Age of Consent

I just finished readin George Monbiot’s Age of Consent. It is a good book, providing some plausible options for remaking the current “world order” into something that respects human rights, and that supports, not destroys the environment.

I saw George speak at a talk organised by Oxfam Community Aid Abroad which lead me to buy the book. Very inspiring and challenging.

I hope to be able to expand more in time…

Glance recording

I was in the studio with my band, Glance on the weekend. We tracked three songs, and managed to mix two of them. Samples and photos will be on the Glance site soon. We’re really happy with how they turned out. Our plans for an EP release in September are a great deal closer now I feel – which is a blast.

I’ll post the pointers to the MP3 files when they’re up…

Phones for Refugees

The Refugee Claimants Support Center is after old mobile phones:

“Your old mobile phone could become a lifeline for an asylum seeker in Brisbane. Asylum seekers need to be able to be contacted by us and other people, such as lawyers and doctors. For those asylum seekers who have permission to work, being contactable by phone is a vital pre-requisite for getting a job.

The cheapest way to get a phone number for a person is to get a donated mobile phone. Using the prepaid card system, a person using a donated mobile phone can be contactable by phone for less than $10 per month. But we need the phones…

So, if you have upgraded to a new plan, please consider donating your old mobile phone (and recharger) to us to help make life for an asylum seeker a little easier.”

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Social investment

Jim Moore: Risk capital is also part of the second superpower solutionAttachments.

“Our overall take is that there are 6.3 billion people in the world –probably going to 9 billion over the next decade — and that our current world economy only works for about 500 million of us. Big problem. Big security problem. Big moral problem. Big happiness and lifestyle problem. Big ecological problem.

But also, big opportunity. If you (we) are an optimist about the creativity of our species, and of the cosmos, we are going to change our world order. The good things that have been learned in venture capital and startups are going to be a part of the change. For example, we know the enormous value of small amounts of risk capital combined with the energy of entrepreneurs and the collective wisdom of well-managed small teams — and all of this thriving in a business and social environment where all is permitted if not specifically prohibited, and where new entrants — new “species” of individuals and ideas are welcomed and celebrated.”

Amen to that! (more to come)

NETaccounts

We “soft launched” my company’s product website today. It’s called NETaccounts. I’ve been working like a silly bugger on the logo design, website design and corporate ID for the past week. Pretty happy with the result – a very different approach for me.