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Reinventors Network827,536People are beginning to fundamentally rethink how the economy could work in a more sustainable way - for the majority of people and for the planet. Join Robin Chase, Founder and former CEO of Zipcar, as we look at how to create an economy where productivity gains come from providing more services rather than more things. How create a sharing economy, one that's not characterized by consumption but by efficiently using what we have? How create a peer economy where individuals are empowered through networked platforms rather than having to always work for the man? Reinvent the Collaborative Economy2013-07-25 20:00:0074  
Reinventors Network827,536If you took stock of America in the early 21st century and thought about how to create the best governing system possible, you would certainly start with utilizing the foundation of modern digital technologies. So then how could governance, or collective problem-solving, work in that new context? How could we maximize the intelligence of all Americans and get way beyond our current Congress? Do you reform the current system or reinvent the whole thing? Reinventors is a series of virtual roundtables carried out over the new medium of group video with top innovators talking about how to Reinvent America across many different fields. We start off with an interview of a remarkable "Reinventor" to get a big idea on the table and then we hold a roundtable discussion with other experts & entrepreneurs who build on the idea. All is streamed live to the web.Reinvent Governance with Jordan Greenhall2013-05-30 20:00:009  
Reinventors Network827,536If you took stock of America in the early 21st century and thought about how to create the best governing system possible, you would certainly start with utilizing the foundation of modern digital technologies. So then how could governance, or collective problem-solving, work in that new context? How could we maximize the intelligence of all Americans and get way beyond our current Congress? Do you reform the current system or reinvent the whole thing? Reinventors is a series of virtual roundtables carried out over the new medium of group video with top innovators talking about how to Reinvent America across many different fields. We start off with an interview of a remarkable "Reinventor" to get a big idea on the table and then we hold a roundtable discussion with other experts & entrepreneurs who build on the idea. All is streamed live to the web.Reinvent Governance with Jordan Greenhall2013-05-30 20:00:0022  

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+Chloe Waretini​ revealing the secret sauce of Enspiral in Montreal

+Chloe Waretini​ revealing the secret sauce of Enspiral in Montreal___

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Things to do in Phnom Penh

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mattjayyoung/watch-the-entire-world-solve-a-rubiks-cube-one-mo-lg3g#.pdyMYwX9Mk

Things to do in Phnom Penh

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The question is no longer 'If' the world will have abundant cheap energy - the question is 'When'. The other question is "Are we ready to enact a fundamental change in Geopolitics?"

The question is no longer 'If' the world will have abundant cheap energy - the question is 'When'. The other question is "Are we ready to enact a fundamental change in Geopolitics?"___

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#NextEdge2015  
Next Edge Summit - Montreal, June 13, 2015
http://thenextedge.is/summit

#NextEdge2015  
Next Edge Summit - Montreal, June 13, 2015
http://thenextedge.is/summit___

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So, late last year, a bunch of kindred spirits decided that it would be a good idea to gather in person and see the sparks fly. 

What kind of kindred spirits? Those are folks who seek to delve deeper into the nature of the systems we inhabit and have come to rely on; people who don't quite buy into what we are being sold; ones who play by different rules, who envision things that do not exist yet.

Basically, women and men who hold hope for the future and are crazy enough to want to take an active role in shaping it. 

A few years ago these folks began finding each other and assembled into a fantastic, high-signal, low-noise online community called the Next Edge. The group found me, too. And now, we are gathering in person! A core group of volunteers has come together to make it happen; I am part of that group. 

We're doing this, and we're doing it inMo... more »

So, late last year, a bunch of kindred spirits decided that it would be a good idea to gather in person and see the sparks fly. 

What kind of kindred spirits? Those are folks who seek to delve deeper into the nature of the systems we inhabit and have come to rely on; people who don't quite buy into what we are being sold; ones who play by different rules, who envision things that do not exist yet.

Basically, women and men who hold hope for the future and are crazy enough to want to take an active role in shaping it. 

A few years ago these folks began finding each other and assembled into a fantastic, high-signal, low-noise online community called the Next Edge. The group found me, too. And now, we are gathering in person! A core group of volunteers has come together to make it happen; I am part of that group. 

We're doing this, and we're doing it in Montreal. This month. So:

* On SATURDAY, JUNE 13, the first International Next Edge Summit will be held in Montreal! *

The event is open to everyone who has been seeking the next edge! 

I'm excited about the people who are coming together for this occasion. We're having folks over who are on the next edge of economics, food, health, collaboration, organizational structure, education - to name just a few themes. Here's a small sample:

* +Christine Egger from Tennessee (USA) who works at Neighborhood Economics, which is accelerating the flow of capital through neighborhoods across a network of small towns and cities.

