Talks I attended today_
Design and contributing to culture; ourselves as individuals and the big picture; taking action.
We should be aware of the fact that we are not just creating our tools but that these artifacts are also shaping us. This is true since the invention of language, writing, the printing press, and more than ever in our digital age of computer and web environments. These are the basis of culture as such, and it is our responsibility to design in a way that supports our life on this planet. BTW_ we neither have another life nor another planet.
I'm (embarrassingly) a cyberutopian. I'm going to try to get from there to activism through the most roundabout way possible: By wondering if there's any sense at all in thinking that the Web is morally good. (Yes, I know objects can't be morally good or bad. I'm going to talk about that, too.)
Weinberger said, "The architecture of the morality and the web is the same."
You have decided, that you have to change this. Maybe it is your diet. Maybe the way your organization involves customers. Maybe the fact that you don't update your blog regularly. But even though you have made the decision and know what it takes, you still find it hard to take action. Somehow there is always some excuse.
So how do we get from excuse to execution?
I think we should take a look at the way our brain structure supports or rejects our decisions to act! My main point is that understanding the way our brain works might make it easier for us to change and act according to our own will?
Tools that enable anyone to measure, see, and analyze their space around them has allowed communities to connect and work to build better societies. Recovering from devastating hurricanes, upheaving untrustworthy governments, or just making better greenways, geospatial technology is actively being used and advanced by non-experts who care about their space. Neogeography, neocartography, locative media, molososo, context-aware architectures - lots of ideas, but how do they all fit together and actually make a difference? Lets talk about what has worked and not worked, what tools are missing or how we can better connect people with location-based technology and practices.
The tech industry is cyclic, and it cycles along with the tech press. Only this time we're taking all the press with us on the ride, as technology re-forms how we get the news. Recent events in Iran illustrate how it will work. People think of Twitter, but that's just the surface. It's being used to link blogs, photos, videos, all kinds of metadata. Let's look beyond what Twitter does today. Rebooting in 2009 inevitably involves the reboot of the news.
I missed Euan Semple's Big Picture in the morning – 'was chatting with Bruce Sterling instead.
The Twentieth Century was characterised by a dehumanising approach to the organisation of people. People as mass, mass marketing, Taylorism, etc.
The first 10 Reboots have provided some interesting suggestions about how we rebalance the relationship between people and institutions. Might be interesting to reflect on what this tells us about the way forward.
I have always liked to draw. We all once knew how to visually depict our thinking. Somewhere in school most people lost it. Today I help teams get to a shared picture of complex issues - such as business strategy and vision and climate change impact. I also help project managers and leaders to think visually again and use this skill in daily communication where engagement of employees is key. In this session we will explore a bit of the simple stuff which enables collaborative platforms - offline.
We have reached the tipping point where everyday hardware and infrastructure makes it possible to start interacting with our surroundings and get concrete feedback from that surroundings ("where is ..?" "what can you offer me?" "What can you tell me about..")
In our talk we will inspire you with what is possible today and we will show you how to make interactive, caring and living spaces possible with low budget technology you are already using as we speak.
We will discuss things like Personal DataClouds, Location- and Object Tagging, Personal Timelines, the several ways to bookmark People, Places and Moments, use Reboot as a living case and discuss how to relive those moments later thanks to all the meta-data produced by you and others using services like Flicker, Twitter, YouTube and whatever else there is.
The human voice is a rich and complex output orchestrated by larynx, lung and vocal folds, augmented by lip and tongue. Individually and collectively, voice is used to converse, to sing, to convey emotion, to spur to action. To be authentic.
It's always been a synchronous form of communication; now, in a digital world, it has become asynchronous as well. Voice has been around a long time. It's been around since man's been around. With the advent of social tools, and with the advance of digital technologies, there's a lot happening with voice. Has this helped or hindered? Will it help or hinder? How can we retain the humanness, the authenticity, the passion, that which makes voice something we treasure?
Taking action is the basis of all progress. While some things are bound to happen, change and progress come from people taking action.
This talk, "The Art of Doing" explores concepts of nature, fractals, energy, martial arts to derive at a look of how we can do things and make a difference
More of our social interaction in moving from the primitive but relatively open and egalitarian world of the blogosphere onto a set of closed or at least controlled applications. How can we -- as a community or culture -- influence actions or product decisions that companies like Apple, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube are taking that could 'enclose the commons' and disrupt or rework the Web that we have been making?
Some of my concerns are about about making a social space that remains ours, and becomes more humane over time. That's why I am calling for a movement -- like New Urbanism in city planning -- bringing together designers, investors, developers, users, and thinkers, to make sure we can rethink social tools based on what does and does not work today, and based on principles that engender the world we want.
But my deepest worries are about ownership and governance, and the tensions between us, the denizens of the web, and those that own the means of connection. We have to plan how to take back the web that we animate, that we make valuable by our actions.