tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:/posts Carl Munson Online 2018-09-02T13:48:00Z Carl Munson tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1317574 2018-09-02T13:48:00Z 2018-09-02T13:48:00Z Archive: The Barefoot Broadcast website spiel for Carl, circa 2010
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Founder, Presenter and Executive Producer of The Barefoot Broadcast...

...and ambassador for some of the UK's most talented Mind-Body-Spirit/New Age speakers, authors and experts.

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Self-confessed 80's one-hit-wonder pop star (only the most dedicated dance-music fan would remember DJ Ping Pong who played Bill the Flower-pot Man in the video), Carl left the music industry a little hurt, thinking: "there must be more to life".

What effectively turned out to be a post-Top-of-the-Pops mid-life crisis caused him to look deep within and take a twenty-year tour of anything and everything to do with spirituality, the environment and wellbeing.

Now in his 40's, and having struck a happy medium (who - as a believer in karma - has decided not to press charges), Carl is the self-proclaimed daddy of 'Pop Spirituality' - a movement that unites New Age prophecy, a global sense of un-ease and the fact that yesterday's weird is today's slightly difficult and tomorrow's normal...

Here's BBC Radio 2's Johnnie Walker and Janey Lee Grace talking about Carl's LoLi-Boomer idea

And here's his Hedolist Manifesto
Carl

Community Builder and 'Town Crier' at OurNet
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tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1267524 2018-04-01T00:44:44Z 2018-04-01T00:44:44Z Facebook Launch Fake News Crackdown Site - 'Factbook' - "The Check to End All Checks"

TechRaunch News Release - Silicon Valley, 1st April, 2018 - For Immediate Use

Facebook Launch Fake News Crackdown Site - 'Factbook'

STAFF WRITER: As public trust and share values over at Facebook continue to plummet, the social media number one has decided to "soft launch" a new sister site 'Factbook' with the tagline "the check to end all checks"...


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tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1266311 2018-03-28T22:38:20Z 2018-03-28T22:38:21Z Mastodon Review: Why tweet when you can 'toot'?
https://steemit.com/mastodon/@carlmunson/why-tweet-when-you-can-toot-alternatives-to-facebook-and-the-new-social-media-mastodon-reviewed

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tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1265840 2018-03-27T17:36:02Z 2018-03-27T17:36:02Z Alternatives to Facebook & The New Social Media: MeWe Reviewed
https://steemit.com/deletefacebook/@carlmunson/alternatives-to-facebook-and-the-new-social-media-mewe-reviewed

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tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1265403 2018-03-26T14:26:56Z 2018-03-26T15:49:14Z I'm on MeWe ]]> Carl Munson tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1265367 2018-03-26T12:42:17Z 2018-03-26T12:49:03Z I'm on onG Social ]]> Carl Munson tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1264367 2018-03-23T09:09:09Z 2018-03-23T09:46:02Z The Groucho Conundrum (Why Facebook will Probably Be OK)

​​Events at Facebook over last few days have exposed a gross and uncomfortable mis-match between community trust and corporate behaviour.

The alleged sell-out of data believed to be safe in the hands of the people who aim to "give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together" has caused much shock and alarm, prompting threats of account deletion and/or consideration of other options.

We've grown used to sharing our inner-most thoughts, photographs, videos and mostly every other kind of personal and precious information, that to the ever-growing Internet giants, is seemingly just 'data' to be traded, and even used against us in a disgusting, 'psychographic' battle for our thoughts.

But what are the alternatives?

The first of these might share the dynamics of staying with an abusive partner; you stay with someone who doesn't respect you, but build your own defences within an admission of defeat scenario. In this option we might compromise some of our values in exchange for a continued benefit. This, to me, is a malnourishing and unsustainable option, yet entirely understandable within the entire spectrum of compromises made in fast-moving, modern life.

The second option is not for the feint-hearted, a harsh kind of cutting-your-nose-off-to-spite-your-face response to betrayal. It's in many ways noble and clean, but would also show a remarkable level of detachment in relation to the amount of sentimental posts and uploads over your years of membership. You can download your 'data', which Guardian writer Arwa Mahdawi called a "mausoleum of old photos", in this piece describing her experience of that process: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/13/i-downloaded-all-my-facebook-data-heres-what-i-learned

Personally, I favour the last option: find or create an alternative - the transitionary approach. This, in some way, not only punishes the betrayer and teaches them a long, slow lesson as members move to a new base, but also shows the self-care of more respect and security for precious shares. I'm involved in the creation of what might be considered an option and am aware - because of my role at www.ournet.news and personal obsession with such sociological phenomena - of several others including Miramir, MeWe and Sociall. There are also many new - often ICO and blockchain-based - social media component offerings like chat, messaging, publishing and trading, that are emerging to meet the new needs of 'socmed2.0' and inherited terrors of our first decade in this 'space'.

