Bevry version 5 has launched, and here is how it impacts you.
Bevry version 5 moves from a single core group for everything, into a plethora of groups each with their own specific interests, management, and subcultures.
Several groups are already operational, with real members having real discussions:
- Bevry Scholars for study and research
- Bevry Traction for personal development
- Bevry Software for project support and development
- Bevry Nomads for travel guides and discussions
- Bevry India for Indian subculture
- Bevry Beginners for peer led philosophy study
Groups that are incubating include finance, politics, and religious studies. As time goes by, we imagine an unlimited amount of groups, as Bevry version 5 can scale to all facets of interest and identity.
To get started, grab an induction call with @balupton, the founder of Bevry. He will introduce Bevry, ensuring everyone is in sync, and solicit which existing groups or new groups can fulfil your interests. Afterwards you’ll get a call from whichever champions of groups you wished to join, and they’ll introduce you to their group’s subculture and we’ll find a match, or incubate a new group for you.
Everyday group chat occurs over Signal.org which is an open-source privacy focused messenger. Privacy preservation is required to converse across political and geographical divides, enabling real diversity with those of different freedoms and perceptual constraints to oneself. Summaries are encouraged to be shared on the Bevry forum for knowledge retention for future members, and if public, also the wider Bevry community. Group champions can publish and host their own discussions on the Bevry YouTube channel if they desire.
Bevry hosts monthly meetup calls to bring its wider community together, these are an opportunity for those across Bevry’s various groups to come together, present their findings, ask questions, and learn from each other. Groups and individuals are invited to present about their past takeaways and curiosities. If the presenter consents, segments can be recorded and shared with the Bevry YouTube channel. Meetup calls occur using Jitsi which is an privacy focused and open-source alternative to Zoom.
You can refer to our Bevry v5 launch event for the initial such meetup, was the launch event, and it is included below, it includes presentations from Bevry’s founder @balupton, and its Traction and India group members @ExplorerSumit and @ArjunR.
Civility is composed of complex psycho-technologies which continue to evolve into unique compositions of social-organisms called civilisations. The evolutionary pressures on civilisation prompt ever-changing adaptions at the frontier of humanity, be them wise or unwise, intentional or accidental, intelligent or daft. Whether one believes this process is designed or random is irrespective of the occurrence of maladaptation and drift within living systems, as well as the eventual emergence of fitness aids such as digestion, sex, and consciousness. Competition and collaboration are fitness aids and do not need to be conscious to aid fitness. Consciousness unlocks not just typical self-directed adaption, but self-directed intentional adaption, conjuring the ability of choice to influence an outcome, for better or for worse. Eventually self-direction aggregates into increasingly complex processes, for example going from instinctive aggression and attraction, into discretionary mate selection, into social technologies such as trust or submission, into social systems such as trade, into civil systems such as governance. Life becomes ill when its constituents cease to operate nominally; violence and atrophy being examples. Civilisation becomes ill when its particular constitution of embodied civility fails to operate nominally; warfare and atrophy being examples.
Entropy consumes energy. Entropy’s performance accelerates with increased energy supply and decreased energy waste. Organisms that develop adaptions that improve efficiency of energy acquisition and preservation will accelerate their performance, doing so at the expense of competitive organisms digesting the same energy source, which will fight, adapt, or starve.
In the past few centuries, societies unlocked performance acceleration in several ways:
- increased access of energy materials, such as timber, coal, whale oil, crude oil, electricity, nuclear, which can be done by competitive access of reserves, as well as through new fuel sources, increasing energy production
- increased preservation of energy materials, such as preventing decay of supplies and increasing the efficiency of energy consumption
- increased utilisation of energy materials, such as civilisations that deploy civil technologies which provide the safety (against internal and external threads), ability (education and capital), and direction (ideology) to manifest macro-economic activity to sustain against energy starvation.
Globalisation has brought humanity as a whole to the frontier of energy survival:
- Fuel materials are no longer constrained to national resources.
- Fuel preservation is no longer constrained to national techniques.
- Fuel innovation is no longer constrained to national intelligence.
Players in the board game Risk inherit populations scattered throughout the globe, with colonisation of colonies being the only available move. If one wills to survive, one must increase their border forces when a neighbour also does, this is because whether a border force is defensive or offensive is only perceptual, as no other tool besides self-survival is available, unlike reality which includes the ability to cooperate with neighbours.
Cooperation between neighbours is predicated upon there first being an interoperable component between their respective civil frameworks, such as compatible forms of culture around exchange. Civil cooperation can be pursued through subjugation (colonisation), subversion (imperialism, or volition (voluntarism) including agreement and surrender. Corporations (such as the case with blood diamonds) and countries that behave as empires actively deploy all these means to protect their national security and further their national interest. The less power one has, the more their toolset is restricted to volition.
