In the News: Inconvenient Truth of Gore, Bush, Blair ; Sustainability @ Bush, Blair, Cheney, Exxon; Algae waves of Bush, Gore, Clinton; ethanol waves of Bush, Gore, Clinton; megatrends of : Inconvenient Truth, world is flat , death of distance, social entrepreneur, change the world, economics revolution
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Invitation: Space Race- open source script by Future Historians Club of Bethesda
As far as mapmakers know, more lifelong researchers of future history hub through Bethesda and its environs than any other place; of course we are delighted to hear of other places and seek to colaborate with them

Bethesda is currently the main connection contact point for future history network circles like these

1 The Economist born
Death of distance future history networks since 1984
Enterprenurial Revolution Networks since 1976
Wolrd trade reconciliation entrepreneurs economics since James Wilson (Scotttish founder of true economics) 1840s

2 The New York Times born
World is Flat - emerged from September 11 2001 a and previous Olive Series of Friedman's

Green is the Next Red White and Blue - episode 2 of World is Flat

3 Social Entrepreneur World Championship born in Arlington 1978

4 Open Space recociliation born 1983 Potomac

5 Inconvenient Truth born by Al Gore out of DC
-episode 1 global warming's 2015 deadline- co-partner Nashville
-episode 2 sustainability investment world

You can click the links to read more about why these ssytem chnage scenario scripts all converge through future hitory's timelimnes and the Inconvenient Truth that if we do not understand what expeontial conseqeunces we are compounding 9/11 will be but a minor tremor compared with losing sustainability of the human race by 2100
As Entrepreneurial & Deep Democracy 1 2 Plots go, ecosaintjames revolves round a fairly simply idea

1 Saint James identifies the top person in your country as speaking out for what humanity around the world will trust most -Her Majesty's last update to the Commonwealth was on Christmas day: please debate whether globalisation is turning humanity on itself through every minute of your working days

2 Eco is founded by a guy who believed in preneurial challenges to the future as the way to innovate economics and free up underused assets - let's start in the 1800s as a weekly paper and end the corn laws was the only brief The Economist ever had (oops end capital punishment too was the other); Eco becomes the world's first global viewspaper by storyteling future history scripts that leaders simply feel they must give a play read to because reality-making what the world wants most is so more publically fun and valuable as a form of leadership than enslavening everyone in spreadsheet numbers constructed round separate boxes, the past, and never investing in people only in machines

so if that's how London's ecosaintjames works, how about Bethesda, Md? the first out of Washington DC suburb on the red line

well Thomas Friedman 1 2 3 4 5 6 (today the world's most popular Future Historian) got 1.3 compatriots reading about how the networking world is going flat; how green is the next red, white and blue; and how brave a moment it could be for Bush to jettison the past

and George Bush got 20 CEO leaders to write up the gathering storm and conclude verily that death of distance networking mans that the Union does need to preneurially free itself from addiction to the petroluem economy, and the rest could be the future if Club of Bethesda's death of distance Future Historian Club can open source its scripts fast enough for this to be game that every American loves playing collaboratively as well as competitively - but that's where we need to look out for 4 more villages-

as we map out the landscape we will see that the DC region has a few advantages over London's vilages; a few disadvantages, but then there is no reason why not trade both to multiply the best of each other's worlds for humanity, other thahn the fact that 4 big global accountants may feel their monopoly is ended, as separting out just too much Unseen Wealth for any boardroom's governance to want to be drowned by again.
Anyone excited by clusters of 21 up? Over coffee in Bethesda some people decided that Augustine's & Bush's 2 big death of distance goals named at their as: 1) End addiction to petroleum economics 2) inspire kids to learn science to their heart's content may benefit from many exploratory clusters of 21. Below is the president GWB Jr. cluster; contact us or email me if you are linking a network cluster to make the 5 year ethanol race or the kids SciHi as popular now as the space race of the 60

Cluster 1 - The Presidents Men of Business & Women of GoodWork:NORMAN R. AUGUSTINE [NAE*] (Chair)= retired chairman & CEO of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. He's on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology and has been undersecretary of the Army. Heearned the National Medal of Technology.CRAIG BARRETT [NAE]= chairman of the Board of the IntelCorporation.GAIL CASSELL [IOM*]= vice president for scientific affairs& Distinguished Research Scholar for Infectious Diseases at Eli Lilly.STEVEN CHU [NAS*]= director E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. cowinner Nobel prize physics in 1997.ROBERT GATES= president of Texas A&M University.Was Director of Central Intelligence.NANCY GRASMICK= Maryland state superintendent of schools.CHARLES HOLLIDAY JR.[NAE]= chairman of Board & CEO of DuPont.SHIRLEY ANN JACKSON [NAE]= president Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.She was president of American Association for Advancement of Science and chair of US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.ANITA K. JONES [NAE]= Lawrence R. Quarles Professor of Engineering & Applied Science University of Virginia.She was director of defense research & engineering at US Dept of Defense & vice-chair of National Science Board.JOSHUA LEDERBERG [NAS/IOM]= Sackler Foundation Scholar at Rockefeller University in New York. cowinner of Nobel prize in physiology or medicine in 1958.RICHARD LEVIN= president of Yale University & Frederick William Beinecke Professor of Economics.C. D. (DAN) MOTE JR. [NAE}= president of University of Maryland & Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering.CHERRY MURRAY [NAS/NAE]= deputy director for science & technology at Lawrence Livermore NationalLaboratory. She was senior vice president at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies.PETER O’DONNELL JR.= president of O’Donnell Foundation of Dallas, a private foundation: develops & funds model programs strengthening engineering & science education & research.LEE R. RAYMOND [NAE]= chairman of Board & CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation.ROBERT C. RICHARDSON [NAS]= F. R. Newman Professor of Physics & vice provost for research at CornellUniversity. cowinner Nobel prize physics in 1996.P. ROY VAGELOS [NAS/IOM]=retired chairman & CEO of Merck & Co., Inc.CHARLES M. VEST [NAE] =president emeritus of MIT & professor of mechanical engineering; on President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology. Was past chair of Association of American Universities.GEORGE M. WHITESIDES [NAS/NAE]= Woodford L. & Ann A. Flowers University Professor at Harvard University. Was adviser for National Science Foundation & Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.RICHARD N. ZARE [NAS]= Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor of Natural Science at Stanford University. Was chair National Science Board from 1996-8
  • Evangelical Cluster of 85- Human Rights of Stopping Global Warming
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    Front Matter (335 kb)

