Nurturing the Emergence of a Thrivable Future

Reflection on the Edge.

Reflection on the Edge.

The myriad contributions of the loose affiliation of genii who orbit “The Next Edge” represent a vast resource of applications for human potential, particularly addressing the emergence of collective and collaborative interdisciplinary addresses to various problematic manifestations of the legacy paradigm. During a recent conversation immersed in this intersubjective milieu...
Regenerative vs. Sustainable: Is Your Marriage "Sustainable"?

Regenerative vs. Sustainable: Is Your Marriage “Sustainable”?

That was a hypothetical question posed in an evening discussion at the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR) Association in September. The panel discussion featured prominent figures in Sustainable Design: Robert Thayer, Sandy Mendler, and Sim van der Ryn. In the middle of the forum, the panel posed this question...
Body-Mind Integration as Change Methodology

Body-Mind Integration as Change Methodology

1. Theory-in Use: Words, Seated Here is the starting point (as far as we can define one when looking at wholes): The way in which we do things (in life, in organizations, at work…) rests on assumptions, ideas, theories, and worldviews. As a supporting theoretical perspective on this stance, I...
Re-imagining our Consumer Culture

Re-imagining our Consumer Culture

  Minimizing waste, through either cradle to cradle and/or local economies, is crucial for improving our environment and our quality of life. Our waste problems stem from the Consumer Culture in which we live. The idea of ‘throwing away’ has been around for a very long time. When you think...
Occupy My Soul

Occupy My Soul

  Occupy My Soul The only way to describe what has happened to myself and a number of Occupy Vancouver organizers (and I suspect many other occupy organizers across the world) is to realize that we have been occupied by occupy! We have been captured and consumed by something that...
Latest entries

Culture Hack: Collaborating with Strangers

below is an entry for the CultureCon Contest by Sebastien Paquet  – The culture hacking story I want to share with you is almost ten years old now. Back then I was a Ph.D. student in Computer Science with a deep interest in social software. I was posting to my blog daily, and building a...
The Agricultural Battleground

The Agricultural Battleground

Our age demands a paradigm shift, which can be characterized in a number of different ways – sustainability, green, the 99%, #occupy, human rights, human inequality, social innovation (…and the list goes on). These social expressions, in turn, create battlegrounds for the “future” in the form of industries, systems, and paradigms that must be altered...
The we among us

The we among us

        A meme to meditate about what it means to be in a tribe, to lead, to follow, or to get out of the way.  
Nature's Knack

Nature’s Knack

I hadn’t come across the ideas of biomimicry before a year ago, until I attended a forum at Bucknell University with Neri Oxman - part material ecologist part biomimic. She got me thinking about design and how we can engineer infrastructure to be mutually beneficial, all while using techniques pioneered by nature.     If you haven’t...
Amending "People, Planet, Profit"

Amending “People, Planet, Profit”

The phrase “People, Planet, Profit”  - coined by author John Elkington – promotes the idea for businesses to succeed in a number of different ways, rather than the traditional ‘bottom line’. Elkington’s Triple Bottom Line brought on a reluctant swell of Corporate Social Responsibility – the idea that corporations should embrace the TBL to benefit...
What’s up with the (in)human universe?

What’s up with the (in)human universe?

When we are born our mental activity consist mainly in perceiving the different aspects of our new reality. Based on these perceptions we start forming models to represent it. Our base modeling framework becomes a 3 dimensional space that varies with the evolution of time. This ends up being the stepping stone of our cognition....
Why the Filter Bubble is So Pernicious

Why the Filter Bubble is So Pernicious

Recently there has been much buzz around “The Filter Bubble,” the idea proposed by Eli Pariser in a book of the same name, that in an effort to tailor our experiences on the web to suit us, Google and Facebook, and all the sites that define our experience with the web, are hiding things from...
Configuring Oneself for Transformation

Configuring Oneself for Transformation

Our system of systems is made of parts that we could consider as coexisting in a milieu, an environment that is not just a container with properties greater than the sum of the parts, but that has a substance, a density, a richness. Something exists “in between” the parts, from which the parts get some...
WE. Inspired. Empowered. Enabled. Building For a Better World.

WE. Inspired. Empowered. Enabled. Building For a Better World.

Time for deterministic philosophies inherited from strands of thought that have shaped the 20th century ethos and led us to surrender to “the system” is over. We need not just sit around, do nothing, and wait for evolution, destiny, god, nature or the invisible hand to take its inevitable course. The fatalist outlook makes the...
Internet Rising

Internet Rising

INTERNET RISING is a digi-documentary investigating the evolving relationships between the Internet and collective consciousness of humanity. It provokes many questions about ancient and modern paradoxes of life, its pleasures and pains… and the gray area contrasts in between – but most of all it is meant to be an inspiring conversation starter. INTERNET RISING...
Remarkable group publications

Remarkable group publications

Examples of group blogs and other publications, to acknowledge, to learn from  and to build upon, next-edge style. Publication (source link) why remarkable  Beams and Struts  28 deep thinkers conducting an experiment in collective intelligence in the age of integration and synthesis.  Many-to-Many  A Group Weblog on Social Software by Clay Shirky, Liz Lawley, Ross...
Creating a World that Works for 100% of Humanity

Creating a World that Works for 100% of Humanity

In this era of the anthropocene, where many of our global systems are in severe distress, the one thing that has become increasingly clear to me over the last several years is that humanity is entering a new age of activity on this planet.I think of this as the age of re-invention. The institutions that we...
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