robert david steele

robert david steele

intro’d to Robert here.. (shared by Michel):

The Open Source Everything Manifesto – 2014

we need an autonomous internet

you have to have all the opens all the time:

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communication w/o intelligence is noise, intelligence w/0 communications is irrelevant..

11 min  – we’re forgetting about content.. 1980’s no one talked to librarians..

google today is not about making sense.. it’s about fencing cyberspace, enclosing the commons.. charging you for dead authors works

13:40 – why about consumerism?..

15 min – security is not about control, security is about trust – 

16 min – #1 reviewer on amazon for town fiction.. i read in 98 categories…standing on shoulders of others.. amazon could be hub of world someday – top authors – top readers..

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18 min – paul pilar – intelligence doesn’t matter in washington – tony zini – 4% of what he needed to know from our 80 billion dollars a year nsa mass surveillance (code for spending a shit load of money w/o accountability) nsa moves money so congress can get its 5% kick back – william benney

plenty of money out there – just spending it on non useful things.. info costs money – intelligence makes money –

we need to create a public intelligence public agency…  100 million for dark fiber…

25 min – on 9-11 – warned by 13 countries prior to .. – investigation was a scam.. sandy hook and boston bombing..

to 30 min – what? saying sandy hook was an unoccupied school? boston bombing amputee were staged?

so dang for that.

give everyone on planet a free cell phone for life.. nsa would pay for that.. then monetize their questions/warnings…  ie: warning of a disease.. that money can’t buy.

demography – not democracy – is the future  [demography – the study of statistics such as births, deaths, income, or the incidence of disease, which illustrate the changing structure of human populations.]

skills – parts related – place related…

42 min – issue w/u.s. – hung up on smart apps for smart phone for smart rich people – i would focus on simpler apps on simpler phones for simpler people, because my focus is the 5 billion poor not the 1 billion rich

future is found in pedagogy of freedom.. participa

opened hackers conf in 1994… 90% of us govt is good people trapped in bad system…we’re all respondents of money –  fbi is about cosmetics.. more protective

on lessig – it doesn’t matter about the money as long as you have a 2 party tyranny that can block ballot and make most people’s votes not count – money is a tiny part of the problem.. wholistic thinking matters…have to address all at same time – otherwise like wackamole

the average american – if he doesn’t respond..

If you are an Amazon buyer you are probably not average, and Amazon reviewers even less so. I was compelled to buy this book simply on the premise that it would be interesting to learn what “average” was. I was NOT expecting an uplifting book that inspired reflection about what it means to be a good man, a good citizen, a good husband and father, and that is what this book is.

Yes, it would have benefitted from maps as well as a statistical table and a calendar of the search, and I would normally have given it four stars for lacking those “visualization & closure” elements, but I simply cannot get over the fact that this book made me feel good about America and good about the standard run of the mill American.

The idiocy and mendacity of our leaders aside, this is a great Nation, and I have tears in my eyes as I conclude the book, where the man chosen by the author as the average American, informed on the 4th of July, properly concludes that it is a great honor. Honor indeed. This is a superb book.


from june 2014 – another share from Michel

we’ve learned through industrialisation, to learn from our mistakes, and catalyse the re-opening of the commons, in the process breaking the grip of defunct power structures and enabling the possibility of prosperity for all.

“Sharing, not secrecy, is the means by which we realise such a lofty destiny as well as create infinite wealth. The wealth of networks, the wealth of knowledge, revolutionary wealth – all can create a nonzero win-win Earth that works for one hundred percent of humanity. This is the ‘utopia’ that Buckminster Fuller foresaw, now within our reach.”

The goal, he concludes, is to reject:

“… concentrated illicitly aggregated and largely phantom wealth in favor of community wealth defined by community knowledge, community sharing of information, and community definition of truth derived in transparency and authenticity, the latter being the ultimate arbiter of shared wealth.”

Despite this unabashedly radical vision, Steele is hugely respected by senior military intelligence experts across the world.


via michel fb share:

Jim Rough explains ‘wisdom council’ and ‘dynamic facilitation’ methodology, in this interview conducted by Robert Steele


33 min video – dec 2019 – Jim Rough Reveals Social Innovations To Heal Our World | Robert David Steele

8 min – j: wisdom council.. math random selection of people.. ie: 10-20 people of world population.. people given problem like climate change; wars; .. and they meet for short time.. 2-3 days.. all brought to london.. have translated.. and they are dynamically facilitated .. and that’s the secret ingredient.. to reach unity on this issue.. and they do it not thru agreeing/compromising and all that.. they do it thru breakthrus.. shifts.. and they look at one another and say.. how did we get these people together.. they don’t see the process.. they just feel it’s got to be the people that’s doing it.. they walk on stage then.. gathering of celebrities and ceos.. they present the story .. the heroes journey of how they confronted the climate issue and how they got to unity.. and what their best shot at it.. and then they’re done.. wisdom council process is now happens in small groups.. everybody turns chairs and talks in small groups.. and what we’re finding is that the audience basically says.. yes.. i think so too.. so an immediate/fast/quick way that the entire population can 1\ come together around solutions  2\ continue convo in much diff way than the partisan battle we’re used to

ugh.. 1\ we need to go deeper on the problems/solutions.. 2\ public consensus always oppresses someone

