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Forum Post: Bridge to the Ground - On a Task Distribution System

Posted 1 year ago on Feb. 26, 2013, 11:38 p.m. EST by oldJanet (-14)
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One of the features of a Bridge to the Ground, a community created and run website that will serve to inter-connect occupiers from the Internet and all the affinity groups, could be a task distribution system much like the type you find on social programming sites like github or redmine.

Everything that needs to be done for Occupy gets listed and attached a priority level with a deadline if there is one. The people on the ground, participating in day to day actions with Occupy, will know which tasks need to be done. Perhaps a certain affinity group needs advertising through Facebook or Twitter for an upcoming event. This is listed and anybody who uses the Internet can pick up the task. Some tasks, perhaps like that last example, can be done by more than one person.

There are people with specific gifts, expertise, and connections which support Occupy, but cannot necessarily make it to an affinity group. There are also such people who can make it to one affinity group, but could be useful in another. For example, perhaps there is an environmental activist/writer who has the necessary connections to write an article for a top magazine like Nature and who supports Occupy. With a public task list that person could perhaps be found.

Tasks could be many things: designing posters or brochures, helping with tax returns, defending a client in court, writing articles, putting up adverts around the city, putting adverts on the person's own business truck, dissipating word to mouth, writing blogs, moderating a particular site, programming jobs, all kinds of volunteer work, engineering or architectural help for building, advise on law, etc...

Such a system would also encourage participation from anyone in the world, whether they can attend an affinity group or not. This would motivate people which would in turn help the movement grow.

When you give the power of action to people, they will come!

There's no reason Internet users be relinquished the role of observers.

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[-] 4 points by Renneye (3784) 1 year ago

Your original post yesterday was brilliant, Thras...and should never have been deleted. I don't know if its possible to somehow retrieve that post, but I hope you can find it. It really was your best work.

There were a few things in it that I have advocated for since the beginning here, and I hope enough people here can see that its a great idea. What's better is... its do-able.

Stay centered and focused on the excitement and the expansion of the project...and don't worry so much about what others think about the proposer. If the project has merit, it will take hold.

[-] 3 points by oIdJanet (-94) 1 year ago

I can retrieve the post. It still appears when I log in with the banned username that posted it. I'll send it to you in a private message. Perhaps you can find a use for it. I posted it again yesterday, but it was instantly banned once more.

[-] 3 points by Renneye (3784) 1 year ago

Thanks Thras...I'd appreciate that. A post gets an automatic re-ban if it is identical. I found that when I made just a few small changes, it bypassed the automatic ban.

[-] 2 points by oIdJanet (-94) 1 year ago

Good to know!

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (6587) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

You've put a hell of a lot of thought into this, T.

[-] 3 points by oldJanet (-14) 1 year ago

Thanks. Keep up the good fight!

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (6587) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

I noticed a couple people receptive to the idea. But too many are wary of a 'hidden agenda.' You can't blame them, though, it's natural. If someone stole something from you, you'd have a tough time giving them another chance, correct?

[-] 1 points by Nevada7 (19) 1 year ago

Good ideas.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 1 year ago

'Tr@shyManqué' : "We are all born sophists, and our only cure is Socrates. But, Socrates never faced Socrates, his sophistry was therefore never expunged. Sophists, like my former self and your current self, only appear as sophists because Socrates shines his light on us, but, as this light is being shun so is our sophistry diminished, until, finally, the day we are fully cleansed. I am no longer the Thrasymaque you once knew. I have died, been washed, and am now reborn. I am the Socrates who has faced Socrates. My mission is the betterment of manmind." from :

Sophist-icated and steeped in self regard and hubris perhaps - but ...

ipse dixit !!

[-] 2 points by Nevada7 (19) 1 year ago

Nevada1 here. Tasks would be good.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (28267) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

LOL - some DEEP "SHIT" - Hey?