AltInst: Re: >H Re: Rifkin - Science Frontier Foundation?

From: Sasha Chislenko <>
Date: Mon Jul 19 1999 - 16:23:53 PDT

I actually meant something broader than life-sciences.

Rational Frontier, or Open Science Foundation, or
Scientists for Freedom, or - anybody has a good name?
(Though a bioethics only isn't a bad agenda - I just think it's
an integral part of a broader set of issues).

Should we flesh out the issues, the agenda, and organizational
proposal, than create a task list, from collecting materials
to website development to funding, and start promoting it?
Shouldn't be hard to formulate the issues at least.
We can create a collaborative project for it, and start submitting
and taking up the tasks.

I will include it into my list organizations as something
that _should_ exist...

At , wrote:
>Transhuman Mailing List
>On Sun, 4 Jul 1999, Sasha Chislenko wrote:
> > Transhuman Mailing List
> >
> > Could you formulate a program that would clearly explain some
> > of the existing power groups that this is the approach they'll
> > benefit from, while the alternatives are harmful?
> >
> > Who are the groups here (govt, industry, consumer, religious
> > folk, environmentalist) that support each of the sides?
> >
> > CAn you find historical analogs of similar debates?
> >
> > Is there anybody who could fund a pro-open-tech think tank?
> > An analog of EFF with a broader agenda?
>Wow, more easily asked than answered! I finally wrote up a list of steps to set
>up such an organization, but it turned out to be long. Since nobody reads long
>emails, I instead put it on my website, If you're
>interested, have a look and let everybody know what you think. I'll only repeat
>here the last paragraph from my message:
>I think this plan can work. It doesn't take many people to get the ball rolling,
>just a few dedicated ones. As new people get interested, the nature of the work
>should scale well. One thing I'm not sure about is how to motivate that original
>core of members to join; how to make it fun and easy for them to contribute
>their efforts. What do you think? If there have been projects you've enjoyed
>collaborating with others on in the past, what was it you enjoyed the most about

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