Sunday, January 18, 2015

Global Connectivity Webinar - 29 January 2015

On the 29th of January (North American time), I will be participating in a webinar on 'global connectivity' sponsored by the Global Connectivity Research Institute (GCRI).
The Global Connectivity Research Institute has developed tools to help dynamically visualize official global connectivity of every state on earth and most of the regional and global bodies, organizations, etc. to which those states belong as those bodies have evolved throughout deep history. This is real perspective. This is the foundation on which realistic deep strategic thinking, leading, and planning rests.

Join us on the 29th of January 2015 for the webinar.
Presenters include Timothy (Tim) Williamson, Founder and Director of GCRI, Admiral Kikareas PhD (HN Ret.), Capt. Wayne Porter PhD (USN Ret.), and myself. 

More details below

Updated 4 March 2015

Audio recording of my talk, click here.



Global Connectivity Research Institute (GCRI)

“seeking to understand the origin, evolution, and trajectory of human connectivity”




The 29th is almost here. Please register for the webinar.


16 Jan 2015

Webinar Information:

·        Title: “How an empirical knowledge of human connectivity should inform deep strategic thinking, leading, & planning.”  

o   For deep thinkers and strategic leaders, and those who want to be - the work of GCRI resolves the classic conundrum between the value of  a posteriori vs a priori based understanding in favor of an empirical foundation on which deep strategic thinking can be finally realized. It’s all a matter of information, perspective, and scale  - said the cat to Alice (massively paraphrased of course TW - adapted from Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,’ 1865).

·        Purpose:

o   Reason #1:

§  To provide a tool to easily visualize regional and global connectivity of every state and official organization on the planet from a current and historical perspective

o   Reason #2:

§  To provide the platform from which the connectivity in the visualization tool may be studied, analyzed, and projections made from an empirical foundation so that a more precise strategic narrative can be made with the greatest possible perspective.

o   Reason #3:

§  Provide insight into how best to utilize an understanding of the origin, evolution, & trajectory of human connectivity to make informed deep strategic decisions.

·        YouTube short videos about the webinar and GCRI on KUMU:

o   GCRI video  Webinar info

o   GCRI video  How are Russia, the USA, and Myanmar connected?

·        Applicability:

o   Governments

o   Militaries

o   NGO’s

o   IGO’s

o   Regional and global governance bodies & organizations

o   Business

o   Academics

·        Schedule:

o   29 Jan 2015 between 1000 & 1300 CST USA (between 1400 &1900 UTC)

Bio update of presenters:

1.     Admiral Peter Kikareas PhD,

a.     Hellenic Navy, NATO, Retired

b.     Europe, Eurasia & Mediterranean subject matter expert

c.     Has worked with US DHS

d.     lives in Florida


2.               Capt. Wayne Porter PhD

a.               US Navy, former head of the Complex Sciences Department at the Naval Post Grad School, Retired

b.               Co-Founder of National Strategic Narrative, and co-author of the document produced by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2011 by the same name, both in collaboration with LtCol Mark Mykleby (USMC Retired)


3.               Dr. Darl Kolb (PhD, Cornell)

a.               Professor of Connectivity in the Graduate School of Management at the University of Auckland Business School, Auckland, New Zealand.

b.               a pioneering theorist on social and technical connectivity.

c.               Visiting Fellow at the University of Sydney and the University of Cambridge.  

d.               Makes presentations around the world, most recently to the US Army.

e.               He discusses the connects and disconnects of life on his blog, Connectivity Corner (

4.               Timothy ‘Tim’ Williamson

 .                 Founder and creator of GRCI

a.               Creator of GCRI on KUMU - mappings of the origin and evolution of official regional and global connectivity of states and IGO’s.

b.               Numerous papers on

c.               LinkedIn Profile for more info

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Best of 2014

Sitting in Puerto Natales, Chile, at what has been called del fin del Mundo, reflecting on the past year, before entering Torres del Paine national park.  The terrain and flora remind us of New Zealand in many ways, but Patagonia is also a very unique region and a wonderful part of the world.

This is not a travelogue about connectivity, but I have been reminded of the power of language to connect or disconnect humans.  And, more profoundly, I have witnessed how a single individual, in this case one of the young members of our group, was able to make more friends in the space of 4 days in El Chalten than anyone I have ever seen.  The point is that some Gen Y folks are capable of networking in real life and new environments as well as they do on line.  A reminder not to pigeonhole or pre-judge generations.

As for the best of 2014...

I am presently reading the best novel related to our connected world, not just of 2014, but probably of the past decade.  The book is The Circle, by Dave Eggers (Vintage, 2013).  Not since Douglas Coupland's Microserfs has there been such an astute account of tech culture coupled with an intriguing contemporary story line.  The story takes place on a over-achieving tech campus (think Google meets Facebook on steroids), where seemingly helpful and well-intended utopian desires of tech mega-corporations reveal the dark side of universal ubiquitous connectivity and shrinking personal privacy.  A great read!  I highly recommend it!

Best non-fiction documentary of the year in my view is Generation Like, a PBS Hard Line report on the high need for teens to be liked on social media and the general medias exploitation of this phenomenon.  Notwithstanding my comment above about not judging generations, this video account makes for scary watching, if one considers the implications of high needs for social approval, especially when played out and manipulated by masterful marketing.

That's it for now.  Off to the mountains to disconnect.