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 the case for early school closure when there's a flu pandemic8 comments
category picture5 Nov 2006
Please, do take a look at The Case for Early School Closure.

The World Health Organisation has acknowledged the next pandemic may be as deadly as bird flu is now for humans. That's 59% overall, and higher for people less than 20 years old.

Closing schools early implies people talking about it now, and stocking up on food and water and essential medicines for at the very least 2 weeks.

Closing schools early plus a few other things could bring the percentage of people ill from 30% down to 4%. But, here's the trick, we need to be prepared.

Time to talk to family and neighbours and get things done.

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 too much1 comment
category picture24 Feb 2005
yes, that's why picsie suggests a STOP day  More >

 ... Our catalog of synergies ...4 comments
category picture19 Nov 2004
There are quite a few things, good and bad and intriguing, which, each in itself, seem to work by positive feedback loops.

They also help each other to thrive and meta-multiply. It's a bit like fireworks out of control, with firecrackers lighting each other up. That's what they call "synergies".

We can attempt to make a list of things that reinforce each other. What I see from here could be improved on, I'm sure. But, anyway, this is what I currently see:

- free software
- blogs
- open space
- new currencies
- sustainability research
- Bush (yes, he's a great motivator for "us")
- oil shortage (same reason)
- ...

What else should I add? Can you help me?

I'm sure the list can't possibly become complete.

But it may not be a matter of making a full, comprehensive list of "things that help each other grow". It's also a matter of creating links between such things where the existing links are weak. Just as an example, at cyfranogi they are using free software.

There's something else that might arise from our list. Maybe by looking at the "map of links" we can try and find new possible synergies. An obvious (not so new) one would be to make community currencies work very well for sustainability purposes. Focus on that specific spot. Zoom in and look for huge benefits. Get creative about it.

We can, of course, also take what's just global right now and make it local (and contagious) and so more powerful.

What else can we do? How do we get to do it?

Yes, we can step back and look at the whole picture of synergies. How could we make this list a workable, good-looking, memetically useful thing?

Thanks for your precious contributions!  More >

 Say hi!6 comments
category picture4 Nov 2004
Strange moment, when many people feel Bush's "four more years" sinking in.

But I say "hi!".

Bush is predictable. Are we?  More >