* +Arthur Brock from Woodstock (NY), who started Emerging Leader Labs, designed an educational model for self-organizing schools that is spreading rapidly called Agile Learning Centers, and is building a distributed computing infrastructure to build new wealth.

* Barbara Ganley, who is working to help the Vermont nonprofit community develop a storytelling network/exchange/community of practice to share process, practice, & expertise in storytelling-for-change.

* +Anna Betz from London (UK), who cofounded the School of Commoning, and is bringing together health care systems and community.

* +Flemming Funch from Toulouse (France), my magical wildcard, who tells the most astounding stories and never runs out of wise things to say; a man to whom words can not do justice.

* +Michelle Holliday from Montreal (Canada), who has worked extensively on organizations as living systems and thrivability. 

* +George Pór from London (UK), a collective intelligence practitioner with a focus on taking self-management to scale and an uncanny ability to ask powerful questions.

* +Chloe Waretini from Christchurch (New Zealand), a 21st-century community weaver, designer and participation geek who is innovating at the edge of the future of work, human organisation and re-making cities. And a Catalyst with the fascinating  Enspiral collaboration network, makers of +Loomio among other things.

What a pleasure it will be to spend time with so many women and men who have consistently impressed me with their wit, wisdom, presence and boldness of vision! But, truth be told, what makes me more excited than the individuals who are coming is the interpersonal dynamics I expect there to be at the event - the VIBE. Many of our guests are well-versed in the art of knowing how to listen, and how to speak from a deep place. Combine that with an event design that leaves room for magic, and I’m quite certain we will be on the next edge of gatherings.

In the morning of the Summit, we will have people share rich stories having to do with deep change, and facilitated conversations around those stories. In the afternoon, participants will support each other on their projects using an efficient collaborative process called the Project Kitchen. There will be an Open Space session running through the day. And in the evening, we will have a music jam (bring your instruments) and a party!

And that’s not all! In addition to the main event, three satellite events are open to all:

* On June 10, a workshop called Building Soulful Organizations - Montreal 2015, led by George Pór;
* On June 11, a free presentation and Q&A on the inner workings of the Enspiral Network, led by Chloe Waretini;
* On June 11 also, an Enspiral Immersive workshop, also led by Chloe Waretini.

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I’ve personally invested tremendous energy and intention into this. I must say it is quite a growth experience to go through the effort of putting this together in a collaborative manner with a team of volunteers scattered around the world across half a dozen time zones. I have gone through a vast palette of emotions and have been learning lots about my strengths and my current limitations. 

I am grateful to be deepening friendships through learning to ask for help. My Montreal tribe of awesome edgling friends - Julie, Hugo, Sarah, Juan Carlos, Mélissa, Andrew, Michele, Clément, Helene, Solomon, Rachel, Tex, Jessica, and the list is growing, is coming together beautifully to help all the zeppelins land and make everyone feel delightfully at home. 

I think the whole experience is transforming me - but it’s going so fast that I’m just not sure exactly who I’m turning into!
 
Intrigued? Maybe reading this raised your eyebrows a bit higher than usual or got your heart beating a bit faster? Does this event feel like your kind of thing? If so, I strongly suggest you check out the event website at http://thenextedge.is/summit and consider joining us!

And if you think some of your friends might enjoy taking part in this one-of-a-kind convergence, if you think gatherings like this need to exist, or you just feel like helping me out, please share this post to get the word out!

http://thenextedge.is/summit ___

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Memories — written on your DNA?

How does long-term memory work?  It involves many changes in your brain, from changes in how strongly individual neurons talk to each other, to the actual birth of new neurons.  But one fascinating possibility involves the DNA in your neurons!

See those glowing dots?  Those are methyl groups, consisting of a carbon and 3 hydrogens.  They can attach to certain locations in your DNA and prevent genes from being expressed.  This is called DNA methylation, and it's important part of the system you use to turn genes on and off.

These methyl groups can even be transmitted from parent to child!  For example, in one recent experiment, mice that were given a shock after smelling a certain chemical learned to fear this smell... and this trait was passed down to their children and grandchildren — apparently by means ofDNA methy... more »

Memories — written on your DNA?

How does long-term memory work?  It involves many changes in your brain, from changes in how strongly individual neurons talk to each other, to the actual birth of new neurons.  But one fascinating possibility involves the DNA in your neurons!

See those glowing dots?  Those are methyl groups, consisting of a carbon and 3 hydrogens.  They can attach to certain locations in your DNA and prevent genes from being expressed.  This is called DNA methylation, and it's important part of the system you use to turn genes on and off.

