Curated by: Luigi Canali De Rossi

Monday, October 3, 2005

A Knowledge Broker Path To Human Equivalence

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As many of you know among the several initiatives and projects I support or am involved with, there is one that is particularly close to my heart and mission. It is called the Communication Agents Initiative and outside of the old, outdated official communications which I first published when the project was launched, the initiative today is nothing else but a mini-network of independent thinkers, reporters and counter-information agents.


The Communication Agents goal is one of reporting information and covering issues and facts not traditionally covered by mainstream media, especially in those areas that relate to economy, energy, health, social change, media democracy and more.

My role in this initiative is the one of technological enabler and editorial facilitator. I make it easy for these people, who have a strong voice, who think for themselves and who want to communicate an important message, to do so with the help of the communication strategies and new media technologies that I have somewhat mastered before them.

I don't dictate or edit what they write about. I seek only serious commitment and a passionate focus to follow.

For free, I pass on to them my own technical infrastructure, features and facilities that have allowed me to reach a somehow enviable position of reach and visibility in the online world.

These news sites are evidently non-commercial, and even though you may see a few ads for some related products and services, the little money coming from these is all spent to maintain these sites, provide technical assistance to these individuals, and to pay for costs of hosting, backup and bandwidth needed.

It is indeed with true appreciation that I would like to honor and briefly point your attention to the newest independent thinker joining me in this social-change-via-communication effort. His name is Steve Bosserman. He writes:

"My current field of research and application concerns the third and final stage in the transition from the Industrial to the Knowledge Era: when production requires no people anywhere and everyone is displaced from making things.

When technologies integrate so efficiently and effectively that their collective capacity and capability equals or exceeds human performance, human equivalence is reached.

Converging on this point presses us to make major changes in our relationships with those technologies, our environment, and one another.

Although many of these changes are unpredictable, our proactive questioning, exploration and commentary on emerging trends, present conditions, and key events establishes shared frameworks through which purposeful actions and collective influence are indeed possible.

Three undeniable "forces" comprise this convergence: environment, energy and technology. And the point where they meet is focal point of analysis and research.
You could easily argue that human equivalence is a theoretical supposition and is unachievable. However, the point of human equivalence is not to see the "machine" approximate human intelligence and capability, but to see what changes occur in our world the closer the machine gets to that stage (irrespective of if or when it is fully achieved).

Technologies of nearly infinite variety are being developed and introduced at an increasingly rapid rate. These technologies are becoming faster, smaller, more integrated, and more human-like as time passes.

Given results of the first and second stages in the transition from the Industrial Age to the Knowledge Era, as the power and prowess of the machine increases, people are displaced from those paid activities related to production.

Entering the third and final stage of this evolutionary phase when people are no longer involved in production elicits the question, what will we do when all we have is ourselves and our relationships?

How do we as a global human family appeal to the dictates of "collective wisdom" that guides us in the application of that knowledge?

At the heart of my approach is giving voices to the voiceless and hearing their "ground truth;" taking action in response; establishing decision-making forums and processes whereby people have direct influence over their destinies in their local communities and broader input to the global agenda.

This is the foundation upon which social justice can be established...and such is, in my humble opinion, the work of a "knowledge broker"."

Steve Bosserman
Read Steve Bosserman's Diary of a Knowledge Broker and provide him with your own feedback and views. if you are into understanding the complex issues of our fastly evolving I think you will find his reflections and perspective
on transformation and changes happening to our society quite interesting.

Sepp Hasslberger

And if organizational development is not your favourite personal research area, Sepp Hasslberger with his blog Health Supreme covers key issues relating to medicine, health, the pharmaceutical scandals, alternative energy and new economics along with other issues you will not find covered on mainstream media.

Chris Gupta gives out tons of great alternative health information while being a great conversational hub for all those who have been seeking alternatives to the allopathic medical treatments or are curious enough to ask themselves some serious questions. His blog is called Share The Wealth.

Tom Atlee

Tom Atlee, who is just about to isolate himself for a few months to re-evaluate his approach and commitment to his life-changing interests, writes and discusses about the issues of Collective Intelligence Evolution and Cooperation.

Rinaldo Lampis

Rinaldo Lampis, writing from Italy, is an advocate of freedom of choice for curing oneself. His efforts are all directed at increasing people's awareness about the options and opportunities they have when they are diagnosed a disease and to inform them of the dangers of the use of many popular medical solutions. Rinaldo writes in Italian, but he is a perfect English speaker too. You can reach him on his blog, "Consensus".

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posted by Robin Good on Monday, October 3 2005, updated on Tuesday, May 5 2015

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