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Education (holistic + open) , democracy improvement, open co-creation, resilience and optional futures
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Co-mapping our transition towards abundance for all | P2P Foundation

A full scale design proposal for co-mapping the P2P transition towards abundance for all - by Julia Pichler
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"This excellent proposal by Julia Pichler, who is an architect and designer with a background in permaculture lays out how a P2P based society could grow from the bottom up. 

 The comprehensive strategy of the design proposes a collective mapping tool to stimulate participation and coordination. With this approach, P2P could gain real relevance in society and become a truly transformative movement. 

 The emphasis is on sustainable local production of food, mapping water resources, saving and improving seeds, improving the environment, local production, maker spaces and economic fairness. 

This will have appeal for the people who are needed to do the work of transition towards a world of abundance. A pdf version of the design proposal is available on 

I highly recommend reading it. With this type of approach, P2P could become a seriously transformative force in society. Julia Lou Lila (Julia Pichler) needs your help to correct and produce a final version of the book. 

 This is the pdf of the final draft version…"
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MIT's Foundry Interface Is the Photoshop of 3D Printing

MIT's Foundry Interface Is the Photoshop of 3D Printing | Focus On Improvements |
A team of researchers at MIT have developed a system for designing multi-material objects that it hopes will do for 3D printing what Photoshop did for graphic design.

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Paralysed people could walk again instantly after scientists prove brain implant works in primates 

Paralysed people could walk again instantly after scientists prove brain implant works in primates  | Focus On Improvements |

I knew it !!! And you said I am crazy :) 

It was really ALL true, I just believed the "scientists, so we know it better" that it is not possible to gain enough water from the air to feed the plants. Years before they said it is not possib le to energise a desert city with solar.

"Paralysed people could walk again instantly after scientists developed a brain implant which turns thought into electrical signals in the spine so that lost feeling can be restored after injury.

Currently people who break their backs or suffer a spinal trauma are unable to stand or move even though their legs still work, because the signal which connects their brains to their muscles is disconnected.

But an international team of scientists have shown it is possible to bypass the injury and reconnect the brain signals to electrodes at an undamaged part of the spine.

Two monkeys who were temporarily paralysed in one leg were able to walk again instantly using the technique, which could be available for humans within a decade.

"For the first time, I can imagine a completely paralysed patient able to move their legs through this brain-spine interface, said neurosurgeon Jocelyne Bloch of the Lausanne University Hospital.

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Life Is In Permanent Beta: The Startup Is You

"How do you survive and thrive in this fiercely competitive economy? You need a whole new entrepreneurial mindset and skill set. Drawing on the best of Silicon Valley, The Start-Up of You helps you accelerate your career and take control of your future–no matter your profession."

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Collective Action Toolkit | frog

Collective Action Toolkit | frog | Focus On Improvements |

frog developed the Collective Action Toolkit to help groups of people create positive change in their communities.




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How to Develop your Brand & Community Strategy

How to Develop your Brand & Community Strategy | Focus On Improvements |


* How to Develop Your Brand


As Tony Hsieh of Zappos would say, your culture is your brand.


You can spend a lot of money in advertising and posturing about who you are, or you can demonstrate it through your behavior.

Behaviors (as well as shared attitudes, values and goals) form your culture. Your culture informs/defines your brand.



.....core values you’re committed to to form the foundations of your culture?


Zappos culture, for example, is based on these 10 core values:


1) Deliver WOW Through Service
2) Embrace and Drive Change
3) Create Fun and A Little Weirdness
4) Be Adventurous, Creative, and Open-Minded
5) Pursue Growth and Learning
6) Build Open and Honest Relationships With Communication
7) Build a Positive Team and Family Spirit
8) Do More With Less
9) Be Passionate and Determined
10) Be Humble


A similar list can be found in the core values of Agile Boston:


* Serve Others
* Be Purposeful
* Create Results
* Create Relationships
* Increase Learning
* Communicate Honestly
* Create Fun
* Be Focused
* Be Committed
* Be Courageous


I’ve found this kind of intentional culture design to be truly transformative, and actually enjoyable. It creates psychological safety to know what’s actually valued by a community, so you can lovingly ‘call bullshit’ on others when they’re out of alignment with those values, and quickly correct situations that lead to unnecessary drama.




* How to Develop Your Community


This goes hand in hand with developing brand and culture.

I’m going to again reference the things covered the other day in the Memes, Manifestos and Movements post, specifically the insights about cultural/community development put forth by Dave Logan and Eric Raymond.


