Solaris: From the support network to the human internet

“Language is a treasure deposited by the practice of speech in subjects belonging to the same community. » Ferdinand de Saussure

The limits of the Internet

The Internet is a great vehicle for connecting people; social networks are among its most notable features. In one click it is possible to be in contact with people on the other side of the planet. If online exchanges are of real interest, a distant friend will not be able to bring us medicine by going to the pharmacy next door if we are sick, he will not be able to come and help lift a heavy object. If we are sad he will not comfort us by hugging us.

Yuval Noah Harari (2018) describes to us how offline and online communities communicate with each other, how the presentation of opinions online accentuates polarization and radicalization, and how the giants of these social networks manipulate our eyes, our hands and finally our credit cards. He still reminds us how we forget that we have bodies! It describes how these giants, having captured the direction of online communities, continue to dominate offline communities. These communities occupy the space abandoned by the States.

When the State withdraws from the territories

As the state and associated public services ebb, the inhabitants are deprived. In some territories, the public network has become so loose that the cost of access to a service via private transport has soared under the double constraint of the cost of gasoline and the distance to be covered. Not all procedures can be processed online yet. There are indeed a variety of support networks for learning, such as the reciprocal knowledge exchange network to lend a hand such as ” Mutual aid », « spiral network “, Where “Indigo“. In France, the network of Hyper neighbors even acts as a local action laboratory in Paris

These networks rely above all on proximity. The proliferation of worrying signs (for example the scarcity of water resources, energy problems, the persistence of crises) reinforces the idea of ​​a possible general collapse. On the basis of these observations and these fears, pooling is organized and mutual support is structured in human networks where we move from neighborhood, village or garden proximity to real structured networks.

The expansion of a support network

Solaris is a network allowing citizens living in the same geographical area to respond by themselves, without institutional help, to their vital needs. It is therefore a support network that is both local and at the same time international. This physical network is distinguished from other networks by the desire to deal with a sudden collapse of public institutions.

The network presents itself as completely free, voluntary, local and self-managed. Local referents keep paper lists of the different cells that make up the network. These cells appear a little compartmentalized like the cells of the mafia (here descriptive precision unrelated to malicious aims) where we only know a few of the closest members.

Started in 2021 and in one year more than 20,000 people have joined the movement. The network would be present in 5 countries and 62 French departments.

Horizontal governance

The network is organized on a decentralized basis, by word of mouth, unlike coordinated and centralized networks. Without a leader, it aims for maximum circulation of information between members using all means of communication except the Internet. In this human directory are pooled know-how and resources that can be mobilized if necessary by all members of the network. It is probably this idea of ​​crushed governance that most attracts new members in view of the general mistrust towards who decides and ends up diverting part of the power to their own ends.

No one knows where this astonishing experience of the human chain and this utopia of linking up in small groups freely and in close proximity will lead.

Perhaps hybrid formulas will be born and human memories will be supplemented by machines unless the latter too end up disappearing.



Wikipedia RERS

Wikipedia Mafia

Michel Serre Institute Human Internet

Le Monde The Hyper Neighbors a very popular local action laboratory in Paris

New world. The Solaris network or how to self-organize when the state abandons you

Mutual aid

spiral network


Harari, YN (2018). 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Random House.

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