Attention

June 8th, 2012

Because attention is so closely connected to our brain’s basic wiring, it can be difficult to recognize our own patterns of giving attention – patterns we’ve been absorbing since birth. Yet different cultures do allocate attention differently. For example: psychologist Richard E. Nisbett concluded (in his underwater scene study) that East Asians focus on relationships while Westerners tend to see isolated objects rather than the connections between them. What is your brain (not) wired for? What do you “see” and are you aware off what you miss?

Fashion, an interesting viewpoint…

September 10th, 2011

The Economist writes: A Man’s Guide to a Woman’s Wardrobe

For me it gave me a few things to think about:

  • Fashion is the language of the tribe (some are leaders, some are followers, some are wanna-be’s and some don’t speak the language).
  • “membership” does not cost a fee, but is a way of thinking & doing.
  • Fashion is (for many, especially women) a way to escape the daily rut of life – and to state where one is “on the ladder” (not for anything else than the internal satisfaction).
  • Fashion, in most women, will (thus) not be for the man, at least not primarily.
  • Even lingerie is first for the women to feel in control and to set the mood – and only secondary in response to the wishes/needs of the man.

Open for discussion…

The Spiritual Path?

August 3rd, 2011

Just now, I was listening to (yet another) Anthony Robbins movie. The man is good, very good. But for me the problem is always that it is so incredibly difficult to reflect upon myself and to actually practice (in order to get the benefit). But this time he said something that deeply impacted me and lifted quite a bit of weight off my shoulders (and put some work back): “the path of relationship intimacy is ten times more powerful than the spiritual path (of isolation)”. It makes perfect sense too; those who connect influence others and get influenced by them. Growth (which is one of my more important human needs) feeds on variety & connection and also processing, reflection/contemplation, but the beauty is that even those can be done with other people (either a respectful coach or an understanding friend).

So, my long time desire to “be/do it all” finally got reduced a bit as I immediately was able to let go of my need to become a spiritual guru of some sorts. The consequence is that I now need to focus on relationships (and that, he said, is 10 times harder).

News?

July 25th, 2011

Why are there so few people that, like me, believe news is highly over rated? I try to shy away from news (with perhaps an exception for factual business news related to my professions) for the reasons that news is so shallow: it changes every day, generally does not give any worthy insights and in nearly all cases does not influence my life. And yes a major earthquake on the other side of the planet is terrible for those involved, but it has no noticeable impact on my life.

PS: People my age spent in general slightly over 1 hour on consuming news per day. Lost productivity if you ask me, unless one actually treats it (via a conscious choice) as entertainment or a way to distract oneself from ones own life. But I believe there are more effective ways to do that. What do you think?

Mantra 33 Consolidation

July 10th, 2011

As you might already know, every year near my birthday I post the proclamation for myself for the coming year. When I was an old teenager I was spending serious time connecting to my mystic roots through meditation. When I was 18 I predicted my 31ste year would be my year of Money – I was excited about that my whole life – but got very nervous every month it was getting closer. Little did I know how right I was so many years ago. Here is how: at 24 I slowly made the transition to actually be an adult. Now in the last year (mantra: introspection) I believe I have finally gained the basic knowledge (about myself) I expected to gain in my life.

For this year my mantra is: consolidation (between yin & yang). I have already realized that most mantra’s were spot on, but in retrospect in such an incredibly different way than expected. So, I have spent significant effort over the last weeks to realize the way I could go about interpreting my own words of wisdom. They didn’t make sense to me until I read an article in a management magazine this Sunday afternoon in my mothers garden which had a line in it that made me realize what I have unconsciously already set out to do: “weet wat je wil en creeer een kans” (which translates as: “know what you want and create an opportunity to do it”). I will rewrite it in my own words (from the last 2 years) as: understand my passion and create an environment in which I can live it – and I hope in 12 months or so to fully understand how that relates to consolidation – because literally the first day after my birthday, it felt much more like the year of separation 🙁

To gain some perspective/inspiration hese will guide me:

Life Vision:

I exist, as all else exist, because all else exists. I am unbound and infinite.

Life Mission:

Bringing about balanced success that leads to and supports growth in the
four success areas – mental, spiritual, physical and financial – through
creating choices and understanding their impact and consequences (on and
for myself and those around me).

Life Motto:

To live, to love, to learn and to leave a legacy.

Google Circles

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.

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.

Dealing with the Differences in Production

March 20th, 2011

For my notes on the 20110319 Libertarian Party supported discussion meeting the following important question the libertarian movement should have a (preferably theoretically proven) answer for:

What to do with those people who (can only) produce less than they need to exist?

Or in Dutch (for my archive): wat te doen met die mensen die minder (kunnen) produceren dan ze nodig hebben om te bestaan?

My current analysis brings me to strongly believe the problem will be solved by the increase in voluntary donations1 to (organizations, especially local, that support) those people; be it due to altruism or the fact that assisting them will increase the value of their own property and/or existence.

Is there an overview of the ways in which the various Libertarian original-theorists think about this issue?

1 = there are only 4 ways to spent money (explained elsewhere); if someone else spends your money, you yourself are less involved & thus less committed (especially so if the money was forced from you). If you can spent your own money on someone else, the (probably more efficient) feedback loop is more likely to keep the process going.

Building a Dutch Libertarian Foundation

October 20th, 2010

Mission

To find financial support for my Washington, DC trip to collect & translate libertarian lessons learned and best practices for the Dutch market.

Introduction

Hello, I’m Pallieter Koopmans. Since 1996 I have been of the firm belief that the way in which we organize and “do” politics as a society can be greatly improved (I saw many fundamental flaws). Since I have learned that we as society have learned significantly and tried many ways to organize our ourselves – there is a growth path! The “recent” significant increase in the speed & reach of communication (via the internet) makes that the next way or wave of methods to organize ourselves is about to be needed. I have found that the libertarian philosophy seems to best match my findings & understandings of current knowledge & trends.

