Welcome to the Algonet project!
The Algonet Building Site will be, hopefully, a group undertaking that will set up a network for humanitarian action called the Algonet. The Algonet is projected to be a wide-scale organization of individual members working as a team to further a new kind of global control over human and animal suffering.
WHAT WOULD BE THE ALGONET?
WHAT WOULD BE THE ALGONET?
The Algonet would be a geodesic network of people who cooperate to plan and to carry out a series of collective interventions aimed at reducing the number of registered excessive suffering events occurring in the lives of individuals throughout the world. The conception of the Algonet (algo=pain, net=network: the network about pain) would be improved and made operational through the work to be done at the temporary "building site" of the Algonet. The design department on that site would define precisely the structures and functions of the network, and it would test and simulate them before the launching. The assembly department would assist the network in the recruiting of its first members and in the launching of its first round of activities, tentatively scheduled for January 2000 or before. Here follows a provisional presentation of what would be the Algonet. The notion of excessive suffering refers to any particular psychoneural phenomenon that is experienced as too aversive to be acceptable as a part of a humane existence. Excessive suffering events may be associated with any kind of condition or problem: physical or psychological illnesses and disabilities, social or economic problems (war, poverty, hunger, human and animal exploitation, torture, crime and punishment...), accidents, disasters, etc. Excessive suffering seems impossible to define objectively. But what people say about it constitutes a body of data upon which a humanitarian network could act. It is believed that the geodesic dynamics should be a most appropriate means for carrying people's words and actions on such matters. A geodesic network is a new kind of organizational structure in which relationships between people are modelled by, for instance, the Epcot Center dome rather than the Cheops pyramid. The advantages of a geodesic structure, it is said, are many: equality between the participants (direct democracy and bottom-up initiatives are allowed), scalability of cooperation (concerns may be addressed by each member at any level of grouping, from the team level to the whole network level), tensegrity (providing inherent checks and balances between agreeing and opposing people or views), organic growth (from a few hundred members to many millions)... The individual in a geodesic network would cooperate within a team; a team would have, for instance six members; each member would belong to two teams; each team would carry on, for instance, one meeting each week; a meeting would produce results that would be circulated between teams in the geodesic structure; the information and energy flow that would circulate and become structured within the geodesic network would have inputs and outputs from and to the world outside the network, so that an informed action in the world would be possible for the network. Members would participate in the Algonet by giving money and time (e.g. 9.95 dollars and 3 hours 55 minutes each week). The work to be done would the planning and the implementation of collective interventions. One round of activity at the network would probably consist of five succeeding sub-cycles: 1- information, 2- proposition, 3- decision, 4- preparation, 5- action. The interventions planned and implemented by the Algonet would be time- limited collective actions, each one being the result of one full round of activities at the network. The aim of each intervention, as well as the whole series of them, would be very specific: to reduce the number of excessive pain cases. It is believed that making this intent operational on a comprehensive scale would contribute significantly to the advent of an effective control of pain and suffering in the world. To make sure that the action of the network would be measurably efficient, the target of each intervention and of the series of all interventions would have to be the registered number of excessive suffering events occurring to individuals across the world. And among the possible criteria for deciding what collective intervention would be implemented, the following ones can be mentioned: number of people helped, gravity of the suffering relieved, success probability of the intervention (nothing short of 99.9% for the first years of operation), the costs/benefits analysis in terms of money, labor, time, matter and energy. Let us imagine that an Algonet has been set up and launched successfully. How would it work? What would it do? The smallest possible geodesic network with teams of six members would comprise 376 persons (this exact number is a guess, it has to be confirmed by experts). Those peole would exchange messages during at least four hours each week. They would inform themselves about the number of individuals experiencing excessive pain at this time in the whole world; about the nature and the causes of their problems; about the solutions to their problems that are already attempted or that could be attempted. The Algonet members would propose and discuss various interventions that they could make together, as one body. They would come to decide what particular intervention they would achieve concretely. For instance (it is clear that in reality, the decision would be quite something else), they could decide that in a period of one month they can provide the means to keep a village of one hundred people free of hunger diseases during two years, in such a way that the villagers would be able to take care of themselves from then on. The Algonet members would prepare to act, and finally they would act. After, they would inform themselves again, the whole cycle would repeat indefinitely. With years of successful interventions, more and more people (up to millions) would participate in the Algonet, and an increasing number of people would be saved or preserved from trouble, until a fairly good control would be established over the phenomenon of suffering in the world. End of "What would be the Algonet"
