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October 23, 2012

Commercial success means playing into the social dynamics of the day

Which means reinforcing the dominant paradigm.
Deploying a system that leads to self-awareness by systematic critique … that runs against the grain. That means giving the pirates' navigators plenty of pretext for their cold-shoulder treatment.

Reshared post from +Bernard Tremblay

+JP Rangaswami asks ““Are we going to reach the stage where information has a percentage of fact associated with it?” (A few minutes ago +Dan Gillmor tweeted, "what people want is truth-checking, not fact checking, says Eric Deggans and Tampa Bay Times #poynterethics ". I see that as being at the heart of #DiscourseEthics .)

If we take JP's question and switch out "information" and replace it with"opinion", that where I found myself in August of 1976, after a series of public engagement workshops on social justice issues in general … specifically foreign aid and what was then called GATT. (Treaties dealing with international business and globalization.) I saw that even the clearest, most confident opinions were superficial … skin-deep.

Today the same dynamics apply: So long as bla-yada-blah has real social benefits (#AttentionEconomy) why bother with intellectual rigour?! Bla is cheap. And that makes for high #ROI (in terms of personal gain).

If I succeeded by applying conventional market- think that would contradict my entire life's work.
My work isn't about training consumers; it's about educating and empowering individual citizens … persons.

But software engineers are like the pirates' navigators: they delude themselves into thinking that they run the show. Cold shoulder from them means financial and social death … they're gate-keepers, and they're kinda nasty. (If "ideas are a dime a dozen" that means you'd take my work and owe me … what … $0.008 … so, you're hostile to me. #PassiveAggression )

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“Are we going to reach the stage where information has a percentage of fact associated with it?” — JP Rangaswami

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October 20, 2012

There are social benefits to "fun" activities like Tweeting and +ing and…

There are social benefits to "fun" activities like Tweeting and +ing and Like-ing.
Do any of these progress our efforts to making sane decisions? They can, yes … which only evades the question.

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by @Jabaldaia( +José António Baldaia?)

"In a world of constant decisions, if we are faced with complex problems and often unstructured, to seek its resolution we need to be aware whether or not we are at the height of its resolution.
Usually worth the effort spent to try and turn a problem poorly structured one or more problems well structured, but even with the most competent and diligent efforts, in General, there seems to be residual differences irreconcilable."

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Connections apparently absurd and decision-making
The traps called cognitive bias. “Two of the most common functions of top management teams are to make sense of the environment and decide upon which direction to take concerning the organization's in…

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October 20, 2012

 In my mid-40s I went back to U to study cognitive and social psychology

With what I came away with, when I approach the problem of public participation in policy, I start with "Why do what we do what we do?" … as though designing a hotel lobby, or subway platform, or retail space, or heh a marketing campaign.
Why do folk surf the web? why do they graze long form items, and browse magazine sites? what are they doing on forums and blog posts?
If I tap into the consumerist dynamic then I've wasted my life. It's not about wealth and position.

Is Socrates a loser? didn't get wealth … was executed as disruptive … how can he be the model of anything? 🙂
If you have a moment, mouse-over the !Q! thingies on http://gnodal.protension.com (My idea of interactive design, circa 2003!)

p.s. <tekri.athabascau.ca/content/tekri-researchers> has moved me to do some video. <protension.com/player-mooc.html> lit a fire under me!

Addenda: Material I haven't looked at in the longest time!
* http://gnodal.protension.com/mandate.html (short)
* http://gnodal.protension.com/overview.html (TL;DR)
* http://gnodal.protension.com/selections.html (notes to myself; enormous)

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Vaguely in reference to my +Protension.
#ImplicitKnowledge   #ParticipatoryDeliberation #DiscourseBasedDecisionSupport  

Too cryptic by half? Perhaps.
I'm not great at small talk. If you think of the A-types who do public relations, I'm the guy who's cat-herding in the back rooms, getting things to flow together by working with people who really aren't interested in techne and praxis. (Great example: +Andy Baio's "Kind of Bloop" project at KickStarter. Andy's not the performer/musician, not the recording engineer, but he ram-rodded the production of the tunes and of the CD. <kickstarter.com/projects/waxpancake/kind-of-bloop-an-8-bit-tribute-to-miles-davis>)
So I don't look for small talk. I chat about, well, Andy's role in that project … or, most recently, how the Carr Center for Human Rights supported the deployment of a satellite imaging system in the domain of crimes against humanity … and I look to see who shows interest.

