keep your eyes wide open
From Counterculture to Cyberculture by Fred Turner
“‘About fifteen minutes ago, Stewart Brand gave me one of the tools that the Whole Earth Catalog has used. This is $20,000, and he gave it to the people here to be used as a tool. … Use this as a seed. The Whole Earth Catalog ceases. The seeds have been planted already. Your consensus will decide what will be done with this money. There are microphones, there are causes, there are lots of possibilities.’ Over the next hour, more than fifty people stepped to the microphone, proposing an equal number of solutions. Brand stood on stage in his monk’s robes, writing down each suggestion on a blackboard. As the evening wore on, the crowd gradually dwindled and so did the cash. By early the next morning, more than $5,000 had simply disappeared. The audience seemed no closer to a solution. Finally, the audience voted to give the remaining $14,905 to one Frederick L. Moore, who promised to put the money in a bank and reconvene the last twenty people at the party in a month to decide what to do with it.
What ultimately became of the money remains unclear, but Moore’s fate does not. In the spring of 1975, along with Gordon French, he founded the Homebrew Computer Club.”