Dave’s advice was:


* Listen to the conversations around you
* Speak in terms of collective values
* Actively triad


Eric’s advice included:


* Name things
* Find the Deepest Yearning
* Use Cultural Capital
* Develop Mission Awareness

In both instances, the keys to weaving together and activating a network/community had to do with strong communication and leadership.



One of the things that came up in the interview discussion was how to better make the community visible to itself and foster collaboration within it.


Here are a few ideas in response to the original questions:


1. Raise awareness of organization’s presence in the world


Build relationships with people and groups in alignment with your mission and values.


What your organization cares about or represents already exists in the world. People are already doing it, or talking about it. Find them. Give them props. Be excited that you’ve found each other! They are your tribe, and will help you spread the word.


Partner with projects and events that reinforce and support your stated objectives.


Collaborating and teaming with other groups within the network demonstrates an actual commitment to collaboration and teamwork. Show your awareness of who’s out there already making things happen, and honor them by finding ways to support their efforts, share resources, and not waste time duplicating work.


Celebrate wins with the whole ecosystem.


I’m reminded of Kevin Kelly’s post about Brian Eno’s concept of “scenius,” which is defined as ‘the intelligence and the intuition of a whole cultural scene.’ It talks about the ‘network effects of success’ as being part of the operating principles of a scenius. “When a record is broken, a hit happens, or breakthrough erupts, the success is claimed by the entire scene. This empower the scene to further success.” If your organization is trying to position itself within an ecosystem, share news of your own successes while also participating in the successes of the kindred spirits in your network.



2. Make goals and objectives clear to the public


Help others locate themselves in relationship to your story.


Have a clear vision, mission and values on your About page. Be explicit about what you want and what steps are currently underway to actualize those things. Give examples of accomplishments, and how you measured success. Show how the efforts being undertaken from other independent entities within your ecosystem are by default also supporting your own goals.


3. Make it easy for aligned partners and projects to engage


Design structure for interactions.


Provide some clear entry points and tiers for engagement. (To donate, click here. To promote or share with your networks, do this. To participate in a project, see what help is needed here. To submit a project, follow these submission guidelines. To join the conversations, go there. To let us know about your community, introduce yourself here. etc)


Provide some standards and guidelines for what quality and excellence looks like. (If you’re fostering dialogue, set the ground rules for engagement so there’s a bias towards sharing, learning and growth. If you’re looking to promote collaboration across projects or communities, help define the protocols of communication and documentation that promote interoperability.)


Have the question “How can I help you?” at the top of mind and heart when engaging with others in the network.


4. Weave smaller communities together into a larger global ecosystem


Uncover the bigger picture story, and tell it.


Talk to the people in these communities, and look for common patterns in the beliefs, values, language, and practices within them. Connect the dots and help shape the narrative, find common ground, and discover the vision that everyone is already sharing.


Tell people what’s in it for them.


I’m a believer in enlightened self-interest, the idea that we can act in a way that serves both ourselves and others at the same time. I see this as similar to a non-zero-sum game, the concept that we can have outcomes that don’t require one player to lose in order for the other to win. (In fact, it’s theorized that as networks and society becomes more complex and interdependent, we realize this strategy actually makes more sense in enabling everyone to get what they want.)

People are already pursuing their own goals. They may be unaware of the other players, unsure of why coordinating with those other players might actually make their own goals easier to reach, or how to do it. Help tell that story.


Carol Cheptoo's curator insight, July 5, 2018 7:50 AM
Branding is as important as first impression. It promotes recognition.
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The future of work in America | KurzweilAI

The future of work in America | KurzweilAI | Focus On Improvements |
(Credit: Larsinio/Wikimedia Commons) Technology and the Web are destroying far more jobs than they create.

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How to Design Culture: 16 Patterns to Build Adaptive Learning Organizations

How to Design Culture: 16 Patterns to Build Adaptive Learning Organizations | Focus On Improvements |
How do we form learning cultures in times of accelerating change? What tools and practices can self-organizing structures implement to become more agile and adaptive? I just received a copy of a ne...



Venessa Miemis is well known for brilliantly summarizing transition-relevant books and conepts. Here she goes again, with her friend Dan Mezick's book "The Culture Game"'s core learning practices, adding her own experience plus valuable resources, which she mostly highlighted and summarized before. (julia)

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Search and find unique images, rights-managed and royalty-free images, historic imagery, archival photos from museums, galleries and private collectors from all over the world. Free licenses for educational use.

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The Gift Economy and the Commons

This is a conversation between International Economist, James Quilligan and Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics recorded at Immediacy Studio in Me...



I long for more open and inspired discussions between "heart and reason", as one commenter describes it. Still so many questions it ! (julia)


Charles Eisenstein shares his book online:

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Is An Inner Argument Holding Back Your Productivity?

