Monday, December 27, 2010

We Really Are Going To Die

Nobody thinks they're going to die, before they die, and then it's too late, to do anything about it. If you're gonna fight, you're gotta fight now, when you know the system's wrong, not when it's too late to do anything.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Business Books

The worst thing about business books it that they are nearly all written to corporate managers who think themselves leaders, rather than to all people.

The reality is we are all leaders in our own arenas.

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Don't Be Formulaic, Be Yourself

Don't write in a formulaic way (not even CVs and cover letters).

Be yourself, write naturally and honestly. Be true.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Knowledge As Product

When knowledge is the product, productivity is limitless.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Improvement PLUS Time

Improving the system does not immediately repair all the damage done by the old system. Only time with a better system will improve that.

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Ourselves & Our Families First

It is ourselves and our families first before others in most people's lives. We don't consider others as our brothers and sisters. Until this changes, how can we share?

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Julian Assange Sex Charges

Discreetly (I assume) not wearing a condom when asked to in consensual sex. Hardly rape, but what is it?

Making love to someone who was asleep. I assume they wake up? After that it's either consensual or not. From the sound of this case, it was consensual. I admit I've done the same. I wasn't charged with rape (we went out for many months after). She thought it was hot. We didn't bother with a condom at any point either (that I can remember) and that was only a tacit agreement.

Julian's alleged 'crimes' raise interesting questions on trust, implicit and explicit understandings, different interpretations of events, and what is rape.

B

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Truth & Freedom

When did this slip from America's vocabulary? Christ, even Obama's?

B

Time For A Break

I'm in definite need of a short hiatus from the whirlwind of internet linking and unlimited information.

B

Monday, December 6, 2010

s7.addthis.com

If you ever have trouble loading pages due to http://s7.addthis.com it may just be your router. Try rebooting it (turning it off, pause, and on). This did it for me. Lord knows why, or what this means:

A world of dew,
and within every dewdrop
a world of struggle

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Best Bob Marley Quote?

"Love the life you live, live the life you love."

B

We Can Change The Rules

We can change the rules. We can even realise what the rules should be.

B

Hold In There

Keep doing the work you want to do. Just keep holding in there. Delay, delay, delay doing anything else and eventually, you may end up doing only the work you want.

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Is The Media Really Interested In The Truth?

Does the media prefer to know the truth or to live in vigorous speculation? This speculation is more work and makes more news than actual reality supplies. And more news generates more money and thus more incomes for more journalists. So is it better not to actually know what is really thought and said – which might be rather mundane, conforming to what is expected – as then there is ample room for debate about what is 'going on' and 'being thought'?

B

Banality Shows, Not Reality Shows

Sometimes I wonder if these are all that they are, but then again, sometimes there is something to learn from some of these.

B

Time

You can't rush it and mustn't try to rush it. The time it takes is the time it takes and the time it is meant to take.

And things have to be done at the time they feel right to be done.

B

Hard Work Is Irrelevant

If you're doing what you want to do, you'll always work 'hard' at it, even though that hard work doesn't feel hard.

If you're doing what you want to do you're always working on it, thinking about it, doing it.

B

I Am Irrational

To survive (find fulfilment) in an irrational system (one set up for the pursuit of money rather than fulfilment) you have to be irrational and pursue fulfilment anyway.

B

The Money Distraction

We get distracted from our fulfilment by an intermediary, which is money. It can distract us from ever fulfilling our potential.

B

WORK AS AN EQUAL

I want to work as an equal. This entails asking to work with people, not for them.

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The Universe Is Infinite Over Infinite Time

If our universe is infinite in the sense that everything which could exist does exist, then we're in trouble. But if rather it is infinite in the sense that is limitless, that we have a finite amount today but there is no limit on the future, then we are fine. The universe is expanding onto infinity, there are no limits on the future, but not everything that could be is now present (however, over an infinite amount of time there is a possibility that anything could happen eventually).

So the universe is infinite over infinite time; however, we have not had infinite time, so the universe is finite up to the finite amount of time we have had so far.

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Considering Our System In The Light Of Our Purpose

My ideas on a shared base income came from considering our system in light of what purpose it should serve.

I didn't come to this from studying sociology or other fields academically. It was a result of thought on our system in the light of human purpose and how this purpose can be achieved.

A shared base income was a practical requirement of a system that enables everyone to find fulfilment without harm. Fulfilment being found by making our best contribution through doing what we do best, without harm to others.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Citizens Support An Unconditional Basic income

Rough translation from German (via Google Translator)…

Press Release - New Study: Citizens Support An Unconditional Basic income (Grundeinkommen), A Basic Income Supports Work Readiness

...between population groups there are individual differences, but only the group of self-employed is neutral about the idea [other groups are all positive]. In addition, this payment would have no impact on their willingness to work, 72 percent of all currently employed workers would like to continue to work to the same extent even independently of want.

"The concern that an unconditional basic income would seduce Germans to do nothing is completely unfounded" says Dr. Friedrich Schneider, Director of Studies and Professor of the Johannes Kepler University Linz. Furthermore, "in the average population, Germans plan to work 2.4 hours more a week" after it's introduced.

These results are based on the questions of a representative survey of more than 2,000 German inhabitants by the IMAS International on behalf of the Society for Applied Economic Research in May 2010.

http://www.unternimm-die-zukunft.de/index.php?id=1


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"A Certain Small Income ... Should Be Secured To All"

"...a certain small income, sufficient for necessaries, should be secured to all, whether they work or not, and that a larger income, as much larger as might be warranted by the total amount of commodities produced, should be given to those who are willing to engage in some work which the community recognizes as useful. On this basis we may build further. I do not think it is always necessary to pay more highly work which is more skilled or regarded as socially more useful, since such work is more interesting and more respected than ordinary work, and will therefore often be preferred by those who are able to do it. But we might, for instance, give an intermediate income to those who are only willing to work half the usual number of hours, and an income above that of most workers to those who choose a specially disagreeable trade. Such a system is perfectly compatible with Socialism, though perhaps hardly with Anarchism. Of its advantages we shall have more to say at a later stage. For the present I am content to urge that it combines freedom with justice, and avoids those dangers to the community which we have found to lurk both in the proposals of the Anarchists and in those of orthodox Socialists." Bertrand Russell, Proposed Roads To Freedom, Chapter IV – Work and Pay, p77 (1918)

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A Negative Income Tax: "A Minimum Level Of Income For All"

"A negative income tax is intended to create a single system that would not only pay for government, but would also fulfil the social goal of making sure that there was a minimum level of income for all. It is theorized that, with an NIT, the need for minimum wage, food stamps, welfare, social security programs and other government assistance programs could be eliminated, thus reducing the administrative effort and cost to a fraction of what it is under the current system, as well as eliminating the perverse incentives created by these overlapping aid programs..." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negative_income_tax

If it was guaranteed it would reduce the incentive to work in inflexible jobs and increase the incentive to work for one's self at what one is good at and what one sees as required.

It would also incentivise organisations to make the work that members do for them flexible and attractive.

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"Provide Everyone With Some Means Of Livelihood"

“[N]o penalty on earth will stop people from stealing, if it’s their only way of getting food. In this respect, you English, like most other nations, remind me of these incompetent schoolmasters, who prefer caning their pupils to teaching them. Instead of inflicting these horrible punishments, it would be far more to the point to provide everyone with some means of livelihood, so that nobody’s under the frightful necessity of becoming, first a thief, and then a corpse.” Utopia, Thomas Moore (1516).

B

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Inanity

No matter how much I drink, I will never find the inanity of most social discourse (most social dribble) entertaining or interesting.

How can people find knowing someone, someone-else knows, so fascinating? It is so dull!

B

Comradeship

There is much to be said for comradeship, particularly for work that is not that compelling on its own. Comradeship makes menial, laborious, dangerous work bearable. And it can lead to a feeling of solidarity.

Comradeship to solidarity.

B

The Selfish

Why should we let the selfish rule the world? By the way, I don't include most politicians in the selfish.

I do blame the system. But many more people could act to change it, rather than accepting it or confirming it, and by default being selfish.

It's time for the narrow-minded and short-sighted to open their eyes and widen their minds.

B

Accept The Sacrifices

Accept the sacrifices, that have to be made, to do what needs to be done.

B

Serious Words

We make ourselves and what we talk about sound serious and informed by inventing jargon (with acronyms) to replace the simple words.

Instead of an asteroid headed for Earth we have a 'near earth object' (NEO), instead of a universal income we have a 'negative income tax' (NIT), instead of civilian casualties we have 'collateral damage' (CD). Not only is this jargon more 'serious' and 'informed' it also distances any emotive association with the subject.

B

I'm Not Trying To Make Money

I'm not trying to make money.

But this is (meant to be) the driving foundation of our current system.

Each day I can continue my work I am succeeding.

B

WE ALL

We all drive, photograph, cook, think, socialise, talk, walk, run, swim, listen, act, read, write, help, mend, heal, argue, judge, taste, watch, draw, add, research, organise, plan, use, sort, design, discover, build … And we all specialise in one of these things, usually because we like doing one thing more than others. Well I'm a specialist thinker, that's what I do, that's what I'm good at, that's what I am about.

I think about human life and how our system works to enable it.

B

Do Not Yield

Don't yield to the expectations of the professor-intellectuals and the power-brokers. Do it your way, this may not be their way, but it is still a valid way.

B

Business Idea: The Water Stop

A shop, like a café or a bar, that sells only mineral waters: The Water Stop, perhaps. It could also mix cordials with sparkling mineral waters to produce other drinks too.

