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Tuesday, February 10, 2004 - 12:16 PM
Physicist and computer scientist Stephen Wolfram has made his seminal work, A New Kind of Science, available for free online. What is the Principle of Computational Equivalence? Almost all processes that are not obviously simple can be viewed as computations of equivalent sophistication. More specifically, the principle of computational equivalence says that systems found in the natural world can perform computations up to a maximal ("universal") level of computational power, and that most systems do in fact attain this maximal level of computational power.
Saturday, December 20, 2003 - 03:20 AM
To sow the seeds of a global self-organizing, self-propagating infrastructure which allows the creation, discovery, commitment, and fulfillment of meaningful giving opportunities within a trusted environment... Asking the question, "What is the simplest thing I can do which will have the maximum global humanitarian uplift?"
Saturday, November 29, 2003 - 04:27 PM
When people talk about wisdom, they often use sight-related words like insight, foresight, discernment, farsightedness, brilliance, reflection, illumination, enlightenment, visionary and seer. "I am writing about wisdom to recover it from esoteric realms and place it solidly in the middle of our collective lives where the world lives or dies, depending on how wise we learn how to be together."
Sunday, November 23, 2003 - 11:14 AM
The evolution in "'Citizen Deliberative Councils' can and should be used in a wide variety of ways to increase the potency of our democracy. Citizen Deliberative Councils can increase both the power of "We the People" and the quality of the decisions made and implemented with that power." -Tom Atlee, Co-Intelligence Institute
Thursday, October 30, 2003 - 08:42 PM
Excerpt from Social Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalism, by Coolmel, March 2007
"Wikipedia defines social entrepreneurs as “someone who recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture to make social change.” Ashoka describes social entrepreneurs as “individuals with innovative solutions to society's most pressing social problems.” The keywords here are “social problems” and “solutions.” In short, social entrepreneurs solve social problems (such as poverty, unemployment) to create a wide-scale social change without anticipation of substantial financial profit. In its attempt to define social entrepreneurship, the Stanford Social Innovation Review put it succinctly, “Social entrepreneurship signals the imperative to drive social change, and it is that potential payoff, with its lasting, transformational benefit to society, that sets the field and its practitioners apart.”
Conscious capitalism on the other hand is “creating a new paradigm for business,” to make corporations and businesses “conscious” about how they conduct their business. This includes infusing corporations and businesses with spirituality, corporate social responsibility (CSR), adoption of the triple bottom line (3BL) and other ethical business practices. In short, conscious capitalists (or business people engaging in conscious capitalism), put values first before profit. It's capitalism infused with “soul.” However, conscious capitalists are not necessarily recognized as entrepreneurs until they become “successful” with their business (see SSIR for details). And while conscious capitalists can also be social problem solvers, in general, conscious capitalists are exploiters of opportunity (or opportunity seekers) with a value proposition of gaining profit for themselves and/or for their investors, shareholders, and stakeholders.
Therefore, the main difference is: Social entrepreneurs are primarily (social) problem solvers without regard for profit. That's why many social enterprises are not-for-profit and have their grassroots planted in developing countries; While conscious capitalists are primarily opportunity seekers operating under the paradigm of conscious capitalism... "
Saturday, September 27, 2003 - 12:42 AM
"...knowledge can arise as instantaneous insight or intuition, based on precious little "information" -- a direct encounter with the Whole, not the pieces. One can also set up systems that self-organize information so that the relevant pieces leap out of the whole..." -Tom Atlee, The Co-Intelligence Institute