Alan Moore is pitching a proposal for next year's SXSW. If you like the sound of it, vote for it.
His 'No Straight Lines Thinking' approach is a rallying call for a new philosophy more appropriate to the networked world.
Disclosure: Alan is a good friend to me, and someone I have worked with in the past and would gladly work with in the future - a true believer in the power of the network.
The core areas (to investigate) are these:
And there's a video to explain a little more:
- System breakdown: We are witness to a structural and transformational change in society.
- The wholesale pursuit of material wealth has in fact come at a terrible cost for society
- Threat: the current unsustainability of humanity
- The true nature of humans and the technology of man: their intimate relationship
- Liberation Day: We need to examine the various solutions and tools that can enable us to thrive and survive, to take back that which makes us whole as people, individually and collectively.
- Simplexity: The digital and highly networked world seems to have created a more complex way of living. We need to learn to deal with this complexity, by understanding how it works.
- Deschoolling: Our imperative is to de-school ourselves in a philosophy that has driven us into a cultural, ideological and economic cul-de-sac.
- New Philosophy: We need a new language to help us understand the deep context of the change we are in
- The no straight line universe: We need to explore its shape we need to feel it; physically, intellectually, and emotionally