Who’s Who in Collective Intelligence: Devin Balkind

Deven Balkind

Devin Balkind

David Belkind runs sarapis.org.  They are behind nycprepared.org. They have also built an experimental WordPress based game/bank.

In addition he is an editor-at-large of occupywallstreet.net, wrote The FLO Consensus, and is finishing a forthcoming essay about how cryptocurrency and online games will unleash tremendous wealth over the next 10 years.

He is on the board of the Community Free Software Group and the Sahana Foundation.

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Feb 8

Who’s Who in Cultural Intelligence: Bob Adelman

Bob Adelmann is a graduate of Cornell University with two degrees, including a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in economics and finance. Bob’s career path took him from insurance into estate planning, and then into investment and tax planning. After the stock market crash in October of 1987, Bob started his own investment management company that grew to over $15 million in less than 10 years. He then sold the company to his son in 1996 and now concentrates on writing for The New American.

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Nov 2

Who’s Who in Peace Intelligence: Akbar Ahmed

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a Visiting Professor and was First Distinguished Chair of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He has taught at Princeton, Harvard, and Cambridge Universities and has been called “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC. Regularly interviewed by CNN, NPR, BBC, and Al-Jazeera, he has appeared several times on Oprah, and has also been a guest of The Daily Show and Nickelodeon. For the fall term 2012, Ambassador Ahmed was the Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor at Cambridge University and Visiting Fellow of Jesus College.

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Jun 8

Who’s Who in Public Intelligence: Martin A. Armstrong

Martin A. Armstrong at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York in 2000.Rick Maiman/Bloomberg News Martin A. Armstrong at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York in 2000.

Ex-Adviser Out of Jail After 11 Years, Including 7 for Contempt

New York Times, 15 March 2011

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Sep 14

Who’s Who in Public Intelligence: Jon Denn


Jon Denn

Jon Denn is founder of aGREATER.US an online focus group and virtual National Initiative for Democracy effort to aggregate and rate greater ideas for the US. A convener of conversations. www.aGREATER.US. @jmdenn

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Dec 8

Who’s Who in Public Intelligence: Louis von Ahn

Luis von Ahn is a young computer scientist working at the intersection of cryptography, artificial intelligence, and natural intelligence to address problems of profound theoretical and practical importance.  Focusing on the 9 billion hours a year that people play solitaire, he has conceptualized means of harnessing that “cognitive surplus” to accomplish important micro-tasks, such as labeling images.

Born in 1979 in Guatemala City, Guatemala he is an entrepreneur and an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University[2]. He is known as one of the pioneers of the idea of crowdsourcing. He is the founder of the company reCAPTCHA, which was sold to Google in 2009.[3] As a professor, his research includes CAPTCHAs and human computation[4], and has earned him international recognition and numerous honors. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (a.k.a., the “genius grant”) in 2006,[5][6] the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship in 2009, a Sloan Fellowship in 2009, and a Microsoft New Faculty Fellowship in 2007. He has also been named one of the 50 Best Brains in Science by Discover Magazine, and has made it to many recognition lists that include Popular Science Magazine‘s Brilliant 10, Silicon.com’s 50 Most Influential People in Technology, Technology Review‘s TR35: Young Innovators Under 35, and FastCompany‘s 100 Most Innovative People in Business.

Siglo Veintiuno, a leading newspaper in Guatemala, chose him as the person of the year in 2009. In 2011, Foreign Policy Magazine in Spanish named him the most influential intellectual of Latin America and Spain.[7]

Best of Web

Personal Blog

2006 Google Tech Tack on Human Computation

2011 Human Computation: Channeling Human Brainpower

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Aug 25

Who’s Who in Public Intelligence: Nathan Allen

Nathan Allen

Nathan Allen is an independent historian and president of a skin care company and an education charity.

His book Arsonist: The Most Dangerous Man in America by Nathan A. Allen is published 4 July 2011.


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Jun 27

Who’s Who in Collective Intelligence: Ben Brownell


Benjamin P. Brownell

Multidisciplinary freelance design artist and moonlight cultural theoristician
Rogue Valley, Jefferson State USA.

Today (2011):

Studying and implementing sustainably abundant economic systems and enterprise
Organizing local participatory democracy and ‘Gov2.0′ awareness/action
Practicing collaborative frameworks and group process facilitation
Developing a curation platform for engaging eco-social ‘good news’
Improvising interactive multimedia presentations for live events
Creating unique aesthetic natural built environments and landscapes
Appreciating a rich, safe, healthy, comfortable town/ecosystem that outdoes itself as Home

Seeking inspiration and partnership for constructive endeavors abroad and online

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Apr 17

Who’s Who in Earth Intelligence: John Bunzi


John Bunzi

John Bunzl is the Founder, Trustee and Coordinator of the International Simultaneous Policy Organisation (ISPO). John initiated the Simpol concept in 1998 and since founded the ISPO to campaign for the adoption of Simpol around the world. He is author of The Simultaneous Policy – An Insider’s Guide to Saving Humanity and the Planet, has given lectures and workshops on Simpol to many conferences, including to the World Trade Organisation, the World Social Forum and the Schumacher Society. Apart from being an activist, he is also a company director of a business specialising in raw materials and speciality papers. He was born in 1957 in London.

The Simultaneous Policy (Simpol) campaign allows citizens around the world to use their votes in their national elections to solve global problems like global warming, financial market regulation, environmental destruction, war, and social injustice.  Learn more….

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Mar 18

Who’s Who in Collective Intelligence: Gordon Cook



Gordon Cook

Dr. Gordon Cook is a Hacker inspired by Dave Hughes to create a living document, The Cook Report on Internet Protocol, that manifests itself in both a Blog, Cook’s Collaborative Edge, and a document, now in Version 4, E Pluribus Unum* Resurrected: How Human Ingenuity, DIY Technology, and Global R&E Networks Are Remaking the World (February 2011).

His background includes two years as Senior Analyst at the US Congress Office of Technology Assessment (1990-1992), three years as Senior Editor at the John von Neumann National Supercomputer Center (1987-1990), and long period at Policy Analyst and Technical Writer for Delta Data and Computer Sciences (1977-1986).


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His education includes a BA from Columbia (1965), an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics (1966), a PhD from Duke University (1972), and an MLS from Rutgers (1976).

Tip of the Hat to Contributing Editor and Who’s Who in Collective Intelligence: Venessa Miemis for the pointer.

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Feb 25