Us Now (2009) 

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Director
Ivo Gormley
Date
2009

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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Ivo Gormley

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oigroig

on July 04, 2013 at 6:46am

subtitles?

nicolai

on September 20, 2012 at 8:06pm

I liked some of the ideas and hope people learn to use the power of the Internet, but, I didn't like this. The pacing was too ADHD for me.

ChrisDudman

on November 07, 2011 at 8:06am

This is exactly the kind of 'stick it to the man' stuff I love. Business and life needs to evolve to become much more civilised. :)

kurt.paulsen

on October 05, 2011 at 3:19am

I loved this movie. I give it an A+. It totally dovetails with work I'm doing regarding modern political philosophy. I've already begun recommending it to others. :)

SG16031994

on September 26, 2011 at 6:54pm

really liked it...

Tamara

on July 04, 2011 at 4:38am

The tables have finally turned. Took 6,000 years but it was worth it.

giner

on May 02, 2011 at 2am

Great movie, great sight, great ideas!

Georgui

on April 27, 2011 at 9:30am

Could i get the text of everything is said in here in order for it to be translated into Russian at my email ggeorgui at gmail with information of to who to colloborate in translation of it?

Lance

on March 28, 2011 at 1:42pm

I loved this, gives a bright outlook on the future of the way we govern and how a global community can come together and make things happen.
9/10

giganticflying

on December 17, 2010 at 7:53am

Great documentary. Very inspiring.

arandomguy11

on October 27, 2010 at 5:25pm

this was great! i was amazed at how this way of thinking has already started to be applied in real life! i always thought that the whole community helping others on a large scale really was around open-source software. i can really see this working for much larger scales and really do hope so. im already promoting the hell outa this because this really should be the way of the future. i think the main problem is people are to scared to really stand up to try and make a change but as you can see from the film there are many ways in which you will not be singled out or attacked that can allow you to do that.

amazing film

recommended for all humans :)

arandomguy11

on October 27, 2010 at 5:24pm

this was great! i was amazed at how this way of thinking has already started to be applied in real life! i always thought that the whole community helping others on a large scale really was around open-source software. i can really see this working for much larger scales and really do hope so. im already promoting the hell outa this because this really should be the way of the future. i think the main problem is people are to scared to really stand up to try and make a change but as you can see from the film there are many ways in which you will not be singled out or attacked that can allow you to do that.

amazing film

recommended for all humans :)

supperelias

on August 21, 2010 at 1:16pm

no 720p?

AAC

on July 28, 2010 at 1:28am

Thank you very much for this great movie. I like it very much!

Thanks for using AAC audio :)

LiteHacker

on June 28, 2010 at 4:31pm

I have had this type of government in mind for quite some time. It's great someone has finally progressed the idea into an informative video. I look forward to seeing even more decentralized governance movements in the near future.

Gatepc

on June 19, 2010 at 7:03am

Wow.. amazing documentary. I can only hope that before I die of old age that I live to see the rise of a true democratic government directly controlled by the people using the technology at hand. Truly spectacular documentary great work guys.

BeeVee

on November 10, 2009 at 1:32am

An excellent documentary showing a lot of possibilities. Whether mandate by the masses turns into rule by the lowest common denominator is a question that needs answering of course - would slavery be abolished or the NHS exist under such a system?

BeeVee

on November 10, 2009 at 1:31am

An excellent documentary showing a lot of possibilities. Whether mandate by the masses turns into rule by the lowest common denominator is a question that needs answering of course - would slavery be abolished or the NHS exist under such a system?

livyatan

on November 03, 2009 at 11:12am

In order for governance to change like this, it has to be shown as better than the alternative, or at least more attractive. The reasons people aren't involved in politics are: not enough time, it's boring, and it's full of assholes.

This idea of direct democracy seems to just be more of the worst. More time needed, more bureaucratic, and more assholes getting in a word. What exactly are the benefits, that I can do it through a computer? Wrong answer.

People get into politics because they want to vent emotionally in person at other people, or want to be associated with righteousness, or want to leverage their private resources through public policy. The question we should be asking is how do we harness these natural forces into good policy.

Sipsoxard

on November 01, 2009 at 5:55am

@deptacon: That's not socialism. I think it's a kind of political position of centre-left, something similar. But it's not even that, it's not a position, just an idea, a vision.

Maybe not a whole new model of government, but a bigger participation of the people in its decisions.

Nice docummentary, seems to be a pleasing future.

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