Ed Dowding

Ed Dowding

Founder, strategist, writer, gadfly, TED talker, world-record holder, and (foolishly) reality-TV farmer.DOES: Innovation, Product, Advocacy THINKS: Regenerative Systems, Institution design, 300 year horizons

Regulating free speech on Twitter

Inspired by a recent whatsapp group chat, a few idle thoughts on how I’d approach free speech on Twitter / what I would do if I were Musk. Very much a first draft with plenty of room for improvement and no doubt many instances of short-sighted idiocy. But a fun exercise for 20 minutes. We ...

Things I’ve been reading: 26th December 2021

Article 6 creates two kinds of carbon credits — what that means for business Using carbon credits toward corporate greenhouse gas emissions reductions has always been complex, and the passage of Article 6 during last month’s COP26 hasn’t made things any simpler.1401 wordshttps://www.greenbiz.com/article/article-6-creates-two-kinds-carbon-credits-what-means-business 24 Lessons From Jeff Bezos’ Annual Letters To Shareholders Each year, Jeff ...

Things I’ve been reading: 24th October 2021

Designing a Collaborative Computing System between Data Science and Engineering for Indigo Carbon IndigoAg has embarked on an ambitious project that seeks to quantify the amount of carbon stored in agricultural soils and then turn those credits into financial capital.2830 wordshttps://medium.com/indigoag-eng/designing-a-collaborative-computing-system-between-data-science-and-engineering-for-indigo-carbon-6a255ba1959b How to measure the climate performance potential of startups Suddenly, everyone in VC is ...

Things I’ve been reading: 19th September 2021

Why Civilizations Collapse Why do civilizations collapse? This question bears not only on safeguarding our society’s future but also makes sense of our present.4396 wordshttps://thesideview.co/journal/why-civilizations-collapse/ Concrete ways to decarbonize building materials As a Carbon180 intern and recent architecture graduate, I see a crucial window of opportunity for climate policy and the building materials industry.1222 wordshttps://carbon180.medium.com/concrete-ways-to-decarbonize-building-materials-b6cb5df0e7d5 ...

Things I’ve been reading: 4th August 2021

Silent Letters: S oh S an iSland hides a secret from us spellers;it surrounds itself with seathen parades a leafy paradise of lettersbut keeps one we cannot see in heaps of rubble and rubbish, odds and endsit is often hard to spotevery detail in the debriS, though your pen’ssure it got the lot and though ...

Things I’ve been reading: 1st August 2021

Juliane Koepcke Juliane Koepcke (born 10 October 1954), also known by her married name Juliane Diller, is a German Peruvian mammalogist. As a teenager in 1971, Koepcke was the sole survivor of the LANSA Flight 508 plane crash, then survived ten days alone in the Amazon rainforest.1297 wordshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juliane_Koepcke A Hitman Came for Susan Kuhnhausen. He ...

Things I’ve been reading: 18th July 2021

How to Tell Whether You’ve Got Angst, Ennui, or Weltschmerz English has many words for the feelings that can arise when a good, hard look at the state of the world seems to reveal only negatives.716 wordshttps://www.mentalfloss.com/article/58230/how-tell-whether-youve-got-angst-ennui-or-weltschmerz Net zero emissions targets are everywhere – we need to sort the genuine from the greenwash The last ...

Things I’ve been reading: 4th July 2021

Study: A quarter of adults don’t want children — and they’re still happy Parenting is one of life’s greatest joys, right? Not for everyone. New research from Michigan State University psychologists examines characteristics and satisfaction of adults who don’t want children.508 wordshttps://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-06/msu-saq061521.php #162: Minimum Viable Self Two decades ago, before social media existed, Zygmunt Bauman ...

Things I’ve been reading: 30th May 2021

What if Britain had Lost the Battle Above its Skies in WWII? The most likely result of German victory and the success of Operation Sea Lion would have been a new government in the UK. During the Battle of Britain, the skies above the United Kingdom were the battlefield between the Royal Air Force (RAF) ...

Things I’ve been reading: 17th January 2021

Gulag The Gulag is recognized as a major instrument of political repression in the Soviet Union.16307 wordshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulag How to Pick Your Life Partner – Part 1 Dissatisfied single people should actually consider themselves in a neutral, fairly hopeful position, compared to what their situation could be. A single person who would like to find a ...

Things I’ve been reading: 3rd January 2021

Gulag The Gulag is recognized as a major instrument of political repression in the Soviet Union.16307 wordshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulag How to Pick Your Life Partner – Part 1 Dissatisfied single people should actually consider themselves in a neutral, fairly hopeful position, compared to what their situation could be. A single person who would like to find a ...

Things I’ve been reading: 30th December 2020

Gulag The Gulag is recognized as a major instrument of political repression in the Soviet Union.16248 wordshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulag Tools of Titans I’ve followed Tim Ferriss’ musings on self-improvement, ‘lifestyle design’, and getting shit done for years.305 wordshttp://www.alastairhumphreys.com/tools-of-titans/ Kano model The Kano model is a theory for product development and customer satisfaction developed in the 1980s by Professor ...

Some of the books I’ve read in 2020

The most recommended are in bold, with some exposition on the most mentionable. Best book of the year: The Ministry for the Future History / now—ish The Pillars of the Earth The Forest Doomsday Book — I first read one of Connie Wills historical fictions which use time-travel as a device* to explore the past ...

Things I’ve been reading: 27th December 2020

The Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News and Analysis Ad Coronavirus An EMT pauses while loading a stretcher back into an ambulance after dropping off a patient at a coronavirus field hospital operated by Care New England in Cranston, R.I.48358 wordshttps://www.washingtonpost.com/ What are Liberating Structures? Liberating Structures are a selection of 33 alternative ...

Things I’ve been reading: 20th December 2020

The Power of Local Women: An Innovative Social Capital Model Addresses Rural Financial Inclusion in India During COVID-19 Editor’s note: This article is part of NextBillion’s series “Enterprise in the Time of Coronavirus,” which explores how the business and development sectors are responding to the pandemic. For news updates and analysis, virtual events, and links ...

Things I’ve been reading: 16th August 2020

Tracing Trump’s grievance-fueled crusade against the USPS Election 2020 Tracing Trump’s grievance-fueled crusade against the USPS His attempts to make the post office a tool in his reelection campaign by slowing service and challenging the integrity of mail-in ballots represent a culmination of his efforts against the popular public institution that date2795 wordshttps://www.washingtonpost.com What are ...

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Dowding’s Law: “The United States is such an outlier that it should not be used as a normative data-point.”

“The United States is such an outlier that it can no longer be used as a normative data-point for Western civilisation.” America now is just weird. As such comparisons with America and the rest of the West don’t shed much light. The USA shows what happens after positive feedback loops are left unchecked, but if ...

What open source hardware do we need next?

Now the world’s engineers have brilliantly created thousands of designs for open source ventilators (bringing the cost down by 2 orders or magnitude), it begs the question: What machines should we tackle next? What’s important, expensive, and public good? NB before we begin the list, hat tip to the Global Village Construction Set which has ...

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Civilisation Continuity Planning

I was thinking about how governments respond to ‘surge capacity’ issues like this.  Part of the reason they don’t drill for BIG things as well as they could is that they’re TOO complex. So rather than work out and maintain relationships with tonnes of organisations which you’re ‘very unlikely’ to  need, you create emergency laws ...

Love: is it the absence of fear?

I’ve struggled with the word ‘love’ since forever. A word which can describe a feeling for which you will give your all, and then describe how you feel about chocolate ice-cream is too vague to be useful. As a word is seems to exist at the far end of many continuums, and change in relation ...