[Link] Doc Searls, How we save the world

Doc Searls is hopeful.

To put this in a perspective, start with Joy’s Law: “No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.” Then take Todd Park‘s corollary: “Even if you get the best and the brightest to work for you, there will always be an infinite number of other, smarter people employed by others.” Then take off the corporate-context blinders, and note that smart people are actually far more plentiful among the world’s customers, readers, viewers, listeners, parishioners, freelancers and bystanders.

I’m counting on them.

If we didn’t have the Internet, I wouldn’t.

Little hopes

With the world under lockdown, it’s easy to fall prey to the idea that the end is near. After all, there’s no hope at all, is there? Uncertainty everywhere, especially in the economics of life & living.

And yet.

Today, a colleague & his young son shared with a small group of people & their kid(s) how to learn to solve problems using MIT’s open source project called Scratch. It may not seem like much, but for the kids, it was a transportation to another exciting world. I know of at least three kids who went straight into their new-found tool & were still exploring it a couple of hours later.

The kids show us the way.

PS: Thanks Rod & Archie.

Prof. Noam Chomsky on how to destroy the future [Article]

Prof Chomsky writes a powerful article in the Guardian

For the first time in the history of the human species, we have clearly developed the capacity to destroy ourselves. That’s been true since 1945. It’s now being finally recognized that there are more long-term processes like environmental destruction leading in the same direction, maybe not to total destruction, but at least to the destruction of the capacity for a decent existence.