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Break the Monopoly
Anyone looking at this article is presumed to have already come to the conclusion that corporate scientology failed miserably. It failed in its fiduciary responsibility to maintain and safeguard the technology developed by L. Ron Hubbard. Instead of providing the means by which people could learn, experience and benefit from the teachings, it became a perverted trap. People looking for freedom were instead given betrayal and a twisted, corrupt wild rendition which bears no resemblance to the true subject itself.
So from that perspective, many have asked the question - what will the scientology landscape be like post DM?
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One could argue that whatever reform, amends, apologies, restructuring, executive replacements, reorganizations etc. that occur...it really doesn't matter. There is now and will continue to be henceforth, a vibrant and active "field" of independents and practitioners who will not blindly embrace a reformed "church" and trust it unconditionally. And why should they? The lessons learned from the past quarter century of tyranny within corporate scientology has taught us an inescapable truth: never again will we leave it up to a self appointed hierarchy (Sea Org) to dictate and be sole arbiter of the application of the tech.
But how would this "field" of independents and layman network together, share knowledge, learn how to audit or help deliver the benefits of the technology if not somehow coordinated or bound in a structure that helped them expand and do whatever they would with the tech?
And how would anyone find independent practitioners based on geography, case level, reviews of the various offerings at the practice etc., and thereby gain a level of confidence in the proposed results?
Is there a place for a "central organization" post Armageddon? (another name for the shit storm coming scientology's way circa 2010/2011/2012) Will the independents flounder and bicker and go off in a thousand directions with each dramatizing or proclaiming to be the true bearers of the legacy of LRH?
Good questions. And I don't have all the answers anymore than anyone else does. But like all confusions it can be broken down into its component parts and resolved. Which then begs the question: How do you break down the component parts and what tool (s) do you use?
Fortunately we live at a time of high technology and the tools are at our fingertips...literally. Robert Vaughn Young is famous for his quote that "the Internet will be scientologys' Vietnam". It can just as well be the instrument of its redemption.
The Internet certainly made it possible to broadly publicize the abusive, corrupt and criminal organization scientology had become. Thanks to a handful of courageous individuals, it was a tool to bludgeon (hammer) out of existence that sick puppy.
But how might the Internet be used to catalog all this information, organize it in a search-able format, help coordinate people and events, disseminate activities globally with an economy of effort (no more slave labor available for 100 hour work weeks to get out slick glossy literature, rat-a-tat high production value videos and grandiose bimonthly event extravaganza's) and be factually reliable incorporating a self correction and filtering mechanism? Can Independents create a virtual org?
The lack of a perceived viable competitive resource that gives people an option other than to submit to corporate Scientology's dictates if they wish to receive standard service, is a major reason corporate Scientology has gone unchecked and unresponsive to calls for reform.
1.) Say you were interested in finding a practitioner who could deliver Grades processing in the San Francisco area. The semantic wiki (which utilizes the semantic web constructs) would have all practitioners listed by geography...updated automatically whenever a new practitioner created a page in the wiki, and when you went to their page you would have access to not only their promo for themselves but also a discussion page with "client" reports/reviews and links to any other data about that practitioner.
2.) The practitioner could also fill out a quick on-line form in the wiki and all of his/her completions, auditing hours, releases, levels attained...stats in other words, would be tabulated and automatically posted along with every other independent practitioners' in the world, updated automatically, for anyone to see. My personal preference would be for only training and processing stats to be used in this way but others could be incorporated if interest demanded it. The point being that a quick 2 minute weekly on-line form being filled out would give true statistics on the global application of the tech. And I have no doubt this would be a "game" that would be wholeheartedly embraced by practitioners when done free of duress.
3.) What if you couldn't quite remember a particular reference from a BC lecture and by listing a few search terms in the semantic wiki you found the reference you were thinking of in seconds?
4.) How about using the project function of the wiki to organize events? ...or rally involvement in social initiatives? Take a look at the Heber Birthday Project
5.) Like to see a site where people who knew and worked with LRH could tell their story...an organically grown search-able biography? ...by date range or location or research track?
the virtual org
The semantic wiki could create that virtual "org" function for Independents. Its versatility and scalability make it a perfect tool in the process of separating out the parts....handling the confusion. Maybe even widespread application?
The technology is available now. A community would have to embrace it and build it though.
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See Open Energy Info for a good example of a "Semantic Wki" and of course this site as examples in this early evolution (revolution?)
Note: this site has NOT been 'extended' to a semantic wiki yet. It has been an experiment in the workability of the concept and is still evolving. Soon, a new site will emerge with the full capabilities discussed above.
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Vertley 16:01, 7 June 2010 (UTC)
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