That said, the big objection that will need handling, is what I'm calling the 'Groucho Conundrum'. The trouble with new platforms is that they face a catch-22 whereby people won't join because the site is not sufficiently populated or featured; and if they won't join, the site remains insufficiently populated and under-developed. The sad and worst case scenario perhaps being a well-intentioned network, about which one cynical, yet wise acquaintance on Facebook remarked: " We just know that if we switch to an open source, ethical alternative we'll have tumbleweed for company."

On one level, they may well be right. The queue for change is a long, popular, slow-moving one; the queue for taking action for change is usually shorter and a lot less popular!

At some point though, we'll have to get over this. Our unwillingness to 'be the change' and not embrace that other sobering cliche: 'we are the ones we've been waiting for', is really our surrender to all that's worst in how society is now run. We allowed, and continue to allow Facebook and other to trade our personal lives and privacy, if we maintain the 'us and them' glass wall. Big data and big profits for the few, at the expense of the many, will prevail if we don't create (and regulate for ourselves) a club we'd want to belong to.

In my recent pre-Cambridge Analytica Facebook purge, I was moved to cull by the realisation that I only interacted with a wonderful minority of my 1,800 so-called friends. Perhaps we don't need to perpetuate the superficial security of strength (and assumed popularity) in numbers? Maybe in the new iterations of social media there'll be a shift from large scale to small community for the most fruitful and authentic sense of connection. A virtual downsizing is certainly supported by Mark Maslin in his article - Why Humans Are So Smart—And So Stressed Out. This article suggests "Homo sapiens evolved big brains not so that we could make tools but so that we could keep track of 150 friends and competitors."


​More at: https://www.sapiens.org/evolution/human-brain-evolution-social/

As 'Town Crier' and Community Builder at OurNet, I favour the 'virtual village' over the Big Database. We recently moved to Portugal to develop the idea and moth-balled our 'alpha' version of the www.ournet.news site as it didn't adequately reflect the scale of our intentions. In light of recent events, we're considering re-publishing the site, but will need a developer/programmer who's primarily inline with all I've articulated above, as well as 150 people committed to helping social media make the change from toddler to teenager. Might you be the parent or guardian of 'socmed2.0'?!

If that's you, please email me (carl@ournet.co), or sign up for our newsletter at: www.ournet.news


'Why Humans Are So Smart—And So Stressed Out' by Mark Maslin was originally published at https://theconversation.com/our-large-brains-evolved-thanks-to-an-ancient-arms-race-for-resources-and-mates-79183, republished in part here under Creative Commons.




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tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1264158 2018-03-22T18:41:27Z 2018-03-22T19:18:33Z The Alpha Boys' School: Cradle of Jamaican Music - Interview with Co-Author Adam Reeves.
Some say "the Devil has all the best tunes". So how is it a Roman Catholic nun was the founding force behind a brass band that helped shape some the world's most beloved musical forms and generations of Reggae superstars? Take it easy, sit back, and allow yourself twenty minutes to get a mere taste of the remarkable story that is the 'Alpha Boys' School: Cradle of Jamaican Music' by Heather Augustyn and Adam Reeves.
https://www.spreaker.com/user/carlmunson/the-alpha-boys-school-story

Hear how a strict disciplinarian regime for 'wayward boys,’ many of whom were orphaned or from deeply troubled backgrounds and hailing from some of the toughest streets in the world, created the very foundations of Jamaican jazz, ska, rocksteady, reggae, dancehall and dub.

I'm not sure Satan has ever run a bass-heavy sound system, spinning a collection of the hippest jazz, R’n’B and ska 45s, but Sister Mary Ignatius did, for an incredible 64 years, inspiring generations of young men to make music their occupation.

The book features a foreword by world-renowned reggae DJ and broadcaster David Rodigan and stunning cover art by French oil painter Jean-Christophe Molineris.
On sale now at skabook.com, amazon.com, or amazon.co.uk.

The authors are available for press and further radio interviews: Heather Augustyn (USA): haugustyn@yahoo.com // Adam Reeves (UK): alkreeves@gmail.com

To hear a brand new mix of Alpha music by author Adam Reeves, go to:
https://www.mixcloud.com/Rudereaktor/alpha-boys-school-cradle-of-jamaican-music-pt-1/


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tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1263468 2018-03-20T12:28:16Z 2018-03-20T12:28:17Z Goodbye Facebook, it's been great. But you've changed man!

I’ll be using Facebook less and less.