My primary motivator for you or your organization to sponsor my 1 month study trip is that I know you believe in the fact that (on average) you are the best person to spend your own money (note that there are 4 ways to spend money: your money on yourself, your money on someone else, some else’s money on yourself, someone else’s money on someone else). If you combine that with the libertarian “non aggression principle”, a consequence is that government should only exist to defend the rights of every individual it represents. There is no crime if there is no victim.

I strongly believe that a more libertarian society is better for the environment, better for those who can not take care of and/or defend themselves, etc, etc. And better for you … if you strive for both financial & social freedom! If you agree, hire me to help you. Please contribute, as I need 5000 euro for this trip.

Much more money is needed to achieve a significant effect. All donations above what is needed for this trip will be used for 80% to fund an endowment from “Het Libertarisch Centrum Nederland” that will invest in projects to achieve a more libertarian society. The other 20% will be donated towards ending slavery in this world (as that is the exact opposite of where I stand for and there are still 27 million people held against their will from the time of their capture, purchase or birth, and deprived of the right to leave, to refuse to work or to demand compensation).

Goals

  • Gather practical & proven information that can be easily & effectively used to promote more modern social systems (specifically all flavors of libertarianism).
  • Build a public knowledge base (wiki) with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. The aim of the wiki is to assist people & organizations in finding the information they need to help explain & promote libertarianism in a positive & effective way.
  • Ensure the long-term availability of that website.
  • Work out how to best organize progress on these issues:

    • Get international support for our Dutch mission to grow the (inter)national libertarian movement.
    • Organize and motivate existing Dutch libertarians to channel their energy into positive action.
    • To awaken the current Dutch libertarian institutions and architect an active libertarian landscape.

Places to visit & people to meet in Washington, DC:

How can you help?

  • Send in questions I should ask, things I should research, people I should meet, etc.
  • Assist me make my trip: donate to the Dutch bank account 5445400 from “Libertarisch Centrum” using my name (Pallieter Koopmans) as the reference/comment to the transaction. Alternatively I can make several precious metal accounts available (like: eGold, GoldMoney) or generic online payment processors like PayPal.
  • Learn about libertarianism. For example: read the novels from Ayn Rand, Rothbard.
  • Contact me if you have (access to) specific knowledge; I can connect you to a libertarian liaison.
  • Do business with libertarian companies and with my current employer.

Results & Accountability

During my 1 month commitment I will produce a daily online journal and a significant amount of structured text on the wiki on a wide variety of topics. The financial resources will be invested in:

  • a cheap flight to Washington (to be booked as soon as the full amount needed is pledged) 600 euro
  • a full size laptop to work on (I will personally double the investment) 750 euro
  • rental of a car to get around (about 750 euro + 250 for fuel) 1000 euro
  • incidental hotel nights during travel (about 4 nights at 75 euro) 300 euro
  • food & drinks where not donated by hosts (about 20 meals at 15 each) 300 euro
  • additional remuneration for daycare in my absence (20 times 5 hours) 600 euro
  • minimal replacement income (my employer will sponsor partially) 750 euro
  • access to various subject-relevant places (toll, museums, libraries, etc) 100 euro
  • communications (mobile telephone SIM with internet + Skype credit) 150 euro
  • insurance (travel & health) 75 euro
  • setup website (domain names, hosting) 115 euro
  • thank-you gifts (for hosts & people who assisted me) 50 euro
  • procurement of books, materials, photocopies, etc (to be donated to the LC and/or LP) 150 euro

Please note that I personally invest a significant amount of my time, energy and income on this trip; the above goes beyond my personal abilities. It takes much preparation and also after my trip the work is not entirely done – it needs to be actively shared for it to be useful!

Current Sponsors

I would like to thank the following people & organizations for assisting me with this mission:

  • my girlfriend & kids whom have to miss me during my mission
  • the people & organizations that will meet with me and share their knowledge
  • the host family for my accommodation
  • the many publications that support this mission: Meer Vrijheid, Vrijspreker
  • BCG eProjects, Supply Selector, Healthy Design
  • the Jong Libertarisch facebook members, especially the donors: K, Imre, etc.
  • T. & H. de Bordes (financial contribution)
  • Henry Sturman (a lot of excellent feedback)
  • Karel Want (brainstorming ideas)

If you would like to be (un)listed or if you would like me to add a link to your website, please contact me via email or call +31-6-3400-3800 (mon-sat 8-23 CET).

Contact Details

Pallieter Koopmans
Ulgerkamp 71
8014 GH  Zwolle
The Netherlands

+31-6-3400-3800
Pallieter@Pallieter.org
Skype: PallieterKoopmans

Curriculum Vitae (summarized)

I have worked with and programmed on many websites and (open source) Content Management Systems (like: Mambo, Joomla, Nucleus, Word Press, osCommerce, XOOPS, etc).

In the last 15 years I have, as an entrepreneur, become familiar with most things Internet; especially PHP, large MySQL databases, large volume email handling, maintaining websites & webservers, XML, (X)HTML, CSS, search engine optimization, etc. With 300+ innovative projects and sometimes a large staff (up to 25 people to manage directly).

I have extensive experience working with many different people/cultures – I have traveled to 30+ countries, worked with employees, contractors & freelancers from 4 continents, coached 150+ student interns (college & university level) and lived in the USA for 2.5 years.

Dutch: native tongue (++/++/++)
English: fluent (++/++/++)
German: sufficient (-/+/+)

Interests: educational & didactical systems, entrepreneurship/management, libertarianism, and organizations like: The Economist, TED.com, etc.

Ingredients for My Vision for Education

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: