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Social & Environmental Justice

07 Jul


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Realizing Potential of Blockchain, its Stewardship – Don Tapscott

July 7, 2017 | By | No Comments

Don Tapscott is again weighing in with great insights, perspectives, and prescriptive for realizing the highest social benefits FOR ALL from this transformative technology.  I recommend reading his white paper Realizing the Potential of Blockchain – A Multistakeholder Approach to the Stewardship of Blockchain and
Cryptocurrencies published in June 2017 by the World Economic Forum.

Don’s comments on page 4: “At the application level, we look at the need for oversight, skilled talent and user-friendly interfaces.”  This is an area that I expect will engage me in the months ahead.

01 Sep


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Blockchain Made Simple – TEDTalk by Don Tapscott

September 1, 2016 | By | One Comment

The futurist, Don Tapscott, brings both great insights and an ability to communicate clearly in accessible language that is understandable by a broad group of people.  In this 19 minute TEDTalk filmed in June 2016 he explains Blockchain technology and previews potential applications.

30 Apr


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2016 – The State of New Energy

April 30, 2016 | By | No Comments

This is not a political post in spite of the picture of the bad hair boy.  It is a post about the difference between mis-information and dis-information compared to well researched and well communicated information.

The keynote address at Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s annual summit given by Chairman Michael Liebreich contains the most definitive source of well researched data and analysis that is available on the current state and emergence of the New Energy Era.  His speaking style is direct and without drama or theatrics.  It is very worth watching all the way through.

Here is a link to a video of Michael’s talk.  This is a must watch.

Here is a link to the written transcript.

Enjoy, Bob.

27 Jun


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On Care For Our Common Home

June 27, 2015 | By | No Comments

On June 18, 2015, Pope Francis released an encyclical on ecology entitled, “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home.”

I have carefully reviewed the full text and the official summary, as well as many video interviews and stories.  I am personally deeply inspired and moved by the Pope’s message and ask my friends and colleagues and all people of goodwill, with an open heart and mind, to evaluate this scientific and spiritual “oeuvre” or body of work.  While I have already been called to work on social and environmental justice, this beautiful message has motivated me further and to act more swiftly.

Below I’ve curated a short list of some of the more substantive links, videos, and interviews from among the many I’ve viewed.  The full text link is at the bottom.

A useful introduction or map to the near 200 page document:  Laudato si’, A Map

A summary of the key points and passages for Bishops:   Summary for Bishops – EN

A video interview produced in Canada that brings a calm and caring analysis.  The interview section comes first and is 40 minutes long before another 20 minute documentary style section.

A video of the televised National Press Club briefing by the U.S. Conference of Bishops.  I recommend watching the first two prepared statements by USCCB President Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, KY and Washington’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl who talk about Pope Francis’ new encyclical and its impact on Catholics and the people of the world.  The entire briefing runs 54 minutes.  The key content begins with Archbishop Kurtz at 2:50 and the joyful comments by Cardinal Wueri begin at 10:34 through 25:16.

A 19 minute video of the scientific briefing given by Prof. Schellnhuber at the Conference of Presentation of the Encyclical Laudato si’ in Rome.  It’s an excellent summary of current scientific consensus, although at times a bit hard to follow, but worth paying close attention.

And finally, a link to the full text of the Encyclical.

In deep appreciation for this guidance and leadership, Bob.