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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