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Techno-Makeover of the Third Sector: Laura Arrillaga Andreessen Godmother of Silicon Valley Social Entrepreneurship

This presentation is a follow up to the one Jason, Lynn, and I did deconstructing the Joe Rogan / Marc Andreessen interview last month. You can watch that here. Laura Arrillaga, Marc’s wife, established policy infrastructure around data-driven philanthropy and social innovation in the Bay Area starting in the late 1990s through her ties to […]

Information, Communication, and Listening to the Universe in a Land of Enchantment and Exploitation*

*Enchantment and Exploitation: The Life and Hard Times of a New Mexican Mountain Range Our lives are made for communication, our bodies bathed in information. Some information is vague, like a handmade sign in a sagebrush field “Coming Later.” Sometimes amusing, “Wisdom Way, Dead End.” Sometimes it is unexpectedly delightful, a poem composed on a […]

Why I’m Getting Off Twitter – Reading from B.F. Skinner’s “Beyond The Box”

Yesterday I was feeling frustrated with the digital world and picked up a book that had just come in the mail:  Alexandra Rutherford’s “Beyond the Box: B.F. Skinner’s Technology of Behavior from Laboratory to Life, 1950s-1970s.” As I got to the chapter on token economies at Anna State Mental Hospital in Illinois, it all became […]

Wellness Metrics, Teaching Machines To “Live” (With Us) – Synthetic Pretenders Part 15D

Featured Image: Piazza Ovale, Casina Pio IV, 1560 This is the fourth post referencing refugee labor, charter cities, faith communities, cooperatives and tokenization. You can read it in full here or access a PDF here. A year after taking office president of France Nicholas Sarkozy, who happens to be Catholic, tapped Joseph Stiglitz to head […]

Tokenized Co-Ops and “Moral” Markets – Synthetic Pretenders Part 15C

This is the third post referencing refugee labor, charter cities, faith communities, cooperatives and tokenization. You can read it in full here or access a PDF here. Joseph Stiglitz, former chief economist of the World Bank and Columbia University professor, paid visits to Mondragon in 2005 and 2018. He was looking at worker-owned cooperatives as […]

Mondragon, Focolare, and Inclusive Capitalism – Synthetic Pretenders Part 15B

Featured Image: Pope John Paul II with Chiara Lubich, Founder of Focolare Ecumenical Movement This is the second post referencing refugee labor, charter cities, faith communities, cooperatives and tokenization. You can read it in full here or access a PDF here. We’ll delve deeper in the next section when we discuss the model global cooperative […]

Charter Cities, Refugee Labor, and The Learning Economy – Synthetic Pretenders Part 15A

The next four posts started out as a single article for the Synthetic Pretenders series; but as I continued to dig and write, the content got a little out of hand. If I were more self-disciplined, I’d probably be able to organize my findings better and perhaps offer up more compact, digestible posts. There’s a […]

Deconstructing Tech / Blockchain VC Marc Andreessen’s Appearance on Joe Rogan – Livestream with Jason, Lynn, and Alison

Apologies for that batch of emails that went out earlier in the week. Jason was updating the blog templates and somehow it triggered a wave of notifications with Latin placeholder text. Livestream discussion of Andreessen’s interview on the Joe Rogan experience we did yesterday. Here’s the link to the Spotify interview on which we’re commenting. […]

Bitter Lemons: Southern California’s Avatar End Game – Synthetic Pretenders Part 13

This is the thirteenth installment in the Synthetic Pretenders series examining the proposed CaliforniaTrust Framework within the context of synthetic biology, eugenics, and the Spanish mission system.  Part One: Scientific Management, Robo-Bees, and Digital Babies Part Two: Apocalypse, Mind Files, and Interplanetary Promises Part Three: The “Magic” of Radio-Eugenics and Holographic Twins Part Four: Ritual […]