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Hope you can make it to Central LA the evening of Wednesday, August 28th to make new friends, renew old friendships, and take part in frank and civil discussion. All come in equal privilege and mutual respect.
Followers who will be in Southern California on July 21st may find this inaugural event of great interest. It includes lunch and many interesting speakers, including Jonny Stryder!
A special offer for followers of this blog who cannot afford the full $76 donation to attend: pay the student rate of $37 online. Instead of presenting a full-time student ID, provide the promo code “VLDA Student” at the door to receive admission and lunch at the student rate.
The organizers ask only that you sign up online (link above) so they can get an accurate headcount for lunch. See you there!
I’ve resumed blogging, with rearranged channels. Posts pertinent to promise societies and other forms of decentralized conflict resolution will be linked to here at vlda.org. You can follow almost everything I post online at Medium.com or Eggseed Press, and can leave comments here or at Medium. Here’s hoping for a productive conversation!
The Expandable Promise Game
Keep your promises.
Publish your promises.
Ask no more than you have promised to others.
For more details about game play, see the game sheet.
It’s here! “Blockchain Faith” was published by Eggseed Press in May, 2018. The book explains how the Three Promises, public ledgers and the value of reputation in social networks work together to provide a means for civic order capable of gradually displacing top-down governance systems. In Blockchain Faith societies, no levers of power exist to fight over. Every member has the same social and political power. Everyone promises to keep their promises, put them in the ledger, and to ask no more for themselves than they promise to others.
Most important, we can begin building social promise networks without asking anyone for permission. All we need to make and use social promises is protected by basic human rights of free expression, association and belief.
If you’ve been reading this blog, you’ll already have a good idea what the book is about. You will recognize many of the same themes and core ideas, and even a few essays are similar. But the book contains a lot of new and revised material. It’ll be worth your while to pick up a copy and thumb through it. It’s only $4.99 in electronic form, and it’s Creative Commons licensed so you can make and share copies for non-commercial use without paying a fee. It’s available lots of places online, for example:
So what’s next? Finishing the white paper already under development that describes a public ledger application for social promises, and then building a first instance of the application. Setting up certification programs through the uRULEu Institute for self-sovereign promisors, neutrals and application developers. Building up a Fellowship Program through the Institute to study and teach sociological, anthropological, economic, psychological and computer science aspects of self-governance through social promises. These activities will be group activities for which I must recruit colleagues and volunteers. As for myself, I am and will be writing fiction and non-fiction designed to expand understanding and acceptance of social order through social promises, in addition to practicing law. I am and will be recruiting like-minded authors to publish through Eggseed Press. Much fulfilling labor lies ahead.
Blockchain Faith is about improving the quality of our lives by building mutual trust to facilitate solutions to personal and social problems. It’s about building human connections for mutual benefit and human thriving. To stay tuned, follow Blockchain Faith on Medium.com. To join in, contact me!