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If you’re 18 right now, you think you invented... - Austin Kleon
[For the record…

1. I like mood boards.
2. This *and* that. There is room for and beauty in both naivité and knowing.
3. I lean Bill Cunningham on this.
4. I also like remix culture.
5. We all are, have been, and will be belated. ]

If you’re 18 right now, you think you invented platform shoes. You think you’re doing something new. You think you’ve invented something so ugly that it’s beautiful. When we were young, we knew things. We knew basic history, even as it related to fashion. Now, when something reappears, an 18 year old has no clue that it’s a revival. Despite the fact that they’re almost always online they don’t get references. I think that’s part of why visual things are becoming so derivative. Designers now, they all have these things called mood boards. I suppose they think a sense of discovery equals invention. It would be as if every writer had a board with paragraphs of other writers—’Oh, I’ll take a little bit of this, and that, he was really good.’ Yes, he was really good! And that is not a mood board, it is a stealing board.

— Fran Lebowitz being delightfully cranky. (As for the stealing board, good idea, I think Phil Pullman would call that “reading.”) Like she says in her Paris Review interview, “I wouldn’t say that I dislike the young. I’m simply not a fan of naïveté.” Fun to compare with Bill Cunningham, who has 20 years on her, on seeing a youthful art show: “It gave me the greatest hope for our civilization.” I liked later in the interview, where she makes fun of young people for having a good relationship with their parents. (“Our parents weren’t our friends. They disapproved of us.”) Reminded me of Stafford Beer: “If we can understand our children, we’re all screwed.”"
austinkleon  franlebowitz  youth  philippullman  billcunningham  2015  staffordbeer  children  generations  naivité  parenting  hope  moddboards  derivation  design  remixing  remixculture  culture  history  discovery  invention  belatedness 
march 2015 by robertogreco
Journal of W. Ross Ashby
"while a 24 year old medical student…Ross [Ashby] started writing a journal…44 years later, his journal had 7,400 pages, in 25 volumes…

…digitally restored images of all 7,400 pages & 1,600 index cards are available on this web site in various views, with extensive cross-linking that is based on the keywords in Ross's original alphabetical index…

The user interface has been made as intuitive as possible, with links and pop-up information attached to everything that stood still long enough…

To browse Ross's Journal, you can perform any of the following:

