My mind is starting to frequently wander into dreamer territory again. So I might as well write it all down!
Keep in mind these are daydreams that aren’t yet totally well informed (especially the more extravagant parts). As such they are filed into a subset of my “Art” category.
So I’ve been thinking that I really want to focus on improving my local city. There’s a lot of reasons for that. It’s an important city in the world, it’s where I live and thus have the most access to and influence over, I suspect it would be easier and more effective than focusing on a wider area, and if my efforts are successful, people should be able to copy them into a different city, like a sort of movement.
I’m really annoyed that the people who should already be doing this are not doing it. The University of Calgary Freethinkers and CFI Calgary don’t seem to care much about issues in Calgary or Alberta. Why the hell isn’t the local Freethinkers club dedicated to thinking through local problems? I scroll through their twitter and don’t see anything that identifies them as Albertan or Calgarian or Canadian except for the name. It’s all a bunch of talk about Trump and ISIS and Gamergate, all this really far away stuff. They are totally generic. What is the point of their existence? Everyone can follow Pharyngula and get all of that stuff already.
While trying to find more like-minded people, I recently found Resolve, which is a thing in Calgary that aims to eliminate homelessness completely. It takes donations from rich people and makes affordable housing for poorer people, and I’m sure that helps a lot but I don’t think it’s complete enough. I think completely eliminating homelessness would require an economically self-sustaining system (which means requiring basically no charity at all once it gets started. This could involve worker owned businesses, an organized community, and might require lots of other stuff). Still, I’d like to learn more about them and get involved with them.
Also Calgary as a whole needs an infusion of critical thinking skills, Humanist values, and stuff like that (this is another bare-minimum thing you’d think the local Humanist groups should be doing. The U of C freethinkers twitter could maybe be categorized as a small dose of this, but I don’t see any effort directed to change Calgarians, they’re lucky if any locals outside their bubble even know they exist). Instead of just trying to be the “most affordable” city in the world or the “nicest place to live” in the world, how about we try to be the wisest place in the world? And the most well organized, socially connected, and civically engaged?