Us Now is “A film project about the power of mass collaboration, government and the internet” and it’s also rather good.
Even better, you can now watch all 60 minutes of it.
Us Now from Banyak Films on Vimeo.
Once you have seen it yourself, do something helpful and organise a screening of it where you work. It might just make a difference.
Quite a few folk have been lucky enough to see Us Now, a film made by Banyak Films in association with the RSA. Ivo Gormley directs.
Here is how the film is described on its website:
Us Now is a documentary film project about the power of mass
collaboration, government and the Internet.
Us Now tells the stories of online networks that are challenging the
existing notion of hierarchy. For the first time, it brings together
the fore-most thinkers in the field of participative governance to
describe the future of government.
A great part of the project is that so much material has been made available online. You can see loads of stuff on the Clips page of the Us Now website. I’ve embedded the trailer below, for now.
Any readers of this blog will know that I am passionate about the ways in which advances in web technology can improve the way our democracy and government works. High profile projects like this – trying to draw the thinking together in ways that will get the attention of those not yet involved in the conversation – can only help improve things. Great work.
In a comment on Jeremy’s blog, Ivo mentions the possibility of using the film as the basis of a session at the forthcoming UK government barcamp, next month. What a fantastic idea – sign me up!
Just finished watching The Innocents, the 1961 film based on Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw. Here‘s the IMDB link to find out more, or there’s always Wikipedia.
It really is one of the scariest things I think I have ever seen. There’s a great thread on Palimpsest discussing the movie.