February 2012 - Podcast    5 Comments

Swimming In Consciousness

Neil Kramer is an English writer and philosopher specializing in the fields of consciousness, metaphysics, shamanism, and ancient mystical disciplines. He steps off the edge in a wonderful wide-ranging interview exploring such mindful topics as syncromysticism, consciousness as more than the reducible deterministic events of biochemistry, consensus reality tunnels, an electric chair of truth and what people can do to expand our capabilities to build a more harmonious environment where everyone prospers instead of the few.

The episode title comes from a riff off a Terrence McKenna quote that compares humans to fishes – only one of which is seemingly aware of the environment in which they exist. Our conversation generally stepped off the edge towards the phiosophic side of the spectrum. To offer somewhat of a counterpoint to those moments where we were ragging on science for its’ inability to map the various complexities of consciousness, I wrap up the episode with some consciousness-related concepts from the history of scientific study in Larry Lowe’s great article Apollo 14 plus 41: The unexpected benefit of Edgar Mitchell and the preface from a book that has something of a syncromystic connection for Neil and I: An Experiment with Time by J.W. Dunne.

January 2012 - Podcast    1 Comment

Decentralization Initiatives

The interview I lined up this month won’t happen until next week, but that won’t stop the SotE monthly podcast production train for January! This episode features C-Realm #293 – Infinite Rehypothecation which KMO welcomed other podcasters to share as his iTunes enabled feed is acting wonky. It features an interview with Nicole Foss of The Automatic Earth blog discussing many topics related to decentralization before wrapping up with a great animal-based analogy about the need for more decentralization initiatives:

You really don’t want to be the first or the only zebra or wildebeest in the water. So once the herds are crossing all at once almost all of them get to the other side. We need to move together on this because if we do then we can create enough decentralization initiatives that most of them will get to the other side of the crocodile infested waters.

December 2011 - Podcast    1 Comment

Abundant Maker Driven Culture

“I may not know you. I may not agree with you. In fact, I probably don’t agree with you or many of the things that you believe in. But I will fight to my death that you have a life where you get to do what you want to do and in return you will do the same for me” According to Leifur Thor, member of the press team for Open Source Ecology (OSE), that is the mindset of someone living in a world of abundance and something sorely lacking in our society that holds scarcity as its’ most deeply held belief. OSE has an ambitious plans in the Global Village Construction Set to open-source the blueprints of 50 farm machines, allowing anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch, and they aspire to write an instruction set for an entire self-sustaining village for under $10,000. If you haven’t already, watch the fantastic TED.com video on the GVCS with OSE instigator Marcin Jakubowski. This open source hardware project is one of the first of a coming wave that wants to foster an abundant maker driven culture.

November 2011 - Podcast    3 Comments

Coherent Communications About Collapse

The C-Realm podcast and Extraenvironmentalist are two of the preeminent podcasts available today. Their hosts, KMO and Justin Ritchie, step off the edge with me for a 3-way conversation about podcasting and the common narrative of collapse. Though it may not be a career path to most, podcasting can be a great way to build community and further the conversation about topics of interest. We move quickly into a wide-ranging conversation focused around the idea of collapse; an idea that KMO says he doesn’t believe any of, but takes very seriously. We explore what a hypothalamus reaction to Rush Limbaugh sounds like, kvetching inside Karl Rove’s big tent, voluntary peasantry, appropriately scaled living, de-growth and many more interesting items.

October 2011 - Podcast    1 Comment


AstroBarry Perlman steps off the edge with me to discuss his lifes’ passion: Astrology is “a craft, a mystical craft at the center of which is a beautiful mystery which nobody has yet been able to confidently say how it works despite thousands of years of history of people getting similar results and sharing each others experiences and research to build up a codified body of knowledge.”

We discuss the history of astrology, the interplay between science and astrology which some scientists have characterized as a pseudo-science despite having very similar origins to their profession, where the planets are now and what the coming alignments might mean for humanity as a group consciousness. There’s some surprising parallels to be drawn back to the revolutionary energies of the 1960’s and 1780’s that suggest we are living in interesting times indeed.

September 2011 - Podcast    2 Comments

The Evolution of Adhocracy

When the sun’s up, Emlyn O’Regan is a senior developer for an e-learning company. In the evenings Emlyn quietly chips away at his little corner of the internet, inventing prolifically, writing furiously on his point7.wordpress.com blog and pondering what would happen if all humans had power over their own communication – to share with each other whatever, whenever and however they chose. He stepped off the edge to discuss crowdsourced credentialing, institutions delaminating and the evolution of adhocracy. Adhocracy is defined as, “The adhoc, leaderless, tech and network powered organisations / events / revolutions / actions which taken together form a nascent world system, one which is challenging the old institutional / corporatist world system”.

August 2011 - Podcast    8 Comments

Sacred Earthonomics

Charles Eisenstein wrote Ascent of Humanity in 2007 about the history and future of civilization from the unique perspective of the evolution of the human sense of self. As we pass through what he describes as the convergence of crises that is birthing the societal transition into the Age of Reunion, his latest book Sacred Economics seeks to change the story of money and gift.

We don’t want to force people through a survival linked money system to abandon their gifts and do something else; that is what is happening today and the ecosystem and society are suffering greatly because of it. He believes that money is like a signaling molecule in the body that should direct resources or gifts towards needs in a positive direction. The philosophical tide of the times is indeed to understand nature as part of ourselves and the internalization of costs then is one dimension of this growing philosophical or spiritual reunion with nature.

July 2011 - Podcast    8 Comments

Thriving During Challenging Times

As the metaphorical waves of globalization crash hard upon the beachheads of peak oil, climate change and unsustainable economic growth we need to prepare to be able to thrive during challenging times. Cam Mather is an author and speaker who lives off-the-grid and enjoys “showing others that the best thing for the planet is now the best thing for your bank account”. During the interview with Cam you will learn about the cost and complexity of so-called “alternative” forms of home energy, the delusions and dangers of living a corporately structured lifestyle and why embracing change voluntarily or living locally is a step all of us should be taking to prepare for the challenging times ahead.

June 2011 - Podcast    No Comments

Opening the Black Box of Bureaucracy

This model of government we’ve had for hundreds of years in which it’s assumed that the expertise lay within the bureaucracy and that only from time to time would you have to engage with external stakeholders or experts from the scientific community; that assumption no longer really holds. In fact, government might not have a choice but to tap into the collective expertise. It achieves the goals of most governments which is good policies, good programs at a low cost that serves some public good.

There are two cultural narratives coming to a head: The institution of government which holds the idea of the nation state and the location you live as the driving factor in how your interests are represented in making policy and the crowdsourcing, wiki-centric world of the web where what you know and what your interests are more important and truly participatory democracy. How can we reconcile these two approaches? Find out as we open up the Black Box of Bureaucracy!

May 2011 - Podcast    1 Comment

A Contour Crafting Conversation

Contour Crafting is a layered fabrication technology which aims to build houses efficiently. This episode features an interview with the process creator Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of Southern California. Berokh steps off the edge with me to discuss the state of construction technology today versus the mechanized world of manufacturing, the advantages and prospects for it as well as the environmental and cost challenges with traditional build techniques. There’s also lots of great music this month including some from the Strike The Root remix project with Lawrence Lessig and the CCMixter.org community.