Decentralized Society Research Project

  1. In this monologue, I relate the personal story, some of the fundamental doubts I’ve struggled with during the last couple of months; the very likely hood of the failure of the human ‘project’.

    It discusses some of the motivational aspects that, despite the efforts of some of us, the common understanding is not such that we realise our collective suicidal state.

    But that’s no reason to give up. It’s no reason to let down.
    Rather, we should embrace life and attempt the best we can do.

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  3. Juan Petry, artist and founder of Casa del Dragon and decentralized community familiafeliz, shares refreshing insights in practical solutions for decentralization. In this interview he shares practical solutions regarding power distribution (collectives versus individuals), efficient self-governance and joining or leaving living communities in freedom.

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  4. In this presentation I give a short overview of the Decentralized Society Research Project. In this 20-minute talk I explain the overall why, how and what and will touch upon some of the practicalities of moving forward.

    Slides of the presentation are available on:

    Please do not refrain from sharing your thoughts, reflections and comments. I might not respond individually but would love to compile an FAQ or initiate some other more structured form of discussion.

    During my talk I refer several times to the preceding talk, no less interesting than mine, introducing Zeitgeist’s idea of a Resource Based Economy, by Serf Doesborgh. I hope to be able to share the video of his talk with you soon.

    Both talks were part of the Ons Systeem meetup, a gathering of incorrigible progressive thinkers on culture, sustainability, economy and social innovation. Meetups are held every third Thursday of the month in Utrecht.

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  5. Vesna, from the hackerspace in Amsterdam, is providing an interesting perspective on the history of 'modern' humans and their relationship to other humans and species. In this poetic and graphic description, she quickly touches on commonism as an ideology and poses the question: will internet and computer networks enable us to face the chellanges that lie ahead of us?

    The idea of leavers and takers presented here originates with author Daniel Quinn whose books Ishmael, The Story of B and Beyond Civilization are a source of inspiration for Vesna and many, including Pearl Jam whose album Yield was inspired by it.

    This beautiful, including animation, video was created by Irene van Carmen. Original material recorded by Mathijs de Bruin. Music by Presidente (Av 18, Corina, Réquiem) and Ricardo Villalobos (Das leben ist so anders). Audio mastering by Erly José.

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Decentralized Society Research Project

Mathijs de Bruin Plus

Interviews and talks discussing and documenting autonomous and sustainable forms of living.

Several communities in Europe will be visited. We will discuss sustainability, ecology, politics, economy and philosophy.

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