The invisible prison-system of freedom to rights
First of all, I'm born in Sweden and since a few years back in my birth country from living abroad for more than a decade. I'm also proud of that Sweden has a prison system that is actually working hard on making itself irrelevant.
Looking at the numbers presented in Erwin James piece "Prison is not for punishment in Sweden. We get people into better shape" published by The Guardian last year, Sweden definitely is doing something right here. Especially giving many previously lost-to-society individuals a better opportunity to a new and improved way back.
That is a wonderful thing, giving people who at some points in history for various reasons took wrong turns a chance to get back and yet again live a meaningful life that works with the rest of society too.
I'm proud of my country making this work. Going against what so many other civilized countries does and dismantle the brick and mortar prison system instead of expanding to hide even more individuals deemed not fit to enjoy freedom from their own judgement.
Without paper trail you are nothing to society
However, this also exposes one of the biggest challenges society, ruled by democratically selected governments, are up against in the transformation from before to after the Internet began to make the globalization movement working better.
It shows that the system works when it is in full control, when it has been able to produce a paper trail and from that ruled someone has done something wrong and that person should be removed from own rights to move around freely amongst the rest of the population.
When the prison door shuts behind, the case is closed!
In Sweden that means the rehabilitation begins, while in many other countries it is the beginning of further prolonged punishment and suffering.
Today we no longer leave just a trail of paper notes behind, we create our own digital footprints and most of them are publicly visible for the many to follow. This blog post is one such digital footprint I'm leaving behind.
I do this to formulate my own thoughts into something more manageable to be able to move forward with a better understanding and ability to solve my own personal challenges, ambitions and other goals in my life. To improve my own personal user experience of the world we share.
I also do it in the hope it can bring some clarity and guidance for others also thinking hard about what is not going so well in the one world we share together and the big challenges our combined and global society are facing.
Many of these challenges we humans have created all on our own throughout history. Yet still we too often look the other way, choose to somehow ignore the mess, in the hope nature somehow will come to our resque and magically sort it out for us.
Digital is borderless and wants to be free
...digital is just stored inside brick and mortar, in buildings purposebuilt to make transfering the bits between us smoother.
Digital also works best when shared open, that's why so many refuses to give up the fight for a free and open internet built from net neutrality.
A fight that we are winning, but one that is still far from over as those still stuck in the old ways of thinking fight back - To keep their rights to protect thoughts, ideas and information and to lock them up behind paywalls to prevent them from being used in ways they are not in control of.
In the old age of papertrails, sharing and spreading documented information demanded a lot of time consuming costly logistics to transport the content from source to user. Often it also meant that each copy of a copy was less useful as quality and clarity got lost in the process.
Today information is reduced to ones and zeros.
Two numbers that can not be anything else than either a one or a zero and every new copy of a collection of those ones and zeros is a new original where nothing gets lost in the transaction.
The original source can be tracked and thus discovered as and when I need it. Which in most cases means I find more valuable information and more often than not also the people behind it to collaborate with to make even more sense out of the opportunity to learn and apply.
The more I learn about the Sharing Economy, the more I realize that money comes very far down on the list of priorities.
The economy in Sharing Economy is about something completely different, it is about availablity and use without having to waste time and energy having to chase around and make sure I have the rights to use what someone else thought out or otherwise made available with limitations.
This became clear a short time after I took the decision to use Creative Commons as my default license for my own work, especially for the creations I chose to publish and thus make available for you and everyone else with access to consume.
The Open Source movement, that by so many wrongly only is about access to the source code for computer programs, is where Creative Commons have its roots. It is from there a need emerged that a license form that purely focuses on the content created with those applications open source code licenses make possible was required.
Creative Commons is a frontrunner for the open movement. It paves the way for what's under the hud, the code, and makes our everyday lives simpler by allowing us to consume, learn from, modify and also make publicly available in new forms with our own ideas baked in.
We have the tools to break free
...free from the old and utterly slow ways of societally systems that prevents us from making real and speedy progress.
We just need to make better use of the digital infrastructure and all the tools and services it already consists of.
Instead to keep banging our heads and fight those who want to keep controlling, the system that historically have given them rights to tax and power to control the use of the information they just happen to own the rights to, we now have a better choice.
We can choose to share our ideas, thoughts and collaborate openly to create new information and solutions to help us move forward.
The amount of openly shared - free to consume and use - information is already growing at an immense pace.
So much that it is already unstoppable!
By collaboration across borders and languages we can together take back control of our own everyday, while at the same time push forward to solve the big challenges that affects the whole world.
Challenges created by those who still believes the paper trail gives them the veto to decide what is good for us.