Viridian design contest: Global Civil Society I a…

Viridian design contest: Global Civil Society

I am sure you’ve already heard about/from Bruce Sterling’s ‘Viridian Movement‘ — if not, here’s a chance not just to lurk but also to participate. Check out their recent design contest. Check the link to read on.
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Here’s the basic pitch. Let’s imagine you are Joe or Juanita Global-Civ. There you are, a selfless, activist policy-wonk, one civilized soul in a darkening world where ethnic throat-cutting is rising sharply and trust in the biz community has plummeted.

You’re at Rio, eloquently moaning over the dead coral reefs. You’re at the WTO and you brought a rational argument. You’re cataloging landmines in the Balkans or Kashmir, you’re logging-on in Alternet and Indymedia, you’re the daring token feminist at the Kabul loya jirga….

Then, in that classic wonk moment, you pull your Global Civil Society Designer Laptop from your ballistic- nylon shoulder bag and you boot it up. “Whoa!” is the instant response from a stunned and impressed public. “Where’d you get that?”

“Oh, this? We’ve all got these now! They’re everywhere!” (read on)

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