Homelessness, Technology, Awareness, and Understanding

In this episode, I talk about a subject I plan to dig into much deeper on future episodes which is homelessness and how technology could become a catalyst to help bring more awareness and understanding to a significant societal problem as well as to potentially unify programs and funding within affected communities.

For this introductory episode, I focus on thoughts around a pilot program being introduced by the city of Mesa, Arizona to tackle an increasing problem their community is facing with homlessness. To learn more about their program visit


City of Mesa Virtual Summits on Homelessness found on Youtube

1st Summit

2nd Summit

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The Emergence | Common Sense by Thomas Paine




I recorded this song 2 years ago over a wikiloop drum track with my Guitar and Bass along with excerpts of a narration by Bob Neufeld from a Librivox recording of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense. The writing behind Paine’s Common Sense was instrumental in lighting the spark behind the American Revolution. It is my belief these excerpts speak to the potential of a truly democratic society of which communication technology should serve. A potential wavering as technology continues to serve the interests of government and business more than the people represented.

The Mission of The Emergence is to uncover innovations and ideas around communication technologies to better serve this potential. I see this interpretation of Thomas Paine’s words as a means to remind technologists, politicians, and technology users of the importance of the democratic values of liberty, equality, and justice.

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The Emergence Mission

Episode 14 | Brief essay (under 4 minutes) on the Mission of The Emergence Podcast to set the table for conversations, essays, and commentaries to come.  What is at the core of The Emergence? To surface people, ideas, innovations, and efforts from communities into public consciousness from what is swimming underneath.  To help bring more capabilities and diverse interests into the market and into society from a broader swath of people to strengthen the core of what makes up the human experience. 


User Data Rights
Decrease Societal Costs
Increase Societal Health
Better balance between people, business, and government. 

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Free Market Parity through Decentralization

Episode 13 | Free Market Parity through decentralization is an essay I had written before I launched The Emergence Podcast. The purpose of this this essay is not to devalue the importance of the shareholder or corporations in the market but to call out the evolution of the free market away from core principles tied to the productive exchange of labor to a reliance on shareholder growth we see today. Where the stock price of a good or service has become more important than the efforts and interests of the stakeholders (workers/consumers) involved. A reality more reflective of a game of roulette than a plan for a representative market, better at keeping a few freighters afloat than lifting most boats.

This episode also found on: Apple Podcasts & Spotify


Adam Smith Wealth of Nations
A Bill of Data Rights
The Decentralized Web
Decentralized Artificial Intelligence

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The Emergent Web

Episode 12 | The Emergent Web is an essay I had written before launching The Emergence Podcast I believe speaks well to the history and potential of a connection better serving the interests of more of the people connected.

We have to ask ourselves will society more likely benefit from the convenience of the masses or the deeper interactions of the individual? Now that the technology exists to pull this off isn’t the best investment to make the ones we make in ourselves. What better way to strengthen the core of this than through an emergent and purposeful connection.

Vannevar Bush As We May Think
Douglas Engelbart Mother of All Demos & NLS System
Ted Nelson Xanadu
Tim Berners Lee Solid Framework
Sugata Mitra Educational Researcher


Douglas Engelbart Mother of All Demos (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6rKUf9DWRI)


Google Talk with Douglas Engelbart (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQx-tuW9A4Q)

Sugata Mitra The Hole in the Wall Project and the Power of Self-Organized Learning (https://www.edutopia.org/blog/self-organized-learning-sugata-mitra)

Exploring the Potential of Connected Communities

Episode 11
Stream of thought episode on what is possible when we move our focus toward building a better connection between people, resources, and commerce within our local and virtual communities. To focus on the potential of labor, small businesses, the arts, science, and people in the communities we engage with. To find people building tools and rendering systems of thought to   

Worker Coops
Elon Musk Tesla Stock
Douglas Engelbart Bootstrapping
Small Business Renaissance

Building Trust and Community on the Web with Sebastiaan van der Lans

Episode 10
In this episode, I bring on Sebastiaan van der Lans who is looking to harness blockchain and open source technologies to infuse trust and community into the connection. Sebastiaan is the founder of the Van Ons, Netherlands largest wordpress digital agency and Wordproof, a timestamp blockchain technology revolutionizing the notion of how we verify content on the web.

*Fight for a trustworthy web *Wordpress is responsible for 39% of all websites
*The future is in open source technologies and communities
*Stakeholders are lost in building technology for profit over purpose
*Wordpress and blockchain
*The Internet has a deep-rooted issue which is trust
*The Internet should offer transparency and accountability
*Blockchain and Timestamping
*Worker Proposal System
*European Commission’s Blockchains for Social Good initiative
*What will open source technologies look like in 2025?

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Exploring the Connection and Human Potential with Tim McLain

Episode 9
On this episode I bring on my good friend Tim McLain to discuss the role and future of the connection as it relates to discovery and how it could provide fuel to tap into human potential. Tim has a background in Technology, Art, and Music and over the last 15 years, we have been working on and discussing the toolset to help light the spark to ignite more purpose in the human condition.

*Are we supposed to have quantity of life or quality-of-life.
*It seems like the expectation of the quantity from the provider is stepping on the quality of the potential of the stakeholder
*Tim Berners Lee frustrated with where the web is going 
*Mark Nadal – Peer to Peer vs. Domain connection 
*The utopian vision. Theoretical vs. Practical 
*Javier *Javier Livas Cantu – Cybernetics and Centralized Control 
*Dougals Engelbart and the death of his NLS System in favor of the localized PC. 
*If we want to have better information sorry we are going to want to do a little more work. 
*Police reform and George Floyd 

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Building a Better Future Through a Decentralized Connection with GunDB Founder Mark Nadal

Episode 8
Join J. Paul Duplantis and Mark Nadal on a 2 hour deep dive into Mark’s work with ERA, Inc and his GunDB framework to help build a better future through a peer to peer decentralized connection.

*Gun DB
*AXE (Advanced Exchange Equation) Algorithm
*New Economic models beyond Capitalism and Socialism
*Building a new type of connection through browser extensions
*D.Tube Meething Video Conferencing
*The Marginalized Consumer
*Mark Benioff (Salesforce) Tim Draper (Draper Associates) Mozilla

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A Conversation with Cybernetician Javier Livas Cantu

Episode 7
New episode from The Emergence Podcast. My first interview which I enjoyed. The first in many to come to engage w/ thought leaders and the intellectually curious around the ideas of bringing more purpose into the human connection. #TheEmergence #Cybernetics

Note: My apologies to the people of Chile for repeatedly mispronouncing Chilean. Parts of my brain shuts down when I engage like this. LOL