Projects

Tasks awaiting volunteers

Transpolitica invites political thinkers, futurists, and transhumanist supporters from around the world to become involved in one or more of the projects listed below.

By preference, we encourage participation in the projects listed as “high priority”. Note: projects are placed in this category depending on:

  • Feedback from the individual politicians that Transpolitica is seeking to support
  • The views expressed by Transpolitica consultants and researchers
  • Insight gained from reflection on the successes and failures of previous Transpolitica initiatives

Starting in January 2018, Transpolitica project activities are being organised into three-month sprints, with a different set of priorities being established every three months.

Mail discussion group

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.

Volunteering to work on a particular task

For small amounts of work, JFDI. Be bold.

For potential larger amounts of work, start by posting a short proposal on the Transpolitica mailing group. This should help avoid misunderstanding or unnecessary duplication of effort.

Alternatively, send an email to the Transpolitica programme management team.

High priority projects, Q1

Priorities during Jan-Mar 2018

Assist the launch of the book “Transcending Politics”

For more details of the book, see here.

Support is requested for the following tasks:

  • Review the draft content of the book. Make recommendations about any high-impact changes that come to your mind
  • Collect endorsements for inclusion in the book, and to help with publicity
  • Identify the core messages that should be prominent in descriptions of the book
  • Prepare and review slide presentations and videos to draw more attention to the content of the book
  • Find opportunities for Transpolitica consultants to speak about the availability of the book.

Refresh the Transpolitica website

Some of the material on the website is nearly three years old. It is time to reorganise it and update it.

Refresh the Transpolitica content on H+Pedia

The primary purpose of H+Pedia is to spread accurate, accessible, non-sensational information about transhumanism and futurism among the general public.

The Transpolitica angle for H+Pedia is to develop, as part of H+Pedia, a curated resource library of material that supports Transpolitica policies.

Changes are particularly needed so that H+Pedia articles better reflect the analysis developed in the book “Transcending Politics”.

Review the Transpolitica project backlog

The Transpolitica project backlog (listed below) awaits reconsideration, to identify the tasks that deserve to be raised as higher priorities in the near future.

Project backlog

The following potential projects are ideas for future work, but are currently not viewed as top priorities. In a number of cases, some work has already taken place, but has stalled or been superseded by other activities.

  • Adopt new rules for the use of Transpolitica social media resources, e.g. the group on Facebook
  • Pick some features of collabnet technology for Transpolitica to trial
  • Retire some of the tools that were trialled in the past for Transpolitica collaboration, but which did not prove to be useful
  • Prepare a response to the UK’s Psychoactive Substances Act
  • Review the concept of “Killer apps” for Transpolitica
  • How should Transpolitica respond to the proposed agreement by scientists not to modify the DNA of human reproductive cells?
  • Should Transpolitica have supported the Saatchi Bill for “Responsible Medical Innovation?” See here for a contrary viewpoint
  • Formulate an answer the question “What does Transpolitica think about the Leveson review of the culture and ethics of the British media?”
  • Create a white paper explaining to politicians the concept of the longevity dividend
    • Document in process here
  • Provide more details of a roadmap towards implementation of Universal Basic Income (or similar social contract)
    • Document in process here
  • Clarify the ways in which online activism can have the biggest positive effect (rather than simply being so-called “slacktivism“)
  • Develop “sound bites” and memes that could become viral, supporting Transpolitica policies
  • Create engaging videos about Transpolitica
  • Suggest improvements to the Transpolitica Manifesto
  • Suggest improvements to the Transpolitica FAQ
  • Build bridges between Transpolitica and organizations that could potentially be important partners
  • Prepare assessments of the published manifestos of existing political parties, as compared to the Transpolitica policies
  • Identify electoral candidates from existing political parties who appear likely to be sympathetic to Transpolitica policies, ahead of finding projects with common cause
  • Identify sympathetic journalists, and deepen relations with them
  • Establish a programme management system that helps coordinate volunteers and tasks.

 

Recent Posts

New complete book awaiting reader reviews

The dawn of 2019 marks four years since the original launch of Transpolitica (January 2015).

The dawn of 2019 also marks the first full availability of the book “Sustainable Superabundance: A universal transhumanist manifesto for the 2020s and beyond“.

All twelve chapters of this Manifesto are now awaiting reader review and feedback, ideally over the next 1-2 weeks. I’ll welcome any comments, on any parts of the Manifesto that catch your attention. You can make comments via this shared Google doc.

Depending on the feedback, the Manifesto is expected to be officially published around mid January – first as an ebook, and shortly afterwards in physical and audio formats.

For people inspired by any of the ideas in the Manifesto, the final chapter sets out “options to engage”.

TAM Graphic 12

For the opening chapter and links to all the other chapters, see here.

TAM Graphic 1

I’ve actually rewritten parts of every chapter over the last couple of months, as the overall flow of the message has become clearer to me. Even if you’ve read individual chapters before, you may find new inspiration from looking at the latest versions:

  1. Advance!
  2. Superabundance ahead
  3. Beyond technology
  4. Principles and priorities
  5. Towards abundant energy
  6. Towards abundant food
  7. Towards abundant materials
  8. Towards abundant health
  9. Towards abundant intelligence
  10. Towards abundant creativity
  11. Towards abundant democracy
  12. Options to engage

For comparison, Sustainable Superabundance has 54 thousand words, in the latest draft, whereas the previous Transpolitica book, Transcending Politics, has 142 thousand words. The new book is intended to be much more accessible.

On a personal note: 2019 will see, from me, a greater focus than before on activism rather than analysis. Of course, both are needed. But whereas before my energy was divided roughly 30% activist and 70% analyst, it will now be the other way round.

Similarly, I will put less focus on being a futurist and more focus on being a transhumanist.

I’m keeping an open mind as to the best organisational structures to assist these projects. I may shortly reboot or even shut down some organisations where I’ve previously invested my time. I may wind down my links with some communities and ramp up new links with others.

For the time being, I’m directing people to use the Transpolitica mailing list discussion group, https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/transpolitica.

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