Monday, May 2, 2011

The Cincinnatus Oath (like a Hypocratic Oath for Politicians)

I promise to seek limited power and, like George Washington the American Cincinnatus, give power up when it seems others invest too much in me,

I promise to put general interest over special interest.

I promise to put what's best for all over what's best for my career.

I promise to risk my political status for what I think is right and best.

I promise to always keep in mind that there are multiple perspectives on every issue.

I promise to respect and honor what others believe, even if it differs from my own view.

I promise to engage in debate and compromise rather than dismissal and refusal.

I promise to always check my own opinions by consulting those of others, especially those with expertise or directly affected by the issue.

I promise to make all my decisions reversible.

I promise to honestly consider reversing my position when presented with good reasons.

I promise to pray about, meditate about, and/or deeply contemplate my decisions.

I promise to think 20 years in the future, within the limits of today.

I promise to love others, as every religion and spirituality requires.

I promise to forgive, whenever possible.

I promise to build and grow, whenever possible.

I promise to educate and cultivate, whenever possible.

I promise to stay engaged, stay informed, never quit, and always hope.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Clay Shirky: How social media can make history | Video on

Stefana Broadbent: How the Internet enables intimacy | Video on

Wade Davis on the worldwide web of belief and ritual | Video on

The LXD: In the Internet age, dance evolves ... | Video on

Sebastian Seung: I am my connectome | Video on

Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world | Video on

Jesse Schell: When games invade real life | Video on


Clay Shirky: How cognitive surplus will change the world | Video on

Matt Ridley: When ideas have sex | Video on

Jeremy Rifkin on

Fabian Hemmert: The shape-shifting future of the mobile phone | Video on

Patrick Chappatte: The power of cartoons | Video on

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