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98 - Decentralization Panel at Arcosanti Convergence with Members of Holochain, NuMundo, Unify, & Reality Sandwich

Ep. 98

It’s a deep and wide investigation of decentralized networks of many kinds this week, drawing on the insights and wisdoms of five very different panelists in a discussion held at the legendary experimental city-under-construction Arcosanti, Arizona. Like it’s a rainforest, I don’t even know how to start talking about this conversation – too many points of entry, too many species living in it! Here are this week’s fabulous guests:


Emaline Friedman of Holochain

https://herlinus.com/


Sarah Johnstone, COO of The NuMundo Project

https://numundo.org/about


Jacob Devaney of Unify 

http://www.culturecollective.org/about/


“Raven” Mitch Mignano, loosely “of” Reality Sandwich & Institute of Ecotechnics

https://facebook.com/mitch.mignano.77


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We Discuss:


The three forms of decentralization (architectural, logical, and political);


The historical centralization of human culture around resources;


Why technological decentralization is insufficient to achieve the goals of a more humane and equitable society;


Decentralization of civilization through the emergence of digital nomadism and the ecovillage movement;


The transition from a value of ownership to a value of access;


Decentralization as an adaptation to the unscaleability of imperialism and colonialism;


How the free market capitalist ideology rewards success and punishes failure, even though those are largely dependent on luck;


How can we make planetary culture NOT a pyramid scheme?


Distributed trust and trustless transactions, and their political consequences;


Data ownership, data security, and the vital importance of restoring our ability to communicate through “unenclosable carriers”;


How can we divest from abusive and exploitative giant tech companies?


How decentralization as an ideology can conceal the ways that enforced consensus is a kind of “shadow centralization”;


Who is affected by this decision? Who has stake in the outcome of this issue?


How can we avoid #algocracy when technological literacy is a constant challenge?


Incentive structures and incentive landscapes: What kind of behaviors are we encouraging?


Why Facebook and Google will be seen by history as a humanitarian crisis (and what we can do about it);


Market-driven shifts in consciousness;


The limits of crypto-economic governance;


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