10 Nov 2014

A Scattered Conglomeration

in Agile Learning Centers, Ceptr, Writing

I actually spent a fair amount of time today writing, and don't really have much of a new blog entry to show for it. What I do have to share is:

09 Nov 2014

Stream of Consciousness Writing

in Learning, Self-expression, Sharing, Writing

Often, when I try to sit and write, I have challenges...

One challenge is a strange kind writer’s block that I think of as “bottlenecking.” I have so many ideas about what to write about trying to fight their way to the surface, yet I only have one set of hands to type with.

08 Nov 2014

Conscious Culture Creation and the Community Mastery Board

in Collective Intelligence, Culture, Intentional Community, Social DNA

A lot of my endeavors revolve around creating an intentional and powerful community or social fabric which serves as the foundation for building other value. Some time in my 20s, I realized: “So what if I do all sorts of great and powerful things… The real juicy and surprising things happen when I create with others, and I even often get to surprise myself.”

07 Nov 2014

GameShifting tools for Group Self-Facilitation

in Collective Intelligence, Emerging Leader Labs, Facilitation, GameShifting, Polymorphism, Social DNA

This weekend I'm facilitating the community retreat at Quaker Intentional Village Canaan and Eric Harris-Braun and I just customized a GameShifting Board for Quaker communities to use during the retreat.  I've watched GameShifting perform magic with groups for kids and adults alike. So far, we're off to a bit of a rough reception when introduced this evening, but I'm still hoping it will play out well in use tomorrow.

06 Nov 2014

Those Kids and Their Darn Gadgets <grumble...grumble>

in Agile Learning Centers, Digital Literacy, Education, Evolution, Learning, Learning Cycles

I consistently hear these sorts of complaints a lot from parents, grandparents, and random adults on Facebook bemoaning the decline of a sort of basic decency among today’s youth.

  • “Kids today are addicted to being on their damn electronic devices.”
  • “Kids don’t even learn proper spelling or grammar with their stupid text speak.”
  • “Video games and smartphones are like crack for young minds.”
  • “Kids today aren’t learning necessary social skills since they won’t pull their noses out of their devices.”


05 Nov 2014

A Thought Experiment

in Ceptr, Currency, DNA, Evolution, Language, Living Systems, Social DNA

Imagine an intelligent alien species with such powerful skills of telepathy that they have no concept of language. They experience instantaneous knowledge of each other’s mental and emotional states just by shifting their attention to another of their kind. How would this alien perceive a meeting session of Parliament, Congress or the United Nations?

04 Nov 2014

Monetizing my Daughter: A Modest Proposal

in Business, Currency, Deep Wealth, Incentives, Moral, Satire

a baby girlWhen I graduated from business school I realized how poorly I’d been applying the important profit-producing principles of business to all areas of my life. I vowed to change that once and for all. So I’m going to start by maximizing the return on investment in my daughter.

I quickly ruled out some of the more obvious business models regarding her sexuality. Although there’s certainly market demand, she’s just too young -- I need my ROI much sooner than she will reach sexual maturity, and I have no talent for pornography. Others have found some innovative models, like auctioning your virginity on eBay, but surely that market will be saturated by the time she’s of legal age.

03 Nov 2014

Some Thoughts about Feedback Loops

in Currency Design, Feedback Loops, Flow, Flows, Living Systems, System Dynamics, Upward Spirals

These are notes in progress about how feedback loops work... not complete... nor necessarily intended to be understandable by others yet... all partially formed. 


Coupling / Uncoupling – when you connect the “output” of something more directly to the factors affecting its “inputs” it becomes more tightly coupled.  You uncouple feedback by inserting another layer of components/feedback/response between the operation of something and the feedback about it.

Visibility & Response

02 Nov 2014

Understanding Commonwealth Economies & Re-interpreting Darwinism

in Commonwealth, Evolution

Let’s dig deeper into dynamics of a commonwealth economy. 

Normal economic frameworks want you to believe that an economy is just about the participants competing in their own self-interest. Sadly, this perspective only yields scarcity-based economies which are doomed to collapse and it misses all the dynamics of thrivability-based economics which can create upward spirals of increasing possibilities. 

01 Nov 2014

Who should issue our currency?

in Currencies, Decentralization, Money

The concept is really simple.

Since it is ALL OF US who create value, I believe it is ALL OF US who need to maintain our capacities to choose how to measure and account for the value we create.

If we surrender this ability to any special or narrow interest group (and like it or not, the government is one of those) then we surrender control of the value we create.

01 Nov 2014

An EXPLOSION of new writing!

in Agile Learning Centers, Learning Cycles, Sharing

I’m painfully aware of the gap between how much value and insight I’ve been experiencing in the work that I’ve been doing, and how much I’ve been sharing and expressing that value in ways that others can access it.

