Described as “an inspirational thought leader committed to constructing systems that provide empowering contexts for people to live their lives”, Michael draws on experience and expertise in architecture, community empowerment, publishing and personal development.
Here, OurNet’s Community Builder and Town Crier Carl Munson digs a little deeper to find out why he thinks OurNet is an idea whose time has come:
Thank you for taking the time out to consider these questions and for honouring my nosiness Michael. From previous conversations with you, I think it’s fair to say you have a profound understanding of the social nature of human beings that might in some way be driving your vision to create a ‘world that works’. Where did your interest in people and their ‘funny ways’ come from?
I don’t suggest that that is a great way to have lived my life, but I do believe its side effect has been to help me develop that profound understanding, which has its own benefits. And with that understanding has come a deep fascination at the amazing breadth and depth of variety of interpretations we humans put on the world and what happens. Which most of us strangely believe is the truth.
I understand OurNet has been some ten years in the making. What do you see happening in the next ten years, not just for OurNet, but also in the big wide world of the world-wide web, in these times of incredible and rapid change? What influence do you hope OurNet will have in that white hot furnace of transformation?
My hope, and belief, is that OurNet provides the mechanism for groups sharing like interests to gather, both virtually and physically, to create vibrant, self sustaining communities of interest and location. Creating a self organising organic world.
What are some of the key features of OurNet that differentiate it from what’s already going on in cyberspace? And what’s the next step for OurNet as a force for positive change? What will your dream team look like for making the OurNet vision manifest?
The next step for us is to get funding to properly develop a beta version, having learned so much from our alpha version. We’re setting up our organisation to reflect our wider ambitions. OurNet has a very flat hierarchy which uses our socially self-organising software to create powerful teams to produce innovation from all levels.