    pp. 1-16
    Executive Summary (348 kb)
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    1 A Disturbing Mosaic (279 kb)
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    2 Why Are Science and Technology Critical to America's Prosperity in the 21st Century (612 kb)
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    3 How is America Doing Now in Science and Technology (602 kb)
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    4 Method (195 kb)
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    5 What Actions Should America Take in K-12 Science and Mathematics Education to Remain Prosperous in the 21st Century? 10,000 Teachers-10 Million Minds (398 kb)
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    6 What Actions Should America Take in Science and Engineering Research to Remain Prosperous in the 21st Century?: Sowing the Seeds (337 kb)
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    7 What Actions Should America Take in Science and Engineering Higher Education to Remain Prosperous in the 21st Century?: Best and Brightest (308 kb)
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    8 What Actions Should America Take in Economic and Technology Policy to Remain Prosperous in the 21st Century?: Incentives for Innovation (588 kb)
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    9 What Might the United States Be Like if it is Not Competitive in Science and Technology (297 kb)
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    Appendix A Committee and Professional Staff Biographic Information (256 kb)
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    Appendix B Task Statements (427 kb)
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    Appendix C Focus Group Sessions (432 kb)
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    Appendix D Background Papers (4782 kb)
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    Appendix E Recommendation Cost Table (215 kb)
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    Appendix F K 12 Recommendation Supplementary Information (177 kb)
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    thank god for a bit of rose last night
    reminds me of when Paris Match review our 1984 future history on the death of distnace- front cover Demain Sera Rose ( an economist and future historian dare to be optimistic that mankind will go to hell and back agian through the first 25 years of networking- as if being both should disqualify you from exploring both extremes so that people can see the expoential ends before one becomes the reality we bequesthe to all our children's futures)

    yo American idols and pickles, i do so love to be given the time and space to debate all sides in my mind whenever tv makes me see a powerful person I have never met before; where hatred comes in is not the broadcast but with people who virtually heckle whilst others trying to decode all sides ponder
    Click: I came across these wonderful twin sites

    Imagine a jury case on any serious matter where the jury of 12 good women and men had to do all their deliberations through one virtual thread; I guess it would take 100 years to impeach anyone by which time the worst powers would have nuked us anyway . These worst powers imo do not come from any one quarter billion of decent folk of united states, or half-billion people of 2000 year-long creed, but a few loose canons who subvert their name, their brand, their identity.
    Would America be a different place today without the gunmen that killed King & Kennedy 1.0 and 2.0

    ( yes and yes but then I am not American - just a wee scot with several hundred years lineage of being ruled over by English Masters )

    Serious brand valuers reckon that in the goodwill economy of globalisation, the American brand has halved its worth over the last 5 years; its not irretrievable but might well have been without Katrina which finally showed that top down homeland security battling alone is absolute insecurity- you could hardly write a hollywood script on a ship of fools with more amazing cvs - head of network or arabian stallions, last night's communications directors who silver springs as as seducer of 14 year olds (alegedly) -perhaps Washington DC's white house should be moved to New Orleans (I believe Abe Lincoln would vote for that - how about you)

    chris macrae 301 881 1655
    Mapmaker 30th birthday of Entrepreneurial Revolution

    Dr Yunus of Grameen and microcredit and Nobel peace 2006 is setting cities and citiens around the world an interesting challenge. If he is passing through your city would you be able to find 1000 people who all wanted to collaborate with each other as well as him in empowering a good global world instead of the bad one currently compoundingSynonyms for good are win-win-win, sustainable, empowering every community up, one where hi-trust people transparently win over low-trustSo 2 questions:if Yunus was passing through Africa cities, which do you think would produce the most collaborative impactsif you are a twin national - eg living in a rich city but with family roots back in Africa - how ready is your big rich city to represent Africa interests when Yunus hosts his Forum 1000 there.My friends are particularly working on London and New York as 2 test cities; partly because a London University student spent the summer interning in Dhaka on this project. One intercity collaboration idea is collaboration cafe - see those we have already hosted and tell us at if you want to replay one in your city or virtually

    Another collaboration idea is can we produce a good global idea to heroes, their projects and networks for humanity. Why do people all over the world know the top 10 sporstmen for 50 different sports but not top 10s for different vital issues of human sustainability?

    But the best truth about collaboration knowledge cities in the 5 years that I have been searching the peoples and communities that weave them is that if any city does a great job in turning round a beter Global with Yunus we can all learn from what it did and work out how to invite the 1000 most relevant citizens when Yunus passes your way.
    Here -it is interesting to see views on what health for all means to citizens of 23 countries

    one of the world's leading jams on health for all projects enters it last few days of the season

    if you agree that project searches on such vital human endeavours should also be scaled with the help of world service public broadcasters, pelase consider pledging here (no money's involved just a bit of your time if 2009 others agree to network in support of what the British Broadcast Corporation could be doing with its world service)
    60 dollar per barrel oil price floor is a jolly good idea to weaning off the petroleum addiction
    To celebrate today's start of the Social Entrepreneur World Championships (University of Oxford hosted by Skoll Foundation) we are starting a survey and campign for the inauguration of social entrepreneur olympics. Why should the deep pursuits of social entrepreneurs get any less media coverage than sports? Which SE arenas are you most excited by? Where do you get a chance to spread the word on how humanity's future depends on these greatest of all collaboration games? Do mail us at if you want any help in starting up a dialogue script on this (we're into our 22nd year of making connections)

    chris macrae
    Breaking Views from ClubofLondon current #1 in collaboration knowledge city bookmarks (votes over 40 million)

    This week saw world water day come and go with less than a ripple. Did Londoners know how they could have contributed more news on this around the world? no matter

    Next week is arguably the biggest in the calendar for gifts to the world Londoners as number 1 collaboration knowledge city can start up, and make the next 6 years marathon of make poverty history connect all around the world

    With Al Gore visiting the twin cities of London and Oxford, we cannot imagine a better time to Launch the Social Entrepreneur Olympics. The game is to have got 30 gravity pursuits of social entrepreneur world champions into the public consciousness by 2012 as much as the top 30 sports.

    All we need is love and courage to cheerlead cross-cultural creativity's waves:

    The Livingstone has got us off to a great start; he has declared there will be no sporting Olympics in London in 2012 unless they are carbon free - turn up the heat on every politician since only photosynthesis innovations can produce clean energy of that sustainability magnitude. Make sure all those who host Al Gore events debrief him as the clock to 2012 counts down

    The lessons to be learnt from Make Poverty History from pop stars down can be an epiphany if University of Stars and the BBC turn their minds to the greater transparencies (eg end all country corruptions) needed if Make Poverty History is to be a reality network not just an image-making one

    So that's 28 more gravity pursuits we need to celebrate around social entrepreneurs with as much gusto as the 20th Century hailed sporting stars

    We are reminded of one Harrison Owen story I should tell because open spacing education is a social entrepreneur pursuit every family can stand up for whereas we cannot all help on the ground with projects in Africa or in the roofs that algae use to convert the sunshine into cleansing energy banks.

    He was studying to be a priest around the Washington Dc area. It was a time when Martin Luther King was having a dream. Harrison can't recall quite how it happened but he was standing in a civil rights field in a crowd of African Americans - one tall lanky white man. The police were beginning to charge on the crowd and Harrison was feeling quite scared. That is until a 7 year old black girl came up to him - and said Mister will you hold my hand

    Since that day, Harrison gave up the priesthood to the chagrin of most of his family. And is one of the handfuls of people who most interconnects conflict resolution facilitators around the world. Their networks criss-cross all religions that believe in golden rules of reciprocity such as so unto another what you want done unto you. They also connect mathematically - if Einstein is correct here at - to Gandhi as the greatest inventor of peaceful social entrepreneurial revolution that 144 years of The Economist's coverage of this most productive of all professions.

