Koko: Books on Early Warning & Prevention

Book Lists

Early Warning is nice.  Honest politicians willing to listen and learn is even nicer.  We conclude that early warning must be very public and very understandable to the public at large.  The challenge for Early Warning is to achieve coherence–no one cares about single issue early warning.  The acme of skill is to achieve M4IS2 Early Warning–all threats, all policies, all true costs, “in your face.”

Crashes, Crises, and Calamities: How We Can Use Science to Read the Early-Warning Signs (Len Fisher, 2011)

Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security: Threats, Challenges, Vulnerabilities and Risks (Hans GunterBrauch et al (eds) 2011)

Famine Early Warning Systems and Remote Sensing Data (Molly Brown, 2010)

Earthquake Early Warning Systems (Paolo Gasparini, Gaetano Manfredi, Jochen Zschau (eds), 2010)

Anticipating African Conflicts: A Capability Assessment of the African Union and its Continental Early Warning System (Christian Nitschke Smith, 2009)

Heads Up!: Early Warning Systems for Climate-, Water- and Weather-Related Hazards (United Nations, 2009)

Conflict and Fragility Preventing Violence, War and State Collapse: The Future of Conflict Early Warning and Response (OECD, 2009)

reTHINK: A Twenty-First Century Approach to Preventing Societal Catastrophes (Donald B. Louria, KINDLE ONLY, 2009)

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Reference: Open Source Agency (OSA) II

About the Idea, Articles & Chapters, Book Lists, Briefings (Core), Defense Science Board, DoD, Hill Letters & Testimony, Legislation, Memoranda, Monographs, Office of Management and Budget
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This book remains the single definitive reference on the Smart Nation Act as developed by Robert Steele in support of Congressman Rob Simmons (R-CT-02).   As pointed out in Hamilton Bean’s recently published book,  No More Secrets: Open Source Information and the Reshaping of US Intelligence the Open Source Agency (OSA) has become the subject of competing visions–on one side, those who favor accountability, effectiveness, transparency, and respect for the public…..on the other, those who favor corruption, profitable waste, secrecy, and the exclusion of the public.

The simplified public articles are three:  1995 GIQ 13/2 Creating a Smart Nation: Strategy, Policy, Intelligence, and Information; 2002 TIME Magazine The New Craft of Intelligence and 2006 Forbes Blank Slate On Intelligence.

The back-up book, the one intended to help the Department of Defense transform itself, INFORMATION OPERATIONS: All Information, All Languages, All the Time has since been supplemented by two briefings, 2009 DoD OSINT Leadership and Staff Briefings.

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Most recently, INTELLIGENCE for EARTH: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity, & Sustainability provides the strategic, operational, tactical, and technical contexts for leveraging both Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing and Sense-Making (M4IS2) in order to create a prosperous world at peace–and at one third the cost of what the USA spends on war today.

This book had two pre-cursors, 2002 THE NEW CRAFT OF INTELLIGENCE: Personal, Public, & Political and 2010 COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace.

That book has since been supplemented by a chapter, 2010 The Ultimate Hack Re-Inventing Intelligence to Re-Engineer Earth, in the just-published book, Counterterrorism and Open Source Intelligence; and by two articles and a monograph from the U.S. Army Strategic Studies Institute, all three found at 2010: Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Trilogy Updated.

If an OSA is created–it can only be a success under diplomatic auspices as OMB has twice agreed (provided the Secretary of State asks for it as a sister agency to the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), it could–it should–host the Multinational Decision Support Centre (MDSC) as proposed to DoD and implicitly called for in several Defense Science Board (DSB) reports.  The MDSC  could be located in Tampa, Florida, as the Coalition Coordination Centre has been, but staffed by intelligence professionals instead of logistics professionals.

Put most simply, an OSA restores intelligence and integrity to the entirety of the US Government, and changes everything about how we do policy, acquisitions, and operations.  It restores the Republic.

See Also:

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Howard Rheingold: Cooperation Theory

Advanced Cyber/IO, Articles & Chapters, Book Lists, Briefings (Core), Communities of Practice, Cultural Intelligence, Ethics, Gift Intelligence, Peace Intelligence, Policies
Howard Rheingold

Introduction to Cooperation Theory

A six week course using asynchronous forums, blogs, wikis, mindmaps, social bookmarks, synchronous audio, video, chat, and Twitter to introduce the fundamentals of an interdisciplinary study of cooperation: social dilemmas, institutions for collective action, the commons, evolution of cooperation, technologies of cooperation, and cooperative arrangements in biology from cells to ecosystems.

If you are interested in signing up, contact howard@rheingold.com

Learning objectives

About this course: Expect participative and collaborative learning



Below the line: synopsis of course with many open links.

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Reference: Evolutionary Psychology

Book Lists, Cultural Intelligence

Phi Beta Iota: Coincident with the emergence of the Collective Intelligence and Open Everything movements, and despite the enormous fragmentation of human knowledge by an academy that has lost sight of the importance of multi-disciplinary or “holistic” human intelligence, the field of Evolutionary Psychology is maturing rapidly while also branching to connect to Neuroscience.  On the fringe, Cyber-Idiocy is a growth industry, as the mandarins of the past strive to achieve “Full-Spectrum Dominance” not realizing that all they are doing is accelerating push-back from an increasingly self-aware humanity that cannot be repressed.

The below list is a useful start.

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Assisi-Rome 2nd Meeting

Book Lists, Memoranda

The first meeting, in Assisi on Saturday 22 January 2011, was off the record.  The letter is in the Franciscan Order’s hands.  The third meeting, with a major trans-Europe foundation, is off the record until the Secretary-General obtains approval to proceed with broad dissemination of the letter.

The second meeting, arranged by Sergio Germani, was by invitation and spanned the various sectors with an emphasis on the government ministries contemplating the need for an Italian national security strategy.  This was the only meeting that covered anything other than the letter to the Most Holy Father.

Below are a few of the topics addressed and links that were recommended as part of the Q&A.  At the very end are other Assisi Intelligence links.  The short URL to the original link is http://www.tinyurl.com/Assisi-Intelligence.

Summary of topics (repeated with links below)

Letter to the Pope (First Order of Business)
9-11 (The Last Question)
21st Century Human Intelligence (HUMINT)
21st Century Information Security
21st Century Regional Intelligence
21st Century Security
21st Century Strategy (Italy, Europe, World)
Coping with Non-State CNBC/WMD
Emerging Threats: Identification and Response
Future of US Africa Command
Open Source Intelligence (US Status & Failure)
Terrorism Today and Tomorrow

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Reference: WATER–Soul of the Earth, Mirror of Our Collective Souls

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Robert David Steele

Robert David Steele

Comprehensive Architect, Prime Design

Huffington Post, Posted: January 5, 2011 21:08 PM

Last week I examined how we might create Infinite Wealth for All, but left for this week the most vital element of life on earth, Water. It is the soul of the Earth, and it is black with the sins of humanity, on the verge of becoming Lucifer’s salve for Hell on Earth.

Water is–in its purified form–Heaven on Earth. The water cycle cannot be owned, but it can be destroyed. It is the ultimate manifestation of why we must, as a human species, achieve conscious evolution, integral consciousness, and an active appreciation for clarity (the truth), diversity (the sources of multiple forms of truth), and integrity (the enabler of inter-faith and multi-cultural wisdom and tolerance).

This review focuses on books about water suitable for drinking–less than 1% of the total water on the planet, most of which is oceans and a great deal of which is polluted.

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