Here is an article from the Noomap archives, written by Chris as he was starting out on the Noomap trail in early 2012. Back then Noomap was called Waysphere. An insight into some early intentions that still inspire the project today.
For those who are observing our planetary situation, it is clear that we are now living in an accelerated time of transition, uncertainty, and immense possibility. While the mainstream media continue to report on the negative happenings around the planet, the internet is awash with creative ideas, fresh solutions, and deep insights into our human condition.
How can we co-create a peaceful, just, sustainable, innovative, consciously evolving civilisation? How can we transition to a society where the needs of all human beings are met unconditionally, without price tags or servitude? Can we re-establish community on a planetary scale? In this article I would like to paint you a picture, and introduce to you Waysphere within the context of these questions.
In order to have community, first we must have communication. Internet-based applications, such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, have revolutionised ‘bottom-up’ peer-to-peer media, enabling multi-sensory communication over great distances; with global communication we have opened up the door to global community.
Waysphere represents a new form of social media, based on the efficient encoding, storing and communicating of perceptions, via multi-dimensional ‘maps’. Its interfaces allow a user to map his or her world of ‘thoughts’ and ‘things’ holistically, creating fractal-like structures, which can be sent over the internet. Primarily, this is advantageous for the following simple reason: by collectively sharing our perceptions we collectively see more. This process occurs naturally whenever we use language to describe our environments to each other.
As a blueprint for social perceptual mapping technologies, Waysphere will provide a platform for a new generation of tools that will extend our perception:
- The mapping of skills and assets will allow us to see the resources around us, which may be shared conditionally or unconditionally within communities anywhere on the planet. Assets could be physical, including anything from personal possessions to civil infrastructure, or conceptual, such as ideas and blueprints.
- The mapping of intentions and contacts will assist in the spontaneous formation of collaborative groups of like-minded and like-hearted individuals, based on shared interests and intentions. Intentions may contain sub-intentions and sub-sub-intentions, etc., and when linked to skills and assets form the foundation for ‘projects’.
- The spontaneous or systematic mapping of ‘problems’ and associated ‘solutions’ globally will enable us to better perceive and respond to systemic emergent crises, presently unsolvable within the consumer-capitalist game. Solutions may include or be linked to intentions, contacts, skills and assets.
- The mapping of inter-dependence between stable interactions (‘things’) will provide a foundation for mapping sustainability holistically. For example, entire supply-chains could me mapped and visualised in the context of the environment, and subsequently linked to problems and solutions, contacts, etc.
These are just a few examples of how the technology could be implemented, in order to empower emergent communities and alternative economies globally. There are many other potential applications. Perhaps most importantly though, Waysphere will also provide a means to easily integrate existing peer-to-peer resource-sharing websites on the internet, such as the Freeconomy, Couch Surfing, Freecycle and many other collaborative consumption systems. Such systems will be far more intuitive to use when accessed through a single interface.
For physical-local communities, storage of the holonic map data (associated thoughts and things, i.e., inter-linked intentions, contacts, skills, assets, etc.) could be hosted on servers located within the communities they serve, and maintained by those within the community – providing a decentralised communication infrastructure.
It has been and continues to be my intention to use Waysphere primarily as a catalyst, to support the natural development of an emergent (global) gift economy (EGE), resilient to the inevitable collapse of the global ‘consumer-capitalist’ monetary-market economy (MME). While many people appear to confuse the monetary system (MME) with life itself, i.e., ‘time is money’, internet technology has allowed for multiple alternatives to operate in parallel. Why limit yourself to one system when you can use many? Why use a system that manifests social inequality, scarcity, ecocide and separatism when you can use one or more alternatives that manifest community, abundance, biospheric health, and higher consciousness?
I anticipate that in the very near future ‘money’ and its associated artefacts (‘credit cards’, ‘ATMs’, ‘banks’, ‘jobs’, ‘corporations’ etc.) will be looked upon as components of just one of many social ‘games’; just one way of interacting. For instance, meta-systems linking multiple resource-sharing websites will allow users to create their own socio-economic ‘games’, making possible the creation of projects analogous to the Freeconomy, Couch Surfing and Freecycle with a few clicks of a mouse button – and through a process of natural evolution, the best shall emerge: the most fun, just, efficient, sustainable and compassionate. We will program and run our own cultural operating systems.
Simultaneous restoration of the planetary biosphere and adaptation of the technosphere will be made possible without depending on slow, mechanistic monetary institutions. If a sufficient number of conscious individuals make it their shared intention to play the ‘game’ of manifesting abundance for all through sharing, for sustainably meeting basic human needs globally, unconditionally, we will very quickly enter a post-survivalist world. This is the worldshift I would like to see, for when it occurs, creative problem solving will naturally be given far greater expression – no problem will be beyond our ability to collectively solve.
“The only way to discover the limits of the possible, is to go beyond them, into the impossible” – Arthur C. Clark