Lokkal Mission

Lokkal is a local social network; a geographically-specific, business-cultural-community platform that communities manage for individual and collective benefit.

Lokkal is a cultural and internet resource held in common by all members of the community; an internet commons; a digital town square for towns and cities around the world.

Free of market control, self-sustaining, Lokkal is solely responsive to and is governed by its community of users.

After the corruption and mishandling of the internet by market and political interests and the damage that has done to the public good, it is urgently necessary to arrive at an ethical, free internet experience.

Human well-being depends on the health of the internet. As we are affected by the contamination of our natural resources: soils, water, forests, jungles, biodiversity, seeds, coasts, city air, etc., so we are affected by the contamination of the internet. In fact, due to our dependence on technology, the harm we suffer from a toxic online environment is probably more obviously and more immediately.

Lokkal puts social networking in the public domain. Lokkal puts under community stewardship resources that have been hoarded and misused. Lokkal is part of the movement towards a sustainable, more humane internet environment.

On Lokkal user-generated content benefits the community. Interests that wish to purchase advertising/sponsorship may do so. But the community itself will benefit from that purchase as all of Lokkal's profits are invested in the local community.

Lokkal facilitates community communication. Lokkal is an expanding toolbox to build local communities, enabling individuals and communities to make the internet work for them. Similar to the way that online payment platforms make it easier to do business, Lokkal supports the local economy, organizing and empowering individuals, organizations and the community as a whole.

Extracting wealth from the community impoverishes the community, limiting opportunities for its members. Keeping the money flowing in the community makes for a healthier, wealthier community. Lokkal is operated like a public utility, of by and for the community.

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Imagine a different internet; like public television is different from commercial television; like a tool is different than a game.

Imagine the old telephone Yellow Pages revived in a robust, interactive, 21st century form where you can find what interests you without searching and where you can communicate with the entire interested community.

Imagine that the first great hopes for the internet as a force of positive social change have come true.

Now stop imagining, because it's here.

 

Lokkal Internet: Local Community Participation

Lokkal is local internet.

Local:

Event Calendar
Search
Network
Map
Directory
Guide
Chat
Forum
News
and more

There is local TV. There is local radio. There are local newspapers. Now there is local internet. Lokkal is our local internet channel, digitally representing the life of our community.

There is local TV. There is local radio. There are local newspapers. Now there is local internet. Lokkal is our local internet channel, digitally representing the life of our community.

The great hopes of the internet as a force of positive social change, uniting communities, transforming the planet, have been crushed under a mountain of commercialism. Lokkal realizes those hopes.

Find, Not Search

Lokkal's revolutionary search technology:

Choose tags for your profile, page or event and when someone searches for those tags in your city, they find your profile, page or event:

- if your deli cares about sour pickles enough to choose the tag "#sourpickle," then users who care about sour pickles can find your deli;
- if you want to meet someone who has an interest in kabbalah and jazz guitar, you can search profiles for people who have used those tags;
- if you are visiting a new city and want to play a game of chess, you can search profiles, pages and events for the tag "#chess."
- if you want to attend a concert, you can search the event calendar for "#livemusic" or "#concert" or "#livemusic" and "#jazz" or…

Local search on the major search engines does not work well at all. No one wants to look through a mountain of irrelevant search results. For example, when you search for "restaurants San Miguel de Allende" you want to see restaurants in San Miguel de Allende, not aggregators like Trip Advisor, not articles about restaurants in San Miguel de Allende...

Instagram and other social networks were not designed to search for or find local businesses, service providers or professionals.

Thank you, technicians, but we don't need your algorithm; we will present our own community to the world.

Search is work. People don't want to search; they want to find. Lokkal: find, not search.

Thirty years ago the phone book Yellow Pages was a comprehensive guide to the community. Back then if you were a florist, a plumber or a dentist, you were in the Yellow Pages. Lokkal is that resource for the digital age.

Find and stay in touch with what interests you, effortlessly.

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Networking: Easy, Intuitive and Free

Information sharing online is still in its early stages; there is room for improvement.

Currently it is almost impossible to social network in one locality. As a local restaurant, it is extremely hard to communicate with your customers or potential customers. As a local therapist it is prohibitively difficult to communicate with your clients. Now Lokkal makes it easy.

Lokkal combines the best features of various, major internet platforms into one integrated whole.

When you want your friends and family to know, use Facebook. When you want the whole community to know, use Lokkal.

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Local Curation, Local Participation is Key

There is no substitute for the participation of the local community. Major internet platforms suffer from a lack of local curation. Lokkal's strength, in all aspects, is in having boots on the ground in the local community.

When you organize the internet around a search algorithm, you get Google.
When you organize the internet around friends and family, you get Facebook.
When you organize the internet around neighborhoods and communities, you get better neighborhoods and communities, you get Lokkal.

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Facilitating Communication

Lokkal is a growing global network of local networks, linking towns and cities around the world.

Lokkal actualizes the promise and potential of the worldwide web. Lokkal organizes the internet on an intuitive basis, by location, by towns and cities. Sharing knowledge, educating, providing a local matrix around which community-based content crystallizes and flows... around the neighborhood and around the world.

Lokkal facilitates inter-community communication. You can see and learn from what other communities are doing. Read what people are talking about in Damascus. Check out what movies are playing in Shanghai. Do anthropological research by studying the catering practices in Southeast Asia.

Lokkal provides the edification of travel, without the airplane, the price tag or the carbon footprint.

 

Evolving Consciousness

The "Big Blue Marble" or "Spaceship Earth," the first photo of the Earth in its entirety, floating in space was a hugely transformational cultural moment, a giant leap for human-kind. We were aware of the planet, of being all together on the Earth. That's planetary consciousness.

The video Where the Hell is Matt (below) features an amiable fellow dancing in various styles in various locations around the world. The background music is uplifting. The scene changes every five or six seconds. Watching it you can feel the planet, you feel planetary.

Beyond still or moving pictures, Lokkal is a digital, interactive experience of planetary consciousness. People don't need to meditate, have a near-death experience or take mind-altering substances to grasp world unity. With Lokkal the experience of our interconnectedness is available on your digital device.

The internet is the brain of the world. Until now it has been a very chaotic brain.

Lokkal is a disruptive technology that will go a long way to saving the planet. Think local; feel planetary.

Engage and create your community. Be a part of it. Belong.