the project, but ONLY IF the project passes successfully. They probably committed varying amounts of money, but if it adds up to being enough then they all win. If it doesn't?? Nobody pays!

Obviously we can't trust somebody with that last $100 it takes to make a park just because they committed to it, so what the idea should probably be is that they *already* pay and THEN if it falls through - for lack of enough funds or for some other reason - then they all get paid back; the organization we *can* trust.
i always want to see - i don't know if exists - i know something like it did for a while - a forum where people review bills, people translate bills to plain english, to varying levels of detail, and make sure not to forget the zingers, and and people - average citizens - comment on bills, rate them, submit ideas for variations, rate them, rate variations, submit variations of variations, and rate or vote up/vote down others' comments.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

i will never say goodbye but you will not talk to me and everyone hates me and i don't want to inflict twilight upon you.

two tries with twitter is enough for me.

if you want anything, please contact me.
I always think a good icebreaker would be to give away gifts. Like you just need to carry one around with you in your pocket or something.

So… what we need, is a social excuse for ppl to bring around gifts to give to supposedly random people!

Now, the excuse is…
You buy the gifts in contract with some charity cause - the gifts that are sold that way, in the stores that support it - and the trick is that the charity money can only be activated by somebody who didn’t buy the gift.

I don’t know how to verify it - obviously the cashier would have to know something about your information. If you pay with cash or credit, I suppose that part’s easy. If you pay with cash, who knows… a driver’s license number or phone number maybe.