The Crown of Freedom, Celebration of Life and Light


November 14, 2015. Seven rays of light emanating, just like the Statue of Lady Liberty crown. Dedicated to all men and women in the world who are brave enough to disobey controlaholic tyrants. I hope it will inspire and energize you !

As reaction to the darkness of #Paris attacks, let us celebrate LIFE with Light and Freedom.

Another view of the Crown Of Freedom

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jaap van till, theconnectivist

= Crown designed and sculpted by artist Ilse ten Broeke, Maskarada – Masks & More  (photo: Dageraad fotografie) =

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Crypto Enlightenment: A Social Theory of Blockchains, by Melanie Swan


Fundamental article about distributed trust, must-read if you want to understand what is coming.

=> Idea: It may be helpful to map these powerful concepts on the famous Graves Values Model (GVM,  personal and community learning curves). I hope I can find time for that, and get assistance.
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Originally posted on Collective Intelligence:

There is something new and fundamental happening in the world which could be the start of the next enlightenment period. The core of this is shifting from centralized to decentralized models in all aspects of our lives, both individual and societally.

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WATER = LEVEN, Leef Jij ?


Mijn advies: bestel dit adembenemende boek !!  ~ jaap van till, theconnectivist


“De Schoonheid van Water, goud van de toekomst​”.
Giovanna Gomersbach   Het Geschenk van 2015…
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T-Mobile Recommended as Mobile Provider for City-String Corridoria

Tmobile connects


By the constructive and connective power vested in me I recommend T-Mobile as the preferred mobile network access provider in the string of city-regions of Corridoria. See the updated list on

T-Mobile connects people with a wide diversity of backgrounds and bridges them across borders of any kind, so they can co-operate and create value and synergy.

ir. Jaap van Till, Count of Corridoria

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German Government issues Ruling for Broadband Infrastructure Rollout


  1. On October 22, 2015, the German Government, after discussion with many segments of society, accepted and issued a clear “Richtlinie: Förderung zur Unterstützung des Breitbandausbaus in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland“. It has government approval and thus force of law in Germany. The Bundesministerium has promised 2700 million Euro’s to help fund it.

The key ministry for this ruling is the Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur: Alexander Dobrindt (minister for Traffic and Digital Infrastructure) and Dorothee Bär, Staatssekretärin beim Bundesminister für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur ( Twitter: @DoroBaer ), see photo.

The full text (in German) can be downloaded from:  .

The two Anlagen (Attachments, in German) sind hier:

Anlage 1_Förderrichtlinie Breitband_Unterlagen

Anlage 2 Förderrichtlinie Breitband_Scoring_final

I will post here ASAP the translation into the Dutch (NL) language and, when it is available, also the English language translation.

2. It is IMHO amazing that such an high impact policy document was written in only 13 pages, and concerns so much money to be invested in the Digital Infrastructure of Germany. It is very good to do that, as can be seen from the area’s with broadband at present in that country: very scattered in and around big cities:

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Source: recent EU Commission report.

ir. Jaap van Till, TheConnectivist

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(Future 10) Three More ‘Must Read’ Books about our Future

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Recommended reading if you want to know what is Changing Fast.

I. “Exponential Organizations”

Exponential Organizations: Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, and cheaper than yours (and what to do about it) Paperback – October 14, 2014

In business, performance is key. In performance, how you organize can be the key to growth.

In the past five years, the business world has seen the birth of a new breed of company―the Exponential Organization―that has revolutionized how a company can accelerate its growth by using technology. An ExO can eliminate the incremental, linear way traditional companies get bigger, leveraging assets like community, big data, algorithms, and new technology into achieving performance benchmarks ten times better than its peers.

Three luminaries of the business world―Salim Ismail, Yuri van Geest, and Mike Malone―have researched this phenomenon and documented ten characteristics of Exponential Organizations. Here, in EXPONENTIAL ORGANIZATIONS, they walk the reader through how any company, from a startup to a multi-national, can become an ExO, streamline its performance, and grow to the next level.

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II. “The Second Machine Age”

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

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III. “The Zero Marginal Cost Society”

The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism  Paperback – July 7, 2015

In The Zero Marginal Cost Society, New York Times bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin describes how the emerging Internet of Things is speeding us to an era of nearly free goods and services, precipitating the meteoric rise of a global Collaborative Commons and the eclipse of capitalism.

