Tolerance Guiding Social Evolution

Do societies evolve? And what do we mean by that if they do? The degree of fitness of a given organism or organization to its environment and its capability of taking advantage of the environment’s limited resources as it propagate itself if what expresses their being “evolved”.

A society that is capable of this adaptation, under the changing conditions of the technological infrastructure that creates different opportunities for its members, is resilient. It can recognize and accept behaviors that, while outside of what used to be the legal or behavioral norm previously, now can and should be accepted, and even become legal.

Tolerance Shaping US Society

It is what happened in the United States of America if we look at a hundred year perspective, with alcohol consumption, interracial marriage, same-sex marriage and other previously prohibited behaviors becoming accepted, and legal.

Being able to create organizations and societies that are capable of embracing changes of behavior and a wider spectrum of behaviors than previously appears to be even more necessary when so many people participate in rich networks of interests that are not geographically constrained. The Network Society can only be an inclusive organization that can recognize the value of constant evolutionary adaptation.

Introducing the Network Society Readiness Index

Introducing the Network Society Readiness Index (“NSRI”), a tool that allows organizations to measure their level of awareness and implement strategies to bring their practices to the desired levels of compatibility with a distributed and decentralized future, a new socio-economic organization that is unstoppable.

The methods and the practices behind the NSRI are going to be published under a CC-BY license as all the output of Network Society Research. Enterprises, corporations that want to implement them, will be able to leverage the services of certified organizations capable of following their needs and to offer value added advisory as they leverage the insights gained.



Connecting communities through local languages

The Network Society Project is a global initiative, that aims to empower and emancipate through advanced knowledge and concrete applications communities all over the world. Spreading a message can only be effective, and achieve the right level of emotional connection if it is done in the native language of each person contacted. Starting with the translation of “The Fundamental Thesis of the Network Society“, we are embarking on meeting this challenge. Here you can see the Maori translation of the thesis, completed with the help of Te Tumatakuru O’Connell, Network Society’s Ambassador for Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia.

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Ko te Kaupapa Ake o te Network Society
1. Kia puta rā anō he kaupapa hangarau hou kātahi anō ka tīni haere te noho o te hapori me ōna pūtake mahi moni.
2. Kua puta rā ngā hangarau hou mō te ao whānui i kore haere ai ngā take mō ngā hangarau o mua pēnei i te whakahaere ā-pūtahi, i te aroākapanga rānei.
3. Mā ngā hangarau hou nei ka kore haere ngā poupou kāwanatanga o ia whenua o ia whenua. Ko te hua kē ka puta ko te Hapori Hangarau (Network Society).

Do you speak a language other than English? You can also help, going to Dotsub where the thesis has been set to music, and translate the three sentences, without worrying about formatting or layout.

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The Role of Government In An Era Of Declining State Influence

The Role of Government

The US Department of State recognizes the need to get involved with the constituents of the Network Society, to face and solve the challenges of global problems. This coming online event looks very interesting, to learn how the US Government sees its role in the rapidly changing scenarios.

The Role of Government

“Join the U.S. Department of State on October 23rd, at 11:00am EDT for a discussion on the role of government.

Traditionally, only governments possessed the powers of taxation, lawmaking and coercive force. But the rapid evolution towards disaggregated power and authority today means that governments can no longer meet the challenges of global governance alone.

Actors such as businesses, NGOs and networks of individuals, are increasingly getting involved in developing and implementing solutions to global problems.

Still, their capabilities are hindered because governments have not figured out how to embrace them within their own accountability framework.

Using vivid and compelling examples drawn from real-world events, Thomas Debass, Deputy Special Representative for Global Partnerships, Rob Fonberg, Former Deputy Minister for the Canadian Department of National Defence, and moderator Anthony Williams will discuss how in an era marked by the decline of state influence, governments can still contribute to the global good.”

A Second Wave of Network Society Ambassadors

Second Wave of Ambassadors

We are proud and honored to induct to the Network Society Project a second wave of Ambassadors, following the announcement of the Ambassador program a month ago. Covering Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland, it is sure they will be rapidly followed by new announcements shortly.

You can see the full list on the Ambassador program page, and communicate with them individually to ask for speaking engagements, discuss policies concerning the specific country or territory, ask about best practices and examples in the application of the various pillars of the Network Society view.

Network Society London Meetup


Date and time: October 14, 6PM BST
Place: techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD

Organized by Network Society’s UK Ambassador Philip Sheldrake, this meeting will be an opportunity to discuss how the legislation in the UK is supporting or hindering the adoption of technologies and organizations reflecting the changes around the Network Society.

At this time we are selecting the venue, which will be communicated ASAP.
UPDATE: the meeting will be held at techUK, which we want to thank for their kind support and hospitality.

You can also follow the event details on it Facebook listing.

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Network Society Decentralized App Model

Business models are rapidly evolving, and can take advantage of the global technological infrastructure implemented by the Internet, smartphones, and more recently Blockchain based trust networks, such as Bitcoin, and the numerous crypto currencies. The decentralized application model is becoming, with the successful launch of Stellar, Ethereum, Storj and others, a model for a new type of organization. The “Network Society Decentralized App Model” paper analyzes and illustrates how these advances can apply to the Network Society Project, and allow stakeholders to fruitfully and sustainably participate.

In a previous post, “Solving the for profit – non-profit dichotomy“, we analyzed how such an approach can create a virtuous circle in financially sound organizations that properly account for all externalities.



Ambassador Program Spreading The Message Worldwide

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The Network Society Ambassadors are attuned to the technological and socioeconomic zeitgeist of their countries and spread a deep and actionable understanding of how decentralized technologies fundamentally influence the social organization.

The initial countries and territories of Italy, Nigeria, New Zealand, Polynesia, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States and others are going to be followed soon by people worldwide, who are passionate about understanding, applying and spreading the knowledge of decentralized and distributed systems enabling new opportunities for individuals, enterprises, and our societies at large.

Contact us if you want to become a Network Society Ambassador.

The Fundamental Thesis of the Network Society

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The Fundamental Thesis of the Network Society

1. Widespread social and economic change only happens once a solid technological basis evolves to make it sustainable.

2. Globally distributed and decentralized technologies have emerged that achieve superior results with respect to centralized and hierarchical ones.

3. These unstoppable technologies undermine and disrupt the Nation State’s supporting pillars. The resulting socioeconomic organization is the Network Society.

Network Society At The Italian Parliament

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Establishing a dialog with the existing structures of the Nation State, and especially those who are elected or appointed to design, approve and enact policy around issues of technologies and practices that impact the lives of millions of citizen. It is especially pleasing when the desire for a dialog starts there, as it happened a few weeks ago when a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Parliament, reached out to us asking if we were available to speak.

This coming September the 30 we will be in Rome to start what hopefully is going to be just the first of many other opportunities for a constructive debate. The shift towards the decentralized structures of the Network Society is unstoppable, and it is up to all of us to make sure that it arrives in a manner that is constructive and as smooth as possible.

The meeting is open to the public, with registration required within Sept 29, and strict dress code for participation.

The agenda of the meeting is the following:

18:00—18:10 Introduction Irene Tinagli
18:10—18:30 “Decentralization of the State’s pillars” David Orban
18:30—18:45 “Network Society Italia” Cosimo Orban
18:45—19:00 “Open data and inequality dynamics” Giacomo ‘Mimmo’ Cosenza
19:00—19:15 “Innovation, bioenergy, and biochemicals: reality e opportunity” Andrea Di Stefano
19:15—20:00 Q&A