    If some of this post makes sense to you, why not re-edit the parts you like and send it to the board of Governors of the BBC, and should you wish Tony Blair or another politician well with their legacy why not copy them in to. We the British people, not any of our political representatives own the BBC. We have invested way over 50 billion pounds in this corporation. On a personal note to all scots- may I ask whether you feel the inventor of television would feel proud of a television where every big debate is framed one dimensionally around short-term left and right rivals or whomever is looking fore a job with big business if the party does not turn out Trumps for their apprenticeship to network power.

    It is high noon for the BBC with its 10 year licence determined by and for the people in the year of 2o06. Please could our world service be one of British Character we can feel both pride and humility in searching for. Please free your journalists for humanity to take a fearless lead in realising this open source script from 1984 , so that trust across peoples everywhere begins to flow through every documentary inquiry that has anything to do with world peace or nightly newscast on poverty's challenges through 2012 - and through these communications help the British to get to know 30 gravity pursuits of Social Entrepreneurs with as much joy and attention as the 30 sports it spend most public licence fees on. Hey when Brits helped to invent most of these sports we surely never intended they would take over from greater British realities of world service, through believing in CommonWealth principles and our Queen's higher order right to ask us as she did in her end of 2005 broadcast to unite in preventing globalisation from turning humanity on itself.

    For the same of deeper democracy blossoming and connecting every coordinate on earth, you can also play a jigsaw mapping game aimed at sustaining 2 million global villages. Here's part of my family's tree which may open up some useful connections- what connections could your family tree or that of your peer networks open source. If you can make a "peer or family tree" picture why don't we play the mixed networking games of swap and snap. If we are going to turn around globalisation’s exponentials sustainably in time, we are all going to have to work with whatever grassroots community contexts up we can help each other navigate. No lead is too small as long as it is one you intend to gravitate transparently around as part of you lifelong learning mission. We need to help change children's education now so that the core human rights of freedom and happiness have a chance to breathe nature's clean waters, airs and energies everyone human beings sing her praises. Let's all turn up the courage through every family in the land and into wherever co-mentoring networks in internet space may take A B C D E F you
    Ways you can collaborate with Club of Bethesda and with 40 million bookmarks loosely linked by collaboration knowledge city worldwide - part 1

    we are always interested in suggestions, but here's part of an occasional series to illustrate

    1.1 question hosts of big leadership conferences: do they have motivations 1 like Clinton's Global Initiative of developing project initiatives that change the world? do they expect the audience to become alumni and connect with other leadership networks or any of the missions of the speakers; -here's a sample mail on how it only takes 5 minutes to question a conference host, and how we can link the authority of collaboration knowledge city and project30000 and death of distance scripts for globalcharters since 1984 to your own reasons for asking

    1.2 As our Death of Distance & Entrepreneurial Revolution archives of scripts at globalcharters since 1984 confirm, we believe that 7 waves are causing an unprecedented revolutionary challenge to our generation 1984-2024. If citizens everywhere connect in collaboration we may make a better world, otherwise the sustainability of future generations is in doubt. This is why we love to hear of any open space races that people and their social networks are piloting, and to circulate actionable project information. If this is your sort of endeavour with some of your time over the next 10 years, why not join our collaboration knowledge mapmakers
    chris macrae
    Space to Race to Simplicity

    It seems odd to many Beyond practitioners, who seek to connect disciplines and sustain organsiation-wide budgets not silos, that many academics insist on calling this subject complexity. Whichever way round you start on this loop, click here to see some of the communities who are simultaneously opening up this space race
    Space Race for Clean Water Launched

    Looking for 21 of the world's deepest voices for clean water

    First Calls issued to networks of, , can you help open network?

    This on the day that 85 evangelicals petitioned the white house to end global warming

    more on both stories in Bethesda's section on Green is the Next Red White & Blue first announced by fellow-Bethesdan Thomas Friedman , Dec 2005 on Charlie Rose PBS tv show

    Bethesda is also a few miles from Harrison Owen, epicentre of Open Space and about 17 from President Bush whose state of Union speech 2005 and 20 Gathering Storm Leaders have launched the goal of ending US addiction to petroleum economics

    chris macrae, 301 881 1655

    To see how far we can remove degrees of separation in the greatest open space races humanity has ever challenged- we have IFHE's - here's an example; suppose one of us comes across a network that could connect many of our networks. First we we ask : is anyone already a member of this network and preperaed to give a group of us a guided tour. If not, is there a way a group of us can make a visit and make a quick joint assessment
    Here's a real-time example. I recently got invited by Unesco's magazine editor of the Tower of Babel to join his explorers' in activism network. Is anyone here already part of that? If not, can a group of us explore the bookmark he sent me to review the potential of the invitation:
    10 commandments of network economics - call for scripts to use in town hall meeting of global vilages and collaboration networks (Omidyar's Townhall ends midnight)

    -related conversations:
    clubofdenmark, 15 years after the satanic vesres will nation brands ever learn to respect each other's gods

    -what's the number 1 pattern rule of the age of waves that puts us at risk to too much top-down leadership or singular voices of authenticity in an age when connectivity is where system transformation flows

    SciHi - Bethesda Born Movements #1

    Here's a bit of the spiralling future history of Sci-Hi's trajectory -lets make science fairs communally and collaboratively beautiful again as our nine-year olds could say in their 5-year diary projects -with special thanks in recent months to guides and co-mentoring in Catholic schools of Bethesda and hubs in Brazil and the world's leading philanthropists of microfinance's waves, and every woman or man of goodwill to have spoken up at Club of DC crossroads of leadership

    sci-hi is a tributary of web2.1, which is a tributary of death of distance
    futures writers, is a tributary of The Economist's preneurial schools (1, 2) that
    healthy societies compound strong economies, never the other way round...
    more at and

    Note how Death of Distance became a leading catchphrase in this week's State of the Union according to the 21 merry businessmen and good women at - if you look at President Bush's cluster (see post below) you will see that all those leading business executives are men (do correct me if I err, the few women named have not help global CEO or presidential power -margin note: interesting how clusters of 21 are formed)

    sci-hi maps clusters of 21 people who are making noisy or practical waves for
    the revolution of every child needs access to learn as much science as they
    can be inspired to openly space, or however you (if you are American) word the
    President's mission with science schooling to be more exciting publicly than
    the space race of the 60s; our transparency rule is form a cluster of 21 who
    love the mission the same way, and start networking out experiments; later we
    can see how to connect all the clusters harmoniously

    Sci-Hi (in this case the capitals may be a core catalyst) is designed as a open source brand concerned with this invitation first propagated around the Open Space listserve- a 25 year development oout of Potomac MD that connects/netwoprks 1000 conflict resolving and community alumni in 100 countries and over 50000 practical events: that 9 to 13 year olds are inspired to lead science curricula back into every community in a way that, with a particular emphasis on girls leading the way if the boys are lagging in humanity of visioning

    I declare a vested interest. My daughter turns nine on Valentine's day. Her
    catholic school in the region of Bethesda is a good space for confidence in practising community but does not have a science lab. It seems time that there is an insurgence in Washington RC until the Archdiocese invents whatever is the minimum lab a virtual connecting age can share so that 9 to 13 year old girls have as much opportunity to open space science around the world as anyone else. I am quite excited that list will have another 20 people who can find a parallel mission to connect us in SciHi. I don't particularly want to lead this but I suggest people who may be interested in piloting SciHi email me at and once a first
    list of 21 people are signed it I will mail it back to this listserve and we
    can take constitutional matters of revolution from there.