B

Democracy, Equality & Freedom In Our Organisations

Democracy, equality and freedom should be in all our organisations and perceived to be just as necessary for organisations as they are for society.

B

A Basic Income Values Life Itself

We all have a right to life, to live and to grow, we all have a right to a basic income that enables this.

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Humanity First

"...make as much money as possible - to ensure that his direct and close relatives would have the conditions for a life without stress, enabling them to choose what to have and what to do, with no restraints."
Luis in DifferenceMakers email 5 Nov 2010

Family first, a very common refrain, one that has been used to attest to the humanity of the worst of tyrants and villains. It has to be bigger than this, making as much money as possible for just your family (or just yourself) can be used to justify poverty for everyone else – we a need a system where money is distributed and everyone has the opportunity to contribute regardless of how much or little money those contributions generate. Humanity is the family of all humans, we are all family.

B

Do What You Enjoy Naturally

Do what you enjoy naturally (which tends to be what you're good at). Listen to yourself in this. The world isn't going to say "we need another artist" or start paying scientists much, and friends will likely have other interests and find yours dull. It doesn't matter. Do what you enjoy.

I don't want to deal with things using alcohol. I don't want to be an alcohol user. I want to do what I enjoy naturally.

B

A Base Income That Is Enough

There has to be a base income that is high enough to take the issue of income off the table. Once we have an income that is enough we can contribute 'altruistically' as ourselves.

B

More Leisure Would Be A Good Thing

Fewer people may work and live the way we do now if a base income comes into effect. Should that be a reason for shock and horror? Think again, to the extent it is true, it is actually a good thing.

B

The Narrow-Minded

So many people see a job as a paid employee as the only valid way of working.

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The Danger Of The Self-Made Man

The danger of the self-made man and the idea that others should have to make the same sacrifices because he did.

I wonder if this isn't at the bottom of some dangerous conservatism, the conservatism that justifies not sharing with one's fellow man.

Sharing doesn't have to be done through state controlled services, but it does need to be done universally.

B

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Adult ADHD

How do adults cope with ADHD? Alcohol? This appears to be at least partly the case:
Wikipedia.org - Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Capitalism From A Marxist Perspective

The trouble with explaining capitalism from a Marxist perspective is the way it attributes perverse motives to capitalists – it doesn't happen like that, they don't do it to be perverse, it's a result of the system, which makes perverse actions the norm and so accepted. The capitalist system incentivises perversity, incentivises harm. What I mean is that it is not the fault of the people, it is the fault of the system, we should be careful to make this distinction.

B

Hard Work, No, Sustainable Effort

Work harder. No, work sustainably.

It's not a sprint, it's not even a marathon, it's life.

You can't go the whole way on a single charge. You've got to amass energy to expend energy. Do it efficiently. Do it sustainably. Do it easy. Easy is sustainable, efficient and intelligent.

Of course when you're committed to something in a system that isn't built to sustain autonomous commitment then you're going to find it hard.

B

JOB

I want to get a job that will extend me, that I can learn something from, that will challenge me, utilising my knowledge and skills, not one in which I have already worked and which I already know. I want to get a meaningful job that is suitable for me.

Of course to get a job for me, I should really create the job. And of course I have, but it's not connected to an income. Basically because those who hold the purse strings demand control of what gets done. Until there's a universal income no-one's really going to be able to decide how they contribute.

B

Name Drop

If I continuously name drop the authors and titles of books I have read in my writing (and talking) people will think I know more, and have read very widely, than if I don't. Academics like it when you do this too.

I could of course just argue my positions based on my own thoughts, which is what they are in reality, and let them stand on the quality of the argument made. This is more pure and I would think more scientific, but this does not appear to be as effective in convincing namedroppers, or those that admire this practice.

B

Protest Requires A Spark

Protest requires indignation, which requires a spark, a clear, unambiguous example of a wrong to put right.

B

Why Do You Ask?

Whenever someone asks a question for which their motivation is unclear ask them this, 'Why do you ask?', in order to find out their motivation. This will determine how we should answer.

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Faith

I want to continue my studies into our system. I want to continue my thinking on our system. I want to continue to communicate on our system. And I want to be with my daughter. But how can I? If anyone can help with this, I'd be eternally grateful.

B

Jesus Should Have Stayed A Carpenter

Should Jesus have stayed a carpenter? Of course not. But survival is difficult in a system where non-income generating occupations are financially unvalued.

B

A Two-Tier Health System

A two-tier health system is unacceptable. But this is what we're allowing when we enable the rich to purchase better health insurance than the poor. Health treatment services should be universal, without preference for wealth.

B

Jobs

The system we have now makes it feel like we have to beg for a job, and if we get it, be incredibly grateful – there's nothing empowering about this for the worker.

B

The Republicans Are 'Us & Them'

The Republicans are the party of 'Us & Them'.

Perhaps American politics will work better when the Republicans have control over one of the branches of government (a view I've heard suggested), then at least they must take some responsibility for government reaching a decision. Or perhaps this just gives them greater power to grind government to a halt until they can get back full power.

Reminds me a little of tactics used by some corporates with some unions: 'we won't meet with you, we won't even talk to you'.

B

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Not A Victim, Rather, A Survivor

This is how Ingrid Betancourt reframed her experience as a captive of the Farq in Columbia on BBC HardTalk, Oct 2010. And, "…I realised that whatever people say you are, it's not what you are."

B

Doing Our Best

Sometimes trying to do your best at what your best at doesn't involve a traditional nine-to-five job and a reliable income. In fact our best contribution may very likely not get us a reliable income in our current system, and in the beginning (at least) it may generate no income at all.

B

Academic Writing

Academic writing in the social sciences – everything referenced to everything else as if one cannot just write something original first. Why is this so prevalent in the social sciences?

God forbid that someone should write an original social theory anymore.

B

Exhaustion Means A Thought Is Coming

Feeling exhausted means a thought is gestating and will come soon.

Allow it by resting, not drinking.

I must remember this.

I wonder if one day an idea might kill me.

B

Castigation By The Narrow Minded

Castigation by the ignorant and narrow-minded. It is always a risk.

Those who see the way it is and has been, and those who see it the way it could be and should be. Those who want things to stay the same and people to comply, and those who want things to change and people to be free.

B

Selfless – Selfish

This is, in many ways, a matter of perspective and interpretation.

B

Not Cut Out For Some Kinds Of Work

I'm just not cut out for some kinds of work, but there are many valid contributions I can make, if our system will allow, even enable these.

B

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Six Sigma Black Belt

How can anyone take the idea of 'black belts' in 'six sigma' seriously? 'Design For Six Sigma (DFSS)', 'Organisational and Personal Balanced Scorecard', 'Master Six Sigma Black Belt' – how can anyone take these ridiculous terms seriously?

B

My Weaknesses

I can be wrong. But I can admit that and put myself right.

I have a tendency to drive myself towards the completion of a task without pause or rest – this can burn me out. I have to be careful, to force myself to take breaks, rest and let go.

I'm realising the importance of networking and finding the means to do it effectively.

Impetuousness.

Irritation at nit-pickers.

B

My Use Of Tools

Maths, HTML, CCS, RDBMS – they're something I pick up and use when I meet them, and then I put them down (and forget about them). I don't want to learn them when I don't need them. I don't delight in tools. I'm a designer who can build, if I have to. I'm not a builder who designs – this type may not even exist.

B

Changing The Rules Of The Game

Changing the rules of the game while we're playing: Facebook, LinkedIn, Apple, they all do this.

The same thing is happening for finance…

B

Knowing

You can't know what you want to do if you're drinking most nights or taking drugs, and you can't do what you want to do if you don't know what you want to do.

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Notions Of Success

Success is not having a job or money. Success is being able to work at what we want to work at. Success is about having the courage to say this is what we want and strive for it.

I can't conscionably take work I don't want just because it pays.

B

"We Are What We Repeatedly Do"

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." – Aristotle

What a quote! In both parts. From LRN's website (http://www.lrn.com/About-LRN/about-us.html). Ah! But it was not Aristotle who wrote these words, it was Will Durant who wrote them in writing on what Aristotle wrote (sourced from the blessed Wikipedia):

Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers (1926) Ch. II: Aristotle and Greek Science; part VII: Ethics and the Nature of Happiness:
"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation: we do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have these because we have acted rightly; 'these virtues are formed in man by his doing the actions'; we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit: 'the good of man is a working of the soul in the way of excellence in a complete life... for as it is not one swallow or one fine day that makes a spring, so it is not one day or a short time that makes a man blessed and happy'" (p. 76).
The quoted phrases within the quotation are from the Nicomachean Ethics, Book II, 4; Book I, 7. The misattribution is from taking Durant's summation of Aristotle's ideas as being the words of Aristotle himself.
http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Aristotle

Dov Seidman (http://www.lrn.com/Leadership/our-executives.html#Seidman) – the founder of LRN and author of How:
"Sixteen years ago, Dov founded LRN with a powerful vision that the world would be a better place if more people did the right thing. From that basic notion, he has grown a successful business that has helped to shape the ways millions of employees, managers and leaders behave and interact all over the globe. LRN helps more than 500 leading companies worldwide – including Allstate, Dow, eBay, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble and Viacom – develop ethical corporate cultures and inspire principled performance in business."
"Dov maintains that in today's connected and transparent world, people and organizations stand to gain by dedicating new thought and energy to how they do what they do."

B

The Purpose Is To Help People

"The purpose of micro-credit is to help people, not make money out of them for the wealthy." Muhammad Yunus (Founder of Grameen Bank) on BBC World Business Report, 8 Oct 2010.

