Lindsay Newland Bowker

Stonington, ME, United States

About Lindsay Newland

Bio

Now a contemplative living on an island in Maine I engage in one to one advocacy for, and assistance to, the elderly and persons with cognitive disabilities.and, through Bowker Associates Science & Research in the Public Interest, my non profit in formation, support and create "many voices" campaigns on critical environmental issues in Maine. Retired from 25 year career in public service including 10 years as a member of the New York State Banking Board, Risk Manager for New York City's Department of Environmental Protection, New York City Planning in the camelot years of the Lindsay administration and Exceutive Vice President of a Management Consulting firm specilaizing in children and family services.

An idea worth spreading

"LegBook" a legislative version of facebook/skype combined requiring plain english on line access by suject to bills before a legislative body and enabling remote participation at hearings.http://lindsaynewlandbowker.posterous.com/legbook-keeping-citizens-in-the-deliberative

I'm passionate about

unwinding the plutonomy web, restoring soundness and consumer protections to banking and financial markets, dignity and quality of life for the aging and for persons with cognitive disabliy

People don't know I'm good at

singing,celestial navigation, bluewater sailing

My TED story

Happened to see a telecast of a TED Conference and had been checking in from time to time to see what's new at TED. The new conversations section is a great way for people to rerally visit the ideas in presentations that stirred their hearts or imaginations and it seems already a place that may be an incubator for future TED talks.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Lindsay Newland Bowker
Posted 7 months ago
Is modern technology reducing our critical thinking by "just" affirming or confirming our preferences?
Hi Dirk..I wouldn't classify /dichotomize as positive or negative nor set the goal as necessarily "opinion"..but yes whatever calls out or encourages independent critical thinking is a worthy aim..whatever elevates above meme and "mere opinion" or pre canned ideology is valuable. Differences that may result are part of the creative tension and creative process..if we only take and listen to people who already agree with us we will eventually lose ground even if we started on solid ground.. Our shared views in a group that holds the same views and opinions will decline to mere opinion and meme.
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Lindsay Newland Bowker
Posted 7 months ago
'Democracy', Power to the People? What do you think of Democracy?
Lejan, Enjoying this exchange very much..nothing like TED as I remember when I bring something back here or check in. "For open discussions I very much like your leaderless approach, although I am certain that without an impartial moderator, discussions can easily blur out or end in confusion or worse" By leaderless I mean not starting with one fixed proposal and debating that..I mean all voices, all stakeholders speaking to and trying to define the issue, the problem. Depending on how the "conversation" is taking place I agree it may require a moderator/facilitator. The main thing is that each voice have a way to hear all other voices. ( Also, I used the phrase to describe the "public voices" experiment my work is about not as model of government. but even there I think the important thing is not just "I spoke my piece" but hearing and seeing what all other voices had to say. By definition every issue that rises to a level possibly requiring law and regulation is complex and gets to the attention of legislators because there are competing or conflicting benefits and impacts among stakeholders. A structure that hears all of these conflicts and allows each interest to hear all others is more likely to draw a careful and well informed line between private and public interests in law and regulation. Also with the internet citizens can answer their own concerns through research and investigation and be instruments of bringing more and better quality information to the process than might otherwise have been available. I am very much against move on petitions and interest group canned letters and don't feel they add to any meaningful expression of "the public interest". That is what I mean when I say I am a great believer in "the common wisdom" and "crowdsourced solutions"
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Lindsay Newland Bowker
Posted 7 months ago
BITCOIN : Basis/Model For a New Global Currency?
I posted this to learn ore about bitcoin myself..but the whole point of the bitcoin is that it was designed to solve that problem. clearance of a bitcon transaction is supposed to be 100% certainty that the other party has sufficient bit coin to pay and the party has no recourse ( as in a cash transaction) The total costs ( including the pro rata of the total costs of all it takes to effect a "normal" internet transaction..monthly fees on bank accounts,credit cards, finance charges, overdraft charges, canceled check charges , charges for currency exchange).
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Lindsay Newland Bowker
Posted 7 months ago
'Democracy', Power to the People? What do you think of Democracy?
Lehan & Ted Friends here is a blurb from the wikiedia decsriptions of the swiss direct democracy. "By calling a federal referendum, a group of citizens may challenge a law passed by Parliament, if they gather 50,000 signatures against the law within 100 days. If so, a national vote is scheduled where voters decide by a simple majority whether to accept or reject the law. Any 8 cantons together can also call a referendum on a federal law.[57] Similarly, the federal constitutional initiative allows citizens to put a constitutional amendment to a national vote, if 100,000 voters sign the proposed amendment within 18 months.[note 6] Parliament can supplement the proposed amendment with a counter-proposal, and then voters must indicate a preference on the ballot in case both proposals are accepted. Constitutional amendments, whether introduced by initiative or in Parliament, must be accepted by a double majority of the national popular vote and the cantonal popular votes.[note 7][62][63] we have referendum to initiate or oppose a law here in Maine ( and the results have been mixed..depends on the knowledge & skill level of the person drafting the petion) EDD ( electronic direct democracy) should make it possible for citizens to give a white ball or black ball to any piece of legsilation under consideration and/or to post a proposed citizen initiative for a similar vetting.
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Lindsay Newland Bowker
Posted 7 months ago
What is the correlation between happiness and one's career choices?
I love this question!!!! I am grateful that my career all my life was perfectly suited to who I really am at my core..was perfectly suited to my gifts and abilities and was the perfect venue for these abilities. I understand that better now, at the age of 6, then I did when it was all unfolding. getting paid for doing what yu would do anyway is 100% core consensus and a precious thing. There is a wonderful school within the Buddhist tradition that John Cage often referred to with his term "infinite interpenetration" It means tat each of us is unique and that our uniqueness is critically needed "by the whole"..that we become fulfilled when our little unique essential self plugs into and finds its perfect fit "in the whole" and that each well fitted piece enriches the well being of the whole. The trick, of course, is how to orchestrate that or whether we can orchestrate that if earning a living is essential to securing food,& housing. Even if you have a glimmer of what would be most suited ( which I did) it is very diffcut to orchestrate that, to call that into being . I think for milennials who do not have the bountry and support us leading edge baby boomers had that will be expressed in entreprenurial endeavors and alternatives that are various forms of "self employment" rather than working for others. I see that in Maine where bright young people have returned after college and just invented industry out of whole cloth. Black Dinah Chocolates, 22 Vodka and Liquid Wireless are three examples of milennial start ups that are global and have created shared culture employment centers.
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Lindsay Newland Bowker
Posted 7 months ago
Is modern technology reducing our critical thinking by "just" affirming or confirming our preferences?
Bryan..Yes I agree that if we are already "outside the box" by virtue of an illness or just our inherent self we are less prone to just accept others opinions or even to operate in a mode that is based on a currency of opinion.. I agree that is a pre condition for invention and creativity. My inherent self was also "out of the box" from the get go and I love the internet because it allows me to explore deeply things I want to understand and know and along the way I meet folk who are already there. So the internet doesn't automatically homogenize..it can equally well if the user is so disposed to support inquiry in a very individuated way that supports creativity and develops new insight and information .. Backaways here at TED conversation we had lots of discussions on memes.which can propagate so quickly and widely with the internet that they become accepted as truth or at least as normative belief. I agree that people whose identity and social engagement is base on mere opinion and memes are not enriching to be around and that that mode of "community" ( shared memes and opinions) are not themselves "full empowered" I am interested to know whether you have found that the internet allows you to be fully empowered. How do you use tit fro both community and for information?