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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 what can be said even by those who are not brilliant orators. 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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Participatory Deliberation – HomePage
“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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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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March 18, 2014

System definition: to collect and manage particular information relating to the entity's…

System definition: to collect and manage particular information relating to the entity's core interests. Those particular informations are distributed in a way that integrates the entity's holdings with the internet steam.
Mission: to capture the discursive constellation.

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Evidence Based Discourse; Promoting subjective narrative

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March 18, 2014

I'm trying to recreate my thinking from circa 1997/99

cMap and Compendium … I was working with VRML at the time … "organization of movement in an ethology lab, funded by cog-psych at Dalhousie. It was all about taxonomy / ontology / modularization."Meaning acts like a strange attractor, around which concepts trace their trajectories." –BD Tremblayhttps://twitter.com/bentrem/status/445987853546577920 (full version at Twitlonger: http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1s11ja6)The 3 axes that in-form the design and the method can be demonstrated quite easily:1) A person posts a naked URL. Whatever platform (Twitter, FB, GPlus, or any of the chat clients. Even by phone text.) it remains no more than what it is: a person (X) makes a substantial statement of fact (Y). Substantial, but not very communicative. (Creating a link, which is comprised of the URL along with descriptive text, is much more communicative and meaningful, if not unambiguous.)2) A person Favorites a Tweet, or simply ReTweets it. (Notice that the product of these two are materially different.) Or a person "Likes" a post on FB, or clicks "+" on GPlus. (The equivalent to merely ReTweeting would be to Share an item with no text added.) Simplistic, but communicative. a person (X) has an affective response (Z) to something (Y).The design challenge has been to capture those three axes in a manner that is effective (UX), efficient (cognitive ergonomics), parsimonious, and subject to capture in a well formed data system. These 3 axes comprise what I call "the discursive constellation".I address this complex (a veritable Tower of Babel) as a set of "impedance mismatches", where interconnections fail due to differences in the information being exchanged; quality, density, velocity, granularity etc etc etc. Drawing on my experience with ontology/taxonomy "in the wild" (i.e. industry and not for profit) I have devised a method that draws together the common strands in a way that integrates and harmonizes the various streams. Paradigmatic: all the news items on issue X are connected back through their various stems to their common root.I came up with an approach that lends itself to a variety of situations. Roughly, it has 2 modes of operation: one is as a "discourse-based decision support system" (It's aimed at such as business decisions or policy decisions , the latter not being restricted to government.) and the second as a discourse system that "mitigates flames while surfacing and nurturing the subjective narrative". This second mode can buttress online learning. These are the 2 fundamental modes: one is discourse meant to establish facts that can be shared, and discourse concerning different values, or the meaning of shared facts i.e. implications and ramifications.

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Twitter / bentrem: I’m trying to recreate my …
Instantly connect to what’s most important to you. Follow your friends, experts, favorite celebrities, and breaking news.

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