hi paul and philip
great text! i will first make some correxions in your english below [between brackets, or else ask curtis] and then i will comment on the idea
We envision a society based on collaboration, self-determination, trust and the freedom to be active. We see sharing as a way coming [way to come] closer to a [the?] world we're dreaming of. And we see sharing building bridges into this world, whenever we open our eyes for deeper human relationships.
Our interest is to create a network of collaboration to break all the constraints that economy and society is creating. Through sharing we want to seed communities, open access, prevent waste, minimalize having & maximize being and let joy and happiness emerge. Through sharing we are bringing self-organization into concrete implementation.
Imagine the different branches [that] the tree of society would need to grow harmonically and flourish in [into?] colorful blossoms. And then imagine people coming together with the will organizing [to organize] within the art and logic of sharing.
All of that is possible as soon as we start to get active together! But our social bubbles are holding us tight, are separating us, although we [we is double here] deep down inside we share similar values. The patterns of competition are still very much present, though: [leave out though:] We're [lower case: we're] so used to think project orientated [oriented] so that collaboration in-between [between] multiple [leave out multiple] similar projects is mostly just [most of the time only] happening at low[er] scale levels. Furthermore free collaboration is retained [prevented] by the constraints of exchange. People are forced to sell themselves to afford a living.
How are we going to get together?
Well, a lot of gatherings are happening all over the world. But to create a cohesive grassroots movement of sharing, we need to come together more often. We are starting with a 5 days (21-25 June) gathering close to Berlin on the fusion festival ground. After that we can move into Berlin, where there is a big seminar house inviting us for 3 weeks, and there are more big houses opening there [their] rooms for activist[s] who want to learn from each other, to organize and to share the creative process of developing systems that encourage [support?] change.
After the event in Berlin there are a lot of free-rooms [free rooms] waiting to be filled with the life of a social experiment that is moving towards a world based on sharing and expansion of freedom instead of concurrence [competition] an limitation. Next to [Beside] some activist work we also want to make the experience of sharing accessible to a lot of people, and there we believe in the power of art! Dance, laughter and music connects us on a profound level.
Most of the time events are about the event itself, afterwords [afterwards] there are no further pursued activities and the momentum falls again [leave out again] apart. The world is ready for a glocall, though! A call for global responsibility within local environments. A continuous commitment for local and global change.
A few things we can start with right now:- connecting already existing networks - studying their struggles (resp. where they need support) and creating solutions within a notwork [network, i like the typo though!] of solidarity - initiating communities/teams/networks focusing on the basic functions of society - bringing platform developers together, forming standards, and supporting collaboration - initiating a network of sharing - organizing the event itself - campaigning... and much more... well it was just to have a slide [slight?] overview on the intention. There is much more to imagine. Now we're calling you! The very first meeting to kickstart the glocall. You are warmly invited to take part in getting into a deeper dialog about the outlined idea. Nothing is written in stone, nothing is perfect, everything is in process, everything is permanent beta, and we are waiting for your input! Because we can only create a future that is meaningful to all of us, if we create it together. Let's meet up and start with why, which is the very glue to foster human relationships. We can only find trust to [leave out find and to] each other and collaborate if we can understand and feel good with, why are we doing, what we want to do! [maybe better: We can only trust each other and collaborate when we feel comfortable with what we do and understand why we do that!]
[organize is american english, organise is british english]
your feeling is mine: many people are connecting all over the world but these connexions don't sustain. in that sense your letter above describes WHAT we want: a sustained connection that effectively renders a viable alternative to our current destuctive economy. many people and initiatieves have stated this WHAT before, see eg poc21.cc and utopikon.de (there are many more). so my question is: what are WE doing extra that gives us a chance that our initiative is actually goning to sustain? i'd like to see HOW we are going to do that.
your answer to the question HOW is: we need to come together more often. i agree and this is part of what i propose in wartenberg teilt. in fact i believe we should structure the more often meetings, otherwise i fear nothing sustainable will come from that, yunity as a group has some experience with that theme.
i'd like to share two more ideas that may be part of the answer to that question HOW:
first i'd like to elaborate (maybe operationalise is a better word) on what we actually mean by sharing: i believe we have to share resources + labour + goals + knowledge + planning. my observation is that we are already sharing resources + labour + knowledge, but goals + planning are not really shared yet. i also believe these are much more difficult to share in an operational way but once we are able to do that the sharing economy will become more of a viable alternative. the way i understand philip is that when philip speaks about collaboration he means what i call sharing goals (and what we learn from this is that we don't have a common vocabulary yet when we discuss these matters).
in my konzept wartenberg teilt i have incorported another idea that i believe can be part of the HOW:
i suggest to start with all the initiatives in (just) wartenberg and berlin. the idea is that in this way we cut out noise stemming from distances and cultural differences. it will be hard enough to get these initiatives collaborating. i guess that operationalising the idea of sharing goals and in particular planning should be at the core of this process. i believe that if we succeed in meaningfully and sustainably connecting these local initiatives we have a show case for the world. and other world wide initiatives can then also meaningfully connect.
finally on a technical level i believe we shoud look for standards, not platforms. currently i am specifically enthousiaistic about the semantic web (recall that both the www and the semantic web have been created by tim berners-lee). on top of that i still believe DEMO.nl can play a significant role. i have made a first sketch of a design for a mock up app. to be discussed later.
concluding i can imagine we do both: a prolongued process in wartenberg starting from what is already there and inviting the world to share their knowledge and effort.
and maybe what we want to do is already being done: have a look at http://mutualaidnetwork.org/
maybe we should connect to them
one more thing: what do you mean by freedom? i think it is essantial to understand what we mean by that. you already know my answer: freedom is to take care of us. have a look at http://www.businessinsider.com/the-11-nations-of-the-united-states-2015-7?international=true&r=US&IR=T : usa should be seen as 11 different nations, each defined by a different definition of freedom (by the way: yankees stems from jan kees, the most frequently used dutch first names).