These methyl groups can even be transmitted from parent to child!  For example, in one recent experiment, mice that were given a shock after smelling a certain chemical learned to fear this smell... and this trait was passed down to their children and grandchildren — apparently by means of DNA methylation!

All this makes evolution more interesting than people had thought.   Perhaps we can inherit traits our parents acquired during their lives!

Given all this, it's natural to ask: does DNA methylation play a role in memory?

There are hints that the answer is yes.  For example, scientists gave some mice an electric shock and others not.  They looked at whether a specific gene in the mice's neurons was methylated.   It was more methylated in the shocked mice... and this lasted for at least a month.

What was this gene?  It's the gene for a protein called calcineurin, which is thought to be a 'memory suppressor'.  More precisely, calcineurin tends to prevent the neurons from forming stronger connections between each other. 

So: the mice responded to an electric shock by attaching methyl groups to their DNA.  This reduced the production of calcineurin, which tends to prevent the brain from forming new connections.   So, their brains could more easily build new connections. 

And all this happened in a specific location of the brain: the anterior cingulate cortex, which is important for rational thinking in humans, and something similar in mice.

This is just one of many experiments people are doing to understand the role of DNA methylation in memory.   And DNA methylation is just one of the ways a cell can control which of its genes get expressed!  There's a whole subject, called epigenetics, which studies these control systems. 

You could say that epigenetics is a way for cells to learn things during their lives.  When you move to a hot climate, and then your body "gets used to" the heat — sweating less and so on — that's epigenetics at work. So, maybe it's not surprising that epigenetics is also important for how the brain learns things.

Here's a nice article on the role of epigenetics in memory:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epigenetics_in_learning_and_memory

and here's one about the role of DNA methylation:

• Jeremy J. Day and J. David Sweatt, DNA methylation and memory formation, Nature Neuroscience 13 (2010), 1319–1323.  Available for free at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3130618/

The memory experiment I described is here:

• Courtney A. Miller et al, Cortical DNA methylation maintains remote memory, Nature Neuroscience 13 (2010), 664–666. Available for free at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3043549/

The experiment on learned associations being transmitted from one generation of mice to the next is here:

• Brian G. Dias and Kerry J. Ressler, Parental olfactory experience influences behavior and neural structure in subsequent generations, Nature Neuroscience 17 (2014), 89–96. 

You've gotta pay to read it, but there's a summary here:

• Ewen Callaway, Fearful memories haunt mouse descendants, Nature News (2013).  Available for free at http://www.nature.com/news/fearful-memories-haunt-mouse-descendants-1.14272

If you want to learn more about how epigenetics can pass information from one generation to the next, start here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transgenerational_epigenetics

A nice quote from Joseph Springer and Dennis Holley's book An Introduction to Zoology:

Lamarck and his ideas were ridiculed and discredited. In a strange twist of fate, Lamarck may have the last laugh. Epigenetics, an emerging field of genetics, has shown that Lamarck may have been at least partially correct all along. It seems that reversible and heritable changes can occur without a change in DNA sequence (genotype) and that such changes may be induced spontaneously or in response to environmental factors — Lamarck's "acquired traits". Determining which observed phenotypes are genetically inherited and which are environmentally induced remains an important and ongoing part of the study of genetics, developmental biology, and medicine.

There's a huge amount of stuff to learn in these areas, and it's pretty intimidating to me, since I'm just getting started, and it will probably never be more than a hobby.  But here's some more stuff:

Changes in how strongly individual neurons talk to each other are called synaptic plasticity:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synaptic_plasticity

These include long-term potentiation, meaning ways that two neurons can become more strongly connected:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long-term_potentiation

and also long-term depression, where they become less strongly connected:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long-term_depression

A basic rule of thumb is that "neurons that fire together, wire together".  But there's a lot more going on....

#spnetwork doi:10.1038/nn.2560 #epigenetics #memory  ___

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Fascinating

Pretending to work

In Europe, long-term unemployment is such a big problem that people are starting to work at fake companies, without pay — just to keep up their skills! 

There are over 100 such companies.  This article focuses on one called Candelia:

Ms. de Buyzer did not care that Candelia was a phantom operation. She lost her job as a secretary two years ago and has been unable to find steady work. Since January, though, she had woken up early every weekday, put on makeup and gotten ready to go the office. By 9 a.m. she arrives at the small office in a low-income neighborhood of Lille, where joblessness is among the highest in the country.

While she doesn’t earn a paycheck, Ms. de Buyzer, 41, welcomes the regular routine. She hopes Candelia will lead to a real job, after countless searches and interviews that have gone nowhere.

“It’s been very difficult to find a job,” said Ms. de Buyzer, who like most of the trainees has been collecting unemployment benefits. “When you look for a long time and don’t find anything, it’s so hard. You can get depressed,” she said. “You question your abilities. After a while, you no longer see a light at the end of the tunnel.”

