Category Archives: planet thinking

Planet school network – let’s go again

UPDATE 2013-08-31

Edu-technological progress – microlearning, tablets, MOOCs
Since the article in 2011 The concept of planet schools. Efficient global change we have seen some spectacular technological progress in the domain. Examples:

What about the content? How to save the world?
The idea of the planet school network is a really wide open concept. The purpose of planet schools is it to be part of a mindset and lifestyle transformation.

  • We need a kind of global educational revolution
  • Why? To accelerate the intelligent adaption to the boundaries of our precious planet earth
  • Despite a lot of green economy, green startups, green consumers – the dominant paradigm in politics and economy is still not planet friendly
  • We urgently need “planet schooling” on all levels, from kindergarten to business schools
  • Including practical and social learning and tools/apps enabling new sustainable and mindful behavior patterns

Basic concept of planet school network

planetschool-2013Visit the planet school mind map, expand the nodes and explore the concept.

Thank you for your input during the World Café

pschool poster 1 cx2

Workshop Designing for Collaboration (Peace Innovation Lab – Berlin)
On August 29th I had the great opportunity to brainstrorm and collaborate on the concept of  planet school network. The topic Designing for Collaboration was fitting perfectly for this endeavor. I am still in assessment and will create another post/update soon. For now some first image showing the (color interpreted) poster. Thank you, Anne Kjær Riechert of Peace Innovation Lab for the invite to be host in the (accelerated) world café setting.

First insights and revisions
My first insight so far is (inspired by the presentation of Ulf Brandes) to think about a shift in the concept – from competitive elements to collaborative and enabling elements. My first concept was about a kind of crowdsourced rating and badge system (see Open Badges system of Mozilla –
Any learning space around the world, any app or any online or offline course can register and be evaluated in the three basic sustainabiltiy dimensions of people, planet, profit. I realize now, that this basic idea need not to be too much in a competitive scheme. To have local / regional / global “leaderboards in sustainable practice” is nice, but maybe we can have “leaderboards in collaboration”!
E.g. think about a local school A, which is a mentor for local school B and shows how to teach-and-do in permaculture, photovoltaics or mindful meditation! Being a gateopener and enjoy the spreading of good practice.

Designing for Collaboration - blog -
Designing for Collaboration – world café and plenary session

UPDATE: Designing for Collaboration | Stanford Peace Innovation Lab

“Collaboration is essential in our interconnected world, and everything inter-esting has become “cross”, “multi” and “inter” today: international, inter-disciplinary, cross-functional, multi-generational, multi-sectoral. You name it!
Yet, often it seems harder to collaborate than not. We are largely unaware of a shared purpose and feel disconnected. We’re unsure if we can trust, in whom to trust and in what to trust. We fear making ourselves and our organizations or businesses vulnerable.”

Read more here about the Peace Innovation Lab event:


Annual fail – The Davos top down approach (World Economic Forum)

Keep course – make irrelevant concessions

Primarily the WEF is kind of apparatchik gathering, though there are some really great minds in between all this groupthink. I have made a test and followed the livestream of some panel discussion. This is a good exercise in ethnographical analysis of “collective rituals of self-affirmation”. There is a very clear agenda – and one easily can sense the invisible “red line”, when attending a “discussion” via livestream. Ethnographically it is a cult with totems and taboos. If the panel allows for some questions from the audience, then you have a litmus test of power. The function of the whole thing becomes crystal clear: Commanding the rules of interpretation, selective perception of reality, setting the parole.


Ethnographically a cult of totems and taboos

Example by accident: A panel about obesity as a growing problem. Any average informed person knows that the fast food industry is a relevant topic in the debate about the issue (super-size food, seductive advertising, questionable additives etc.). When someone from the audience asks for the responsibility of politics and corporates then the panel’s/moderator’s function is to bring the debate back onto the “right track”, e.g. self-responsibility. Other strategy: Ignore the question … So, this is all quite usual and nothing new. But it should surprise us in the year 2013, where the relevant people listening to such a livestream are on a better level of information so that they will perceive a “guided discussion” like this utterly ridiculous.

So, what about a real World Change Forum instead?