This should be the purpose of all organisations.

B

Whole System Studies

Whole system studies mean we undertake a truly diverse plan of study to understand our world. We don't specialise. We stay open and we continue to learn always.

B

Commit

I keep reminding myself of this, but this is what anything successful, anything really fulfilling, any best contribution, requires.

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Too Many People Doing The Wrong Work

We have too many people doing too much work that does not need to be done (and, even if it needs to be done, it is too often being done at the wrong time and the wrong way). In other words, we have people wasting their lives doing work that isn't of worth, when they could be living their lives doing work that fulfils them.

B

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Manifesto Is At Unity Books Wellington

The Common Purpose Manifesto is now available at Unity Books in Wellington, New Zealand (my favourite bookstore). This is the only store in the world where you can walk in off the street and buy a copy (and I can't think of a better bookstore where to do this).

B

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Generalisations Discriminate

Generalisations from surveys and averages cause discrimination through smart policy and targeted benefits that don't apply to people who don't fit the average, which is most people.

B

Lying

It's not lying to say you're right if you think you're right. But of course you may be wrong.

B

Oil Bloody Stains On Clothing

They're enough to make me give up olive oil dips forever.

http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/how-to-remove-oil-stains-from-clothing--443.html

B

Adaptive Communication Modes

Different modes of communicating (email, text, face-to-face, phone, Facebook, twitter) for different messages and for different people according to what we're comfortable with.

And that's great.

B

Mastery & Best Contribution

Mastery may be a result of us making our best contribution, but is it a necessary aim? Isn't making our best contribution broader and more achievable? Best contribution speaks to our best, which is an internal measure. Mastery speaks to an external measure. I think our best, is a better term than mastery. We may not be the master tennis player or the master economist, but we can certainly be the best tennis player we can be and the best economist we can be, and this can be very good without ever being equivalent to mastery. That deals with the 'best' part, but what about the 'contribution' part?

I like 'contribution', it speaks to giving, not serving and not mastering. Making our contribution doesn't mean it will be appreciated by others, but we can still gain our fulfilment from making it. Contribution also says something more about producing, about making a product or delivering a service, than mastery does. And I think the contribution we make is vital to the growth we all get; mastery doesn't have this connotation, therefore it's more difficult to see how mastery ties in with productivity and economic growth.

So our purpose of 'fulfilment without harm' is pursued by making our best contribution. Fulfilment via our best contribution is our intrinsic motivation. It must be without harm so that our and others ability to contribute is not harmed. In other words we must be 'able to make our best contribution', we must be 'free to make our best contribution': inequalities and/or control damage our ability to contribute as we best can, so they must be removed.

Why do we make our best contribution? Because it realises our potential and gives us fulfilment.

...

Actually, on further reflection, mastery is primary to best contribution. Mastery is autonomous, self-measured – I was mistaken to interpret mastery as an external measure, it is not, not the kind of mastery we seek, because mastery is not a point with an end where we become a master, but a line we travel with mastery always the motivation and always accumulating: we have mastery now, but we always seek more, that is the primary motivation. Why do we seek mastery? Because it is fulfilling.

Mastery results in contribution and our best contribution, because mastery drives us to achieve our best and through it we naturally make contributions that reflect it. If we use contribution as a measure there is a danger we devalue it, as others may not even notice it, even in this interconnected world. Our own measure, if we do not wish to despair, must be our own mastery.

So we seek fulfilment without harm, and a great deal of that fulfilment is found through our quest for mastery, with our best contribution a result of that quest, whether anyone else appreciates it or not.

...

('Mastery' is a term used in Drive by Daniel Pink. 'Fulfilment Without Harm' and 'Best Contribution' are phrases used in The Common Purpose Manifesto.)

...

B

Climate Change: A Matter Of Basic Physics

"Warming, Alley said, is a matter of basic physics: Increase the concentration of carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and the atmosphere will hold in more heat." On Capital Hill - Researchers Offer Data To Answer Climate Change Skeptics (Science, 21 May 2010: Vol. 328. no. 5981, pp. 1121)

B

New Measurement Tools

What we are able to now measure, we are now able to understand. It is new measurement tools that enable new discoveries and new understanding. And new understanding enables new measurement tools enabling new discoveries and new understanding...

B

Reciprocity & Selfishness Aren't A Problem

Reciprocity and selfishness aren't a problem if we see the purpose of life as fulfilment and that, for this to happen, we must all live without harm (to others fulfilment). When this purpose and principle is understood it makes logical sense to share and reject harm, for this enables us all to grow and, selfishly, fulfil our potential.

B

Places Of Mystery

There is a place in New Zealand for more permanent structures, monastic places, and mystery, places where we ask "Why? Why did they build this?".

Build them.

B

Publicising & Networking May Not Lead To Acceptance

I wonder if trying to promote my work, networking and so forth, is completely detracting from my pursuit of understanding. There is a chance this is so. But surely it's right to want my contribution heard and perhaps even make a difference? And don't I learn by trying to disseminate my understanding?

"A gentleman can be cultivating a way for himself; he can outline and summarise what he has learned, and gather all the strands and sort them into principles. Yet people will not always accept what he can teach them. Now it seems that you are not pursuing self-understanding. Rather, you seek to have your ideas gain acceptance. Your goal is not far enough!" p108, Confucius, The Authentic Confucius, Annping Chin (2007).

Actually this is not anti-publicity quote, it's an anti-demanding acceptance quote. No-one's ideas are entitled to automatic acceptance, however, we should be able to get a hearing, and that is hard enough.

B

Poem-Like Children's Stories Are Best

Short rhythmic rhyming poems are the best for children's stories and the easiest to read I find.

They must be harder to compose and write than one supposes, because there aren't many of them.

B

No Vices

It has to be no alcohol, no tobacco and no caffeine for me to maintain equilibrium and not wholly succumb to them.

B

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Golden Rule

WITHOUT HARM is the "Golden Rule" or as Confucius says, 'Do not do to others what you would not like done to you', regardless of religion. Karen Armstrong (in her TED talk) pretty much gets the fundamental aspect of without harm right, however, it is a principle that does not require us to be religious.

[www.ted.com: Karen Armstrong]

B

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Help, Want & Contribution

Help other people, give them what they want. My compass for what they want, is what I want. Is that valid? I think so...

But of course others may not want what I give. Despite this I still do it (write about our system) as I also do it for myself. Lots of people have produced good things others didn't want at the time. Sometimes, much later, others do want them; but I guess with some things that is never the case. That doesn't make the expression, writing or contribution, invalid or unsatisfactory for the contributor, it's just that the product is not wanted (or just not noticed) at the time.

What is required is that the people who want the product are reachable and can find it when they want it if they are any that do.

B

Thinking Time

The best time for thinking is when lying down in bed before going to sleep (so gotta make sure you get to bed early).

B

Encouragement

Moral support, or a version of this, which is lending encouragement to what others do, for who others are. This costs us nothing, but gives so much.

B

Managing Flow

Not managing people, managing flow: the flow of work through the organisation. Also the flow of people through the organisation.

B

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Good Storyteller

A good storyteller does not just read the words.

B

Monday, September 13, 2010

Work Morphs

Work as we know it will diminish and be replaced by other forms. That's always happened, and is always happening.

B

Try More Than Once

Stupidity is expecting the same result every time from the same experiment. Wile E Coyote is an excellent example. You've got to try one thing many times to get to know whether it really works as you predict, anomalies can occur.

B

Saturday, September 11, 2010

On A Shoestring

Enable the great things that are done on a shoestring.

B

Respect For Life

We are all living things. We kill if we need to, but not for sport or for humour.

B

Security & A Degree Of Certainty

These we value high, perhaps highest of all things. Without them our thoughts are troubled and misaligned.

B

Lust & Greed

Primal desires. They're at work in everybody, but I don't think they need to override our thoughts if we are enabled (by security) to think for ourselves and be ourselves.

B

Power Worship

I do not worship something because it is more powerful than me, but power worship certainly seems to have been a component of our past.

B

New Bank Products

Without the new bank products my worry over the exchange rate would never have been a worry I could do anything about, and I would have put it aside. But with these new products I worry constantly about when to fix and if to fix.

I wonder if these new products don't also exacerbate, by their very construction, the volatility of the markets themselves, so in a looped feedback way increasing both the need for the product and the volatility of the market.

B

The Inflexibility Of Jobs

Must be 9 to 5 in the office (or more like 8.30 to 5.30 now-a-days). I can't stand that constriction.

B

Group Approval

Clique and group approval. It is almost a requirement to greater recognition. The problem is that it is given to those already in the clique, already in the group. If they hold the route to publicity and promotion then contributions from others can be effectively sidelined, silenced, and ignored.

B

The Media Ascribes Motives

The media continuously ascribes motives that the players do not own in order to make stories more interesting, more scandalous, and more sensational.

B

Everything Is So Confined

Everything feels so CONFINED. I just want to write about society and inform, but my lack of income keeps shunting me into organisations and administrations I don't want to join with their proscriptions on how I live.

B

Monday, August 30, 2010

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke (2004)

Very much enjoying this book. It has wonderfully layered meanings on class and privelage, contribution and restriction.

B

Friday, August 6, 2010

Impertinent

Impertinent, there's a word I haven't heard for a long time. A real word of self-superiority and prejudice. For use only by bigots.

