Monthly Archives: February 2023

Cliff and Alison Discuss Naomi Wolf’s Take on Evil and the Judeo-Christian Covenant

This week someone brought Naomi Wolf’s Sub Stack post, “Have the Ancient Gods Returned?,” to my attention. The narrative presented ran counter to my understanding of how we arrived at this point in history. After reading it, I felt like I needed to talk it out, and I’m grateful that my friend Cliff Gomes offered […]

God’s Eye View Part 5 – Prediction Markets in Public Policy

This is part of a series: Part One – Mathematical Theories of Life Part Two – Governance Tokens and Training Kids to Bet Big Part Three – Civic Tech, the Wisdom of Crowds, and Offshore Sandboxes Part Four – The Language of Heartless Charity   There was at least one member of Sam Bankman-Fried’s circle […]

Check-In With Jason and Leo: Natural Capital, Sensor Networks, and “Tree of Life” DApp

This is the first in what I hope will be a series of conversations where Jason Bosch, Leo Saraceno, and I share some of our research around Web3, the environment, complex systems, community governance, and ritualized behaviors. In this two-hour chat Leo talks about his new article, “Natural Asset Managers – How Decentralized Technology Will […]

Deloitte, Hybrid Universities, and All-Digital Libraries – Push-Back From Vermont’s Corner of the Labyrinth

Shared with the permission Allison Despathy. Originally published in the Vermont Daily Chronicle. Feature image from this op-ed.   A library without books is an oxymoron” proclaimed a wise elder at the Northern Vermont University, (NVU) Lyndonville campus this past Friday. NVU hosted an open forum after the overwhelmingly negative community response to the Vermont […]

God’s Eye View Part 4 – The Language of Heartless “Charity”

This is the fourth installment in the series “God’s Eye View” Part 1 – Mathematical Theories of Life Part 2 – Intuition, Governance Tokens, and Training Kids to Bet Big Part 3 – Civic Tech, the Wisdom of Crowds and Off-Shore Sandboxes Please bear with me if this post seems a bit more rambling than […]

Halftime Super Bowl Analysis – Collective Intelligence, Stigmergy, and Pheromones

This week I created a map featuring Jim Rutt’s “Game B.” It included links related to transmedia storytelling and laid out the interests behind the creation of the Game B Initiation animated short. Then, in collaboration with Stephers, I expanded the map to include Rihanna’s halftime performance at the Super Bowl as an example of […]

Canadian Sustainability, Jordan Peterson, and an Anti-Woke “GameB?”

Feature image from Jordan Peterson video clip “There are some games you don’t get to play unless you’re all in,” 2017. This is just a short post to provide some context around a clip I recently posted to my Youtube channel of an interview Jordan Peterson did a number of years ago. The clip is […]

God’s Eye View Part 3 – Civic Tech, the Wisdom of Crowds, and Off-Shore Sandboxes

This is the third part of a series. Part 1 – Mathematical Theories of Life Part 2 – Intuition, Governance Tokens, and Training Kids to Bet Big As I tried to sort out Bayesian theorems, prediction markets, blockchain bets, and Futarchy, my friend Leo Saraceno directed my attention to Azuro Protocol, headquartered on the island […]

God’s Eye View Part 2 – Intuition, Governance Tokens, and Training Kids to Bet Big

Feature image from the Alliance for Decision Education Continued from: God’s Eye View Part 1 – Mathematical Theories of Life   In the 1983 Matthew Broderick movie “War Games,” David, a high school student, hacks into what he thinks is a gaming company and strikes up a rapport with an AI created by NORAD. Yes, […]