At the recommendation of Winn Schwartau, Robert Steele was invited to open Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) in New York City in 1994, and has been a speaker each conference since then. Although 2008 was billed as the last event, it may continue. Steele also does a “SPY IMPROVE: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Did Not Know Who to Ask.” Above is the “formal” briefing delivered on 18 July 2008.
GOLDEN CANDLE AWARD: Dr. Herman E. Daly
OSS ’04: To Dr. Herman E. Daly for his early role as a founder of the field of Ecological Economics, including his leadership role in the creation of the journal for this area of ethical study, and his body of work including Steady-State Economics (1977) and the most recent Ecological Economics and the Ecology of Economics (1999).
We discovered Dr. Daly’s work when we made the leap from environmental scare mongering to his term, ecological economics. This great man, who spent most of his years in the University of Maryland system, has received every prize short of the Nobel Prize, and we were among those who urged the Nobel Comittee to recognize Daly and and others rather than the celeberity de jour. Below is his presentation to OSS ’06. Please search for his books on this website, in the overcall scheme of strategic analytics, Herman Daly is “root.”
Chuck Spinney, who contributes highlighted items to the Journal of Public Intelligence, wrote the original modern book on defense waste and the plans/reality mismatch, shown below with a link to its Amazon Page.
Although not a professional intelligence analyst, Spinney is a deeply-experienced real-world analyst and understands the lunacy of building a strategy, a force structure, a foreign policy, or a campaign plan on ideological fantasies and misrepresentations. Israel and Palestine is a WATER issue, nothing more, nothing less. Below is his briefing to OSS ’04 to that effect–prepare to be shocked at how Israel is stealing water from the Arab aquifers, and how Israeli agruculture is using 50% of the regions water to produce less than 5% of the Israeli GDP, all the while denying Palestinians their own water. The Arab govenrments, and the US Government, “go along” because they do not yet place proper emphasis on human rights and especially on the rights of indigenous peoples.
Brian Czech at the time was one of those employees of the U.S. Government who served the public interest with enormous integrity, imagination, and intelligence. Totday he is President of CENTER for theADVANCEMENT of theSTEADY STATE ECONOMY which we have added to our Righteous Sites.
Brian Czech has a Ph.D. in renewable natural resources from the University of Arizona and is a certified wildlife biologist. He applies his training and experience to economic issues, especially macroeconomic policy. He has 20 years of experience in federal, state, and tribal governments with duties ranging from firefighting to managing elk herds to developing national conservation policies. Brian is also a visiting assistant professor at Virginia Tech University, where he teaches ecological economics and endangered species policy.
Below is his contribution to OSS ’03.
PLATINUM LIFETIME AWARD, Robert Young Pelton
Mr. Robert Young Pelton is perhaps the greatest journalist-adverturer on the planet. This is a man that gets kidnapped by accident, is recognized by the leader of the kidnappers, and is promptly released with apologies and an honor guard. His book World’s Most Dangerous Places and his TV series Come Back Alive are among the most extraordinary “ground truth” offerings available to the public and admired by the spies. In his every waking moment, in his every action, in his every report, he embodies the true spirit of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT).
This extraordinary person may well be the prototype for engaged citizen investigative journalism. Below is the summary of his presence at OSS ’03, and links to his two most important websites. The photo above links to his Wikipedia page.
Researcher A.J. Jongman, Interdisciplinary Research Programme (PIOOM), Leiden University, The Netherlands OSS ’01: For a brilliant combination of research, insight, and data visualization, in partnership with those associated with the Interdisciplinary Research Programme (PIOOM), resulting in the creation of the World Conflict & Human Rights Map 2000 that portrays so effectively the global conditions of instability that no great nation can ignore.
For many years, this map was the single most popular element of the OSS “Goodie Bag” that grew over time to be a full briefcase with books and such. We are trying to get ODT Maps to take the map over from the Leiden program and its subsidizer, the Goals for Americas Foundation. Below is Researcher Jongman’s contribution to OSS ’01.