It has been some time now that I searched the Internet again and again, for a group of people with the same style and interests as mine. You know, expedition style, interested in God’s supernatural acts, living in and developing development countries, all that stuff … .

Now today about 0.00 AM I found the first group that’s close to the target! I mean, really close. I watched some of their videos and thought, wow, they have scenes I wanted in my vids in some years 🙂 The organization is called Overland Missions, and they do evangelistic outreaches and humanitarian help for “forgotten people” in their villages. Mainly in Africa, but they also do expeditions all over the world.

Also, what’s really really cool are their reports from the field, regarding God’s activity. To me, they seem quite sober and authentic (though further investigation is necessary, of course). One example, from their Nov 2007 newsletter: one of the team members (Lindsay) prayed for the healing of an African woman who was blind and dumb. Nothing happened. And then:

The next day the team was doing door-to-door ministry when they met a woman that began to share her testimony with the interpreter.

The interpreter said, “She said that she was healed by the Bible.”

Lindsay said, “Praise God! How great! Jesus heals!”

She then turned to the interpreter and asked him to speak to the woman about what she was healed from. He responded by saying, ” She woke up this morning and she could see and she could hear!”

It was at that moment that Lindsay realized that the woman that she prayed for the day before had been healed overnight.

Sounds incredible? If you can’t believe it, go yourself and check these stories yourself. Or, join me for that 😉 After all, if this is all true: it’s so way cool to have a God who proves himself to this wrecked world in such majestic ways!!!

The static reach of the world’s exploitable Uranium is 70 years. Which means it’s fairly easy to solve the problem of nuclear weapons once and for all.

A state would have to devote itself to consume as much nuclear material in reactors as possible. They’d build new reactors and buy nuclear material worldwide. That way we’d get rid of all consumable Uranium worldwide within 15-30 years. Nobody could build a nuclear weapon again. Forever.

Start date: 2009-01-19
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Don't invest many people's lifes and much money by fighting war against terror. The war Iraq war caused 4500 US soldiers and ten thousands of Iraqi to die, and did cost 480 billion USD. That's wastefulness. And in addition, personal rights of of the people have been sacrificed to a state that assumes that general surveillance would be a good anti-terror measure.

Instead, build up special forces like the Israeli Sajeret Matkal. They'd operate behind foreign lines and in secrecy. They'd arrest commanders of terror groups, execute strikes to hinder assassinations and hijacking etc..

They'd also operate on foreign ground. There should be a UN agreement that allows such forces to mutually operate on foreign ground, if necessary.Even better: a UN anti-terror organization, made from professional soldiers that are contributed by the member nations according to their population and financial means.

Start date: 2009-01-10
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Ones choice of words expresses, among other stuff, ones conceptualization of things. Ones understanding of the world and the relationship of the things inside.

Regarding choice of words, I always wondered what might be an appropriate word for the “marriage” relationship type, including the pre-marital time that shares the same type of relationship quality.

It’s not to be called friendship: it encompasses a friendship, but has some exclusive quality that distinguishes it from that. It’s not to be called partnership, as again, it encompasses partnership, but has some exclusive quality that distinguishes it from that. Because, I may have other partners in addition to my spouse … e.g. business partners, accountability partners in an intentional community setting etc..

But I finally got to a conclusion (inspired, not my own idea, though). I now have the right word for the special pre-marriage and marriage man-and-woman relationship type. This word is: pair relationship. In German: “Paarbeziehung”.

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If I’ve learned something from the current financial crisis, then it is that big systems may result in big disasters. So durability in times of crisis needs small, flexible systems with a good degree of autarky. If this is the case, recession should not really harm anybody: in Germany, the GDP may drop in 2009 by 0,5%, and with full flexibility of the economic system that should result in a 0,5% drop of income for everybody. Which does not harm. Now of course we don’t have such a flexible system, I cannot change it into one, and the unflexibility will result in a good amount of unemployedness. And we will have to deal with that: feeding unemployed people increases the drop of income well beyond that 0,5%, even in a fully flexible economy.

But, here’s a somewhat crazy idea how to deal with unemployed people immediately. Probably that idea is too crazy to try it out, but perhaps it’s crazy enough to inspire somebody for something more practical.

Here’s the idea: we need technology and ingenious organization to jump-start companies as “flash companies”: collect unemployed people on the street in any place of the world, give a smartphone to each of them, and press “start”. The system starts to coordinate, build task forces, analyse competence, educate etc.. If there’s enough money generated to keep the system running, it’s all ok. Slowly growing companies are not what we need in times of recession. After large companies went out of business and there are millions unemployed, we need rapid reconfiguration.

Such flash companies can build on the vast excess of material that’s available in people’s private households (at least in industrial nations). This is waste of resources and therefore a reason for recession (how can we argue that unnecessary buys would improve the economy, while it harms companies?).

Salary should be paid on a daily basis, to act as a motivation. The only precondition is that the employee did what he / she was told to do via the smartphone. Even better and more practical than paying salary is to give people what they need: food, medical treatment, places to rest. Whenever they need it (telling via the smartphone). Of course, people in industrial nations would want more, wherefore this kind of company mightnot work there (or it might, if people are allowed to enter personal wishes in specified amounts, like, “I want my bathroom renovated.”).

These flash companies should be organized as grassroots movements, without explicit organization structure, and with the software based coordination guaranteeing that no such explicit organization (and with it, exploitation of power) can arise.

The smartphone app should display realtime statistics about the flash companies daily income, in parallel to Wikipedia’s donation target.

