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Global Brain and Mind Project

Collaborative decision-making mechanism
Nowadays solving social problems and decision-making process is a prerogative of governmental, nongovernmental institutions and political parties at al levels – global, regional, national and local. However several factors badly influence those decisions.

Firstly, very often conflicts of interests between institutional, governmental and political parties on one hand and society on other hand made final decisions in favour of small group of people instead in favour of society.

Secondly, media manipulations of public opinion could influence decisions also in favour of small group of people instead of society.

Thirdly – baying and selling decisions. Recently was found that the profit of black economy for last year alone exceeded $2 trillions. Half of this amount is bribes paid to corrupted officials across the world. No doubt one trillion dollars are spending to bay decisions, which also are in favour of those who paid the bribes.

Fourthly – According to the Centre for Public Integrity, the “influence industry” in Washington now spends $6 billion a year and employs more than thirty-five thousand lobbyists, some two hundred of whom are former Congress members who enjoy easy access to their erstwhile colleagues. Not to mention “contributions” of white economy legally investing millions in sponsorship for political parties. Society is looser and need independent and alternative mechanism for decision-making.

Our ambition is to crate worldwide social network of self-selected people resembling human brain and mind, who will collaborate in attempt to solve social problems on all levels – global, regional, national and local. The final solutions should be accepted as alternative second opinion to officially made solutions by institutions, governments and political parties. To be helpful for society NetsMind solutions should be truly independent and transparent made in favour of society as a whole, not particular group of people or nation i.e. will be based on morality.

To fulfil our mission and objects we have to create high quality social network of dedicated to society people and effective mechanism to maintain highest possible standards of collaboration.

According to our concept, most of the national and local problems will be discussed and solved on nationally based websites. In this way on one hand will be reduced unnecessary traffic across the world and on other hand will be created network of servers worldwide, resembling human brain. To any one of involved in this project country will be assigned sub-domain. Apparently national and local problems will be discussed and solved on local languages.

The procedure for recruiting regional and national administrators is simple.

  1. They should be registered as a contributors;
  2. They should apply by email;
  3. In case of approval national sub domain will be assigned and website could be set up immediately.
  4. At certain stage the national sub domain could be transferred to nationally based server to reduce unnecessary traffic.

Administrators have extended responsibilities. However they have no status in NetsMind above those of other regular contributors. Using admin powers to dominate or abuse productive NetsMind contributors is not acceptable.

We believe in solving problems process morality should be above all. Any forms of religious and political extremism, ethnic or racial discrimination or hatred will not be tolerated. All contributor should keep in mind society as a whole not particular group of people or nation. We work for surviving of society and humankind.

We are strictly not for profit organization and entirely depend on donations. So no ads of any sort are allowed to be published on our network.

NetsMind.org wiki web site is dedicated to solving social problems on all levels: global, regional, national and local.

Unfortunately in most cases there is conflict between institutional and political parties’ interest from one hand and society as a whole from other hand. As a result most decisions are badly biased in fever of decision-makers. Very often they are no effective, counterproductive and even destructive for society. This is valid for decisions made on all levels from climate change, nuclear proliferation and regional conflicts to national and local issues. Society is looser and need an alternative and independent mechanism for decision-making. This site is an attempt to offer such opportunity.

The idea is independent self-selected according their expertise people to collaborate based on formal psychological model for solving problems. In this way will be created virtual network of people resembling human brain and mind. The people who assemble virtual social network collaborating to resolve social problems could be called netocrats, Hence – Netocrats’ Virtual Mind or NetsMind.

Netocrats’ virtual mind (or NetsMind) is a Virtual Brain and Mind Project based in London with mission to facilitate this process on all levels – global, regional, national and local.

Our mission is to present platform, infrastructure and resources to crate community of self-selected people, with expertise to contribute in solving variety of social problems. The final solution should be made in favour of society as a whole, not particular group of people. In other words solutions will be independent and morally based.

Those solutions will be “second opinion” of society, and:

  • will be corrective to institutionally made decisions;
  • will generate new ideas;
  • will facilitate the exchange of positive experience among communities;
  • will allow fast introduction to various problems for people not so familiar with them;
  • will increase social activity and creativity.

