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Tim O'Reilly has been at 4 events

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Kevin Kelly546,692Sign up to hangout on air with us: http://goo.gl/TR7xI7Tim O'Reilly and Kevin Kelly on Makers and Cool Tools2014-02-24 23:00:00106  
Reinventors Network830,155Here's a really hard problem that Larry Lessig is not sure how to solve: "Let's assume we've got a fundamentally corrupt government, in the precise sense that the dependence upon "funders" corrupts the intended dependence upon "the people alone," and that too many within that system are too deeply connected to it to push for its change. That means any effective movement for change has got to come from the outside. How would a grassroots movement in the Internet Age create the pressure such a change would require? How would the people who brought the Internet to scale tackle this problem?" Joining Larry in his effort is a veritable who's who of internet know-how, the folks who have built & scaled networks for change: internet pioneer Tim O'Reilly, Change.org Founder Ben Rattray, Moveon.org Executive Director Anna Galland, VC Brad Burnham, Executive Producer of TED Media June Cohen, Bram Cohen, creator of BitTorrent, and Markos Moulitsas, Founder of Daily Kos. Reinvent Money in Politics2013-07-11 20:00:00191  
Reinventors Network830,155Tim O'Reilly has some big ideas about how to dramatically modernize government regulation, from "algorithmic regulation" that harnesses computer power much like top tech companies in Silicon Valley to peer-to-peer self-regulation, where citizens increasingly take over from government bureaucrats, like relying more on Yelp-like reviews to keep an eye on restaurants. For more on the frame of the conversation in this virtual roundtable as well as who will be participating, check out the dedicated page linked below.  Reinventors is a series of virtual roundtables done over the new medium of group video about how to fundamentally reinvent many of our 20th-century systems to work in the new realities of our 21st-century world. Each week we take on a new topic in our inaugural project to Reinvent America. Check out www.reinventors.net to learn more.Reinvent Regulation with Tim O'Reilly2013-04-23 20:00:00132  
Vic Gundotra6,957,644Join us for a night of interactive simulations, hands-on experiences and live musical performances from Train and Paul Oakenfold. If you’re attending, make sure to grab the latest Google+ app for your Android phone and turn on Party Mode to share your experience with the world. #io12Google I/O After Hours with Train and Paul Oakenfold!2012-06-27 19:00:002648  

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2015-05-27 17:46:25 (51 comments, 20 reshares, 132 +1s)Open 

Brilliant and important! 

"What we have, uniquely in America, is a political class, and an entire political party, devoted to the idea that any money spent on public goods is money misplaced, not because the state goods might not be good but because they would distract us from the larger principle that no ultimate good can be found in the state. Ride a fast train to Washington today and you’ll start thinking about national health insurance tomorrow."

Most reshares: 63

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2015-04-04 14:42:49 (34 comments, 63 reshares, 190 +1s)Open 

Brilliant remarks by +Mikey D about what he learned from the healthcare.gov rescue and why he left Google for the White House. This is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of our country.

Most plusones: 215

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2015-04-03 20:45:37 (43 comments, 43 reshares, 215 +1s)Open 

Drought in California - my home

The picture shows snow in the mountains of California, 2013 and 2014.  Snow usually provides 30% of California's water, so that was bad news.  But 2015 was much worse.

"We're not only setting a new low; we're completely obliterating the previous record," said the chief of the California Department of Water Resources.  There's now only 5% as much snow as the average over the last century!

California has been hit by new weather pattern: the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge.  It's a patch of high atmospheric pressure that sits over the far northeastern Pacific Ocean and stops winter storms from reaching California.  It's been sitting there most of the time for the last 3 winters. 

We did get 2 big storms this winter.  But the water fell mainly as rain rather than snow, because ofrecord... more »

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2015-09-01 12:50:46 (1 comments, 20 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

So good: "Overwork is not defined by the amount of our day work occupies but by the amount of our selves tied up to it. We “over” work not when we work too hard but when working becomes less of a means and more of an end. When meditation, exercise, sleep, holidays, and even parenting, are cast as tools to make us better workers."

So good: "Overwork is not defined by the amount of our day work occupies but by the amount of our selves tied up to it. We “over” work not when we work too hard but when working becomes less of a means and more of an end. When meditation, exercise, sleep, holidays, and even parenting, are cast as tools to make us better workers."___

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2015-08-31 20:58:56 (3 comments, 7 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

The full piece is worth reading, but this was a tough paragraph to read: "What Hurricane Katrina, the floodwall and levee collapses, and the aftermath taught me is that America, and its institutions, simply don’t work — and that people like it that way. Perhaps this is a boilerplate observation, so obvious in light of what happened there, and all our other disasters and chronic problems — the Iraq war, political gridlock, gun violence, and a thousand other things. But I believe this is an under-appreciated point. America is an optimistic nation. It has a short memory. Our political system and media don’t really learn very obvious lessons that unspool right in front of everyone’s faces. And so we end up repeating our errors — at least, some of them — to great sorrow. And I expect the sorrow is going to get a lot greater in the coming decades."

