Reinvent Real-time Grassroots Movements
How do we reinvent real-time grassroots movements to better enable them to enact lasting change?
Douglas Rushkoff, the anchor of this roundtable, explained why the old way of organizing and running movements has been rendered obsolete. The new type of bottom-up movements that emerged in the form of Occupy and the like seem much better suited for the decentralized, digital era, and better positioned to solve chronic problems like global warming. Yet there are many challenges working against the full realization of this new kind of movement—like a short national attention span that jumps from spectacle to spectacle, and a digital infrastructure that appears compromised by the NSA. What these movements need are tools for building consensus to combat the polarization that has always been a part of democratic politics and is now amplified to a potentially problematic degree by social media.