Category Archives: Human Evolution

The Intention Economy: Free Markets Require Free Customers

I’ve just started reading a relatively new book entitled The Intention Economy and written by Doc Searls, a leading Internet thinker and co-author of the 1999 classic, The Cluetrain Manifesto. And though I’ve only read a few chapters so far, I … Continue reading

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My Broadband Pipe Dream, Part II: How might we get there from here?

Having set the conceptual stage for a “generative” Internet access strategy in Part I of this two-part post, I’d like dig a little deeper here into the “what” and “how.” As I said in Part I, and as suggested by … Continue reading

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Is the Internet Verizon’s microphone?

In a recent filing with the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, Verizon claimed that the FCC’s network neutrality rules violate its First Amendment rights and those of other Internet access providers. As reported by Timothy Lee at Ars Technica, Verizon … Continue reading

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Owning our Networks: Applying Generative Ownership Design to Internet Access

In an earlier post I discussed Marjorie Kelly’s new book “Owning our Future,” which contrasts “extractive” ownership with “generative” ownership. I want to follow up on that post here, with a focus on Internet access, which I’ve been discussing in … Continue reading

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From “Extractive” to “Generative” Ownership

I recently read a new book by Marjorie Kelly entitled “Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution.  As it’s extended title indicates, the book allows readers to join Kelly on what she describes as  Journeys to a Generative Economy.  I’d highly recommend … Continue reading

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Which Kind of Internet Do “We the People” Want?

I believe we’re at a key crossroads in the evolution of the Internet, our economy and society as a whole. And, as I’ve discussed, I believe a combination of New Growth Theory and Modern Monetary Theory can help us choose … Continue reading

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Archi’s Acres: A Single Solution to Multiple Problems

This morning I read a post by Dylan Ratigan announcing he was leaving MSNBC and a 15 year career in financial journalism (and an annual compensation said to be in the $1 mil. range) to more directly work with the … Continue reading

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Replanting the Roots of our Republic

In an earlier post I briefly discussed efforts spearheaded by Larry Lessig to “strike at the roots” of political corruption.  As I noted then, Lessig is the author of “Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress–and a Plan to Stop It.”  … Continue reading

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Rethinking “Productivity”

This post was prompted in part by a recent New York Times opinion piece by Tim Jackson, professor of sustainable development at the University of Surry, and author of “Prosperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet.”  The provocative title … Continue reading

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Europe at an Evolutionary Crossroads

As the latest phase of the Euro-crisis intensifies, it seems increasingly clear that Europe is at a difficult and historic crossroads in its long, slow transition from horrific warfare (and economic depression) during the first half of the 20th century, … Continue reading

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