Cybercommunities are the essence of innovation. They are a cluster of ideas which, taken together, represents careful consideration of just what would be innovative. The most forward-looking thing of all would be a slight move of all people toward the values of tolerance, helpfulness, and democracy. What makes cybercommunities unique is that they show a realistic way to move the world toward the on-the-ground innovation that embodies these values.

Innovation or disruption?

Back in the world as it seems to be, the president today is appointing his son in law jared kushner to head what he calls the White Office of American Innovation.

Its purpose is to make government more businesslike. Mr. Kushner is apparently part of the Trump inner circle, being the husband of favored-daughter Ivanka. Perhaps Trump assumed he would be a good choice for this position because he reportedly opposed Trumpcare from the start, a wise viewpoint.

Is Kushner innovative?

Just because Kushner manifested intelligence regarding the disastrous Trumpcare enterprise, does not mean that he will be an innovator, creating a more tolerant, helpful and democratic government. This would go against Mr. Bannon's prescription which he has confessed is a disruption. And the values of good innovation are hardly shared by President Trump.


Advance reporting by ABC on Kushner's forthcoming responsibility suggests a tepid and small laundry list.

It includes an attack on opioid addiction and some effort to improve the Veteran's Administration. The problem is that the president has already indicated a willingness to render government largely powerless to deal with things that help, like disease protection and aid to the most vulnerable. Such scraps as Kushner might be given look a bit like tokenism.

What innovation would look like

Cybercommunities defines innovation as an evolution beyond a car-oil economy. We need to create a world built on matrix and modular principles.

Governance should be almost entirely local. Health should be enhanced by making walking normative. Diversity should be enabled by learning the structure and premises of cybercommunities themselves. We would then, at last, be moving forward instead of being mired in the paralyzed capitalism of the present.