December 2010

Monthly Archives

  • Living Off the Land

    December 29, 2010 Picking through obscure news, prospects for significant “pushback” by dispossessed people seem on the rise. Pushback refers to NIMBY movements, involuntary relocations, and so on, triggering social unrest, and even violence. The UN reports that urban poor are the fastest growing segment of the global population, fed by massive rural-to-urban migration. Rapidly […]

  • Collective Complexity

    December 29, 2010 We marvel how individual ants with very limited skills collectively build complex hills and social systems. But human organizations must also collectively accomplish feats much too complex for any one of us alone. So what is a better way to meld our individually limited capacities into a collective marvel? That starts with […]

  • Bloat

    December 16, 2010 Wondering what went wrong, much of the world is still gassed by bloat deflating from the global financial bust. A Compression view of the global economy as a physical entity helps explain it. Financial valuation is a human overlay on physical reality, a tangle of logic and emotion that often masks that […]

  • Critical Materials

    December 16, 2010 On December 15, the Department of Energy released its Critical Materials Strategy Report which is downloadable. Many horses escaped before this barn door started to close, but within the last few months, imagination began to perk up. For example, the last appendix of this report is the draft of a bare-bones DARPA-E workshop […]

  • Ricocheting Shortages and Ceteris Paribus

    December 2, 2010 A new book, Global Resource Depletion by Andre Diederen, reads much like the opening chapter of Compression, only better. Although published in the Netherlands, it’s written in English, and available from on-line booksellers. You can glean the gist of Diederen’s thinking from one of his recent presentations. Diederen does a “pretty good” […]

  • Peg Points

    December 2, 2010 Dealing with Compression is a wooly undertaking. Just contemplating so many new factors in making decisions taxes any individual’s intellectual comprehension beyond its limit, and emotional strain may be more draining. To make it humanly possible to handle this complexity, we must develop highly versatile, vigorous learning organizations, each dedicated to a […]