Myrecollection is that someone ... more »

The full piece is worth reading, but this was a tough paragraph to read: "What Hurricane Katrina, the floodwall and levee collapses, and the aftermath taught me is that America, and its institutions, simply don’t work — and that people like it that way. Perhaps this is a boilerplate observation, so obvious in light of what happened there, and all our other disasters and chronic problems — the Iraq war, political gridlock, gun violence, and a thousand other things. But I believe this is an under-appreciated point. America is an optimistic nation. It has a short memory. Our political system and media don’t really learn very obvious lessons that unspool right in front of everyone’s faces. And so we end up repeating our errors — at least, some of them — to great sorrow. And I expect the sorrow is going to get a lot greater in the coming decades."

My recollection is that someone shared a photoset on Flickr, and that was the eye opener for me about how bad things were post-Katrina. It was also an eye opener about the power of what would eventually be called social media: people sharing information, photos, and opinions with each other directly.___

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2015-08-31 17:23:38 (3 comments, 17 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Here is the latest in my #WTFeconomy  series of posts on Medium. (Earlier posts include The WTF Economy (https://medium.com/the-wtf-economy/the-wtf-economy-a3bd5f52ef00) and Networks and the Nature of the Firm (https://medium.com/the-wtf-economy/networks-and-the-nature-of-the-firm-28790b6afdcc). Still to come: These Are The Days of Miracles and Wonders, The Augmented Worker, and more.) These articles are exploring technology and the future of work, and are leading up to an event in November called the Next:Economy Summit (http://conferences.oreilly.com/next-economy)

Here is the latest in my #WTFeconomy  series of posts on Medium. (Earlier posts include The WTF Economy (https://medium.com/the-wtf-economy/the-wtf-economy-a3bd5f52ef00) and Networks and the Nature of the Firm (https://medium.com/the-wtf-economy/networks-and-the-nature-of-the-firm-28790b6afdcc). Still to come: These Are The Days of Miracles and Wonders, The Augmented Worker, and more.) These articles are exploring technology and the future of work, and are leading up to an event in November called the Next:Economy Summit (http://conferences.oreilly.com/next-economy)___

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2015-08-25 14:40:48 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

My latest post about service companies and design is up. It includes further explanation of our thinking behind the upcoming Design Conference. Enjoy! 

My latest post about service companies and design is up. It includes further explanation of our thinking behind the upcoming Design Conference. Enjoy! ___

2015-08-25 14:30:43 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

This just in from my friend +Brian Forde:

"A couple of weeks ago we announced $75,000 in scholarships for 50 young women and underrepresented people of color to attend the CoinDesk Consensus 2015 digital currency conference in NY on September 10th. http://www.coindesk.com/press-releases/consensus-2015-is-joining-with-the-mit-media-labs-digital-currency-initiative-to-offer-50-diversity-and-inclusion-scholarships/

The deadline to apply for the scholarship to attend the conference is this Friday."

This just in from my friend +Brian Forde:

"A couple of weeks ago we announced $75,000 in scholarships for 50 young women and underrepresented people of color to attend the CoinDesk Consensus 2015 digital currency conference in NY on September 10th. http://www.coindesk.com/press-releases/consensus-2015-is-joining-with-the-mit-media-labs-digital-currency-initiative-to-offer-50-diversity-and-inclusion-scholarships/

The deadline to apply for the scholarship to attend the conference is this Friday."___

2015-08-17 18:22:24 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Lovely quote from Wallace Stevens: "“One may find intimations of immortality in an object on the mantelpiece; and these intimations are as real in the mind in which they occur as the mantelpiece itself." (The Necessary Angel, Vintage edition page 74). 

I love how Stevens sees the interplay of reality and the mind. It is a recurring theme through his work, and one that has deeply shaped my own thinking.

Lovely quote from Wallace Stevens: "“One may find intimations of immortality in an object on the mantelpiece; and these intimations are as real in the mind in which they occur as the mantelpiece itself." (The Necessary Angel, Vintage edition page 74). 

