IT, sixties and global civil society

“The information technology revolution has important roots in the sixties’ counterculture. It was triggered by a dramatic technological development — a shift from data storage and processing in large, isolated machines to the interactive use of microcomputers and the sharing of computer power in electronic networks. This shift was spearheaded by young technology enthusiasts who embraced many aspects of the counterculture, which was still very much alive at that time. ”

Fritjof wrote down these words with quite remarkable confidence.

“This new form of alternative global community, sharing core values and making extensive use of electronic networks in addition to frequent human contacts, is one of the most important legacies of the sixties. If it succeeds in reshaping economic globalization so as to make it compatible with the values of human dignity and ecological sustainability, the dreams of the “sixties revolution” will have been realized:

Imagine no possessions,
I wonder if you can,
no need for greed or hunger,
a brotherhood of man.
Imagine all the people
sharing all the world…
You may say I’m a dreamer,
but I’m not the only one.
I hope some day you’ll join us
and the world will live as one.