She paused to sign a fake check for a virtual furniture supplier, then instructed Candelia’s marketing department — a group of four unemployed women sitting a few desks away — to update the company’s mock online catalog. “Since I’ve been coming here, I have had a lot more confidence,” Ms. de Buyzer said. “I just want to work.”

In Europe, 53% of job seekers have been unemployed for over a year.  In Italy, the numbers is 61%.   In Greece, it's 73%.

All this makes me wonder — yet again — what will happen if robots and computers push people out of many kinds of jobs, creating a lot of long-term unemployment.  If we don't adapt wisely, what should be a good thing could be a source of misery.___Fascinating

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2015-05-30 13:30:52 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

A piece of the action at the E-180 Brain Dating spot at the C2 Conference in Montreal

A piece of the action at the E-180 Brain Dating spot at the C2 Conference in Montreal___

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2015-05-25 14:21:46 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

McDonald's plans to open a restaurant run entirely by robots. "The restaurant will still employ a small team to insure all of the robots are working correctly, the food and cleaning supplies remain stocked along with removing the money collected by the robots. Visitors to the restaurant will see these new robots working in harmony at a speed of 50 times faster than the average human employee, with no chance of error. If the test launch for the store is a success, people can expect to see robots located in every store all over the country and at restaurants around the world."

Looks like this could be satire.
"With the high demand for a minimum wage of $15/hr and the protests getting worse, this is something we had to implement. Plus with the high margin of human error, poor hygiene, lack of education, laziness, as well as the recent advancements in artificial intelligence... more »

McDonald's plans to open a restaurant run entirely by robots. "The restaurant will still employ a small team to insure all of the robots are working correctly, the food and cleaning supplies remain stocked along with removing the money collected by the robots. Visitors to the restaurant will see these new robots working in harmony at a speed of 50 times faster than the average human employee, with no chance of error. If the test launch for the store is a success, people can expect to see robots located in every store all over the country and at restaurants around the world."

Looks like this could be satire.
"With the high demand for a minimum wage of $15/hr and the protests getting worse, this is something we had to implement. Plus with the high margin of human error, poor hygiene, lack of education, laziness, as well as the recent advancements in artificial intelligence it just makes sense to automate our restaurants."___

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Algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn have been developed.

"They demonstrated their technique, a type of reinforcement learning, by having a robot complete various tasks -- putting a clothes hanger on a rack, assembling a toy plane, screwing a cap on a water bottle, and more -- without pre-programmed details about its surroundings."

"The key is that when a robot is faced with something new, we won't have to reprogram it. The exact same software, which encodes how the robot can learn, was used to allow the robot to learn all the different tasks we gave it."

Algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn have been developed.

"They demonstrated their technique, a type of reinforcement learning, by having a robot complete various tasks -- putting a clothes hanger on a rack, assembling a toy plane, screwing a cap on a water bottle, and more -- without pre-programmed details about its surroundings."

"The key is that when a robot is faced with something new, we won't have to reprogram it. The exact same software, which encodes how the robot can learn, was used to allow the robot to learn all the different tasks we gave it."___

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How to instantly turn strangers into sleepover buddies

How to instantly turn strangers into sleepover buddies___

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Because "Russians are the scariest white people": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ofx7w_7dDEc

Because "Russians are the scariest white people": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ofx7w_7dDEc___

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Cytotoxic T cells
A cytotoxic T cell  is a T lymphocyte (a type of white blood cell) that kills cancer cells, cells that are infected (particularly with viruses), or cells that are damaged in other ways.

There are billions of T cells within our blood – one teaspoon full of blood alone is believed to have around 5 million T cells, each measuring around 10 micrometres in length, about a tenth the width of a human hair. Each cell is engaged in the ferocious and unrelenting battle to keep us healthy.

The cells, seen in the animation as orange or green amorphous ‘blobs’ move around rapidly, investigating their environment as they travel. When a cytotoxic T cell finds an infected cell or, in the case of the animation, a cancer cell (blue), membrane protrusions rapidly explore the surface of the cell, checking for tell-tale signs that this is an uninvited guest.
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Cytotoxic T cells
A cytotoxic T cell  is a T lymphocyte (a type of white blood cell) that kills cancer cells, cells that are infected (particularly with viruses), or cells that are damaged in other ways.

There are billions of T cells within our blood – one teaspoon full of blood alone is believed to have around 5 million T cells, each measuring around 10 micrometres in length, about a tenth the width of a human hair. Each cell is engaged in the ferocious and unrelenting battle to keep us healthy.