I love how Stevens sees the interplay of reality and the mind. It is a recurring theme through his work, and one that has deeply shaped my own thinking.___

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2015-08-14 17:42:51 (5 comments, 21 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

My new essay on what I've been calling "The WTF Economy." (In case you missed it, the first essay is here: https://medium.com/the-wtf-economy

My new essay on what I've been calling "The WTF Economy." (In case you missed it, the first essay is here: https://medium.com/the-wtf-economy___

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2015-08-14 00:10:58 (4 comments, 7 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Love this from +Liza Daly: "If you have a responsibility for hiring people, at any level, you have one superpower that can change the future culture and direction of your organization: tell your new hires that the company already is the way you wish it were."

Love this from +Liza Daly: "If you have a responsibility for hiring people, at any level, you have one superpower that can change the future culture and direction of your organization: tell your new hires that the company already is the way you wish it were."___

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2015-07-27 20:33:05 (9 comments, 19 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

Excellent set of principles for digital government. Echoes those put forward by the UK Government and by Code for America, but articulated by former staffers from the White House and a key staffer from the Republican-controlled Congress. Getting digital government right is something both parties ought to be able to get behind!

Excellent set of principles for digital government. Echoes those put forward by the UK Government and by Code for America, but articulated by former staffers from the White House and a key staffer from the Republican-controlled Congress. Getting digital government right is something both parties ought to be able to get behind!___

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2015-07-20 18:18:51 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Today is the last day! Submit a proposal for O'Reilly's Design Conference!

Today is the last day! Submit a proposal for O'Reilly's Design Conference!___

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2015-07-08 21:26:44 (13 comments, 28 reshares, 102 +1s)Open 

My new post on Medium explains what I've been up to lately. I'm fascinated by how technology is driving fundamental shifts in the economy and the nature of work.

My new post on Medium explains what I've been up to lately. I'm fascinated by how technology is driving fundamental shifts in the economy and the nature of work.___

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2015-07-08 20:01:37 (20 comments, 45 reshares, 204 +1s)Open 

I was inspired to think differently when I read Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed in America. If you don't have time for the book, read this Atlantic article, which brings the story up to date. I love her notion that minimum wage workers are philanthropists, giving their work to the rest of society for less than it costs to provide.

I was inspired to think differently when I read Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed in America. If you don't have time for the book, read this Atlantic article, which brings the story up to date. I love her notion that minimum wage workers are philanthropists, giving their work to the rest of society for less than it costs to provide.___

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2015-07-08 18:52:13 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

I love the quote from Hesiod, Works and Days: “The gods keep livelihood hidden from men. Otherwise a day’s labor could bring man enough to last a whole year with no more work.” 

Very apt, because I'm working on a new event about the future of work, and I like to mix my reflections on the future with thinking from the past.

I love the quote from Hesiod, Works and Days: “The gods keep livelihood hidden from men. Otherwise a day’s labor could bring man enough to last a whole year with no more work.” 

Very apt, because I'm working on a new event about the future of work, and I like to mix my reflections on the future with thinking from the past.___

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2015-07-08 18:40:55 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

If you haven't checked out Safari lately (O'Reilly Media's online learning service, whose name predates that of Apple's browser, if you wonder why we named it that!), you should. We have a new version, and to encourage people to try it, we have an amazing sale for people who sign up for an annual subscription. +Liza Daly explains more below about what's on offer in the new service.

If you haven't checked out Safari lately (O'Reilly Media's online learning service, whose name predates that of Apple's browser, if you wonder why we named it that!), you should. We have a new version, and to encourage people to try it, we have an amazing sale for people who sign up for an annual subscription. +Liza Daly explains more below about what's on offer in the new service.___

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2015-07-08 16:33:05 (2 comments, 17 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

We just unveiled the project I've been working on for the past six months or so (really, the past couple of years, but only explicitly the past six months), a new event called Next:Economy, also known as WTF? What's the Future of Work?  It's a look at robots, AI, and the on-demand economy, and what they tell us about the future of work, the shape of corporations, and the issues we should be grappling with now if we want these profound changes to come out for the best.

My co-host for the event is Steven Levy of Medium. While the speaker list is still preliminary, it tells the story of what we're going after. Explore the speaker pages - I've loaded them with quotes from the speakers, which will help you understand in advance where they are coming from. Over the next few weeks and months, we'll be curating an online conversation, with lots of great reading and viewing, to... more »

We just unveiled the project I've been working on for the past six months or so (really, the past couple of years, but only explicitly the past six months), a new event called Next:Economy, also known as WTF? What's the Future of Work?  It's a look at robots, AI, and the on-demand economy, and what they tell us about the future of work, the shape of corporations, and the issues we should be grappling with now if we want these profound changes to come out for the best.

