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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:291-scidok-4184

Can we personally influence the future with our present resources?

Gros, Claudius ; Hamacher, Kay ; Meyer, Wolfgang

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SWD-Schlagwörter: Futurologie , Zukunft , Computerunterstützte Kommunikation , Onlinegemeinde , Partizipation , Stiftung , Kapitalanalage, Wachstum, Demokratie
Freie Schlagwörter (Englisch): future, online-community, non-profit, foundation, participation
Institut 1: Fachrichtung 5.2 - Soziologie
Institut 2: Fachrichtung 7.1 - Theoretische Physik
Dokumentart: ResearchPaper
Sprache: Englisch
Erstellungsjahr: 2004
Publikationsdatum: 07.01.2005
Kurzfassung auf Englisch: Influencing the future of mankind for the better,
supporting sustainable development and realizing
ambitious plans as the colonization of outer space?
But how? In this paper we will differentiate two distinct approaches:
(I) immediate action/projects - most NGOs follow this avenue and
(II) long-term growth within an evolvable and improvable organization
to accumulate both financial resources and methodical, scientific
and procedural knowledge to support the goals.

We explain how the initiative Future 25 tries to develop a foundation
whose goal is to maintain a platform for the second approach.
The long-term perspective requires special organizational
prerequisites to support a stable structure and by that the
desired long-term growth. The direct member participation
results as a possibility in contrast to most foundations
that are governed by a small group of people. Our foundation
will be heavily based on the utilization of the Internet to
realize what we will introduce as maximum participation.

We show how current sociological research prompts for concepts
such as monitoring and evaluation to support the stability
of the organization and facilitate new developments and changes
within the foundation. We discuss organizationial, sociological,
legal, technological and financial issues.

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