• Archive for February, 2011

    Ecologies of Judgement

    by  • February 23, 2011 • Everything Else • 1 Comment

    It doesn’t matter how brilliant and benign an authoritarian ruler is, having one person’s aesthetic judgment form the basis for a civilization is always going to be intensely restrictive, self-limiting and ugly. Nobody’s vision scales. This is a fundamental, non-negotiable reason we need a genuine pluralism in which many kinds of talent combine, on a [...]

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    What is happening in the Middle East

    by  • February 19, 2011 • Everything Else • 1 Comment

    Nothing, nothing at all is happening in the Middle East Princes and dictators sleep at home in their beds as usual The streets are filled with poor, no trickle-down oil wealth This cradle of civilization, who preserved geometry and birthed algebra and knew the shape of the earth Sleeps under lock and key as always [...]

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    Scaling the horror, and stepping through

    by  • February 16, 2011 • Everything Else • 8 Comments

    At times I don’t know who I’m writing for – a few brave readers, and possibly posterity. If we really wind up with very large scale deployments of the technologies I’ve developed – the hexayurt most likely, but possibly CheapID or the more general “State in a Box”/”Simple Critical Infrastructure Maps” models of how to [...]

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    The Celter Strategy (celestial-terrestrial)

    by  • February 13, 2011 • Everything Else • 2 Comments

    The Celter Strategy recognizes the centrality of space exploration to resolving the problems of the earth. GPS, climate satellites, communications satellites, solar panels, microprocessors and much more came out of space research, but more than that, the clear conception of this as a single world, with a shared ecosystem, came from the spacer perspective. In [...]

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    Cynefin and infinite games

    by  • February 13, 2011 • Everything Else • 0 Comments

    I was having a think about Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games in the context of complexity science, and came up with another way of thinking about the four categories of activity in Cynefin. Simple rules, open goals is Conway’s game of life. Complex rules, open goals is VUCA – but also art and design. There’s [...]

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    Oh, and…

    by  • February 6, 2011 • Everything Else • 1 Comment

    I’m currently in Belgium, Brussels, staying in a borrowed flat. If things go according to plan, next stop is Ireland for about a month to apply a bit of thinking to one particular community’s economic future. If that doesn’t pan, then I’m foot loose and fancy free. Berlin’s a likely port of call either before, [...]

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