13 Jul 2015

Dream Team Technologies Founding Documents

in Design, Inspiration, Vision
In 1996 I started a company with some friends with the intention of creating "community at work together." This company became a HUGE source of my personal growth and development, broad entrepreuneurial experience, intentional culture creation and is what set me on the path into alternative currencies because of the innovative performance measures we created to manage a managerless organization.  I'm sharing our founding documents below because I find them very inspiring and they're not online anywhere.  
Actually, I usually cry when reading them aloud... especially the Statement of Accountability.
26 Nov 2014

Ceptr Design: Receptive Capacity Breakthrough

in Ceptr, Design, Language, Receptive Capacity

[This is an excerpt from the current draft of the Ceptr Revelation that I want to reference in other blog posts.]

Connectivity Blue painting from UniversalUV.comOne of our big breakthroughs in our system design came when we were looking at how to maximize composability. In contrast to our foray into XGFL, we wanted it to be easy for everything to be functionally mashed together.

We were talking about language and how amazingly composable it is. How, from a traditional computer science perspective of starting with ontological units, the conversation we were having was all constructed out of a couple dozen phonemes, which we used to construct word parts, and in turn constructed words, then phrases, then sentences, then narratives.

This way of thinking seems completely valid – even obvious. However, in another way, it is also completely wrong.

22 Nov 2014

Answers are Truly no Better than Questions

in Consulting, Design, Design Principles, Education

Or stated more clearly -- the answers you have are limited to the quality of the questions you asked.

This is a way bigger deal than we think.

You see… Our culture, our institutions, and our educational system all teach us that it’s very important to have the right answers. The people with the right answers are the powerful ones.

Well, there’s a big hitch in that equation. Having the right answers to stupid questions is the same as having stupid answers.

20 Nov 2014

Hacking my Productivity

in Design, Flow, Kanban, Learning Cycles, Personal, Productivity Hacks

I just responded to Tomis' post in his Agile Learning Center blog about how his time and work is structured. It's a part of his own practice in the Learning Cycle we talk about in ALCs (Intend --> Create --> Reflect --> Share).  So he's reflecting on his work and sharing what he's seeing so others can learn from it and be connected to him in his process.

I'm also trying to tune my work practices a bit, and have a new hack that I just responded to him about, so following his lead, I'm also going to share it here.  Besides, I need a place I can put the actual image. :)

[ === Comment Posted in Tomis' Blog ===]

Kanban Backlog Prioritization Hack

It's great to see your explorations in applying ALC principles to your own work. It's so critical that the students see us authentically e
ngaging in the same kinds of processes that they are.
I've been exploring some of this for my work recently too.  I'm trying a 2x2-dimensional hack on the backlog in my main kanban to help me organize/prioritize my time and tasks (I know... you're using Trello, I'm still using mini-stickies on one of our folding mag-white boards).

21 Mar 2009

The Footprints of Flow

in Currency, Design, Flow, Intrinsic Integrity, MetaCurrency, Open Source Software

Alan’s most recent of posts (about P2P Currency and Currency Platforms) outline a trajectory that points in this direction, but I want to specifically spell out one thing that is so different about what we’re building than any other currency projects we’ve seen.

There are some fundamental shifts that must be made in currency infrastructure for us to break free of the constraints and dysfunctional patterns of the past, and I don’t believe that any prior platforms provide for these necessary shifts yet.

I’ll let Eric write about how MCP and SGFL are also a complete departure, but I’m writing about the one that has been consuming my attention: Intrinsic Data Integrity.

29 Oct 2008

Critical to expand perception of Currencies

in Currency, Design, DNA

On the Complementary Currency Skype channel we've got going, there was brief but old standard debate going on about fiat vs. mutual credit currencies.

I chimed in with:

        When you expand your perspective about currency beyond only medium of exchange / monetary currencies the need for fiat    currencies becomes clear.

        For example, debiting a University for granting a college degree as reputation currency starts sounding awfully silly. There are quite valid reasons for fiat currencies.

        However, if your goal is to create sustained monetary value, that form of issuance tends to be "bad tech." I think we might be able to transcend some of the dogmatic Mac/PC or Fiat/Mutual-Credit posturing if we consider these broader applications they create sharper contrasts and clearer hues so that we can learn which adjustments effect what outcomes.

08 Oct 2008

Triple Bottom Line Currency

in Currency, Design, Threebles, Triple Bottom Line

Inspired to action by the Google 10^100 proposal that I wrote, I created a new web site for engaging people in the design, implementation, promotion and launch of Threebles (from Triple Bottom Line Economics - 3ble).

Come learn more and join in the fun at