The Baron de Merxhausen has been involved with the Middle East since he was accidentally caught between a Bedouin tribal war in Egypt during the Arab Spring. Since then he has striven to develop horizontal communities in Australia and abroad. He was formerly a project manager for a major cryptocurrency, the director secretary of Gulcom – a rural water distribution scheme in New South Wales, a technology advisor to the Maltese government, and a partner in an Oriental development house focusing on limiting political corruption and empowering refugees. He is now working on an Issues-Based Direct Democracy app and runs the UX startup, Big Vision House.
This workshop will explore the question of what modern resistance really looks like, delving into the challenges facing a globalised world and how we can humanely respond. It will draw on the everyday experiences and recent examples of empowered communities around the world, who are actively demonstrating emergent democratic processes and a return of political power to the people. It will also touch on how new technologies, such as blockchain and robotics, can decentralise economic and governmental activity for the benefit of both general and marginalised populations (such as refugees).
Workshop participants are encouraged to share and listen to stories about their communities, technological innovation, and their experiences of mutual aid.
The workshop may cover (depending on what topics resonate with people and how much time we have):
* How can grass-roots community engagement compete with the coercive powers of the modern state?
* How can decentralisation facilitate greater political power and economic justice?
* How does mutual aid draw attention to the failures of the welfare state as well as authoritarianism?
* How can we confront the issues of powerlessness engendered by our society, and by consumerist culture?
* How can we present alternative modalities of governance that are accessible to all and contribute to quality of life and self-actualisation?
Finally, we would like to draw out some connections between local examples and stories to larger global movements of political and social change, and their relationship to global economic trends. We will be running this workshop using progressive facilitation techniques, which we will try to teach as we go along so people can take home new skills. Join us for an exciting discussion about the changes that are happening in our world today, and how we can benefit from understanding them.