Who’s Who in Public Intelligence: Foster Gamble

Foster Gamble — Worldview in 6 Minutes

Foster Gamble is a direct descendant of the late James Gamble, soap-maker and founder of the U.S. consumer goods corporation, Proctor and Gamble. Growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, Gamble lived his childhood in a position of privilege and power. He attended elite private schools and Princeton University. Groomed to be a leader in the establishment,  Gamble chose a different path.

As a young boy, Gamble had an inquisitive personality that led him to envision a world scenario of a universal energy source. Pursuing a lifelong journey in the pursuit of knowledge, Gamble involved himself in many intellectual subjects. Unhappy with the current structure of power in the world and massive global suffering, Foster Gamble set out to make a documentary that unveiled the true reality of our existence in the 21st century.

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Worth a Look: THRIVE – The Movie (22 Million Views), The Movement, The Possibilities

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Mar 11

Who’s Who in Public Intelligence: Ksenia Ermoshina

Ksenia Ermoshina

Ksenia Ermoshina

Born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, in 1988, I’ve started my academic career at the faculty of philosophy at the Saint-Petersburg State University, working on the concepts of “chaos” and “miracles” (from 2005 to 2010). In 2008-2010 I was studying political sociology at the French University College (CUF) where I won a scholarship to make my Master research in Paris, at the University Paris 5. I got my Master degree in 2011 and spent one year in my native city, taking part in the anti-Putin movement and making a fieldwork about the usage of mobile applications by russian activists. In summer 2012 I’ve got a scholarship for PhD studies and entered the Center of Sociology of Innovations (MinesParisTech), famous for its actor-network approach. At the CSI I am studying the process of social and technical innovation experimented and deployed within several arenes of mobilization in Russia, France and Canada and I am especially focusing on the practices of usage of mobile applications as tools of citizen counterpower, citizen expertise and control over the public services.

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Oct 21

Who’s Who in Public Intelligence: Rickard Falkvinge

Rickard Falkvinge

Rickard ”Rick” Falkvinge (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈfalkˌvɪŋɛ]), born Dick Augustsson on 21 January 1972 in Gothenburg, is a Swedish IT entrepreneur known as the founder and first party leader of the Swedish Pirate Party.[1] He is currently a political evangelist with the party, spreading the ideas across the world.[2] He resides in |Sollentuna north of Stockholm.

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Oct 28

Who’s Who in Public Intelligence: Joel Hirschhorn

Joel Hirschhorn

Now a writer, consultant and public speaker who focuses on politics and government, he was formerly a full professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a senior staffer for the U.S. Congress (Office of Technology Assessment), head of an environmental consulting company, and Director of Environment, Energy and Natural Resources at the National Governors Association.  His latest book is Delusional Democracy – Fixing the Republic Without Overthrowing the Government, an original analysis of the decline of American democracy coupled with a set of practical solutions for fixing it.  His previous book was Sprawl Kills – How Blandburbs Steal Your Time, Health and Money, a holistic evaluation of suburban sprawl, sprawl politics, and the housing and community alternatives to sprawl.  He is a co-founder of Friends of the Article V Convention, its National Press Secretary, and writes regularly for many websites, often advocating the nation’s first Article V convention as the more practical route to restoring American democracy than regular elections controlled by the two-party plutocracy.  He can be reached through www.delusionaldemocracy.com.

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Nov 26

Who’s Who in Public Intelligence: Baruch Fischhoff


Baruch Fischhoff

BARUCH FISCHHOFF, Ph.D., is the Howard Heinz University Professor in the departments of Social and Decision Sciences and of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, where he heads the Decision Sciences major. A graduate of the Detroit Public Schools, he holds a BS in mathematics and psychology from Wayne State University and an MA and PhD in psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and currently chairs the National Research Council Committee on Behavioral and Social Science Research to Improve Intelligence Analysis for National Security. He also chairs the Food and Drug Administration Risk Communication Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Advisory Committee, the World Federation of Scientists Permanent Monitoring Panel on Terrorism, and the Department of State Global Expertise Program. He is past President of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making and of the Society for Risk Analysis, and recipient of its Distinguished Achievement Award. He was a member of the Eugene, Oregon Commission on the Rights of Women and the Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, where he chaired the Homeland Security Advisory Committee. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science (previously the American Psychological Society), the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the Society for Risk Analysis. He has co-authored or edited six books, Acceptable Risk (1981), A Two-State Solution in the Middle East: Prospects and Possibilities (1993), Elicitation of Preferences (2000), Risk Communication: A Mental Models Approach (2002), Intelligence Analysis: Behavioral and Social Science Foundations (2011), and Risk: A Very Short Introduction.

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Jul 25

Who’s Who in Public Intelligence: Paul Fernhout


Paul Fernhout

Paul Fernhout has been helping his wife (Cynthia Kurtz) develop Rakontu, a free and open source software communications and sensemaking tool for small purpose-driven communities that focuses on exchanging stories. He has hopes to expand Rakontu eventually into a broader Public Intelligence platform including a semantic desktop, simulations, narrative methods, visualization tools, and structured arguments. He has done some earlier work towards a FOSS social semantic desktop based on a triple store called “The Pointrel System“.

Building on something Albert Einstein said long ago about nuclear energy, he likes to remind people that in his opinion “The biggest challenge of the 21st century is the irony of technologies of abundance in the hands of those thinking in terms of scarcity”.

Paul participated in Doug Engelbart’s 2000 Unfinished Revolution II Colloquium hosted by Stanford University which discussed themes on public collaboration about solving pressing global issues in networked improvement communities, and he made several related email contributions.   He believes Public Intelligence could be a way to build on Doug Engelbart’s early innovations to collectively figure out how to use advanced technologies of abundance for the betterment of global society. He calls for the public funding of such tools in an essay entitled “The need for FOSS intelligence tools for sensemaking etc.”  and also in an OpenPCAST suggestion to the US government on the same theme.  He has written several essays on post-scarcity abundance themes, including speculations on reforming Princeton University and reforming the CIA into post-scarcity institutions. In the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, he wrote a parable  about collective efforts by individually-weak abundance-minded actors in the presence of strong centralized scarcity-minded organizations, which he feels unfortunately has been all too prescient about the course of that war.

He is currently exploring the idea that there have always been at least five types of interwoven economies (subsistence, gift, exchange, planned, and theft) with the balance between the five economies shifting due to cultural changes and technological changes.

Paul is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B. Psychology ’85, same year as Michelle Obama), studied Ecology and Evolution at SUNY Stony Brook (M.A. Biology ’93), and received a Navy Science Award for a robot he created for a high school science fair back before that was a common thing.

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Jun 18

Who’s Who in Earth Intelligence: Curtis Faith


Curtis Faith

Over the last few years I’ve become interested in physics through a circuitous route. First, like John Baez who started the Azimuth Project, I realized four or five years back that we’re headed to an ugly place on the climate and energy front if we don’t make some changes.

So I wanted to do something.  It seemed obvious to me that energy was the real problem. Electric cars are nice but only go so far if we still rely on coal to generate the electricity. I am interested in alternative types of fusion power (like I.E.C. fusion) and the associated problems in theoretical physics, especially nuclear binding energy theory. I am also interested in quantum gravity theory. I hope to contribute in some concrete way in the future. As I continue to learn enough to eventually become expert in physics, I want to work on some more tangible tasks that can help make the world a better place.

Structured Hits

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The Azimuth Project

John Baez Blaster with Graphics

Curtis Faith Books at Amazon

Review: The Complete TurtleTrader–The Legend, the Lessons, the Results

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Apr 26