Raphie Frank :: business artivist

Introducing Social Cogeneration (& Cognitive Physics)

Originally posted on the Cognitive Physics Thread at Physorg.com Forums

Social Cogeneration
photo by Mattijn

excerpt
We need to learn to “cogenerate” — meaning we need to start “creating together” (i.e. synergy) — with our teachers and they, in return, ought to think about how to co-generate back with us in a recriprocal manner because I’ve news for you, StevenA. The relational mind and the symbolically oriented mind is the wave of the future. Not only are we learning faster than ever before because we have more “data inputs” and the time between question and answer has decreased exponentially in my life time alone, but the way we are learning has changed also.

Dear Steven,

Let’s look at the exponents of that 2^(Fn) summation series I posted yesterday, because there’s an interesting connection between that and “convolution,” and I suspect it could be applied to signal processing, but first let’s look a little at…

WHAT WE’RE ACTUALLY DOING HERE…

… because contributing to, not polluting, the truth, is really what we are all about, or at least what I am all about, and we want to make sure that our critics understand that up front, because our goal is to work WITH and not against them and we believe the greatest form of “pollution” is to not ask the questions that need asking because we’re afraid to ask them.

When you get right down to it, StevenA, I suggest you conceive of the “Cognitive Physics” thread as an “exploratory lab.” What we are doing here, at least in part, is trying to prove the lie to this notion that you need a piece of paper to contribute to the broad spectrum of scientific knowledge and inquiry, or that you need a certain amount of “experience” in our expert-dominated culture, or that if you didn’t do it yesterday that means you can’t do it tomorrow.

What we are also doing here, at least in part, is that we are trying to open up the public mind to the value of innovation and experimention and learning through action and pattern recognition and constructed relationships, and allowing for error and failure, which is how many of the greatest thinkers of our time have thought, and also how at least Time magazine thinks we need to start thinking again in order to move our educational system out of the 20th Century.

How to Build A Student For the 21st Century” – Time Magazine, December 18, 2006

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October 27, 2007 Posted by | Non-Partisan Activism, Philanthropy | 1 Comment

New School Conference: A Realistic Growth Policy for Our Times

Economic Conference @ the New School

Ron Blackwell, Chief Economist of the AFL-CIO at the dais giving a presentation at the New School Conference "A Realistic Growth Policy for Our Times" this past April 13, 2007.

There are a lot of frustrated folks out there looking for responsible, sustainable ways to expand opportunity for the have-nots in an age I have come to increasingly refer to as the "Neo-Gilded Age."

The answer as I see it?

PLURALISTIC CAPITALISM aka "The American Dream." Trickle-Down meets Trickle-Up and all we need to do, really, with a nod to Princeton professors Daniel Kahneman (Prospect theory) and Paul Dimaggio (cultural capital) is to supersize our notion of economy to include the value of heart, hope, courage and care.

Many thanks to Ron Blackwell, as well as Michael Reich (UC Berkeley), David Howell (The New School), Pascal Petit (CEPN, Paris) and Michael Piore (MIT) for their sportsmanship in the face of some well-intended tricksterishness on the part of this Citizen Economist. More on that another time, but let’s just say I learned a thing or two by osmosis.

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Pressure is Aggression to the Monkey in the Man
Trickle Up Economics, Conscious Capitalism & Co-Generation
Sophinette asks: Is Bono Fooling Us All? My response? NO!
The New Demand Economy : Watch out for Latinland
The Mathematics of Opportunity
Introducing “Trickle Up Economics” (aka “The One Song”)
Synchronicities of the Happily Converging Road
What’s Wrong With Profit?

May 2, 2007 Posted by | Business, Economics, Philanthropy, Politics | Leave a comment

The New Demand Economy : Watch out for Latinland

Coastal Fog by Daryl Furr.

Imagine if CNN admitted it’s liberal dovish leanings? And Fox its, hawkish Conservative ones? Now THAT would be refreshing. They won’t, likely. It’d be bad for business, right?

For now.

