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People

Michael Alderstein, Chris Anderson, Jose Andres, Hannah Arendt 1906 - 1975, Marc Benioff, Jeff Berner, Tim Berners-Lee, Jeff Bezos, Massimo Bottura, Sergey Brin, Vannever Bush 1890 - 1974, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin 1881 - 1955, Andy Clark, Arthur C. Clarke 1917 - 2008, Chuck Collins, Tim Cook, Peter Coyote, Matt Damon, Charles Robert Darwin 1809 - 1882, Jeff Dean, Peter Diamandis, Rick Doblin, Regina Dugan, Kevin M. Esvelt, J. Doyne Farmer, Peter Frase, Bucky Fuller 1895 -1983, Anand Giridharadas, Al Gore, Emmett Grogan 1942 - 1978, Yuval Harari, Reed Hastings, Reid Hoffman, Johan Huizinga 1872 - 1945, James Im, Joi Ito, Laurene Powell Jobs, Caroline A. Jones, Scott Kelly, John Maynard Keynes 1883 - 1946, Gayle King, Charles Koch, David Koch, Nancy Koehn,  Paul Krassner, Paul Krugman, Christine Lagarde, Jaron Lanier, Kai-Fu Lee, Lawrence Lessig, Michael Lewis, Thomas Robert Malthus 1766 - 1834, John Markoff Marshall McLuhan 1911 -1980, Roger McNamee, Carver Mead, Margaret Mead 1901 - 1978, Henry Miller 1891 - 1980, Elon Musk, Ethan Nadelmann, Barak Obama, Tim O’Reilly, Neri Oxman, Larry Page, Eboo Patel, Marty Perlmutter, Kate Raworth, Nicholas Roerich 1874 - 1947, Hans Rosling 1948 - 2017, Doug Rushkoff, Bertrand Russell 1872 - 1970, Jeffrey Sachs, Stuart Samuels, Dan Schulman, David E. Shaw, Masayoshi Son, George Soros, Gerd Stern, Mustafa Suleman, Ellen Johnson Surleaf. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Sebastian Thrun, Arnold Toynbee 1889 - 1975, Zeynep Tufekci, Sherry Turtle, Brian van der Horst, Maximilian Karl Emil "Max" Weber 1864 - 1920, Gary White, Oprah Winfrey, David Wood, Janet Yellin, …

Books

Kate Raworth, of Doughnut economics fame (https://www.kateraworth.com/author/kate-raworth/), asked people on Twitter to suggest books for changing the world. "Within a week, thanks to the Twitterati, 300 fantastic recommendations came pouring in. Lucy Feibusch [then] compile[d] the long stream of suggestions into one incredibly valuable list by clustering them into broad thematic categories - and she topped off each one with a one-line summary and link. You can download the complete list here as pdf or as a Googlesheet."

Other books include:

Agrawal, Ajay, Joshua Gans & Avi Goldfarb, Prediction Machines - The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence, Harvard Business Review, Boston: 2018.

They argue that AI's great asset is lowering the cost of prediction as well as increasing inequality.

Akutagawa, Ryunosuke, Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories, Penguin Classics, New York: 2009; also Kindle.

The movie Rashomon, by Akira Kurosawa, is based on Akutagawa's short stories: "In a Grove" and "Rashomon".

Andres, Jose, We Fed an Island - The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico One Meal at a Time, Harper Collins, New York: 2018.

It can be done: he organizes volunteers, garners resources and feeds those in crisis millions of meals.

Boccaccio, Giovanni, The Decameron, Prince Galehaut, Penguin Classics, New York: 2003. Originally published in 1353.

One hundred stories on the human conditions, the first book published in the "vulgar" tongue.

Diamandis, Peter H. and Steven Kotler, Abundance - The Future Is Better Than You Think, Free Press, New York: 2012.

They look at: water, food, energy, healthcare, education, and freedom through the abundance lens.

Easterbrook, Gregg, It's Better Than It Looks - Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear, Public Affairs, New York: 2018.

"Our perception of the world should be fact-based."

Enrique, Juan and Steve Gullans, Evolving Ourselves - How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Changing Life on Earth, Current, London: 2015.

Ripped from today's headlines! How evolution is now being driven by both nature and human choices.

Ford, Martin, Rise of the Robots -Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, Basic Books, New York: 2016.

An early warning about the nature of automation and how it will change the definition of work.

Ford, Martin, Architects of Intelligence - The Truth About AI from the People Building It, Packt Publishing: 2018.

Interviews with all of the primary contemporary movers of deep learning, neural networks and artificial intelligence.

Frase, Peter, Four Futures - Life After Capitalism, Verso, London/New York: 2016.

Technology and ecology as apocalypse and utopia. Equality, scarcity, hierarchy, abundance.

Fuller, R. Buckminster with Jerome Agel and Quentin Fiore, I Seem To Be a Verb, Bantam, New York: 1970.

"For the first time, we have a chance to be complete successes in our environment."

