Conceptual Model of sustainability

I am working on a “Conceptual Model of sustainability”. I am trying to build a simple yet all encompassing frame work that rather than Keep-it-Simple is Make-it-simple such that it can be applied to all the components of a system and system as a whole. Yes I do believe this is possible (but true – it is yet to be tested). Such a model can be applied to Ecological, social and economic systems. This permits people of very different knowledge and perspective to participate in transforming organisations to more sustainable ones.

I am happy to receive suggestions and references to others, that may have done similar things so feel free to comment.

The model should have the following qualities

  • Indicate existing non sustainable processes
  • Indicate how to transition to sustainable processes
  • Be scalabel
  • Allow black box modular structure
  • Include Reuse, recycle, life cycles wanted and unwanted outputs (waste)
  • Show how to integrate with other systems to achieve sustainable meta-systems
  • Encapsulate diversity resilience
  • Capture and control incident inputs and outputs such as sun and rain
  • Indicate the foundations on which the system stands and its dependance on these foundations
  • Easy to  communicate by telling a short story and building a framework or model that is easy to remember.

Please join my quest

Not so secret, “Change Agent 009”

A bit of fun had at our values and frames meeting when we realised the main thing we have in common is we are “Change Agent’s”, 009 sounded a good number.

As a result of team discussion we are building a “Framework” within which we will build “messages” to communicate changes we think are necessary. From small important sustainable practices through to policy changes or “Whole of System change” we now have a framework in which to develop messages and ideas. Not just about messages but also about developing ideas and then placing them into the appropriate “Values”, “frames” or “worldviews”.

Yes we are sure others have taken a similar route and would love to learn about them however we agreed that building your own allows a stronger ownership and knowledge of the framework if we build it our-self.

Watch this space for more activity.

Free will – a Lay Philosophers view

Tuesday, September 4 Tony Muscio will discuss Free will.

 The concept of free will underlies much of what we think about ourselves and what we attribute to others and their motivations. Free will is fundamental to our system of justice. Yet many circumstances arise when it is hard to be sure we really are free to choose. Cases such as “Not guilty by reason of insanity”, or the defense “I was ordered to do it” bring this concept into question. Even the rationalist or scientific view points raise issues such as whether the universe is deterministic or indeterminate, does the uncertainty in quantum theory make free will irrelevant ?

Common sense often tells us we have free will but analysis quickly brings this assertion into doubt.

Classical philosophy has often taken for granted the existence of God when considering free will. If an individual has the power to seek redemption surely free will must exist. Is this a supporting argument or a red herring ?

Tony will present a set of ideas and tools to use when considering these and related questions, with reference to the major schools of thought on free will. He will also present some ideas drawn from Information Theory, Cosmology, Complexity (Chaos) theory and science and offer a view point for you to consider or criticize.

Yes that is Me

The creative act of registering domain names

This week I registered some new Internet domain names. I love this playing with language and imagination to find helpful and attractive domain names. Using the reseller account I have with VentraIP, a great hosting service. I can register addresses at a competitive price and manage them all from a single interface.

So what did I register this week ? for – Internet domain addresses are not case sensitive (though the folders below them are) so you can always use capitalisation to make them more readable.

I registered for some teams I plan to provide collaboration tools for, a natural complement to the personal services address for individuals at (registered previously).

In previouse months I registered to support local action to promote “Big Solar in Australia”, this was done in  hurry for someone else and it shows in the domain name. So rather than stay with that we registered and have both addresses going to the same self hosted WordPress site, a quick reconfig and now all the posts and pages at this site now refer to but the longer address still works.

I often tie these domains to a google apps account, to provide the best email solution in the market. Another thing I discovered was someone else was leveraging Google Apps to build a local website. Having registered my local suburb name they were offering free gmail accounts. I have thus signed up for tony at in case I want a local email address. This is quite simple and allows me to forward any mail sent to this new address to my regular gmail account, even better with a little more work I can now send email as this new address right from the inbox of my gmail account. Have a look for your own suburb name and see whats happening. Or consider registering your own domain – I can help you with this so don’t hesitate to ask.

I hope I have added some value


Never know your luck with computers

After installing the critical Items on my new laptop the old one failed to start. After and hours or two I was reluctant to spend the time fixing it with other pressing work to do.

I bit the bullet last weekend and got it fixed. Once again pre planing and experience has reduced the potential impact of a laptop failure.  The first thing I did on recovery was to run a full backup using my licensed copy of “Image for Windows” see. Now with a full image I can browse or mount the backup as a drive on my new laptop and recover files as needed if the old laptop gives up the ghost again – given I was unable to identify the “root cause” of the failure and a number of indicators it was hardware related.

I must say the new feature I built into my personal organiser to record and review my own successes is helpful, rather than simply working through large to do lists, and when each task is completed just removing them from the list. It is very helpful to review your achivements. It allows yo to look back on the last day and week to see the successes you have had. It gives you the feeling of progress essential to performing at a high level.