But it’s only a matter of time before corporations — considered “individuals” before the law — declare political affiliations. Adam Smith will demand it from his grave because, you see, diffused rule by Corporation in a globalized economy is already upon us. We just don’t know it yet. But Warren Buffet does. It’s why he has willed most of his fortune to Microsoft maven Bill Gates’ Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. More on that another time — let’s just say my guess is that accountability and directed purpose, not possible in an Open Source Society has something to do with it — but the point is this:

The Rulers of the 21st century are no longer just the Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers and their minions, but the Boards of Directors and top corporate executives, meaning our votes will come in the form of the soap with which we wash, the toothpaste with which we brush and the sheets upon which we sleep.

Communist-style command economies were quite the rage in the 20th century. Perhaps the 21st century will usher in the age of the Demand Economy, because that’s how capitalism works, folks. If we demand, they will supply. A People United and all… ?

Speaking of which, I’ll throw sand in the eyes of anyone who tells me I ought not to be proud as heck to live in the United States of Saudi Arabia. Oops… I meant America. Just call it oil on the brain. But you know we’re in trouble when them furriners are even getting on to our money. I took a look at a dollar bill today. Know what it said?

E PLURIBUS UNUM.

Tell your friends, folks. I’ve never even heard of Latinland. This is BIG.

April 5, 2007 Posted by | Business, Economics, Philanthropy, Philosophy, Politics | Leave a comment

Trickle Up Economics, Conscious Capitalism & Co-Generation

The Magic Forest by Mattijn Frannsen

RELATED WRITINGS (by Raphie Frank)
===============================
Pressure is Aggression to the Monkey in the Man
Introducing “Trickle Up Economics” (aka “The One Song”)
Sophinette asks: Is Bono Fooling Us All? My response? NO!
The New Demand Economy : Watch out for Latinland
The Mathematics of Opportunity
Synchronicities of the Happily Converging Road
What’s Wrong With Profit?

Dear [friend]

I thought to bring to your attention the below news related to Zaadz, a very well meaning, New Age inflected, but anything but unambitious Social Software Network…

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey invests in Zaadz, a Social Network With a Purpose
Posted on Mar 28th, 2007

I believe Mackey’s investment of social venture capital is one to take seriously as part of a much greater trend. Yet to come clearly into public focus, there is a full-scale grass roots entrepreneurial movement underway, and it goes by such names as “Conscious Capitalism,” and “Death By Smiley Face” although I just call it “Trickle Up Economics” aka “Tomorrow’s Economy of Heart Today.”

Supported by Philanthropreneurs such as Mackey and Pierre Omidyar, “Trickle Up Economics” is emerging amidst a Millennial convergence of political, social, economic and natural forces working of a piece to both unite and divide us. On the one hand, via free trade economic policies, the connective power of technology and 9/11 propelled decentralization trends in financial markets, we are becoming more and more one interdependent global organism.

On the other hand, perhaps a function to some extent of the resulting rapid-fire collision of cultures, the Global Mind is also in increasingly polarized conflict as worldwide reserves of renewable energy dwindle, climate change threatens to displace vast populations, policies of Preemptive Warfare frog-march pariah nations into increasingly defensive postures and the Neo-Gilded Age gap between haves and have-nots emerges into crystal clarity.

Within this Global environment, the “multiple revenue stream, outsourced” economic model brought in with the Digital Age by such New Economy stalwarts as Monster, Inc. (formerly TMP Worldwide) is “adapt or die” morphing into it’s much needed psychic / spiritual twin in a manner that might make Carl Jung and Carlos Castaneda sigh with relief, “Finally! They’re starting to figure it out!”

Perhaps feeling a bit left out of all those Alan Greenspan celebrated productivity gains amidst dramatic decreases in job security in the industrialized nations, a low premium placed on loyalty to employees on the part of increasingly megalithic trans-global corporations with diffuse power and little accountability, along with the recognition that not even once sacrosanct pension funds are safe, many socially conscious enterprising individuals are taking matters into their own hands, but with a distinctly Native American twist.

These people, and I humbly count myself amongst their ranks, are working to figure out ways to use the entire animal called US, all of US. They understand on an intuitive level that we are but small parts of an entirety consisting of countless parts on both sides of the “zero point” called human consciousness and that the the many parts of the self and the many parts of the other are connected not by choice, but by necessity and that if we do not serve one its just desserts we cannot serve the other.

