31 - Mitch Altman (Hacking Life For Fun & Profit)
“I would love to see a world where 100% of the people on this planet, and all the other beings, believe their life is WAY worth living. Not just kinda okay, even, but WAY worth living.” This week’s guest is Mitch Altman, a hacker and electronics scientist whose life is the stuff of legend (here's his Wikipedia entry).
Founder of Cornfield Electronics (“We Make Useful Electronics for a Better World”), co-founder of Noisebridge (epic hackerspace in San Francisco), inventor of TV-B-Gone.
This episode’s title is pulled from Mitch’s talk by a similar name.
In this Episode: Living in alignment with your dreams, working for yourself.
Entrepreneurship as serving your own sense of the awesome and letting the resonant audience come to your own articulated personal meaning.
The potential of full-cost accounting: how weaving every invisible cost (“ecosystem services,” mothering, etc.) into the economy could transform selfish behavior into good for all.
Self-discovery and finding the place where your enjoyment and passion meets the needs of your society.
“Helping me includes helping other people, which feels good. How can I NOT do this?”
Getting through depression and loneliness to find creative fulfillment.
Breaking out of habit to discover the life we CHOOSE with our sudden wealth of free time…
The importance of boredom and leisure to the full development of the soul.
The evolutionary fitness landscape and looking at our choices as moves across a geography of our adaptation to various environments.
Making the hard decision to back out of something you’ve invested in and begin again as something new…
Technological Unemployment, Universal Basic Income, and the rise of Hacker Spaces.
The role of local currencies and minimum guaranteed income in the architecting a society of creativity and leisure.
“All of this has to happen slow enough that things don’t collapse or become traumatic, but fast enough that we can survive as a species.”
Open Source Digital Democracy and fractal structures in economy and politics – what comes after representative republics and printing-press-era legislature in the age of the Internet?
Natural hierarchies (holarchies and do-ocracies) versus artificial hierarchies…and how to create a pocket of effective, fruitful anarchy within the right container.
Chaos Computer Club and the future of meta human swarm intelligence (read also: social creatures living in community)
“I try to not be pessimistic OR optimistic. I try to the best of my ability to see things AS THEY ARE.”
The recent explosive proliferation of Chinese hackerspaces. Photo Credit: Dennis van Zuijlekom