    There is also the opportunity to co-edit if anyone
    feels that's a way they want to connect

    chris macrae, a bethesdian whose tributaries as a mathematician and Club of City mapmaker of networks include projects in 30 Asian and commonwealth countries, the London village of ecosaintjames, the computer assisted national development Uk program out of Leeds, the open economics and societal entrepreneur clans of Scotland, and several generations of doctors and constitutional lawyers in India and Australia

    the biggest new networks all my co-mentors aim to revolve round in 2006 are web2.1 and its sci-hi tributaries and photosynthesis of clean water/energy (1 2) including any way we can support weaning USA from its adddiction to the petroleum economy and the 5 year ethanol race so that cars can be driven as far as theior owners wisk without bankrupting or carbonising the economies and communities of America's hi-trust peoples

    The watson search add on is pretty cool, and make science searching quite a WOW . My first ever gift from it was this bookmark from Unesco

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    UNESCO/IFIP World Computer Congress Declaration on Youth in Information Society
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    "Young people are at the forefront of technological innovation and development" declared the participants of the IFIP World Computer Congress (Montreal, Canada, 25-30 August 2002). It is important to "ensure digital inclusion of youth in the field of education, sciences, culture and communication" states the Declaration, a contribution to the World Summit on the Information Society.
    The "UNESCO/IFIP World Computer Congress 2002 Youth Declaration", highlights the importance for governments to include in national ICT policies the development of ICT skills for young people. The Declaration also states that global access to information and knowledge sources of young people is a prerequisite for competent social choice, behaviour and participation and for disseminating information about issues having a practical impact on the every day life of young people. Other elements of the Youth Declaration concern access to education and the training of young people in ICT skills; improved network access at affordable cost and the design of funding schemes and programmes such as fellowships, competitions and contests, that could help improving the access of young people to ICTs especially in the developing countries. The Declaration also calls for the using ICTs to enable disabled and handicapped youth to participate more actively in society. The 17th World Computer Congress entitled "Information technology for our times. Ideas, research and application in an inclusive world" was held in Montreal, Canada from 25 to 30 August 2002. The UNESCO sponsored event concentrates on computer security and on youth and ICTs. The Congress, a joint initiative of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) and the Fédération de l’informatique du Québec (FIQ) provided an opportunity for researchers, professionals and information technology experts, educators and policy makers to share present and planned action and to discuss the state of the art in information technology.

    From ACES, supporter O'Donnell
    It seems to me that we need to design a process outlining future curricula of science that is transparency and permits 360 degrees of views; what I would love to see is a Deep Deomcracy approach which deliberately encurages people to state exceptional views they have rather than letting some groupthing to take over

    David Orr may be on one of the edges but he has a view that I hope is included in the future of science education

    extract from this context article from back in 1990!

    Measured against the agenda of human survival, how might we rethink education? Let me suggest six principles.

    First, all education is environmental education. By what is included or excluded we teach students that they are part of or apart from the natural world. To teach economics, for example, without reference to the laws of thermodynamics or those of ecology is to teach a fundamentally important ecological lesson: that physics and ecology have nothing to do with the economy. That just happens to be dead wrong. The same is true throughout all of the curriculum.

    A second principle comes from the Greek concept of paideia. The goal of education is not mastery of subject matter, but of one's person. Subject matter is simply the tool. Much as one would use a hammer and chisel to carve a block of marble, one uses ideas and knowledge to forge one's own personhood. For the most part we labor under a confusion of ends and means, thinking that the goal of education is to stuff all kinds of facts, techniques, methods, and information into the student's mind, regardless of how and with what effect it will be used. The Greeks knew better.

    Third, I would like to propose that knowledge carries with it the responsibility to see that it is well used in the world. The results of a great deal of contemporary research bear resemblance to those foreshadowed by Mary Shelley: monsters of technology and its byproducts for which no one takes responsibility or is even expected to take responsibility. Whose responsibility is Love Canal? Chernobyl? Ozone depletion? The Valdez oil spill? Each of these tragedies were possible because of knowledge created for which no one was ultimately responsible. This may finally come to be seen for what I think it is: a problem of scale. Knowledge of how to do vast and risky things has far outrun our ability to use it responsibly. Some of it cannot be used responsibly, which is to say safely and to consistently good purposes.

    Fourth, we cannot say that we know something until we understand the effects of this knowledge on real people and their communities. I grew up near Youngstown, Ohio, which was largely destroyed by corporate decisions to "disinvest" in the economy of the region. In this case MBAs, educated in the tools of leveraged buyouts, tax breaks, and capital mobility have done what no invading army could do: they destroyed an American city with total impunity on behalf of something called the "bottom line." But the bottom line for society includes other costs, those of unemployment, crime, higher divorce rates, alcoholism, child abuse, lost savings, and wrecked lives. In this instance what was taught in the business schools and economics departments did not include the value of good communities or the human costs of a narrow destructive economic rationality that valued efficiency and economic abstractions above people and community.

    My fifth principle follows and is drawn from William Blake. It has to do with the importance of "minute particulars" and the power of examples over words. Students hear about global responsibility while being educated in institutions that often invest their financial weight in the most irresponsible things. The lessons being taught are those of hypocrisy and ultimately despair. Students learn, without anyone ever saying it, that they are helpless to overcome the frightening gap between ideals and reality. What is desperately needed are faculty and administrators who provide role models of integrity, care, thoughtfulness, and institutions that are capable of embodying ideals wholly and completely in all of their operations.

    Finally, I would like to propose that the way learning occurs is as important as the content of particular courses. Process is important for learning. Courses taught as lecture courses tend to induce passivity. Indoor classes create the illusion that learning only occurs inside four walls isolated from what students call without apparent irony the "real world." Dissecting frogs in biology classes teaches lessons about nature that no one would verbally profess. Campus architecture is crystallized pedagogy that often reinforces passivity, monologue, domination, and artificiality. My point is simply that students are being taught in various and subtle ways beyond the content of courses.

    If education is to be measured against the standard of sustainability, what can be done? I would like to make four propsals. First, I would like to propose that you engage in a campus-wide dialogue about the way you conduct your business as educators. Does four years here make your graduates better planetary citizens or does it make them, in Wendell Berry's words, "itinerant professional vandals"? Does this college contribute to the development of a sustainable regional economy or, in the name of efficiency, to the processes of destruction?