My co-host for the event is Steven Levy of Medium. While the speaker list is still preliminary, it tells the story of what we're going after. Explore the speaker pages - I've loaded them with quotes from the speakers, which will help you understand in advance where they are coming from. Over the next few weeks and months, we'll be curating an online conversation, with lots of great reading and viewing, to engage with these ideas, whether or not you are coming to the event.___

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2015-07-06 12:51:53 (29 comments, 34 reshares, 140 +1s)Open 

Fabulous read from Thomas Piketty on Germany's own history of debt relief, vs its current stance towards Greece:

"We need to look ahead. Europe was founded on debt forgiveness and investment in the future. Not on the idea of endless penance."

Fabulous read from Thomas Piketty on Germany's own history of debt relief, vs its current stance towards Greece:

"We need to look ahead. Europe was founded on debt forgiveness and investment in the future. Not on the idea of endless penance."___

2015-07-05 20:50:59 (46 comments, 15 reshares, 169 +1s)Open 

Wondering who designed, and who tested, the "improved" Google contacts interface (as displayed  in Chrome on a Mac). It is a disgrace. I get to see all my recent conversations with someone - cool - but what if I want to do something basic, like look up their address? Oh, wait, it's in a popup that isn't wide enough to show the whole address field if I have a lot of data in the record, and the only way to see it all is with a mouseover, but to copy it, you have to go into edit mode. (Clicking on the field opens a map.  Whoopee! 

Note to developers: once you have basic features working, don't break them when you add new, "cool" features.

This interface is a huge step backwards.  Something that used to be accomplished with one click now takes three or four. 

And exiting from a single card is also incredibly awkward!

Wondering who designed, and who tested, the "improved" Google contacts interface (as displayed  in Chrome on a Mac). It is a disgrace. I get to see all my recent conversations with someone - cool - but what if I want to do something basic, like look up their address? Oh, wait, it's in a popup that isn't wide enough to show the whole address field if I have a lot of data in the record, and the only way to see it all is with a mouseover, but to copy it, you have to go into edit mode. (Clicking on the field opens a map.  Whoopee! 

Note to developers: once you have basic features working, don't break them when you add new, "cool" features.

This interface is a huge step backwards.  Something that used to be accomplished with one click now takes three or four. 

And exiting from a single card is also incredibly awkward!___

2015-07-03 18:10:49 (17 comments, 27 reshares, 93 +1s)Open 

Just discovered (via Laszlo Bock's Work Rules) a fabulous essay by Henry Ford explaining why it's important for businesses to pay employees well. He writes:

"Paying good wages is not charity at all it is the best kind of business.

"The man who comes to the day's feeling that no matter how much he give it will not yield him enough of a to keep him beyond the margin of want not in shape to do his day's work. He is anxious and worried and it all reacts to detriment of his work. But if a man feels that his day's work not only supplying his basic .need but also giving him a margin of comfort enabling him to give his boys and girls opportunity and his wife some pleasure life then his job looks good to him and he free to give it his very best.

"This is a good thing for him and a thing for the business The man who not get a certain satisfaction out... more »

Just discovered (via Laszlo Bock's Work Rules) a fabulous essay by Henry Ford explaining why it's important for businesses to pay employees well. He writes:

"Paying good wages is not charity at all it is the best kind of business.

"The man who comes to the day's feeling that no matter how much he give it will not yield him enough of a to keep him beyond the margin of want not in shape to do his day's work. He is anxious and worried and it all reacts to detriment of his work. But if a man feels that his day's work not only supplying his basic .need but also giving him a margin of comfort enabling him to give his boys and girls opportunity and his wife some pleasure life then his job looks good to him and he free to give it his very best.

"This is a good thing for him and a thing for the business The man who not get a certain satisfaction out of his work is losing the best part of his pay."___

2015-06-29 02:12:46 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

A very good piece by +Sean Parker about "Hacker Philanthropy."  How the tech generation can and should approach the challenge of using their wealth to make a better world. Congrats to Sean on the rollout of the Parker Foundation.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/sean-parker-philanthropy-for-hackers-1435345787

A very good piece by +Sean Parker about "Hacker Philanthropy."  How the tech generation can and should approach the challenge of using their wealth to make a better world. Congrats to Sean on the rollout of the Parker Foundation.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/sean-parker-philanthropy-for-hackers-1435345787___

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2015-06-26 18:04:06 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Does Pope Francis look gloomy to you?

This is a brilliant, funny takedown of the conservative Catholic pundits' and politicians' critique of Pope Francis' climate change encyclical.

Does Pope Francis look gloomy to you?

