Governance: Family, Online and Fires

Your weekly 5 things from the mind of Miles Lasater

Happy Saturday! Here are your 5 things from the mind of Miles for this week.

  1. Couples and Money. How do you handle money with your significant other? With all potential for friction, we should talk about it more. I’m a fan of the books Family CFO and Family Inc that offer conceptual frameworks and process suggestions. Tools like Zeta, HoneyDue, or HoneyFi are creating finance in multi-player mode. But don’t stop at cashflow and saving. What is all the saving for? What do you want to spend on? Ramit Sethi's Rich Life framework includes a goal setting process for couples.

  2. Improving Governance. I worry that our physical and technological capabilities far outstrip our governance and group decision-making abilities. How can we upgrade our governance? Can software help? Allowing us to build a liquid democracy or to transcend current government structures with something like democracy.earth. Or do we even know how to govern our online spaces? For example, is the Facebook advisory board a step in the right direction or corporate buck-passing? So, much more to dig into here. A good resource to learn more appears to be MetaGov.

  3. Fight Fire with Fire. The casual reader of the news might think that climate change caused the increase in frequency and severity of fires on the West Coast. But there is much more to the story. And there are private and government actions that can help. We need someone pushing for these changes. Do you know anyone who wants to lead a new fire-focused advocacy org in California?

  4. The Anti-Book Club. A newsletter reader started a new book club. It’s a “syntopical book club” where members read different books on the same topic and discuss. Sounds a bit like the anti-book club. And super cool. Have you ever done a book club like this? Any tips?

  5. Week by Week. How many weeks are in a human life? Just guess before doing the math. The answer is surprising. I keep coming back to this post as a reminder of the preciousness of life.

Until next week,

Miles