Phi Beta Iota: Ken Knudsen is an architect of the future and thinks at a meta scale — a cosmic scale — that is most rare and therefore most precious.
Jefferey Jaxen is an independant journalist, writer, and researcher. Focusing on personal empowerment and alternative health, his work reveals a sharp eye to capture the moment in these rapidly changing times. You can find his latest research, information, and personal writings at the following websites: www.jeffereyjaxen.com Contact him directly at http://www.jeffereyjaxen.com/
Mark Lombardi (March 23, 1951 – March 22, 2000) was an American Neo-Conceptualist and an abstract artist who specialized in drawings attempting to document financial and political frauds by power brokers, and in general “the uses and abuses of power.
Lombardi called his diagrams Narrative Structures.. They are structurally similar to sociograms – a type of graph drawing used in the field of social network analysis, and to a lesser degree by earlier artists like Hans Haacke. Other important influences on Lombardi were philosopher Herbert Marcuse,, and visualization expert Edward Tufte
In Lombardi’s historical diagrams, each node or connection was drawn from news stories from reputable media organizations, and his drawings document the purported financial and political frauds by power brokers. For instance, his 1999 drawing George W. Bush, Harken Energy and Jackson Stephens, ca 1979–90 shows alleged connections between James Bath, the Bush and bin Laden families, and business deals in Texas and around the world.
The Essence of Lombardi’s Work
The small circles in his drawings identified the main players — individuals, corporations and governments — along a time line. The arcing lines showed personal and professional links, conflicts of interest, malfeasance and fraud.
Solid lines traced influence, dotted lines traced assets and wavy lines traced frozen assets. Final denouements like court judgment, bankruptcy and death were noted in red.
Reading several newspapers a day, he culled his information entirely from published sources, keeping track of the articles with a card file that eventually held over 12,000 cards.
To say that Anthony Judge has seen it all is no doubt a slight exaggeration. But where attempts to change the world for the better are concerned, the evidence indicates that this amazing individual is very likely to have seen more than anyone else on the planet. A native of Australia, Judge moved to Brussels, Belgium in 1968 to begin a career with the Union of International Associations (UIA) — an organization founded in 1907 that is today an information clearinghouse for more than 50,000 international NGOs. Anthony Judge, as Director of Communications and Research, is at the heart of the UIA’s information sharing activities. He helped to create, and is responsible for the continuing development of, the 4-volume Yearbook of International Organizations, the 3-volume Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential, the organization’s computer networking activites, and its many information-rich hypertext-linked databases. Among these databases, eight are freely available to everyone, not just members of the UIA:
Admiral Pierre Lacoste, born 23 January 1924 in Paris , is a naval officer and a senior French official. He was particularly military chief of staff of Premier French Raymond Barre and Director General of External Securityfrom 1982 to 1985.
In 2005, he was responsible for structuring the profession of economic intelligence in France , and in 2006 became president of the Federation of Competitive Intelligence Professionals.
During World War II , he escaped from occupied France in 1943, and joined the French forces in North Africa. Graduated from the Naval Academy , he began a successful career as a naval officer, including Indochina. After several commands at sea, in 1975 he was appointed deputy chief of the military cabinet of the Minister of Defence. A year later, he headed the Naval War College. In October 1978 he became head of the military cabinet of Prime Minister French Raymond Barre . In September 1980 he was given command of the Wing of the Mediterranean .
From 1986 to 1989, he chaired the Foundation for National Defense Studies (fedn). In 1989 he was chairman of the National Liaison Committee “Defense – Army – Nation” for the Center for Civic Information . In September 1993, he co-chairs the Centre for Science Studies Defence College (ESDC) of the University of Marne-la-Vallee , where he created an interdisciplinary research seminar on “The Culture of French intelligence.”
For many years he taught courses in intelligence seeking to improve inter-agency and inter-disciplinary collaboration. Today he is fully retired at the age of 88, but still publishing professional articles on the discipline of intelligence.
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Josh Kilbourn is a native and lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area. He comes from a working class family; his father and grandfather were both U.S. Navy career veterans. As a teenager and young adult, he experienced and participated in the burgeoning Bay Area independent music scene of the 90s.
An auto-didact, Joshua is self-educated through eclectic reading both off and online, and lively discussions with knowledgeable people from diverse backgrounds.