This is a brilliant, funny takedown of the conservative Catholic pundits' and politicians' critique of Pope Francis' climate change encyclical.___

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2015-06-23 17:40:50 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

I'm proud to be a judge for the new +Code for America tech awards. If you are doing something remarkable with government technology, either as a vendor or as a government customer, let us know. We want to celebrate you, and help others to follow in your footsteps.  Applications for the awards are due by July 13, at the URL below.

I'm proud to be a judge for the new +Code for America tech awards. If you are doing something remarkable with government technology, either as a vendor or as a government customer, let us know. We want to celebrate you, and help others to follow in your footsteps.  Applications for the awards are due by July 13, at the URL below.___

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2015-06-10 00:40:39 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Congratulations to @dalepd, @gbrockway and the whole @make Team on the new financing. And welcome aboard, @rafe!

Congratulations to @dalepd, @gbrockway and the whole @make Team on the new financing. And welcome aboard, @rafe!___

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2015-06-05 00:50:54 (6 comments, 25 reshares, 91 +1s)Open 

Brilliant post by @JonBruner on why the new hardware movement is way bigger than the #IoT. A must-read, IMO!

Brilliant post by @JonBruner on why the new hardware movement is way bigger than the #IoT. A must-read, IMO!___

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2015-06-02 16:34:33 (3 comments, 6 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Silicon Valley entrepreneurs talk all the time about "disruption," and are looking for new markets to tackle.  Well, government (Federal, State, and Local) is almost a third of the US economy.  And as all of us know, there's a lot that could be improved.  But many people either don't know, or don't care to know, just how big an impact their skills can have when applied to some of the hardest, most interesting problems our society has to offer.

The Code for America Fellowship is an annual program, which sends small startup teams to work with cities for a year on interesting and important problems identified by their host cities. After the Fellowship year, Fellows sometimes go on to continue their work inside government, sometimes they create startups to continue their work, or find other ways to keep after the problem they've got their teeth into.  And sometimes, theygo ... more »

Ready to become a fellow? Applications are open and rolling!___Silicon Valley entrepreneurs talk all the time about "disruption," and are looking for new markets to tackle.  Well, government (Federal, State, and Local) is almost a third of the US economy.  And as all of us know, there's a lot that could be improved.  But many people either don't know, or don't care to know, just how big an impact their skills can have when applied to some of the hardest, most interesting problems our society has to offer.

The Code for America Fellowship is an annual program, which sends small startup teams to work with cities for a year on interesting and important problems identified by their host cities. After the Fellowship year, Fellows sometimes go on to continue their work inside government, sometimes they create startups to continue their work, or find other ways to keep after the problem they've got their teeth into.  And sometimes, they go back to work in the commercial world re-energized and more deeply aware of the impact that tech can have on the wider world, and better citizens thereby.

Fellows include programmers, designers, researchers, and project managers - a wide range of skills. Learn more at http://www.codeforamerica.org/about/fellowship/ 

Fellows come from a variety of backgrounds in technology. Some come from large, well-known tech companies or startup environments, while others have experience working in government or social impact organizations. All of our fellows have a creative, entrepreneurial spirit and are passionate about the work that they do. All fellows receive a $50K stipend to support their time as a fellow, as well as full benefits and educational loan deferment. 

Here are some of the projects the Fellows have worked on during the past five years:

* "Debugging" SNAP (the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, commonly referred to as Food Stamps) to understand why the application process is so complicated, why so many people fail to complete it, or otherwise fall off the rolls after they apply.

* Building a "Jail Dashboard" to help judges be more aware of overcrowding, and alternatives to incarceration, when sentencing.  We are going deep on how we can improve the criminal justice system.

* Monitoring and measuring blight in cities to help government and citizens figure out what to do to improve their neighborhood.

* Creating new tools for citizen engagement in urban planning.

* Making it easier for cities to respond to public records requests.

The video below gives a quick look at some of the people who've gone through the program before you.

Apply here: codeforamerica.org/apply

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2015-06-01 17:30:34 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I really like the way +Bryce Roberts explains why he chose the indie.vc companies:

"It’s an experiment. 

"And one rooted in finding, organizing and working with founders who want nothing less than to build large, scalable businesses on their own terms. The diversity of this first group represents fertile soil where we can test and measure for whom this approach works best and for whom what we have to offer doesn’t move the needle."

Very smart.  And having met with the initial group of companies, not just a thoughtful experiment but a really great group of entrepreneurs with interesting businesses!  

It is so important to expand the venture ecosystem beyond the usual suspects and the usual business models. Most of the entrepreneurs in the world, even in tech, don't necessarily fit the overheated Silicon Valley mold.

