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Aug 06 2011

My Interview at the 2010 Open Science Summit

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Here is a bit of a rant about me talking about opening up the scientific literature at the Open Science Summit in August, 2010 at Berkeley


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May 24 2010

I’ll be talking at TEDx Del Mar June 2; webcast will be available.

I’m giving a talk at TEDx Del Mar June 2.  This should be a great opportunity to meet folks from the area.  For those of you not physically here, you can watch the streaming or archived version… stay tuned to the web site for more info.

I’ll probably be talking on “Sustainability isn’t enough” – and the need to shoot for a flourishing civilization, (which subsumes sustainable).


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Nov 24 2009

A Salute to James Hubbell

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James Hubbell is a most fascinating artist/philosopher/visionary/poet.  I’ve had the pleasure of knowing him for 10 years, when he was a great inspiration in helping me design my home.  Beneath a wonderful aura of quietness and wonder, he has a seething creative mind.  When he says something, it’s well worth listening to. I’ve had the pleasure of supporting his Ilan Lael Foundation as well as his efforts to build a “ring of pearls” around the Pacific with the Pacific Rim Parks .

Here is a wonderful video of an award honoring him for his lifetime achievement of art and humanitarian work through art at the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, CA on Oct. 3, 2009.

Here’s an earlier post I wrote talking about his resilience in recovering from the devastating fires that raged through his home and studio.


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Mar 29 2009

Tom’s Report Card: Google gets a C- on its Philanthropic Promises

Updated: Mar 30 to use stockholders equity instead of Market Cap as the baseline for their 1% equity contribution, improving their grade from D- to C-.  my mistake.

I’ve researched Google Foundation’s history, as near as I can gather from public documents.   This is not a simple task, and I might well be wrong (and am very happy to be corrected.)  However, it seems to me that Google is significantly in arrears in the follow through to their promises of 2004.

Google has made a single contribution of $90 million in 2005 to its foundation.  Shareholder equity in 2005 was $9,418,957, so this met their 1% promise. Since then, their stockholder equity has increased to $28,238,862, 1% of which would indicate a total of a $282 million contribution. states that it has committed $100 million to grants and investments.  However, 1% of their earnings amounts to $141 million, and required disbursements from their foundation amount to $15 million, bringing their promised amount to $156 million. If we deduct non-charitable use investments from their $100 million commitments to date, we end up with only 40% of their total promised contributions.

I respect the many philanthropic and better world investments that Google has made, but it has also made a promise to the public and its investors that I think needs to be carefully documented and reviewed.

I stand ready to be corrected in summaries, but until then, I have to issue a C- in their performance to date in meeting their original promises.  Below are my detailed calculations. Continue Reading »


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Mar 17 2009

Congratulations, Megan Smith, on your new role at

Dear Megan,

It’s great to hear of your new role as general manager of  I have fond memories of our chats as fellow Fellows at Stanford’s Digital Visions Program and the Uplift Academy workshops.  (I took your advice about solar cookers and moderated my enthusism for them).

I’ve been tracking Google’s philanthropic goal to devote 1% of Google’s equity and profits to philanthropy for some time now, and even blogged a bit in 2005 about it when it seemed to be lagging: What Ever Happened to Google’s 1% Better World Funding? See my current report card from my analysis of things to date)

Recall that Google’s SEC IPO filing said:

“We intend to contribute significant resources to the foundation, including employee time and approximately 1% of Google’s equity and profits in some form. We hope someday this institution may eclipse Google itself in terms of overall world impact by ambitiously applying innovation and significant resources to the largest of the world’s problems.”

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Jan 27 2009

Inauguration night: Barbara Marx Hubbard in Conversation with Tom

Barbara Marx Hubbard founder of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution talks with Tom Munnecke and others on the night Obama’s inauguration. She discusses her campaign for the vice presidency 25 years ago, and how her dreams and visions of that time are coming to fruition with the new shift in direction. She talks about her notion of Peace Rooms, ways of finding out what’s working, how to develop grass roots organizations that also feed information to centralized ones. Tom talks about the network effects of goodness, and how all this might “go viral.” Heather Wood Ion, Jim Pinto, Prapanna Smith, Nancy Walsh, and Carla Gerstein also participate. Video by Robert Foxworth, music by Kevin MacLeod, editing by Tom Munnecke. Taped Jan 20, 2009 in Encinitas, Ca.  See also James Fowler’s Interview on the positive effects of Social Networks.  This interview has been permanently saved at the Internet Archive.

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Jan 22 2009

Jamais Cascio at the Good Ancestors 2007 workshop

Jamais Cascio at the 2007 Good Ancestors Principle Workshop in Encinitas, CA is co-founder of  Produced by Tom Munnecke, music by Jim MacKay.

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Jan 22 2009

David Ellerman

David Ellerman talks at the 2007 Good Ancestors Principle Workshop.

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Jan 22 2009

Judith Rosen at 2007 Good Ancestor workshop

Judith Rosen talks about her father Robert Rosen’s work bridging the gap between physics and biology as well as the role of anticipatory systems theory.

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Jan 22 2009

John Smart at 2007 Good Ancestors workshop

John Smart talks about accelerating change at the 2007 Good Ancestors Principle workshop.

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