    My second suggestion is to examine resource flows on this campus: food, energy, water, materials, and waste. Faculty and students should together study the wells, mines, farms, feedlots, and forests that supply the campus as well as the dumps where you send your waste. Collectively, begin a process of finding ways to shift the buying power of this institution to support better alternatives that do less environmental damage, lower carbon dioxide emissions, reduce use of toxic substances, promote energy efficiency and the use of solar energy, help to build a sustainable regional economy, cut long-term costs, and provide an example to other institutions. The results of these studies should be woven into the curriculum as interdisplinary courses, seminars, lectures, and research. No student should graduate without understanding how to analyze resource flows and without the opportunity to participate in the creation of real solutions to real problems.

    Third, reexamaine how your endowment works. Is it invested according to the Valdez principles? Is it invested in companies doing responsible things that the world needs? Can some part of it be invested locally to help leverage energy efficiency and the evolution of a sustainable economy throughout the region?

    Finally, I propose that you set a goal of ecological literacy for all of your students. No student should graduate from this or any other educational institution without a basic comprehension of:

    the laws of thermodynamics
    the basic principles of ecology
    carrying capacity
    least-cost, end-use analysis
    how to live well in a place
    limits of technology
    appropriate scale
    sustainable agriculture and forestry
    steady-state economics
    environmental ethics
    Do graduates of this college, in Aldo Leopold's words, know that "they are only cogs in an ecological mechanism such that, if they will work with that mechanism, their mental wealth and material wealth can expand indefinitely (and) if they refuse to work with it, it will ultimately grind them to dust." Leopold asked: "If education does not teach us these things, then what is education for?"

    Green is Next Red , White & Blue - Campaign 2

    We first heard Bethesda resindent launch Green as the New Red White & Blue on the Charlie Rose Show Dec 2005

    Since then the presidents men of the gathering storm and the state of the Union have joined in

    Feb 2006 update:
    85 Evangelicals join for global climate relief:
    Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action
    The signers include Rick Warren, author of the runaway best seller, The
    Purpose Driven Life, and the leaders of the two largest charitable
    organizations in the country: Rich Stearns, president of World Vision, and
    Commissioner Todd Bassett, national commander of The Salvation Army.
    Other signatories include denominational leaders Jack Hayford (Foursquare
    Gospel), Peter Borgdorff (Christian Reformed Church), and Berten Waggoner
    (Vineyard), as well as David Neff, executive editor of Christianity Today, and
    Duane Litfin, president of Wheaton College.

    As American evangelical Christian leaders, we recognize both our opportunity and our responsibility to offer a biblically based moral witness that can help shape public policy in the most powerful nation on earth, and therefore contribute to the well-being of the entire world.1 Whether we will enter the public square and offer our witness there is no longer an open question. We are in that square, and we will not withdraw.

    We are proud of the evangelical community's long-standing commitment to the sanctity of human life. ...Over the last several years many of us have engaged in study, reflection, and prayer related to the issue of climate change (often called "global warming"). For most of us, until recently this has not been treated as a pressing issue or major priority. Indeed, many of us have required considerable convincing before becoming persuaded that climate change is a real problem and that it ought to matter to us as Christians. But now we have seen and heard enough to offer the following moral argument related to the matter of human-induced climate change. We commend the four simple but urgent claims offered in this document to all who will listen, beginning with our brothers and sisters in the Christian community, and urge all to take the appropriate actions that follow from them.

    Claim 1: Human-Induced Climate Change is Real
    Since 1995 there has been general agreement among those in the scientific community most seriously engaged with this issue that climate change is happening and is being caused mainly by human activities, especially the burning of fossil fuels. Evidence gathered since 1995 has only strengthened this conclusion.
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world's most authoritative body of scientists and policy experts on the issue of global warming, has been studying this issue since the late 1980s. (From 19882002 the IPCC's assessment of the climate science was Chaired by Sir John Houghton, a devout evangelical Christian.) It has documented the steady rise in global temperatures over the last fifty years, projects that the average global temperature will continue to rise in the coming decades, and attributes "most of the warming" to human activities.

    The U.S. National Academy of Sciences, as well as all other G8 country scientific Academies (Great Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Canada, Italy, and Russia), has concurred with these judgments.

    In a 2004 report, and at the 2005 G8 summit, the Bush Administration has also acknowledged the reality of climate change and the likelihood that human activity is the cause of at least some of it.2

    In the face of the breadth and depth of this scientific and governmental concern, only a small percentage of which is noted here, we are convinced that evangelicals must engage this issue without any further lingering over the basic reality of the problem or humanity's responsibility to address it.

    Claim 2: The Consequences of Climate Change Will Be Significant, and Will Hit the Poor the Hardest

    The earth's natural systems are resilient but not infinitely so, and human civilizations are remarkably dependent on ecological stability and well-being. It is easy to forget this until that stability and well-being are threatened.

    Even small rises in global temperatures will have such likely impacts as: sea level rise; more frequent heat waves, droughts, and extreme weather events such as torrential rains and floods; increased tropical diseases in now-temperate regions; and hurricanes that are more intense. It could lead to significant reduction in agricultural output, especially in poor countries. Low-lying regions, indeed entire islands, could find themselves under water. (This is not to mention the various negative impacts climate change could have on God's other creatures.)

    Each of these impacts increases the likelihood of refugees from flooding or famine, violent conflicts, and international instability, which could lead to more security threats to our nation.

    Poor nations and poor individuals have fewer resources available to cope with major challenges and threats. The consequences of global warming will therefore hit the poor the hardest, in part because those areas likely to be significantly affected first are in the poorest regions of the world. Millions of people could die in this century because of climate change, most of them our poorest global neighbors.

    Claim 3: Christian Moral Convictions Demand Our Response to the Climate Change Problem
    While we cannot here review the full range of relevant biblical convictions related to care of the creation, we emphasize the following points:

    Christians must care about climate change because we love God the Creator and Jesus our Lord, through whom and for whom the creation was made. This is God's world, and any damage that we do to God's world is an offense against God Himself (Gen. 1; Ps. 24; Col. 1:16).

    Christians must care about climate change because we are called to love our neighbors, to do unto others as we would have them do unto us, and to protect and care for the least of these as though each was Jesus Christ himself (Mt. 22:34-40; Mt. 7:12; Mt. 25:31-46).

    Christians, noting the fact that most of the climate change problem is human induced, are reminded that when God made humanity he commissioned us to exercise stewardship over the earth and its creatures. Climate change is the latest evidence of our failure to exercise proper stewardship, and constitutes a critical opportunity for us to do better (Gen. 1:26-28).

    Love of God, love of neighbor, and the demands of stewardship are more than enough reason for evangelical Christians to respond to the climate change problem with moral passion and concrete action.

    Claim 4: The need to act now is urgent. Governments, businesses, churches, and individuals all have a role to play in addressing climate changestarting now.

