The Hawke Plan™
Phase 1: Hey. How you doin?
- Ethan Hawke wants the Pope to lead a march into Ukraine
- I think we should use this opportunity to do something even bigger
So obviously none of this means anything because I’m a wizard and this is a blog, but I’ve been thinking real hard about viable strategies for how we could make The Hawke Plan™ work. I’m hoping the Pope will listen to Ethan Hawkes plea and use his resources to plan this but if that doesn’t happen at least there’ll be this blog post.
Phase 2 of my version of the plan is going to be called: “Rallying and Mustering Nonviolent Forces for the Humanitarian Invasion of Ukraine”.
That’s originally what this blog post that’s the first phase of a plan for a humanitarian invasion of Ukraine to stop the war was originally called but then I realized I’d gotten ahead of myself.
I do that sometimes.
How the fuck is everyone doing?
We have the ways we know we can feel (many of which we consume from media without thinking about very much) and we have the things we say to each other and the things we think but we don’t have a great generalized public sense of the sum of all of that.
Collecting this information is made incredibly challenging by valid and important privacy considerations… which are often bypassed and violated by for-profit corporate entities with massive gain and limited consequences. We don’t have a world where our data is protected — we have a world where we pretend it is in a way which often prevents us from using it for the public good.
The information we collectively have available to us is a mess and impossible for many people to access for a variety of reasons while we simultaneously have many shared systems which require that they understand that information.
The power of cognitive empathy
I have no sweet clue how every single person in the world feels right now but I know that if I think about how most people might feel and put some effort into taking their perspectives it seems like everyone probably feels pretty scared and shitty.
Wanna do a little self assessment there and tell me how I did?
It’s pretty obvious, obviously, and it’s also not precise enough. The Hawke Plan™ presents us with an opportunity to actually collect a general census of the Thoughts and Feelings of Everyone Interested in Sharing their Thoughts and Feelings.
The first thing I do when I start a project (if I’m taking the time to do the project properly and let’s be honest that’s way south of 100% of the time) is to figure out what I have to work with.
What we have to work with here is a great big discoordinated and disconnected mass of people all over the world who are really upset about something terrible and want to do something big about it… and we have the people who will support them.
How do we do something with that?
So, look… as a result of some unrelated wizarding I happen to be trying to do a thing involving the development of a big collective database of common understandings and shared ontologies:
Announcing the First Conference of Common Understandings and Shared Ontologies
I guess this is me planting a banner in the middle ground and calling for a democratic mega-metanalysis
Anyway, the first phase of The Hawke Plan™ has to be to figure out how to connect everyone who is sharing in this massive effort. There are a bunch of different things to take into consideration for this phase of the project and the best way to work through them will be to work through them openly and democratically.
There’s a bunch of folks with a bunch of ideas
I know Ethan Hawke specifically mentioned the Pope, and this makes sense because he’s Episcopalian and the Catholic Church is one of the biggest organizations in the world, but just in case he’s not interested here’s a spreadsheet someone made that lists a bunch of the organizations and groups attempting to do innovative stuff in the spaces relating to the degradation and collapse of our civilization.
This list is far from complete. There’s a pile of folks all over the world and all throughout the internet who are concerned about this type of stuff. There are a wide variety of complementary and conflicting efforts and nobody has a sweet clue about how it’ll all play out.
At a certain point you just have to pick the hat you like best and walk out your door.
Here’s open source technology I developed that can be used by any of those groups, or countless variety of other groups, to optimize their efforts. It includes a new form of democratic governance, a new economic system intended to run in parallel to the current one, and a way to mitigate the existential risks presented by artificial intelligence research. It’s a free social media platform that is also a problem solving and project management tool for individuals and communities.
GitHub - EricLortie/Church-of-Earth-Platform-MVP: Church of Earth
The creation of this platform was a subversive act. I built it to change the world. It can't work unless enough people…
It also happens to be a sword I’ve thrown into a lake because I’m a wizard.
Don’t forget the hard truth of the past few decades: