Intro

What is, is.
What is not, could be.

I have this idea how to empower the human reasoning.
It might make things worse
It might lead in the wrong direction
It might be a waste of effort and money
It might be a waste of hope
Yet not trying would be to betray my intuition.
What if it works?

I sold my business to give my dream a chance to thrive, and created the Foundation for Digital Peace Talks at the end of 2016.

Iwan Ittermann

Idea


The key purpose of the Foundation for Digital Peace Talks is to foster the development of a open source software called Digital Peace Talks that enables all humans to enter a fair and meaningful discourse.

So how exactly would this look?
Let's say we want to discuss “What causes the climate of earth to change?” or “How can we achieve peace in the arab-israel conflict?” or “What should be paid with all the taxes we all pay?”.
  • All users states their opinion on that question.
  • Public opinions will be visualized in an endless three-dimensional space.
  • An algorithm analyzes the semantic stochastic and clusters opinions that are same and those that are opposite (I favor t-SNE, a learning machine that reduces dimensionality of vectorized words in order to sort the ones most alike. Picture it a bit like a search engine knowing that for searching “cow”, a site containing “milk” is more likely to be relevant then a site containing “animals”).
  • Everyone can send and receive, accept and deny applications to talk about an others opinion. The exchanges are be held until You made I change my mind or forever or until they fail.
  • A talk fails, when one participant triggers crisis mode and they don't both agree on ending the crisis within a given time limit.
  • A talk is successful when the applicant made the receiver change his opinion.
  • Successful arguments are archived and highlighted, so others that stated a similar opinion can see them.

What I dream of, is to create a space - a universe - where everyone can speak freely, decide freely who he or she listens to and decide freely what he or she talks about with who. A browsable, three dimensional archive of all our opinions: the points we agree on as well as the points that make me “I” and you “You”.

In this digital space you would have freedom of speech, like in real life (sad having to add “idealistically”), but also freedom of listening and most importantly freedom of opinion.

My goal is to reduces polarization in global society and enables us to understand each other better.

Meta

Now


You can have a look at this demo: digital-peace-talks-demo.webflow.io (opens in new window) If you think this is something you could help to achieve, I would be glad to hear from you.

You can also have a look at our freelance job listings: LINK Help to develop an open source peace communication platform.

We are deciding the feature priority list with the slack community (canonicaldeabtelab.slack.com). Feel free to join if you are looking to exchange about ideas and knowledge on peaceful digital communication.

For any other inquiries or just to say hello write a line to
email address

Impressum

Angaben gemäß § 5 TMG:
Die Stiftung für digitale Friedensgespräche ist ein treuhänderisch verwalteter Stiftungsfonds innerhalb der Dachstiftung für individuelles Schenken
GLS Treuhand e.V.
Christstraße 9, 44789 Bochum

Ansprechpartner für den Stiftungsfonds „Stiftung für digitale Friedensgespräche":

Iwan Ittermann



Bildnachweis: Hubblesite.org, Space Telescope Science Institute, Newsrelease ID: STScI-2003-28

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