    Rev. Dr. Leith Anderson, Former President, National Association of Evangelicals (NAE); Senior Pastor, Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie, MN

    Robert Andringa, Ph.D., President, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), Vienna, VA

    Rev. Jim Ball, Ph.D., Executive Director, Evangelical Environmental Network; Wynnewood, PA

    Commissioner W. Todd Bassett, National Commander, The Salvation Army; Alexandria, VA

    Dr. Jay A. Barber, Jr., President, Warner Pacific College, Portland, OR

    Gary P. Bergel, President, Intercessors for America; Purcellville, VA

    David Black, Ph.D., President, Eastern University, St. Davids, PA

    Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., West Angeles Church of God in Christ, Los Angeles, CA

    Rev. Dr. Dan Boone, President, Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN

    Bishop Wellington Boone, The Father's House & Wellington Boone Ministries, Norcross, GA

    Rev. Dr. Peter Borgdorff, Executive Director, Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI

    H. David Brandt, Ph.D., President, George Fox University, Newberg, OR

    Rev. George K. Brushaber, Ph.D., President, Bethel University; Senior Advisor, Christianity Today; St. Paul, MN

    Rev. Dwight Burchett, President, Northern California Association of Evangelicals; Sacramento, CA

    Gaylen Byker, Ph.D., President, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

    Rev. Dr. Jerry B. Cain, President, Judson College, Elgin, IL

    Rev. Dr. Clive Calver, Senior Pastor, Walnut Hill Community Church; Former President, World Relief; Bethel, CT

    R. Judson Carlberg, Ph.D., President, Gordon College, Wenham, MA

    Rev. Dr. Paul Cedar, Chair, Mission America Coalition; Palm Desert, CA

    David Clark, Ph.D., President, Palm Beach Atlantic University; Former Chair/CEO, Nat. Rel. Broadcasters; Founding Dean, Regent University; West Palm Beach, FL

    Rev. Luis Cortes, President & CEO, Esperanza USA; Host, National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast; Philadelphia, PA

    Andy Crouch, Columnist, Christianity Today magazine; Swarthmore, PA

    Rev. Paul de Vries, Ph.D., President, New York Divinity School; New York, NY

    Rev. David S. Dockery, Ph.D., Chairman of the Board, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities; President, Union University, Jackson, TN

    Larry R. Donnithorne, Ed.D., President, Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO

    Blair Dowden, Ed.D., President, Huntington University, Huntington, IN

    Rev. Robert P. Dugan, Jr., Former VP of Governmental Affairs, National Association of Evangelicals; Palm Desert, CA

    Craig Hilton Dyer, President, Bright Hope International, Hoffman Estates, IL

    D. Merrill Ewert, Ph.D., President, Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, CA

    Rev. Dr. LeBron Fairbanks, President, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon, OH

    Rev. Myles Fish, President/CEO, International Aid, Spring Lake, MI

    Rev. Dr. Floyd Flake, Senior Pastor, Greater Allen AME Cathedral; President, Wilberforce University; Jamaica, NY

    Rev. Timothy George, Ph.D., Founding Dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Executive Editor, Christianity Today; Birmingham, AL

    Rev. Michael J. Glodo, Stated Clerk, Evangelical Presbyterian Church , Livonia , MI

    Rev. James M. Grant, Ph.D., President, Simpson University, Redding, CA

    Rev. Dr. Jeffrey E. Greenway, President, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY

    Rev. David Gushee, Professor of Moral Philosophy, Union University; columnist, Religion News Service; Jackson, TN

    Gregory V. Hall, President, Warner Southern College, Lake Wales, FL

    Brent Hample, Executive Director, India Partners, Eugene OR

    Rev. Dr. Jack Hayford, President, International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, Los Angeles, CA

    Rev. Steve Hayner, Ph.D., Former President, InterVarsity; Prof. of Evangelism, Columbia Theological Sem., Decatur, GA

    E. Douglas Hodo, Ph.D., President, Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX

    Ben Homan, President, Food for the Hungry; President, Association of Evangelical Relief and Development Organizations (AERDO); Phoenix, AZ

    Rev. Dr. Joel Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland, A Church Distributed; Longwood, FL

    Bryce Jessup, President, William Jessup University, Rocklin, CA

    Ronald G. Johnson, Ph.D., President, Malone College, Canton, OH

    Rev. Dr. Phillip Charles Joubert, Sr., Pastor, Community Baptist Church, Bayside, NY

    Jennifer Jukanovich, Founder, The Vine, Seattle, WA

    Rev. Brian Kluth, Senior Pastor, First Evangelical Free Church; Founder, MAXIMUM Generosity; Colorado Springs, CO

    Bishop James D. Leggett, General Superintendent, International Pentecostal Holiness Church; Chair, Pentecostal World Fellowship; Oklahoma City, OK

    Duane Litfin, Ph.D., President, Wheaton College, Wheaton IL

    Rev. Dr. Larry Lloyd, President, Crichton College, Memphis, TN

    Rev. Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, Executive Director, World Hope; Alexandria, VA

    Jim Mannoia, Ph.D., President, Greenville College, Greenville, IL

    Bishop George D. McKinney, Ph.D., D.D., St. Stephens Church Of God In Christ, San Diego, CA

    Rev. Brian McLaren, Senior Pastor, Cedar Ridge Community Church; Emergent leader; Spencerville, MD

    Rev. Dr. Daniel Mercaldo, Senior Pastor & Founder, Gateway Cathedral; Staten Island, NY

    Rev. Dr. Jesse Miranda, President, AMEN, Costa Mesa, CA

    Royce Money, Ph.D., President, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX

    Dr. Bruce Murphy, President, Northwestern University, Orange City, IA

    Rev. George W. Murray, D.Miss., President, Columbia International University, Columbia SC

    David Neff, Editor, Christianity Today; Carol Stream, IL

    Larry Nikkel, President, Tabor College, Hillsboro, KS

    Michael Nyenhuis, President, MAP International; Brunswick, GA

    Brian O'Connell, President, REACT Services; Founder and Former Executive Director, Religious Liberty Commission, World Evangelical Alliance; Mill Creek, WA

    Roger Parrott, Ph.D., President, Belhaven College, Jackson, MS

    Charles W. Pollard, Ph.D., J.D., President, John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR

    Paul A. Rader, D.Miss., President, Asbury College, Wilmore, KY

    Rev. Edwin H. Robinson, Ph.D., President, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe , KS

    William P. Robinson, Ph.D., President, Whitworth College, Spokane, WA

    Lee Royce, Ph.D., President, Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

    Andy Ryskamp, Executive Director, Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, Grand Rapids, MI

    Rev. Ron Sider, Ph.D., President, Evangelicals for Social Action, Philadelphia, PA

    Richard Stearns, President, World Vision, Federal Way, WA

    Rev. Jewelle Stewart, Ex. Dir., Women's Ministries, International Pentecostal Holiness Church; Oklahoma City, OK

    Rev. Dr. Loren Swartzendruber, President, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg VA

    C. Pat Taylor, Ph.D., President, Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, MO

    Rev. Berten A. Waggoner, National Director, Vineyard, USA; Sugar Land, TX

    Jon R. Wallace, DBA, President, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA

    Rev. Dr. Thomas Yung-Hsin Wang, former International Director of Lausanne II, Sunnyvale, CA

    Rev. Dr. Rick Warren, Senior Pastor, Saddleback Church; author of The Purpose Driven Life; Lake Forest, CA

    John Warton, President, Business Professional Network, Portland, OR

    Robert W. Yarbrough, Ph.D., New Testament Dept. Chair, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL

    John D. Yordy, Ph. D., Interim President, Goshen College, Goshen, IN

    Adm. Tim Ziemer, Director of Programs, World Relief, Baltimore, MD
    From Wired Wednesday, February 08, 2006 1:56 p.m. ET

    By Tom Doggett

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States must take steps now to fight global warming, including working with other nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a major U.S. think tank said on Wednesday.

