The open world…
Following the screening of The Machinists it was discussed in the Q&A how demonstrations in Bangladesh differ quite radically from the ones we see in the west. In Bangladesh the workers union focused on just one issue in their campaigns. Just O-N-E. Considering how incoherent the Occupy demonstrations have been in their communications about what is wanted, such an approach seem alien. Even within ethical fashion there is an urge to divide the issues into hundreds of sub-causes; the environment, capitalism, worker’s pay, worker’s conditions, local produce, etc etc.
This development in the west has caused, I believe, a movement away from political parties. When the young would in the 60s join a party and become a part of that specific group, today we are more open to people’s differing opinions. People no longer join the parties because that would be a too-dangerous commitment to a too broad spectrum of beliefs.
- Don Tapscott on how we will manage the open world. How technology is opening up our possibilities and show us a natural phenomenon that we need to adapt to fully utilise the potential that technology and corporate transparency offer.
Modern technology means that changes in the political landscape happen too quickly. Sharing an article on an issue with a personal comment is the only way that allows for enough of our own individual personality to shine through. This change means that we are all loosely bound into different opinion-groups through ‘likes’ and ‘RTs’, these connections build across linear ideas of the party-line going from blue to red, and it encompasses everything from liking cute cats to supporting fantastic causes like this.
I think Change.org manages brilliantly to bring together to multi-faceted views of the developed world with the focus that is needed to single out important causes and create some action. One day, larger issues facing our world will be managed too in this innovative way.