In Jeremy's provocative article Egypt, Transformation, and the Signs of a Planetary Culture, he talks about "a transference of power...to decentralized and noetic polities of collaboration and participation...An invitation to transform to a new kind of human life in which the center is everywhere and nowhere". I wanted to offer a couple of resources that might help to give more flesh to these ideas. The first is from a recent article by political theorists Michael Hardt and Antonio Negrion the Middle East uprisings. They write:
The organization of the revolts resembles what we have seen for more than a decade in other parts of the world, from Seattle to Buenos Aires and Genoa and Cochabamba, Bolivia: a horizontal network that has no single, central leader. Traditional opposition bodies can participate in this network but cannot direct it. Outside observers have tried to designate a leader for the Egyptian revolts since their inception: maybe it's Mohamed ElBaradei, maybe Google's head of marketing, Wael Ghonim. They fear that the Muslim Brotherhood or some other body will take control of events. What they don't understand is that the multitude is able to organize itself without a centre – that the imposition of a leader or being co-opted by a traditional organization would undermine its power. The prevalence in the revolts of social network tools, such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, are symptoms, not causes, of this organizational structure. These are the modes of expression of an intelligent population capable of using the instruments at hand to organize autonomously.
The second resource is a recent TED talk by the Egyptian Google executive that Hardt and Negri mention, Wael Ghonim. Ghonim talks about the overcoming of fear, and the use of decentered networks in the mobilizing and enaction of the historic Egyptian protests. In Ghonim's words, "There was no leader, the leader was everyone".