Brief updates from Austhink Consulting




October 2013

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Eavesdropping - unpalatable but essential
Today Paul has an opinion piece in The Age and SMH responding to yesterday morning's page one story by Philip Dorling about how Australia cooperates with the other Anglo-American powers to collect intelligence in Asia. 
From Engelbart to Collective Wisdom
Adam Ford, who runs the Australian Singularity Summits, has conducted an extended interview with Tim van Gelder and created a series of short (~20min) high-quality videos covering an interconnected set of philosophical themes: 
Science Technology Future - Melbourne, Nov 30-Dec 1
Tim is also one of the featured presenters at the upcoming Singularity Summit, Science Technology Future in Melbourne. Others include Peter Doherty, Lloyd Hollenberg, and David Pearce.  The event promises to be a great opportunity for close discussion of important trends with some very interesting thinkers.  There is still time to register.  
Reality Tours - Coal Seam Gas, early 2014
Following consultations with the other key parties including Greg Mortimer's Adventure Associates, we can announce that the first of what we are calling "Reality Tours" is firmly on the drawing boards for 2014. It is expected to look at the very current and vexed issues of Coal Seam Gas and fracking. Given that this is now a leading story in Victoria, as well as NSW and Queensland, we hope to generate significant interest. Watch this space.
Writings about YourView
Two pieces discussing the YourView by Tim van Gelder have appeared in the past month or so. The Wisdom of Polls, in the Australian Rationalist, explores the idea of collective minds and how to "divine" their thoughts better than standard opinion polls.  YourView - a chapter in What's Next in Journalism? New Media Entrepreneurs Tell Their Stories, edited by Margaret Simons - explains the notion of an "issue clarifier" and tells something of the personal journey behind the YourView project.  
Was MI5's Director a Soviet Mole?
As indicated a few months back, Paul has been working with a US historian of Soviet military intelligence, John Wilhelm, to put together a conference on whether Roger Hollis, Director General of Britain's MI5 between 1956 and 1965, was a Soviet mole. A distinguished panel has been assembled and the conference has now been set for mid-October 2014. It will be based around using Austhink's argument mapping to gain unprecedented and shared clarity about the evidence.
Austhinking previous editions: 
  • September 2013 - Policy, Business, Law, and Evangelical Atheism
  • July 2013 - Election Forum, China, Jews and Jesus
  • June 2013 - Elections, Predictions, Spies and Shakespeare
  • May 2013 - Meta-analysis, Mapping and Democracy
  • April 2013 - Collective Knowledge, Rise of China, Intelligence, and a Puzzler
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