Is An Inner Argument Holding Back Your Productivity? | Focus On Improvements |

( tweet by @CDEgger: Finding this really helpful: Seeing 3 distinct roles in creativity- artist, editor, agent )


Do you have a chorus of voices chiming in whenever you have to make a big decision? How to get your inner selves to work together.


...There are three voices within every creator:

The Inner Artist

The Inner Editor

The Inner Agent


To have a successful career, we must all learn how to deploy each of them at particular times, and keep them from stepping on each other's toes.


I would argue that most of the problems in our creative lives stem from bringing the wrong part of ourselves to the task at hand. Most of us under-utilize at least one of the three roles and over-use one of the other roles.


A thriving creative career requires consciously shifting between the three voices, utilizing each at the right time...



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Four categories of collaborative documentary

Four categories of collaborative documentary | Focus On Improvements |

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"I’ve just been in Barcelona, at the ECREA (European Communication Research & Education Association) Digital Culture Workshop which looked at innovative practices and critical theories.  I..."


Mandy Rose, in her CollabDocs blog, offers a brief summary

of her speech given at Digital Cultures Workshop.


When a documentary can be defined collaborative?

Mandy Rose  identifies 4 main categories based on the type of contribution made by the participants:


- the Creative Crowd

- the Participant Observers

- the Community of Purpose

- the Traces of the Multitude


The concept of multitude (referred to Antonio Negri) combined with the "semantic documentary" is something very strong. Hope to find some more writings about this argument. [mirmilla]

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@Ignatia Webs: New, free #report on innovating #pedagogy by Open University UK

@Ignatia Webs: New, free #report on innovating #pedagogy by Open University UK | Focus On Improvements |

@Ignatia gives a great overview (julia):


The Open University of the UK has just published a free report (38 pages, open layout) on the emerging innovative online pedagogies of today. The report gives a great, brief overview of what is currently happening and especially the pedagogical viewpoint adds some insights.


The report is linked to a blog so everyone can add comments per topic.


Short synopsis of the report (from the report itself):

This series of reports explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation. The first report proposes ten innovations that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education. To produce it, a group of academics at the Institute of Educational Technology in The Open University proposed a long list of new educational
terms, theories, and practices.
We then pared these down to ten that have the potential to provoke major shifts in educational practice, particularly in postschool education. We have not deliberately excluded school education, but that is not our area of expertise.



Topics covered:

New pedagogy for e-booksInnovative ways of teaching and learning with next-generation e-books

Publisher-led short courses: Publishers producing commercial short courses for leisure and professional development

Assessment for learning: Assessment that supports the learning process through diagnostic feedback

Badges to accredit learning: Open framework for gaining recognition of skills and achievements

MOOCs - Massive open online courses

Rebirth of academic publishing: New forms of open scholarly publishing

Seamless learning: Connecting learning across settings, technologies and activities

Learning analytics: Data-driven analysis of learning activities and environments

Personal inquiry learning: Learning through collaborative inquiry and active investigation

Rhizomatic learning: Knowledge constructed by self-aware communities adapting to environmental conditions

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Tektology of the Emergent Transnational Managerial Class: From Imperialism to Cyber Imperialism, Current Highest Stage of Capitalism

Tektology of the Emergent Transnational Managerial Class: From Imperialism to Cyber Imperialism, Current Highest Stage of Capitalism | Focus On Improvements |
This evolving project aims at visualizing the map of connections and dots of the emergent network of a Transnational Managerial Class, for a longitudinal analysis form the early 20th century till today. At the highest stage capitalism reaches, with the eruption of the 2007-8 crisis and rise of cyber-imperialism, this class has came out at…

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Figma: the collaborative interface design tool.

Figma: the collaborative interface design tool. | Focus On Improvements |

Figma is the first interface design tool with real-time collaboration. It keeps everyone on the same page. Focus on the work instead of fighting your tools.

Via Laurent Picard, Frédéric DEBAILLEUL
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WOW, so needed !!!
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What makes us happy? (9 talks)

What makes us happy? (9 talks) | Focus On Improvements |
We all want to be happy. But how, exactly, do you go about it? More stuff or less? More choice or less? The answers -- from psychologists, journalists, Buddhist monks -- may surprise you.
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9 TED Talks in a row. Dan Gilbert, Malcom Gladwell, Mihaly Csikzentmihaly, Michael Norton, Barry Schwartz, Graham Hill, Matthieu Ricard, Daniel Kahnemann, Ron Gutmann

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Jackie Gerstein: Developing a MOOC-Inspired Course

