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Neighborhood Node Developers Program

The Neighborhood Node Network needs developers for node-based applications and service programs. Critical needs are for LAMP familiar software programmers, social service experts, nonprofit admins and property specialists. Interested individuals or groups should contact Dane at the the Neighborhood Node Center in Tempe.

Neighborhood Node Center
230 West Baseline Suite 106
Tempe AZ 85283
480 755-1035

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 Information Economy

Industrial versus Information
Economy

A simple rule to use is:

Industrial economy = mass production, mass marketing, mass distrubution, or one-size-fits-all.
Information economy = specialized production, specialized marketing, specialized distribution, such as online custom ordering or just-in-time delivery

The discussion about Industrial versus Information economy has been ongoing since the seventies. Many involved in this discussion believe that the information economy is simply a layer on top of the industrial economy, but it is the reverse. The industrial economy is a layer on the Information economy. Information is and  always has been the heart of any economy.

The low energy costs of the fossil fuel era are just a blip on the radar in human history.  Before cheap fossil fuels people used information and adaptive behavior to reduce energy requirements and improve productivity. 

Research the Information Economy!

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Since 1973, for the first time in history, the cost of information has been in decline relative to the cost of energy. The incredible reduction in the price of information processing, storage and transport has continued, declining by half or better every other year. Energy prices have risen during the same period from .20 dollars to 2.00 dollars for a gallon of gas. And now, due to the maturity of the fossil fuels industry, which has already exploited all the easy to get fossil fuels, we are about to experience in only a few years a rise in cost similar to the entire era of '73 to '03.  Information costs have dropped like a rock during the same time frame, and will continue their decline while energy prices rocket upward.

A total redesign of our society is now needed. Utilizing information to simplify our lives and reduce our energy needs by a factor of ten is a goal. Moreover, we must reprioritize our economic activities based upon cooperation  and our new comprehension of science and nature.

We can do this.

Designing systems to remain economically effective during a ten-fold rise in energy costs features adaptive behavior as the primary design element. How we live, our homes, our transportation, food, education and work will need to be reconceptualized in the context of an information saturated society with very high energy costs.

We can imitate nature. Life is based on seeds, or packets of information sufficient to reconstruct an entire organism. Social groups need a way to maintain their core  information and organization so that it is accessible,  manageable, secure and cloneable.

The Neighborhood Node fulfills these requirments.

                  

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Industrial versus Information
Economy

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