B

The Most Formative Part Of My Life

"The Tolkiens left here for the smoke and noise of Birmingham when Ronald [Tolkien] was just eight, but he once described his time at Sarehole as, "the most formative part of my life."" The Quest For The Real Middle Earth (DVD).

England is the same for me, and that from a similar age, between two and seven.

B

The Way It Is Said

The way it is said, even if we don't understand it, is right, when it is said at the right time.

B

Envy Breeds Malice

Envy leads to malice and people who don't want to see other people's dreams come true.

B

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

By Living

How do you earn a living? By living.

By contributing as best I can, according to my abilities and where and when I see a need. That is living. If we're not doing that, then we're not really living.

But of course, we all need an income, and how I obtain one remains to be seen.

B

What Do I Do?

What do I do? I write about (what I think on) society (and economics, law, organisation, and change – our entire system).

B

The Real War

There's a war going on right now. It's between the system based on financial incentive and greed, and a system based on fulfilment and contribution. It's mainly carried out online, but it needs to happen everywhere.

B

Before Making Love

I'm a bit old fashioned. I like to be friends with someone before I make love, in fact, I go so far as to say that I like be in love with someone before I make love. Does anyone else (who is even remotely attractive) think this way anymore? (I specify remotely attractive because all the people depicted in television dramas are all attractive and all sleep with each other at the first opportunity).

B

OUR PREROGATIVE (To Contribute In The Best Way We Can)

I want to contribute in the best way I can (where and when I see a need). This is a prerogative for all people.

B

Reject Harm But Tolerate Difference

Reject harm but tolerate (even embrace) difference. Learn from it.

Difference is not harmful in itself.

B

Ways Of Seeing The World

I don't see the world in the same way as a lot of other people see it (certainly not economists!).

I see success as being able to contribute as ourselves, and its reward as fulfilment not finance.

B

Feel Free

When I'm in England I feel free. I will try to feel that way here more.

B

Make The Incentive Fulfilment By 'Contribution'

I want our incentive to emphasise contribution, how we want to contribute, where and when we see a need.

B

A Reasonable Rate Of Return (RRR)

Producers should aim to achieve (pursue) a reasonable rate of return that is shared equally within the organisation.

There is a tendency among producers to keep prices high even when costs are covered and demand is easily met. There is a profit maximisation philosophy that is asserted by business professionals and sometimes justified with 'reward for risk' type maxims.

It is a philosophy bolstered and reinforced by the framework of public shareholder investors whose only collective concern is maximising their rate of return.

When a good or service become enormously popular its costs per unit drop, but this does not flow into a drop in price unless there is competition from a competitor with significant market share. Rather the business organisation maximises its income for profits and superfluous, wasteful spending, some of which is even spent removing competitors through buy-outs.

If, instead, a reasonable rate of return was accepted, then as costs per unit drop so the price per unit would fall. Profits levels would be only reasonable and the organisation would engage in no unnecessary spending or have the income to buy-out competitors.

However, if profit maximisation is the ethos, then a business organisation will do all it can to attain an advantage which reduces the ability of others businesses to compete with its product, so that it can gain major market share, which, once gained, tends to maintain itself for the advantages to the consumer of using what everyone else is using, an advantage strengthened by the profit-maximising organisation making it's product incompatible with any new or remaining competitors.

B

Intelligence No Reliable Predictor Of Behaviour

Even very intelligent people can behave very poorly in their relationships and behaviour to others.

B

A Shared Base Income Is Also A Resident Income

The shared base income could be tied to passport entry and exit, so that while out of the country payments would be halted (perhaps after a set period of time) until returning. This would disallow non-residents from claiming the income overseas. An essential component of the income is that it is spent locally, this means the money continues to fund economic growth here (in New Zealand or the UK or whatever country we implement this) and is not a drain on the economy.

One would need permanent residence status in the country to receive the income, but I see no reason why one would have to be a citizen.

B

Friends First

I like to be friends with someone, even love someone, before I 'make love' with someone.

B

A World Where We Are Free (No Permission Required)

A world where we don't have to ask permission to be ourselves, to make the contribution we want; we just can.

That's the world I want to make.

However, it isn't a world where we are free to be wrong, where we are free to be inconsiderate. It is a world where we are free to add as ourselves, without harm.

B

Monday, July 5, 2010

CEO's & Income Inequality

Given the lovely nature of all the CEO's on your program (The Bottom Line), why do they accept income inequality in their respective organisations?

They are supposed to be change-makers, cultivators of innovation, leaders; so why do they not lead on this?

The standard argument that their organisation wouldn't attract the required talent doesn't wash given that they are the supposed talent.

Do they believe they contribute so much more than others?

Could it be that the acceptance of inequality (and greater income for managers) by consecutive CEOs (and other managers) leads to patterns of ever greater inequality? Why do they not take the lead and reduce this inequality across the board and, most especially, for themselves?

B

Politics, Complicity & Pogroms

The bold actions of Mr Georgiou no doubt have the potential to seriously limit his capacity to influence his party in the future. His decision to cross the floor in 2006 would have similarly cost him power within his camp. He could have kept his mouth shut, risen through the ranks and hoped that with more power he could do what he believed was best, compromising until the time was right. But instead he has cultivated the very ground that democracy flourishes in, demonstrating deep respect for the gravitas of public office. Such moments, even if their consequences can't be quantified, are what strikingly feed and strengthen the political culture. Maxim 'Real Issues' (#360)

That's an interesting analysis by Maxim, that "He could have kept his mouth shut, risen through the ranks and hoped that with more power he could do what he believed was best, compromising until the time was right." But how would the 'electorate' have viewed his complicity in the final analysis? Plus, it is the complicity of those that do just such a thing that cost the lives and careers of those who take a stand on principle at the first step. By not supporting and joining the dissent when it matters, right at the beginning, the dissent may be crushed, and the pogrom completed.

The trouble, of course, is that the powers-in-office also can also control the media and even the general ethos of the public-in-general. In this light, pogroms can be carried and even sanctioned by the majority. In this light, standing-up, is standing-up to be mown down – it is suicide. A sacrifice that will not be understood by nearly all at the time, and with no definite outlook to there being any greater understanding in the future either.

Standing up to capitalism or, at least, the capitalism of not sharing profits and income, may be equated with this level of isolation against popular public belief at this time, to some extent anyway. People do not see the need for change, and so will not. Most people do not want change, unless the status-quo goes very wrong indeed.

B

Sport & Booze & Porn – Is This All Men Are?

Sport & booze – is that all men are about? Don't say "Sex". Perhaps it's the perceived meaningless of most work that makes seeking real meaning worthless - better to dash one's brains out with booze and sport, rather than have spare time filled with thought on what one's actually doing.

B

Pornography & Harm

Why does so much pornography involve harm?

So much of it is about hurt. So much of it seems to be about hurting. No wonder sex usually appears like someone is getting hurt – they are getting hurt! Where is the gentle? Where is the caring, the affection, the love? I see none of it. And this is not just in the porn classified as porn, but in the soft porn included in movies and television programs. It's all just rapid thrusting. There's nothing slow, nothing gentle, nothing circuitous, it's just immediate in-and-out, in-and-out, hard-as-able to the sound of grunts, cries and moans. If this is what 'making-love' is meant to be then I want none of it. It doesn't have to be this way. It's bizarre that this is the way people who produce the visual media feel it is done. What's wrong with slow and luxurious, with such a casual confidence that we can take our time and show the respect to express genuine affection on both sides?

B

Resource Control & Wrong

We fear those who have too great a share of resources and who control access to them.

How can we speak up to these people? If they even only exclude us from the use of their resources we shall be greatly disadvantaged. They need do no more than this and we will be harmed.

No-one person, no-one organisation, should be able to bar anyone from any resources. We must be able to criticise those who do wrong. The trouble is that we naturally fear those who do wrong, as they have already shown by their actions that they are not afraid to do wrong, a wrong would that likely include wrong-doing towards us if we spoke against them.

B

Jobs

It is time to stop seeing the only way of contributing as being in a job. There are ways to contribute, ways to be in business, ways of doing, that don't require us to work as servants, but allow us to contribute as equals.

But when we do choose to work in jobs (or, more accurately, to contribute in organisations collectively), we need to take hold of our employment contracts and use them to empower ourselves so that we are treated as equals. This is our right. It is not something we should surrender simply because another holds the resources.

We have the right to our own ideas, these should never be surrendered to another, only shared with all.

B

Fluorescent Jumpsuits

American's and their dehumanising fluorescent jumpsuits for prisoners. People need to be treated like human beings. This doesn't do that.

B

Freedom

The freedom to contribute how we want in a way that realises our potential and makes a contribution according to who we are, and where and when we see a need.

This is what capitalism has helped give, and it is in the degree to which it has given us this freedom to contribute that we have been able to grow. But it is not enough, we have much further growth to make and for that we need much greater freedom: freedom that enables the incentive of contribution to outweigh the financial incentive so that we all contribute to creating a system that enables us all to contribute in ways that reflect what we have to give according to who we are, what we want to do, and where and when we see a need.

B

Britain And Europe

It's better to be Britain and Europe, not just Europe.

B

Thoughts On benwallace13

I wonder about benwallace13 and how open I should be with what I write in here…

If I was to telegraph its contents to the world I would feel like I had no privacy, and as if I were shouting about me. It is enough that I am open, to telegraph it just feels like self-promotion. The difficult line is between what is my work and what is personal. This site fudges that line. But the fact is that the work in it is very formative, such that I don't feel instantly like I would back it or that it would stand up to examination or to more thought.

