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Hello everyone, here's this week's curation of conversational probes in the unfolding journey of the digital environment.
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Life in the Village, part 240: All The Time We Need
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I hope this article fits in here :-)
Learn about mistakes that others have made with analytics before you make the same ones.
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Thank you Monika, and to you.  :)
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Where We Are Today
Periodically, society experiences a transition from one turning to another. Today we have just experienced such a transition. 
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As a human mother and a golden mother, I will say that the sense of peace I feel when Chauncey gives me the look is very similar to that of being a new mother (although that was many, many years ago;)), so score 1 for the oxytocin.  
Fortunately, I won't have to test the food factor (I can't handle the truth:)).  When Chauncey doesn't get the mixins he wants, he mounts a food strike at which point he continually walks in, looks at me, looks at the bowl, looks at me, looks at the bowl and then starts a loud gurgling noise in his throat (I call it the Snufalopagus).  I believe this is his version of talking and I have it somewhat deciphered depending on the situation.
+Aaron Segal , they get me every time at "dog":)
Great article!
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Monika Zwiefelhofer

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Thank you very much for the invitation to thins fine communitY
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21C Transition: Indigenous Knowledge for Urban Biodiversity

"The only word everyone need to understand in the 21C is humus."
-- +John Kellden 

ht +Louis Galipeau 
Over time, cities originated wherever indigenous cultures agglomerated and planned links between their settlements and peri-urban ecosystems for the provision of water, food and other goods and services. Not by coincidence, these settlements often occurred in biodiversity hotspots.
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An essential consideration. We've already lost a great deal of our cultural abundance, alternate songlines and luminous paths through our shared, shareable experiencing ourselves and the world.
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Life in the Village, part 239: Estació de França, Barcelona
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“Shh! Listen! Someone’s coming! I think — I think it might be us!”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 1999.

"The Estació de França appeared to be built so that I could travel to Europe whenever I wished, at any time in the morning or in the evening, so to speak. To me, that was a unique and priceless quality of the Estació de França."

"L’estació de França semblava talment feta expressa perquè jo me’n pogués anar a Europa quan volgués i com aquell qui diu a qualsevol hora del matí o de la tarda. Aquesta era una qualitat única de l’estació de França i una qualitat que per a mi no tenia preu."
Eugeni Xammar

Image: Estació de França, Barcelona (April, 1999)

#journalism #xammar #photography #barcelona #estaciódefrança #catalunya #literature #rowling
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Collaborative Sensemaking: The Spontaneous Emergence of Collective Behavior

"How can network structure, collective behavior and network flow, co-evolve?"
-- John Kellden

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"These are things that aren't established from outside, these are things that we establish through kind of an endogenous social evolutionary process and when we think of this process of social norms, it really relies fundamentally on expectations.
What I think you're going to do and more importantly, how I perceive your reactions to me, and I revise my behavior based on that - and then you revise your behavior based on decisions that I've made, and so on and so forth.
We form these sort of beliefs and expectations about each other - and ultimately this process of individuals all sort of engaged in this sort of pairwise interaction, can aggregate up to form, a social norm.
The most amazing thing about these norms is that once they appear, once they become stable within a society, they appear incredibly concrete.
They seem as if they couldn't have been any other way - and they appear normative in almost a moral sense, right? They're, this is the way we should engage, this is what's polite to do.
What stands in stark contrast to that, of course, is the fact that across so many different cultures, the norms about politeness are so different. The norms about how to greet people, the norms about bargaining and fairness are really different.
This tells us there's not actually a right answer, as much as there is a social process that gives rise to it - and this is the process we want to understand.
-- Damon Centola    https://youtu.be/QkEkf4mOOxg


"How do we disrupt coherence compassionately? How do we engage disruptions creatively? How do we renew coherence wisely?"
-- +Peggy Holman    http://goo.gl/Wzbi4Z


