April 19, 2006

Infobites: From Jamais Cascio, “Open the Future”

Posted in articles at 4:05 am by cuenv-main

Jamais Cascio, formerly of WorldChanging, has started his own blog, Open the Future. On it he posts as his "core" one of his old essays from his WC days:

Creating an open future requires foresight […] but it also requires that we embrace a way of looking at the world that emphasizes responsibility, caution and (perhaps paradoxically) a willingness to experiment. It requires that we recognize that the status quo is contingent, and that we can never be in full control of our environment. Even the most powerful among us live at the sufferance of the universe.

The tools that we depend upon to enable effective, knowledgable and sustainable responses are neither surprising nor obscure: information about the planet, its people and its systems; collaboration and cooperation among the world's citizens; access to the means by which we expand our knowledge, feed our people, and cure our illnesses. Actions taken to restrict information, hinder collaboration, and centralize power in the hands of the few will, almost invariably, cut off our options. Actions we take that expand what we know, how well we work together, and how readily the people of the world can build their future, conversely, almost invariably increase the options we have for a better tomorrow.

Complete essay: OtF Core: The Open Future.

Posted by Six Silberman.

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