At the same time I enjoy the liberation of putting my fresh thoughts out there for people to find, of 'publishing' them in this way. But I think it is better that perhaps they may be found, rather than I telegraph or advertise them, on Twitter for instance. That's my reserve. I know that many others would show no restraint about matters far more personal, but that doesn't seem to be the way I am.

B

Champion Free-Of-Constraint Methods Of Contribution

I'm not keen on the use of publishers.

I'm not keen on those that set themselves up as gatekeepers to a discipline or to contribution.

Serving the public means serving the writers and the purchasers. The filter must be by the purchaser, not by the publisher or the distributor or by the bookshop. If traditional, physical means of delivery cannot deal with delivering this freedom, then they limit freedom.

I would like to champion the free-of-constraint methods for contribution as much as possible.

I want to avoid all means by which I am required to ask permission to make my contribution. I want to use, to patronise means that enable contribution, not those that limit it.

These means must entail that the cost of delivery is ever reduced through scale, automation and related technologies.

B

Star-Shaped Tower (Sichuan Province, China)


"Western Sichuan's star-shaped Bamei tower, restoration of which was completed last year, likely was built in the 13th or 14th century."
Unravelling A Riddle In Plain Site, SCIENCE, 7 May 2010, p685

It's looks surreal, like something out of a fantasy of medieval Asia.

B

Peter Drucker

"…the best guide through rough waters is a clear and meaningful purpose."

Most of all he might say, "Look at the underlying systems."

"The magazine (Harvard Business Review) highlights that Drucker rarely named or blamed individuals. He saw root causes in the design of organisations. It was all about process."

Legends of the fall (Listener, 5 Jun 2010, http://www.listener.co.nz/issue/3656/features/15546/legends_of_the_fall.html)

B

Universal Equality Of Opportunity

Universal healthcare, universal education, universal income.

The last is most important, because with the last we can have all the others, but it's the last we still don't have.

B

American Healthcare

America has it's healthcare priorities wrong. It focuses more on discovering new and better ways to care over actually delivering care. In other words, care in America is not universal, some will die so others can live healthier lives. It is a system targeted towards the those with the highest incomes.

B

Weaknesses In Technology Adoption

"Reiser is at his best when reviewing how a particular technology was developed, how it was advanced, and how it can be indicative of the general process of technological adoption. …he points out the tendency of advocates of these technologies to attack existing approaches in favour of increasingly scientific and objective tools. Thus, advocates of the stethoscope pointed out the weakness of relying on the patient's story, and those of the x-ray criticized physicians who relied solely on the stethoscope and the senses. "It has become the norm in the battle for the succession of technologies in medicine," Reiser concludes, "to have winners and losers."

The Impacts Of Innovation, SCIENCE, 30 Apr 2010, p570. (http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/sci;328/5978/570)

B

Abbreviated Lives In Fiction

Lives and living is so abbreviated in films, television and even books.

There is less tolerance for unlikely scenarios in the visual format, but there is every expectation that anything mundane to the essential action will be left out.

What I like about the Lord Of The Rings in the animated version, is the way that it plays to the emotive sense using unusual visual art to express what was meant to be felt (or supposed to have been according to the director) in the book.

B

Friday, July 2, 2010

I Hate Permission

I hate trying to gain permission for anything I should not need to ask permission for.

B

Self-Publishing (John Milton)

John Milton on self-publishing (Wikipedia)
The first systematic defence of one’s right to publish, John Milton’s self-published Areopagitica of 1644, identified three areas of tension, political, business, and academic, that render self-publishing highly controversial.

Survival of an ideology-based state hinges on its tight control of ideas, which is impossible to affect if self-publishing is allowed: “it is of greatest concernment in the Church and Commonwealth, to have a vigilant eye how books demean themselves as well as men … I know they are as lively, and as vigorously productive, as those fabulous Dragons teeth; and being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men.”

Business-wise, a viable option of self-publishing undermines the entire business model used by publishers, “publicans that have the tunaging and the poundaging (i.e., taxing) of all free spoken truth,” in which publisher wedges himself between the author and the public, and uses his position as marketplace’s gatekeeper to take most of the profits generated by sales of a book.

And finally, self-publishing flies in the face of the notion of professionalism, which acknowledges only the credentialed authorities in a given subject-matter as permissible contributors to the public debate and public instruction. As to the non-professionals, “What need they torture their heads with that which others have taken so strictly, and so unalterably into their own purveying”?

Source: Print On Demand, Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-publishing#Print_on_Demand_.28POD.29)

B

Expect To Succeed

How can we keep trying if we don't believe in ourselves and expect success?

'Wink And Grow Rich' is wrong with the "expect to fail" advice: expect to succeed and keep trying!

Commit everything, let go and, "use the force", take off the trainer wheels, the guidelines, the crutches, and trust in yourself.

Not even trying, because we expect to fail or are afraid to fail, guarantees we fail.

B

PS - As soon as we've started we're succeeding, because success is about doing what we want to do - if we're doing that, then we're succeeding.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Anything You Conceive And Believe You Can Achieve

"What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve" is one of Hill's hallmark expressions.

"In what do you truly believe?" According to Hill, 98% of people had few or no firm beliefs, and this alone put true success firmly out of their reach.

Persevering and then succeeding in spite of these obstacles using the Philosophy of Achievement, Hill stated, was the responsibility of every American.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_Hill

B

My Way Back To England

I'm trying to work out my way back into England so I can do my work there, as it is there where I think it would have a better and more popular reception (if only through there being so many more people).

I am also trying to get there for reasons of the heart, England is the most beautiful country in the world and where my earliest (and pleasantest) memories are from. It is where I grew up from as early as I can remember until I was almost seven. That formative period has had an inestimable affect on my sense of England as home.

B

Fulfilment Via Contribution

Fulfilment without harm.

Contribution to what enables and grows all our fulfilment which is identified by whatever, wherever and whenever we see a need we believe we are able to fill without harm to others.

I see a need for this understanding and so I am filling it.

B

Alcohol, Drugs, Pain, Survival – Escape & Grow

They remove the weight of the world off your shoulders.

They help you survive the unsurvivable situation.

They remove the imperative to do something about it. And they cloud the mind's ability to achieve what that thing is.

Psychological pain. The damage.

Your family, your parents, may totally misunderstand you, not even care to understand you. So, look out for yourself, take care of yourself. Remove yourself as much as possible from the damaging situation and then validate yourself: contribute to whatever, wherever and whenever you see a need you believe you are able to fill, one that enables you to grow without harm to others.

B

Anti 'The Establishment'

The manifesto is anti 'the establishment', therefore, I'm not like to get much support from the establishment, to publish it or any other thing.

B

Gauging Fairness

In SCIENCE:

Considerations about fairness fundamentally affect human behavior, but our understanding of the nature and development of people's fairness preferences is limited, in part because people often disagree on what is fair. For example, most adults believe that differences in individual achievements can justify unequal distributions of income, but they disagree on whether inequalities reflecting luck or efficiency considerations are fair or not. In a Report in the 28 May 2010 Science, Almås et al. used an economic exchange game to study how views of fairness and inequality develop during adolescence. The team tested Norwegian students from 5th grade to 13th grade and found that 5th graders expressed a preference for equal division of rewards, whereas 13th graders tolerated unequal outcomes, as long as they had been provided with evidence of unequal inputs. That is, the younger children were strict egalitarians, but the older ones tended toward meritocracy. The researchers suggest that more exposure to various achievement-based social activities, like sports, could be one of the reasons why older children shift toward a more merit-based stance. A related podcast segment featuring lead author Ingvild Almås discussed the work.

To illustrate how efficiency and individual achievements may justify an unequal distribution of resources, consider two children, Anne and Carla, who discuss how to divide a cake. Anne appeals to efficiency when she argues that total benefits are maximized by giving her the largest share because she enjoys cake the most. Carla appeals to individual achievements when she argues that she should have the largest share because her contribution to making the cake was the largest. The legitimacy of these, and other, fairness considerations has been extensively discussed in the philosophical literature, and such considerations are important for how people make decisions in a wide range of situations. For example, in the workplace, some may find it fair that a more productive colleague has a higher wage, and, in allocating public funds, some may find it fair to pay some attention to which projects produce the greatest total benefits for the population.

Disagreements over questions of fair distribution are fundamental in human life, and to get a better understanding of the sources of such disagreements, it is important to study how fairness views develop in childhood. The development of children’s fairness views has been extensively studied in the psychological literature and also, more recently, in the economic literature. It has been shown that, with age, young children tend to become less selfish in their reasoning and choices, whereas the evidence for adolescents is more mixed. Furthermore, with age, children tend to move from a strict egalitarian view toward fairness views taking into account individual contributions and circumstances.

'Gauging Fairness', SCIENCE (28 May 2010)
http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/328/5982/1176
http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/328/5982/1179-b

B

When The Student Is Ready

"When the student is ready, the teacher arrives." Confucius.

Wise guy Confucius. Quote found on Janice's 'attitude specialist' website.

B

News Story Abbreviations Alter Message

There is a story to be told about the way other newspapers articles are re-edited for re-publication in New Zealand newspapers: there is often an abbreviation of the original that alters the bent of the message.

B

Capital Owners Oppose Sharing Profits (Australia)

Article from Stuff (Wellington's Dominion Post):

Rio Tinto Raises Pressure Over Tax

Global miner Rio Tinto described Australia as its top sovereign risk and said it was reviewing all investments there as its raised pressure on Canberra to overhaul its planned new mining tax.