Giridharadas, Anand, Winners Take All - The Elite Charade of Changing the World, Penguin Random House, New York: 2018.

The givers give and somehow they take, too. How's that? How not to make real changes.

Harari, Yuval Noah, Homo Deus - A Brief History of Tomorrow, Harper Collins, New York: 2015, 2017.

After millennia of famine, plague and war: "Let's see what's on the agenda today."

Harari, Yuval Noah, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Spiegel & Grau, New York: 2018.

"In a world deluged by irrelevant information, clarity is power."

Harford, Tim, Messy - The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives, Riverhead, New York: 2016.

This is about "not succumbing to the temptation of the tidy-minded approach."

Hawken, Paul, Editor, Drawdown - The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, Penguin, New York: 2017.

Climate change is the challenge of our time, now. We need plans like this and others.

Huizinga, Johan, Homo Ludens - A Study of the Play-Element in Culture, Roy, New York: 1938, 1950.

"There is a third function…just as important as reasoning and making -- namely playing."

Hyde, Lewis, The Gift - Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, Vintage, New York: 1979, 2007.

A way of living from long ago that would work now to enhance creativity. We need gifts and to gift.

Jesuthasan, Ravin & John W. Boudreau, Reinventing Jobs - A 4-Step Approach for Applying Automation to Work, Harvard Business Review, Boston: 2018.

People are beginning to think deeply about employment changes now on the horizon.

Joyce, James, Finnegans Wake, Faber & Faber, London: 2002. Originally published in 1939.

The most adventurous work of literature, full of humor, puns, prophecy and prescience.

Kelly, Scott, Infinite Wonder, Penguin Random House, New York: 2018.

Extraordinary perspectives and abundant contexts for where we all live now.

Kennedy, James, Russell C. Eberhart, with Yuhui Shi, Swarm Intelligence, Morgan Kaufman, San Francisco: 2001.

Swarms seen in the context of intelligent adaptive behavior and evolutionary computation.

Keynes, John Maynard, “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren,” in The Essential Keynes, ed. Robert Skidelsky, Penguin, London: 2015, first published in 1930.

One of the best visionary essays of our times. Brilliant speculation, rooted and grounded.

Keynes, John Maynard, Essays in Persuasion, W.W.Norton, New York: 1963, pp. 358-373.

He understood what was coming before others. He knew what we would be facing.

Koehn, Nancy, Forged in Crisis - The Making of Five Courageous Leaders, Simon and Schuster, New York: 2018.

Is it crisis that will bring us to our senses? How have leaders done it in the past?

Lanier, Jaron, Who Owns the Future?, Simon & Schuter, New York: 2013.

He asks the questions of our relationship with tech that we all need answered.

 

Lee, Kai-Fu, AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley and the New World Order, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York: 2018.

An insider view of the future of machine intelligence on the geopolitical stage.

Lewis, Michael, The Fifth Risk, W.W. Norton, New York: 2018.

How government in the US is mired in yesterday and more.

 

McLuhan, Marshall and Quentin Fiore, War and Peace in the Global Village, Bantam, New York: 1968.

Another Quentin Fiore communications masterpiece, bringing McLuhan's insights to the page anew.

Moore, G.E., Principia Ethica, Dover, Mineola, NY:2004, pp. 183–224, first published 1903.

The ethics opus of its time.

O'Reilly, Tim, WTF - What's the Future and Why It's Up to Us, HarperCollins, New York: 2017.

WTF? can be an expression of amazement or an expression of dismay.

 

Pinchbeck, Daniel, How Soon Is Now? - The Handbook for Global Change, Penguin Random House, New York: 2017.

The world needs many systems to change and many people to awaken, perhaps as one global tribe.

Pinker, Steven, Enlightenment Now - The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress, Penguin Random House, New York: 2018.

He's got a point: so much is better now than at any other time in history. And many things keep getting better and better.

Reese, Byron, The Fourth Age - Smart Robots, Conscious Computers and the Future of Humanity, Atria, New York: 2018.

A will reasoned and articulated look ahead. Underscores many problems and potentials.

Rosling, Hans, Factfulness - Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World -- And Why Things Are Better Than You Think, Flatiron, New York: 2018.

His Ted Talks are astounding, informative and surprising. Here's some of that in a book.

Russell, Bertrand,  In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays, Simon and Schuster, New York: 1972.

The very concept of "idleness" now sounds almost archaic, but we need to convert the current version soon.

Smil, Vaclav, Energy and Civilization - A History, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA: 2017.

A favorite book, on the full nature of energy, of Bill Gates.

Srnicek, Nick and Alex Williams, Inventing the Future - Postcapitalism and a World Without Work, Verso, London/New York: 2015, 2016.

Will there be a post-capitalism, as these progressives propose? What's next?

Stapledon, Olaf, Last and First Men, Dover, Mineola, New York: 2008. First published in 1930.

The original future history of humanity. Many science fiction plot lines.

Stapledon, Olaf, Star Maker, Millenium, 1999. First published in 1937.