1. Select a volume from the Bookshelf.
2. View the 14½ subject categories in the Other Index.
3. Browse through the 678 keywords in the alphabetical Index.
4. Enter a page number between 1 and 7189 here: then press Enter.
5. If you are looking for journal entries around a particular date use the Timeline.
6. You could read the 2,300 transcribed journal entry Summaries.
7. Throw caution to the wind, and jump to a Random page."
information  indexcards  timelines  indexes  cybernetics  systemstheory  systems  staffordbeer  toaspireto  iamnotworthy  journals  notebooks  notetaking  notes  rossashby 
may 2012 by robertogreco
What happens next? « Prospect Magazine
"The revolutions of the future will appear in forms we don’t even recognise—in a language we can’t read. We will be looking out for twists on the old themes but not noticing that there are whole new conversations taking place. Just imagine if all the things about which we now get so heated meant nothing to those who follow us—as mysteriously irrelevant as the nuanced distinctions between anarcho-syndicalism and communist anarchism. At least we can hope for that. As the cybernetician Stafford Beer once said to me: “If we can understand our children, we’re all screwed.” So revel in your mystification and read it as a sign of a healthy future. Whatever happens next, it won’t be what you expected. If it is what you expected, it isn’t what’s happening next."
technology  culture  future  facebook  music  brianeno  generations  predictions  futures  staffordbeer 
december 2010 by robertogreco
Project Cybersyn: Chile 2.0 in 1973 | iRevolution
"I had never heard of this project but Eden’s talk made we want to cancel all my weekend plans and read her dissertation from MIT, which I’m literally downloading as I type this. If you’d like an abridged version, I’d recommend reading her peer-reviewed article which won the 2007 IEEE Life Member’s Prize in Electrical History: “Designing Freedom, Regulating a Nation: Socialist Cybernetics in Allende’s Chile” (PDF)."
chile  cybernetics  surveillance  cybersyn  economics  internet  it  history  staffordbeer  edenmedina 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Eden Medina: Designing Freedom, Regulating a Nation : Socialist Cybernetics in Allende’s Chile [.pdf]
"This article presents a history of ‘ Project Cybersyn ’, an early computer network developed in Chile during the socialist presidency of Salvador Allende (1970–1973) to regulate the growing social property area and manage the transition of Chile’s economy from capitalism to socialism. Under the guidance of British cybernetician Stafford Beer, often lauded as the ‘ father of management cybernetics’, an interdisciplinary Chilean team designed cybernetic models of factories within the nationalised sector and created a network for the rapid transmission of economic data between the government and the factory floor. The article describes the construction of this unorthodox system, examines how its structure reflected the socialist ideology of the Allende government, and documents the contributions of this technology to the Allende administration."
chile  cybersyn  cybernetics  history  staffordbeer  edenmedina  filetype:pdf  media:document 
august 2010 by robertogreco
On systems, and what they do « Adam Greenfield’s Speedbird
"remember that pushers of “death panel” shibboleth, like all those who came before them & all who will follow...are playing a different game. & feeling the imminent threat to their bottom line, they’re playing for keeps. If we want to regain control of the national discourse – if we feel & believe in bottom of our souls that every American deserves to live free from fear that an unexpected injury or illness will bankrupt them + damage their health, just like citizens of every other developed nation on the planet –we can’t simply huff indignantly. The “At long last, sir, have you left no sense of decency?” card worked once, but it was played in a different context & century...Stafford Beer famously said that “the purpose of a system is what it does.”...the purpose of the American system is what we’re taught it is: to safeguard each citizen’s inalienable right to life, liberty & pursuit of happiness. But that is not nearly what the system is doing right’s up to us to fix it."
adamgreenfield  us  healthcare  systems  cybersyn  chile  policy  staffordbeer  salvadorallende  networks  data  poverty  culture  politics  control  information  health  autonomy  agency  medicine  2009  barackobama 
august 2009 by robertogreco
La Historia del Proyecto Cybersyn: cuando Chile fue pionero de las redes mundiales
"Les presentamos la historia de Cybersyn, una experiencia pionera a nivel mundial sobre el uso de las redes de manera integral en un país, y del cual hoy se están sacando valiosas lecciones alrededor del mundo."
cybersyn  chile  technology  staffordbeer  history  economics  politics  salvadorallende  socialism  internet  management  networks  networking 
may 2008 by robertogreco
1971 Socialist Internet In Chile - Chileno, Chile Travel Blog, Life in Santiago
"A Chilean who was watching...with me was bowled over by the sense of solidarity they displayed, the timbre in their voices, the idealistic glint in their eyes...amazed that people from her country could ever show so much enthusiasm for a common cause"
chile  history  change  economics  politics  coup  golpedeestado  pinochet  salvadorallende  cybersyn  staffordbeer 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Andy Beckett: The forgotten story of Chile's 'socialist internet' | Technology | The Guardian
"Cybersyn and Stafford's subsequent, more esoteric inventions live on in obscure socialist websites and, more surprisingly, modern business school teachings about the importance of economic information and informal working practices."
chile  cybersyn  internet  history  cybernetics  management  networking  socialmedia  utopia  salvadorallende  via:preoccupations  technology  staffordbeer  socialism 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Before ’73 Coup, Chile Tried to Find the Right Software for Socialism - New York Times
"An imposing man with a long gray-flecked beard, Mr. Beer was a college dropout who challenged the young Chileans with tough questions. He shared his love for writing poetry and painting, and brought books and classical music from Europe."
chile  history  technology  staffordbeer  cybersyn  salvadorallende  socialism  dropouts  unschooling  internet  cybernetics  management  networking  socialmedia  utopia  via:preoccupations  coup 
march 2008 by robertogreco
wrapping up 2007 (28 December 2007, Interconnected)
"Stafford Beer in his book Platform for Change. Beer talks about social institutions such as 'schooling,'... These are self-organising and self-regulating systems. As their environment changes, how do they not collapse? How are they not sensitive to shock?

Beer says that an ultrastable social institution will do one of three things in response to change:

1. It will change internally and still survive (I guess this is like scouting or soccer, both institutions that have changed minimally).

2. The institution's internal form will change, but its relationships to other institutions will remain. Perhaps this is like prisons, which have the same relationship to the population, police, courts and government... but operate internally very differently.

3. Dramatic change occurs. This makes me think of the Church: it has changed enormously internally and in its external relations over the last millennium, yet it's still the Church."
semanticweb  socialsoftware  markets  structures  mattwebb  lcproject  marketing  gamechanging  social  web2.0  trends  thinking  theory  technology  groups  future  organizations  simplicity  coding  science  computers  systems  collapse  institutions  society  change  reform  deschooling  staffordbeer  complexity  environment  evolution  flocking  cars  transportation  rfid  gps  physics  astronomy  astrophysics  nanotechnology  ultrastablesystems  progress  phenotropics  search  microformats  patterns  drugs  advertising  browser  web  internet  thermodynamics  freemarkets  capitalism  behavior  economics  modeling  identity  reputation  sharing  networks  networking  socialnetworks  socialnetworking  self  human  memory  forgetting  play  flickr  webdev  development  webdesign  experience  ux  flow  iphoto  interaction  design  radio  typologies  words  motivation  risk  abstraction  schooling  schools  2007  browsers 
december 2007 by robertogreco

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