The comments from Rio Tinto, the country's biggest iron ore producer, helped drive the Australian dollar down against the greenback and the yen by more than 1 percent, on rising concerns that miners could deliver on their threats to pull investments.

"This is my number one sovereign risk issue on a global basis," Chief Executive Tom Albanese told reporters, noting that the tax, to be introduced in 2012, had set up the prospect of a long period of uncertainty which was corrosive to new investment.

"If we are dealing with a, say, two-year extended period of time... in that period, we'd be asking our managers to evaluate it on a worst-case basis," he said, adding that capital would shift in the meantime to other resource-rich nations like Canada.

His iron ore chief, Sam Walsh, added in the same briefing: "We are facing an extended period of uncertainty here and that in itself is a bad thing in that it's delaying projects."

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd unveiled the tax this month, arguing the government was not receiving its fair share of the resources boom, which helped the economy avoid recession during the global financial crisis, and now threatens to overheat it.

Rudd has put the tax at the centre of his campaign to win re-election at polls expected around October. It is the cornerstone of his promise to return the fiscal budget to surplus by 2012/13, to cut the company tax rate and to indirectly fund another pledge to raise national retirement incomes.
But miners are waging a high-stakes political campaign to have the tax defeated at the election or, if Rudd is returned to power, to at least negotiate substantial changes to it.

It is threatening to pull billions of dollars of investment, with iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group alone threatening to abandon $15 billion in new iron pre projects.

To date, though, no major project has formally been ditched.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/business/3731582/Rio-Tinto-puts-pressure-on-Canberra

http://www.reuters.com/article

B

Equal Privilege

What happened to all those would be artists, philosophers, writers and scientists who did not come from a privileged background?

B

Rage Against The Dying Of The Light

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Dylan Thomas

B

Research Publicists (University)

This is what universities need – what is the point of post-graduate research if it is not publicised to make some change, if it just buried in the library catacombs?

B

Can Any Rule Be Fair In All Circumstances?

A rule of no whaling by any nation disadvantages much more greatly those nations that have always fished and eaten whales over those that have only ever exploited them for a brief period for oil or blubber (or not at all).

B

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The 'Good Time Phase' Again

We're entering the 'good time phase' again. The phase where we should all just 'get on with it'. This is the phase where we do the same things again, hopefully a little bit better, but probably ending up in the same, but a little bit different, crisis.

B

The Financial Crisis – It Was All Of Us (Or Near As)

Who's to blame?

Us.

'It's just business' - that was the philosophy, the ethics, the 'if there's no explicit rule against then let's do it for a buck' ethos.

There's no point blaming others, just admit the mass 'conspiracy' (complicit and explicit) and go forward, hopefully with a change of ethos reflected in change to our system (or it will just happen all over again).

B

Thai Protests

What is going on in Thailand and why? This English coverage is not enough. We need more information.

I fear the worse, the 'haves' further exploiting the 'have-nots', putting down their protests violently.

B

Drugs, Discord & Reality

Reality vs alcohol, drugs and so on. Does reality stand a chance when you must either live in discord with yourself or with the system you (try to) live in?

B

No Sharing Equals Inevitable Conflict

Could WWII happen again? Hiroshima? Probably not. It'll be something different, but conflict will always happen, unless we share.

B

'The Pacific' (TV)

I want to hear the Japanese side of the story, the German side, the Muslim side, ...

Surely it must be a bit more nuanced than this. I want to hear it from their angle, I don't care if it has subtitles, give it to me.

B

Stupid 'Entry Requirements'

We cannot and must not exclude people by rules and entry requirements. It is damaging. People must be enabled to study and produce on their own terms, in their own ways. Open up access and open up opportunity. Why close people down?

B

Sharing & Caring

Why is it that we teach sharing to our children, but when school ends, this all goes to shot? This isn't right.

Are we doing what is right? Are we caring? Do we know better? Or do we just not know?

B

Keeping Going

If I do start a business investigating and studying (and so and so) our system, how will it pay? Who'll pay? I have to have cred. I haven't got it yet. But commitment pays. That I have got. So I'll keep plugging, keep pushing, keep thinking, keep learning, keep reading, keep writing, keep going.

Who might I approach to 'sell' my system thoughts to…? I guess I could speak, but there's no point until someone's willing to listen. But how will I know until I speak? I've just got to start and keep going. (To be frank I have no interest in selling, just in communicating, in sharing). The financial income…? I haven't a clue, there is probably no financially viable model, certainly not one without sharing. So I'll just share.

B

Job Bullshit

All the jobs are such bullshit. So much unnecessary work. So much waste of human talent. Perhaps I say this just because they don't match me, but do they really match anyone? Why are they advertised as they are?

B

Food

Food is so cheap we have got farmers growing drug crops or being subsidised to grow food.

B

Damned If I'll Give Up Before It's Done

Why do I do this? Why do I care? Am I really helping? Won't it happen anyway, regardless of my efforts? Do we need to be conscious of what we do? It'll probably happen…, maybe…, but that's not good enough is it? And given the resistance…, there is a certain amount of sheer bloody mindedness to this. It's the right thing to do so we should do it, and damned if I'll give up before it's done.

If I'm not right, then I want to bloody know why. I've proffered a theory, it needs to be disproved or accepted, it hasn't been yet (not that it's been really tested, it needs to be).

I'm doing this because it is me and I should be able to contribute as me, everybody should, I passionately believe this.

It would be weird if I were the only one thinking these thoughts – and I'm not, that's how I know I'm on the right track. But the tipping point to mass understanding and mass change has not been reached, and might not be.

When these ideas have been understood they can't be let go of.

I want a world where people are free. Free to choose how they contribute. Where people are free to produce where they see a need. Where people get every chance to make good, not just a second chance. Where the method of contribution isn't predicated into steps, life cycles and job definitions, but is open to every sort.

B

Thursday, May 13, 2010

What Do You Concentrate On?

Everybody thinks, everybody cooks, everybody takes photos, everybody digs holes, everybody looks after money, everybody owns things, everybody buys things, but I do a lot more thinking and writing than anything else. So I am a thinker and writer. That's what I concentrate on. That's how I contribute.

B

Always Question Names & Labels

'Why is that?'

'How is that?'

'In what way?'

Don't suppose; understand, then agree or reject.

B

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Things Are Really Good And Getting Better

Steven Pinker presentation on 'The Myth of Violence' (http://www.ted.com/talks/steven_pinker/)

Violence has and is decreasing, because of the state (primarily, according to Pinker). But perhaps not so much through 'enforcement' as through education, economic growth and redistribution. And when we say 'through the state' we can just as well say through us organising, as the state is our grandest organisation (my comment).

It's funny how some of these TED speakers (and 'thinkers') want to show that things are so much better than they were (so we shouldn't complain?). This seems to be an anti-change message, almost an anti-improvement message. Yes, things are better than they were (thank goodness!), but we can also see that things could be a lot better than they are, and this inspiration, drive, imperative (call it what you will) is a good thing. We shouldn't downplay it.

B

Barry Schwartz On 'The Paradox Of Choice'

http://www.ted.com/talks/barry-schwartz-the-paradox-of-choice

My responses:

But there is nothing wrong with variety. Variety reflects our diversity.

We can make decisions, I don't have a problem with that. Perhaps it requires greater self-discipline, I don't have a problem with that.

If you don't want the device to go off, turn it off.

Hold back, what you want will become available if it isn't right now (or invent it yourself).

B

Barry Schwartz On 'Our Loss Of Wisdom'

http://www.ted.com/talks/barry-schwartz-our-loss-of-wisdom

It is not "service", but aid - we collaborate and help each other, we don't to need to serve each other. (My comment – Barry talks "service")

Rules and financial incentives are what we turn to when things break, but other incentives, 'wise' incentives, can work. (My comment – Barry stresses "no incentives", but I think he's acquainting all incentives with financial or material incentives, which doesn't have to be the case. 'Wise' incentives are essentially not financial, but personal. These incentives are brought to the fore by marginalising or removing financial incentive.)

Rules create mediocrity. He's right there, especially in that they quash innovation by anyone.

The right thing to do. Always an (or the most) important consideration.

Good speaker.

We all need to learn respect for ourselves and each other, and ensure that we never expect more respect than we give. (My comment.)

B

GAPMINDER & Google Public Data Explorer

Dynamic time series data against a cross-tab of two variables. Very interesting.

http://www.gapminder.org/
http://www.google.com/publicdata/home

There is astonishing information in this. Income distribution is particularly fascinating (http://www.gapminder.org/downloads/income-distribution-2003/). Incomes have grown and while the distribution has not changed much (with exceptions) they have grown as a group. Japan's income growth looks to have been especially even and fair.

Of course stats are virtually always never by individual, and the individuals picture is much more complex with respect of income and wealth (e.g. high income to low income, great wealth to no wealth).

On the data available: What about stress/happiness by income, mental health by income (etc), prison population by income (etc)?

Why aren't mental health, crime and prison population data available?

Plus where's the data on public debt? And money supply? It's almost as if the data that might not give such a positive picture is not available.

B

Community – Learning

The church was the center of community and of adult learning of ethics and virtue. What is now?

We have schools, recreational activities, cafes and bars, but the bars and cafes aren't terribly social (not for meeting the community).

Village. Belonging. A sense of belonging is a requirement of community relationship.

Schools, particularly primary. To belong to these you must have young family. These do provide some sense of community, but it is not regular like church and is only open to parents of young children. Most persons are not members of this community, particularly young adults and old adults.

B

Monday, May 10, 2010

Success

Being successful is being able to do what you want to do, being able to contribute how you want to contribute.

