Why “Colorado Confluence”?
1) This blog is primarily a collection of social analytical essays by one author. It was intended to be the confluence, the “flowing together,” of diverse people, thoughts, and modalities, but though readership steadily has grown, participation has not, and the quantity of spam, flooding the site and occasionally finding ways around the need to be approved for publication (which I eventually had to implement) has led me formally to convert it into what it has by default already become: A platform for my own compositions.
But it still is a site whose message is one of confluence. We need to find convergence among all rational and humane people, from all walks of life, who are committed to explorin how best to serve the public interest, no matter how defined, rather than whether it is our shared responsibility to do so. We need to create forums where political debate, social analysis, and cultural explorations are invited to converge, a meeting place for knowledge, analysis, and imagination. This blog is not that forum, but it aspires to be a part of a larger forum that is.
2) It is focused on the confluence of the many rather than the influence of the few. It emphasizes what we become in combination, taking into account our myriad contributions, but focusing on what we can create together.
3) It can also become a place that helps inform and organize efforts to implement good ideas, working with other organizations and think tanks both to disseminate information and to inspire the development of innovative policies. It can become a place where theory meets praxis, a confluence of thought and action, a home for our collective genius.
4) Here in Colorado, where some of our major cities are sited at the confluence of rivers, and where water is a precious natural resource that to some extent both defines and divides us, the concept of confluence, of coming together on merging streams, takes on added poignancy.
5) Lastly, while this is a Colorado-based blog, it is not exclusively about Colorado. This is a locus of convergence rather than of exclusion.
A vehicle for improved understanding and social change
Colorado Confluence has a purpose: To celebrate and cultivate our communal mind, in service to the continuing refinement of our social instititutional landscape. This is a forum for finding, sharing, generating and developing good ideas of all kinds, in all forms. It’s a place for exploring the possibilities. It’s a place to discover the narratives that illustrate both what is and what can be. It’s a place to consider how well our local, state, and federal governments, our schools, our religious institutions, our cultural and social venues, our businesses, our community organizations and political organizations, our various old and new communications media, and all of our myriad social institutions and technologies, serve our continuing endeavor to increase the robustness, sustainability, and fairness of our shared existence. And it’s a place to discuss how to do better.
For an in-depth discussion of what I envision as the three components of a comprehensive social movement dedicated to serving our continuing endeavor, as defined just above, please see A Proposal: The Politics of Reason and Goodwill.