Second opinion is broadly accepted in medical practice and successfully used for ages. In field of politics second opinion usually offer rival political party in opposition. However this opinion is also politically biased. Therefore society needs truly independent decision-making and problem-solving mechanism.

To crate such mechanism, the cardinal problem is structuring and modelling of social creativity. There are software programs for decision-making in corporate environment. Decision-making process however is routine process to choose one among number of possible, but well-known alternatives.

Solving-problem is a process, which generate new information. It is truly creative process. There is no algorithm for creativity. Theory of social creativity is still in its infancy. Nevertheless a formal model describing solving-problems creative process emerges and hopefully could facilitate web-based collaboration. In this way the circle of participants in problem-solving process, or netocrats expands enormously, covering entire world.

The formal model for solving problems consists of six stages and many internal steps. It is designed to solve very complicated social problems and not all steps should be followed strictly in case of more simple issues. The model could be seen on our project page). Working with this model is very simple task. The contributor should present his/her thoughts according to models’ format. If on certain stage or step text is already written, it should be edit in the spirit of improvement. Opposed opinions will be discussed separately in designate page openly and transparently and resolved with consent. Alternatively two scenarios will be elaborated and verified in practice. In this way all contributors will structure one single document, which will lead to resolving existing problem.

No doubt:

  • Firstly, newly born virtual brain and mind at the very beginning will be more or less like baby’s brain and mind, charming, but not so capable to solve any significant social problem. To do that virtual brain and mind should grow up and mature. For this reason the first steps will be more difficult until participants, contributors or netocrats expand to level of “critical mass”. At this point all independent decisions will have significant impact on society.
  • Secondly, implementation of decisions in social practice at the beginning will be very difficult, partly because of luck of political will and perhaps due to deliberately opposition of nowadays official decision-makers. Guess why.
  • Thirdly, nevertheless in foreseeable future most important social decisions will be made or influenced through netocratic mechanism of collaboration and implemented by national and international institutions. In this way NetsMind will resemble a judicial system – most important decisions are made by juries and the judges implement the verdicts.
  • Fourthly, in long term inevitably decision-making process in social practice will be separated by implementation, because this is only way to beat corruption of politicians and bureaucrats. After all society will transit from democracy to netocracy i.e. self-governing society.

For more info regarding Netocracy see – http://www.netocracy.org.uk

Model for Problem Solving

There is significant difference between Making decisions and solving problems. In the first case solutions are known and decision-maker should choose best one. Solving problems is truly creative process. Final solution is unknown and there is no algorithm for creative solutions. However same logical levels leading to such solutions could be identified. In proposed model there are six basic levels subdivided in one, two or several logical steps. Solving any sort of social problems will follow more or less those steps, although they are not equally important and in some cases some of them could be ignored and skipped.

In case of contradicting opinions, contradiction could be discussed on designated “Discussion” page. If this is not possible a second alternative solution should be elaborate up to the level of “Feasible Model” and social practice will verify which solution is right.

Model for Problem Solving

Describing the Problem’s situation

  • Describing the problem in plain language
  • Background – genesis and developments. Reason not to be solved so far
  • Potential causes for the problem
  • Identifying recourses and collecting data
  • Interpreting data
  • Formulating the problem
  • Structuring the problem(Describing the problem in system way)
  • Identifying aim and objectives

Analysing the Problem situation

  • Identifying positive and negative connections. Possible subsystems.
  • Identifying the contradictions
  • Analysing the contradictions
  • Identifying the basic contradiction

Solving the basic contradiction

  • Analysing analogous, hypothesis & suppositions, alternatives and consequences
  • Finding strategies
  • Describing ideal solution
  • Resolving the basic contradiction

Feasible Model of the Solution

  • Implementation of pilot project
  • Restating the problem in another way if necessary

Implementation

  • Necessary changes, resources, management

Monitoring results and changes

  • Observation and feedback

For more info regarding Netocracy see – http://www.netocracy.org.uk

Contribute your expertise to solve social problem – www.NetsMind.org

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