Rifkin uncovers a paradox at the heart of capitalism that has propelled it to greatness but is now taking it to its death―the inherent entrepreneurial dynamism of competitive markets that drives productivity up and marginal costs down, enabling businesses to reduce the price of their goods and services in order to win over consumers and market share. (Marginal cost is the cost of producing additional units of a good or service, if fixed costs are not counted.) While economists have always welcomed a reduction in marginal cost, they never anticipated the possibility of a technological revolution that might bring marginal costs to near zero, making goods and services priceless, nearly free, and abundant, and no longer subject to market forces.

Now, a formidable new technology infrastructure―the Internet of things (IoT)―is emerging with the potential of pushing large segments of economic life to near zero marginal cost in the years ahead. Rifkin describes how the Communication Internet is converging with a nascent Energy Internet and Logistics Internet to create a new technology platform that connects everything and everyone. Billions of sensors are being attached to natural resources, production lines, the electricity grid, logistics networks, recycling flows, and implanted in homes, offices, stores, vehicles, and even human beings, feeding Big Data into an IoT global neural network. Prosumers can connect to the network and use Big Data, analytics, and algorithms to accelerate efficiency, dramatically increase productivity, and lower the marginal cost of producing and sharing a wide range of products and services to near zero, just like they now do with information goods.

The plummeting of marginal costs is spawning a hybrid economy―part capitalist market and part Collaborative Commons―with far reaching implications for society, according to Rifkin. Hundreds of millions of people are already transferring parts of their economic lives to the global Collaborative Commons. Prosumers are plugging into the fledgling IoT and making and sharing their own information, entertainment, green energy, and 3D-printed products at near zero marginal cost. They are also sharing cars, homes, clothes and other items via social media sites, rentals, redistribution clubs, and cooperatives at low or near zero marginal cost. Students are enrolling in free massive open online courses (MOOCs) that operate at near zero marginal cost. Social entrepreneurs are even bypassing the banking establishment and using crowdfunding to finance startup businesses as well as creating alternative currencies in the fledgling sharing economy. In this new world, social capital is as important as financial capital, access trumps ownership, sustainability supersedes consumerism, cooperation ousts competition, and “exchange value” in the capitalist marketplace is increasingly replaced by “sharable value” on the Collaborative Commons.

Rifkin concludes that capitalism will remain with us, albeit in an increasingly streamlined role, primarily as an aggregator of network services and solutions, allowing it to flourish as a powerful niche player in the coming era. We are, however, says Rifkin, entering a world beyond markets where we are learning how to live together in an increasingly interdependent global Collaborative Commons.

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Also recommended are the 2 books mentioned before in my (Future 1) blog

IV. “PostCapitalism” by Paul Mason

V. “Peers Inc” by Robin Chase

Enjoy !!!

Jaap van Till, TheConnectivist

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(Future 9) : New Economic Philosophy: “Network Economies of Abundance” by Melanie Swan

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((This article reposted here was published earlier in Sept 14: and in “the Broader Perspective” blog on September 13, 2015: ))

A New Kind of Economic Philosophy: Network Economies of Abundance

Melanie Swan

By Melanie Swan

Posted: Sep 14, 2015

Blockchain technology, as revolutionary as it is, is perhaps most revolutionary in exposing the corner of a whole new philosophy of economics that can be formulated as a Network Economics of Abundance.

Not just a new economic theory, but a new philosophy of economics is required because the entirety of existing economic theory has been constructed around the assumption of scarcity, and reconfiguring our economic thought around abundance instead as a central parameter requires rethinking economics so profoundly as to be a new philosophical position that is outside the field of economics.

Thus, it is timely to articulate a Philosophy of Abundance. Many different pieces have been emerging in the world that can be assembled into a description and future vision for this Network Economies of Abundance (Figure 1, see above).

Shifting from the Labor Economy to the Actualization Economy

First considering Paradigms, two positions can be articulated. First is Traditional Economies. We are familiar with traditional economic models where the organizing parameters are scarcity, control, hoarding, hierarchies, and relationships of power being held over others. The definition of economics concerns the production and consumption of goods and services, and success is measured by output (GDP). The goods and services that are valorized and measured in the formal economy are produced by monetary-based labor.

