Call a spade a spade: on exploitation, coercion, and violence

Some of the work I do deals with community or complementary currencies. These days many people are offering different currency models in an effort to address failures* in the currencies, like the dollar,… Continue reading

Trophic currencies: ecosystem modeling and resilient economies

In early 2011 I presented with Stephanie Rearick, my colleague on the Time For the World project, at the International Conference on Community and Complementary Currencies in Lyon, France. You can find the video… Continue reading

Spinoza: The multitude

The following is a collection of every statement concerning the concept of the multitude found in Spinoza’s Political Treatise. I have extracted the sentences that contain the term, but no surrounding sentences. As such,… Continue reading

Machiavelli: The multitude

The following is a collection of every statement concerning the concept of the multitude found in Machiavelli’s Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius. I have extracted the sentences that contain the term,… Continue reading

Video: Presentation at complementary currency conference

This past February I co-presented at the International Conference on Community and Complementary Currencies in Lyon, France. This was through my involvement in the Time For the World project (TimeFTW.org). Here is the… Continue reading

The Post-It Manifesto

Back in early 2011 our newly-installed governor decided to crush public employee unions as part of an austerity campaign. Many of us fought back. During the struggle, our state capitol was locked down.… Continue reading

NSF Fellowship Proposal: personal statement

NSF fellowship proposal part 3 of 3. The story of me… This is a time of intense difficulty. Over the past five years we have witnessed increasing retrenchment of economic modes and institutions.… Continue reading

NSF Fellowship Proposal: research experience statement

NSF Fellowship proposal part 2 of 3. More things released into the underverse: I have spent the past three years contemplating collapse. In particular I have been grappling with how we understand continuous… Continue reading

NSF Fellowship Proposal: project statement

Part of my goals for this site is to have a place where works that would otherwise remain hidden and, consequently, unproductive can get a degree of exposure. Much of the work we… Continue reading

Event as resonance cascade, circa spring 2009

The following is an essay I wrote over a year and a half ago for a political geography seminar. At the time it was the culmination of my thinking on the concept of… Continue reading

On the question of ‘development’

I work on a time banking dissemination project called Time For the World. We are working on a paper for a complementary currency conference in February. There was a question about out use… Continue reading

Abstract to Resilience2011 Conference: Shear and feedback loss in central structures

Here is an abstract Preston and I submitted for the Resilience2011 conference this next spring. Title: Shear and feedback loss in central structures Abstract: Calving derived social structures: Upper level or centralized structures… Continue reading

Emergence as stress relief: some thoughts on power distribution and transformation

My friend Preston (twitter handle: @gl33p) and I are working on a series of projects all the time. One of the big conceptual ones focuses on theory of system behavior and development. We’re… Continue reading

Trophic incoherence in business strategy, preliminary thoughts.

Umair Haque recently wrote a column on business strategy that, in his style, seeks to disrupt conventional models of business activity in order to create a more meaningful economy. I highly recommend it.… Continue reading

Don’t impose your model on my narrative, man! or why hierarchies and networks are complementary

I often encounter a confusion in the understanding of hierarchies and networks. The former is assumed to have clear lines of leadership or oversight and the latter none. These are merely models for analyses of conditions, though, and not statements of material fact.

    Advertisements