Robert David Steele is the founding editor of Phi Beta Iota Public Intelligence Blog (“The truth at any cost lowers all other costs.”). He curates over 80 regular contributors, many using an avatar because they are still serving in official capacities.

A former Marine Corps infantry officer, CIA spy, and second ranking civilian in Marine Corps Intelligence, he is the founder of #UNRIG and a serial pioneer.

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Earth Intelligence Network (EIN) is a Virginia-based non-profit corporation certified as a 501c3 Public Charity.  Donations are tax deductible.  EIN IRS 501c3 Letter

Although EIN has a home page, this web site, Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog, is its portal to content across multiple legacy websites, and the EIN point of interface with the public.

The logo consists of the Whole Earth within a Rescue Cross, with four symbols: the bowl for food and water; the quill pen for education and communication; the shovel for construction and development; and the stilleto for the inevitable rogues that need to be killed one at a time.  On a white field are found the legal name of the non-profit, and our public purpose: creating a prosperous world at peace. We do this, in an expansion of Buckminster Fuller's practice, by enabling hybrid governance through ethical evidence-based decision-support in the context of transparent, truthful networks of trust.

The outermost border summarizes our two innovative methods for which we are the foremost proponents in the world: Open Source Everything (the only technical solution that is affordable, inter-operable, and scalable) and Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing and Sense-Making (M4IS2, the only human solution that assures holistic analytics and a grasp of true cost economics).

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Our mind-set is deeply rooted in Ecological Economics as pioneered by Dr. Herman Daly and subsequently described in books by the titles of Ecology of Commerce and Natural Capitalism.  We believe that the Earth is amply sufficient to provide every human now living with a life that is both prosperous and secure — where we have gone wrong is in allowing a select few to internalize profit and externalize cost.

Here is our “method” graphic. We consider education, intelligence (decision-support), and research to be part of a whole system that cannot be fragmented without devolving into idiocy across all major domains (political-military, socio-economic, ideo-cultural, techno-demographic, and natural-geographic).

Government — in isolation from the other seven tribes shown in the EIN logo — has failed.  We must move to hybrid transparent governance, levarging a combination of collective intelligence and true cost economics, to achieve whole systems understanding through holistic analytics.

This is our short story: 2014 Story Board Short

And here is our longer story: 1957-2013 Story Board Long

Our meme is “the truth at any cost lowers all other costs.

Among the legacy elements are included the Honour Society and especially the Awards 1992-2006; the collected digital Handbooks and the Historic Contributions by over 250 international personalities, and special pages for Events, Links (both righteous and professional), and the new concept for achieving global intelligence with integrity, Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing and Sense-Making (M4IS2).

The pages Books, Index, and Journal have more information about the organization and content of this website.

This site does NOT advocate political action or any specific policy, but rather seeks to empower the public with sources and methods of what has been called in modern times Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), so that our Collective Intelligence can be applied with structured ethical diligence to produce public wisdom in the public interest.  This is the heart of what is called Reflexive Practice–Professional Thinking for a Turbulent World. Since the new book, THE OPEN SOURCE EVERYTHING MANIFESTO: Transparency, Truth, & Trust was published in 2012, we have morphed into being a proponent for Open Source Everything combined with True Cost Economics and Holistic Analytics.

The PUBLIC is the political body–this site seeks to serve the public by nurturing public intelligence in the public interest.

We intend to help the public to eliminate information asymmetries and data pathologies, and end the rule of secrecy.  We support the Collective Intelligence of the public in such as way as to create a direct democracy, collaborative economics, and a prosperous world at peace.

See also About the Idea and Call for Multinational Editors.


CORE MATERIAL (Use Blog, Reviews to Access Directories)

Articles en français
Artículos/videos en español
Articles (Directory)
Briefings (Directory)
CRS Reports (Index)
EIN Surveys 2007
IO Tools (List & Links) 19 FEB
Media Appearances
Open Source Manifesto
OSINT Archives
OSINT Training Handbooks
OSINT Top Guns 1957-2006
Public Intelligence 4.0
Way of the Truth
Who Is Robert D. Steele?
2014 Beyond OSA
2014 PhD Proposal
2014 Steele's Open Letter
2014 UN @ Phi Beta Iota
2013 Intelligence Future
2012 World Brain Institute
2012 Academy Briefing
1989+ Intelligence Reform
1976+ Intelligence Models 2.1
1957+ Decision Support Story