Small big data
Today's hype is Big Data. As with other hypes, such as 'sharing economy', 'cloud', 'blockchain', the hype is simultaneously promoted as a commercial instrument that is indispensable for companies and as a pervasive phenomenon that redefines the fabric of society. Every big corporation sits on a heap of big data about their customers. Statistical analysis ...
The contiguous society
The exponential growth of computing power has created unprecedented possibilities for the democratic organization of a people. Looking at the current voting system of democracies around the world however, very little of these digital innovations to improve the finding and execution of the 'will of the people' have been realized. It is largely unchartered territory, ...
Could systemic change be catalyzed by effective altruism?
Give what we can because I think every dollar spent on things like malaria prevention, de-worming, girl's education or clean drinking water as morally superior to lavish consumption. You will certainly have heard of the (in my view only) plausible objection to the practice of philanthropy, which is that it diverts our collective attention from much ...
Catalyst of the Gift Economy: Trustcoins
We no longer understand economy as the study of human interaction under the conditions of scarcity. As production tends to nearGift economies rely on the connectedness of the underlying social fabric to function, so they are essentially local economies. With local green energy and food production, they can provide for all necessities of life, because ...
Just Make It Sacred
Why do you eat vegetables? I admire the fact that you're conscious of your diet, and of the ecological footprint that is minimal for locally grown seasonal vegetables, and there is no animal suffering... - Because it's cheap. Oh. And why do you live here? You are really living the emerging culture of sharing when ...