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I'm on the final stretch, finishing the manuscript for my book, BOTTOM UP; The Connection Revolution. I've been working on the book for about ten years, so this is a very exciting moment for me.

My contract with my publisher specifies that I hand it in by the end of the month.

So, I'm doing a final round of editing of the chapters. I'm hoping that some of your are interested in taking a look at one of the chapters. The way I see it, this is one more Bottom up way I'm approaching the book.

Here's a list of the chapters. If you've been on OpEdNews over two years and we've had interactions by email, phone or comment thread, drop me an email to rob at opednews dot com and let me know what chapter you want to see. But keep in mind, I need to see your response by Tuesday the 28th.

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Brief Table of Contents

Preface: Chapter recommendations for people interested in Bottom up for business, personal growth, activist/government, non-profit reasons

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Introduction. Bottom up and Top down Basics, Connection Consciousness and Why You Should Care about Them: The basics of Bottom up, Top down and connection consciousness: how to start thinking about them. Waking up our millions of years old repressed Bottom up epigenetic potential.

Chapter 1. The Roots, Science and Dimensions of Bottom up and Top down: Goes into greater depth on patriarchy, hierarchy, the neuroscience and anthropology of Bottom up, and Bottom up values and morals.

Chapter 2. The Connection Revolution: Connection Power and Dynamics:

We're in the connection era. This chapter explores the anatomy of connection, how connections work,

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and how to connect better, deeper and smarter. Then it covers disconnection pathways and manifestations.

Chapter 3. The Powers of Top down and Bottom up Language, Story and Myth: Explores language, spin, framing, story, myth, archetypes and the hero's journey, with ideas on how to tap the powers of these Bottom up aspects of being human.

Chapter 4. Applying Bottom up Thinking and Strategies to the Internet and Social Media: Tips on how to use Bottom up and think in specifically Bottom up ways to tap the power of major websites; how to build your own platform to use as a central point for tapping the Bottom up power of the web, how to reach beyond your Twitter and Facebook followers, how to maximize Bottom up answers, Google, Google Alerts, Google Trends, LinkedIn, Wikipedia, crowd funding, crowdsourcing and membership sites. It includes interviews with Craig Newmark from Craigslist, Jack Dorsey, inventor of Twitter and a number of other experts.

Chapter 5. Bottom up; The Future of Diplomacy, Power, Politics, Persuasion, Activism, Government and Revolution: Bottom up and Top down ideas play essential roles in power and diplomacy. This section explores how Bottom up approaches are changing international power equations and diplomacy, and explores how new Bottom up empowerment has added new players to the world of power and new tools for gaining and wielding power. Sources include Joseph Nye, head of the Trilateral Commission and author of The Future of Power and Soft Power; State Department policy adviser Anne Marie Slaughter; and UK diplomat Carne Ross. It discusses Bottom up aspects of politics, government, transparency, education, activism, Occupy Wall Street, and whistleblowing.

Chapter 6. Obsolete or Dead. That's, Mostly, What You Call Media, Entertainment and Arts That Don't Adopt Bottom up: The Bottom up revolution is changing the way we spend our time creating, getting, sharing and enjoying news, journalism, media, entertainment, sports and the arts. And there are new Bottom up ways in which arts organizations are strengthening themselves and their roles in communities.

Chapter 7. Bottom up Economics Most economists approach economics from a Top down mindset. This chapter explores both Top down AND Bottom up ways of thinking about economics, exploring globalization, worker cooperatives, public banking and alternatives to capitalism.

Ch 8 Bottom up Business, leadership, banking, investing, branding, marketing, healthcare, manufacturing, non-hierarchical management, the sharing economy Bottom up mind, thinking, relating and strategies have irreversibly changed the way business is done. Simply doing business through the Bottom up metaphoric filter can make magic happen, and, like the Heisenberg effect, changes people, organizations and systems simply by their using it. There are an infinite number of ways Bottom up is changing aspects of business. This chapter offers an incomplete but representative sampling.

Chapter 9. Bottom up Will Continue To Profoundly Change Your Life--Personally, and with Respect to Your Religion, Spirituality and Life in the Community: There are Bottom up and Top down ways to approach your happiness, the way you interact with people, with community, with your experiences, your spirituality, your connection to your faith and to God. Understanding how they both work, you can expand your options and choices enabling you to live a happier, deeper, more meaningful, connected life.