That's success to me. That's the struggle for me.

Work-life balance is meaningless when your life is your work and your work is your life. My contribution is my life (this is not related to pay, though hopefully there is some financial security) and is in every aspect of my life.

It's funny, I've always known what I wanted to do, unfortunately there's never been a 'job' for doing it.

B

The 'Stress' Of Friends

It's not lack of friends, it's the overwhelming expectation to have friends, that causes stress. Without this expectation there is no stress, as then friends can come and go, and we don't try to control it or blame anyone for it.

The pro-social pressure that some apply (to others and themselves) is totally unnecessary. Be happy with yourself, you don't have to be social, look to what you would like to do, not what 'society' seems to imply you should do – ie. you don't have to have a party on your birthday or at Christmas, that is only a social expectation, it needn't be your expectation, so forget 'expectations' and actually choose what you would prefer to do.

B

The Nut

I don't think I've cracked the nut of how to communicate the common purpose or what it means.

But I want to keep going, to keep answering the hard questions so I can expose and resolve my doubts and any dilemmas (if they can be resolved).

B

What Is My Dream Job?

My dream job is analysing our system for how it might be improved so as to make a difference in life for everyone, to enable everyone to fulfil their potential how they wish.

My dream job leads to real change and a real improvement in our system so that people are free at all stages of life and opportunity is truly shared.

I am doing my dream job.

B

Academic & Leader Elitism

This is the idea that society be led by a small bunch of 'leaders' and 'academics' rather than by the activities of us all. An idea promoted, expounded and reinforced by the academics and leaders themselves, justifying their unequal share of the income of our society.

"As ideas permeate down from the academic ivory tower to the street, the pub and the cafe, we can see them begin to affect wider culture and the way we live our lives." Silent Legacy: The unseen ways great thinkers have shaped our culture, Henderson & Fox (2008)

The leadership training camps, the organisational books (all written almost exclusively to management although they comprise the minority of an organisation), the selection of staff by academic qualification and academic 'excellence', the shoving down our throats of people's academic achievements, in general the attributes of a tiny proportion of the population made to legitimise their unequal share of wealth, fame and power.

Some people are so academic they even put footnotes on their letters to their daughters. Everything is in reference and referenced to something else. It's sickening. Why can't these people just explain themselves what they mean? You would think they have their own words, but they seem to feel it more important to impress us with their learning than to simply explain their meaning. Anyone brave enough and articulate enough to expound their own thoughts without reference and quotations, should not be impressed.
http://www.maxim.org.nz/index.cfm/policy___research/article?id=1977

That said, the author of the 'letter' above has his heart (and mind) in the right place (although he works with the devil).

B

What Are You In Business To Do?

This is the question to ask no matter what type of business, what type of thing, what type of contribution you make.

'What are you in business to do?' That's what you need to perform against. It's the measure of that performance, from the mouths of those who receive your contribution, that you need to take and use.

But what you are in business to do is your decision. In the beginning you are the creator and the one who sees the need. You are the original customer, client and consumer, who feels the need so greatly and feels so inclined to meet it that you do meet it. 'Is it enough, what more can I do?', always ask yourself and improve. Listen to those that buy your product and feedback (your customers), those that don't buy aren't interested and aren't relevant – you want to listen to those that are do buy and are interested, their feedback is constructive.

B

Benefit VS Income

The unemployment benefit is a disincentive to working, because you lose it (and because the work choice is constrained to 'jobs' by the administrators of the benefit).

The base income is an incentive and an enabler of work, because you don't lose it and because you choose the work you do, which doesn't have to be a 'job'.

B

Mockery Quote – "Mockery Is A Rust…"

"Mockery is a rust that corrodes all it touches." The Joke, Milan Kundera (1967)

B

Manufacturing In The UK

It may be time to see that the traditional concept of full employment in 'jobs' is not desirable, efficient or productive. It maybe time to see that the traditional concept of 'work' itself needs to be reassessed, and that the concept of 'unemployed' is now, if not ever before, invalid.

"We have to accept that we can produce more with less labour. Instead of continuing to aim at full employment, we should count our blessings and begin to pick the fruits of increased productivity through scientific and technical progress." http://www.globalincome.org/English/Global-Basic-Income.html

B

A Quiet Room By A Fire, In England

"…a quiet room by a fire [in England]." Merry, p791, LoTR

That's what I want.

B

Direct Discussion, Not Discussion Via Other's Ideas

It always bothers me when people who want to talk to me, ostensibly about my work and the ideas in it, bring up the work of other person's as if this is somehow enlightening in the understanding and discussion of my work. It simply isn't. It's hard enough to discuss my work and ideas, along with the thoughts of the converser, without bringing up the ideas of another of whom we almost certainly both understand differently.

If people want to discuss my work with me they need to make their own points, not reference other person's works. I can help add to the clarity of other's understanding of my work by directly discussing the ideas, but it does not add to that clarity to mention third parties, whether others deem their ideas to be similar or not. Direct discussion, direct comprehension.

Let the academics 'put it into context', I don't want any part of that. If other's think it is the same as other writers I have read, then they probably don't really understand it.

What I say is just what I say. It does not need reference to others. It is not what others say, it cannot be extrapolated rightfully into what others say. It is what I say, and what I say is only what I say, no more.

B

Support

Support. Interesting that the female filmmaker on Hardtalk talked about the support of a (marriage) partner for filmmakers – partners making it possible for the filmmaker to do their work that doesn't bring in any income. If we had a shared income, then filmmakers, and all other labour that doesn't bring in a regular income, could contribute.

(It'd be like we were all married! Ha!)

Supporters. Without a shared base income, the people of a system are not supported to contribute.

B

Knowledge & Understanding

Fulfilment of the thinking animal, of the thinking species.

B

Locality – Geography & Scale

People do congregate in settings where they can congregate with similar people in person, which demands a certain scale of population in a local geographical region. However, the more people there are online the more congregation is also enabled online, and hence the less local geography and scale matters, but it still does matter (a lot). It's difficult to evaluate other people without being able to see, hear and smell them. And it's still just nice to meet (in person) occasionally, that isn't easy when others are 2,000km away.

B

Public Research Data – Private Application Delivery

The state funds public research and makes it freely available. Private citizens ('businesses') can then package and use the data and make it commercially available (but everyone can access the core data-tables themselves for free). Google Earth is an example of this kind of freedom, as was my Labour Market website.

The same could work for the NZ governments scientific research into agriculture emissions – it could work for anything really.

Of course, how much income private individuals can earn from repackaging the data (adding 'value') is an open question. Probably not that much, but then much is probably too much. In a sense, having no part of the process patentable, makes whatever price is obtained from delivery fair, and where it isn't fair this unfairness can quickly be corrected by another using the data to develop their own application and compete.

B

Copy & Improve (Incremental) – Think & Create (Substantial)

Copy & improve – surely that is the quick way to rapidly evolve something? But how often is the 'improvement' actually an improvement? Sometimes the original conception, particularly if much time and thought has gone into it, has a purity of function and appearance that later change (probably particularly by another) leads to a lesser variation (even when there is an improvement on one measure it starts to gain weaknesses in others, because it is no longer conceived as a completed, self-reinforcing entity).

B

Debate Speeches

My best 'speeches' seem to come in debate. Debate sparks me, it gives me something to bite on.

B

Bad Experiences

I've had some bad experiences. I don't look on them with regret (they weren't my mistake), but I wished they'd never happened.

B

Regrettable Mistakes

I regret the mistakes I have made, particularly those that have ever hurt others.

B

Employment

Our current economies' employment systems work on inefficiency and waste to create employment.

If we allowed people to create their own employment there wouldn't be any 'unemployment', and people would be contributing their talents where they saw a need.

B

Do What You Think Is Right For You, What You Want To Do

It doesn't matter what other people think, you've got to do what you think is right for you, which is what you want to do.

B

EXPECT FLEXIBILITY IN THE SYSTEM

I always have this proclivity to shape myself into the system instead of expecting the system to shape itself to me. A good system is flexible. I should expect this flexibility, not the reverse.

B

Lost Potential

So much potential is lost to so many. It's not right. It's not fair. It has to change.

B

Greatness

"Greatness isn't measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals."

Dr Dorothy Height, "Godmother of the Civil Rights Movement"

B

Not All At Once, But At Least We Know Where To Go

I don't say we can do everything in the manifesto at once, but it is something to aim for…

B

A Shared Base Income Includes Health & Education

A shared base income funds everyone, including health professionals and teachers.

B

Health Shortages & Training

Why aren't we training more health professionals? There's agreed to be a shortage around the world, but we still have over-the-top academic grade requirements for people entering health training. These requirements do little to nothing in regard to ensuring the quality of health professional, but immense damage to the worthy people wishing to train in health, and immense damage to the delivery of health through health professional shortages.

B

I'm On A Collision Course With Our System

And I wonder if most people just wouldn't understand it. But it's my job to articulate as well as I am able, to make a convincing argument.

B

I Will Never Retire

If I can do the work I want to do I will never retire.

If we can do the work we want to do we never wish to retire, we keep contributing. That's what a shared base income will enable, plus this, that and the other thing.

B

Security For Ourselves, As We Are

These TV programmes suggest people don't think at all.

"Be loyal, kind and generous to friends and family…" But how does that work with people trying to be themselves? And how does that fit with friendships that turn foul? With relationships and family that split? That is a naïve outlook if every there was one.

First of all we must look after ourselves, and reject harm to ourselves, then we can do whatever we can for others... But without safety and security for ourselves, as we are, we are compromised.

