Let me tell you a little about myself. I’m almost 50 so way past
college… although I am considering getting a PhD. I studied fine
art, philosophy, computer science and economics at Tulane – Econ Major
– became a real estate broker and developed historic property in New
Orleans – helped organize the longest mixed marathon rally in the
world, twice – across South America – sold it to NHK Japan – produced
some videos – worked as a consultant for Utility Management Services
Group (utility industry competitive benchmarking) – started Spectrum
Telecom to provide IT and telecom benchmarking to global companies and
formed InT+IME – Information, Technology and Infrastructure Management
Exchange – have worked with the likes of Boeing, Cargill, Motorola,
Siemens, DEC, HP, AT&T, IBM – all CIO Global level – formed IntraCom
in 1996 to develop Intranets – formed ICEarth, upon which all my
social computing platforms are based –
– formed a social network in Cleveland called realneo.us for proof of
concept – Since Oct 2004 – it as owned by a non-profit cooperative of
the members of the site, who are the contributors of all content, and
donate the funds for operations… I believe it is unique in the world
– 10,000+ members (many spam and trolls) – over 1mil visits per year
and taking off – has shut down coal plants and driven crooked
politicians out of town – has been through hell and been taken over by
a troop of trolls but it is survivable… going through a major
showdown this week – many war stories – formed 7GEN for my planning
work – formed Star Neighborhood Development for redevelopment work in
Cleveland – formed the United Cannabis Exchange, which is the global
commodities exchange for industrial hemp and medical marijuana
feedstocks, which will exceed $1 trillion by 2025 or so.
So, this year I’m leading the battle to legalize cultivation of
industrial hemp in America, and am in charge of growing that industry
from scratch. I have a great board. Now that is a collaboration.
I do all of that regularly, except the car racing stuff – I got into
that as crisis management and got out as fast as possible.
Six kids from 1 – 23 – lived in New Orleans, San Francisco, Palm
Beach, Miami, Austin, Summit (NJ) and of course Cleveland.
My wife and three of the kids live in a 100+ year old mansion in the
ghetto of East Cleveland we renovated – stripped out all the lead
paint and went with milk paint and low VOC – green roof – gravel drive
– gray water system – chickens – organic garden – on a 60×120 urban
lot – our neighbors thinks we and our four mastiffs are crazy.
Through realNEO and the hardest core activism in the community I have
turned Cleveland upside down and I am just getting started.
Through realNEO, I have gained media access everywhere, including the
White House, where I was THE ONLY JOURNALIST WITH A CAMERA AND AN
INTEREST at a major White House environmental summit, showing you how
important citizen journalism really is –
Covering KushCon2 was more fun –
Most of my work involves bringing together diverse people, physically
or virtually or both – massive team and consensus builder but able to
keep control – for like 20 years I’ve been leading teams of super high
level executives analyzing all their performance data – dozens of
companies together looking at how each perform en mass – super
Or, my work involves ripping people to shreds. Virtual community is
astoundingly powerful and dangerous. I am very interested in
reputation systems to address some of these issues.
In all that, I am highly interested in development of the ultimate
virtual world – which is a morph of realneo, ICEarth and IntraCom – so
all the pieces are in play and fit.
At this conference, I hope to find cool people who want to help with
that – any of it.
I’m all open source, in my software and development practices.
All I ever wanted to be was a photographer – but my parents forbade
that. I became one regardless. Once you grow up, you can be whatever
you like… so long as you are good.
Enough about me… so how are you?