Use of network science to design programs and select tools to achieve end goals Also interpretation layer on events that can be used to explain outcomes and steps leading to outcomes. An inspiration! Batman movie, with Robin asking five kids to alert homes nearby, two blocks each. Way of leveraging the network to achieve an end goal: - more quickly than linear methods - more likely to work...
Dissipation (of news stories)
Dissipation Why do some stories that are big then dissipate after a few days (or less)? Iranian hostages in Syria Bulgarian bombing of Israelis And yet Teddy Bears in Belarus Most things dissipate - spread of non-interest? Absence of acceleration factors? Also context that event taking place in - superseded by other events? Interesting to understand another dimension of the spread...
Is relativity the only universal truth?
Driving at 80kmph on a Berlin freeway, the cars in front and in the rear view mirror look like they are stationary. Inside the car, everything looks stationary. And yet the rest of the world flashes by. And the whole road itself flies at 1000kmph on the big aping ball we call home. A conversation at a Berlin lounge bar, outside, warm summer’s day. A discussion about reality, and an attempt...
Concept Fidelity - translating idea concepts into...
Yummy wood pulp →
How did we start eating wood pulp / cellulose …
Probabilities are derived
To work out the likelihood of things happening or not happening, we have several methods. The probabilities that emerge are derivatives of the underlying data / observations / system dynamics. We put confidence in probabilities as being somehow ‘real’ - but they are derivative artists.
Looking into resonance & waves →
Facebook creates a desire to physically meet
It is not disembodied, it is connecting. We see people having a great time, and we see invites to events. It is a platform to spread social behaviour, by it’s very nature. So even if individuals might want to be isolated, it has a contrary effect of connecting them, and putting pressure on those individuals to conform with whatever the new social norm is propagating through the overall...
Breakthrough Science - new community & conference
Alternative big scientific breakthroughs, meet, connect with breakthrough investors and marketing / business people Turn into community and conference - series like TEDx brand, design to spread
Our concept of human identity is changing
Identify - before we had strict rules on our naming, we used to have one telephone number, etc Now many people below 20 have at least 2 Facebook profiles - one for parents, one for friends. We have tons of phone numbers (if we travel, swap the SIM cards), e-mail addresses, and accounts for lots of stuff. Our pictures get uploaded before we are even aware they have been taken (at a club, at a...
How Chemicals Change Us (NYTimes.com) + using... →
Consumer boycotts… of targeted food lines, of specific stores. Sure, these substances are in all kinds of things. But, if you want action, actual and threatened boycotts at consumer level is the way to go. Bashing Monsanto will not make a shred of difference. Threatening to stop buying Cambell’s Soup, or Hamburger Helper… that’s how to start things rolling.
"Share Things" - a new encoded rule for humans
Share Things – how to encode a new rule (and a good rule to apply). For example, using the word ‘things’ rather than ‘stuff’, as stuff would imply physical, but things does not. Share is very explicit, and has an implied notion of giving and receiving, while not depriving anyone of ownership or transferring ownership. For use as an example of encoding, plus as a practical...
Editing People - how we 'edit' ourselves
We edit ourselves when we ‘exist” in potentially public setting - our clothes, where we go, drink and food selection… - closer, our conversation topics, the words we choose, what we select to reveal (in response to the crowd, or to an individual) - even closer - what we claim to like, how we express interest, desire, boredom - on a job interview - our...
Possessions and possessiveness
Desire to own things, have them exclusively, also prevent others from having them or having access to them. Also absence of desire to possess things (and people). And sharing - distinct from possession and desire to not possess. Sense of ownership more nuanced, could be communality, could be non-ownership with focus on others Interesting concept in terms of opening relationships - and...
Spread is accelerating
The rate of people following or liking things appears to be accelerating by a 10X factor even in the last 12 months. For example, the YGL group to keep track of who is going to Istanbul hit 60 members in an hour or so. Previously, the YGL group for Mexico took 2 months to hit 120 people (albeit a larger conference). Many examples of how things are scaling faster than before - KONY2012, Likes and...