Solaris: from the support network to the human network

“Language is a treasure trove for 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 prominent features. With 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 embracing us.

Yuval Noah Harari (2018) describes how offline and online communities communicate with each other, how online feedback accentuates polarization and radicalization, and how the giants of these social networks manipulate our eyes, our hands and finally our credit cards. It still reminds us how we forget we have bodies! Describes how these giants, having taken the lead in 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 recede, residents are in a state of disarray. In some territories, the public network has become so weak that the cost of access to a service by private transport has skyrocketed under the double limitation of the cost of gasoline and the distance to travel. Not all procedures can be processed online yet. In fact, there are a variety of mutual aid networks for learning, such as the mutual knowledge exchange network to lend a hand, such as “Entraides”, “Spiral Network” or “Indigo”. . In France, the Hyper Neighbors network even acts as a local action laboratory in Paris

These networks depend mainly on proximity. The proliferation of worrying signs (e.g. water scarcity, energy problems, persistence of crises) reinforces the idea of ​​a possible general collapse. Based on these observations and these fears, the pooling is organized and mutual support is structured in human networks where we move from proximity to the neighborhood, village or garden to real structured networks.

The expansion of a support network

Solaris is a network that allows citizens living in the same geographic area to respond to their vital needs on their own, without institutional help. It is therefore a local and international support network. This physical network is distinguished from other networks by its willingness to deal with a sudden collapse of public institutions.

The network is presented as completely free, voluntary, local and self-managed. Local referrals keep paper lists of the different cells that make up the network. These cells appear a bit compartmentalized like mafia cells (here a descriptive precision unrelated to malicious targets) where only some of the closest members are known.

It 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 in a decentralized, word-of-mouth manner, unlike coordinated and centralized networks. Without any leader, it seeks the maximum flow of information among members using all media except the Internet. This human directory groups knowledge and resources that can be mobilized if necessary by all members of the network. It is probably this idea of ​​crushed government that most attracts new members to the general distrust of those who decide and end up diverting some of the power to its own ends.

No one knows where this amazing experience of the human chain and this utopia of coming together in small groups freely and closely will lead.

Hybrid formulas may be born and human memories will be complemented by machines unless the latter also end up disappearing.



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Wikipedia Mafia

Human Internet of the Michel Serre Institute

Le Monde The Hyper comes with a very popular local action lab in Paris – proximity-action -in-paris-tres-courtise_6020015_823448.html

New World. The Solaris Network or How to Self-Organize When Your State Leaves You

Mutual help

Spiral network


Harari, YN (2018). 21 lessons for the 21st century. Random House.

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