How to solve our societal problems

Wikipedia is the best-known, most modern manifestation of what i call democratic design, introduced in the 1980s as a suggestion nudging "Republican" architectural/engineering designers  into more "group-think" collaboration, especially enabled by networking.

Dig the 2009 04 07 NYT citation above, by Stephen D. Crocker, who deserves first claim to the noble discovery of power of open-collaboration.  Please read and rejoice in our hopeful global destiny... further energized by this concurrent report from nearEast: