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Google Circles

Friday, July 8th, 2011

While I personally really like the concept – and it is more usefull if all my communicationpartners are using it (remember the faith of Google Wave) – it has, as can be expected from Google, a highly technical cool-factor with an awesome potential; but I do feel there is a human factor called discipline that simply can not be enforced. Compare my Google Contacts, I have about 20% of my 5000+ contacts properly sorted in the broad categories: friends, family, business, employees, strangers (people I did not personally meet) and some interest groups like: libertarian, important (people to consider/follow), etc. And in this way Google Circles will fail to fully support me simply because I will not have the commitment to work the system to its technical perfection.

I guess I’m still waiting for artificial intelligence…

Besides lacking the first-movers advantage (switching social network providers is still a very big hurdle), there will be the problem of handling the social feedback from those that are not in my circles where they expected to be in – and thus miss things that their desired peers will receive. (Note: facebook “solved” this by giving us just 2 choices: public or private.)

Possible PhD research subject in the Education area.

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Together with my Vision for Education and my life experience I hope to some day start working on my PhD dissertation & defense. Several years ago I have formulated my goal for this possible area of research. Here the extract:

Aspects of Future Didactical Systems in Higher Vocational Education – a Roadmap for Change

With the increase in the amount of information people have to deal
with every day to be able to operate successfully in this world; we can
not teach our children what we know now, we have to teach them to
understand & deal with what we will know tomorrow. This requires a
significant other approach and in the last few decades we have been
experimenting with various educational & didactical systems. In my
quest to get my PhD I will document this evolution from a broad
perspective, distill the trends (based on scientific methods using a
significant amount of data and data sources), predict the future
(using my understanding of the data, my life experience as a student,
as well as an educator and a father) and write a roadmap for how to
best revolutionize both our educational systems and didactical
systems (in a practical and achievable way).

I would love to receive feedback.

Link to my personal wiki page (to keep my internal organization): wiki.

Ingredients for My Vision for Education

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

I have since I was 16 been very interested in assisting the transformation of the education system. My fundamental beliefs for this need are:

  • Education should be brain-based – differentiated based on learning style.
  • Education is life-long and should address all aspects of living (balance between: mental, physical, emotional, spiritual).
  • Information is omnipresent and should be learned “just in time”; knowledge should be build based on a understanding the (underlaying) fundamentals.

There are some people that think in line with my thoughts or provide inspiring ideas, like: B.F.Skinner, Win Wenger or like Ken Robinson who talks about a revolution in this TED video:

Time for internet-tech to get political.

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

The (political) power went from local to central. Now we get the post-bureaucratic age = local people empowered by global data & technology.

What is the libertarian answer to non-rational actions?

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

If something where to be of “general interest”, everyone would comply voluntarily, but that is in many situations not the case; it has to be enforced by “higher authority”. Since I have learnt there is a difference between “general consensus” and “general interest”, I was stimulated to think about the question if there is (in a political and/or human psychological perspective) such a thing as general interest. But I, for now, concluded the important question is if a non-rational & not fully informed decision can (with force) be overruled? The libertarian concept functions imho perfectly when all actions are based on fully-informed & rational decisions, but that is a utopia!

For further study: how does the Libertarian Party answer this concern – as imho this is the only valid objection one can have to the philosophical foundation of the Libertarian Party. As currently I am a minarchist I am supposed to object to anarcho-capitalism, but how to defend the point that there should be a nexus of power (a monopoly on force)? Philosophically I can not … the ancient Greek philosophers (Pittacus, Thales, Sextus the Pythagorean, Isocrates, Epictetus, Epicurus, Plato’s Socrates) already stated (and many religions have in their core): The Golden Rule or, maybe better, The Platinum Rule. I, as an individual and also in my political views, want to (and do) believe it possible I can “act wisely” and properly deal with the objections Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Nietzsche and Bertrand Russell have 1 to the Golden/Platinum Rule.

