Estonians, in an attempt to deal with the world’s economic woes, has developed a forum that is promoting a “happiness bank” and a “democracy machine”.
“The main aim of the project… is to use modern technology to create a ‘democracy machine’ that will help increase understanding among people, bring the state closer to citizens and force people to become actively involved in improving their lives instead of passively hoping that someone else will do it,” Estonian Internet entrepreneur Rainer Nolvak, one of the main organizers of the project, told AFP.
What’s that? They have conservative values that the United States is trashing on a daily basis?
So how does the “bank” work?
In the virtual “happiness bank”, people will be able to earn virtual money on their accounts by doing good deeds for those in need. Organisers hope it will give people the idea that doing good is as valuable as earning money.
“We think that especially when the entire world is facing recession we need a lot of thinking also at the grass-roots level to figure what we all can do to fight recession and make life better,” Nolvak added.
What’s that? Take things into our own hands? Why, the powers that run our governments would not be happy. Only they know how to take care of us!
Speaking of taking initiative, this is how the idea of the happiness bank was created:
“The forum participants will select best practice ideas that they will then start to implement,” Ohvril says.
Organisers expect to get at least one thousand ideas for best practices that can be applied in everyday life. Later in December, people will be asked to vote on all the local and national best ideas to select the ones they support the most.
Nolvak says the success of a massive Internet-based national garbage collection campaign last year sparked the idea for the ‘democracy machine’ and ‘happiness bank’.
“We started preparations last autumn, encouraged by the massive turnout last spring when we called people to clean up garbage across Estonia,” Nolvak said.
“The success of that campaign proved to us that people are ready to commit themselves for their country.”
The one day “Let’s do it – let’s clean Estonia” campaign on May 3, 2008 saw 50,000 volunteers turn out to collect 10,000 tonnes of illegally dumped garbage.
Wait. Again, they are trying to do for themselves only the things government can do for them! When will they learn?
Really, though, when did Eastern Europe become the U.S. and the U.S. become like Eastern Europe?