The cells, seen in the animation as orange or green amorphous ‘blobs’ move around rapidly, investigating their environment as they travel. When a cytotoxic T cell finds an infected cell or, in the case of the animation, a cancer cell (blue), membrane protrusions rapidly explore the surface of the cell, checking for tell-tale signs that this is an uninvited guest.

The T cell binds to the cancer cell and injects poisonous proteins known as cytotoxins (red) down special pathways called microtubules to the interface between the T cell and the cancer cell, before puncturing the surface of the cancer cell and delivering its deadly cargo.

Source:
http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/bodys-serial-killers-captured-on-film-destroying-cancer-cells#sthash.6UhIhxZr.dpuf

Animation:
The time-lapse footage was created by stitching together microscopic slices of the killer cells and their quarry, according to a written statement released by the University of Cambridge. It shows T cells (orange or green blobs) encountering cancer cells (blue blobs) and injecting them with lethal proteins known as cytotoxins (red).

Paper:
http://www.cell.com/immunity/abstract/S1074-7613%2815%2900173-9

Article:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/19/t-cell-video-killers-video_n_7298828.html?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000030

#cancer   #medicine   #Tcells  ___

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Apparently this is a real product. 

Apparently this is a real product. ___

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The link below is to a paper put out by the IMF that attempts to estimate the amount by which fossil fuels are subsidized. The answers are staggeringly large. The good news is that although quite a large fraction of the subsidy is as a result of not making them pay for the adverse effects of climate change, this is outweighed by the subsidy as a result of not making them pay for local damage, such as the costs associated with the effect of pollution on people's health.

This is in principle very good news indeed, because it means that it is in the interests of countries like China to cut down on fossil fuel subsidy even if they act unilaterally. So the seemingly intractable prisoner's-dilemma aspect of the problem may not be so bad after all. In the words of the report itself:


 Most energy subsidies arise from the failure to adequately charge for the cost of domestice... more »

The link below is to a paper put out by the IMF that attempts to estimate the amount by which fossil fuels are subsidized. The answers are staggeringly large. The good news is that although quite a large fraction of the subsidy is as a result of not making them pay for the adverse effects of climate change, this is outweighed by the subsidy as a result of not making them pay for local damage, such as the costs associated with the effect of pollution on people's health.

This is in principle very good news indeed, because it means that it is in the interests of countries like China to cut down on fossil fuel subsidy even if they act unilaterally. So the seemingly intractable prisoner's-dilemma aspect of the problem may not be so bad after all. In the words of the report itself:


 Most energy subsidies arise from the failure to adequately charge for the cost of domestic environmental damage—only about one-quarter of the total is from climate change—so unilateral reform of energy subsidies is mostly in countries’ own interests, although global coordination could strengthen such efforts.

 The fiscal, environmental, and welfare impacts of energy subsidy reform are potentially enormous. Eliminating post-tax subsidies in 2015 could raise government revenue by $2.9 trillion (3.6 percent of global GDP), cut global CO2 emissions by more than 20 percent, and cut premature air pollution deaths by more than half. After allowing for the higher energy costs faced by consumers, this action would raise global economic welfare by $1.8 trillion (2.2 percent of global GDP).

It is sometimes said that to persuade climate-change deniers of the need to cut down on fossil fuels, one needs to present them with a positive vision of what the future would be like if we did so, rather than an avoiding-doom picture. Now, amazingly, it looks as though we have the means to do that. Maybe you don't believe in AGW, or believe that money spent combating it would be better spent directly combating poverty. But if the IMF is correct, then ending subsidies on fossil fuels will make us better off, so it will help us to alleviate poverty, whether or not you believe in the other benefits of reducing emissions.___

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2015-05-19 02:17:16 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

now this sounds like a futuristic headline

___now this sounds like a futuristic headline

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2015-05-18 22:23:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

#CultureHacking  #Conference #Improv #WorkAsPlay  

#CultureHacking  #Conference #Improv #WorkAsPlay  ___

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2015-05-16 16:12:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Save Lives, Kill Jobs, Force UBI, Save more lives.

Save Lives, Kill Jobs, Force UBI, Save more lives.___

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2015-05-15 14:37:54 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

This looks fascinating! How would you recreate civilization as quickly as possible after a cataclysm? This reminds me of Asimov's Foundation scenario.

"Regarded as one of the brightest young scientists of his generation, Lewis Dartnell proposes that the key to preserving civilization in an apocalyptic scenario is to provide a quickstart guide, adapted to cataclysmic circumstances. The Knowledge describes many of the modern technologies we employ, but first it explains the fundamentals upon which they are built. Every piece of technology rests on an enormous support network of other technologies, all interlinked and mutually dependent. "

This looks fascinating! How would you recreate civilization as quickly as possible after a cataclysm? This reminds me of Asimov's Foundation scenario.

