Oldie but goodie

From systems-thinking theorist Donella Meadows’ eternally epic essay on Leverage Points: where to intervene in a system: Self-organization is basically a matter of an evolutionary raw material — a highly variable stock of information from which to select possible patterns — and a means for experimentation, for selecting and testing new patterns. For biological evolution […]

One I Watch: adrienne maree brown

adrienne maree brown is a futurist and science-fiction scholar, a doula (for actual human babies, not books!) and a facilitator. She’s also a prolific writer, with regular appearances at the feminist playground that is Bitch magazine–here’s one of my favorite essays there–while her social media streams are a riot and a joy. Once upon a […]

The Long Game: Reflections on OuiShare Fest 2016

I’m just back from this year’s OuiShare Fest, the annual gathering focused on social and economic innovations that are collaborative, decentralized, and open-source. This year’s theme was After the Gold Rush, reflecting the post-euphoric, sobered-up state many of us found ourselves in, as the reality of exploitative business-as-usual stomped on our idealistic Sharing Economy. Several […]

OuiShare Fest Edition#4: After the Gold Rush

Hard to believe it’s been 4 years since I got involved with the OuiShare community and attended the very first OuiShare Fest (thanks to a tip from Annie Leonard). I wrote about that magical first Fest here. Then, at the second Fest, I spoke about Leadership , sharing the secrets I’ve learned from the superheroes […]

One I Watch: Janine Benyus

I met Janine years ago at a Biomimicry fundraiser in San Francisco. She struck me as brilliant yet humble. Bloomberg just did this beautifully clear short video on her during their Design-focused Businessweek: Biomimicry: innovation inspired by nature. “Life creates conditions conducive to life. That’s becoming part of the design field.. It’s no longer green […]

POC21 Offspring

POC21 projects Faircap and Sunzilla and Showerloop have had a baby: a solar-powered water-purification plant that fits in a backpack and can filter enough water for 100 people. Man, I am so proud to know these people.