The trend is just beginning. It’s called Co-Generation and Gen-X and Gen-Y, working together are going to lead the way into Generation XY. The elephant of many parts is emerging into the light and the lion is just beginning to roar.

I wanted to let you know, because before we’re through, we’re going to make it baaad to be good and we’re going to do our darndest to make it pay in every which way for ALL those who give a damn and try to do a thing or two about it.

But you gotta pay to play and that means serving the pie too and not just eating it.

Your friend,

Raphie Frank
Business Artivist
Poet of the Possible

For Further Reading:

A Christmas Story for Marla Ruzicka (RIP)

March 31, 2007 Posted by | Business, Economics, Philanthropy, Philosophy, Politics | 1 Comment

Sophinette asks: Is Bono Fooling Us All? My response? NO!


from U2 by U2 book via mybono on Flickr

Sophinette posts on her WordPress blog Has Bono Been Fooling us All? and links to a Bloomberg News article: Bono, Who Preaches Charity, Profits From Buyouts, Tax Breaks related to U2 frontman, Bono’s burgeoning Business Empire. She says:

Shaking my head in disapproval…

Aside from the fact that Bono makes no claim to be a saint and publicly revels in his rock stardom (see NYT profile link at bottom of post), I look at it a bit differently than she does.

In my view, Bono is practicing what I call “Business Artivism” aka Business, Art and Non-Partisan Activism, the subject this blog. The New York Times calls this philanthropreneurship in an article entitled ““What’s Wrong with Profit?.” Here is an excerpt:

A new generation of philanthropists has stepped forward, for the most part young billionaires who have reaped the benefits of capitalism and believe that it can be applied in the service of charity. They are “philanthropreneurs,” driven to do good and have their profit, too.

Truth be told, the world could do with many more Bonos. He invests a tremendous amount of time and energy into his humanitarian pursuits — to the point that at one time his efforts almost torpedoed U2 — and ought not to be condemned for making money as well in the process and/or minimizing his tax burden. Bono is human like the rest of us and, recognizing that, sees the need to push others, governments and individuals alike, to step up to their social responsibilities.

Think of it it this way: Bono has been instrumental in attaining billions of dollars of debt relief for African Nations — an initiative George W. Bush actually mentioned in his most recent State of the Union Address without mentioning Bono by name — and has helped to save thousands if not tens of thousands of lives or even more over time (i.e. aside from AIDS funding, that money the African nations save is able to go towards food, shelter, medical, promoting enterprise etc.).

You all don’t think that’s worth a paycheck of 500 million or so, especially considering Bono actually creates something based on hard work, initiative and enterprise? What if Bono did NOT do what he is doing? What would be the opportunity cost? We’ll never know for sure, but there are a lot of living Africans out there you might be able to get an “I don’t know” from who might otherwise not be around.

Altruism and egoism, selfishness and selflessness are NOT incompatible concepts. Furthermore, in my view, we are ALL hypocrites to one degree or another. Bono is far less the hypocrite than many and uses his wealth, relative to many, very, VERY responsibly.

Related Post:
The Evolving Principles of Business Artivism
New York Times Magazine Profile:
The Statesman

January 27, 2007 Posted by | Art, Business, Economics, Philanthropy | 2 Comments

RAPHIE FRANK :: BUSINESS ARTIVIST

Yes, Virginia, There is STILL a Santa Claus Read Christmas Story

RAPHIE FRANK :: BUSINESS ARTIVIST

Background
Raphie Frank is a New York City-based interactive producer, writer, photographer and designer with sixteen years of hands-on cross-industry experience in a variety of managerial, creative and technical capacities in media including journalism, film & video, theater, music, commercial design and marketing communications. At heart, however, he considers himself a storyteller with the desire to tell reality-based stories with happy hopeful endings. He is currently engaged in a process to create the stories he wants to write about within a business context.

Portfolios ::::: producing ::::: writings ::::: photography ::::: design

December 28, 2006 Posted by | Art, Business, Economics, Philanthropy, Producing, Storytelling | Leave a comment

   

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