One I Watch: Tim Leberecht

What a great name, I thought when I met this fellow German-American at OuiShare Fest in May, and how he seems to be living up to it.  To live right. Tim’s doing an interesting tightrope walk. In written form and speaking live, he shows up in all kinds of business and tech spaces, like Fortune […]

Reinventing Organizations

In advance of OuiShare Fest in May I finally got around to reading Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux, the book everyone had been talking about since the 2015 edition of OuiShare Fest, where Laloux was also a featured presenter. It was back in 2009 that I discovered Integral Theory and Ken Wilber‘s work, which builds […]

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: Michel Bauwens

A mainstay in my OuiShare community, Michel Bauwens, peer-to-peer movement pioneer and founder of the P2P Foundation, remains virtually unknown to my people in the US, despite obvious potential synergy. I think that’s because his presentations are generally complex, more grey than black and white, and he sounds like, well, a French theoretician. Go figure. […]

Watch the POC21 Documentary

Kudos to Filmmaker Sam Muirhead. POC21 is an international innovation community that started as a 5-week camp in the summer of 2015. The camp brought together 100+ makers, designers, engineers, scientists and geeks in a stunning French castle to prototype a fossil free, zero waste society. Our goal was to make open-source, sustainable solutions to […]

One I Watch: Robin Chase

Already awesome when I met her at last year’s OuiShare Fest –as the founder of Zipcar, which revolutionized the way we conceive of and achieve mobility for city-dwellers, and then Veniam, the technology behind a massive ‘network of moving things’ that can connect any vehicle, like a city bus or a garbage truck, to the internet, […]

Proof of Concept 21 (POC21): !Ya basta!

The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the UN’s annual meeting on climate change, and the upcoming one in December, to be held in Paris, will be the 21st such meeting. After 20 years of these meetings, worldwide CO2 emissions have doubled. Enough already, said a group of smartypants. Instead of Conference of Parties, they […]