"Regarded as one of the brightest young scientists of his generation, Lewis Dartnell proposes that the key to preserving civilization in an apocalyptic scenario is to provide a quickstart guide, adapted to cataclysmic circumstances. The Knowledge describes many of the modern technologies we employ, but first it explains the fundamentals upon which they are built. Every piece of technology rests on an enormous support network of other technologies, all interlinked and mutually dependent. "___

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2015-05-14 22:29:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

#CultureHacking "In a true hacker’s mindset, Culture Hackers look for the vulnerable points within the system, where if a small change is made, it can have a huge impact on culture.  The focus on small things, more frequently, as opposed to taking on big topics, creates momentum.  Boiling it down, a culture hack is simply an intentional action taken to affect positive cultural change within your organization.   It isn’t about looking for a best practice; it is about people getting together to crowdsource a new reality and by Thinking Differently."

#CultureHacking "In a true hacker’s mindset, Culture Hackers look for the vulnerable points within the system, where if a small change is made, it can have a huge impact on culture.  The focus on small things, more frequently, as opposed to taking on big topics, creates momentum.  Boiling it down, a culture hack is simply an intentional action taken to affect positive cultural change within your organization.   It isn’t about looking for a best practice; it is about people getting together to crowdsource a new reality and by Thinking Differently."___

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2015-05-12 02:56:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Another beautiful network map by Andrew Higgins, this time of philosophical SF authors:

Another beautiful network map by Andrew Higgins, this time of philosophical SF authors:___

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2015-05-09 18:44:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

An impossible dream

Kepler, the guy who discovered that planets go in ellipses around the Sun, was in love with geometry.  Among other things, he tried to figure out how to tile the plane with regular pentagons (dark blue) and decagons (blue-gray).  They fit nicely at a corner... but he couldn't get it to work.

Then he discovered he could do better if he also used 5-pointed stars!

Can you tile the whole plane with these three shapes?  No!  The picture here is very tempting... but if you continue you quickly run into trouble.  It's an impossible dream.

However, Kepler figured out that he could go on forever if he also used overlapping decagons, which he called 'monsters'.  Look at this picture he drew:

https://plus.maths.org/issue45/features/kaplan/kepler.gif

If he had worked even harder, he might have found thePenro... more »

An impossible dream

Kepler, the guy who discovered that planets go in ellipses around the Sun, was in love with geometry.  Among other things, he tried to figure out how to tile the plane with regular pentagons (dark blue) and decagons (blue-gray).  They fit nicely at a corner... but he couldn't get it to work.

Then he discovered he could do better if he also used 5-pointed stars!

Can you tile the whole plane with these three shapes?  No!  The picture here is very tempting... but if you continue you quickly run into trouble.  It's an impossible dream.

However, Kepler figured out that he could go on forever if he also used overlapping decagons, which he called 'monsters'.  Look at this picture he drew:

https://plus.maths.org/issue45/features/kaplan/kepler.gif

If he had worked even harder, he might have found the Penrose tilings, or similar things discovered by Islamic tiling artists.  Read the whole story here:

• Craig Kaplan, The trouble with five, https://plus.maths.org/content/trouble-five

How did Kepler fall in love with geometry?  He actually started as a theologian.   Let me quote the story as told in the wonderful blog The Renaissance Mathematicus:

Kepler was born into a family that had known better times, his mother was an innkeeper and his father was a mercenary. Under normal circumstances he probably would not have expected to receive much in the way of education but the local feudal ruler was quite advanced in his way and believed in providing financial support for deserving scholars. Kepler whose intelligence was obvious from an early age won scholarships to school and to the University of Tübingen where he had the luck to study under Michael Mästlin one of the very few convinced Copernican in the later part of the 16th century. Having completed his BA Kepler went on to do a master degree in theology as he was a very devote believer and wished to become a theologian. Recognising his mathematical talents and realising that his religious views were dangerously heterodox, they would cause him much trouble later in life, his teacher, Mästlin, decided it would be wiser to send him off to work as a school maths teacher in the Austrian province.

Although obeying his superiors and heading off to Graz to teach Protestant school boys the joys of Euclid, Kepler was far from happy as he saw his purpose in life in serving his God and not Urania (the Greek muse of astronomy). After having made the discovery that I will shortly describe Kepler found a compromise between his desire to serve God and his activities in astronomy. In a letter to Mästlin in 1595 he wrote:

I am in a hurry to publish, dearest teacher, but not for my benefit… I am devoting my effort so that these things can be published as quickly as possible for the glory of God, who wants to be recognised from the Book of Nature… Just as I pledged myself to God, so my intention remains. I wanted to be a theologian, and for a while I was anguished. But, now see how God is also glorified in astronomy, through my efforts.

