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We cannot avoid the global crisis… but we can deal with it

We cannot avoid the global crisis… but we can deal with it | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it
The following is a speech by Paul Gilding delivered to the AGM of World Business Council for Sustainable Development Seoul, South Korea on October 31st, 2012.
G’day.
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A collection of Do It Yourself projects, re-learning "lost" skills of yesterday, and ideas that will shape tomorrow.
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MindShift.

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Spot on.


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Using Chaos Theory to Predict and Prevent Catastrophic 'Dragon King' Events

Using Chaos Theory to Predict and Prevent Catastrophic 'Dragon King' Events | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it
Chaotic systems exhibit complex behavior and, occasionally, can end up with some catastrophic results: a stock market crash or an enormous earthquake, for example.

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Growth is Obsolete

Growth is Obsolete | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it

"Society needs to realize growth does not equal prosperity"


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Willy De Backer's curator insight, October 20, 2013 5:15 AM

James H. Kunstler makes the link between the end of cheap energy and our economic and financial crisis: "In particular expensive oil destroys the cost structures of banking and finance because not enough new wealth can be generated to repay previously accumulated debt, and new credit cannot be extended without a reasonable expectation that more new wealth will be generated to repay it. "

Almudena Cano's curator insight, November 1, 2013 12:43 PM
La crisis nos ha situado en la época de la austeridad y también en la de la colaboración y la cooperación, las relaciones y las redes. La época actual és la del emprendimiento y la de la búsqueda de lo que oimos llamar business lifestyle. Trabajar para algo nuestro, algo que nos permita vivir con bienestar y que nos proporcione satisfacciones y un estilo de vida más consciente y sostenible.
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The "Real" America: Near Record 20% Struggle To Afford Food, Highest Since Crisis Began | Zero Hedge

The "Real" America: Near Record 20% Struggle To Afford Food, Highest Since Crisis Began | Zero Hedge | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it
With US equity markets on a 7-day roll and excited TV anchors proclaiming the worst over and new all-time highs must signal recovery as they 'celebrate' five years on from Lehman, the following two charts of the state of real America should open a...
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Enlivenment: Towards a Fundamental Shift in the Concepts of Nature, Culture, and Politics

Enlivenment: Towards a Fundamental Shift in the Concepts of Nature, Culture, and Politics | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it

Our mono-cultural worldview is literally preventing us from understanding the deeper causes of our multiple crises. Author Andreas Weber, in the below essay, gives us a glimpse of the different scientific paradigm now coming into focus. He calls it “Enlivenment,” because the new sciences are revealing organisms to be sentient, more-than-physical creatures that have subjective experiences and produce sense. Weber sees Enlivenment as an upgrade of the deficient categories of Enlightenment thought – a way to move beyond our modern metaphysics of dead matter and acknowledge the deeply creative processes embodied in all living organisms. The framework of Enlivenment that Weber outlines is a promising beginning for all those who stand ready to search for real solutions to the challenges of our future.


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Human Evolutionary Change 100 Times Higher in Past 5,000 Years

Human Evolutionary Change 100 Times Higher in Past 5,000 Years | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it

"We are more different genetically from people living 5,000 years ago than they were different from Neanderthals," according to John Hawks -University of Wisconsin anthropologist. "Five thousand years is such a small sliver of time - it's 100 to 200 generations ago. That's how long it's been since some of these genes originated, and today they are in 30 or 40 percent of people because they've had such an advantage. It's like 'invasion of the body snatchers.'What's really amazing about humans," Hawks continued, "that is not true with most other species, is that for a long time we were just a little ape species in one corner of Africa, and weren't genetically sampling anything like the potential we have now."

In a finding that countered a common theory that human evolution has slowed to a crawl or even stopped in modern humans, a study examining data from an international genomics project describes the past 40,000 years as a time of supercharged evolutionary change, driven by exponential population growth and cultural shifts. The findings may lead to a very broad rethinking of human evolution, especially in the view that modern culture has essentially relaxed the need for physical genetic changes in humans to improve survival.


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Omni Reboot | I WANT MY F*CKING JETPACK

Omni Reboot | I WANT MY F*CKING JETPACK | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it

RICH LEE IS PART OF A NEW GENERATION OF BIOHACKERS, HOBBYISTS WHO EXCHANGE DESIGNS ONLINE IN THE HOPES OF CREATING A HYPER-DIVERSE, SENSORIALLY-ENHANCED HUMAN RACE.

 

The human body doesn’t do upgrades. Take poor care of your machinery, and there’s no reboot, no system overhaul, no virus software that can come to your aid. In terms of the basic sensory apparatus and what it offers, you’re pretty much stuck with the equipment you’re born with. At least, until now.

 


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Install an Open Source Dropbox Alternative on Linux in 10 Steps | Linux.com

Install an Open Source Dropbox Alternative on Linux in 10 Steps | Linux.com | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it
Learn how to combine Sparkleshare with Bitbucket on Linux for free, unlimited storage of your files online.

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Universe Grows Like a Giant Brain

Universe Grows Like a Giant Brain | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it
New, hidden laws of nature may govern both the growth of brain or social networks and the expansion of the universe

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At the root of Egyptian rage is a deepening resource crisis

At the root of Egyptian rage is a deepening resource crisis | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it

"Egypt’s resource crisis is more than the primary driver of its own collapse: It could potentially destabilize the entire region, if not the world."


