Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Visualizing the reactive surface area of a network

To get a really good sense of what's going on in complex network interactions, try a visualization that displays "surface area" as a feedback mechanism:
Connectedness: Visualizing organizational change

More at my regular blog, and specifically here where kind of rant a bit more about surface area.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Note to selves: Sub Selves and Super Selves

Both sub- and super- selves have interior and exterior components.

Big-Mind process, or Voice Dialogue gets at the sub-selves from the interior. fMRI recordings while performing various tasks get's at the exterior of sub-selves.

Super selves are those grouping that we belong to. Katrina was a bigger hit to us in the US than was the tsunami. This is a blanket statement and true to different levels for different people. It's not black and white, either.

That's really the point, the boundaries between inner and outer are non-absolute. They are fluidly dynamic, ambiguous and partial.

My family is a super-self. There is a definite inner and an outer, but the fuzziness is noticeable. I have brothers and a sister, some cousins and uncles and aunts. While anthropologists may like to come up with simple formulaic principles that rely on how much DNA we share, it is clear that this is way too simplistic. I have some friends that I generally care about more than some family members.

Physiologically, there is something that happens to pierce the veil of separation between people when someone falls in love (or there can be). The release of oxytocin creates a bond, but that's a very reductionist way of stating it. Another way of viewing it is that the bond is only prevented by a sense of separation that is maintained by a brain-state of me-ness, and oxytocin interrupts that separation, allowing the bond to form.

Bringing in Spiral Dynamics, the more that one is aware of and can express second tier vibrational frequencies, the more that one can modulate this bond between anyone.

[Quick note: I haven't written online about the distinctions between the "center of gravity" conception of stages that I got while studying with Ken Wilber, and the "situational spectrographic chord" model that was more prevalent while studying with Don Beck. I need to say something about that, but this note will do for now.]

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Eternally findable self promotion

Seth asks a great question. I think his answer falls a little short of the next paradigm. De-siloing information needs to be thought of across all the dimensions.

I didn't attend, but I hope Ester Dyson's When 2.0 conference addressed this issue to some degree. Blogs are falling into a streaming meme where older stuff falls off the attention span and into the nether regions only to be recovered by a focused search. Not long tail-ish enough.

Findability. Make your brand your ad, if I could click on an about button for Seth (or he for me), we could find out what is always available, what's coming up (book release, conference appearance, workshop, etc). Then I could even subscribe to this feed, so that I get the bleeding edge Seth experience. This frees up the blogspace to write that related stuff and the "in yo face" promotional stuff can be saved for those lusty souls who crave it.

"Self-promotion. It's just one of the channels available in my media empire. Check it out."

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Lead by getting the hell out of the way

Reading up on the librarians take on this issue gave me pause to think further on the consequences of the shift toward enabling the general population to find any information that is available. After reading this particular entry I added my own perspective, which is as follows:

I would argue that there is a quantum mindshift that is occuring right now, and the biggest bottleneck is the paradigm inside of which we are operating. Paradigms have a very nasty habit of being invisible when viewed from the inside (kind of like dreams; in both cases, it takes a significant amount of mental labor to become aware of the boundaries). I would like to make a couple of observations that may bring the boundary of the current predominant paradigm into focus a bit.

People are outgrowing the need for librarians. Ironically, the job description is morphing into something like: obsolete yourself as quickly and efficiently as possible, and then to reinvent what you do at a higher level. The growing demand for information will no longer make it tolerable to stand in line for information, or to explain my issue to a human being before getting an answer. Roy’s maxim above, that people like to find more than they like to search doens’t even quite go far enough. People like much more than to find. In the same way that searching is just the prerequisite to finding, finding is just the prerequisite to contributing. People ache to contribute, and they are doing so with folksonomies, and wikis, and applications for building applications that will soon do everything from indexing the worlds knowledge to solving unheard of problems (see ning.com).

Our linear solutions for solving large scale problems are no longer agile enough to accomplish the task before us. We are shedding the skin of the current paradigm. The best we can do is to let go of it, and embrace the omniarchy of multi-paradigmatic navigation.

The population is becoming empowered and situated to start making most conventional jobs obsolete. We are used to thinking of people as needing the help of an expert to do make real headway on any significant task. Most hierarchies are set up to concretize the expertise of individuals. These silos are to restrictive for the kind of collaboration that is striving to be born. Rather than looking at division of labor, we should start looking at multiplication of labor. Rather than thinking of ways in which you can more efficiently give people access to your expertise, learn how to hand them your expertise so that you aren’t part of the bottleneck between them and their contribution.