"You need seed crystals; their apparition may mark the end of pre-emergence and the onset of emergence. Seeds may actually be constituted from (liquefied) creative elements themselves. I'd say they must 1) be attractive to the most creative elements, 2) be able to react with those in a way that is a) energetically net-positive; and b) generative (creates coherent structure that expands the field of possibility)."
-- +Seb Paquet   http://goo.gl/vAK88q


"What densities, distributions, geometries push the emergence up to and beyond the tipping point? I imagine that there is a standard curve (hyperbolic perhaps?) that we can see across many different kinds of emergence (e.g., in freezing water, a stampeding herd, etc.)
Most importantly - is there a programatic way to measure where we are now and what vectors or geometries are most affordant to emergence?
-- +Jordan Greenhall    http://goo.gl/vAK88q
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Great addition +Leif Edvinsson 
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Deep Stuff: Interstellar

Every atom in our bodies comes from long gone exploded supernovas. We're supernova shards.
We belong here, yes - and we're also at home in space.
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Try to find it if you can it's an amazing insight +Gideon Rosenblatt 
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About this community

"We made it? What happened? We happened." Conversation as an art through which human beings rediscover, rekindle, revitalize and respond - after which we align with the world, small moves, until here and now. "What does the world look like seen through conversational eyes?"

John Kellden
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To all members, new and old - a warm welcome!

David Bojangles:
Nuclear Scientist. Loves Fermions and Kittens.

I'm wondering, would introducing a number of Conversation Community members be a good idea?

If so, how many?

My guesstimate here is, three would be a bit too few, and plusmentioning thirteen hundred members would be a tad too much.

Ten? Fifteen? Thirty?

In addition, we could obviously plusmention other members in the comment thread, and if at all possible, say something nice about them, eg:

David Bojangles:
Nuclear Scientist. Loves Fermions and Kittens.

Vincent van Gogh
Artist, painter. Loves the color blue. Not to keen on sharp kitchen utensils and rejection.
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Love this idea and +John Kellden , no matter what it is, it's always the dreaded snowball effect:)
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Actually, the Jet Stream goes from west to east and acts as a barrier to temperature extremes. In the past, the Jet Stream went fast and mostly straight.  Now, the temperature changes have caused the Jet Stream to slow and change shape to an "S" on it's side, and even that meanders more north and south.  Thus the cold air comes farther down from Canada in the Midwest and East Coast, and meets the moisture that is always coming up from the Gulf.  Thus more snow than ever before. And the West Coast has warmer drier weather as the Jet Stream meanders north.

>>>>>>>Myth #1: If global warming were an issue, blizzards would be on the wane.
FACT: We're seeing stronger blizzards because of global warming. As the air, land and sea get warmer, more water evaporates. So when a storm comes along, there's more water to pick up and dump, meaning more snow when it's cold out.
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Don't fall for these misconceptions.
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Great post +Richard Turnock , thank you!  I think that many are overwhelmed when it comes to global warming...not sure of where or how start making a difference.  This is a look at some of the simplest changes to make that really add up and make a difference.  Obviously a "we" more than "I" mentality needs to evolve but at least articles like the one you posted and the one linked below, get us started.  As these small changes take hold, the larger change will follow....in my opinion of course:)
http://www.livescience.com/1289-fight-global-warming.html
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This article goes into a number of different dysfunctional archetypes that I see currently operating and which are limiting our ability to shift into an authentic sharing economy. These archetypes are to be found in our conversations, and hence I hope you enjoy the article and get why I feel I have to continue discussing more shadow stuff right now. Thanks
In this article I would like to bring together a number of threads which I have been writing about recently - principally knotworks (networks with ego) - which will allow me to flesh out more detai...
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Thanks John, all of the inspiration from these articles come from direct experiences, and so I am trying to articulate both how I feel and what we really need to adress before we can fully make a transition.
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Hung Le Thanh

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Thank you very much for the invitation +John Kellden 
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Welcome to all 3 of you. 
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The human use of human beings as a conscious design discipline the the primary antidote to the fears of human irrelevance as the new AI regime progresses astride. #haptics  
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Great find +Joe Raimondo  

I'm pretty sure the iWatch and the Google Glass is just a few examples of the surface of a beginning of half of an experience (r)evolution. The other half of the movement, is analog, including a whole new set of 21C literacies. 

