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November 13, 2014

I had a thought: apply the fanciest idea I ever read in a book; glasperlenspiel from…

I had a thought: apply the fanciest idea I ever read in a book; glasperlenspiel from Herman Hesse's "Glass Bead Game" (also known as "Magister Ludi" meaning game master. The "trick" is to hook those many many details and ideas together. A sort of network … something like a social graph … just the stuff we're good at!

In his book, Hesse is spot on the problem we're working on:
"Each country's Commission possesses its Archive of the Game, that is the register of all hitherto examined and accepted symbols and decipherments, whose number long ago by far exceeded the number of the ancient Chinese ideographs."

He really does nail it; think of how many different conversations can be had on the face of the planet!
"Theoretically this instrument is capable of reproducing in the Game the entire intellectual content of the universe. …On the other hand, within this fixed structure, or to abide by our image, within the complicated mechanism of this giant organ, a whole universe of possibilities and combinations is available to the individual player. For even two out of a thousand stringently played games to resemble each other more than superficially is hardly possible. Even if it should so happen that two players by chance were to choose precisely the same small assortment of themes for the content of their Game, those two Games could present an entirely different appearance and run an entirely different course, depending on the qualities of mind, character, mood, and virtuosity of the players."

What he ends up with … what we end up with … it's a way of handling all our knowledge.
"The Glass Bead Game is thus a mode of playing with the total contents and values of our culture; it plays with them as, say, in the great age of the arts a painter might have played with the colors on his palette. All the insights, noble thoughts, and works of art that the human race has produced in its creative eras, all that subsequent periods of scholarly study have reduced to concepts and converted into intellectual values — on all this immense body of intellectual values the Glass Bead Game player plays like the organist on an organ. And this organ has attained an almost unimaginable perfection; its manuals and pedals range over the entire intellectual cosmos; its stops are almost beyond number."

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November 1, 2014

+Dan Durrant – Plan for the winter it to re-vitalize this page

+Dan Durrant – Plan for the winter it to re-vitalize this page. "Page" in Gplus is kind of bizarre; have never gotten any traction.
Something I though might interest you; do you know LiveJournal? Because it was designed so well fundamentally, their development has always been a real dream.
I used <gnodal.livejournal.com> to keep track of discussion systems and sites, roughly speaking. But I think this is neat: I was able to run a little utility that actually harvest all the links from all those posts over all those years!

Not as pretty as bookmarks or spreadsheet, but a real cornucopia!
<bentrem.sycks.net/links>

cheers

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October 19, 2014

I've worked with communications technology my whole life

And for 40+ years I've had 1 project: using ICT to grapple with the wicked problems facing civil society. Why #ParticipatoryDeliberation and #DeliberativePolitics? because public policy, IMNSHO, turns on individuals' all too human appreciation of issues. That, for far as I've worked out, is the nut of the matter. If ICT is a lever, human factors (UX? #CognitiveErgonomics?) is the fulcrum.See:"The genius of conspiracy theories is that you can’t prove them wrong, and this is true for two reasons.The first is that most conspiracy theorists base their beliefs on values other than science, and sometimes on fear. They are motivated to believe what they do, and unless those motivations change, it is unlikely they will be swayed by rational argument.The second reason is that their logic is self-sealing, designed to be impermeable to external reasoning.""But there is a strategy that may change people’s minds (or at least expose faulty thinking) when dealing with conspiracy theories in science; one loose scale in the logical armour that can be worked free."So: my software has no traction simply because there is no perceived need for discourse. Back-room discussion is hermetic and the public space is saturated with chat. In a sense I'm ahead of the curve!

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The ironclad logic of conspiracy theories and how to break it
As the United Nations warns of the dire consequences of global warming, the commitment of the current Australian government to the reality of climate change remains unclear, with a history of disturbingly…

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July 7, 2014

Quote me: 

Truth is the stuff what can be said even by someone who is not a gifted orator. That's how facts work.

One of the LHC team talks about his project: since he was a very young physicist, he has worked on the LHC … exploring quark/Higg's boson.
He says "It depends what happens. Maybe I spent 15 years and have no effect … my work just disappears. There is no consolation prize."

Me? my project was born September 1973, pulling out of my nervous breakdown, thinking "What was the logic here? what was the decision making process? how did we arrive at the choice: Yes, let's violently overthrow that democratically elected government. Let the blood flow."
How do we decide? no, how do we make choices? no, why do we do what we do.

41 years of that. Banging away at that.
Got the theory straight around 1998, after 15years. #ParticipatoryDeliberation .
Got into the academic literature for #DeliberativePolitics .
Got into nuts and bolts of cognitive ergonomics. VRML. InfoGraphics. Pushing Web 1.0 to the limit. Past the limits, into 2.0 alpha. Mid-December 2003: Eureka.
see snapshot of May 2004: http://gnodal.protension.com

11 years spinning my fucking wheels.

Maybe I wasted my life. Double or nothing? no no, far more … 10 Home Runs in a row, or die a wasted nut case.