Indirection? Yes. Historically, design for GUI was stolen; design for mouse was stolen. Hijacking design is standard practice. I don't go on at length about this because, well, if a person doesn't the way the world works it's going to take more effort and time than I have just now.
And anyhow, the reason I've spent my life on this is just that: folk don't seem to understand how the world works. So I've devised a method and technique to cut through that. <many2many.wordpress.com/about/>

For over a decade I've watched our resources go towards "low hanging fruit". (The iron law of capital, yes? Resources flow towards greatest ROI … there's actually very little new about #AttentionEconomy .) When I see the best of what we have I don't join in the boosterism; that's seductive, especially when it's rewarded. I'm far more likely to comment along the line of "It's good as far as it goes, but it doesn't go very far."

For the moment, I'll proceed with something like a parable.
Why do we build atom-smashers? To advance our knowledge of the world, of course. But that's true of all scientific instruments. Why an atom-smasher?
To break things into their component parts, so we can study them more closely.
I say that's what discourse does. So I created a method/technique for "bullshit smashing", to take apart propositions like "climate change is a myth". It just so happens to work very well positioned as a decision support system. It also turns out to be an interesting way of teaching.

Shall I roll out the detailed design document? I won't do that. I only have 1 farm … I won't give it away.
I probably should already have written a system requirement specification. I was naive: I spent years combing the world to find someone who was already tuned into the problem. A small handful of near misses, but nobody's targeted the problematic.

It's about discourse. Not schmooze and chatter and marketing … discourse. If folk don't get that, then they won't get what I'm aiming at.
 
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Hugh MacLeod's image of "things cloud".

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October 20, 2012

You: bring company to growth and profitability

Me: bring product to fruition and then deploy.
How come I score 0?

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Twitter / ITGeek: You: bring company to growth …

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October 20, 2012

by +Paul Simbeck-Hampson, associate at Internet Time Alliance (+Harold Jarche)

by +Paul Simbeck-Hampson, associate at Internet Time Alliance (+Harold Jarche

Reshared post from +Olaug Nørsterud Gardener

Top 20 insights from #DevLearn by +Paul Simbeck-Hampson.

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Insights from #DevLearn 2011
After two days of monitoring the backchannel tweets at DevLearn 2011, here are my top 20 insights. The full collection of curated tweets can be found here. Scan the QR code on right for a mobile ver

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October 17, 2012

http://PublicScholar.com is in motion at the moment.

http://PublicScholar.com is in motion at the moment.
see <twitter.com/bentrem/status/258603329733656576>

==more soon==

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Public Scholar – information in action
“Through critical thinking, as I understand it, we acquire a means of assessing and upgrading our ability to judge well. In enables us to go into virtually any situation and to figure out the logic of…

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October 9, 2012

Collaboration, partnership, consultation, and competition

I am truly conflicted. Not years I've worked on this: decades. Nobody has been interested. When I attempted to collaborate with those developing systems such as Compendium, cMap and Rationale, arguing from a perspective of cognitive psychology and social dynamics, I was greeted with nothing but cold shoulders.
So now my mouth is closed.

So all these years being an army of one, having derived a set of design principles … "give away the farm" is a broadly accepted metaphor … shall I give away the milk, the cream, the cheese and even the cow?

I've been doing IT pro bono since I abandoned my military career in 1973. I've ended up solo and far from rich. All this has not let me feeling benevolent!

I'm sure you know how much it takes to make any sort of advance in thinking, even the most modest.
As a consultant I traded on my experience. Anybody can buy software … spreadsheet, say. And anybody can do tutorials and read the manuals. And then carry on to realize how little they know, and how much they haven't grasped.
I would come in and expedite those processes … acting catalytically  if you will. In a week I would advance my customers a month or more, and leave them on a good course. And I charged for that. I charged far more than a week's salary. That's the understanding.

When it comes to discourse I've found myself with no traction at all. In fact I've been spinning my wheels for years.
I'm quite sure that I'm not being moved by mere resentment, but I can't see myself just giving away the fruits of my effort.

I know that these days "sweat equity" no longer exists as a business concept (except perhaps in very rare circles), with most thinking that "good ideas are a dime a dozen". But I've lived my life with a different ethic.

So I find myself conflicted. I'd very much like to point out specifics where I think your design suffers real loss of effectiveness. And if I progressed that project, where would that leave me except just where I am today?

Last month I grabbed a new domain: ImpliciText … a too cute product name, to ride alongside my more forensic Exhibitum. I can't feel good about cutting my intellectual property loose.

Conflicted, I am.

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