Before sharing some details about Transpolitica focus during Q2 2018, here’s a quick update on Transpolitica activities during Q1 2018.
Transpolitica has made good progress during Q1 with goals identified at the start of this period:
- The book Transcending Politics has been published, in both electronic and physical formats
- An encouraging set of commendations for the book has been collected
- Slides have been prepared for a book launch event on 26th March
- Other events based around the book contents are being organised
- Transpolitica articles featured on the front page of the IEET website
- A major video interview (2 hours and 15 minutes!) has taken place, with Nikola Danaylov on Singularity.FM, on the themes of the book.
Priority project for Q2
As Q2 approaches, it’s now time to put into motion the first of a series of time-limited projects to dive more deeply into some of the specific key themes of a better politics.
Each such project will involve gathering, developing, reviewing, and then disseminating the best technoprogressive thinking on a given topic.
The first project in the series is “Political responses to technological unemployment”, carried out over three phases:
- Up to end of April 2018: mainly writing and collecting submissions – framing analyses, thought pieces, policy recommendations, etc
- Up to end of May 2018: more focus on group deliberation – where are the weak points and the strong points of our collective understanding, and how can we improve our understanding
- Up to end of June 2018: more focus on communicating our findings and recommendations, via publications, memes, slogans, videos, etc
Note that I am using the phrase “technological unemployment” to also include “technological under-employment” and “precarious employment”. (A better choice of words could be one outcome from the project.)
Starting points for this project (to avoid people re-inventing the wheel) include:
- Material already collected on H+Pedia, e.g. the pages on Technological Unemployment and Universal Basic Income
- The arguments developed in Chapter 4 (“Work and Purpose”) of Transcending Politics.
- Chapters in earlier Transpolitica books, e.g. this one on “The Case for Universal Prosperity” by Michael Hrenka.
Depending on progress, possible outcomes of the project might include a PDF research pamphlet, a video, an improved set of pages on H+Pedia, a press release, a set of slides, and/or a public event (such as a meeting of London Futurists in June and the Humanity+ Beijing event in July).
Questions that need addressing
Key to the success of the project will be the identification of the areas most in need of better understanding. These are the “major uncertainties” where we should prioritise our focus.
For the moment, it seems to me that these areas include:
- Potential transition mechanisms from where society is today, to a new social contract in which a citizen’s income (to give one example) is in place
- Possible alternatives to a citizen’s income
- Strengths and weaknesses of various forecasts of scenarios for the development of technological unemployment
- The pros and cons of various ways of raising money to pay for a citizen’s income
- The possible role of decentralised technologies such as blockchain in the administration of a citizen’s income
- The possibility of an “Apollo scale” project to drive down the costs of all goods and services needed for a prosperous lifestyle
- International and trans-border considerations
If you think you know at least part of the answers to the above questions – or if you think there are more important questions to be addressing – please do become involved.
To become more involved in this project
The mailing group https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/transpolitica exists to to coordinate planning and execution of Transpolitica projects. To join the group, visit this page, and send a subscription request.
(There’s also a Transpolitica group on Facebook, but with a potential impending mass exodus from Facebook, it’s more important than before to use other means for project coordination.)