[ExI] Making [100 million] people smarter on the cheap.

Brent Allsop brent.allsop at comcast.net
Sat Dec 6 23:59:52 UTC 2008


Wow, that was very educational.  Thanks.  This is the greatest part of 
participating in such an educated group.

Of course any such http://canonizer.com effort would seek to link up 
with all such efforts and work together with any and all interested in 
pushing such efforts forward and a very dynamic and ever progressing 
leaderless networked way.  That wikipedia article indicated that 
'comunication' was a big part of the problem.  A topic that went viral 
on a world wide bases and so encouraged everyone to get involved at 
least enough to 'sign' and forward, could be a big place where 
canonizer.com would be a big way we could contribute to the effort.

In addition, as with any such world wide multi country efforts, there is 
going to be different POV on what is most important to do next, where, 
the reasons for such, and so on.  http://canonizer.com would seek to 
concisely state the diversity of beliefs about such plans and needs, and 
concisely measure the consensus for all such thinking - enabling much 
more ability to discover where there is agreement on any actionable 
items, and precisely what is required to achieve all of them, in highest 
priority order, according to the largest consensus.   All this instead 
of having to endlessly argue over any disagreements in priority or 
reasons or initial directions, debating who has authority for what, and 
so on - as mostly disables and prevents so many people from getting 
involved in any such efforts today.

Brent Allsop

BillK wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 6, 2008 at 8:32 PM, Brent Allsop wrote:
>> Of course you or I, as individuals, sending a letter to third world country
>> leaders would likely do nothing.  But wouldn't something like a dynamic
>> always improving petition that goes viral and is signed by millions of
>> people showing gross comprehensive agreement by everyone on the importance
>> of such critical actionable issues (including any other points of view, and
>> quantitative measures of consensus of such, if any) have a chance of
>> changing the world for the better?
> I think there is a bit of a misunderstanding in this discussion.
> Iodine deficiency is a well-known problem that the World Health
> Organization, UNICEF and others have been working on since 1990. And
> they have made great improvements, although more still needs to be
> done.
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iodine_deficiency>
> UNICEF published a progress report in 2007.
> <http://www.unicef.org/publications/files/Sustainable_Elimination_of_Iodine_Deficiency.pdf>
> Quote:
> A worldwide effort has dramatically raised the proportion of people
> consuming iodized salt from less than 20 per cent in 1990 to about 70
> per cent by 2000. Thirty-four countries have achieved the elimination
> of iodine deficiency through universal salt iodization.  By 2006, more
> than 120 countries were implementing salt iodization programmes, an
> increase of one third in just six years compared to the 90 countries
> with such programmes in 2000.
> --------------
> Of the remaining problem countries many are involved in conflict
> situations and have difficulty implementing *any* public health
> measures. But the effort is continuing.
> BillK
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