|Posted on July 25, 2012 at 2:45 AM|
What do Libertarians and those using SMILE/voluntary tools actually do? Volunteers are changing the world: e.g. the gallant Hope & Service to Mankind Foundation in Africa ( http://www.servicetomankindfoundation.org/ ) empowers rural dwellers and is one of many groups with LIO Friends who examine SMILE-interest or share voluntary tools and inspire other projects worldwide in a non-partisan, common-ground atmosphere.
It shares: " ...We promote and encourage the development of the spirit of voluntarism among the youth and people of all communities by organising workcamps..."
Libertarians and users of Libertarian-based tools celebrated World Libertarian Day (July 17th) for the first time worldwide as LIO Friends --noting their group topped 3000 as the activist advisory and share network to the LIO and general public.
Participants from all parties ( http://www.libertarianinternational.org/apps/videos/ ) share SMILE-oriented personal/ public entrepreneurship non-partisan projects @: http://www.facebook.com/LibertarianInternationalOrganization piloting or spreading voluntary tools and rights-oriented or other projects. A frequent comment recieved is along the lines that "I thought we were the only ones" and "We love the environment of inspiration and useful sharing." While the co-editors highlight projects and useful data, most work is user-driven; and much sharing is peer-to-peer.
LIO Friends, not all of whom are at the network, are 51% women, reflective of their nations with a bias towards native people and minorities, and describe themselves as working-middle class, student, and retiree. Many are or were public officials, and come from or continue work in independent, progressive or conservative action areas. Top users are in Latin America, CIS, China-East Asia, India region, and emerging democracies.
LIO co-editors and activists have been overwhelmed by the massive data and a blog is underway to highlight each nation on what LIO Friends and libertarians are doing to better:
- Native American rights and aboriginal issues
- Homeschool understanding and use, life long free learning
- Homeless protection and projects legalizing donations that do the job
- Empowerment of poor and women seminars and micro-loans
- Protection of pre-borns e.g. cloning, snowflake babies, in vitro
- Tools for urban homesteading and gardens including legalization
- Defense of under-publicized minorities e,g, albinos in Africa
- Organizing youth on democracy and market particpoation workshop
- Ending world borders that block free residency and may create war
- Public safety betterment: Police, lifeguards, fire safety
- Bringing federal democracy to Somalia, Somaliland and other lands
- Spread good use of co-operatives, e-barter and freeshare projects
- Open and transparent governance in all democracies and emerging nations
- Consumer-driven pricing sytems that set aside part for higher worker wages
- Info projects exposing corporate, religious, and other institutional abuses
- Persuading landowners and governments on eco-areas and shore protection
- 'Take back' movements of public parks and land donations being restricted
- Certification and user-info to replace corrupt regulation
- E-Literacy programs for rural world villagers
- Workshops in every country on SMILE themes and Libertarian projects
- Projects to abolish taxers, better services and choice, and end poverty
- Art projects for underserved youth and community betterment
- Union and collective bargaining legalization and choice work
- Women empowerment and anti-abuse workshops in Islamic countries
- Promotion of community watch and private policing/mediation prototypes
- Pilots of currency options now in over 300 communities
- Postive parenting, co-housing, and similar group projects
- Drive to bring barter/farmer markets and freeshare books to all libraries
- Spread of direct democracy focused on rights to choices in all nations
- Ballot access and fair elections
- Secularism information projects e.g. atheists helping homeless
- Daily petition projects for prisoners, against corruption and more
- Formation of civic rights and libertarian-civic groups
Work by activists dedicated to Libertarian legal and policy reform is no longer networked by LIO but the emerging www.Libertarian-Institute.Info (LI) which works on management/law lines to build a climate for Libertarian-based organizations, management styles and community. LI hosts teams centered on autonomous solo/small team activists promoting general Libertarian rights reform themes and specific foicus on the original Gilson reform lines personally promoted by the LIO co-ordinator. The blog reports daily wins on rights and Libertarian policy worldwide.
LIO expects to be reformatting the old contact groups through blog-based country portals highlighting world project communication and work in each country as the blog proceeds for LIO Friends, and connecting to seperate Libertarian/SMILE-interested society projects at the local level. This current site will then be re-dedicated primarily to trends developed by LIO Fellows and overall reviews with an eventual LIO Fellows blog highlighting their often pathbreaking and paradigm-shifting work, articles, proposals and papers in many SMILE-interest fields from Martian colonization to life extension research.