Video: – Monetizing Peace-Building

Sometimes I come across the most amazing people and projects in this job, ideas that I never would have anticipated. This summer at the OSCON conference, I ran into Ryan Singer, a fellow Sun-Alum who is currently project manager for

As part of the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab, Peace Markets is an attempt to bring together markets, big data and conflict boundary analysis to create a peace industry.

The war machine has been making money for centuries, but why not profit from peace? Open Source the model and trade it like pork bellies. Peace through capitalism? Sign me up!

To learn more, check out this slide presentation.

PDX Keynote: The Fight for the Future: The Internet, Censorship, Surveillance, and You

In this video, Andrew McLaughlin of Betaworks presents: The Fight for the Future: The Internet, Censorship, Surveillance, and You.

How is Moore’s Law, ever-cheaper computing, and interconnectedness affecting our world? Activists, individuals, and governments are using digital technologies like social media as powerful forces for change.

From 2009-2011, Andrew McLaughlin was a member of President Obama’s senior White House staff, serving as Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States. In that role, Andrew was responsible for advising the President on Internet, technology, and innovation policy, including open government, cybersecurity, online privacy and free speech, spectrum policy, federal R&D priorities, entrepreneurship, and the creation of open technology standards and platforms for health care, energy efficiency, and education.

Recorded at the Portland Digital eXperience 2012 Workshop.

Slidecast: Get 2know – Big Data For The Shared Economy

In this slidecast, Guy Fraker presents: get2know – Big Data for the Shared Economy.

With shared rides, cars, bikes, and even rooms, the issue of trust is huge. The folks at get2know have a developed a “Trust Engine” that uses Big Data to help you decide who you trust to share your stuff. Amazing!

As we build out to scale, we’ll provide a playground for alliance partners to reward consumers who utilize shared services in postive ways. We will deliver a searchable aggregated view of shared economy providers WITH utilization incentives. By doing both in a single view, using single sign-on, we provide an economic reason to be scored. We believe that by partnering with the Collaborative Consumption community, a market is created where no user asks, “ok- I got my score- now what?” get2kno is about creating a market, not building a platform.”

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CareerMob to Revolutionize How Veterans Transition to Civilian Careers

A new Startup called CareerMob is seeking to revolutionize the way veterans receive help to transition to civilian service. Launched by five entrepreneurs on a hackathon competition known as the StartupBus, CareerMob offers a novel solution to the daunting challenges of veteran unemployment in a time when thousands of vets are on their way home.

Veterans face unique challenges when returning from duty and – unfortunately – one of those challenges is unemployment,” said Josh Seefried, currently an Air Force officer and one of the cofounders spearheading CareerMob. “Our goal is to ensure that Americans that fight for us don’t have to fight for a job when they come home.”

CareerMob starts with a simple questionnaire about a veterans work experience and interests and aligns them with civilian job opportunities. Furthermore, a veteran is then offered a selection of mentors that can help them transition to the civilian workplace. The process is simplified and seeks to ease the anxiety servicemembers face when transitioning from the military workplace.

Americans want to thank America’s veterans in meaningful ways – but too often, we fail to turn our good intentions into meaningful actions,” said Doug Wilson, former assistant Secretary of Defense of Public Affairs. “Helping our men and women in uniform returning from the battlefield to the workplace not just to find a job but to succeed in that job is one of the most tangible, productive answers to the question: ‘How can I help?'”

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OutServe Founder Hops on the Startup Bus

Over at the HuffPost Blog, Josh Seefried from OutServe-SLDN writes about why he joined up with the Startup Bus on its journey to SXSW in Austin this year.

We will have 72 hours to conceive, build and launch a startup as we travel by bus from various cities across the U.S. on the way to the South by Southwest conference in Austin next month. I have no idea who the others on the bus are, and we have no idea who’s going to end up wanting to work together. It’s a crazy competition where a select group of hackers, hustlers and designers come up with up with an idea and turn it into a real product.

Seefried, who serves as a lieutenant in Air Force, co-founded OutServe in 2010 to give a voice to the thousands directly affected by discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” legislation. Since founding, the organization has grown to over 6,000 members and 55 chapters worldwide, including Afghanistan.

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Totella Startup Shares the Story of the Sikh Tragedy

A new Startup called Totella is an effort by three Sikh entrepreneurs to enable people to share the stories that make up their lives. As an open media platform, the site was launched to share the story of the August 5th Sikh massacre in Wisconsin by a white supremacist.

Totella has been in development for more than six months and we planned our soft launch this week,” said Paul Singh, founder and CEO of Totella. When the shooting occurred at a Sikh gurdwara in Wisconsin last Sunday, killing 6 people of my faith, our team was compelled to tell the world the story of the tragedy that befell our country. Our entire team, which consists of three founders from the Sikh faith, has worked day and night to launch Totella to the world, escalating the launch to Friday August 10th.”

According to Singh, Totella was founded to address a gap in storytelling. While many stories about people, places and events make up the world around us, the Internet until now has only let us see fragments of these stories in a variety of locations. We rarely got to see the whole story in one place. Totella changes that. The platform was developed To-tell-a…story, so that each smaller voice can be heard and sewn into one fabric to tell the whole story.

Totella is in pre-beta at the moment, but inside-Startups plans to record a podcast with the founders when the site is open for new users. Read the Full Story.

The Entrepreneurial Brain and How to Treat It

Tim Donnelly writes that Dr. Aaron Blackledge has identified a common thread about how the entrepreneurial mind works—and how to treat it.

They’re people that balance their neurochemistry by constantly doing something stimulating or innovative at all times. If you sat in a room with hyper-creatives and tech entrepreneurs, and asked, “How many of you can go to the beach and sit under and umbrella for more than 15 minutes?” probably 90 percent of them would say “no.” And the 5 percent that said “yes” would not realize that they’re not allowed to have three electronic devices working under that umbrella.

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