The Gumption Memo
an open letter about what to do next...
-- who I am and why I wrote this
Emptor -- notes on numbers, national bias, and fake
and Priorities -- an overview of problems people
and Priorities -- a look at prioritizing problems
- The Root
of the Problem -- four fundamental issues
- Signal and
Noise -- seeing the pattern, not the perturbations
Making -- techniques for thinking clearly
and MegaTragedies -- tools for comparing risks and
Making Techniques -- a few Decision Analysis basics
Systems and Models -- using math to save people's
of Modeling -- what we have to gain by building
Model Landmarks -- major landmarks on the mental
- Landmark #1: Population --
why overpopulation is an enormous problem
- Landmark #2: What the World
Wants -- the small cost of solving our big problems
the World Wants
- Landmark #3: Wealth and
Poverty -- you may already be rich -- details inside!
- Income Levels
in the U.S.
- Landmark #4: Government --
how to work with, and without, our governments
With and Without Government
- The U.S.
Call to Inaction -- doing more by doing less (more or
Call to Action -- what is worth doing
Florescent Lightbulbs -- save money by replacing
Planning -- slowing the growth of the world's
Contributions -- selecting philanthropic investments
Planning Organizations -- a few details about a few
Conclusion... -- what $10,000 can buy, and parting
- Opening Quote
-- a selection of important books, videos & games
-- history of the Gumption Memo project
Accounting -- a final accounting of the Gumption
-- the Gumption Memo is dedicated to Robert Emler
"The world is before you, and you need not
take it or leave it as it was when you came in."
-- James Baldwin
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