So for all practical concerns I will treat the Libertarian Party as yet one step closer (to a desired utopia) in the way we, as humans, organize ourselves to deal with the random, the non-rationale and the (for now) unexplainable. Thus I have to conclude that politics is necessary, but the ideal should be to limited that as much as possible … where the fine line can not be defined, but is up to those who do. I believe elections are thus needed to poll the general consensus in the respect as to where the line is to be drawn at that particular time (and preferably also on what specific topic).

Postscript: in ancient times people where able to vote “with their feet” and moved to or followed those that where agreeable to them. How ever much I would like to go back to those times, perhaps in this modern time we should invent new governmental systems, like bringing ever political decision to those it will impact? This would not be a reversal in power and not the full freedom of power, but a healthy mix … but than again, also a truly democratic system is a utopia!

1 = Perhaps best summarized in this question: How does one know how others want to be treated?

Henry Grady Weaver

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Most of the major ills of the world have been caused by well-meaning people who ignored the principle of individual freedom, except as applied to themselves, and who were obsessed with fanatical zeal to improve the lot of mankind-in-the-mass through some pet formula of their own.

~ Henry Grady Weaver, The Mainspring of Human Progress

PS: Henry also said something that should make Libertarianism appeal strongly to Christian believers: [Christ] spoke of the God who does not control any man, but who judges the acts of every man (individually).

Mind Mapping

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

I use mind maps often to help clarify my thinking by bringing clarity to complicated and unclear situations. I specifically like mapping out complex problems without explicitly trying to map out their solution. Often the solution or future state becomes apparent simply by clearly mapping out (the context of) the problem.

I started in 1996 with MindJet’s MindMan software after reading about NLP, but moved to CmapTools and than quickly to FreeMind. Wanted to move online, but the options are not good enough yet, so I moved all my maps into my dropbox so I can access them everywhere.


Monday, June 15th, 2009

Hello, we might not have met yet, but I would like to ask you if you see a possible match with my CV and an organization in The Netherlands (or a flight away, if I can regularly work from home).

My keywords are: internet, innovation, (big & meta) data, privacy & security.

I have experience managing up to 20 people and I have broad hands-on tech experience. Areas I don’t want to be responsible for are: finance, HR and sales.

Possible job titles are: startup CTO, software architect, business analyst (e-commerce & e-tail), technical team lead.


PKUniversity Step 1

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

The concept of current education came from the industrial revolution … the system is behind the times as a significant part of the work world is now in the age of knowledge & services. What does one need to survive in that world? Not the typical order of importance (math, physics, chemistry, some geography, religion and language as a way to make sure we can do the first few subjects properly), but we need Process Thinking, Creativity, Psychology (computers can generate statistics, but we need to learn to interpret them to a useful meaning), Innovation, Physical Abilities (those things computers can not do yet, like: dance, cook, play musical instuments, etc). Fiftheen years ago I wanted to start my own univerisy … has proven itself now and is my first step towards PKU.

Our Tax Money in ICT

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 published an article about the 25 biggest company internal IT departments. These are the governement run positions (and our tax money):

3) Defense (IVENT) with 3000
4) Tax Agency (B/CICT) with 2962
5) Police (vtsPN) with 1818
14) UWV (IV-functie) Social Security with 500
16) OM & De Rechtspraak (ICTRO) Public Prosecution & Justice with 480
17) Rotterdam (City-IT) with 427
20) Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (DICTU) with 315
21) Sociale Verzekeringsbank (ICT-diensten) National Insurance Agency with 296
23) Kadaster (ICT Services) Land Administration with 265
25) RDW (ICT Bedrijf) Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency with 232

In the top 25 internal Dutch ICT organizations that is 10295 fulltime positions in government ICT departments alone!

At my company we operate with a simple open source wiki, task & customer management system, etc. How many of these 10 could do the same? How much tax payer money could be saved if the complete government was run as a company (or, dare I say, not at all)?