Once we begin to move away from that part inside ourselves, the part inside our minds where we "consume brands" - we will discover new ways to (re)immerse ourselves in the world.
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21C Transition: Scenarios

"... the stateless, voluntary parallel societies , coming into existance through Bitnation‘s self-governance tools (DApps) and law and defense services, will see a tremendous increase of income per person and invidual purchasing power. The following serves as an economic development scenario of such a voluntary free market society."
-- Erik Vollstädt

ht +Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof 
Peace and prosperity for everyone? by Erik Vollstädt. I have outlined in several of my articles that the stateless, voluntary parallel societies , coming into existance through Bitnation's self-governance tools (DApps) and law and defense services, will see a tremendous increase of income per ...
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Anything that will provide some sense of context, continuity, coherence, will be invaluable. The whole deeper context and meaning around commons and comunity and placemaking need to be rediscovered, reclaimed and repurposed. The only sustainable, resilient, antifragile way of doing that IMO, is through a sustained, concerted, collective effort.

Btw, I'm not at all worried about the newness craze and stampede, whether it is bitcoin, ethereum, or any related tech.

It's how we grow in deep shared understanding re good, civic, human, ecosystemic tech and tool use, that will determine what society and what legacy we will leave behind.
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Richard Turnock

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A message from Dennis Meadows:

Humanity now faces an existential crisis:

Old patterns of thought and action used to produce improved welfare; now they do not.

Some alternative paths of development could be attractive in comparison with the current one; but our culture is so focused on growth that any suggestion of alternatives is automatically understood to be a counsel of doom. 

We have moved into a period of crisis that will last decades. The larger the crisis, the more pressure there is to think short-term. But fundamental solutions to problems like climate change or the growing gap between rich and poor require long-term thinking and the capacity to sacrifice now for gains later. Our political systems are quite inadequate for this. 

It is no longer realistically possible to entertain the notion of indefinite progress. Rather than give up their fantasies and search for alternatives, people tend just to ignore the problems, or view them only through the lens of self interest.

All the above not withstanding, there are options for action now that will give us better outcomes than we will get otherwise. Finding those options and motivating people to pursue them is the challenge.

It means the problem is not essentially one of technology. No doubt new technologies will be developed and some of them could be helpful. But the main issue is to develop cultures, norms, institutions that are more compatible with a steady state. I hope your work might help achieve that. I worked on it for 40 years, and now I am passing the baton.

Regards, 

Dennis Meadows
The excellent documentary ‘Last Call’ focuses on the team of scientists who worked on the ‘Limits to Growth’ research over 40 years ago. It was recently screened at the British House of Commons (the irony was not lost on the audience), the silence that reigned in the ancient room was palpabl
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What do we make of adult colouring books being the best-sellers on Amazon at the moment? http://www.businessinsider.com/adult-coloring-books-are-having-a-moment-2015-4
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This is one of those things that could promote creativity in other areas just by giving the mind a little fun downtime.  Although I'm not entirely certain thats why its becoming so popular.  
+John Kellden , I followed all of his boards...very interesting!
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Life in the Village, part 238: Kenai, Alaska
 
I love my office in an historic building in downtown Durham, but I have to admit my wife will have a slightly more awesome workspace this summer....

This is Tutka Bay Lodge on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Karyn and I stayed there two summers ago, and now she will be a guide there this summer. 

For sure I'll miss her, but we both want her to live out this dream. And I'll be going up to spend some time with her there after MozCon in Seattle!

#plusonly  
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Beautiful!  +Mark Traphagen , your wife must be very excited.
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Life in the Village, part 237: Arizona
 
Barrel cactus and other desert flowers are in bloom in Arizona.
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Nature's beauty always finds a way:)
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