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 (

Google Talk with Douglas Engelbart (

Sugata Mitra The Hole in the Wall Project and the Power of Self-Organized Learning (