Date archives "June 2011"

Hierarchies and networks in a corporate context

Excerpted from John Kotter: ” 20th-century, capital “H” Hierarchy (a sort of hardware) and the managerial processes that run on it (a sort of software) do not handle transformation well. And in a world with an ever-increasing rate of change, it is impossible to thrive without timely transformations. The data, case studies, and personal anecdotes… Continue reading

Catalysing the p2p revolution? Discovering the change potential of 200m cultural creatives

According to this documentary, based on further developments of the original thesis of Paul Ray nearly 30 years ago, one third of the western population has made a shift to environmental and post-material values: (I interpret the cc-thesis as the cultural revolution of the 60s now firmly settled in human consciousness, but I’m not sure… Continue reading

Open Sourcing the Vedas through Transontology?

Intriguing project, because it reveals an open source approach, but on closer inspection, hides an authoritarian practice: For the open source aspect, see the Transontology site, which states: “The traditional model for religious and spiritual technologies has been closed and proprietary. The most powerful technologies are kept secret, limited to an initiated priesthood or inner… Continue reading

Afther the green revolution, time for the ‘brown’ and ‘blue’ revolutions

Excerpted from a lecture by John Thackara, at the occasion of the Buckminster-Fuller Challenge and design award: “In addition to the million-plus grassroots projects of restorative economy; and in addition to community-scale networks like Transition Towns; a third zone of activity, also outside the design tent, is also amplifying the reach of systems thinking beyond… Continue reading

The argument for re-introducing Steeply Graduated Income Taxes

Excerpted from Allan Engler, whose full article also gives the historical evidence backing up the democratic, social justice and environmental arguments in favour of progressive taxation mechanisms: “If public deficits were the real problem—not just a pretext—military spending particularly in the U.S. would be drastically cut. Taxes would be raised. Of course, tax increases have… Continue reading

1848, 1968, 2011: the long term effect of the bottom-up revolution

Excerpted from an editorial by Paul Rosenberg, in Al Jazeera’s online opinion pages: “In mid-February, the week after Hosni Mubarak was driven from office by the Egyptian Revolution, unprecedented demonstrations erupted in the state of Wisconsin opposing the efforts of the newly elected Republican governor to destroy the organising power of public employee unions. Although… Continue reading

A cultural intelligence critique of Kurzweil and Lanier

Excerpted from a presentation by collective intelligence theorist Pierre Levy: “Kurzweil’s singularity is purely based on techno science and ignores almost completely the cultural and social evolution. This is his main flaw, in my opinion. By contrast, I think that the main revolution ahead is not bio-mechanical but cultural. It will be a transformation linked… Continue reading

Phillip Mueller on digital Neo-Machiavellism: Openness as strategy in a many-to-many world

Excerpted from Phillip Mueller, participant at OKCon 2011: “What (will) strategy look like in a many-to-many world: … „what would Machiavelli suggest to us in an open knowledge society?“ His talk is scheduled for June, 30th at 19:30, for details see: “Openness as Strategy: Leading Open Knowledge Communities“ Machiavelli was the earliest thinker that was… Continue reading