Making Society Work

illustration with various organizational logos

My cause is to make society work.  I believe that the high-tech methods I propose can help you achieve your own goals, not only improving our society, but improving your own life.

Key to this is something called social network optimization.  I seek to reconnect the whole of human society so that we all have the best possible social relationships.  That includes the people we collaborate with, donating our time and energy to the causes we consider important.

Many people make some effort to change the world.  Consider the subnetwork of people who do.  It can be improved by swapping people between organizations.

Suppose your cause is Animal Welfare.  As well as the SPCA, most cities have at least three other organizations working for a related cause.  Some larger cities have over a dozen.  Which one should you belong to?

This is a serious but almost intractable problem because of the extraordinary number of possible  allocations of human resources to organizations.  To grasp the extent of the problem, considered a highly artificial example.  First let’s pretend that each volunteer works for exactly one of the organizations.  Furthermore, let’s assume that the people helping are divided equally between them.  To complete the specification of this hypothetical and implausible example,  suppose there are exactly 100 volunteers, who would be willing to devote their time and energy to any one of four animal welfare organization, each of which has room for 25 workers.

In this case, the problem reduces to the same one discussed on my education website.  On that site the example is much less implausible.  It involves dividing one grade level of 100 elementary school students into four classes of 24 students.  The number of ways of doing this is given by a binomial coefficient, and is in fact 242,519,269,720,337,121,015,504.

The problem of dividing volunteers among charitable organizations is actually a much harder one, since some people will choose to belong to more than one group and the number of people working together is much more flexible than the number of students in elementary school classes.

Moreover, the individuals in each organization will probably not work together in amorphous groups.  Instead individuals in one work are most likely to choose a few compatible people to work with.  Each group will form a small social network of collaborators.  The number of ways of linking together such people is also enormous.

No matter what cause you choose to support, the number of ways in you connect with others matters.  You will work better if you work with the right people.

Social network optimization can make your charitable organization work better.  In doing so it will make all of human society work better.