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Glenn Gaasland
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Really...you should all check this guy out and tell more people about the work he does! Really important and inspiring potential in this , and he has real results to show to.
 
How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change.

"Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert," begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it's happening to about two-thirds of the world's grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes -- and his work so far shows -- that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.
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"The Noise: Human in a flood of information"
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I think most of us feel this way every now and then :)
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We seem to live in a world of overwhelming complexity. Things are going fast and there is no way of keeping up with it. A world of problems and fury and potential. I hear voices, some critizing others, wanting something better. I want something better to. Something more than this, something beyond all this, something I cant name. But the beyond is not here yet, cant be seen, is it in the making. And in the imperfection there is beauty of the aspiring.

We are called humans, imperfect, and with potential. Potential part of the imperfect. If nothing was undone, what would there be left to do?

They are strange and I am strange and this is strange, some kind of adventude together. Together with all this. Alive.

And it fine unknown. Mystery of life, state of wonder again and always something new to learn.

In the movement there are surprises and tenderness and wilderness all flowing together. Through it all there is something. Something living, breathing and growing. It seems to be part of something larger. I don’t know what I am or what you are or what this is. But something seems to be going on. 

Cant help but loving it :)
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In the days of Henry Ford, new breadwinners emerged who made systems for mass production of useful goods. When efficient factories arose, goods good enough could be delivered in large numbers to many people. They took from their surroundings what was there, put it together in new ways and made of it something more.

Today the system of organization seems to have moved towards what could be called an "idea economy". Efficient machines with ever improving software, do more and more of the production of physical goods. People are increasingly becoming less valuable as "machine producers", moving according to clearly defined algorithms, rules and procedures. In these mechanical tasks, the machines are simply vastly superior to any human worker. Because the new machines perform these tasks faster, cheaper, safer and more accurately, they put the humans on the sidelines free to do others things instead. 

Is this a problem? Maybe not. It seems to mean that in the economy today humans are higher valued in terms of typical human abilities. 
Our most valuable asset, today, are those traits and properties where human beings excel and where computers still cant keep up. This includes the capacity to care and love and experience something intensely, and that which follows from such. It can be in the things coming out of feeling quite alive and present and filled with good vibrations. It can be in sparks of creativity when recognizing a complex pattern. It can be in the intuitive understanding of value and in the earnest pursuit of priority. It can be in the sense of interconnectedness and in the mystery of connections to be discovered. It can be in the dream and the hope of growth, as an intelligent evolution in consciousness. It can be in the multitude of funny and artistic expressions, who can also tell stories on many levels. It can be in the sense of mindblowing possibility and in the passion of diving deeply into them. It could even be more than all this, in the yet to be found and presently unknown.

We are also machines, of a special breed. We are soft and fragile and full of beauty. Not meant to last forever, but skillful within the moments. We may not be perfect machines, but we can make those who are perfect for certain tasks and we can put them to good use. At least if we have the good ideas. A system for the mass production of those: still impending.
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Facinating movie about the possible near future. We sure live in interesting times. It makes me think about a quote by terrence mckenna which is ever more true now than it was when he said it: "Business as usual has been taken off the menu"
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Webphilosopher, amateur photographer, writer...something in the making:) Very interested in all kinds of communication, learning new things and working on a kind of idea creation system. I view life as a great mystery in every way where everything that happens could lead to something of value. Living in Oslo, Norway with my sweetheart, doing all sorts of fun stuff both online and in the "real" world. I love it here in the google+ universe and hope to get to know some great people :)
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