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Swarmwise: The Tactical Manual to Changing the World Paperback – July 18, 2013
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About the Author
Rick Falkvinge is an IT entrepreneur recognized by Foreign Policy Magazine as a Top 100 Global Thinker and nominated by TIME Magazine as one of the world's 100 most influential people. This is a testament to the swarm organization methodologies he developed to beat the competition in the European Elections of 2009, while being constrained to less than one per cent of the competition's budget.
Mr. Falkvinge is known for founding the first Pirate Party and leading it into the European Parliament, and is currently a political evangelist for his ideas of freedoms of speech and expression. In particular, he stresses how industrial interests of the 1900s are fighting the net’s core values, the ability for everybody to publish their ideas and creations, and how these industries drive us towards a Big Brother society.
When not making policy, keynoting about cost-effective management, or exploring technical subjects in detail, Mr. Falkvinge can usually be seen cooking, sampling a scotch whisky, or riding a fast motorcycle.
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EDIT OF 13 AUG 2013: I have a 17 hour aviation trip coming up Friday-Saturday, will try to get the detailed review posted sometime in the days after I reach my destination. I regard this book as one of a half dozen essentials for hybrid public governance in the 21st Century -- for participatory panarchy in which the public achieves consensus using collective intelligence methods that leverage ethical evidence-based decision-support that is transparent, truthful, and that produces TRUST as the "glue" for holistic ecologically and socially sound decision-making.
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My last comment first: this book ends beautifully, and I am personally deeply inspired. Rickard Falkvinge has been and will continue to be a change agent, and this book is a form of persistent, ubiquitous sharing of insight that could help accelerate and broaden the emergent public bottom up demands for clarity, diversity, integrity, and sustainability.
Perhaps the biggest counter-intuitive lessons from this book is that swarms wants and need focused leadership that can provide a structure -- an architecture and easy to grasp prioritization of effort. Swarms are the opposite of bureaucracies -- agile, inclusive, transparent -- but they still need structure setting and goal/task definition if they are to be effective [witness Occupy versus the Pirate Party for a study in ineffectiveness versus tangible results]. HOWEVER, the author makes it clear that "leaders" of a swarm are more janitorial than managerial in nature. There is ample humility in this book.
Magic numbers are 7, 30, 150 -- a squad, a platoon, a company.Read more ›
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if you are the least bit tech savvy and have an interest and the time this book will offer you an insight into supporting and participating in the coming revolution of the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by will crow
This is an excellent guide for how to change the world. It is full of both highly strategic and also very tactical wisdom. We're trying to apply it a [...].Published on November 5, 2013 by John Spritzler