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“The power of computers to collect, store and manipulate numbers has increased dramatically since Hamming’s pointed observation. Much of this increased power, however, is wasted because humans are poor at gaining insight from data presented in numerical form. As a result, visualization research …

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June 19, 2014

A Rejoinder to Andy Revkin's http://tl.gd/n_1s26c5a

A Rejoinder to Andy Revkin's http://tl.gd/n_1s26c5a

Your response here is //precisely and exactly// what my Exhibitum "discourse system" addresses.
For example: given that article, imagine how many replies / responses there might be, now imagine the number of arguments there might be, now imagine the number of propositions there are in it that draw attention and replies/responses/comments/arguments for and against.

Fractal, n'est-pas?

So: from 1 article, a flurry of communicative gestures.

On top of that? the number of arguable propositions is //immensely smaller// than the number of items/entities presenting each one of those proposition.
So, like the cosmos, X * Y * Z.

My inspiration? Hesse's glasperlenspiel (as system, technique, and methodology) in "Glass Bead Master" aka "Magister Ludi".
see http://soup.groundplane.org/post/126605253/Each-countrys-Commission-possesses-its-Archive-of

Do folk really care? not many, no., Does aggregation/curation have any traction in #AttentionEconomy ? not really, no.
Does the community of principled practitioners feel the need for better tools and better techniques and better methodologies? not often, no.

All I have is a fulcrum … for the levers we're pulling and pushing.
Does that attract much attention.
Almost none.

HeyHo

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TwitLonger — When you talk too much for Twitter
TwitLonger is the easy way to post more than 140 characters to Twitter

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April 3, 2014

Just took FactLink for a spin. A couple of good blog posts

One in particular:
For emphasis, since G+ fails to load the image: . <factlink.com/blog/4-lessons-you-can-learn-from-factlinks-pivot> .

They wrote "We started out building a tool for linking information together, where some information would support other information."
I replied: "A mind map would do this. I worked through that approach in the 1990s with cMap and Compendium and even created a prototype using VRML. Those years confirmed what I suspected: merely connecting missed the point. A library catalog doesn't only connect, it arrays. Likewise with a book's index. So I drilling into things to find ?what? a vector along with I could array the countless information items we encounter. Hence "GNodal"."

They: "There were multiple reasons why Factlink didn’t work, but most importantly, it was too complex. We tried to do too much at once"
Me: "Let me suggest a refinement of this very fine insight: why was it too complex? because it aimed to do too many things. Is why I say I spent years trying to design a fulcrum for the lever that is ICT. I suspect a closer inspection of the "cognitive ergonomics" at play would reveal design principles that are at one parsimonious and more effective. (That worked for me! /grin/)"

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4 Lessons You Can Learn from Factlink’s Pivot
Factlink is a more-than-profit with a mission: to make the world more open and credible by discussing everything. Install Factlink in your browser to discuss anything on the web. Or use Factlink on your site to get great in-line discussions. Learn more about Factlink · « Blog. 13 March 2014 …

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March 21, 2014

Might deliberations on cost-effectiveness be the entry point for discourse and public…

Might deliberations on cost-effectiveness be the entry point for discourse and public participation?

From the British Academy page "If you could do one thing…" Nine local actions to reduce health inequalities"
http://www.britac.ac.uk/policy/Health_Inequalities.cfm

Alan Maynard – "The Role of Cost-Effectiveness Evidence in Reducing Inequality.pdf"
http://www.britac.ac.uk/templates/asset-relay.cfm?frmAssetFileID=13286

Paradigmatic: the Oregon exercise in cost-effect health that was over-turned and rejected in place of a whole process of public consultation.

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Health Inequalities – British Academy
“If you could do one thing…” Nine local actions to reduce health inequalities. The British Academy presents a collection of opinion pieces on health inequalities from leading social scientists. Each of the authors has written an article, drawing on the evidence base for their particular area …

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March 20, 2014

“The Institute’s Research Assistant program not only helps nurture critical research…

“The Institute’s Research Assistant program not only helps nurture critical research skills among our undergraduates, it also offers them the opportunity to work on important public policy challenges with graduate students and top faculty and staff at Harvard Kennedy School"
via "Why Bother" at UT Votes

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IOP program puts students at the forefront of public policy research
Harvard students glean tremendous knowledge from the lectures and discussions that take place inside the classroom, but the learning doesn&#39;t stop there.&nbsp; Many graduates and undergraduates sup

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March 20, 2014

"Transforming Government; ICT Strategy and Action Plan to 2017"

ICT is not just about technology – it’s about the ways in which information and technology are used to deliver better services and enhance trust and confidence in government."

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Introduction |
Transforming Government ICT. ICT is not just about technology – it’s about the ways in which information and technology are used to deliver better services and enhance trust and confidence in government. Government has charged the Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO) with leading …

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March 19, 2014

There's some very nice material surfacing

Not #BigData … just substantial information.

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Community Capital

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