The Inspiration

November 18, 2007 at 7:16 pm 3 comments

The inspiration of Help Hookup is actually a comic book called Global Frequency by Warren Ellis. It was also made into a TV show that never aired. I understand that it is available on BitTorrent.

Global Frequency was a network of 1,001 people that handled the jobs that the governments did not have the will to handle. I thought that it was a great idea and it would be more powerful with 1,000,001 people or 100,000,001 people.  We would have to leave out the killing that was in the comic.

Typhoons, earthquakes, and improperly funded education could all be handled. If there is a disaster, doctors could volunteer. Airlines could provide tickets. Corporations could provide supples. Trucking companies could provide transportation. Etc. State a need, meet the need. No overhead. No waste.

Currently, people raise money for disasters and have no real idea of how it will be spent. People send food and it rots on a loading dock. There are needs in our own backyards but no central place to find the needs.

I had the idea of Help Hookup in the back of my mind for several months. The software would be easy to write. It would have taken more than 1 weekend but how would I get graphics, PR, bizdev, etc? Then, I heard about Startup Weekend. I went to this great gathering of over 100 people with the unspoken purpose of convincing them to make my idea come true. :)

Alvin

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  • [...] The inspiration of Help Hookup is actually a comic book called Global Frequency by Warren Ellis. My brother, Alvin Wang, took the idea to startup weekend and they launched the idea this past weekend for hooking up volunteers. It is similar to the concepts of David Brin’s “empowered citizens” and Glenn Reynolds “an army of Davids”. The concepts are compatible with the ideas and causes of the Lifeboat foundation. Global Frequency was a network of 1,001 people that handled the jobs that the governments did not have the will to handle. I thought that it was a great idea and it would be more powerful with 1,000,001 people or 100,000,001 people. We would have to leave out the killing that was in the comic. [...]

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  • 2. David Brin  |  November 19, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    Wonderful concept.

    Of course I’ve long pushed for citizen empowerment, both in The Transparent Society and in consulting with homeland security types…

    …who mostly just don’t get it. They nod, and then always turn the topic back to how a harried and overworked professional protector caste can anticipate every possible danger and ensure public safety, without asking anything of the public, in return.

    During our recent fires, I had first hand experience as our local civil defense guy (CERT). There IS a civil defense program… but extremely tepid. See:

    https://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/

    SOmeone you should get aboard:

    http://www.stephensonstrategies.com/

    Best of luck. Let me know how I can help.

    With cordial regards,

    David Brin

    http://www.davidbrin.com

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