Jackie Gerstein: Developing a MOOC-Inspired Course | Focus On Improvements |
During Fall, 2012, I taught a Boise State University EdTech graduate course in Social Networking Learning.  I wrote about this course in Educators as Social Networked Learners. I decided to write a...
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CristinaSkyBox: Digital Bridges for Learners

CristinaSkyBox: Digital Bridges for Learners | Focus On Improvements |

Although I have always tried to reach out individually to students, whether through their preferred learning style, topics which related to their social environment and interests, or with activities they enjoyed in class, never has there been a point in time when the emphasis of learning was so learner-centred as now. With the increasing implementation of mobile tech, learning is revolving around the student: with their iPads, they can work calmly through their iBooks or create their own book with materials which they choose and are relevant to both themselves and their course work. [...]

by Ana Cristina Pratas @AnaCristinaPrts

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The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators

The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators | Focus On Improvements |
A guide to educational technology for teachers, administrators, and students.

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‘Superorganisations’ – Learning from Nature’s Networks

‘Superorganisations’ – Learning from Nature’s Networks | Focus On Improvements |

Fritjof Capra, in his book ‘The Hidden Connections’ applies aspects of complexity theory, particularly the analysis of networks, to global capitalism and the state of the world; and eloquently argues the case that social systems such as organisations and networks are not just like living systems – they are living systems. The concept and theory of living systems (technically known as autopoiesis) was introduced in 1972 by Chilean biologists Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela.


This is a complete version of a ‘long-blog’ written by Al Kennedy on behalf of ‘The Nature of Business’ blog and BCI: Biomimicry for Creative Innovation www.businessinspired...

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A look at how to go organic with business models in a tech age...

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Learning from Nature’s Networks

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Learn Do Share [A great transmedia resource]

Learn Do Share  [A great transmedia resource] | Focus On Improvements |

About: "LEARN DO SHARE is the first book of a series that captures the practice of participatory storytelling experiments designed to trigger social innovation [7 megs Download]" ...


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News Curation - Back To The Future [2006]: Marshall Kirkpatrick and the Human News Aggregator Interview [mp3]

Robin Good: Digging back into my article archives I have just run into a special gem, dating back to 2006.


Thanks to the curious and entrepreneurial spirit of Marshall Kirkpatrick, in this short audio interview (6':21"), I get to explain what was my vision then (six years ago) for what we now call "news curation".


Missing any better term for something that had no previous history of practice, at the time I had labelled "newsmaster" the news-curator professional, and "newsradar" the final output (a finely-tuned thematic news channel bringing you the best from many different sources).


The interview had been done for the web magazine NetSquared and you can find more info about this and a full transcription of the interview right here:


Let me know what you think.


Update: Right after I had posted this short story, I went to check a bit how my old friend Marshall Kirkpatrick, author of the above interview, was doing, and headed to his blog... and what I discovered left me startled and enthusiastic at the same time. Read it by yourself:


Isn't the world amazing?

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Marshall's comment, August 5, 2012 6:19 PM
Robin, that is too funny that we were both thinking of that old interview! I still love your vision from back then of curation specialists inside companies. Hope you're well, old friend!
Robin Good's comment, August 5, 2012 7:13 PM
Hi Marshall, great to hear from you! Yes, we seem to be still in sync after all these years and for good reasons too.

I am well and I wish you all the best in what you are doing! Keep it up.
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Embracing Injustice « Interaction Institute for Social Change Blog

Embracing Injustice « Interaction Institute for Social Change Blog | Focus On Improvements |

Bryan Stevenson's TED talk, via


...I find deep resonance with the messages that “identity is powerful” and that we need to balance our enthusiasm for design, technology, and creativity with an embrace of suffering and injustice. And how about the invitation to see everyone as more than the worst thing that they have done? Do yourself a favor and watch this important and inspiring talk. Thank you, Mr. Stevenson.

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Week One: Design Thinking for Educators

Week One: Design Thinking for Educators | Focus On Improvements |

Free course "Design Thinking For Educators", offered by Edutopia, IDEO and New York's Riverdale Country Day School - based on the Toolkit:









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TED Blog | Civilization reboot: Fellows Friday with Marcin Jakubowski

TED Blog | Civilization reboot: Fellows Friday with Marcin Jakubowski | Focus On Improvements |

Longer interview with Open Source Ecology founder Marcin Jakubowski that shows the (not always obvious) possible bridge function #transition of the OSE vision - a belief in technology AND reconnecting. (julia)


"Founder of Open Source Ecology Marcin Jakubowksi is creating open blueprints for the building blocks of civilization, starting with the Global Village Construction Set. This set of 50 low-cost machines will allow anyone to build all the infrastructure a community needs – including, at Factor E Farm, one of his own."


via @mbauwens


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