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April and I had a blast in San Diego at the wonderfully organized and run Sustainable Brands conference. A big part of what made it special for us was getting to give the opening keynote, which set the tone for the event.

SB14 went for three more days, during which many people started great conversations with us by telling us how the talk had affected them.

Our topic was trust, starting from the observation that many of the institutions and services we take for granted these days seem to have been designed from mistrust of the average person. It’s so common as to be mainstream, but once you know to look for it (for design from mistrust), you see it everywhere.

Our talk (a tag-team talk, minus the Mexican wrestling masks) is available online now. (Note that there’s a four-minute pre-roll ad from Unilever, so now you know how far to skip ahead if you don’t want to watch it. It is moving, though.)

If you believe that consumer, mass-market capitalism is toppling, about to be replaced by something much more open and more authentic, then the FLOK project in Ecuador should be one of the top projects you follow.

Michel Bauwens, the spark behind the Peer-to-Peer Foundation Wiki, has been invited to Ecuador to help convert their economy from the normal growth-addicted model (in which Ecuador is but a little guppy) to a Peer-to-Peer or Commons-Based Economy, in which knowledge is shared openly and all sorts of things ensue.

To get a taste of what this project is and what it means, watch this interview we did with Michel and John Restakis (we = IFTF’s Sara Skvirsky, David Evan Harris & yours truly):

My better half and I recently had this OpEd published in the Washington Post, on the subject of how expertise is changing.

In the interest of enriching its context, here’s some of the background material in my Brain.

Curitiba, Brazil, progress

Jerry —  May 17, 2011 — 3 Comments

Last night I arrived in Curitiba, where I have two goals: attending the conference on innovative cities and scouting for venues, resources and people to involve for a couple events I’ll run here this October.

Brazil’s motto, which you can read on their flag, is Order and Progress, and Curitiba is one of the big examples of recent progress. Over the last 30 years, this city has reinvented itself on many levels.

Curitiba’s famous ex-mayor Jaime Lerner keynotes the conference, which looks like it’ll cover a wide range of issues that cities face, with emphasis on how they’re solving problems creatively. There’s sub-conference on social networks, at which I’ll do a 15-minute TED-style talk on Friday morning.

As to the events I’m running, I’m looking for:

  • Activitsts, entrepreneurs, innovators, connectors, artists and others from this area
  • Interesting venues for our meetings (two groups: one 15 people, the other 45)
  • One person, likely younger, who can coordinate activities on the ground here
  • A local artist to design a couple of logos for the events
  • A local source of gifts for my attendees
  • A local T-shirt printer who can silkscreen those logos on nice tees

For now, off to the sessions.

Giving two REX talks this week

Jerry —  February 21, 2011 — Leave a comment

If you’d like to hear about this REXpedition from me live, I’m doing two talks this week. One you can listen to; the other you can attend, if you’re in the Bay Area.

The first is a Zipcast tomorrow at 1pm Pacific.

What’s a Zipcast? It’s SlideShare’s answer to webinars. To participate in this one tomorrow, click on this link a few minutes before it starts. By the way, I’ll be in terrific company: the three Zipcasts before me are with Andrew McAfee, Jake Wengroff and BJ Fogg.

The second talk this week is a live one, in the old face-to-face mode, on Thursday evening at a nifty venue in the East Bay. Here’s the invite text:

Thursday, February 24th 7:00pm – 10:00pm

The NeXus and COREcommons present…

Relationship Economics
Navigating Massive Change Together
Jerry Michalski
Founder, The REXpedition

Presentation/Dialog/Networking

The NeXus
1414 Harbour Way South, #1010
Ford Point at Marina District
Richmond, CA 94804
Directions
Free Tea and Secure Parking

Tickets: $15 Advance; $20 Door
Purchase Tickets

REX is the Relationship Economy eXpedition.

The next social and industrial order has more to do with abundance and trust than with scarcity and stickiness. The key assets are trusted relationships.

In such a world, whom you trust and who trusts you are primary assets. You’ll choose the product (or vote for the candidate) that people you trust recommend, from among the abundant choices.

Here we’ll build key elements of the Relationship Economy, playing out what it means for business, culture, society, governance, education and more, because its effects will be widespread and durable.

This is the Relationship Economy, and we’ll be exploring it together.

Presented by COREcommons

The Creator’s Dilemma

Jerry —  December 15, 2010 — 6 Comments

Creative people (and I mean all sorts of creative people, from sculptors and choreographers to inventors and mathematicians) are stuck in a dilemma: they would like to share their creations openly, and they need to make a living.

No wonder many of them freak out at peer-to-peer file sharing systems and other technologies and movements that are about open sharing. They see these movements as existential threats.

Imagine an infrastructure that makes it easier for them to make a living, so they might contemplate releasing their works more openly. This post builds toward that goal.

The links I mention in the video:

What WikiLeaks wrought

Jerry —  December 12, 2010 — 1 Comment

The WikiLeaks case shines a bright light on all sorts of relationships, such as those between journalism and activism, secrecy and transparency, government and the media, national security and freedom of speech (not again!), and watchdogs and terrorists. The Times, they are a-changin’.

Some of the questions that leap out:

You can find all these articles in context in my online Brain (takes a moment for app to load):
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