Volition is fine, but what about informed consent, it use to be important, is it still? On matters of civilisation, how is one to be informed, and how can one be informed when one’s information is controlled by another?
These questions are not science fiction, nor are they modern.
Civilisation as an organism exists from an iterative evolution of its memetic building blocks that posses the bodies of mankind and continues to evolve from contributions to its frontier. Education use to comprise of reading the works that would get the student up to speed with the frontier of civilisation to become equal with the giants of the past, and push the conception and deployment of civilisation further, hopefully for good. As of 1940, the reading list to reach the frontier of western civilisation, which is still practiced by the world elite, comprises 137 chronological works, of which those questions are already expatiated in the first 7% of the works, by Plato in 375 BC. Nietzsche’s Übermensch also tackles those questions, at 86% through the reading list. To the elite, the conceptions of plebeians are left behind in this illustrative primary school.
This leaves no surprise that the conceptions of plebeians are nothing more than cargo cults deduced from the shadows casted by those on the frontier of civilisation, from mechanisms they don’t understand and machinations they can only intuit, that distrust of the elite is increasing universally, while trust and partnerships among the elite is increasing.
This would all be fine if the elite were perfect, however the elite aren’t as sacred or as competent as they believe they are: political polarisation is increasing especially along big 5 personality traits, distrust in democracy is increasing, wealth inequality is increasing, capital consolidation is increasing, economic systems become increasingly contrived, misinformation and disinformation is increasing against domestic and foreign populations, incidents of domestic terrorism and political instability is increasing, mass surveillance is increasingly omnipresent.
The common theme through all of these problems is a lack of civil technology within individuals, replaced by a propensity to delegate power for vindication instead of validation. Trust is more sustainable than obedience, for the same reason science is more sustainable than faith, not to neglect appropriate applications of both.
In Oceania, the Christchurch Massacre saw international coverage until Tarrant’s manifesto was released, in which media blackouts were issued and distribution of the manifesto became illegal in Australia and New Zealand, with New Zealand forcing disarmament of the public. In the United Kingdom, the government increasingly removes civil liberties as centralised force cannot protect its citizens from decentralised threats. Meanwhile government sanctioned massacres occur routinely in foreign provinces, for concerns the plebeian are never informed of, or deliberately mislead about.
This response is baffling. Why is despotism substituting reason? Is the government in an echo-chamber without counter-arguments? Do they actually believe sanctimony can defuse concern? Is civility actually their goal? Is it incompetence or machination? Unfortunately, the opaque nature of modern power often makes validation impossible.
Regardless of the smokes and mirrors of government, our critical analysis of the Christchurch Manifesto is our second most popular video. This was only possible because of what Bevry has fostered over the years: a culture willing to grow beyond oneself, to move from the alienation of isolated wisdom, and the tribalism of competitive wisdom, into the integrative ability of collaborative wisdom. We were able to argue both sides because we care about everyone. We were able to provide constructive alternatives because we care about pursuing reality.
Since then, Bevry has continued to foster international discussions with real diversity, across geographical, economical, political, and identity divides. Study of the academic literature continued to reveal further sophistication into the Incompetence or Machination question. Bevry underwent reflection on how to scale participation and further achieve its mission of seeing everyone enabled to do what they love, share it with the world, and live well. The culmination is Bevry version 5, and we welcome your participation.
In 2010, Bevry was conceived by @balupton with the mission of building projects and a community to see everyone enabled to do what they love, share it with the world, and live well. This marked Bevry version 0, a mission. Time to commence the journey.
In 2011, Bevry Pty Ltd was incorporated as an Australian private company to facilitate the increased commercial interest (in the millions of downloads a month) of his open-source software. This marked Bevry version 1, a software consultancy. Time to scale from time to product.
In 2014, Bevry migrated from software consultancy to sponsorships that funded the full-time development of Bevry’s first project, DocPad, intended as a competitor to Wordpress to usher in a new era of fast content management systems, but just became another ephemeral technical achievement in the ever-evolutionary tech market. This marked Bevry version 2, an open-source software community. Time to grow beyond the limited scope of software.
In 2017, Bevry absorbed @balupton and co’s Philosophy Study Group which validated the importance and interest of the values and mission of Bevry. This marked Bevry version 3, a community. Time to nurture its new direction.
In 2018, Bevry launched its manifesto formalising a culture capable of sustaining the real diversity that is needed to achieve its mission. This marked Bevry version 4, a cooperative. Time to sustain its growth.
In 2022, Bevry launched its groups initiative to dynamically scale itself with the needs, interests, and subcultures of its community. This marked Bevry version 5, a network. Time to achieve its scale and grow with you.