OSP Update #2, Krist Novoselic Advocating 4 FairVote, OSP Members are Voting

OSP cofounder Krist Novoselic spoke in Minneapolis Minnesota on behalf of FairVote. Here is an interview with him in the local Minneapolis/St. Paul paper, The Daily Planet

Krist will also be on on “Kennedy” Wednesday night at 8pET/5PT on Fox Business Network. He will be discussing FairVote’s Ranked Choice Voting plan for the United States House of Representatives. Lawrence Lessig, who is running for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, has adopted this as part of his reform proposal.

OSP cofounder Ken Goffman aka R.U. Sirius will be speaking at “The Future of Politics” conference on October 18, at Humanist Hall, in Oakland. The event will take place on a Sunday from 10:30am- 6:00 pm. His topic will be “Hybrid Politics: Left, Libertarian, Futurist & Open Source.” There are lots of speakers so the talk will be brief.  Learn more here.

Meanwhile, with new membership, OSP has opened up for debate and voting on platforms, policies and endorsements. While it may seem a bit premature, it could be helpful to add some flesh to the bare bones of the OSP principles. And it’s proved to be an excellent way of getting people engaged.

We have already had votes on proposals.We need to have a vote itself on what the rules are for passing a proposal. Some of the votes end without at least 50% of our members voting. We need to decide what a quorum is for passing a vote.

If you support our principles, join us to learn more and become engaged.

US Open Source Party Update/Voluntary Collaborationism

by Ken Goffman aka R.U. Sirius

US Open Source Party has started welcoming new members since posting an article titled Introducing the United States Open Source Party on Medium.  You can sign on here

Hank Pellessier has quit the Transhumanist Party (TP) and joined OSP. Hank was Secretary for TP.  Their presidential candidate, Zoltan Istvan, is riding across America in an “immortality bus” made to look like a coffin. Hank discusses his decision here.

My update of a 2011 article titled Voluntary Collaborationism (VC) also appeared on the same website. In the piece, I discuss OSP as an example of VC.

Here are a few excerpts

I think Open Source politics, with its implicit promise to make transparent most aspects of currency/capital flow, may lead us towards solutions that are robust, agile and fair to all. A platform position that might be a raw start leading towards this might be something along the lines of “Democratize the Fed.”

…cultural forms will have their moments of iridescence and, eventually, people will start to dislike them just for being around too long.  This is a manifestation of a deep dissatisfaction — an itch that can’t be scratched by cultural expressions and groovy new identities. People are (mostly unconsciously) pissed off when the new cultural thing can’t deliver real social/political/economic change and a fairer distribution of power.

Read the entire thing here