I really like the way +Bryce Roberts explains why he chose the indie.vc companies:

"It’s an experiment. 

"And one rooted in finding, organizing and working with founders who want nothing less than to build large, scalable businesses on their own terms. The diversity of this first group represents fertile soil where we can test and measure for whom this approach works best and for whom what we have to offer doesn’t move the needle."

Very smart.  And having met with the initial group of companies, not just a thoughtful experiment but a really great group of entrepreneurs with interesting businesses!  

It is so important to expand the venture ecosystem beyond the usual suspects and the usual business models. Most of the entrepreneurs in the world, even in tech, don't necessarily fit the overheated Silicon Valley mold.___

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2015-06-01 17:16:01 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

.@LaBlogga @OReillyMedia book is the definitive primer on the blockchain & its applications http://goo.gl/e5Nm6O

.@LaBlogga @OReillyMedia book is the definitive primer on the blockchain & its applications http://goo.gl/e5Nm6O___

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2015-05-30 18:12:24 (9 comments, 5 reshares, 122 +1s)Open 

Matt Cutts, for so long the most human face of Google, and a wonderful human being. In the halls at Google I/O.

Matt Cutts, for so long the most human face of Google, and a wonderful human being. In the halls at Google I/O.___

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2015-05-30 17:42:55 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Good summary of my CxO Talk interview last week, highlighting key points. And of course the entire hour long video is there too, if you have the time.

Good summary of my CxO Talk interview last week, highlighting key points. And of course the entire hour long video is there too, if you have the time.___

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2015-05-28 23:05:01 (2 comments, 7 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

This piece by Bill Janeway should be required reading for anyone trying to understand the implications (and the future) of the current Silicon Valley financing bubble. Complex and insightful!

This piece by Bill Janeway should be required reading for anyone trying to understand the implications (and the future) of the current Silicon Valley financing bubble. Complex and insightful!___

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2015-05-27 17:46:25 (51 comments, 20 reshares, 132 +1s)Open 

Brilliant and important! 

"What we have, uniquely in America, is a political class, and an entire political party, devoted to the idea that any money spent on public goods is money misplaced, not because the state goods might not be good but because they would distract us from the larger principle that no ultimate good can be found in the state. Ride a fast train to Washington today and you’ll start thinking about national health insurance tomorrow."

Brilliant and important! 

"What we have, uniquely in America, is a political class, and an entire political party, devoted to the idea that any money spent on public goods is money misplaced, not because the state goods might not be good but because they would distract us from the larger principle that no ultimate good can be found in the state. Ride a fast train to Washington today and you’ll start thinking about national health insurance tomorrow."___

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2015-05-25 22:02:10 (1 comments, 7 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

I like how Evan thinks. Smart, and with good values.

I like how Evan thinks. Smart, and with good values.___

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2015-05-25 17:32:05 (7 comments, 17 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

A good example of why you can think of edge.org as TED in text form :-)  It's full of brilliant essays and interviews like this.

BTW, if you find this essay interesting, be sure to check out Yuval Noah Hariri's book Sapiens, which is precisely an attempt at this kind of "big history" of our species.  It covers familiar ground, but makes it new.  I knew I had to read it when I saw a review by +daniel kahnemann where he said he'd read it three times, and I have to say that it doesn't disappoint. You can find that here: http://www.amazon.com/Sapiens-Humankind-Yuval-Noah-Harari/dp/0062316095/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

A good example of why you can think of edge.org as TED in text form :-)  It's full of brilliant essays and interviews like this.

BTW, if you find this essay interesting, be sure to check out Yuval Noah Hariri's book Sapiens, which is precisely an attempt at this kind of "big history" of our species.  It covers familiar ground, but makes it new.  I knew I had to read it when I saw a review by +daniel kahnemann where he said he'd read it three times, and I have to say that it doesn't disappoint. You can find that here: http://www.amazon.com/Sapiens-Humankind-Yuval-Noah-Harari/dp/0062316095/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8___

2015-05-16 00:41:54 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Encourage your local superintendent to get involved!

Encourage your local superintendent to get involved!___

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2015-05-11 18:55:37 (1 comments, 8 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

The Master in the Art of Living

"The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both."

Lawrence Pearsall Jacks

(Often incorrectly attributed to James Michener)

quoteinvestigator.com/2010/08/27/master/

Thanks so much to Giancarlo Gonzalez, who recited this one to me by heart. I will have to add it to my repertoire!



The Master in the Art of Living

"The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both."

Lawrence Pearsall Jacks

(Often incorrectly attributed to James Michener)

quoteinvestigator.com/2010/08/27/master/

Thanks so much to Giancarlo Gonzalez, who recited this one to me by heart. I will have to add it to my repertoire!