The idea is that everybody has a bunch of contacts, competences and capabilities. And that just combining these can instantly lead to synergistic effects that are strong enough to uphold a company, earning money for every participant (it is not even necessary to select which people to add to the company, just to sort evil people out or to educate them). For example, somebody will know a possibility for a paid job, and others will contribute necessary competence and material. Precondition is extreme flexibility (working with other people every day, being called in the middle of the night by the smartphone etc.).

It is argued here that most companies don’t flourish because of bad leadership: wherefore the flash companies are led by software, which is far more consequent (i.e. forcing people to anonymously criticize each other).

An interesting definition that came to me, based on personal experience whom I’d call an “adult” and whom not. Here it is:

“Somebody is an adult if he / she cares for the mental well-being people, by his / her own initiative, with responsibility and regularly / as a habit. Caring for material elements of the life of other people does not count. So basically, adults are those who exhibit parental behavior to other people. It does not matter whether these other people belong to family or not, or if they are children, teenagers, twens or whatever.”

This idea is one of a series of ideas that I posted to Google’s Project 10100 (it’s just before their deadline now, so I need to hurry up somewhat …). The other ideas were the psycho hygiene system and Natural Scientific Theology. In this project, Google collects ideas and will honor the five ideas that help the most people by sponsoring their realization with 2 million USD each. You’ll notice that this idea is a derivative of my community concepts … I think that’s adequate because the style of community I intend is also meant to help a lot of people while starting with very little starting capital.

Now, I’m jus’ going to copy the answers to Google’s central questions for idea proposals here.

10. What one sentence best describes your idea? (maximum 150 characters)

One powerful, self-sustained 10-people community can help the world by founding a social company, and similar communities by divide-and-multiply.

11. Describe your idea in more depth. (maximum 300 words)

It’s sad that one day of an industrial nation does not really help the world, though it encompasses hundreds of millions of man-days. That’s because nearly every resource is used up for private lives, to gain “fun” and “meaning”. But these can be by-effects of helping the world to live. Therefore, here’s how to make helping the world an interesting and rewarding experience (and hopefully a mass phenomenon). It’s all about carefully orchestrating an environment where it’s fun and rewarding (flow-state like) to serve the world in. This needs:

  • Social integration. Therefore we propose founding organizations that are small enough to consist of just friends (10 people).
  • Synergy. It’s fun to be part of a team and see the synergistic effects of team work. Therefore, helping the world “alone” makes no sense. A synergistic group is needed, here 10 people, carefully selected and orchestrated
    personalities, with appropriate technologies, to be as effective as possible.
  • The feeling of really making a difference. Therefore, the organization must be small (10 people) and flexible enough to not waste the manpower to just steer it.
  • Time to rest. Helping the world is no fun if it causes burnouts. Therefore, the group must be able to provide a family atmosphere of rest.
  • Scaleablility. The success of the service must grow linearly with the group’s size, as it’s too frustrating for humans to see it grow slower. Therefore, the whole is modularized into 10-people communities, and every one can see it’s own success in service grow. Which helps to not be frustrated about a possibly slowly growing total number of communities.

12. What problem or issue does your idea address? (maximum 150 words)

Current ideas to help the world on its way suffer not from their quality, but from poor organizational structure, which makes funding philantropic activities the most difficult part of them. NPOs are commonly either central, government funded ones (which cannot do their work in countries with poor governments, and suffer greatly when the government must cut its expenses) or small ones, funded from a circle of private supporters (these cannot grow as private funding cannot grow fast). As the alternative, a type of organization is proposed here which: (1) needs no external funding, (2) grows by divide-and-multiply, so that there is redundancy that makes the project survive even if some 10-people communities decay.

13. If your idea were to become a reality, who would benefit the most and how? (maximum 150 words)

The people benefited by this idea are foremost the employees of the companies that the communities will found, each around 1000 employees. They will be able to lead a self-sustained life, and will profit form the internal education system in the company, which fosters higher life quality. Additionally, as these companies are social, a lot of people will benefit from the products of these companies. The kind of product is limited by the requirement that the company must make profit to nourish the founding community and its employees, but possibilities (here, in development countries) include: micro-credits, construction of public infrastructure like bridges and streets, teacher seminary, elementary school / high school, university, water processing unit, hospital, private security service (esp. for areas with corrupt policemen).

14. What are the initial steps required to get this idea off the ground? (maximum 150 words)

The first of these power communities needs to be created (it will multiply itself after that). It’s mainly about defining the intended “social system” to be created (after some research what would provide the “fun and meaning in serving” experience) and carefully selecting the 10 desired people to implement it, giving them the technology they desire (and some money), and let them start to do their job of serving the world. Their first steps as a community will probably be internal communication trainings, decision structure negotiation, getting money for their running expenses, finding the idea for the social company to found, then founding it.

15. Describe the optimal outcome should your idea be selected and successfully implemented. How would you measure it? (maximum 150 words)

The optimal outcome is if the first community finally results in a mass movement, by the divide-and-multiply principle, so that finally several hundreds of millions of people benefit either from the products of the social companies, being an employee of these companies, or even being a community member. This outcome might need some hundred years to develop.

Indicators to measure the current result are: number of communities, number of community companys, number of employees. This should bear some correlation to the effects on the human development indices of the impacted societies, which are too difficult to measure themselves. Indicators to measure the progress are the speed by which the before mentioned numbers change.

Start date: 2008-10-19
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