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February 28, 2008


David Cushman

Great post Al. I think there may be some resonance with my Reed's Law paper - because it raises the question of which creates more value: having multiple (ultimately disposable) identities in multiple communities, or having one in which all your reputation resides. It's a tough call and I don't have an answer. Will be discussing today in Peterborough (1pm if you;re around) and next week at BlogTalk in Cork.
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Funnily enough, I wrote about this a while ago, using the concept of micro Government:

Basically wondering why technology hasn't meant I can decide, along with the other people in my immediate area, whether we need bin collections on a certain day, or which streetlight needs replacing etc.

Why is it that I vote for someone with a vague idea of their ideals and policies, and then have no real input into what they do for years, unless I take time out of work to go and sit in the local library?

And if, by connecting with my neighbours by micro Government, I get to know them, who they are, and what they do in a way that has declined over the years, then perhaps I'll think more before throwing rubbish in their front garden, or calling the police because they're having a loud party? Perhaps I'll understand that they block the road with their car because the access to their driveway hasn't been allowed by the council for years.

I lived in an area with a fairly rubbish reputation for about 5 years due to rental costs - and found it was incredibly quiet, safe, and a great place to live. And it was down to the fact that some of the community had worked very hard to bring people together for Neighbourhood Watch, voluntary curfews, street fairs etc.

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