The Meeting is the Message

 

What’s CitizenValley? Well, if Silicon Valley is the place where value is made from Silicon, then in CitizenValley the essential raw material is the Citizen – you and me.
Where’s Citizen Valley? Your place or mine
CrowdFinding The point of the exercise is to find people with places they wish to share for cultural, commercial or crowd purposes. If there’s a need for CrowdFunding, it’s not now.
The “Home” phenomenon In is the new Out. The home has become the location for Home restaurants, House concerts, public meetings, secret parties and of course the likes of AirBnb have led the way in helping people monetise their homes.
Not just homes Under the tree in your garden, or around the pool. Or not home at all. Local authorities can offer public buildings and spaces. Shops, restaurants and offices can offer locations for alternative uses. Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Bring back the piazza Speakers’ Corner. It’s all very well having a soapbox if you’ve nowhere to put it. Public space is generally not public.
Freedom of information Tried to rent/borrow/beg the use of public property from your Local Council? In what sense public?
Getting out of the ghettos
You are a meeting organiser
Facebook
Public patronage
Taxes
Staying legal We want to see flatter playing fields for meeting places. But we can’t rewrite the rulebooks. AirBnB, Uber, Gnammo all push up against the “system”. How hard you want to push (if you have to) is up to you. But we can help with some of the heavy lifting.
What’s the big idea? If the meetings are more important than the matters, then the priority is the “promiscuity” of bringing people together regardless of who they are and where they come from, rather than the “contamination” of sharing ideas, even if the latter can be an effective instrument of the former.
A funny thing happened to me on the way to the forum The ancient Romans recognised the importance of this cross-fertilisation, to quote Wikipedia: … a forum was a gathering place of great social significance, and often the scene of diverse activities, including political discussions and debates, rendezvous, meetings, et cetera. These days, the public square or piazza no longer plays this role and no other infrastructure has taken its place. In fact, it’s hard to find meetings that don’t have a largely predefined audience or an organiser with privileged access to the best locations!
TED and TEDx? There can be no doubt that a lot of ideas change hands during TED events and on the TED website. However, whether or not the ideas are inspiring or worthy of sharing, the audience is left out of the conversation – it listens in silence to a monologue. The challenge is to bring people together and allow them to share their thoughts and knowledge, multilaterally.
What no business model? None as yet. Sounds like the Couchsurfing story, but not quite. In recent times, Couchsurfing.com has started experimenting with revenues from advertising and subscriptions. Yes, we will look for advertising revenues, but the long term model is to be an ultra low cost platform for all place sharing globally (Everyware!), on which others can create value added services. Everyone else approaches this from the other way round, creating value-added services to ringfenced client bases. CitizenValley makes shareable places visible. Should be called PlaceBook, no?
Transaction fees No, that’ll be for those who may promote added-value services via CitizenValley. We just help the counterparties meet each other. Just like Yellow Pages.
Who’s it all for? CitizenValley helps organisations and individuals (particularly individuals – you and me) to hold and promote meetings and events. At the same time, it permits and encourages those who have relevant locations, resources and skills to make them available in an efficient, timely and cost-effective manner. And it gives the rest of us somewhere new to go. And it might just strengthen participatory democracy as well.
Movimento 5 Stelle in Italy Wikipedia tells us: << …. meetups started, with the initial aim, according to the same Grillo, to “have fun, get together and share ideas and proposals for a better world, starting from one’s own city. And discuss and develop, if you believe, my posts”>>. In CitizenValley, the hope is that we can have fun and games, and sharing and caring, without a wider political framework. No Movement, and No Party. Rather, let’s have a party. Stop
Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  1. Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
  2. No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
The 0th (zeroth) sector

The 4th way

They say that Society is divided into three sectors:

  1. The PUBLIC SECTOR (central government, local authorities, health care, education etc)
  2. The PRIVATE SECTOR such as commercial businesses, industries, retail / shops, energy companies
  3. The THIRD SECTOR made up of voluntary, community or “not-for-profit” activities.

This means that the motivation for actually doing something is either 1) political, 2) economic or 3) humanitarian.

CitizenValley doesn’t know in which sector it belongs. Simply put, it says that if you’ve got something. But what about the stuff we do for our own reasons? This makes up part of the sharing economy or the informal sector.

Left Right
Left Right


If the meetings are more important than the matters, then the priority is the “promiscuity” of bringing people together regardless of who they are and where they come from, rather than the “contamination” of sharing ideas, even if the latter can be an effective instrument of the former. TED and TEDx? There can be no doubt that a lot of ideas change hands during TED events and on the TED website. However, whether or not the ideas are inspiring or worthy of sharing, the audience is left out of the conversation – it listens in silence to a monologue. The challenge is to bring people together and allow them to share their thoughts and knowledge, multilaterally.

The ancient Romans recognised the importance of this cross-fertilisation, to quote Wikipedia: … a forum was a gathering place of great social significance, and often the scene of diverse activities, including political discussions and debates, rendezvous, meetings, et cetera. These days, the public square or piazza no longer plays this role and no other infrastructure has taken its place. In fact, it’s hard to find meetings that don’t have a largely predefined audience or an organiser with privileged access to the best locations!

CitizenValley allows anyone to become a meeting organiser and promoter, without any technical knowledge or access to special resources or skills. At the same time, it permits and encourages those who have relevant locations, resources and skills to make them available in an efficient, timely and cost-effective manner.

The Meeting is the Message

Se e quando gli incontri sono più importanti delle idee, la priorità è la “promiscuità” nel mettere le persone insieme chiunque siano e dovunque vengano, anziché la “contaminazione” della condivisione di pensieri e proposte, anche se il secondo può essere strumento del primo. TED e TEDx? Non c’è dubbio che tante idee passano da mano in mano durante gli eventi di TED e tramite il suo sito web. Comunque, a parte il valore (oppure) di quelle idee, la platea rimane fuori della conversazione – ascolta in silenzio il monologo. La sfida è di raccogliere le persone e di permettere lo scambio di conoscenze, multi-lateralmente.

I Romani antichi sapevano che fare incontrare le persone era una questione infrastrutturale, a citare Wikipedia: “… un foro era un punto di assembramento di grande significato sociale, e spesso il palcoscenico di attività diverse, quali discussioni e dibattiti politici, rendez-vous, incontri & etc.”. Ormai, la piazza pubblica non gioca più questo ruolo e non è stata rimpiazzata da altra infrastruttura. In verità, è cosa difficile trovare un incontro “pubblico” che non abbia una platea scontata e circoscritta eppure senza un organizzatore radicato con accesso privilegiato agli spazi e mezzi idonei.