-- re-visioning, re-thinking, rebuilding into a UTOPIA

Hello Drupalites, here's my Drupal proposal to you:
I need your help to fix the Earth.

I'm the guy that posted a flyer at BADCamp(.net) 2009
on the wall on plain notebook paper saying:
Share mindpower & heal the Earth
We need you on a no-budget website to fix our planet.
Post your name/email & we'll contact you.
(I also may just have chatted w/you at BADCamp, or maybe I just got your bizcard somehow.)

Here's the pitch:

Mission Statement:
Humanity has created a lot of neat things in our short period on the Earth, but we have made a lot of mistakes and have injured our planet. If we don't make changes, we may ruin our planet's ecosystem (and possibly wipe ourselves out as well). So we are challenged to re-vision, re-think, and re-do almost everything we have ever done. will become a tool to enable the needed collaborating of visionaries and creators to rework our planet into the UTOPIA we really want.

How this whole thing will work:

Earthv2 is an open-source community (running on Drupal) which shares all information in community forums. Anyone can read, only members can post, tag, & vote.
Initially Earthv2 will have three main forum catagories:
Material -- stuff we make, have made, want to make
Social -- things we do, culture, society, philosophies
Spiritual -- inspirations, messages from other dimensions, morality, souls & spirits
Community members will post their thread concept, and other people can expand, comment, offer their own version, flush it out, etc. The content belongs to the community. Then the community can up/down VOTE the comment, which will affect it's Drupal weight & send it upwards or downwards, and affect it's score out of 10.
At any point, a member can 'TAG' the content with a "BUILDING IT" or "MAKING IT" tag, which means they have begun to act on this thread, and they can post URL's and info for acquiring their thing. Then the Earthv2 community can 'close the loop' and evaluate the final products, give suggestions, and so on.
Other 'TAG's (for searching/sorting) would be 'plant', 'animal', 'tool', 'new idea', 'impossible to make', 'incredible idea', and so on. The list of tags could be quite broad, maybe open.

Just as competition and greed have injured the world, so will collaboration and sharing help rebuild Earthv2 into a Utopia we can be proud of.

And so then what? Well, then the founders of the site could claim the kudos of the world and march into the sunset...

While I'm not aiming to make millions / billions off this concept, I am open to the idea being profitable, and re-investing any earnings back into Earthv2 and making it stronger.
I really believe in many ways the collaboration/sharing concept is WHY we have the internet (or neural networks, or language, etc). But so far, Google & Facebook & universities & other developer groups have not given us the tools to make this -- but we can do it ourselves using OpenSource DRUPAL!!!

I invite you to help make Earthv2,
and maybe one day we can all say we helped the Earth
when the Earth needed our help the most.

Now down to specifics -- what does Earthv2 actually need?
  • 2-4 Drupal Engineers/Developers (build site and setup 'make a donation' button so Earthv2 pays for itself)
  • 0-3 Theme Designers
  • 1-2 Graphic Designers (in addition to me)
  • 1 Producer (in addition to me, b/c 1 person can drop the ball but 2 will keep on pushin')
  • 0-3 Marketing Specialists (*No Ads*, but people focussed on getting the word out about Earthv2)
  • 3-50 moderators (thread/topic based, # will expand as we get more posts, *gotta block the spam*)
  • 1,000,000+ members in the community willing to share their genius with the world (to make a ton of amazing fixes in the world)
As for me, I am a video and multimedia artist, and I want contribute as a graphic designer and a producer.

Personally, I have no issue with existing businesses hopping into forums to pitch their stuff. The interactivity will allow them to get feedback from the community. If the thread becomes dominated by their product, a moderator could split the thread off into it's own thread.

If a lot of money arrives at, I am open to making this a topic we can discuss. For now, I suggest we send any money generated by Earthv2 back into it as a developing business, with a goal of making it self-supporting. If we gather enough $$$ to pay salaries, I'd definitely consider that. I'm interested to hear other people's viewpoints on this.

Rather than start a huge thread of emails & responses, I'm going to start a post on my blog & people (drupal folks or anyone) can comment on this as they like.

Thread #1 has begun. (-- Yes, you're reading it right now!)

I look forward to helping fix the Earth with you.
Will you step up and help the Earth?


PS: This is not the right logo posted in this blog entry, I had the same Earth with a "v2" on it (not just a #2), but I don't have Photoshop re-installed yet and for some reason I had emailed myself this version of the logo awhile back. So fate has spoken.

1 comment:

R·E said... is ALIVE! heee heee heeee! heh heh heh! Aaagghhh haaaa haaaa! etc etc

That is to say, the front end is online, and the mission statement is working. From here, I need DRUPAL DEVELOPER help, purty please, and any computer nerds that want to join in are invited too.

Other folks are welcome as well, but accounts for the general non-programmer folks will probably start up in 2010.

Oh yeah, and then we're going to help FIX THE WORLD as we know it. You know you want in, don'tcha? Who doesn't wanna offer their 2 cents?

So jump on-board!!! Start when the soil is well toiled but the plants have not broken the surface. is a COLLECTIVE PROJECT showing the power of the human mass mind, and it all starts with at least a few more folks working with me on this thing.

Hello? HelloOOOooOOoo? Can't you hear me? Oh, sorry, I forgot -- it is 4:30am. SLEEP time. Well then, until tomorrow. Or, um, I mean, today.
- Ari