Paul B. Hartzog

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"Paul B. Hartzog is a political scientist and the creator of the postmodern theory of Panarchy. A self-styled futurist and techno-shaman, his interests include Complexity Theory, Cooperation, International Relations, Environmental Politics, Information Society and Economy, Information Technologies, Sustainable Development, Network Culture, and Ethics."


His writings were available at

Intellectual Bio

"I started off at the University of Utah studying your colleagues Harland Cleveland and Herman Daly, and ended up writing a Bachelor's Thesis called "Global Commons - Is Definition Possible?" ( Then I did an M.S. in Globalization and Environmental Politics with a minor in economic history and thought. Along the way I discovered Fritjof Capra, complex systems, and networks and my resulting Master's Essay was "Panarchy: Governance in the Network Age" (

We both maintain an interest in the future of money. Your piece on "The Politics of Money" mentions Ithaca Hours and other elements that I discuss in "The Future of Money" ( ), a piece that grew out of early conversations between myself and Doug Rushkoff.

Also, I started working with Howard Rheingold (author of the prescient book "Smart Mobs") and the Institute for the Future, which culminated in my lecture at Stanford University on "Commons and Collective Action" ( artzog). As part of these early initiatives, Sam Rose and I built and contributed to the "Cooperation Commons" ( ).

IN 2005, I received a prestigious NSF IGERT award to study at the Center for the Study of Complex Systems at the University of Michigan. Working with Bob Axelrod, Michael Cohen, and others was a real benefit to me in understanding currently emerging networks and systems.

After meeting Richard C. Adler, we explored the "culture commons" with some work on "Social Publishing" ( which we presented for Lin Ostrom at the Indiana Digital Library of the Commons, and the Institute of Creative Technologies at de Montfort University ( ), and at a "peer to peer" economy conference at Nottingham Trent University ( ).

To that end, colleagues Sam Rose and Richard C. Adler and I started the Future Forward Institute to investigate ongoing global transformations. Along the lines of "Redefining Wealth and Progress," at FFI, we have also been working on what we call "21st-Century Wealth-Generating Ecologies" that emerge through the interactions of "five commons" ( ).

We also currently collaborate with Michel Bauwens on P2P Foundation and P2P Cooperative. With Doug, Michel, and Venessa Miemis, FFI is also coordinating the Contact Summit, which includes a variety of sessions on everything from the next internet to culture, governance, and money ( ).

We are now currently seeking funds from a variety of sources. For example, we are "crowdfunding" research and modeling on economic transformation here: "Understanding Today's Economic Transformation" (

We are also vigilantly seeking ongoing funding for our research work on the "Five Commons." As an entity we would greatly benefit from any introductions or suggestions that you have to key funders in the industry.

We have done in the past and are always available to do presentations, reports, consulting, computer simulations, and/or any combination of those activities." (April 2011)

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