Dear WWDM, here's "about me" -
For 30 years I was in the software R&D industry in Silicon Valley. In 1994 I quit my career and moved to Ireland to become a writer. Not a writer in the sense of art or profession, but in the sense of developing my ideas and sharing them. My motivation came from my observation that the world system is dysfunctional, and I wanted to contribute to changing it.
I've published dozens of articles in magazines and journals around the world - a wide variety of venues, including liberal magazines, Marxist journals, militia newsletters, and student 'zines. Everything I write gets posted first to my email lists. My most successful article so far has been "Escaping the Matrix", published first in Whole Earth (2000) and then elsewhere. If you look in google, you'll find that it's been posted to lots of websites (usually without me being informed). I've gotten at least a hundred enthusiastic letters and messages in response to that article.
I self-published a pamphlet called "The Zen of Global Transformation", which had an enthusiastic but very small following. I didn't do much to promote it...not sure why. I still have a few copies available, and it's posted on my website. I've now got a book almost ready for publication, "Escaping the Matrix - Global Transformation: Why We Need It, And How We Can Get It". I will be spending full-time promoting that when it it finished.
The book presents an analysis of how the world system works at present, including the sham of liberal democracy. But the main thesis, the most unique part, is my perspective on how we can change things and what real democracy is about.
A key concept in my vision is something I call "harmonization". It is a bit like consensus, but it goes further. Rather than "decision making", it is more about "problem solving", or "collaboration". In a decision-making context, you have proposals and you choose among them. In a harmonization context, you have people and they have concerns. The task of the group is to work together to find solutions that satisfy everyone's concerns. It's a very creative process; instead of energy being used up in debate, it becomes available for collective problem-solving. Harmonization is actually a very natural process - practiced in many indigenous societies - but it's unfamiliar to most of us due to our competitive culture. For that reason, there needs to be a facilitator in order for the process to work.
Richard Moore (rkm)