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    President George W. Bush
    The Pew Center for Global Climate Change said in a report that America has waited too long to seriously tackle the climate change problem and spelled out 15 steps the United States could take to reduce emissions it spews as the world's biggest energy consumer and producer of greenhouse gases.

    "This transition will not be easy, but it is crucial to begin now," the Pew Center said. "Further delay will only make the challenge before us more daunting and more costly."

    The call for action came as a group of 85 evangelical leaders called on the U.S. Congress to pass legislation that would require power plants, oil refineries, the transportation sector and other U.S. industries to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.

    The evangelical leaders, breaking with the White House, will roll out an advertising campaign; the group last year lobbied against gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles.
    George Bush Diary 20 Feb 2006

    Extract at
    Energy conservation groups and environmentalists say they're pleased that the president, a former oil man in Texas, is stressing alternative sources of energy, but they contend his proposals don't go far enough. They say the administration must consider greater fuel-efficiency standards for cars, and some economists believe it's best to increase the gas tax to force consumers to change their driving habits.

    During his visit to Johnson Controls' new hybrid battery laboratory, Bush checked out two Ford Escapes; one with a nickel-metal-hybrid battery, the kind that powers most hybrid-electric vehicles, and one with a lithium-ion battery, which Johnson Controls believes are the wave of the future. The lithium-ion battery was about half the size of the older-model battery. In 2004, Johnson Controls received a government contract to develop the lithium-ion batteries.

    While Bush is highlighting his budget proposals to help wean America from foreign oil, the lab he visited is meeting a $28 million US shortfall by cutting its staff by 32 people, including eight researchers.

    "Our nation is on the threshold of new energy technology that I think will startle the American people," Bush said. "We're on the edge of some amazing breakthroughs, breakthroughs all aimed at enhancing our national security and our economic security and the quality of life of the folks who live here in the United States."

    Later Monday, Bush was visiting the United Solar Ovonics Plant, which makes solar panels, in Auburn Hills, Mich., outside Detroit. The company also works on hydrogen fuel cells to power autos.

    Space race for Clean Water

    Who do you see as the 21 people we could best connect networks around if we want to save clean water from being lost to the world. Please make nominations of people that you would be able to try to contact if we get our first cluster of 21 identified in this thread. And do advise us at if you'll start a parallel local gobal thread on another space race.

    Our network at nominates
    CW1 Franklin Frederick, Brazilian, founding International Free Water Academy, web will soon be built by pledges from Swizerland; Franklin helped get the Catholic Church of Brazil to make 2004 Year of Water in all their 7000 parishes; he networks with all concerend with human rights of water; S America and Brazil in particular is identified as where wars for underground water will start if water becomes the 21st C oil; quite likely because clean water is running out and unlike energy has no substitutes; Brazil also has the world's largest dam, and in its water basins around Foz over 100 projects have started (these were shown at the London embassy in Brazil in a talk co-presented by Franklin). A favourite project of mine : 80000 kids and several thousands teachers are developing a curriculum on how all their lives are systemically connected by water

    CW2 aSIN nominates Rick Nelson, Canadian now in London - epicentre of the inventors network for algae architecures; if we're going to reverse global warming (today 85 Evangelics came out for this) or dicover clean energy, as well as collect water in humid climates; then photosynthesis is the best clue, and Rick's been connecting folk around this for most of his life. It suddenly taking off with all sorts of prototypes and the support of the sustainability investment funds at

    CW3 AMED sustainability 10-year study group : These days Barry Coates is Director of Oxfam New Zealand where water is a core project. For about 8 years he helped form one of London's most extraordinary youth campaign movement at http// - how he gets over a thousand youth to turn up and listen to latest briefings on GATTS and other global policy issues, heaven knows. Water has become one of WDM policy foci
    Thomas Friedman and Energy Independence

    Talk of the Nation, June 24, 2005 · According to writer Thomas Friedman, America needs a national science project. The goal? To make America energy independent in 10 years. Friedman talks about his new book The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century.
    Thomas Friedman, "Foreign Affairs" columnist, New York Times. Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary, 2002. Author, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, The Lexus and the Olive Tree

    Fairness Webs Movement 3

    To be quite frank, I have never been more encouraged by dialogues I have hosted or listened to than those on fairness which children of grade 1 to 3 animate when hosted by teachers who open up the subject in amazingly graceful ways. One of these shared a 10 minutes practice script she uses every year with first graders when she testified to 200 networkers for Organisational Democracy, DC October 2005.

    At an adult level, there is no network whose testimony circles I would travel further afield for that that hosted by Global Reconciliation Network (GRN), a travelling world congress that I last met in Delhi AND founded by medical and ethical professors in Melbourne and with the support of young Australian graduates lookming for a years round the world volunatary service start to a muliticultured lifetime.

    When brainjams came from silicon valley to DC in Jan 2006 to share the exciting spread of hi-ethical patterns gravitating around web2.1, Bethesda Future Historians decide to make web2.1 one of our worldwide open sharing pursuits of 2006. In inviting a hundred of transparency's fellow voyagers to join in , the first to respond was Modjtaba Sadria. His post is below, but to introduce Modjtaba, I should say he helps host Kyoto's annual intercultural congress, he's fluent in Japanese, Chinese, Irania, French and English; as a professor he is concerned that government funding policies are narrowing down what we learn and how we diversely explore the future (globalsiation's learning slavery is a fair title for protecting your children from this everpresent risk). For GRN 2006 which is taking place in Palestine-Israle region, Modjtaba is studying the transparency of clean water's flows all round the region. All healthcare is a losing battle wherever a community does not give its members access to a human right raion of clean water because that's both what most of our bodies are mead of and nature's number 1 agent of cleanliness as far as system maps can see.
    Dear Chris,
    Greetings, and Thank you.
    Do you think we could add, in the title, the concept of fairness, in access, to clean water and energy ?

    It would be worth asking, who in Bethesda's medical communities is as passionate about fairness as members of GRN. I can easily link anyone who is to the Melbourne epicentre, if they email me. And over in Dc what fairness institutes do we have:
    mail to add a nomination
    Space Race to Simplicity - Interaction Boundaries European Knowledge Management, London Cooperation Village

    Hi Carol

    Why not add in another 20 of us who met you at the Hub in Islington. We're all interested in the topic you suggest though the mathematicians, entrepreneurial economics and open system mappers among us prefer that the genre is called simplicity as well as complexity.

