ITSEF III was held at Stanford University on March 18, 2009. Pascal Levensohn, Founder and Managing Partner of Levensohn Venture Partners, moderates the panel, with panelists Dr. Curtis Carlson, President and CEO of SRI International, Dr. Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, Chairman Sparta Group, LLC and Ms. Lesa Mitchell, VP Advancing Innovation, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. (51 min)
Caroline Raffensperger speaks about the purpose of government. The Common is the cental element of our society, and the economy. The common wealth and the common health. The function of government is to be the trustee of of the things we share. The government and the economy must be scaled to ensure the protection of that heritage. (5 min)
The title of this web site is "Adapt to Experience". The lies we tell ourselves about ourselves are the most dangerous of all. That is a lesson we all need to learn. So do any of us understand the "Truth"? Some 30 years ago Waldo Salt, an American film maker made this statement: "Truth is what you seek after you know you've lost it." That applies to our personal lives and to our public lives. It saddens me to acknowledge that this film challenges the "truth" most of us understand. 'The War on Democracy' is John Pilger's first major film for the cinema. Set in Latin America and the US, it explores the historic and current relationship of Washington with countries such as Venezuela, Bolivia and Chile.
The War on Democracy: by John Pilger (93 min)
Charles Leadbeater weaves a tight argument that innovation isn't just for professionals anymore. In fact it never was. Leadbeater talks about how we organize ourselves without organizations. The traditional view about how innovation occurs is invalid.
The Rise of the Amateur Professional. (20 min)
Some interesting statistics on the changes that are happening in the world today. I think the message is important to everyone. Shift happens, and you can't know what's happening, you can't understand it no matter how clever you may be. But you can be interested, you can understand what's happening in your own local area, and you can connect that to the pattern of world wide change in a general way. You need to be responsible for your own re-education.
Here's the video - "Shift Happens" (7 min)
Ewan Semple speaks for about half an hour on how he initiated experiments in social networking and blogging at the BBC to discover what the BBC knew that the BBC didn't know that it knew. This is a very interesting talk about enabling a global conversation within the BBC.
Ewan Semple at the LIFT Conference 2006 (25 min)
Alan Kay talks about education, his own education and the possibilities for a new type of education in a modern world. He draws a parallel between the printing press and the computer. When the printing press was developed one person in 100 could read. 200 years later 20 people in 100 could read in Europe. But the printing press was still only being used to print the old books of the past it wasn't being used to create new books.
In the same way we are today using the computer to do the things we have previously done in other ways. To keep stock records or to do accounting, or to reprint the daily news. The real benefit of computers is that they help us to think more efficiently, but we find that hard so we don't do that.
In spite of the development of digital information, the essential things people need to know about the world is still in books in the public library. Those books are under-utilized because people don't have the foresight to make it their business to be better informed. That is why the computer that sits on almost every desk is so poorly used and why the information age that digital technology makes possible isn't happening anytime soon.
Education in the Digital Age - with Alan Kay (28 min)
Worldchanging.com founder Alex Steffen offers a fast-paced round-up of radical (but possible) answers to our planet’s greatest challenges. As Western-style consumerism spreads to developing countries, we must re-imagine our world -- a process he believes is slowly happening in such cities as Vancouver and Portland, Oregon, and also in the developing world, where new technologies and new forms of collaboration are combining to solve 21st-century problems.
Alex Steffen: Inspired ideas for a sustainable future (20 min)
Dr Albert A Bartlett is a remarkable man. In a video that lasts almost an hour he explains in words everyone can understand why the USA will quite quickly run into decline and why the rapid development of China will also change course. However Dr Bartlett only has part of the story. He neglects the effect of free markets on the picture. Oil is not going to "run out" it's simply going to get so expensive that most of us will choose not to use it. That is likely to happen more quickly that we expect. Our use of oil will be forced down and down and down. That will cause huge hardship in every part of the economy that is heavily oil dependent, and severe dislocation and adjustment everywhere.
Incomes will fall, and there will be an increase in the death rate. Real estate prices will fall, but not in a uniform way. It will be unpleasant but most of us will survive IF we are blessed by good GOVERNANCE. Resource wars will not solve the problem.
There is a transcript here:
And a video stream here:
Dr Albert A Bartlett: Arithmetic, Population and Energy (58 min)
You know Tim Berners-Lee as the inventor of the World Wide Web. CERN is the birthplace. So, how did Tim look up to at CERN? Ben Segal. Here Ben gives us some stories about CERN history and about Tim Berners-Lee.
Here is the video. (17 min)
Here is Douglas Merrill talking about innovation at Google - now he’ll be at EMI trying to figure out innovation in an industry that needs innovation. (55 min)