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Plausible Deniability – How to Let the Govt Hack Your Own Servers

Facebook and Google are both public companies. They get into a lot of trouble if they lie in the public domain, and expose themselves to shareholder lawsuits. Both companies have denied they permitted or were aware of the US government accessing their servers. So, given that we are supposed to take them at their word, […]

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TedXKrakow – my script for talk on “New Lens” plus Libyan Revolution

[holding glass / water bottle] In 1660, a ‘crazy’ Dutch scientist called Anton van Leeuwenhoek started writing scientific papers about how he saw small things moving about in water. The man was clearly mad. Because if you look at a glass of water with the naked eye, even if you really squint, you can’t see […]

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Working on sanitation and rural development in India – my interest in the Great WASH Yatra

Although I might have a reputation more on innovation, technology and revolution, I am deeply interested in applying my skills – and the science of spread – to all types of social challenge. So, when I came across WASH United, and their goal of improving human lives through better sanitation, I was very interested both […]

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Serial Dating Problem and the Switch to Monogamy #MayFail

Human beings are charming. We see the world around us in an instant, and project that this world will carry on the same forever. And we either forget the past entirely or edit the past so that we only think about the bits that fit today, and erase the rest. I always get reminded of […]

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I need to write down my predictions more often… Berlusconi & Netanyahu…

Whenever I look at events, I use a technique I call “Trajectories“. I figure out what are the key elements to the progression of a set of events, and then make an estimate of how likely certain outcomes will be. I write down my estimates in my notebook, and then go back and review them […]

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Plausible Ridiculousness – My Tactic to Help Others

For about three years I have been using a tactic to present myself. That tactic is “plausible ridiculousness“. It is a tactic, not reality! I have been working on a plan to help change the world (for better) at huge scale. Ultimately this means: helping people be more happy… and less sad… be free to […]

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Extreme Problem Solving & The Science of Spread – Presentation at HR Tech Europe

I was invited to deliver a keynote on technology and people at the HR Tech Europe event in Amsterdam. I am talking at the same time as I deliver the slides, so don’t be disappointed if you are not sure what the slides mean just by looking at them online. You’d be missing the point […]

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The Zimbabwe Election Monitoring Project 2008

My first ever big ‘change the world (for better)‘ initiative was helping the MDC opposition in Zimbabwe win the 2008 elections. I have told the story many times (in person, and sometimes with a glass of wine in hand). In order to provide more detail around the story, plus some photos of what actually happened, […]

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New Accountability for Corporations: Jail Time for Executives

The OccupyWallStreet (OWS) movement has gathered momentum rapidly, from a mere mention in a July 2011 e-mail newsletter from Adbusters, a Canadian activist organization, to hundreds of locations and thousands of supporters across the US and beyond (see Wikipedia history on OWS). The We are 99 Percent movement, as some are calling themselves, have many grievances, […]

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Sharing FB comments – Mongolia protests sparked by deaths

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/05/30/ap/asia/main20067302.shtml   Why can’t people just get along… two incidents, both local people complaining about encroachment into their local lands (goat herding, etc) – Chinese workers end up killing two people – driving a truck into one, and a forklift truck into another. It will be interesting whether the news / internet clampdown can actually […]

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