So what was the process of thought that led to this conversion from a God glorifying theologian to a God glorifying astronomer and what was the discovery that he was so eager to publish? Kepler’s God was a geometer who had created a rational, mathematical universe who wanted his believers to discover the geometrical rules of construction of that universe and reveal them to his glory. Nothing is the universe was pure chance or without meaning everything that God had created had a purpose and a reason and the function of the scientist was to uncover those reasons. In another letter to Mästlin Kepler asked whether:

you have ever heard or read there to be anything, which devised an explanation for the arrangement of the planets? The Creator undertook nothing without reason. Therefore, there will be reason why Saturn should be nearly twice as high as Jupiter, Mars a little more than the Earth, [the Earth a little more] than Venus and Jupiter, moreover, more than three times as high as Mars.

The discovery that Kepler made and which started him on his road to the complete reform of astronomy was the answer to both the question as to the distance between the planets and also why there were exactly six of them: as stated above, everything created by God was done for a purpose.

On the 19th July 1595 Kepler was explaining to his students the regular cycle of the conjunctions of Saturn and Jupiter, planetary conjunctions played a central role in astrology. These conjunctions rotating around the ecliptic, the apparent path of the sun around the Earth, created a series of rotating equilateral triangles. Suddenly Kepler realised that the inscribed and circumscribed circles generated by his triangles were in approximately the same ratio as Saturn’s orbit to Jupiter’s. Thinking that he had found a solution to the problem of the distances between the planets he tried out various two-dimensional models without success. On the next day a flash of intuition provided him with the required three-dimensional solution, as he wrote to Mästlin:

I give you the proposition in words just as it came to me and at that very moment: “The Earth is the circle which is the measure of all. Construct a dodecahedron round it. The circle surrounding that will be Mars. Round Mars construct a tetrahedron. The circle surrounding that will be Jupiter. Round Jupiter construct a cube. The circle surrounding it will be Saturn. Now construct an icosahedron inside the Earth. The circle inscribed within that will be Venus. Inside Venus inscribe an octahedron. The circle inscribed inside that will be Mercury.”

This model, while approximately true, is now considered completely silly!   We no longer think there should be a simple geometrical explanation of why planets in our Solar System have the orbits they do.

So: a genius can have a beautiful idea in a flash of inspiration and it can still be wrong.

But Kepler didn't stop there!  He kept working on planetary orbits until he noticed that Mars didn't move in a circle around the Sun.  He noticed that it moved in an ellipse!  Starting there, he found the correct laws governing planetary motion... which later helped Newton invent classical mechanics.

So it pays to be persistent - but also not get stuck believing your first good idea.

Read The Renaissance Mathematicus here:

https://thonyc.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/kepler%E2%80%99s-divine-geometry/

Puzzle: can you tile the plane with shapes, each of which has at least the symmetry group of a regular pentagon? 

So, regular pentagons and decagons are allowed, and so are regular 5-pointed stars, and many other things... but not Kepler's monsters.  The tiling itself does not need to repeat in a periodic way.

#geometry #astronomy  ___

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2015-05-08 20:39:02 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Some more playing around with fractal growths and layers effects. As usual, I marvel at the details when zoomed in.

Some more playing around with fractal growths and layers effects. As usual, I marvel at the details when zoomed in.___

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2015-04-25 00:09:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Zone Lab rencontre Mycelium au Falco

Zone Lab rencontre Mycelium au Falco___

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2015-04-21 04:58:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

G+ autogenerated this movie from my pictures and clips from the Future of Working conference. Not sure it picked the right soundtrack. http://futureofworking.org

G+ autogenerated this movie from my pictures and clips from the Future of Working conference. Not sure it picked the right soundtrack. http://futureofworking.org___

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2015-04-17 17:27:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2015-04-17 17:23:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Outstanding

Outstanding___

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2015-04-04 04:28:05 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-03-31 02:41:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"Today, there is someone who sees the moonbow behind every successful person."

"Today, there is someone who sees the moonbow behind every successful person."___

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2015-03-26 05:41:46 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

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2015-03-26 05:41:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Sparkle Geometric Table by John Foster #furniture #design #color #creative http://designspiration.net/image/5597541624590/

Sparkle Geometric Table by John Foster #furniture #design #color #creative http://designspiration.net/image/5597541624590/___

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2015-03-24 03:36:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

YouTube mashup I just made.

YouTube mashup I just made.___

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2015-03-18 12:00:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Writer spends forty years looking for his bully.

Writer spends forty years looking for his bully.___

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2015-03-14 05:08:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

It well could be!

