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Just found that and wanted to share it with you. Some mind-bending food for thought in this journal.
Der Spiegel: And what takes the place of philosophy now?
Heidegger: Cybernetics.
Der Spiegel, May 31, 1976.
via Ivo Velitchkov (

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Automatic for the People, episode 3: Self-organising Systems

"In a network, information augmenting decisionmaking and graph traversal."

Design and Control of Self-organising Systems
"Many real-world problems are non-stationary and highly complex. That is, they are changing constantly and interacting, generating novel information that limits prediction. If the change is faster than our ability to optimize our solutions, then these will be obsolete.
As an alternative, we have designed adaptive systems, in many cases inspired in biology. One approach for designing adaptive systems has been proposed with the use of self-organization: instead of trying to optimize a problem, the aim is to design components of a system that by local interactions actively search for their best configuration.
When designed properly, self-organizing systems can adapt to extremely dynamic and complex problems at the same scales at which changes occur. As our systems become more dynamic and complex, designing them using self-organization offers greater benefits compared with traditional approaches."
-- Carlos Gershenson


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21C Conversations That Mind And Matter: A graph traversal by any other name would feel so convivial

"In a network, data, information, knowledge, stories, wisdom."

+Joachim Stroh :
3 juni 2013
It all began so promising.. "[FB Newsfeeds] did to your social life what RSS did to blogs."

+Grizwald Grim :
3 juni 2013
I found this line of particular interest:
This slow metamorphosis into a different type of social network is a big risk for Facebook. The strong bonds you have with friends are becoming overwhelmed by the weak ones you form with anonymous strangers.

I quite literally use Facebook to maintain my strong bonds with family and old friends, and G+ to not only make weak new bonds but also to turn those weak bonds into strong ones. 

Does G+ do a sufficient job of providing you the means to maintain the strong bonds you had before you got here?

+John Verdon :
4 juni 2013
I think of Facebook now a mainstream media organization where the users are the product being delivered to their real clients advertisers. The key thing that keeps people on Facebook is the hostage capital of one's strong bonds. It's easy to leave but very hard to bring the network with you.

+Luis Alberola :
4 juni 2013
It seems like Facebook, as other social networks, could not resist the work of investment bankers and somehow let itself be drawn into IPO. That in itself changes the focus of the company from user experience to profits through user experience. Which obviously changes notre user experience to the worse
At the same time, Facebook is an increasingly crowded village, where it is more and more difficult to meet only your friends.
For G+, a fact that has seldom been stressed, is that Google does not need to do an IPO and that, for the foreseable future, it will not need cash from G+.
So which one do we prefer, the panopticon or the capitalist corporation ?

+John Verdon :
4 juni 2013
Nicely said. I truly believe that Google has in its DNA a much deeper respect for the necessary homeostasis that enables all of their users needs to be met as best as possible. 

+John Kellden :
4 juni 2013
Facebook is a very interesting use case for McLuhans four laws of media.

The evolution of tribalism:
1. Pre-tech
2. Pre-laptop
3. Pre-web
4. Pre-socialweb
5. Pre-Facebook
6. Pre-Twitter
7. Pre-Google+
8. The new tribal shiny - mobile? The Global Village, a bit unevenly distributed?
9. The rediscovery of ourselves? What senses? What sensibilities? What modifications of our minds?

This ninth thing is what +Mani Saint Victor and I are working on in the labcoat department of Biosemiotics...  :)

Spacetime Portal: 4 juni 2013 - 14 maj 2016

+Grizwald Grim 
14 maj 2016

+John Kellden :
14 maj 2016
Great find.

People are not leaving FB, they just stop posting. 

The big opportunity? Distributed networks co-evolving with different, co-existing graphs.

+Joachim Stroh :
14 maj 2016
Excellent #recursion , Grizwald. And yes, +John Kellden now that we've (collectively) climbed a bit higher, the perspective changes, and lo and behold, distributed, distributive platforms.

+Luis Alberola :
21 maj 2016 15:14
Had not seen your scenius rain ... Impressed, attracted.

+Joachim Stroh :
21 maj 2016 20:03
Take it in small doses (and a good headset), it's very potent stuff.

+John Kellden :
22 maj 2016 11:37
Thanks Luis.

There's a pattern language underlying the Scenario-crafting, which means it can be designed to work eg in participatory sensemaking.

Participatory Sensemaking & Participatory Practices
There's also a Deck of Cards, eg when combining the participatory sensemaking co-evolving with scenario-work, with Play and Playfulness (dispositions, disciplines) co-evolving with participatory practices, including workflow.

This ties in which future of work.

There's a couple of hundred posts themed

Collaborative Sensemaking
That provides further context on this.

+John Kellden :
22 maj 2016 11:38
Distributed, distributive platforms

cc +Adam Scislowicz 

+John Kellden :
22 maj 2016 15:38
One of the updates here is obviously how Google managed to near completely drop the ball re Google+.

The sin is one of bias in favor of data, to the point of near complete disregard of story. Collections over communities.

Of course I would be happy to be proven wrong, but most G+ communities are either sporadic, devolved into more or less link-dumping, and/or plain dead.

The large communities, eg around "Android" are not communities as much as fora, where vendors and experts are duking it out, vying for attention.

Immersive transmedia scenario:

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Conversation Community 2016 May 13

"In a network, the best place to store knowledge is in other people."

"In a network, social presencing is connecting the dots between inclusive intention and effective, convivial action."

