Us Now (2009) 

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Director
Ivo Gormley
Date
2009
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Can we all govern? Us Now looks at how 'user' participation could transform the way that countries are governed. It tells the stories of the online networks whose radical self-organising structures threaten to change the fabric of government forever. Us Now follows the fate of Ebbsfleet United, a football club owned and run by its fans; Zopa, a bank in which everyone is the manager; and Couch Surfing, a vast online network whose members share their homes with strangers.

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fdubry

on October 29, 2009 at 4:30pm

Its very interesting, it's a new (old) paradigm. You know, "by the people, for the people". A new type of government is like a new lock, it's just a new challenge for lock pickers. Not that I want to be pessimist, but lets face it, we already have an electoral system were every citizen can have his/her voice heard. The problem is that we, as citizen, are not doing our job, we don't vote for the best party or the best man, we vote for the best liar. The reason is simple, politics is out of reach for most of us, we are occupied with making a comfortable place for ourselves, we simply don't have the time or desire to be informed. If this new paradigm shift contributes to citizen being by enlarge more informed then maybe we have a chance, but this new lock will only last till the lock pickers...

migs88

on October 26, 2009 at 9:42am

Right now, I have more questions than answers, but I can clearly see the envisioned type of governing, and it sounds very practical to me.
I've probably been so accustomed to using the diverse services of the web (I'm online every single day) that I fail to recognize its power and future potential. This movie definitely presents a lot of thoughts to think about it - thoughts in relation to the way we contribute, live and function and in society.

migs88

on October 26, 2009 at 9:40am

Right now, I have more questions than answers, but I can clearly see the envisioned type of governing, and it sounds very practical to me.
I've probably been so accustomed to using the diverse services of the web (I'm online every single day) that I fail to recognize its power and future potential. This movie definitely brings a lot of thoughts to ponder in relation to the way we live, function, and contribute in society.

acurrie

on October 24, 2009 at 6:55pm

Great film! I would gladly pay for a higher-quality torrent that I could burn and share...

WiseOdd

on October 20, 2009 at 3:31am

Love your work!
Hopefully the idea of "self-generated Government" will spread.

macrumpton

on October 19, 2009 at 5:49pm

Very impressive wide ranging intro of crowdsourcing. I wish there were a little more discussion of the challenges and problems of using these ideas, and there were more discussion about replacing traditional government with this method, but all in all very useful and inspiring.

What would a society look like that had the major decisionmaking taken away from civil servants and corporate bureaucrats and given to the people?

bestmet

on October 19, 2009 at 3:03am

Suggest Video Format also in avi (XVid) as this is very popular for downloading to later view on TV. A torrent for this Format is now available at:http://www.mininova.org/tor/3056601

bestmet

on October 19, 2009 at 3am

Suggest Video Format should also be avi Xvid as this appears to be the most popular on Internet for watching on TV . Torrent for this version is also available at : http://www.mininova.org/tor/3056601

vodowarrior

on October 18, 2009 at 3:25pm

Sharing is a great concept in human feelings but this is about eventual domination.........do we need to go backwards to go forwards.dejavou!!!!!!!

tushky

on October 18, 2009 at 1:38pm

Love documentary's and LOVE the free-to-share concep

tushky

on October 18, 2009 at 1:38pm

good

deptacon

on October 18, 2009 at 5:52am

Wow...that sucked.... and I'm not interested in the whole socialist utopia bandwagon....

J. Smith

on October 18, 2009 at 4:56am

Excellent work! Has Jeff Jarvis seen this movie?

BigUglyNakedGuy

on October 18, 2009 at 1:59am

Excellent! Let's make it happen!

shadowhaint

on October 16, 2009 at 7:10pm

Great documentary, great site, great ideas and great possibilities - thanks

adrianmxd

on October 16, 2009 at 9:19am

Great piece of work

redjade

on October 15, 2009 at 10:56pm

1 minute and 36 seconds of white men promoting this idea and you couldn't find a single woman that had something to say?

I think I will start a FaceBook page condemning Vodo.net ;-)

on October 15, 2009 at 4:36pm

This is a must watch! Thanks for making me aware of this.

This is probably the single best argument ever made for reducing the powers of government.

jonnois

on October 15, 2009 at 9:14am

wheres the 720p version??? needs to be 720p to be watchable on big screen hd tv's

CaptainProton

on October 14, 2009 at 3:13pm

Love documentary's and LOVE the free-to-share concept!

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