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President, Openworld - innovations for a freer, more generous world
Interests: liberty, free zones, resilient communities, eLearning, eHealthcare, microvouchers, land grant endowments, digital philanthropy, self-organizing systems, flying, art, reading, archery
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I love the idea. Also would like a way to tag transcripts later, in ways that link parts of the conversation to project interests/storylines in user profiles of the tag creators. In such transcript tagging, #narrativefractal pattern elements could be used: - Attractor [emotion: interest] - Challenge [tension] - Opportunity [inspiration] - Strategy [hope] - Test [confidence] - Decision [resolve] Best, Mark @openworld
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Agree - great insights. Over the past week, @AndrewdiGenova, @GavinKeech and I have begun to explore ways that a person's user profile might quickly (visually) show causes and people they consider part of their "extended self," in civic, personal, and business dimensions. We may do a #junto or Skype session this Saturday around 11 pm Eastern time - if you're free, it would be great to have you and any other kindreds join! Best, Mark @openworld
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Grant, >>how do communities take that first step towards resiliency when they don't have the excess resources to put those systems into place? One option might be to mobilize funds from people who would like to line up some "Plan B" location options. Owners of large land parcels might start (at their own expense) affordable pilot projects for micropower, 3D printers/fabs, SPIN farming, and so forth. They could then lever funds for larger rollout by selling or leasing parcels for people who would like a RC area to fall back upon. Offering to share a portion of the proceeds with resiliency-oriented student groups at MIT, Stanford etc might help attract state of the art technical help for deployment of breakthrough systems. Kickstarter, Pledgebank, TippingBucket, Sponsume and other contingent pledge sites - where prospective funders only give if a threshold number of others agree to - might also be a way to attract resources for (replicable) pilot projects. Best, Mark @openworld
Very glad to see the holons meme emerging for Resilient Communities! In developing virtual resources for RCs, it may be useful to consider using a scale-free "narrative fractal" that allows for holon-like assemblies. In brief, toolkits for micro, meso and macro problems can be assembled in line with the following pattern: - attractor (sparks interest) - challenge (highlights gaps or stress) - opportunity (vision of state change) - strategy (steps to reach) - acceptance test (open issues to resolve) - decision (act, shelve, or reframe/reloop) Convos on this fractal pattern are at Emergent By Design (my other favorite blog) and here . An accordion-like online Q&A form to speed creation of nested, holon-style toolkits is at . I'd love to have some help from open source developers to build a prototype of such a tool. Among other benefits, it may help social networks more rapidly create resources in a fractal format useful to Resilient Communities. Best, Mark Frazier @openworld
Just out from the Economist magazine: reasons for households to trade in traditional power tools for alternatives that run on compressed air: Best, Mark @openworld
There may be a third way - >> ...weakly enforced external legal structures rapidly displace established norms of behavior. ...options that do work are strong self-governance that harshly punishes deviation from norms of behavior - or - strongly enforced, albeit expensively, external legal restriction. It is to directly link the welbeing of institutions responsible for rule-making and dispute resolution with the wellbeing of those in their jurisdiction. Hong Kong achieves this by having a public sector whose budget is linked to land values (with leasehold prices set by open auctions and tender). Singapore's "flexiwage" policy ties the compensation of all public sector employees to the annual growth rate (positive or negative) of the private economy. Similarly, jurisdictions can set pension commitments for civil servants in ways that systemically incentivize the public sector to maintain high levels of trust and transparency - by linking them to Transparency International or other audits. Innovations of these kinds may be an opportunity for Resilient Communities to create a governance culture with far healthier norms for the public and private sectors. Best, Mark @openworld
Agreed, we're thankful to be near thousands of Old Order Mennonites here in the Shenandoah Valley. Low living costs, fertile farms, and a resourceful, resilient community. Best, Mark @openworld
Actually, this opens the door for a private solution to the problems of "underwater mortages," along the lines that Reihan Salam describes at . Associations have legal right to attach liens to properties in the case of unpaid association fees. Let's assume one or more owners are unable/unwilling to offer agreed in-kind services (or personal currencies along Doug Rushkoff's model) to the association in lieu of the fees. In such cases, the association could move to get lenders to do a workout as Luigi Zingales envisages. Briefly: >>lenders [would] give homeowners the option of resetting their mortgages to the current value of their houses. In exchange, the lenders would get 50 percent of the houses’ future appreciation. To keep homeowners honest—that is, to prevent them from doing minimal upkeep in the knowledge that they stood to gain less from a home-price increase—the capital gain would be measured based on an average of houses selling in the area, rather than on the change in the value of the actual house. Recovery of the unpaid dues could be built into the mortgage-resetting agreement. The associations might also be able to get a co-ownership interest in the upside, generating an asset that could (with future sales) help fill the association's coffers and reduce yearly fee burdens on all homeowners. I don't know whether association workouts on these lines are already under way, but the precedents do exist for individuals doing workouts through co-ownership mortgages (see ). Best, Mark Frazier @openworld
openworld is now following John Robb
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openworld is now following moon
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openworld is now following Whitespiral
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openworld is now following g48
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Phil, RateMyProfessor sites are providing a flawed, but often useful, online forum that amounts to crowdsourced certification of individual teachers. Perhaps something like it will emerge in which students (and alumni) rate their universities... Over time, I hope that universities will move to a human capital investment approach along the lines proposed by Milton Friedman long ago... Best, Mark Frazier Openworld, Inc. "Awakening assets for good"
Toggle Commented Apr 20, 2009 on Conferment of Crowd-Sourced Diplomas at Gift Hub
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