But isn’t there a lot of “critical issues” talked about – e.g. climate change? Sure, it is, but it is not mapping to actions, resolutions – so in the end it still is an annual PR show for the status quo. The planet cannot afford a political-economical elite like this and it cannot afford an event like this. The leaders are actually inactive, when contrasted with the decisions they should take to solve the global mess. What we need instead is a powerful meeting of changemakers – but no, not the kind of “World Social Forum”, which is stuck in rituals and logic of  political camps, counter-lobbyism, it even has been criticised as a “NGO fair“. Please, couldn’t we have a glocal multi-sectoral forum, mixing social change agents and tech innovations, new models of governance, best practices in resilient lifestyle from all continents? A World Change Forum!


The global-leadership industry needs re-engineering –

Davos Man (“stateless elites”, Lawrence Summers etc.) – Wikipedia

Jim Harris: Davos: Talking Champagne on a Sinking Titanic –

The future of social networks is in (user-controlled) openness

Watching the Facebook IPO hype
In these minutes I am monitoring the IPO of the Facebook Inc. – it is not only hyped, but actually it is a huge step in the history of online social networks. And it is made a “developing story” on mass media like e.g. CNN.

CNN tv covering the IPO of Facebook

Business genius Mark Zuckerberg digitized and industrialized our Social Capital
Translated into “the industrialisation of friendship” this headline sounds quite a bit offending. The problem with this truth is, that our social graph is something yery private by definition. And so is our interest graph: If we share the books, movies, politiicians we like, if we publish our favorite quote etc., then we become more and more transparent to the people we are sharing this with. But much more problematic is the transparency for a commercial structure like Facebook. The personal data have to be monetized – after the IPO the pressure is much higher now.

Remember what happend to the walled garden of AOL some years ago
Maybe the Facebook IPO is marking the peak of monetizing social network dynamics. Technology is progressing. The same could happen to Facebook, what happened to walled garden models like AOL. There are concepts around to have open and federated social networks. Think about having a mail client program – no one controlling with whom you connect – no one trying to make money out of your mail communication. “Liberated” social networks might look like this usage scenario – all is under your personal control.

Mark Zuckerberg, planet thinking and the Nobel Peace Prize
However controversial Mark Zuckerberg (and his team) is until today – concerning his stance to privacy, I like this guy and the attitude to hack business forward. He did not only see the epochal business opportunity, but he created something really great, a platform for around 1,000,000,000 users, connecting people beyond geographical borders, connecting and syncing people during the Arab Spring, catalyzing the generation of real social capital around the world, building trust, feeding the spirit of collaboration.
He is not alone of course with this tech-based gift of felt borderlessness, there is Skype and Google contributing their tools to this experience too. I would not be surprised to see Mark Zuckerberg and his likeminded business hackers and business model inventors as contenders of the Nobel Peace Prize (see last year’s news). I personally see them (whether they intend this or not) in the light of an emergent “planet thinking”, the spirit of global collaboration – after hyper-competition the next phase of globalisation, hopefully.

Update 2012-05-18: Adding the image to the text, adding a link, correcting various paragraphs.

Update 2012-05-18 18:35 CEST

Interesting tweet from 5:29 PM – 18 May 12

Update 2012-07-31

Improved the title from
“The future of social networks is in (self-controlled) openness” to
“The future of social networks is in (user-controlled) openness”

Social wave and the working sphere – e.g. Coworking

Icon design: Anni Roolf,

How we work has radically changed during history. The social wave (with social technologies for networking, new concepts and mindsets to collaborate) has reached the working sphere for some years. E.g. there are 1.200 coworking spaces around the world now. And there is a new mindset in town with that mode of working.

Worldwide global-local event: #JELLYWEEK 2012

Today a global-local event starts to connect the growing community of coworkers. Up to now there are 206 jellies from 34 countries registered, some with even a program for the whole week. Never heard of “jellies”? Find more on the event website: #JELLYWEEK 2012 

Close observer and an active node

To come close to these new phenomena/movement as a researcher and to promote and foster transformation (I know well, that these are two different roles) I was very excited about the opportunity to be a part of organizing this open, self-governed and swarm-like event. Or less paradoxically: To create (hybrid/orbital?) spaces for communication and co-creation in the spirit of Open Space and Art of Hosting.

