• A little connection

    by  • February 28, 2013 • 0 Comments

    “A players hire A players. B players hire C players. Then comes the Bozo explosion” This is well explained by the Dunning-Kruger effect, “Idiots are too stupid to know they are idiots.” This can be seen as a minor corollary of the “Five Laws of Stupidity” which assert that idiots are the most dangerous kind […]

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    Fracking has saved the world? An unusual thesis

    by  • February 7, 2013 • 7 Comments

    Punchline: Fracking probably holds the global economy together long enough for cheap solar to take over by 2020. (note: I used to work at the Rocky Mountain Institute, and worked on http://smallisprofitable.org and http://oilendgame.com. I’ve also spent a bit of time doing geostrategy around resource conflict) Details: I’ve been sold on the risk (I’d put […]

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    Local resilience in systemic crises: WOOO vs. YOYO

    by  • January 18, 2013 • 3 Comments

    Dougald wanted me to write up a couple of concepts quickly. Firstly, the “don’t wait for State help in a systemic crisis.” The State has about 1% of the population as first responders: police, army, fire service, coast guard, the lot. In a systemic crisis, there’s no enormous reserve of people from unaffected areas to […]

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    A Feather for Lifting Anvils – EdgeRyders 2.0 plans to change the world

    by  • November 26, 2012 • 0 Comments

    A Feather for Lifting Anvils – EdgeRyders 2.0 plans to change the world The EdgeRyders community has decided to take a crack solving the world’s problems by inventing a new collective structure: “Venture Social Capital.” The idea is to “finance” new positive, local projects using the collective power of an extended social network, with a […]

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    Meaning: Plausible Utopias

    by  • October 19, 2012 • 6 Comments

    A couple of weeks ago, October 1st, I talked at the Meaning Conference. The good Will McInnes. Will invited me to give a talk at a social business sessions meetup in London, and I talked on the Hexayurt Project and Social Capital, and I guess Will wanted to see what I’d do with a broader […]

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    The start of a new day (Greece, September 2012)

    by  • September 4, 2012 • 1 Comment

    (As usual you will need Firefox, Chrome or another HTML5 browser to see these videos, they are in OGG, a Free video format. Many thanks to Christopher Brewster who took me along to Greece and showed me the sites. Come to Chris’s Disaster 2.0 hackathon (#h4d2) in Birmingham 21th of September. I’ll be there.) ===== […]

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    One person tents – an engineering consideration

    by  • August 4, 2012 • 7 Comments

    It all started when I saw the Jack Wolfskin Skylight. I’d greatly enjoyed the superlative Jack Wolfskin Weather Report Umbrella while it was available, and I sometimes pop my head into the store to see if they have come back. The Skylight weighs 1200 grams and is impossibly tiny. But let’s go back further, to […]

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