I hope you’ll be able to join me at OurNet soon - please sign up for our newsletter at www.ournet.news

 

Until OurNet launches, best ways to keep in touch:

 

www.carlmunson.com & carl@carlmunson.com



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tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1261379 2018-03-14T17:27:22Z 2018-03-14T17:27:22Z 'God Particle' - Perhaps the BEST 'Vox Pop' I've EVER Recorded (-: "What WOULD you do with a 'God Particle'?

Recorded on the streets of Exeter by Carl Munson, the Barefoot Broadcaster, Autumn 2008.


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tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1261378 2018-03-14T17:20:25Z 2018-03-14T17:20:26Z Kinky Virtual Village Radio Show Jingle - March 2018

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tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1235180 2018-01-20T21:21:00Z 2018-01-20T21:21:01Z The International Institute of Joy on BBC Radio Shropshire
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tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1233243 2018-01-17T12:06:27Z 2018-01-17T12:06:27Z Waiting for a Train Meditation
https://www.spreaker.com/episode/13821869



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tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1212622 2017-12-07T12:55:20Z 2017-12-07T12:55:21Z Missed the Bitcoin Boat?
A friend just asked: "Bitcoins ... missed the boat?"
is the sea, not a boat. Largely unmapped, wildly imagined and the setting for a fascinating voyage ahead..
Here's my toe in that water - #2018

Get involved here: https://www.coinbase.com/join/59b719ee2722e900bb80b4e5
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tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1211568 2017-12-05T12:17:49Z 2017-12-05T12:17:50Z Look at the process, not the result!

How about we make Trump and Brexit the last mistakes of archaic political processes?

We have the technological means to create true and timely representation of the collective will, yet we make do with primitive tools that bring primitive outcomes.

We are in a position to experience decentralised democracy on any scale we would wish for. But we seem to be choosing to cry over spilt milk instead of discussing a viable systemic alternative!

#blockchain #digitaldemocracy #peertopeer #newstories #decentralisation

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tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1204261 2017-11-09T18:20:59Z 2017-11-09T18:21:00Z It's not every day you have a studio named after you!
With grateful thanks to the Access All Aerials crew X

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tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1203047 2017-11-03T15:54:47Z 2017-11-03T15:54:47Z POST for a world that works (-:

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tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1198886 2017-10-17T13:57:25Z 2017-10-17T13:57:25Z Great Blockchain Introduction by Morgen E. Peck
As you may have noticed I'm deeply involved with www.ournet.news, an idea that percolated through Michael Brodie, that is gradually gathering ground.

We've embarked on a journey to help people and communities regain control of the Internet, which like so many areas of our lives, is drifting towards the ownership of a decreasing number of powerful organisations and individuals.

We want the web - possibly the greatest invention of our times - to empower the greatest potential of humans as well as line the pockets of a few profiteers, who have clearly delivered us some great innovation and social change.

Key to our vision of a cyberspace for a world that works (for all) are the concepts of trust, decentralisation of ownership, and reward for time usefully spent online. 
The technological basis for these aims is blockchain technology, which promises to be one of the most disruptive and helpful advances in recent times; one that arose from the financial crash of 2008.


If you can't be bothered to read its entirety, just consider the possibility that it could undermine and replace ideas like Spotify, Uber, AirBnB and every area of finance - to the advantage of our greater good, within a few years.

Whilst many recent ideas have been claimed by the profit motive, this advance - by the very nature of its design - might be beyond such claims, making it a truly disruptive and evolutionary step for us all, not just a money-minded, fearful minority.


#blockchain #ournet
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tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1197330 2017-10-10T15:20:22Z 2017-10-10T15:20:22Z A Letter from Portugal
Around three weeks in, here's an update...

https://steemit.com/portugal/@carlmunson/a-letter-from-portugal
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tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1195295 2017-10-02T05:20:40Z 2017-10-02T05:20:40Z World Changing Virtual Village Just a Change of Perception Away

Without doubt, the Internet has been a giant leap for humankind, but its fullest potential has yet to be fulfilled for the greater and greatest good. So claim the people at OurNet who believe the Web can nourish the best aspects of humanity and its potential, despite disturbing trends like ‘fake news’ and trolling.


OurNet is heralding a new way forward for humanity’s greatest technological achievement as concerns grow about the corporatisation, de-humanisation and centralisation of cyberspace.


“OurNet is a ‘virtual village’ that works for all, not just for some – a new context and culture that re-humanises, refines and rewards the best of what we can be,” claims founder and visionary Michael Brodie who originally conceived the idea as a crowd sourced, crowd edited, online news magazine, over ten years ago.