I need to find security for myself to be myself.

B

Unemployable - Unexploitable

No stability, no reliability. I'm becoming unemployable by the corporation of control, and that should be a good thing.

B

BE UNREALISTIC

The only way to do unorthodox work is to be unorthodox.

The only way to do work that doesn't fit with the system is to work outside and against the system, to expect the system to be flexible, to not conform to the system.

B

Expect Nothing, Try & Try & Try

Expect nothing, but keep trying and trying and trying.

Expect nothing, but never stop trying. Go for it.

B

Don't Be Silent - Identify Harm

Don't be silent, reject disrespect with verbal identification. And express your opinion. Don't be scared.

B

Trying To Do Things

Trying to do things faster than they can be done is impossible.

Trying to do things faster than they can easily be done is unnecessary and fraught with difficulty and error.

Trying to do things faster than they can reasonably be done is unreasonable.

B

For Myself Is Also For All

I work for myself and for people in general.

I determine my work (my fulfilment) and my work (my fulfilment) contributes to fulfilment in general, because 'my fulfilment' is part of 'general fulfilment'.

B

Where Do We Go From Here? King (1967)

"I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective - the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: 'The Guaranteed Income'."

"We have come a long way in our understanding of human motivation and of the blind operation of our economic system. Now we realize that dislocations in the market operation of our economy and the prevalence of discrimination thrust people into idleness and bind them in constant or frequent unemployment against their will. The poor are less often dismissed from our conscience today by being branded as inferior and incompetent. We also know that no matter how dynamically the economy develops and expands it does not eliminate all poverty."

"We are likely to find that the problems of housing and education, instead of preceding the elimination of poverty, will themselves be affected if poverty is first abolished. The poor transformed into purchasers will do a great deal on their own to alter housing decay."

"Beyond these advantages, a host of positive psychological changes inevitably will result from widespread economic security. The dignity of the individual will flourish when the decisions concerning his life are in his own hands, when he has the assurance that his income is stable and certain, and when he knows that he has the means to seek self-improvement. Personal conflicts between husband, wife and children will diminish when the unjust measurement of human worth on a scale of dollars is eliminated."

"Two conditions are indispensable if we are to ensure that the guaranteed income operates as a consistently progressive measure. First, it must be pegged to the median income of society, not the lowest levels of income. To guarantee an income at the floor would simply perpetuate welfare standards and freeze into the society poverty conditions. Second, the guaranteed income must be dynamic; it must automatically increase as the total social income grows."

"The contemporary tendency in our society is to base our distribution on scarcity, which has vanished, and to compress our abundance into the overfed mouths of the middle and upper classes until they gag with superfluity. If democracy is to have breadth of meaning, it is necessary to adjust this inequity. It is not only moral, but it is also intelligent. We are wasting and degrading human life by clinging to archaic thinking."

Reverent Martin Luther King Jr, Where Do We Go From Here? (1967)

B

'Progress & Poverty' Henry George (1879)

"The fact is that the work which improves the condition of mankind, the work which extends knowledge and increases power and enriches literature, and elevates thought, is not done to secure a living. It is not the work of slaves, driven to their task either by the lash of a master or by animal necessities. It is the work of men who perform it for their own sake, and not that they may get more to eat or drink, or wear, or display. In a state of society where want is abolished, work of this sort could be enormously increased."

Henry George, Progress and Poverty (1879).

B

So Many Costs Of The Wrong Way

Two-and-a-half million heroin addicts in Russia. Thirty thousand will die this year. This is one of the costs of the wrong way.

Is it ever good enough to say that because things have got better we can stop trying to make things better? Certainly not yet anyway.

B

Fear Mongering Journalists

Perhaps they just think they are expressing the fears of the public, but I wonder if they aren't just stoking them.

B

One Day

You can't look for understanding or approval from anyone else. You just put out and put out, and maybe, one day, someone will think, "Hey, that's pretty good."

B

Friday, May 7, 2010

Surveys & Polls No Longer Work

Survey and polls can no longer be trusted. They are useless. People have wised up. They (we) now use them to send a message of what we want and don't want, not what we're going to do.

Witness the UK election polls post-debate, business confidence surveys, ... these no longer say what we're going to do, they say how pissed off we are; they deliver a message of no confidence in the government or the electoral system, at least as much as we can via a blunt device that doesn't ask the questions, and thus allow the responses, we really want to give.

B

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Value Of Human Potential

I've worked my whole life, but the only work that I've done that's made any real, any lasting, any meaningful contribution, is the work I haven't been paid for. Much of the work I've done in the past, which I have been paid for, has been unnecessary and wasteful use of our human resources, because we just don't value or respect our human resources as highly as we should. A shared base income will be a start to ensuring that we do start to value all of us, and that the work we do is meaningful and chosen by each of us, not dictated by others through the mechanics of a flawed system.

B

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Highly Networked, Does Not Mean High Quality

It's odd how oft-times the most networked sites (Facebook pages, Ning networks, LinkedIn groups) are not the best quality sites and, conversely, how often the best quality sites are the least networked.

Sometimes it seems networked equates more with aggressive marketing and publicity rather than quality of product.

It's a bit like the soppy radio songs and idiotically-plotted Hollywood films that still become blockbusters because their marketing and distribution budgets are immense and deployed massively. While the high quality, clever and moving, self-funded, small budget films remain largely confined to film festivals and fringe theatres.

Perhaps the web does help more get out (and certainly it makes it easier for more to be conceived), but there's still obstacles, and massively funded, corporate ventures (and aggressive marketing types) still control much of the space, or do now anyway.

B

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ethnicity & Racism

Ethnicity is about different peoples and cultures, all worthy and deserving of equal respect.

Racism (or 'isms in general) is about characterising certain groups (youth, black, and so on) as less than 'fully' human, so justifying the mistreatment of them.

B

Conformity & Freedom

We don't have to conform to anyone else. We have to be ourselves. We can be ourselves without having to conform, control or recklessly endanger others.

Anyone who tells us the way we are is wrong, is wrong. They are the ones who want us to conform to their expectations, to their self-righteousness, to their standards and judgements.

Their impositions can be rejected (how polite am I!). We are free to fulfil and be ourselves, as we see fit and right for ourselves. Providing we do not try to control and harm others, purposively or recklessly, then we are free (or should be).

B

Monday, March 29, 2010

Manifesto Printing & Distributing Update

Exploring further printing and distribution of the manifesto. Seems off-set printing is the only way to reduce that cost (of printing) to a feasible level.

Nationwide Book Distributors do what appeals to be a fair deal on book distribution (if they accept your book, as, I guess, being feasible in a market sense). If they do, then this is what I shall probably do for New Zealand.

Then, hopefully, I will be able to get a publisher for the US, UK and rest of the world. To start with, I think 'The New Press' seems like the only clear option. So fingers crossed.

On the marketing front, I guess it's all up to me, but I need to have the distribution to back it up (and printing costs at a feasible price per copy) to make a real go of it.

B

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Amazonian Greed

Why does Amazon charge $3.00 for my e-book (The Common Purpose Manifesto) when I've asked the price to be set at $1.00? [I just want as many as possible to read it; Kindle for PC is free.]

Amazon already receives 65% of the price I set, so why do they charge another $2.00 on top (a surcharge which I assume goes straight to them)?

B

PostScript

Digital Publication Distribution Agreement (Amazon)
"You will provide a list price for each Digital Book you submit to us in accordance with the then current Program procedures for list price submission ("List Price")."
"We or our sub-distributors have sole and complete discretion to set the retail price at which your Digital Books are sold through the Program."
"Provided you are not in breach of your obligations under this Agreement, we will pay you, for each Digital Book sold to a customer (i.e., an end user) through the Program, a royalty ("Royalty") equal to thirty-five percent (35%) of the applicable List Price for such Digital Book."


So basically Amazon rips off the customer to get more revenue for themselves, revenue that is completely unearned. It's appalling.

B

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Responsibility

Managers aren’t responsible for what staff do. Staff are responsible for what staff do. If people aren’t responsible for what they do, then they don’t do what they do responsibly.

The idea that managers are responsible for staff actions is an attribute of organisations where staff are controlled, where there is a system of control.

When staff know their job and do it their way they are also responsible for their job. It is when managers that are controllers intervene to control the way staff do their job that the responsibility of staff for their job, and the ability of staff to do their job, is compromised. Manager-controllers have full responsibility for that mistake.

[OUR SYSTEM]

B

Liberate Learning

A shared base income liberates us to learn in the ways that we choose, not necessarily through institutions, universities, polytechnics and accredited providers.

We now have the greatest repository of information the world has ever seen. We have websites that link texts in smart ways using the ‘wisdom of crowds’ enabling us to create the best reading lists we could ever imagine, because these reading lists are created by ourselves according to our own interests.

Our interest in whatever subjects interest us is the greatest motivator for learning. Limitations on where we learn and how we learn are simply obstacles to our learning. We can drive our own learning, seek our own findings and take our own direction according to our own interests. The internet makes this possible. We need to liberate funding from its ties to institutions and tie it to people. A shared base income enables us, frees us, to learn and grow and contribute how we wish.

Institutions should be provided as facilities, but not as prerequisites to funding and thus learning. The existing funding system is just an obstacle to our freedom to learn. Take it away and share the income from trade in a base income so that we can all have the freedom to learn and contribute in the ways we are best able. These forms of funding control are no longer needed. We can direct our own learning and co-ordinate and organise in the ways we wish to if we have the security to do so.

[OUR SYSTEM]

B