Don’t like Politics? Change it!

Optional background music: Mrs Robinson by Simon and Garfunkel especially these lines:

Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoonMrs. Robinson
Going to the candidates debate
Laugh about it, shout about it
When you’ve got to choose
Ev’ry way you look at it, you lose

This song is over 50 years old and unfortunately truer than ever.

We believe that our opinion, our voice, our vote doesn’t count. A Princeton study from last year confirmed our gut feeling, the US isn’t a real democracy anymore:

Using data drawn from over 1,800 different policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, the two conclude that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of or even against the will of the majority of voters.

The system is rigged. Powerful monied special interest groups are ruining running our country. Continue reading

Good-Bye and Thank You for the …

Good-Bye and thank you for the fish Ukulele.

As many of you know, I recently left SAP and, with it, the management of the SAP Mentors.

I should quit more often, looking at the heart warming response I got from the community. I was floored when, a week ago, the friendly package delivery guy dropped off a beautiful ukulele.

Thank you SAP Mentors so much. Your gift is a total bulls eye. How did you know?

#GeeksCanDance SAP Jam Band SAP Mentors

Continue reading

Asteroid on Collision Course with Earth discovered by [your name here] Space Telescope

Cosmic Fireball Falling Over ALMAAsteroids are nature’s way of asking: “How is your space program coming along.” Ed Lu

One of the best Long Now talks ever was given by Ed Lu last year in June:
Anthropocene Astronomy: Thwarting Dangerous Asteroids Begins with Finding Them

There are Asteroids hurling towards us, some of them are as big as the one that wiped out the Dinosaurs.

Apparently we have the tech to deflect an asteroid, but we don’t have the means to detect them early enough to do so.

Ed Lu calculated, that only 1/2 billion dollars are needed to bring such a telescope into space and he founded the organization to do it.

I am surprised that none of the billionaires have jumped on this once in a lifetime opportunity to save all of humanity: [More at Medium]

Wealth a Living Systems Model

Join Metacurrency’s Nourishing Flows retreat Jan 19-26 in Germany

Update: Originally posted in 2011. To open up to a different view on our wealth and what we do with it, is so important, that I am reposting it.

What motivates me to run Future Salons is the hope to find, promote and help implement patterns for a future that works for all.

Our current socio-economic system, free market capitalism, is clearly not delivering. US poverty rate went up from 11.3% in 2000 to 15.1% in 2010.

Any criticism of our current system, in many circles, automatically pegs a person in the Communist camp. “Look it was tried in the Soviet Union, and it didn’t work.”

Yes, Soviet style Communism didn’t work; but when that system came crashing down capitalism didn’t win, it just survived a bit longer.

Francis Fukuyama even wrote a book declaring The End of History as parliamentary democracy and capitalism were the only dominant systems going forward. It was plain hubris and a lens on our collective failure to imagine alternatives.

A system that accepts that 10%+ of its population live in poverty, even in one of the richest nations of the world, is not acceptable.

The financial crisis of 2008 is further proof that the current system is not working for us, the 99% majority. Is it broken beyond repair?

In search of alternatives, I found Arthur Brock and the folks at The MetaCurrency Project. They not only envision a new model of wealth but are actively working on developing and implementing it.

I caught up with them in New York at their NextNet Collabathon. Art really opened up my eyes for how limited our view on money truly is. So I sat down with him and we taped the following interview which is an introduction to the big picture of Wealth a Living Systems Model.

Enjoy!

Continue reading

Real World Schools My Open Mike Future Salon Session

TED’s tag line is Ideas worth spreading. The Open Mike Future Salon’s tag line is Ideas worth further exploring. The format is the following: You present your idea for 5 minutes. It’s OK if your idea isn’t fully formed yet, present your current state. The next 5 minutes the audience asked questions or gives comments that may move your idea forward. If the conversation is really active, we add another 5 minutes to that exploration. You may walk away from the Future Salon with a handfull of new ideas or venues to explore. This is why I can’t wait to share my idea of letting our children solve real world problems with you:

Imagine a world where every classroom in every school is solving real-world problems and sharing their solutions.  Let’s apply Google’s “20% time” to schools!  Each Friday, students focus on solving a practical problem they choose.  Children create a budget, build a team, publicly brainstorm solutions, set milestones, track their progress Wikipedia-style and present their solution to the whole school at the end of the year. Award bonus points to teams who engage contributors beyond the classroom. Teaching students to initiate, collaborate, and adapt will prepare them to thrive in our ever-changing world.

Can’t wait to hear your comments and suggestions to these ideas. There will be 5 minute sessions around Empowering Women through Technology; World Peace; From Great Potential to Not-So-Great Results; … Please share your idea too that you are convinced will influence our lives in the future. After all this Thursday is the 1st of March Future Day. Fill out this form or come and sign up on the white board that evening. We meet 6pm at SAP Labs in Palo Alto 3410 Hillview Avenue. More details on the Future Salon web page. See you all there.

Maker/Hacker Space best Training for Future Prosperity

Just came back from the energizing brainstorming session around creating a Maker/Hacker space in Savannah. Another great event organized by Jake and his team of the Creative Coast. Thanks.

The energy in the room was high and the wish list got longer and longer.

The audience was diverse from teenagers to retirees with sparkle in their eyes eager to tinker and try out new things.

The 30K question is, will there be enough people that understand the benefit and shell out the monthly fee to make if thrive and be self-funding?

I am convinced it will be, if we ensure the following: Continue reading