Can a Natural Phenomenon be Nurtured?
To explain this new phenomenon is basic science for many scholars and students of democracy. For us, it also is applied science in the sense that we want to “codify” the phenomenon so that every new instance of emergent advocacy does not have to learn the principles (and problems) all over again and thereby increase the probability of success. Some critics may question whether a phenomenon that has a strong “emergent” (spontaneous) dimension be nourished, enhanced, and stimulated from outside? Once knowing how this phenomenon works, can outsiders accelerate it? Help solve its problems? Can supporters of public interest nets help to institutionalize the emergent phenomenon? Can supporters help to prevent natural pitfalls in the technology, problems originating within the system, and problems imposed by adversaries? Our anwer to all of these questions is “Yes.” A healthy immune system respond naturally and immediately to things defend against threats to the organism. But, immune systems