Here is some of my quick success notes from this weekend as an example;

Success in Fix or access rural media In Part after persistence  Saturday, July 14th, 2012 at 6:12:23 pm
Success in Migration to new computer Image for Windows, Office, PSE and ACDSee trial Saturday, July 14th, 2012 at 10:40:13 pm
Success in Fix or access rural media Fixing fault, Backing Up, Providing access from HyPe, Increasing space on RuralMedia Saturday, July 14th, 2012 at 10:41:16 pm
Success in Office 2010 Install on HyPe Also Visio Saturday, July 14th, 2012 at 11:01:36 pm
Success in Review record of success daily Day out and exercise achived Sunday, July 15th, 2012 at 6:54:05 pm

Give it a try yourself.


A Trial to move to a new computer ?

Migrating from my older home computer to a new one today. I have found some surprising discoveries and ways to ease this burden.

I am moving from An Intel Core 2 (2.Ghz) 4GB Windows7 (64bit) to a Intel Core i7 3rd Gen (Quad core) @ 2.30 GHz 8Gb Windows7 (64bit). I expect some improvement, and since the old one was not released with Windows7 64bit I have a number of devices not working – the fingerprint reader, built-in audio etc..

I have been putting it off, given the degree to which I use my computer, all the software and my dependance on it.

Actually it is not so bad because I have adopted various strategies to use both my home and work computers and found some new quality tools to help in the migration.

I thought I would share them and it may help some of you out.

  • After getting the new computer up-to-date I have installed the DropBox Client, with the LAN option active I have 2GB of critical use files automatically synced.
  • After installing TeamViewer and setting the (Hidden) LAN option I am now remote controlling the new computer and using the original computers KeyBoard and Mouse to do everything on both computers.
  • Then I used the FileTransfer features of TeamViewer to copy across my FireFox Portable folder (see  and it carried everything in FireFox over. A real advantage of using portable apps.

I will post more tips as I progress but now for a steak at the Local Pub.

Embracing the consumer IT revolution at work

I recommend the article below both for businesses and personal understanding of how the the consumer IT revolution is changing the way we do work.

For many years now I have made my own decisions to support my work, using phones to capture white boards, a tablet to avoid printing and take a document to a meeting and managing work tasks on a mobile device.

Embracing the consumer IT revolution at work

Everyone Connected Grants Program upto $10,000 for youth

Celebrating 10 years of the Telstra Foundation

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Telstra Foundation is donating $1 million to help Australian children and young people make the most of modern communication technologies.One hundred $10,000 Everyone Connected grants are available to local community organisations to support activities that help enhance digital inclusion – connecting disadvantaged children and young people to the internet, building their online skills and promoting cyber safety.

We know that some groups in our communities are less likely to have access to modern communications technologies and the social and economic benefits they bring.Our Everyone Connected grants will support activities that enhance these opportunities and help children and young people reach their potential, regardless of income, ability, location or disadvantage.

As a Telstra employee, I can apply for an Everyone ConnectedGrant on behalf of a non-profit community organisation. We will need to have the organisation and project or activity details on hand to complete the online application form.If you are a non-profit community organisation with a great idea for an Everyone Connected activity, you can apply for a grant. You just need to complete an online application form and find a Telstra employee (Consider me) to endorse your project or activity.

For more information, go to Telstra Foundation Everyone Connected Grants Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).You can also view our Everyone Connected case studiesto see some examples of digital inclusion in action.Applications for the one-off Telstra Foundation Everyone Connected Grants are open from Tuesday 29 May 2012 and will close on Monday 30 July 2012, with announcements made in mid September 2012.

Oh, and if you can combine this with something oriented to sustainability (but not necessary) I would be very happy.

I have updated my In Flight Projects list and more

at I have updated my In Flight Projects list, Integrated the site with linked in and face book. This post should be the first propagated and reviewed for effectiveness.




About.Me/yourname be Quick

Act quick or miss out on a short name. Subscribe to my website if you want future exclusive news.

I and Isabelle have just registered for the AOL Backed page, I got Anthony and Isabelle using our first name only.

See here

I suspect this service is fairly new and that is the only reason we secured our first name accounts.

There are plenty of features to link to all your internet presence networks and sites, but otherwise it is a good example of the KISS (Keep it Simple Sweetie) principal.

Warning: I do ask you to sign up with due consideration to the potential power you are granting this service and the insights it seems to glean from connections you may grant. No responsibility taken on my part. Perhaps just put links in your profile description before you add the services.

  • I have gone on to create a matching email account  (tip – image used to thwart email address harvesting from this webpage). is provided through a AOL webmail account.
  • So as not to loose track of email addresses and make life anymore difficult I have configured my Gmail Account to collect email from this account using POP3 and configured it to send email as – this means I need not login to this new email account at all, however I will visit it occasionally (Scheduled once a month) so they get to deliver some adds to me and I can see if any of the email accounts features have additional uses.

Why have I sown any interest in this service and email account when I can get my own email address from a number of a domains I own ? – Because once I have let a little time pass and the service seems reliable, I can use this short address on business cards and over the phone to quickly and clearly tell someone how to find me on the Internet. You try spelling my surname “Muscio” over the phone or getting people to visit