KINDLE: The Ultimate Hack: Resilient Villages, Smart Cities, Prosperous Nations at Peace — and Unlimited Clean Water

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are not achievable using the prevailing paradigm of donors, intermediaries, and industrial-era proprietary technologies and costs.

The SDG goals can be achieved at a one-time cost per person of $500 if the United Nations (UN) will embrace Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE) as the central method.

OSEE includes nine major categories – four are known to the UN (Open Data, Open Decision-Support, Open Governance, Open Software), five are largely ignored and their potential not understood (Open Health, Open Infrastructure, Open Manufacturing, Open Provisioning, Open Space).

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Sep 26

Berto Jongman: Nicolas Kayser-Bril – “Truth is a Niche Market” – Publishers Have No Interest in the Truth

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

This essay was written for the Retreat Conference 2016 organized at Athens, Greece, on September 24th, 2016.

Data-driven journalism in the post-truth public sphere

The novelty of the 2010’s is the disdain of public figures for the truth. Michael Gove, quoted above, justified lying not by producing an excuse immediatly as Machiavelli advised, but by insulting people who said the truth. Not only is truth considered unimportant, it is clearly marked as a value defended by the “other”: it is an undesirable value.

Publishers and, with them, most journalists, do not work to serve the truth. They serve three possible and not mutually exclusive objectives: cater to the interests of a donor (which can be a public institution, a private one or an oligarch), sell attention to advertisers or sell content to customers. None of these objectives necessitate the production of factual truths. Let us look at these three objectives in details.

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Sep 26

Joe Brewer: The Connective Intelligence of Life

Joe Brewer

Joe Brewer

The Connective Intelligence of Life

Try to find a boundary anywhere in the system and you’ll quickly realize that no actual boundaries exist, everything is interconnected. How can this insight be applied to the convergence of global crises humanity is now confronting? First off, we can name the confusion around “issues” that claim global warming to be separate from violence against women; wealth inequality separate from extreme opulence; police brutality separate from systems of marginalization and oppression; and so on. All of these things are connected. Yet our minds are conditioned to treat them as separate entities.

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Sep 25