My name is Robert Daoust. I am the promoter of the Algonet project. I am a self-taught independant researcher, forty-nine years old, living in Montreal, Quebec, and presently earning my life as a part-time telemarketer. My dearest wish, and probably the wish of many people as well, is to contribute to a common endeavour that would bring a fundamental improvement relatively to the overall amount of suffering in the world. But how could such a wish be fulfilled? I have looked for an answer since twenty years. During the Fall of 1997 I had for the first time the feeling that a workable solution was in view! Here are the events that brought the Algonet project into shape. In 1976, the idea came to me to organize within a single framework everything that pertains to suffering, theoretically and practically, so that we could find the best possible way to control the phenomenon of pain in the world. In 1987, after ten years of much thinking and research, I wrote a manuscript entitled "L'Organisation generale contre les maux" (For a General Organization against Ills). The seventy pages manuscript presented a table of contents ordering the matters pertaining to suffering under five headings: 1-The conception of a general organization against ills (five chapters of this part were included in the manuscript) 2-The ills and their sources 3-The solutions and their agents 4-The specialized domains in the fight against ills 5-The domains linked in some way to the organization against ills. The manuscript was presented to many people, but while everybody said this approach was interesting, nobody made any move to collaborate in its furtherance. In January 1997, I came to the Internet to find people with whom I could work eventualy. I was not able at first to locate someone concerned with a global approach of suffering. Later, in June, I found The Hedonistic Imperative and very recently, in January 1998, I found the International Society for Panetics But during last April I was still searching. Therefore, I tried to work with the organization that was to my knowledge the most relevant to my concern, the Union of International Associations and its Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential. It turned out to be impossible to work with them, but in the process I met the New Civilization Network and began to participate there in a discussion list about the making of a better world. On this interesting list I read Roan Carratu explaining his conception of a geodesic network that he called The Geonet Roan's Geonet appeared to me as an effective way for people to organize themselves in the pursuit of a world transforming vision with the aid of other people who have the same vision. Last November, I imagined using the Geonet idea with the principles outlined in "For a General Organization against Ills". Some drafts were presented to the discussion group at the New Civilization Network, and people encouraged me to go ahead with this idea. The Algonet project is now in front of you.
The Design Department has the job to define precisely the structures and functions of the Algonet, and to test or simulate them before the launching of the Algonet. The Main Shop of the Design Department is now open. You can see in the next paragraph what there is to see in that shop at this time. If you want to participate in the work being done on these matters, go to the experimental Web forum now opened at the New Civilization Network. Web forum about the Algonet In front of you, when you enter the Main Shop, lies a definition of the Algonet, for working purpose. There are a dozen parts to the definition, all of them in a provisional shape. Each of them could be eventually the object of a specialized shop at the Design Department. Here they are: 1- The Algonet 2- is a geodesic network 3- of members who cooperate 4- to plan 5- and to carry out, 6- within a global perspective 7- and according to a set of evaluation criteria, 8- a series of collective interventions 9- that aim specifically and systematically to reduce 10- the number of registered 11- excessive suffering 12- events occurring in the lives of individuals throughout the world.
You will find here useful documents for the work to be done at the Algonet Building Site.
MAP OF THE ALGONET BUILDING SITE Design Department Main Shop Specialized Shops: language, geodesics, membership, confering process, effectuation process, global perspective, criteria, interventions, aim, register, excessive suffering, suffering individuals... inter-organizational relationships... meta-considerations... Bench Testing Web Forum Algonet: An Experiment Algonet: Main Shop Assembly Department Recruiting Office Launching Center Management Department Monitoring Office Supervision Crew Lounge Schedule Documentation Office Operating Manual of the Algonet Records Library Communications Office External Collaboration Useful Links Web Site of the Algonet Project Visitors Desk Guest Book
Welcome to the Visitors Desk. You may write to Robert Daoust (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any question or comment. You may participate freely to the experimental Web forum about the Algonet now opened at the New Civilization Network. You may also hire yourself to work as a crew member of the Algonet Building Site. Please inquire toRobert Daoust
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