Berto Jongman: Capitalism in Crisis

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

The Zombie System: How Capitalism Has Gone Off the Rails

The data expose a dangerous malfunction in capitalism’s engine room. Banks, mutual funds and investment firms used to ensure that citizens’ savings were transformed into technical advances, growth and new jobs. Today they organize the redistribution of social wealth from the bottom to the top.

By Michael Sauga

Spiegel, 23 October 2014

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off
Oct 23

JZ Liszkiewicz: Secret Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) – Financial Services Annex

JZ Liszkiewicz

JZ Liszkiewicz

Secret Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) – Financial Services Annex

Today, WikiLeaks released the secret draft text for the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) Financial Services Annex, which covers 50 countries and 68.2% of world trade in services. The US and the EU are the main proponents of the agreement, and the authors of most joint changes, which also covers cross-border data flow. In a significant anti-transparency manoeuvre by the parties, the draft has been classified to keep it secret not just during the negotiations but for five years after the TISA enters into force.

Despite the failures in financial regulation evident during the 2007-2008 Global Financial Crisis and calls for improvement of relevant regulatory structures, proponents of TISA aim to further deregulate global financial services markets. The draft Financial Services Annex sets rules which would assist the expansion of financial multi-nationals – mainly headquartered in New York, London, Paris and Frankfurt – into other nations by preventing regulatory barriers. The leaked draft also shows that the US is particularly keen on boosting cross-border data flow, which would allow uninhibited exchange of personal and financial data.

Comments Off
Oct 23

Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov

Salon Summary:

Never-before-published Isaac Asimov essay reveals the secret to true creativity

EXTRACT:

To cultivate group creativity he believes the perfect human petri-dish is one of ease and relaxation:

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off
Oct 22

George Por: Augmenting the Collective Intelligence of the Ecosystem of Systems Communities – Introduction to the Design of the CI Enhancement Lab (CIEL)

George Por

George Por

Augmenting the Collective Intelligence of the Ecosystem of Systems Communities: Introduction to the Design of the CI Enhancement Lab (CIEL)

George Pór*

Director Community Intelligence, London, UK

The quality of collective intelligence flowing in and across systems communities of various disciplines, and the fragmentation or connectedness of their mental models of the world, shape their capacity to assist decision-makers and social movements in defining, mapping, and addressing the world problematique, by identifying policy options and anticipating their outcomes. In their current state of fragmentation, the systems sciences’ epistemic communities cannot provide that assistance. Upgrading their collective intelligence is a vital imperative. This paper is suggest the prototyping of a Collective Intelligence Enhancement Lab and describes its core idea as a platform with an innovation architecture that integrates social, electronic, cognitive, and inner technologies and processes.

Full Text (Author’s Draft) Below the Line

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off
Oct 22

David Brin: An Unstable World? NOT WORRIED — Starting with Russia…

David Brin

David Brin

An Unstable World? Part One: Russia

Some folks have lately asked why I seem so calm, when every week brings news of yet another brewing disaster, with the world apparently spinning into chaos. So much for Francis Fukayama’s famous line – around 1990 – that the rapid and unstoppable spread of liberal democracy would soon bring an “end of history.”

Read full post.

Comments Off
Oct 21

Anthony Judge: Systemic Equivalences between Ebola, Alien Invasion and Dissidence – Strategic implications of seemingly disparate forms of terrorism

Anthony Judge

Anthony Judge

Systemic Equivalences between Ebola, Alien Invasion and Dissidence

Strategic implications of seemingly disparate forms of terrorism

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off
Oct 21

Jean Lievens: Nora McDevitt on Living in the 21st Century – The Sharing Economy, Peer to Peer, Climate Change, and The Last 5 Billion

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Living in the 21st Century: The Sharing Economy, Peer to Peer, Climate Change, and The Last 5 Billion

EXTRACT

This fast-moving, transformative, technological revolution will continue to unseat the old paradigm in ways that we have only begun to fathom. The old model of leadership enforces a top-down paradigm, and coined by Shepard Fairley as “Obey,” is crumbling. Unlike the industrial era, under this new model we create lateral networks. We are living at the dawn of a new era. While it will bring with it a unique set of problems, challenges and difficulties to overcome, it marks a shift into a new epoch in human evolution.

See Also:

Graphic: Epoch B Swarm Leadership

Comments Off
Oct 21