01 Nov 2014

Overdue Personal Update

in Personal

It looks like it's been two years since I've posted here and a ridiculous amount has happened.

23 Aug 2012

Emerging Leader Labs - Seed Project

in Commonwealth, Gift Economies, Gifts, Social Enterprise Incubator, Social Impact

I'm way overdue for an update here. I have about 20 partially written posts that I've just never finished. I guess I just need to put them up however they stand.

So Eric and I decided to translate all our abstract MetaCurrency theory into practical, engaging action and start Emerging Leader Labs.

We're creating a template for social impact incubators to flourish outside of the monetary economy.

29 Aug 2011

Future trajectory for our species?

in Collective Intelligence, Currencies, Evolution, New Economy, Social DNA

I just contributed to the Human Project on Kickstarter, but I'd also like to open an inquiry here about the direction of our species that doesn't sound like it's included in their plans.

21 Jul 2011

The Deepest Importance of Currencies

in Collective Intelligence, Currency, Living Systems, Social DNA

The reason I blog is because there are not many people writing about the topic I'd most like to engage people in. Specifically, it is about currencies as social DNA.

You see, corporations, institutions, governments, and nations are in fact living organisms. This is not a lofty metaphor, but literal truth.

They have a survival instinct to self-perpetuate, they breed new corporations and institutions, and even as the cells within them are replaced, their fundamental pattern continues. And we are their cells.

05 Apr 2011

The Central Covenants of Successful Economies

in Commonwealth, Gift Economies, Gifts, Living Systems

Our commercial economy is headed for destruction. There are many contributing factors, but in the end it all boils down to the fact that we’ve broken the core covenants, contracts or agreements of successful economies. These rules exist for a reason and you can no more avoid them than you can the principles of mathematics or the laws of physics.

The commercial economy is completely dependent upon the two layers of underlying economies that it is built on. First, there is the social economy inside of which we raise our children, have real relationships and take care of each other. For example, we don’t pay parents to make babies, teach language, potty-train, or devote a couple decades of care and support. Parents “manufacture” the entire labor force for the market economy. They provide talented employees in a much more real way than head-hunting firms, yet earn no commissions for their years of work.

21 Feb 2011

Gift Transactions vs. Commercial Transactions

in Gifts, New Economy, Open Currency

A lot of people seem to struggle with the concept of gift economies. Over the recent few hundred years, we have gotten so acculturated to market economies that we tend to project tit-for-tat exchange onto every interaction and into every motivation. However, I believe this is erroneous. My goal in this blog entry is to remind us of our deep familiarity with gift economies and to provide a clear contrast between them and market economies.

21 Jan 2011

Money Can't Buy You Love...or Trust.

in Gifts, Relationship economy, Trust

Money Can't Buy You Love...or Trust.    [Reposted from New Currency Frontiers]

Let's lay this out on the table as simply and clearly as possible (continuing Alan's theme about Quid Pro Quo).
That's not how I interact with my closest family and friends. We share things freely. You don't need to pay me for meals or for using my car, my camper or my bike. We don't really keep track of things like who bought the movie tickets or paid more than their share at the restaurant.

Of course, we don't have to keep track of those things because we trust each other. We know that we all chip in to take care of each other. This is the way clans and tribes have worked for millions of years of human history. We're deeply steeped in this type of sharing and it comes completely naturally to us.

29 Oct 2009

Critical reasons to expand our perception of Currencies

in Currencies, Money, Social DNA

On the Complementary Currency Skype channel we've got going, there was brief but old standard debate going on about fiat vs. mutual credit currencies.

I chimed in with:

21 Aug 2009

Currency Quips for Later Development

in Currency, Gifts, Money, Social Contracts

[Reposted from New Currency Frontiers]

I wrote these responses in the comments thread on this article about The End of Social Movements. There are some currency issues in them that I want to capture for later deeper discussion, so I'm reposting here so I'll know where to find them.

Money and Power Pathologies

Will – I think you make a good point that they’re ability to fool us, does not make them the same thing in essence. And I even like your lunch money metaphor.

So consider this: We start making alternative lunch money. It is only accepted at our own food carts, and participation is completely voluntary. The corporate thieves/bullies/thugs/raiders can only use it for lunch in that community and there’s only so much lunch they can eat.

However, if they can’t use it to buy up real estate, bribe politicians, make speculative investments, build their empire of power an anonymity, then it isn’t worth their time and energy to steal.

Slideshow credits: Starlings over Gretna (Walter Baxter) / CC BY-SA 2.0 & Marshes pattern (Franco Folini) / CC BY-SA 2.0