There is a possible world, better than the current one in countless ways, that those of us who care to and choose to can work to build. We live in a time when individuals and small groups of people have extraordinary power to create ideas, things, and organizations that can change the way the world has been, without having to wait for slow or unresponsive governments, or giant corporations, to recognize and react to the problems we see around us. Those who see a problem can, if they're clever and determined enough, solve at least some aspect of it. And our moment in history is explosive with suddenly tractable problems: we are within range of being able to eradicate poverty; cure diseases, decrepitude, and perhaps eventually even death; move outward into space and onto other worlds; and lift ourselves - all of us - finally from the struggle to merely get by, to the pursuit of fulfillment, passion, and joy. There is a fair and free world of infinite possibility that could be our future, if enough of us imagine it clearly and pursue it diligently.
How effective we are at solving the problems we see (and avoiding their undesirable side effects) depends fundamentally on the ideas we build with: how accurately we perceive the problems; how creatively we can dream up possibilities and solutions; how lucidly and carefully we can assess and improve on our dreamed ideas; and how shrewdly we can go about implementing them.
This is a place to collect and discuss those ideas, and in particular those that underlie and enable further, wiser, better ideas. The site is a means to explore concepts with leverage, insights that will unlock potentials that have been lying latent in the world and in us - ideas that will help us move by the shortest possible path to the world we'd rather live in.
The focus here is on brainstorming, articulating, iterating on, and ramifying ideas, but the end goal is to produce ideas that have been refined into actionable product designs, research programs, and business models, which are open source and free for the taking to anyone who is passionate about and well-suited to undertake them.
There are three sections on the site, semi-arbitrary categories that seemed to encompass the handful of ideas I had when I started the site, and which seemed to me to describe important fundamental areas of fruitful innovation and intervention. They are not meant to be exclusive or exhaustive; if and when new ideas come along that deserve their own category or suggest a fertile new area to consider, I'll happily create it.
The world could be more, and better, than it is. We can transmute the world that is into the world that could be. All it requires is that those of us who want that better world find a way to collaborate, to each build those pieces that each finds meaningful and exciting, and to coordinate the resulting pieces into a collective picture of peace and plenty. I acknowledge the difficulty of getting humans to collaborate on any large scale - but I will argue here that this is more possible now than it has ever been before, that there are uniquely powerful new approaches that can be taken, and, ultimately, that the alternatives to trying are all terrible if not catastrophic.