In The News Now…

Sally Kohn at TED@NCY, Bill Gates and Bill Clinton in a Wired interview, the U.S. Department of Defense, Delaine Moore and a new Edge Series on Big Data.

Within these diverse topics, there are common themes. In fact, these are quite BIG themes that are morphing day by day. See if you can discern them. Below find excerpts and tasters (yes, lets call them clues :)) from around the web followed by some closing commentary.


Sally Kohn says, “To me, emotional correctness is about how to preserve political correctness while also scratching a layer deeper and trying to find real compassion and connection with each other. I think we’ve always needed that, but damn do we need it right now. The insults getting hurled back and forth from both sides of the political aisle are insane and it boils down to an incredibly divided country. We forget we’re actually all on the same team. That’s what a nation is! It’s one big team, for crying out loud!

Wired journalist, Steven Levy, shares excerpts on a Clinton/Gates interview that relate…how the U.S. might see itself in the global arena… ‘…The foundations are at the forefront of a new era in philanthropy, in which decisions—often referred to as investments—are made with the strategic precision demanded of business and government, then painstakingly tracked to gauge their success…Gates demands metrics to show that his investments are getting results. “I have been struck again and again by how important measurement is to improving the human condition,” he wrote in this year’s annual progress report.”

‘Clinton stated: “We have laboratories of innovation all over the world: How much do we spend on health care compared to what the two highest-rated systems—Germany and France—spend? What are the Chinese really good at? .. What’s their weakness? …What are the Indians really good at? ..Is there a way we can help each do the other? …If you believe we’re living in an interdependent world, then we should be trying to build a future of shared success and responsibility.”

And one more quote from Gates: “Historically, privacy was almost implicit, because it was hard to find and gather information. But in the digital world, whether it’s digital cameras or satellites or just what you click on, we need to have more explicit rules—not just for governments but for private companies. There are legitimate reasons for the government to watch what’s going on, particularly with nuclear and biological weapons. So it’d be nice if there was a way that some part of the government that we really trusted was looking at that information. Right now, people are going, “Oh my gosh!” and you wonder—did they not think anything was going on? But it’s probably good there is now an explicit conversation.”

Steven Aftergood reports from FAS: Pentagon Drone Programs Taper Off (and New Military Doctrine). ‘The FY 2014 budget request included $2.3 billion for research, development, and procurement of unmanned aerial systems, a decrease of $1.1 billion from the request for the fiscal year 2013… “Annual procurement of UAS has gone from 1,211 in fiscal 2012 to 288 last year to just 54 in the proposed FY14 budget,” according to a recently published congressional hearing volume.

For a bit of ‘wow!’,  read about how Delaine Moore ‘just flew back from Ottawa where I was on the set of a movie being made about my life.    That’s right – a movie.   And it’s about me, little ol’ me — a former stay-at-home mom, whose entire world was so pulverized by divorce and infidelity six years ago she could barely even drag herself out of bed.’ has just launched a new series, Whats New in social science. I will be trying to keep up with it, for sure. Sendhil Mullainathan, Professor of Economics, Harvard, starts us off: “The observation is that data sets are getting bigger, and bigger, and bigger in a fundamental way. As the size of data grows, what does this imply for social science? For how we conduct the business of science? “We’ve known big data has had big impacts in business, and in lots of prediction tasks. I want to understand, what does big data mean for what we do for science? Specifically, I want to think about the following context:  You have a scientist who has a hypothesis that they would like to test, and I want to think about how the testing of that hypothesis might change as data gets bigger and bigger. So that’s going to be the rule of the game. Scientists start with a hypothesis and they want to test it; what’s going to happen? …”


So…Catching a pattern or two here? Key themes are popping up all over the place in the macro news if we look for them and guess what? Their essence indicates where energy can flow in our micro environment.

There was much discussion and sharing over the last few weeks leading up to an astral conjunction – and each contributor had a somewhat different take. And that was a good thing: the ways in which energy can manifest via an archetype through a specific spectrum are numerous. In the case of a conjunction, we needed to imagine the blending of two.

Archetype Venus (relationships based on a currency valued by all parties involved) and archetype Pluto (relationships based necessarily on empowering drives) merged, mingled and separated within the parameters of spectrum Capricorn (building/sustaining structures for exchange, particularly in the public domain).

But it’s not over now. The initial ‘ping’ of contact gave launch to actions that will continue to utilize this combo. Whether in the macro or our micro-world, that ping could have come like a rude alarm clock going off or as the surprising easiness of a supposedly difficult conversation.

Its good to take a look around the world for examples of this ping, to identify the energy at work and consider its quality. Its good because the exercise expands your mind’s eye as to possibilities that could be applicable in your own journey. How did ‘they’ out there – and how did you right here – handle it? What’s the next wise move? Lessons abound when our agility with symbolism is limber.

Try reading, listening and watching with your archetype ears and eyes to enhance your co-creating fields of work and play.

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