His follow-up to Last and First Men. Who makes the stars?

Wiener, Norbert, The Human Use of Human Beings - Cybernetics and Society, Houghton Mifflin, Boston: 1950.

His speculations on automation were prescient, especially in the original 1950 hardcover edition.

Articles

John Maynard Keynes, “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren,”  first published 1930,.

Bertrand Russell, "In Praise of Idleness," Harper's, October, 1932.

Charlie Tyson, "Virtuosos of Idleness, The Hedgehog Review, V. 20, No. 1, Spring, 2018.

Yanis VarouFakis, "Imagining a new Keynesian Bretton Woods," World Economic Forum, 6 May 2016.

 

Documents

 

Videos

 

Websites

 

Ideas, speculations, thoughts, talks, notes, etc.

 

 

TALK

I gave two talks about my ideas about making the world work in 2018, in New York City and in Woodstock, New York. Here is an edited version of those talks:

 

MAKING THE WORLD WORK - Ed Rosenfeld

Tell them what you’re going to tell them.

Tell them what you’re telling them.

Tell them what you told them.

Said to me by the late, great Gene Fairly.

I’m talking tonight about making the world work.

As I speak, I hope you pay attention to how you are feeling and what comes up for you.

First, I’ll give you some brief information about the people I mention and quote in my presentation. Looking into all of them, and learning more on your own about them, will be rewarding for all.

Next I’ll make my presentation talk.

When I finish my talk, I’ll ask you to self-organize into dyads, triads, whatever configurations, and discuss your reactions for about ten minutes.

Then, we’ll have a conversation about world working, rather than a Q&A with me, the speaker.

At the conclusion of our discussion, I’ll attempt a brief summary.

The people in my talk:

Richard Buckminster (“Bucky”) Fuller (1895 -1983). My inspiration. Architect, creator of the geodesic dome, the dymaxion one island earth map, and author of many books.

Ellen Johnson Surleaf (b. 1938 - ). Former president of Liberia. Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in  2011.

Thomas Robert Malthus (1766 - 1834). Economist, demographer and author of An Essay on the Principle of Population.

Maximilian Karl Emil "Max" Weber (1864 - 1920). Sociologist, philosopher and author of The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.

Charles Robert Darwin (1809 - 1882). Biologist and author of On the Origin of the Species.

Herbert Marshall McLuhan (1911 - 1980). Author of many books, especially Understanding Media and The Gutenberg Bible.

Gerd Stern (1928 -). Poet, artist, multi-media inventor and so much more… His latest book of poetry, WHENTHEN, was just published.

Arnold Toynbee (1889 - 1975). British historian and philosopher of history. Author of the multi-volume A Study of History.

Sir Arthur Charles Clarke (1917 - 2008). Author of many books in science fiction and more. Clarke, in the late 1940s, conceptualized our contemporary satellite communication system.

Margaret Mead (1901 - 1978). Cultural anthropologist and author of Coming of Age in Samoa.

Johanna “Hannah” Arendt (1906 - 1975). Philosopher and political theorist and author of many books, including: The Origins of Totalitarianism and The Human Condition.

Marty Perlmutter (1948 -). Media pioneer, activist and author of The Leafblower’s Lament, just published.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881 - 1955). Archeologist, geologist, Jesuit scholar and philosopher. Author of many books, including The Phenomena of Man. He popularized the concept of the noosphere, like the geosphere and the biosphere, i.e., the noosphere is the sphere of human thought and consciousness.

My talk:

I’m wearing my t-shirt depicting a scene from a painting by Hieronymus Bosch; he lived from about 1450 to 1516. I want to explain that what we gather tonight to talk about is what Bosch depicted in this painting, which is entitled “The Garden of Earthly Delights”. Though some may see what he portrayed as excess, I want to talk about a world of plenty, a true garden of earthly delights.

What’s important? What should we be talking about everywhere, now?

I believe that the most important issue to talk about is making the world work.

 

 

NOTES

As I’ve worked on this website for making the world work, I’ve made notes, on a near daily basis, about the ideas and concepts involved.

So here are my notes on world working notes:

Bucky said:

“There is enough to go around.”

Yes, there is enough to go around. To really be enough, however, it really all has to go around.

A NEWER DEAL

UBI won’t work unless all the basics required for life: i.e., housing, shelter, food, transportation, clothing, etc., are provided. Then, a universal basic income could supplement that series of basic provisions. At that point of this transition, in addition to the obligatory redefinition of work, there probably needs to be an additional redefinition: of money, and exchange. What is essential is allowing people to have what they need and what they want.

Such a role for the government and the military to be providers and provisioners of such basics would be a good transitional space for government and the military to be in, as we move into the future.This would be part of the transition as we move from representative and authoritarian governments toward the future: self organization.

From the working world to World Working.

 

Other Resources

 

The World Working song: "Cooperation" by Franco & Sam Mangwana, on the album: The Rough Guide To Congolese Soukous. Chanté par Sam Mangwana, Franco, Lola Chécain, Josky Kiambukuta.