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The Beginning is Near

Sean Donahue, Green Man Rambling, writes about the new rise of ancient practices of how people interact with each other and nature as (he says, I think it needs more help) capitalism crumbles:

How much can board members donate to PWGD?

Best question ever:

how much can board members donate? If they can donate to their own charity their the board member of? And, how often can they donate? What's the limit of the donation?

Seth Godin's Tribes talk in NYC

[funny thing is he began with acknowledgments and thoughts -- and he's right, it would have been a much better flow with that having been a running loop of images while everything got settled!]

I think I know what you want: more!

Jacquelyn Novogratz - Acumen - singlehandedly changing the way philanthropy - did this

advertisements for cigarettes with babies and doctors

[used to be]
interrupt people, spam them, because it's our job

then, Internet: ideavirus, people talk about us because we deserve it

those days are ending

[Santa Clause 1836-2000 picture]

PWGD is up to the News Challenge

if important news were naturally viral, if it spread rapidly and were easily monetized, there would be no need for the Knight News Challenge. If important news were always sexy, funny, comfortable to share, and socially rewarding, Digg's front page and YouTube comments might be constant fonts of vital information.

The question is not "do you think this will be popular?"; the question is "do you think this is important?".

People's behavior changes

No secret algorithms. No complicated algorithms. Come to think of it I better stay away from the word algorithm.

People Who Give a Damn, purpose restated

People have always needed something better than mailing lists— or other communication tools as they exist now. We need something that can reach millions of people (or billions– everyone) and still be open to everyone on an equal basis. Reaching everyone means filtering to reduce quantity and increase quality. Staying open to everyone means that the filtering must not be controlled by any group, must in some true sense belong to everyone.

The real economy need not suffer in the downfall of the speculative economy

Douglas Rushkoff tells it like it is in the economy:

the money is itself crap. It’s based on a centralized lending scheme and has no intrinsic value. The Fed no longer even releases the metric telling us how much money is out there.

All this means is that you can’t count on capitalism anymore. Your wealth is not how many paper assets you have. It’s not even how much land you have (or think you have). It’s what you can do. It’s your value to other people.

To do

There are too many items to keep track of in my Chandler calendar / tasklist, so for lack of anywhere else to keep track of them I'm posting some important priorities to my blog.

Big pieces:

  • Community Related Taxonomy before Chicago taxonomy code sprint
  • Eclipse PDT IDE

The big ultimate goal:

The Down Side of Tribes

[posted first at the closed-off triiibes.com]

I am very much in favor of people's self-organization, especially to meet common needs and dreams, in fact it's the point of People Who Give a Damn. To the extent that this, and building communities, is part of what we mean by tribes, that is great. But there's also an aspect of human progress where tribes are bad.

Corn controls us

[File this under 'why care' and 'what we need to do']

Michael Pollan on the Cornification of Food (AR, Boulder Colorado)

One farmer can feed 129 of us with corn.

Rather than 12, before the munitions factory converted from bombs to fertilizer in 1947.

We're putting away 200 extra calories, to take up 30 to 40 percent of

the way we're feeding the world with corn makes it harder for the world

we can sell it so cheaply because our government subsidizes the cost of production of corn

1.5 million Mexican farmers left the land

Looking for a missing quotation: I love private property so much I want everyone to have some

Keywords

like capitalism so much everyone a capitalist Texas
want everyone to own capital
Sam Rayburn want everyone to own capital
Sam Rayburn everyone private property
Everyone should have private property
texas politician believe in private property some
texas politician believe in private property everyone have some

Private Property

UPDATE: Apparently the answer, if this web page and the cited Mr. Galbraith can be believed:

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