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Nick Grossman; The Peer Economy, Disruptive Technologies and Top Down Backlashes

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Broadcast 6/21/2013 at 14:37:19 (15 Listens, 16 Downloads, 658 Itunes)
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Activist in Residence, Union Square Ventures

Nick is a technologist and entrepreneur working at the intersection of the web and urban, social and civic systems.  For the past 10 years, he has developed software and media products, advocacy efforts and internet-based businesses that help cities and the internet work better together.

As "Activist in Residence" at Union Square Ventures, Nick works with USV portfolio companies and other "peer economy" companies on public policy and regulatory issues, and with internet activists to support the health of the open web.

Nick is also a visiting scholar at the Center for Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab, where he studies how media and technology are transforming civic engagement.

Previously, Nick led an incubator for technology & media initiatives at OpenPlans -- producing advocacy media properties focused on urban policy, building web applications to spark engagement in local civic issues, and building open source and open data businesses serving the public sector.

Nick blogs at The Slow Hunch and tweets at @nickgrossman.

peer economy. peer to peer bottom up.

Talking about networks that can break power and bring it out to the people and the community. 

Disruptive aspects of peer to peer.  and explain what disruptive means. 

What do you mean, "from middle to edges"

How is trust applied in other ways, besides Ebay?

Peer based reputation systems--

You said, at PDF13, any time you move power around, we have challenges.  

Top down power is fighting bottom up initiatives.

Can you talk about disruption, disruptive technologies.

        Clay Christiansen-- The Innovators Dilemma

When a new technology becomes disruptive, can you give an example of how it changes things, how the top down forces react?

Example: Journalism-- craigslist and classified ads.

Have there been ways that Craigslist has had top down responses that tried to block it or stop it?

web networks we're building are like communities and governments.

Governments are starting to think less like app developers and more like platform providers

That's where you're putting a lot of your energy, into the civic space. 

abundance-- haven't had good ways to find all that stuff.

Plato quote about the alphabet. 

The discovery of the alphabet will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves" You give your disciples not truth but only the semblance of truth; they will be heroes of many things, and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing." -- Plato, Phaedrus

How are you thinking about regulation-- about new ways of thinking about it?

regulation 2.0 regulation of new peer to peer and peer corps. 

Google glass-- regulation in Germany no allowing them. 

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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. 

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He is the author of The Bottom-up Revolution; Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity  

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,

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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 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 (more...)

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