Epilogue: Summing Up--Bottom up Challenges, Dangers, Threats, Abuses, and Positive Visions for the Future.

Bottom up, like any new idea or technology, can be used for great good or be abused. Some of the ways are old, some new. This section explores some of them and concludes by discussing how the Bottom up revolution and the changes in the Top down world will affect the future.

 

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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Given that I'm reviewing this now, I will say there are stellar ideas and references in this project, one after another, several of which I'll be using myself, particularly in expanding my reach online.


I'd also add that if someone is good with typos (quotations, spacing, and minor details), it would be most helpful. DG

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Rob, I'm sorry I don't have time to read (and line-edit, my main skill), but I'm just overloaded at the moment, AND having problems with my word processor. Some good news: I just learned I've won the William Faulkner prize for the novella for 2017. Have to go to New Orleans to collect, and suddenly my family wants to go with me, so ... pandemonium.

Good luck with the book, I look forward to its publication.

--Martha Moffett

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Wow. Congratulations on your award. How do people find your novella?

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Congratulations, Martha!

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Since my early thoughts on your outline, I lost track of things. Am pleased you are close to completion. Time is a huge constraint on me right now but allow me to make some observations. Not so much as a reflection on your work but more by way of questions on my mind I would look for answers to in a book of this magnitude.

  1. We are on the cusp of a profound turning point in human history. Many see it only as a crisis. Others hope it is the birth pangs of a new renaissance. Your chapter titles show you recognize its multidimensionality. Pulling them together in one place would be useful to make the case for a bottom-up revolution more firmly.
  2. I am unsure if such a revolution is organic; rather, I feel multiple catalysts are making it inevitable. If we are approaching the climax of such a revolution, why now? What are the pull and push factors that make it inevitable?
  3. A vital question is about the measure of human 'progress'. Again, most see progress in terms of material wealth, possessions, technological advances, the conquest of space and so on. Your first chapter zeroes in on the non-material (consciousness, spirituality). We tend to articulate this largely in terms of its contradictions with materialism and/or its affinity with spiritual faith. But are they really mutually exclusive? If materialism is a cause of moral decline, how does one explain the rise of the Internet has revolutionized human connectivity in both material and non-material space?
  4. When one rails against consumerism, the assumption is the desire for material objects and sensuous pleasures is bad. Ergo, one must give them up to pursue the higher purpose of life. Yet, our existence as material beings implies there must also be a material purpose to life. It may preoccupy us, crowd out the time for spirituality, but its presence cannot be denied or wished away by abstract reasoning. The challenge may be to pursue many objects of materialism as the subjects of the spiritual goal -- e.g., freedom from poverty and human drudgery.
  5. The social and ethical implications of artificial intelligence make a good case in point. The same revolution that is giving birth to artificial intelligence today is also capable of giving birth to collective human knowledge, awareness and consciousness. Indeed, these might be our protection against extinction if there is truth to the idea of technological singularity. If so, then a bottom-up revolution is both a mechanical and a human revolution, both indispensable to the other.
  6. Is this a one-way evolution or is it a cyclical phenomenon? Your first two chapters and epilogue suggest you favor the former notion. I am uncertain. A hundred, even fifty, years ago, moral standards were higher. A promise or a handshake inspired more faith then than today's exhaustive written contracts whose fine print is a litany of escape clauses. Even materially, we had cleaner air and water, far less pollution, more wholesome food and time to appreciate the beauty of nature. Without today's gadgetry, there was more human contact. Though it was limited by the physical means of connectivity, the quality of connections was superior. Going farther back, one could argue we had no democracy, only top-down monarchies, patriarchal families and hierarchical social layers. Yet, we had more of the 'we' and less of the 'I', greater community spirit and a better appreciation of pluralism.
  7. I am not arguing connectivity is on the decline, far from it. But I am questioning if it is such an unprecedented concept after all. Perhaps it is a cyclical affair whereby the pendulum regularly swings to one extreme or the other, with a self-correcting mechanism that kicks in whenever societies/civilizations hit a nadir or a zenith. Strauss & Howe argue this to be the case in the Fourth Turning, a work that appealed to me a lot, as much as Toffler's Future Shock and Third Wave did.

As I said, these are not a direct response to your work but more in the nature of questions on which I have some views but no clear answers. Perhaps they will be of some help in composing your own mind for the last lap. Regards.

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Thank, Ramani, that took some time and graymatter thrashing to make IMM a
worthy answer to Rob.

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