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Willy De Backer's curator insight, August 19, 2013 11:54 AM

Must-read article on the crisis in Egypt and the Middle East. Nafeez Ahmed  is one of the few analysts who is able and willing to understand the nexus between the economic, the ecological and the energy crises.

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Emergy Systems | Center for Environmental Policy | University of Florida

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Films For Action Presents: The Top 100 Documentaries Inspiring the Shift to a Sustainable Paradigm

Films For Action Presents: The Top 100 Documentaries Inspiring the Shift to a Sustainable Paradigm | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it
Film offers us a powerful tool to shift awareness and inspire action. By hosting community film screenings and sharing them online, they offer a method to break our dependence on the mainstream...

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Stephanie Forrest on complexity and the biology of computation

Stephanie Forrest on complexity and the biology of computation | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it

In a series of three lectures over three nights September 10-12, 2013 in Santa Fe, SFI’s Stephanie Forrest revealed surprising commonalities between computers and networks and organisms and ecosystems, then described new research that blurs the distinction further. 

 

http://www.santafe.edu/news/item/ulam-lectures-forrest-announce/


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Mark Waser's curator insight, October 12, 2013 3:08 PM

From the first lecture describing what software *really* is, through a critical new view of computer security, to modelling the ecology of humans and all of their systems, this series is a gentle introduction to many of the important profundities of modern computer-impacted life.

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An Emergency Shelter That's Open Source and Locks Together Like Legos | Wired Design | Wired.com

An Emergency Shelter That's Open Source and Locks Together Like Legos | Wired Design | Wired.com | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it
Pieter Stoutjesdijk's shelter is a digitally fabricated structure whose interlocking pieces can be assembled into an actual home in less than five hours.

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[US] GO-NOWHERE GENERATION: Why Young People Are Stuck

[US] GO-NOWHERE GENERATION: Why Young People Are Stuck | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it
Young people have never been more connected and yet they are moving less and less.

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Wasted Food Around The World Takes Heavy Toll On Environment : NPR

Wasted Food Around The World Takes Heavy Toll On Environment : NPR | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it
Wasted food creates billions of tons of greenhouse gases, and it costs us precious water and land. The rice lost in Asia and the meat wasted in rich countries contribute most heavily to the problem.
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Wasted Food Around The World Takes Heavy Toll On Environment : NPR

Wasted Food Around The World Takes Heavy Toll On Environment : NPR | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it
Wasted food creates billions of tons of greenhouse gases, and it costs us precious water and land. The rice lost in Asia and the meat wasted in rich countries contribute most heavily to the problem.
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MindShift.

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Spot on.


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Seen pasted to a door

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Plant bacteria breakthrough enables crops worldwide to take nitrogen from the air | KurzweilAI

Plant bacteria breakthrough enables crops worldwide to take nitrogen from the air | KurzweilAI | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it
Dr Philip Stone from The University of Nottingham tending to the plants undergoing the atmospheric nitrogen fixation trials (credit: The University of

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Creativity, uncertainty and sense-making | Harold Jarche

Creativity, uncertainty and sense-making | Harold Jarche | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, August 2, 2013 1:36 PM

I follow Harold Jarche's astute insights into personal knowledge management. This brief collection of principles and a few links point to the social rather than the technological side of collective intelligence -- the process of sense-making that a group of people needs to practice in order to become an effective collective intelligence.

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When decisions are tough, it pays to think as a colony - Ars Technica

When decisions are tough, it pays to think as a colony - Ars Technica | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it
When decisions are tough, it pays to think as a colony
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Additionally, living among many other conspecifics enables collective decision-making.

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, August 7, 2013 1:26 PM

Humans have brains, where the brain of a social insect colony is the colony itself, coordinated through pheromone trails and other stigmergic signalling. For that reason, it's important to view collective intelligence data from social insects critically when extrapolating to humans. However, if any mechanisms of collective intelligence in non-intelligent organisms augmented through chemical trails can be extrapolated to collective intelligence among humans using language, artifacts, methodology, and training (c.f., Douglas Engelbart), the knowledge could improve the design of augmented social cognition systems.

Carsten Storgaard's curator insight, August 9, 2013 4:15 PM

We ARE smarter than me!

Ingrid Larik's curator insight, August 10, 2013 3:08 AM

1 + 1 = 3 - complexe problemen vragen om een systemische aanpak én collectieve wijsheid (en dat stata niet gelijk aan groepsdenken als dusdanig) vanuit co-creatie

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The Political Economy of Ecosystem Services | University of Oxford Podcasts - Audio and Video Lectures

The Political Economy of Ecosystem Services | University of Oxford Podcasts - Audio and Video Lectures | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it
Professor Joshua Farley (Vermont University; ODID-ECI Astor Visiting Lecturer) gives a entitled "The Political Economy of Ecosystem Services".
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Is Food the Last Thing to Worry About?

Is Food the Last Thing to Worry About? | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it
Our food system is woefully dependent on petroleum, as writers such as Richard Heinberg (1) and Michael Pollan (2) have eloquently pointed out.
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The interspecies internet

The interspecies internet | DIY & "The Great Reskilling" | Scoop.it
In a bold talk at TED2013, Diana Reiss, Peter Gabriel, Neil Gershenfeld and Vint Cerf come together to launch the interspecies internet.

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The Asymptotic Leap's curator insight, March 4, 2013 5:37 PM

And the panel also addresses the topic of the interstellar internet. Really.