“Problems cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.” Albert Einstein
“If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” Sydney J. Harris
“I don’t search, I find.” Picasso
A while back I posted a first sketchy outline of the idea of a Bloggers Parliament . Since then I’ve clarified and elaborated it and the project is now up and running and people have started joining. This is an open invitation to you, whoever and wherever you are, to come and be a Collector and Creator of Solutions. They don’t have to be world-size solutions, they could be small, simple and practical. A ‘Eureka!’ you had while taking a bath. Or some deep philosophical answer that came to you as you walked in the woods. Whatever. But they must be solutions to specific problems. Here are the guidelines which appear on the BP home page.
What is the Bloggers Parliament?
A flexible assembly of bloggers who are interested in finding and selecting from the blogosphere or from any other source – including their own thoughts – feasible solutions to current problems in the world. Members of Bloggers Parliament can be thought of as talent scouts, finding those elusive needles – solutions which can get right to the point of a problem – in the daunting haystack of information.
This is not a chat room, discussion forum, soap-box or fund-raising scheme, nor can it be used to advertise or sell any products or services.
Our focus is only on the collection or creation of specific imaginative, relevant, informed, constructive and perhaps unorthodox solutions which could, if applied, really solve specific problems.
Our personal Collection of Solutions , which will be added to regularly, is an example. But you need not agree with our choice of solutions in order to join this Parliament – you may have very different solutions to the same problems or choose to concentrate on other problems. The voting process will choose which ideas to include in eventual Solution Packages.
How do I join?
If you agree to the above principles and aims, you apply to become a Member of Bloggers Parliament simply by saying you want to join and entering your name and the URL of your site in our Comments box. Once you are accepted we put your name on the blogroll of MBP’s and it remains there as long as you actively participate in this project and keep to the guidelines. We reserve the right to remove your name from the list of members at any time if we feel you are not keeping to the spirit of this project.
How do I participate once I am an MBP?
1.Somewhere on your own blog, create a section headed: Bloggers Parliament.
2. Near the heading insert a link to Bloggers Parliament and our logo (a new one is being designed).
3. Below the heading insert your name followed by Collection of Solutions. For example: Joe Blogg’s Collection of Solutions.
4. All solutions that you post should go under the above headings, followed by the Category of Problem you are addressing. Choose from the list below or add new categories, if you wish, but tell us what they are so we can add them to the list.
5. Look at our Collection of Solutions for an example of a format you can adopt for presenting your entries. Include the following: General category of problem . Specific issue within that category. Title of the Solution. Author or source of the solution. Date you selected it.
6. If the idea is one you have found on the internet, give a brief quote or summary and add a link to its source. It’s not enough just to give the link: you must say in a few words what this idea proposes as a specific solution to the specific problem. The same goes for ideas you find from any sources outside the internet: always give the source and a brief, clear and specific summary. Avoid long discussions of the problem: this is about solutions .
7. If the solution is one that you have thought of and/or are actually using in your own work or daily life, follow the same format given above. Specify the problem and how your idea solves it, or would solve it. Summarize this in a short paragraph and give a link, if necessary, to a page on your site where the solution is fully elaborated.
If you don’t have your own blog, or only occasional access to the internet, let us know a URL to which you could occasionally post your solutions and where other people could read them.
What happens next?
When a reasonable number of people have joined and collected a reasonable number of solutions to given problems, Voting Days will be announced inviting everyone, anywhere, to vote on the best solutions published in all the participating Members’ blogs. The voters will be asked to vote according to the titles of solutions and categories of problems. Voting Days will be held here on the Bloggers Parliament Home Page and votes can be cast in our Comments box. This system may change in future if the project grows but for the time being we’ll start small and simple.
And then what?
After a good number of solutions have been gathered and several Voting Days held to choose the best, we will put together several Solutions Packages to be presented to the media, world leaders, experts, or anybody likely to give them serious consideration. Let’s see where this will lead. No predictions, no expectations – just travelling hopefully.
Categories of Current Problems
(You can add new categories. Tell us and we’ll add them.)
1. On-going conflicts, wars and post-war chaos.
2. Threats or dangers to individuals, countries or the planet.
3. Local issues specific to one country or area.
4. Race or religious conflicts.
5. Poverty, hunger, illiteracy.
6. Health & environment problems, local or global.
7. Economic imbalances/ Money/ Unemployment.
8. Lack of communication and/or reliable information.
9. Corruption and crime: on small or vast scale.
10. Individual and collective morality & responsibility.
11. Technology: problems it causes or that it could solve.
12. Psychological blocks and blind spots.
13. Spiritual issues.
14. Problems in Education, Arts or Culture.
Please remember Bloggers Parliament is about collecting solutions
and not about discussing the problems.
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