The Swarm 2.0 – A Simplified Tactical Change to the World
Rick Falkvinge, the founder of the first Pirate Party, wrote a book called Swarmwise that is filled with advice on how to start a movement and succeed in growing it. His book was a way for him to give a clear road-map of his experiences to follow when growing a movement. When asked about the most common mistakes that Pirate Parties do Rick Falkvinge answered:
“Overdoing rules, regulations, and statutes. You don’t need bureaucracy. You need activism and you need to make activism fun. You should have the absolute minimum possible structure that supports activism – essentially having the org held together by duct tape just enough so that people can do activism. Bureaucracy kills activism and repels prospective activists. There’s much more on this in my book Swarmwise”
In 2014 Rob Sutherland, from Pirate Party Canada, started something he called ‘The Swarm 2.0 project’. The project was a way of processing all the information contained in the book and make it easier to follow. He spent the following two years working on the project every now and then until he just now reached a stage where he was content enough to make it public. The project consists of several different parts:
- Github repository containing:
- Collaborative workspace
- Short slideshow
To develop the project further Rob is looking for people willing to form “a swarm for the swarm 2.0 project”. Participating is an excellent opportunity to experience the different steps of swarming in a practical manner, whilst doing something good.
A swarm is a decentralized, collaborative social group. It looks like a traditional hierarchical organization from the outside and it’s built by a small core of people that make up a scaffolding of go-to people, enabling numbers of volunteers to cooperate on a common goal on a scale not possible before the net. A swarm will form if you present a compelling enough idea. – Swarm Steps
Future plans for the Swarm 2.0 project:
- Continue to edit and improve Swarm 2.0 and Swarm Steps
- Produce a visual novel version of Swarm Steps using Ren’Py
- Convert the visual novel to a video using Kazam
- Translate Swarm 2.0 and Swarm Steps into as many languages as possible
- Promote all of this.
Featured image: Modified from original book cover that is CC-BY-NC-SA, Rick Falkvinge