FOR ALL THOSE INTERESTED IN PNM THEORY - AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT BY DR. THOMAS BARNETT
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" When C-SPAN broadcasts the latest iteration of my brief tomorrow night at 8pm EST (followed by the live, call-in show), I and my team expect to see this site flooded with hits, just as it was last time the network put me on.
But it will be even more a flood, I hope, than last time, because this time C-SPAN will be showing both my website URL and my email address. For each I gave them the thomaspmbarnett.com coordinates rather than my war college stuff. Why?
I killed all my web presence at the college a while back when I was subtly threatened with charges of conflict of interest by people there with potential to hurt me. I had had webmaster rights at the college for a very long time, going all the way back to Y2K. I was, in fact, the first professor granted such rights to post his material. The problem had become, of course, the success that was PNM. In a world where the usual first run of an academic book is in the high hundreds or low thousands, selling over 50k volumes puts you under a lot of scrutiny.
So rather than have my NWC online presence come under attack, I simply killed it, and started pushing all my PNM-related correspondence, no matter who was the source, in the direction of thomaspmbarnett.com, the site that bore the brunt of the scrutiny the last time C-SPAN broadcast the brief and this time will hopefully attract all the attention lest I be accused once again of abusing any standing I might have with the government.
This time, however, we have a different plan in place, and you'll see the outlines of that plan on the front page of this site starting tomorrow.
In short, I am diversifying. While the college is pushing me to make my work exclusively naval in nature, I want my interactions with the wider world—the everything else—to not suffer in this process (assuming I choose to remain at the college despite the narrowing of my work there), so I need to make thomaspmbarnett.com better at conducting that larger dialogue with that outside world.
How will this be achieved? Tomorrow you'll see the front page of my site divided into a series of clustered links that represent the various avenues I see myself and others pursuing in terms of a broadband dialogue with the world on the multitude of subjects presented in PNM. So besides the usual clusters on my writings, the book itself, and me the person, you'll see explicit links to three new avenues of activity for me:
1) my public speaking function, conducted through the Leigh Bureau;
2) a newsletter based on the blog and my writings in general, called the Rule Set Reset; and
3) a consultancy for non-governmental clients (non-federal, that is) where I come together with a quartet of colleagues, both old and new, in an LLC called The New Rule Sets Project.
Let me explain that last bit a bit more:
? Who constitutes NRSP? Me and four of my hand-selected fellow change agents in a collaborative and strategic effort.
? What will this company be about? It will provide structure, process and capacity to develop, refine, and share my message with more nodes than I can reach on my own (frankly, I need several more me's to keep up with things now!).
? Where will this space be found? www.newrulesets.com.
? When will it appear? Sometime in the next 24 hours, by the grace of God and my webmaster Critt.
? Why am I doing this? This is one of the many paths to my ultimate purpose that I am pursuing.
That's the quick preview. For more information, you need to visit the sites and pages associated with each endeavor.
Where will all these new avenues take me? I have no idea. The everything else and the everyone else will decide that. My goal in all of this is the same goal I've always had—a future worth creating. "
Readers will note that I already have a blogroll link to the New Rule Set Project that I put up during the initial construction phase by Critt Jarvis that has since been taken down and redirects the visitor to Tom's weblog. The preliminary graphics though were excellent - conveying a clear visual "message" even though little text was available at the time. ( Oh, the things I would do here at Zenpundit if I had a fraction of real technical skills ! ) When the NRSP site goes " live " again I will try to immediately correct my link here is there have been any changes in address.
I will also have further commentary on the project itself and it's implications for PNM theory after I watch the C-Span broadcast
of the interview with Dr. Barnett tomorrow evening.