While some might see this as a course-correction for the Web, Brodie thinks it’s more than that: “OurNet isn’t a new flavour of an old system that’s not working,” he says. “What I’m up for, what I think we’re all up for, is ‘a world that works’. A new harmony for humankind, empowered by the Internet and the power it brings to people”.


“The resources and technology are in place. There’s enough for everyone on this planet. What’s needed is a new context or consciousness for us to live together more intelligently, more peacefully, more creatively. OurNet provides that context,” he adds.


The ‘Virtual Village’ of OurNet’s social media platform will restore the values, relationships and community spirit of the traditional village to a disconnected and disparate world, turbocharged by the technology of the Internet.


In operation, users will be able to create their own online ‘village’, tuned to their interests, location and responsibilities, or visit other ‘villages’ all over the world to share, chat, collaborate and entertain each other - developing real communities that thrive.


The current mass media obsession with truth will give way to peer-generated trust as communities of every kind - from the smallest special interest group to the largest political constituencies - will be encouraged to use OurNet uncensored, yet regulated by ‘peer refinement’. Sharing which brings the greatest good will meet with the greatest elevation and reward.


Community members will be rewarded with a unique cryptocurrency for contribution and curation of content, which can be used to buy site services, be tradable with other users, and exchangeable for other currencies at off-site exchanges.


“We’re excited, inspired and ready to grow our development team,” says Michael Brodie. “We want to hear from people the world over who are ready to connect, collaborate and create the world that works for all that we know in our hearts is possible. The benefits of a re-humanised, truly-democratised and de-centralised Internet are just a change of perception away...”


Further information and updates at: www.ournet.news

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tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1194575 2017-09-28T15:49:28Z 2018-03-22T17:44:31Z Can Peace Ever Come? My Interview with a 'Very Dangerous Man': Donald Reeves
"Imagination is central to both the art and the practice of conflict transformation and peace building because it draws on the possibilities of giving birth to something new." - Donald Reeves

Called a "very dangerous man" by Margaret Thatcher, and a "visionary with attitude" by Jack Dee, Donald Reeves is a cult figure in religious and political circles. The former Rector of St James' Piccadilly, he's a man of action and vision who lives out his religious belief through political activity and struggle.

This is my interview with him, from the Spring of 2010 at Exeter's One Vision gathering, which attacks 'pacification' and the reduction of people to dots and numbers thanks to the horror of management speak and the market.



See also: https://renegadeinc.com/donald-reeves-on-england/

And: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2011/aug/05/grassroots-movement-to-tackle-islamophobia

First recorded and published on www.traydio.com
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tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1191953 2017-09-18T09:46:53Z 2017-09-18T09:46:53Z Plymouth to Santander ]]> Carl Munson tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1190618 2017-09-12T08:32:21Z 2017-09-12T08:32:22Z Thanks to all following OurNet's progress

carl@ournet.co

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tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1189850 2017-09-08T23:18:35Z 2017-09-08T23:18:35Z Why leave Facebook? Why use Steemit? OurNet Update with Danny Shine (Par...

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tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1189483 2017-09-07T14:34:29Z 2017-09-07T14:41:12Z They Think It's All Stover! Was Ted Hughes Right?
I was lucky enough to find myself at Stover Country Park yesterday with my young children, pictured below.

This beautiful place, near Newton Abbot in Devon, hosts the Ted Hughes Poetry Trail. In the visitor centre I was reminded of Ted's great love of nature and conservation, and was moved by his insight:

"As we enter a new century, there is some acknowledgement that through industrialisation, urbanisation and materialism, we have become more removed from the natural world than it is safe or healthy to be."

Since he wrote those words, unprecedented 'progress' has come to us via the Internet, and presumably his concerns would have intensified, as life online moves us even further away from nature.

My concern is that the progress of the web has moved us away, not only from nature as Hughes suggested, but it is now moving us away from our human nature. 

I dearly hope, and actually feel confident, that we can and will find a way to re-humanise the Internet. As we proceed, our virtual lives will ultimately support and energise, not undermine, our real, natural lives. 

Balance will return. It's never far away.

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tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1188843 2017-09-04T22:54:00Z 2017-09-04T22:54:00Z Profile Pic ]]> Carl Munson tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1183050 2017-08-12T20:15:04Z 2017-08-12T20:15:04Z Cannabis Compliance
Guess who I met today?!


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tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1182804 2017-08-11T19:36:54Z 2017-08-11T19:36:57Z Fireworks, Plymouth, August 2017 ]]> Carl Munson tag:carlmunson.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1181938 2017-08-08T23:27:06Z 2017-08-08T23:27:07Z Anchor's Audio to Video Innovation is Awesome! ]]> Carl Munson