Topics & People: 2016 May 13

Conversation: +John Kellden
21C Transition Magazine: +John Verdon & +John Kellden
Gaia: Work in progress, probably going to rename this topic to something else
Life in the Village: Everyone sharing stories from their own lives
Knowledge Expeditions: +Ron Scroggin & +John Kellden
Sagarmatha Café: +Ron Scroggin & +John Kellden
21C Design: Work in progress, probably going to rename this topic to something else
21C Workflow: +Sophie Wrobel +Patrick Verdonk +Finn Jackson +Adrian Segar +Brian Dowling
21C Stewardship: +Richard Turnock +Jeff Mowatt +Peter Nena
21C Literacies: +Jan Friman +Luis López-Cano +Mick Fealty
21C Platforms: +Joe Raimondo +Thomas Morffew
21C Transition: +Hans Youngmann +Bernd Nurnberger +Simon Robinson  +Benjamin Brownell 
Make Things Happen: HoA planning. Other stuff, other platforms, per agreement (we can always initiate conversations in this topic of course).
Play: +Linda Rogers +Bernie DeKoven +Grizwald Grim
Deep Stuff: +Mike Daniels +Peter Hatherley
Visual Storytelling: +Nadia Korths +Lynn Keller +Zara Altair
21C: Watercooler, Announcements(such as this here post), 21C Collections
21C Community: +Clay Forsberg +Ferananda Ibarra +Nadine Hack  +Elwin Green
21C Storytelling: +Teodora Petkova +Zara Altair +Barry Kort +Roger James Thornton Brown
21C Enaction:  +Mani Saint-Victor 
Work in progress, I might copy over some select tweets here.

Engagement -> Return on engagement
The intention here, is to enable a dynamic knowledge repository and conversational knowledge ecosystem. Kind of a more dynamic, ongoing, self-organizing version of the

Social Presence Fieldbook

One of the additional benefits - it will be much easier to find stuff.

Some moving of posts and curation remains.

Questions and comments always welcome.

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Earlier this week Umair Haque called for a new kind of leadership: “The world is beset with truly great problems... And these problems are so different from yesterday’s that we haven’t really updated leadership itself to be able to even fully grapple with them.”

via +The Churning 

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The Elegance of the Content Marketer, episode 1: Gnarly Individualism

"In a network, content marketing is to conversations, what blinking html is to the web."
The Elegance of the Content Marketer, episode 1: Gnarly Individualism

"In a network, content marketing is to conversations, what blinking html is to the web."

This is a good thing. We need to extend compassion to all content marketers, for two reasons:

1. They are taking the first couple of steps towards figuring out analog/digital interfaces, connecting between human desire and human algorithm.

2. Once they've done that, they will go through a metamorphosis, turning from a turquoise larval twittering stage, to a graph traversal butterfly.

This entails suffering, alchemy, a deep churning, out of which not only content marketers turning graph traversal grid weaving human beings again, but also the birth of a new breed of networks, predicated on knowledge logistics.


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This discussion of models / modeling  by Ammon Johns caught my attention, and I thought I had to share this with you guys here, as this is in my mind a very vital aspect that needs to be remembered at all times.

Problem is some people over emphasize specific aspects of models, and others pick up the story then unknowingly lead the masses down a path of illusion and failure.

this is very evident within the SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) space and these incorrect assumptions that are glorified by online marketing influencers are then suddenly main stream thinking, and nobody is able to challenge these assumptions based on the poor interpretation of some forgotten model.

when challenged they cite others who have taken this up and run with it after reading their own articles., that were based on a model that has since been discarded by the original researcher.

One is then unable to determine the source of the mis / dis information, and also unable to correct it as folks tell you that this or that influencer has said it is true.

I have given up on trying to prove my point, and just say when things go south, do not complain to me because you have been warned

I do not have the resources or the time to talk to people who have chosen to be stupid, and keep their mind closed, so this short discussion by  +Ammon Johns  makes so much sense to me.

does it make sense to you?
All models are wrong; some models are useful

A quote that was written by George Box in several variations in various papers is an important one to note.  I recalled it after a recent discussion with +Gina Fiedel where we were indeed talking about statistical models or data models.

In much the same vein, John von Neumann said that "truth … is much too complicated to allow anything but approximations".  

Of course, the entire point of a model is to be a simplification, a smaller more manageable thing than the reality it approximates.

The thing is that statistical modelling now surrounds us in almost every aspect of life.  The economy is run based on statistical models, political decisions and policy are based on statistical models, and almost every system we rely on, from power supply to water supply is designed by statistical modelling.  All of these models are only approximations, and no matter how complex, it is vital to note that they may be useful, but they are still just models.

"Remember that all models are wrong; the practical question is how wrong do they have to be to not be useful." Box wrote in the book "Empirical Model-Building and Response Surfaces".

Big Data has become an obsession of our age, because you can dramatically improve the accuracy of statistical models if you simply move from thousands of samples into millions, or billions.  However, improved accuracy cannot be absolute.  

All models are wrong because they are models.

Models are simplifications, abstracts, sometimes even stylised concepts built to be different to reality, or else people would simply look to reality.

So, whenever you next turn to analytics, or search algorithms, or knowledge bases, or KPIs, remember that these are all forms of models.  The question is not whether they are completely accurate, because they never will be.  The question is simply whether they are useful, and whether you can remember that they are not 'true', only illustrative.

However you chose your KPIs, your data analytics, you need to remain aware that you are attempting to model data.  If you view a post as useful based on views, or likes, or comments, all will have their flaws, and no matter how complex you make the model, it will always remain only a model.

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Hello - after 10 days of being completely away from all realms digital here is a curation of curiosities harvested from the digital environment for the curious, of the curious, by the curious. And hopefully some curious conversations can sprout. 

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21C Design: Cards

"In a network, any sufficiently advanced card is a graph traversal affordance."

"We are currently witnessing a re-architecture of the web, away from pages and destinations, towards completely personalised experiences built on an aggregation of many individual pieces of content."
-- Paul Adams

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