___

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2015-05-11 17:59:21 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

My post explaining the in-progress redesign of oreilly.com.

My post explaining the in-progress redesign of oreilly.com.___

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2015-05-11 16:05:13 (11 comments, 9 reshares, 164 +1s)Open 

Painting by Jeannette Charoy at Pamil Fine Arts. Love this one. Thanks for showing it to us, Giancarlo Gonzalez!

Painting by Jeannette Charoy at Pamil Fine Arts. Love this one. Thanks for showing it to us, Giancarlo Gonzalez!___

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2015-05-09 18:20:45 (10 comments, 12 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

Lovely paean to the jobs of book collecting!

This is what Milton means in his sublime “Areopagitica,” as necessary now as it was in 1644, when he asserted that “books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.”

Lovely paean to the jobs of book collecting!

This is what Milton means in his sublime “Areopagitica,” as necessary now as it was in 1644, when he asserted that “books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.”___

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2015-05-08 14:28:11 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

Morning run at Lake Merritt

Five more reasons to love living in Oakland.

Morning run at Lake Merritt

Five more reasons to love living in Oakland.___

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2015-05-06 18:09:10 (7 comments, 20 reshares, 112 +1s)Open 

"You can add up all the yearly visitors to the city's baseball stadiums, its basketball and hockey arenas, all its performing-arts spaces, city-owned museums, gardens and zoos and you'll never get to 37 million, the number of people who used the city's underfunded, overburdened, utterly essential libraries in the last fiscal year."

via +lorcan dempsey 

"You can add up all the yearly visitors to the city's baseball stadiums, its basketball and hockey arenas, all its performing-arts spaces, city-owned museums, gardens and zoos and you'll never get to 37 million, the number of people who used the city's underfunded, overburdened, utterly essential libraries in the last fiscal year."

via +lorcan dempsey ___

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2015-05-04 01:18:56 (15 comments, 4 reshares, 183 +1s)Open 

+Jennifer Pahlka and I share a moment of joy at the top of Warmiwanuska Pass, the highest point on the Inca Trail (just shy of 14,000 feet.) This was followed by 2500 steps down the other side, then a couple of thousand back up to the top of the next pass. But we had a blast!

+Jennifer Pahlka and I share a moment of joy at the top of Warmiwanuska Pass, the highest point on the Inca Trail (just shy of 14,000 feet.) This was followed by 2500 steps down the other side, then a couple of thousand back up to the top of the next pass. But we had a blast!___

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2015-05-03 22:11:35 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 162 +1s)Open 

Zach Bogue - here I am wearing my Founder's Den t-shirt while hiking the Inca Trail!

Zach Bogue - here I am wearing my Founder's Den t-shirt while hiking the Inca Trail!___

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2015-04-27 15:58:31 (13 comments, 6 reshares, 92 +1s)Open 

+Jennifer Pahlka has some visitors during lunch on our first day hiking the Inca Trail last week.

+Jennifer Pahlka has some visitors during lunch on our first day hiking the Inca Trail last week.___

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2015-04-16 01:53:51 (5 comments, 7 reshares, 138 +1s)Open 

Utterly magnificent views on the hike up from Urubamba to Maras.

Utterly magnificent views on the hike up from Urubamba to Maras.___

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2015-04-13 13:28:07 (37 comments, 5 reshares, 113 +1s)Open 

That's a heck of a collection! Clever idea to display their impounded blades!

That's a heck of a collection! Clever idea to display their impounded blades!___

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2015-04-13 13:25:04 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

Texas has nothing on Peru. They like their Coca-Cola big down here!

Texas has nothing on Peru. They like their Coca-Cola big down here!___

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2015-04-04 14:42:49 (34 comments, 63 reshares, 190 +1s)Open 

Brilliant remarks by +Mikey D about what he learned from the healthcare.gov rescue and why he left Google for the White House. This is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of our country.

Brilliant remarks by +Mikey D about what he learned from the healthcare.gov rescue and why he left Google for the White House. This is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of our country.___

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2015-04-03 20:45:37 (43 comments, 43 reshares, 215 +1s)Open 

Amazing difference.

Drought in California - my home

The picture shows snow in the mountains of California, 2013 and 2014.  Snow usually provides 30% of California's water, so that was bad news.  But 2015 was much worse.

"We're not only setting a new low; we're completely obliterating the previous record," said the chief of the California Department of Water Resources.  There's now only 5% as much snow as the average over the last century!

