NextNow and Building the Second Renaissance

NextNow Collaboratory is part of the Renaissance2 Great Shift Gathering which will take place in Perpignan, France from 22nd to 26th October, including a launch of the WorldShift Alliance. Our partner, Renaissance2, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to catalyzing global social innovation, is inviting NextNowNetwork members to join the Great Shift Gathering by offering a 30% discount on tickets to the event. The discount code will arrive in an email to NextNow members.  Please use this discount when registering to receive 30% off the fee. The Gathering is designed around two main events.  Event 1 is on Designing a Resilient Civilization…

State of the World Forum Launches in Brazil: 2020 By 2050

SEE END OF POST FOR EVENT LIVE BROADCAST LINKS NextNow Collaboratory is an organizational partner of State of the World Forum, launching the global 2020 Climate Leadership Campaign today in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  This Forum marks the first time people will be coming together from around the world at this scale to strategize plans of action to reduce carbon emissions globally by 80% by 2020 (instead of 2050, widely accepted by governments but acknowledged by scientists as “too late”) not just through a change in behavior (which can be difficult to sustain) but by re-aligning our relationship to ourselves and…

NextNow’s Zann Gill on Evolution, Sustainability, and Collaboration

Our own Zann Gill recently recorded this video preview of her book, What Daedalus Told Darwin:  Darwin’s Dilemma and Designing Intelligence. Zann was exploring evolution as a way to help understand the creative process, and ultimately was led to flip her inquiry:  might an understanding of design help shed light on the process of evolution?  Asking this question instead eventually helped her build on the case that Darwinism may have misrepresented Darwin (by attributing to him an extreme view–that all evolutionary change was a product of “survival of the fittest,”–which he apparently never held), that socioeconomic paradigms can and sometimes…

NNC and 2009 State of the World Forum in Washington, D.C. Nov. 12-14

“Gaia’s main problems are not industrialization, ozone depletion, over-population, or resource depletion. Gaia’s main problem is the lack of mutual understanding and mutual agreement … about how to proceed with those problems. We cannot reign in industry if we cannot reach mutual understanding and mutual agreement based on a worldcentric moral perspective concerning the global commons.” – Ken Wilber NextNow Collab is collaborating with The 2009 State of the World Forum to inspire a global network of people and organizations committed to transforming the way we live.  Global challenges are both too systemic and too personal to be left to…

Rethinking Green: How Information Can Replace Energy (Stewart Brand)

NextNow Collab is a charter member of LongNow Foundation. The following event announcement seems particularly relevant to our community (and it’s right in our backyard this time, an asset whose value cannot be overstated). The premise makes intuitive sense to me, since I hold information as energy in~formation. Stewart Brand speaks at U.C. Berkeley March 16th, 02009 by Danielle Engelman Stewart Brand will be speaking about Rethinking Green: How Can Information Replace Energy and Finesse the Biosphere? on Monday March 16, 02009 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. This lecture is part of the Berkeley Center for New Media’s Art,…

U.S. Senate Committee on EPW Press Blog Post: NASA’s Theon on Global Warming

THIS is an important reason why I favor focusing attention on the concept of Ecological Footprint vs. man-made global warming.  So far I have seen no debate around the science showing that the developed world is using Earth’s resources faster than Earth is capable of regenerating them.  (See Global Footprint Network and numerous posts in this blog, including yesterday’s.)  Whether the causes of global warming are man-made or not, science shows that our carbon footprint represents half of our total ecological footprint, which is unsustainable.  From the Global Footprint Network website: Ecological + Carbon Footprints “Global climate change is one…

Citizen Action Items: change.org Top Ten and NEW change.gov Citizen Briefing Book

If you haven’t already checked it out, please consider going to change.org and voting on your favorite ideas for Change In America. (VOTING ENDS 5 PM ET JANUARY 15.)  It’s too late to submit your own ideas to change.org, but the Obama-Biden Transition team just announced a Citizen Briefing Book in the Open Government section on change.gov:  “an online forum where you can share your ideas, and rate or offer comments on the ideas of others.  The best-rated ones will rise to the top, and after the Inauguration, we’ll print them out and gather them into a binder like the…

HeartMath emWave Wins 2009 CES Show Award; Special Offer for NextNow

(The Institute of HeartMath is offering all NextNowNetwork and Collab members a 10% discount on emWaves.  A coupon code will be sent to members via email.) The Institute of HeartMath (IHM)–the organization behind NNCollab’s collaboration project Global Coherence Initiative–just announced that the emWave Personal Stress Reliever WON the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show Last Gadget Standing People’s Choice Award, and came in second in the CES auditorium award.  From PRWeb:  Prior to the People’s Choice Competition, expert judges, including tech expert and Last Gadget Standing host Robin Raskin, and eight editors from NetShelter Technology Media network partner sites, such as Geek.com,…

Stanford Social Innovation Review

NNCollab met some of the people at the Stanford Social Innovation Review at last fall’s SoCap08 in San Francisco and Social Venture Network member gathering in La Jolla.  Here’s SSIR’s Top Five Articles of 2008 that posted today.  They include one called, “Rediscovering Social Innovation”–close to our hearts: Highlights of 2008: Top Five Articles In the spirit of awards season, SSIR brings you the best of 2008—starting with the top five most-read articles (as measured by hits on our Web site). We’ve listed them in order of popularity. Achieving Breakthrough Performance From the Girl Scouts, to Partners In Health, to…

Collective Heart Intelligence

At last month’s Program for the Future (the NextNow-born initiative focused on reinvigorating the development of tools and technologies to support collective intelligence), one of the most interesting movements I observed emerging out of those who chose to be there was toward creating a broader definition of “intelligence.”  My opinion, which seemed widely supported, is that real collective intelligence isn’t a product solely of human thinking–it actually requires that we tap in to ALL of the human intelligences, as well as the intelligence of Nature. It must include the intelligence of the heart.  If this were truly and sincerely accomplished,…