It well could be!___

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2015-03-14 05:07:58 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

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2015-02-17 17:55:19 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

So, last week I asked you about what makes you experience resonance in a conversation with someone. I received tons of amazing, super well-articulated input! Here is a synthesis of your contributions.

So, last week I asked you about what makes you experience resonance in a conversation with someone. I received tons of amazing, super well-articulated input! Here is a synthesis of your contributions.___

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2015-02-15 21:43:09 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

"Duchesne wrote up his findings in a thesis, but because he was unknown and young—only 23 at the time—the French Institut Pasteur wouldn’t acknowledge it. His research vanished, and Duchesne died 15 years later of tuberculosis (a disease that would someday be treatable with antibiotics). It would take 31 years for the Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming to rediscover penicillin, independently and with no idea that Duchesne had already done it. In those three decades, untold millions of people died of diseases that could have been cured. Failed networks kill ideas."

"Duchesne wrote up his findings in a thesis, but because he was unknown and young—only 23 at the time—the French Institut Pasteur wouldn’t acknowledge it. His research vanished, and Duchesne died 15 years later of tuberculosis (a disease that would someday be treatable with antibiotics). It would take 31 years for the Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming to rediscover penicillin, independently and with no idea that Duchesne had already done it. In those three decades, untold millions of people died of diseases that could have been cured. Failed networks kill ideas."___

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2015-02-13 18:15:53 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

amazing image

amazing image___

2015-02-12 17:27:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

More and more people are asking how they can better support me. I'm very grateful for these inquiries. It makes me reassured that what I do matters to at least some people. It also gives me a sense of prospective relief, as I am taking on growing challenges. I feel much less alone than I did a few years ago.

So I am working on figuring out ways I can be helped. I think there are several. I am also working on creating in myself more capacity to receive (and circulate) help. Stay tuned :)

More and more people are asking how they can better support me. I'm very grateful for these inquiries. It makes me reassured that what I do matters to at least some people. It also gives me a sense of prospective relief, as I am taking on growing challenges. I feel much less alone than I did a few years ago.

So I am working on figuring out ways I can be helped. I think there are several. I am also working on creating in myself more capacity to receive (and circulate) help. Stay tuned :)___

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2015-02-12 14:38:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This is great. #Inflation   #superheroes  

This is great. #Inflation   #superheroes  ___

2015-02-09 23:13:29 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

[personal news + want to hear about your experiences!]

Good news!

So, +Christine Renaud is a woman here in Montreal whose vision and ability have impressed me consistently. We run in overlapping circles (social entrepreneurship and knowledge sharing), and the last few times I ran into her I found myself wondering, "Why on Earth have we never worked together?".

The good news is that I've stopped wondering! +E-180, the company Christine cofounded, is going to sponsor my research into the rise of peer-to-peer and informal learning!

This work will be shared publicly, so that everyone may benefit.

What does E-180 do? It develops matchmaking tools that connect like-minded people who are interested in learning from each other, one-on-one, in person. They call it "brain dates" smile emoticon. Their mission: to transform spaces, events,... more »

[personal news + want to hear about your experiences!]

Good news!

So, +Christine Renaud is a woman here in Montreal whose vision and ability have impressed me consistently. We run in overlapping circles (social entrepreneurship and knowledge sharing), and the last few times I ran into her I found myself wondering, "Why on Earth have we never worked together?".

The good news is that I've stopped wondering! +E-180, the company Christine cofounded, is going to sponsor my research into the rise of peer-to-peer and informal learning!

This work will be shared publicly, so that everyone may benefit.

What does E-180 do? It develops matchmaking tools that connect like-minded people who are interested in learning from each other, one-on-one, in person. They call it "brain dates" smile emoticon. Their mission: to transform spaces, events, cities and organizations into peer-learning hubs.

Title-wise, I am donning the hat of Editor-in-Chief at E-180 Magazine, whose mission is to "explore the changing face of education in the sharing economy".

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SO: I’m going to dig into a learning-related theme each month. And this month’s inspiration points to RESONANCE or VIBRANCY - that peculiar quality of connection that happens between people (possibly strangers) when things “just click” and the conversation gets a whole new level of memorable. And learning happens almost effortlessly.

You know the feeling? Right? Then maybe you can help me this month! May I pick your brain a little?

I may? Yay! So please tell me:

In your experience, with which people does this resonance phenomenon happen to you? Is it random, or is there a pattern? If there's a pattern, what is it? How are they like you, or unlike you?

Thanks much for helping! (You can DM me if you'd rather respond privately.) I'll synthesize the responses I get, plus some research, into an article soon!___

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2015-02-09 01:57:12 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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