At the end of my concluding remarks for the 2013 FAIR Conference, I was privileged to introduce “The World Table” — a major undertaking of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, on whose board I sit. (This was, so far as I’m aware, the first public announcement.) I didn’t give a lot of details — my introduction was intended mostly to start a bit of curious buzz and to recruit beta testers — but I’m excited about the potential that The World Table has, in my opinion, as a venue for serious, civil, substantive conversations and debates.
What is The World Table?
1. A method to reform public behavior in all social media.
2. A way for the public to rate an individual’s public credibility and character.
3. An Internet platform that trains, models, and rewards honest, fair, knowledgeable, respectful, and likable public interaction.
4. An Internet platform for safe, real conversations among people who pledge to treat each other respectfully, especially when they disagree.
5. An Internet platform that facilitates the deeper human connections that were intended when the social Internet began.
6. An Internet platform for efficient and effective advocacy and apologetics — the future method to validate credible public testimonials of all kinds.
7. A reputation marketing system that is credible because those who rate are also corrected and rated by the public.
8. A peace-building system that mutually rewards the interaction of credible, trustworthy rivals, critics, and opponents.
9. A teaching platform that inspires the desire and shows the way to engage the unresolvable issues of our times without anger or disassociation, to be more effective in persuading people to change their views.
Posted from the banks of the Provo River