He is a contributing author to West Memphis Witch Hunt, an anthology of modern poetry collected to raise awareness about the injustice suffered by Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols, and Jessie Misskelley Jr., known collectively as the West Memphis 3. The book is available on Amazon.com.
In general, Joshua is an advocate of Open Source everything for We The People. Specifically, he is currently focusing on promoting the Electoral Reform Act of 2012 and arranged for the volunteer filming of the New York presentation that went viral on Reddit. He maintains a blog at http://guerrillasurvival.net/.
In 1997, David S. Isenberg wrote an essay entitled, “The Rise of the Stupid Network: Why the Intelligent Network Was a Good Idea Once But Isn’t Anymore.” In it, Dr. Isenberg, then a distinguished member of technical staff at AT&T Laboratories, examined the technological bases of the existing telecom business model, laid out how the communications business would be changed by new technologies, foresaw today’s cataclysms, and imagined tomorrow’s new network.
The essay was released onto the Internet and found its way into the hands of The Wall Street Journal, Network World, and George Gilder’s Technology Report. Of the essay, The Wall Street Journal said, “it may soon assume cult status among the tech mavens that roam the World Wide Web.” Communications Week International said that the essay, “packed power [and] challenged the most sacred assumptions of the telecom world.” Inevitably, the essay found wider acceptance outside of AT&T than within it, and David Isenberg left AT&T to start the company isen.com, Inc., whose mission was to help telecommunications companies navigate from business models based on scarcity, towards new models formed by the abundance of communications infrastructure.
David S. Isenberg’s public delivery of the “Stupid Network” message is passionate and personal. He has spoken to over 100 audiences on three continents, and has been cited in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Fortune, Wired, Business 2.0, Communications Week International, Network World, Release 1.0, Gilder Technology Report, TheStreet.com, Nikkei Communications, and numerous other publications. He has authored articles for Fortune, USA Today, IEEE Spectrum, MSNBC, Communications Week International, Light Reading, Business 2.0, America’s Network, VON Magazine, and ACM Networker.
Dr. Isenberg holds a Ph.D. in biology from Caltech, and is a Fellow of Glocom, the Institute for Global Communications of the International University of Japan. He is a founding advisor of the World Technology Network, and was a judge for the World Communications Awards in 1999 and 2001.
David Isenberg is the author of the book Shadow Force: Private Security Contractors in Iraq. His blog is The PMSC Observer. He wrote the “Dogs of War” weekly column for UPI from 2008 to 2009. During 2009 he ran the Norwegian Initiative on Small Arms Transfers project at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo. His affiliations include the Straus Military Reform Project, Cato Institute, and the Independent Institute. He is a US Navy veteran. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Entrepreneur 1996 – Ongoing
Author, Integrity at Scale: Big Answers for America’s Challenges, book manuscript, presently available at www.IntegrityAtScaleBlog.com. Today’s United States is not a competent nation. Yesterday’s civic habits are insufficient for today’s major challenges. America requires a redesign revolution and hasn’t the slightest idea how to begin. Integrity at Scale lays out a path toward competence that is independent of political ideology.
Social Security Reform Websites. Created two websites to help users understand Social Security’s long-range solvency challenges, www.sscommonsense.org and www.simcivic.org. The second website featured a java-based solvency model. These websites remain relevant and are retained for archival value.
Steven Kull, PhD is a political psychologist who studies world public opinion on international issues. He is the Director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) and the Center on Policy Attitudes (COPA). He conducts ongoing surveys of the US public and plays a central role in the BBC World Service Poll of global opinion. His articles have appeared in Political Science Quarterly, Foreign Policy, Public Opinion Quarterly, Harpers, The Washington Post and other publications. He is the co-author with I.M. Destler of Misreading the Public: The Myth of a New Isolationism (1999). He regularly appears in the US and international media and gives briefings for the US Congress, the State Department, NATO, the UN and the EC. He is a faculty member of the School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Cynthia Kurtz is an independent researcher, writer and software designer who consults in the field of organizational and community narrative for decision support, conflict resolution and collective sensemaking. Her free online book at workingwithstories.org helps people use narrative techniques to benefit their own communities and organizations. She is building open source software at rakontu.org to help small groups share and work with their stories to achieve common goals. Her blog is at storycoloredglasses.com. Cynthia’s original background is in ethology and evolutionary biology.