8 min – r: we have a cultural war going on w polarization.. dynamic facil.. how do you deal w polarized audiences..? or do they become unpolarized in your environ?

j: they become unpolarized.. it’s easy.. what people don’t realize.. the reason why we’re polarized is that we’re structured to be polarized.. it’s a structure.. our structure draws out that polarization.. if you’re going to have majority rule kind of system.. you’re going to get a battle of majority and minority and minority is going to be pissed off in the end..

? how is this system of 10-20 people deciding the solution and then convincing others.. not majority rule..?

i think you’re still quieting many.. (and again .. not to mention.. forcing people to spend their day talking about things that aren’t the deeper issue)

9 min – j: what we do in this room is we turn it .. so everybody is facing the problem .. shoulder to shoulder.. we have 4 charts in front of room.. data, solutions, concerns, problems statement.. no matter what you say.. we turn it into a positive thing and put it up on lists.. turning argument into contribution to solve..

curiosity over decision making

10 min – j: what’s going on here.. is there’s a quality of thinking in all of us.. a sense of thinking that is spiritual/emotional/creative and our system mutes it.. drives it away.. and all we’re doing is releasing that tension.. so people come to that place.. that i call choice creating rather than decision making

sounds more like getting people to get along.. rather than getting people to fittingness.. what world needs most is the energy of 8b alive people

again – curiosity over decision making over choice creating ..because you did set up the menu .. script.. when you called those 10-20 people to solve a problem.. and then presented it in the room.. no..? we have to go beyond these finite choices..

11 min – r: your randomness aspect is much like jury duty.. and lot of people thinking congress should be selected that way.. if you were hired to train 435 dynamic facils.. whose full time would be

sign we’re doing it wrong.. thinking we need to train 

12 min – j: wouldn’t take very long at all.. but i wouldn’t go that way.. because then putting it into the old/polarized frame.. i rep the box and decision making and the circle as choice making.. we already have a system for decision making.. what we don’t have is we the people.. where we all come together in unity

13 min – r: don’t want to mislead people.. we don’t have a decision making system .. has wisdom council system been tried.. has it been successful

14 min – j: yes.. mostly in austria

17 min – j: this is about problem focused rather than policy focused.. we’re just circling around what everybody thinks.. get the big picture.. realize.. not working on the real problem.. shift to what it is we really want

18 min – r: cabel – asst fuller – has everyone come in w problem and then they realize.. can’t solve their problem w/o other problems being solved..

we have the means to start with deep enough ness.. rather than as you say.. to start with problems we soon find irrelevant to the bigger picture.. as a warm up

we need to quit going part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake.. because that warm up is still too scripted/menued.. and so we haven’t yet gotten to the deep enough..

20 min – r: you’re actually introducing holistic thinking..

22 min – why wait till problems get bad enough.. if you and i have ability to turn convo to this choice making

23 min – r: what i hear you saying is we need to restore civic duty/engagement.. or respectfully hearing others

we need to go deeper.. to 8b people rather than just the people you gather.. let’s try tech as it could be..

24 min – r: what would you say to the president

j: i wouldn’t talk to the president.. it’s better if it’s not in govt..

r: how much money would you need to go for 435 or 3000 wisdom councils..

26 min – j: i would do one wisdom council.. globally first.. once you do it globally.. and easier to do it there.. no one to resist.. 2-3 m dollars..

27 min – r: i would like to support a go fund for your wisdom council

29 min – j: this is about us.. all of us.. wisdom council isn’t the real deal.. it facils all of us into one convo that evolves answers.. then when answers.. ceos et al..say.. we’re doing that.. we’ve come used to idea that policy is only way to do things

let’s go deeper – 2 convers as infra

30 min – r: what i hear you saying is wisdom council is making up for failure of family/church/schools/govt

j: well.. we could turn on those.. all those institutions are limited by our system.. our system of thinking/econ/governance.. they all can’t work.. so you and i can facil this convo in the spirit of choice creating.. we can come up w answers..

r: want to encourage everyone to read your book.. (2002).. society’s breakthrough.. what is stopping us.. what are the obstacles

31 min – j: i’ve been working on this for 25 yrs.. usually reaction in past has been anger.. the problem is.. the more you talk about it.. it’s really a revolution of who i am.. a death to the ego.. because we’ve defined ourselves by the existing system.. so we get.. this would transform everything..

r: part of anger comes from fear


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Robert David Steele Vivas (born 16 July 1952) is an American activist and a former Central Intelligence Agencyclandestine services case officer known for his promotion of open source intelligence (OSINT).

Steele was a candidate for the Reform Party’s nomination for President of the United States in the 2012 presidential election until 23 February 2012.











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