Challenge: Building a coordinative space for remote co-workers

It is a challenge to build a Social Information Architecture having no budget, no coder, no databse – and in the shortest time of some weeks. It resulted in decentral kind of swarm design (the swarm intelligence hype may be over – but  this concept is no fashion, but just a principle of construction). The structure is inspired by wiki thinking, but even more light, fragile, open and with a maximum of decentrality: A cloud of etherpads is having an essential role. Other “orbital” element: Google hangouts, e.g. permanent hangouts.

We are curious, whether this will work … yep, pioneering comes with risk of total failure …. “We”, that is Anni Roolf from Wuppertal and I as the core team. Anni is the initiator and founder of the worldwide #JELLYWEEK 2012. I am very grateful for the opportunity to create something new with her as a passionate and  smart person. And we only met once and did completely remote collaboration with using, google docs, facebook, skype etc., a tiny dose of project management  of – and plain phone calls are still in use too. To get a bit of the spirit, here is a short message from a New Zealand space.

Update 2012-02-07-A:

The #JELLYWEEK 2012 was a great success

… and it was a huge experience and learning space to understand the phenomena, dynamics and the advantages of the diverse “connection and collaboration tools”. I will report on the learnings in a future blog post. For now I want to complete the post above with a link to the (quick and dirty) introduction video, an introduction into  the light-weight “social information architecture” for the decentral global-local event.

Screencast “Introduction  to the “social information architecture” #JELLYWEEK 2012  (  

Update 2012-02-07-B:

Adding the map picture.

Beyond 19th century ideologies – The free, socioeconomically hyperconnected individual

"Seeing Red: Millennials Are Cooler With Socialism Than Capitalism" (

US millennials dreaming of socialist utopia (bad news)

“According to a new study conducted by the Pew Research Center, 49 percent of Obama’s biggest fans—Millennials age 18 to 29—view socialism in a favorable light, compared to 43 percent who view it unfavorably.” …

“It’s not hard to figure out why our generation isn’t so gung-ho about capitalism—it has disappointed and, in some cases, straight-up failed us.”

Beyond 19th century ideologies (good news)

The free, connection-empowered, empathic individual – with self-responsibility and social responsibility

The mythology for decades has been: “Capitalism is best – for all and for all the world”. This mythology is still crumbling rapidly as the multiple crisis are not really solved. The fatal global ecological crisis is even in the shadow of the global ecological crisis. Worse: If world economy is “back on track” this means more destruction of the planet, as long as we have future-blind growth politics instead of economics following the social and ecological rationality, a system with inbuilt “sustainability and wellbeing loops” instead of the now dominating “short profit loops”.

In reaction to this destruction of faith the old collectivist “(blood) red” mythologies raise their head again. Neosocialist collectivist systems would be an awfully bad alternative. But: The ubiquitous internet connectivity holds a disruptive potential to redesign the political economy in a quite different manner than the ideological camps of the 19th century – capitalism and socialism – could ever conceive of. And: Smart green technologies are maturing and pave the way to a viable post-fossil society.

A genuine new system, with the co-existence of individual freedom, mass-collaboration and new “headless” value streams (eventually with nearly no banks and bosses) might be a possibility to develop. We have reasons for optimism. If anyone is locked into false alternatives – liberate!

The concept of planet schools. Efficient global change.

Update 2011-07-19: There is a domain for that – and a first mind map of the essential idea.

planet school – mind map

I just applied the following text at Under time pressure I could write this in minutes 🙂

M Y _ A P P L I C A T I O N _ T E X T _
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I have been working for the progress of corporates for 16 years. 2009 was a wake-up call for me. UN Climate Change Conference Copenhagen 2009 demonstrated the “systemic failure” of the political class. The PLANET is used beyond the natural limits. I know that as a foresight expert for years.

We have to thoroughly re-wire and re-educate politics, economy, society. Planet schools will be developed as serious starting points into a sustainable metabolism with the planet.

It is not enough to know and to lament.

There are countless initiatives of change all over the PLANET, great local and global communities and changemakers.

BUT the elite of tomorrow, the leaders in politics and economy are educated “as usual”. The mindset in 10.000 business schools worldwide is Continue reading The concept of planet schools. Efficient global change.