California has been hit by new weather pattern: the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge.  It's a patch of high atmospheric pressure that sits over the far northeastern Pacific Ocean and stops winter storms from reaching California.  It's been sitting there most of the time for the last 3 winters. 

We did get 2 big storms this winter.  But the water fell mainly as rain rather than snow, because of record-breaking heat.  It was enough to half fill Shasta Lake and Lake Oroville.  But it didn't help the snow pack, which holds more water.

For the first time, the governor has imposed mandatory water restrictions: a 25% cut in water use in every city and town.   This will save about 1.8 cubic kilometers of water over the next 9 months - nearly as much as Lake Oroville now holds.

He said:

People should realize we're in a new era. The idea of your nice little green grass getting lots of water every day - that's going to be a thing of the past.

But what about agriculture?   In California, about 50% of water is used by "the environment": rivers, wetlands, parks and the like.  40% is used by agriculture.  10% is left for businesses and residents. 

Brown didn't impose any cuts on agriculture!  That sounds unfair, and people are complaining.   More water is used to grow walnuts than to keep Los Angeles going!

We definitely need to improve agriculture.  But don't forget: for the second year in a row, farmers in California's big Central Valley are getting hit with big water cutbacks.  The ones who get water from the State Water Project will receive only 20% of their usual amount.  

Is all this due to climate change?  I heard a wise answer to that question:  instead of a definite yes or no, just: this is what climate change looks like.  This is the kind of thing we can expect.

And on the Road to Paris, this week the US submitted a plan to cut carbon emissions by 25% by 2030... but that's another story.  Or another part of the same big story.

What California is doing about the drought:

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ag-water-20150403-story.html

Water used by agriculture in California:

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/01/almonds-nuts-crazy-stats-charts

Make your own graphs of the California snowpack:

http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cdecapp/snowapp/swcchart.action

There's lots more water data here, too - click items on the menu above.

More on the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge or Triple R by Daniel Swain, the guy who coined the term:

http://www.weatherwest.com/archives/tag/ridiculously-resilient-ridge

In February he wrote:

In this sense, the Triple R of 2014-2015 is notably different from 2013-2014. California has certainly received more precipitation this year on a liquid equivalent basis, though we’re once again falling rapidly behind average as February turns out to be mostly dry. The extreme warmth and low snowpack, however, are very reminiscent of recent winters–as is the occurrence of infrequent but intense warm storms. It’s interesting to note that nearly the entire western United States has been exceptionally warm in recent months, while the eastern part of the country remains locked in a recurring nightmare of extreme Arctic outbreaks and almost inconceivable snow accumulations in parts of New England. This overall setup–with a big Western ridge and a deep Eastern trough–has become known as the “Warm West/Cool East” dipole pattern, and it has been a common feature of recent winters in North America. There are a number of hypotheses currently being investigated regarding the causes of an apparent recent increase in the occurrence of this pattern, though there’s not yet compelling evidence pointing to a singular cause (that’s a topic for a future blog post!).

What is more certain, at least as far as California is concerned, is that our severe long-term drought is unlikely to improve substantially until this newly-invigorated pattern of persistent West Coast high pressure is no longer dominant.___Amazing difference.

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2015-04-01 21:23:45 (12 comments, 8 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

So Amazon fired a warning shot at supermarkets and everyone went April Fool?
By now you'll have heard of Amazon's "Dash" button . Is it an April Fool? Let's hope so if you're a supermarket but in all likelihood ... nope. It's a bell tolling for your future demise (except those who can carve out a specialist niche). So, what's the bi...

So Amazon fired a warning shot at supermarkets and everyone went April Fool?
By now you'll have heard of Amazon's "Dash" button . Is it an April Fool? Let's hope so if you're a supermarket but in all likelihood ... nope. It's a bell tolling for your future demise (except those who can carve out a specialist niche). So, what's the bi...___

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2015-03-31 20:27:57 (4 comments, 12 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Fascinating piece by Larry Summers about educational attainment and income inequality.  Not what you'd expect:

Fascinating piece by Larry Summers about educational attainment and income inequality.  Not what you'd expect:___

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2015-03-31 13:47:21 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

My latest @radar post: #SocialCivics and the architecture of participation. Inspired by @goldman joining @WhiteHouse. He said he was looking for advice, so I gave some. The key message: successful participatory projects, from open source software to wikis to social media, all have small, modular units of participation. Washington generally does not. Change that.

My latest @radar post: #SocialCivics and the architecture of participation. Inspired by @goldman joining @WhiteHouse. He said he was looking for advice, so I gave some. The key message: successful participatory projects, from open source software to wikis to social media, all have small, modular units of participation. Washington generally does not. Change that.___

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