It's been a while since I've seen the bumber sticker that reads "Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way." Perhaps it needs to be updated and brought back. It should now read: "Follow those who lead by getting the hell out of the way."

[Metacomment: I realize that I'm a bit behind the curve here. I just caught up with Brewster Kahle's talk at ITConversations. In it, he mentioned the Googlezon presentation, which I watched. I wanted to know who else was looking at this, so boogied over to del.icio.us to check out the tag, and came upon the LITA Blog. We need to keep an eye out for the librarians, because they are on our side.]

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Unevacuating Houston - How's traffic?

My brother, sister-in-law and his three kids came here on Wednesday in horrific traffic (14 hours for what is normally a three hour trip).

They don't want to fight the same traffic on the way back. Tried to get a sense of what the traffic is like on the web, and couldn't find anything. All the online news sites are talking about missing the worst of the storm in the Houston area, and the flooding in Beaumont and Louisiana.

Finally figured the best source for traffic info might be a news radio station in Houston. Currently streaming from that station.

Here's the current situation. Many areas of Houston still without electricity, so traffic lights are out in many intersections. There is considerable debris, and curiousity has started to get to people who want to get out and rubber-neck the missed disaster.

It is frustrating that eye-witness is really the only way that one can get good info right now.

I hope that this blog helps a bit with the desire to find out how things are going.

Inbound traffic sounds like it is bad coming southbound on I-45 toward Houston. There also is very limited gas available, and the one or two stations that have gas have huge lines. Make sure to gas up early to come back home. Be prepared for gawkers, power-outages and debris. It sounds like most of the streets are navigable, but some people are whizzing through those intersections without traffic lights, so be very alert.

I haven't heard much about east-bound on I-10, or Southwest-bound on Hwy 290. My brother has decided to try 290.

My thought was that, from Austin, he should have headed south on Hwy 183 to Alt-90 eastbound. There will be less traffic coming from the south than the north and west.

That's all for now.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

How to get the most out of SXSW Interactive

Last year's SXSW (2005) was my first. I was absolutely blown away by the immediate relevance of the sessions to pressing issues that I'm passionately interested in. And yet, I left with a sense that something more could have come of it. I want to leave more than wowwed and inspired. I want to leave fully connected and moving forward. If anything is obvious to me about SXSW, it is that this is the place where things get started. Unlike a lot of conferences which may have a nugget or two of useful information that I can't wait to unpack in the privacy of my own office when I get home, SXSW is chock full of people who are putting stuff together as we speak.

But for the beginning attendee, it can be a bit overwhelming. So, here are my suggestions for next year.

1) I would like to see more applications of all of the design talks from last year. Yes, my appetite was whetted! Now give me something to sink my teeth into.

2) Podcast the sessions live or nearly live. How hard can this be? Maybe it is harder than I think, but do it anyway.

3) Someone create a wiki and give a little heads up about how to use the wiki in concert with StumbleUpon and del.icio.us to help foster birds-of-a-feather sessions real-time.

I'll think of more later. Right now, I want to capture this notion that the potential collective intelligence of a SXSW-interactive gathering is just mind-numbingly gargantuan. I think too damned much of this potential is left on the table at the end of each year. Let's not let these oppotunities spoil!

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

What's going on this week.

Cleaning the house. And this little bit of news to a recently new friend:


I've spread myself a little thin on the new contacts front and I'm having a bit of an issue keeping up with everyone. You are definitely someone I don't want to lose track of.

I've just recently started renewing my post activity on my blog (meme-pool.blogspot.com) and on the Integral Naked site (my member ID is dls0 -- initials D L S followed by numeral 0).

As I mentioned earlier, I've also started recording some of my conversations. Need to find a good audio editor to make them passable (as well as checking with the other participant to make sure they are sharable).

I've been listening to more of the dialogs on WIE unbound. If you haven't joined WIE unbound, I think it would be worth the trouble of the 1-month free trial just to download a messload of those. In particular, Brian Swimme (sp?), Howard Bloom, Ray Kurzweil, Susan Blackmore, and Edgar Mitchell come to mind as particularly useful tracks.

I'm interested in connecting with whatever community you frequent, if you are amenable. I've got a Skype request outstanding to you, if that works as well. Have you published anything accessible of late? Recommendations?


With the recognition that Yahoo Groups is not perfect for accomplishing the desired result of a functional community of like-minded people, I want to create a community to figure out how to create a better community, and I'll bootstrap it with, what else? A yahoo group!

Private list by subscription to maintain coherence of the group. If you choose to subscribe, do please submit a blurb in the space provided giving me some kind of idea of why you want to join and where you heard about it (eg. meme-pool blog, etc.).

- David