    There have been several threads on this in the earlier knowledgeboard and it would be useful if someone searched which links are still existing. A great american hero neighboring PKM in simplicity's area of practice is Bill Jensen simplerwork whom I can introduce you to if you wish. There are others who have pioneered simplicity case interviews with about 25 global CEOs in USA. I'd particularly like to see a schools curriculum from 9 up explaining simplicity in a way that builds self-confidence and inter-disciplinary trust. One issue that is clear is that every time we separate some assumptions to make teaching more elementary , we should own up that to achieve the next grade of practice, it will be necessary to give back some certainty that the separation bought before we wil be able to integrate higher level comprehension. This is oh so important to web2.1's human networks whose inter-system boundaries depend on love of cross-cultural studies- an area that at least 30 KB people I know are passionate about. Back in the UK, do you remember meeting folk from Omniworldview ? the susstainability MBA curricula which they are starting to open source connects through simplicity/complexity at every modular interaction.
    There's an enthralling video for Friedman-future inquirers at

    It describes the origins of World is Flat research to an MIT audience

    Apparently up to sept 10 2001, Friedman's articles in NY Times had rotated between two serails with headline brand logos: Olive and Lexus -Olive being Friedman's open conversation and ongoing search on why are so many local to global conflicts compounding - what's the story from the grassroots up.

    Within 48 hours, Thomas says he decided to focus wholly on Olive stories which he did for the next 3 years. He had started doing some videos for the discovery channel- and decided his next inquiry would involve going round interviewing young people around the world who work in call centres and put on American acccents as part of the outsourcing world's trade. This took on renewed impact when Kerry started campaigning against American CEos who outsourced as the New Benedict Arnolds.

    Outsourcing as a global controversy was suddenly hitting every newspaper headline. To expedite research Friedman decide to visit primary 2 places - Bangalore to hear the local view of the outsourcing phenomenon and silicon vallley whose future concepts for technology determines how outsource capabilities and much of 21st C world trade and communications crises around the www evolve. The rest is classic fututre history so to speak as anyone who has joined debates with death of distance newtorks since 1984 can openly testify
    22 years ago my father 1 2 3 , who deputy edited The Economist over 4 decades and I, co-authored the first future history on Death of Distance (DoD) networking. In part it was dedicated to the great societal futurist George Orwell. It was also the biggest story to emerge from dad's survey for The Economist of 1976 on Entrepreneurial Revolution as the dynamic that enables society to transform futures beyond what administration by the current system is capable of innovating.

    DoD's core scenario: what would happen to a world if its largest organisations did or did not include sustainability of human life and nature in the way they report value? What consequences will compound from only spreadsheeting performance around how much can we take from the world each quarter? Nightmare scenarios of globalization turn humanity against itself if governance professions such as accounting, economics, law exclude goodwill systemically and do not hippocratically care for what future consequences networked systems will spun/compound.

    GATHERING STORM of 2005-2010
    Our storyline saw the 1984-2024 generation as determining what globalisation will compound for future generations and the whole globe. As we pass the halfway mark, 2005 in our book we enter humanity’s most critical years because the exponential curves of sustainability will be uptilting or downtilting in ways that make intervention/reconciliation ever more costly (ultimately impossible) if we are globally downtilting on such contexts as clean water, clean energy, clean air, clean food chains, cross-cultural safety, collaborative prevention systems which detect the first signs of disaster waving interlocally due to the terror of natural or human instability. Every downtilting context capable of ending humanity in a few generations time becomes its own collaboration space race to network a sustainable way up to a higher order system. From the State of the Union address, American media has permission to ask how will we end addiction to dirty energy and to devaluing the way society heroises learning about science at every level of educational curricula fit for a networking century.

    Since 1984 all our friends have been co-hosting dialogues which enable us to map who has the deepest reconciliation approaches for each hi-risk context of losing sustainability. We also open source the maths of mapping lost trust, lost transparency , lost sustainability around any global market sector’s deepest consequences for humanity. Tell us at what context interests you and we can help map you to a few leads to people who can give deep testimonies and have open networks ready and waiting to help transform systems whenever there is sufficient public awareness and demand to simultaneously transform across many nations. We also have many open source scripts such as this 22 year old one on the role that public media can play in inviting people everywhere to open source 30000 community-up projects for turning round communal trust and relationship reciprocity out of every locality. Our Club of City and Village Blog Correspondents invite you to play with any future history script whose context most concerns you and yours.

    If I understand, you are all asking : why do my friends 1 2 3 and I believe intercitizen relations (underpinning networking and activation of open projects for humanity) are so vital to all the work we will ever do?

    1 I guess the first assumption I am making is: probably the tsunami was a wake up call to all peoples; we need to stand up ; there's interlocal (global village transparent networked) goodwill flows that only the peoples can achieve; which even democracy's top down leaders alone (or the governance systems of such) cannot sustain our futures of globalisation through

    2 Although ultimately every assumption is personal, this one is informed by linking 22-30 years' worth of open space debates. 22 years ago I co-authored the first future history on "death of distance", an idea which ironically Bush's 21 leaders of Gathering Storm just revisited last October in launching America's 2 newest space races: 1 end addiction to petroleum economy, 2 open up love of scientific discovery so that its as fashionable to youth and media as sports. As well as having 22 years of scripts for open debates on such topics, my father (and The Economists 100 years of editorial studies before him) taught me that national and foreign policy economics is only truly as valuable as the next societal revolution it makes free and happily peaceful. That's what his 1976 survey in The Economist called Entrepreneurial Revolution was about. In those days top people connected with its visions more than with spreadsheeting numbers. For example, a young Romano Prodi hosted business leaders roundtables all round Italy with ER as the discussion input. Ironically, the formation of the EU required the support of The Economist in the early days. Brussels is no longer living its identity of policies promoting commonwealth to all nations. Buraeucrats are as capable of destroying free speech as any other controlling in-group - see eg Art Kleiner's work on trust-flow.

    3 If I am vaguely right, these connect big topics -beyond my capability to try to respond to in one linear thread. 3 suggestions:

    A) any peoples world change community needs to edit their own charter of 10 commandments for Network Economics- try this out as a first impression

    B) if this particular topic interests you, why don't we start an email group until all the Q&A have been played out, and then report back to this thread. I am at

    C) Having searched through diverse scripts of exponential consequences over 22 years, I can inform you its not just Gaian Lovelocks whose lifelong learning curve forecasts we are in the last few years of determining what globalisation (including the probaibility of "death of birth") we are compounding. If we cannot both agree some sort of 10 commandments for Omidyar and map (say) 100 other collaboration networks for humanity which also agree with exploring intercizen economics, the future is not just dark, its ending. That's the sort of urgency of resolve the people I network with at agree to so we can make our best transformation shot : collaborating/mapmaking towards a higher transparancy system level connecting global fairness as it interfaces with every local society

    PS It interests me and citizens of Bethesda intensely that Bush has come up with 2 space races that could potentially transform the USA and its compound cross-cultural interventions all round the world. Then look at his cluster of 21 advisers - they come from arms, education and medical areas. Three very important global sectors indeed but ones whose exponentials are not necessarily uptilting (Friedman's language) as we study their recent future histories of leadership. At very least we need to form other clusters of 21 to get into both of these space races : clean energy and open science discovery for youth. One of these clusters could come from all the diversities that Omidyar could reach if we nominated 21 folk to review the Gathering Storm and to edit 10 commandments of networking economics as part of that intercitizen (cross-cultural) peoples review.
    refs 10 commandments

    One sample script from 1984
    Scripting death of distance
    Scripting ER
    Club of Bethesda as a prototype for any collaboration city
    Gathering Storm