A second position is Network Economies of Abundance where the organizing parameters are completely reversed. This economics is based on abundance, access, availability, yes-and collaborative willingness, and power shared with others. Network Economies of Abundance are measured in fulfillment; though actualization, connection, purpose, and meaning. In a full, liberation economics, the measurement metrics are self-chosen by individuals and groups. The definition of economics has shifted, away from transactions, even if game theoretic, to interactions. Economics can be seen as a facilitation mechanism rather than a transaction mechanism. Economics becomes a discovery and exchange process, one of interaction, acknowledgement, collaboration, and creation.

Evolving Positions in Network Economies of Abundance

Network Economy: Already in the current world, distinctly different economic models have arisen and co-exist alongside the traditional model. This has always been true regarding the informal sector, and is now more recognizable. One feature that characterizes network economies is a free flow of information, and engaging and interacting with that information, and more generally active participation. Another feature is that there is a mindset shift to access rather than ownership, or at least an attunement to different ownership models, and the notions of rights, responsibilities and stewardship attached to each. There are peer-produced commons goods like Wikipedia, sharing economy properties like Uber and Airbnb, and there is a multi-currency society where other currencies such as attention and intention are monetized. Societal shared trust stems from individual identity being known by others.

Resource Grid Economy: This is what is starting to unfold now, the idea of Ubiquitous on-demand Resource Network Grids, which is fundamental in the mindshift to abundance. More and more resources are becoming fully dynamically available, lurking in the background as a resource blanket, to be called forth on-demand for use at any moment. For example, mind-controlled personalized drones could deliver on-demand items from an intention picked up by personalized QS EEG neuro-hacking rigs or smarthome personalized robots like Jibo, or the Nest. Ubiquitous resource grids are practical, and contribute to the ongoing mentality shift from scarcity to abundance. Time is freed for other higher-level cognitive engagement and enjoyment when resources are always-available on-demand, instead requiring cognitive effort to plan for availability. A simple example is having to know the bus schedule (keeping it loaded in memory) versus walking outside, opening up an app and seeing what bus is next. Societal shared trust is a function of agent reputation.

Crypto-Economy: The emerging crypto-economy uses blockchain technology and cryptocurrency tokens like Bitcoin to automate and facilitate human (and human-technology) interaction patterns. Decentralization as a new organizational paradigm extends our capabilities beyond hierarchical organizational models (both practically and values-wise (e.g.; more autonomy for all agents)) into trustless very-large scale models for coordinating world-scale activity. A million cryptocurrency tokens could bloom as the community token of individual cryptocitizens and groups for coordinating local post-monetary economies like basic income initiatives and demurrage programmable currency redistributions. Cryptographic ledgers could coordinate spot transactions (cryptocurrency) and t+n interactions with smart contracts and autonomous dapp, DAO, DAC, DCO, entities and all physical and intangible assets registered as smart property. Societal shared trust is instantiated though smartnetwork consensus, independently non-totalizingly (integrity-preservingly) signed.

Needs-based Economy: A final position in the Network Economies of Abundance could be one in which the focal point is needs, where the needs of all entities readily surface and can be met. A needs-based economy focuses on the most important aspects and deeper level of what occurs in economic transactions. Each entity (person, group, community, country, technology entity) has needs. Some of the most important needs for humans tend to include acknowledgement, connection, contribution, meaning, and action in the world. Economics is a strategy for getting these and other needs met. Smartnetwork code entity DAOs/DACs could unobtrusively orchestrate patterns of interaction among biocryptocitizen agents to maximize needs-meeting, including by registering needs as smart assets to which token is posted to indicate degree of met-ness (basic income smart needs). Another example could be secure user-permissioned cloudmind collaborations with other human and technology entities for the purpose of problem-solving and creative expression. Societal shared trust is a priori, based on agent capacity, in digital society smartnetworks of the future.

Reference: Swan, M. (2015). Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy. O’Reilly Media.

Melanie Swan, MBA, is an Affiliate Scholar of the IEET. Ms. Swan, principal of the MS Futures Group, is a philosopher, science and technology futurist, and options trader.

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