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Stowe Boyd — However problematically the notion of...
"However problematically the notion of “responsibility” has been reappropriated for neoliberal purposes, the concept remains a crucial feature of the critique of accelerating inequality. In the neoliberal morality, each of us is only responsible for ourselves, and not for others, and that responsibility is first and foremost a responsibility to become economically self-sufficient under conditions when self-sufficiency is structurally undermined. Those who cannot afford to pay for health care constitute but one version of a population deemed disposable. And all those who see the increasing gap between rich and poor, who understand themselves to have lost several forms of security and promise, they also understand themselves as abandoned by a government and a political economy that clearly augments wealth for the very few at the expense of the general population. So when people amass on the street, one implication seems clear: they are still here and still there; they persist; they assemble, and so manifest the understanding that their situation is shared, or the beginning of such an understanding. And even when they are not speaking or do not present a set of negotiable demands, the call for justice is being enacted: the bodies assembled “say” “we are not disposable,” whether or not they are using words at the moment; what they say, as it were, is “we are still here, persisting, demanding greater justice, a release from precarity, a possibility of a livable life."
Judith Butler, Notes Toward a Peformative Theory of Assembly (p. 25)

"The Human Spring is coming, I predict 2023. The time when we, the people, actually understand our situation is shared.

Because of the nature of things in the post-everything, postnormal era, we will have to rely on fluidarity – cooperative action around a small set of core issues – rather than the historical solidarity – collective action around a comprehensive platform – but if it is the right 4 or five things, that will be enough."
judithbutler  stoweboyd  neoliberalism  economics  democracy  inequality  justice  socialjustice  precarity  healthcare  health  change  evolution  solidarity  collectivism  care  caring  morality  persistence  assembly 
april 2018 by robertogreco
Deep Culture: A New Way of Work — Work Futures — Medium
"I will be keynoting at the Social Now conference on 21 April 2015 in Amsterdam. The topic is the theme of the book I am writing, Deep Culture: A New Way of Work.
The future attitude to work is to question all assumptions, and only retain what works, what adds to the mix, and what opens options. This is why autonomy, purpose, and the regard of those you respect will become the first theorems of a new logic in business: not because it sounds good when trying to hire people, but because it works, and because the legacy, shallow culture left over from the last century has led to the highest levels of disengagement since we started to pay attention. — Stowe Boyd

I intend to explore a number of contradictions that define the new way of work emerging today, which I am calling deep culture. For example, deep work culture is based on embracing dissent, not slavishly pursuing consensus. It embraces widespread democracy, and rejects oligarchic control of the many by the few. Deep culture is based on distributed and emergent leadership, where any and all can step forward to lead when it makes sense, instead of leadership being limited to an elite caste of managers.

The changing nature of work is happening so fast and we are so close to it that we have a hard time seeing what’s different, or to abstract the new principles that underlie the new practices. I hope to tease some of those out, and to treat them as a new set of requirements for work technologies of the next five or so years."

[via: "So what do you think @stoweboyd’s deep culture of work mean for k12 edu "

replied: “@Braddo @stoweboyd Great question. Maybe moving from ~Monopoly to ~Calvin Ball / Nomic ( )? * ”

*referencing: “often the case ☛ school : learning :: finite game: infinite game*

*defined: …”

""A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play."
Finite & Infinite Games
Carse" ]
stoweboyd  work  autonomy  howwework  deepculture  change  2015  via:braddo  purpose  democracy  horizontality  dissent  consensus  control  leadership  emergent  management  administration  nomic  infinitegames  finitegames  jamescarse 
march 2015 by robertogreco
Stowe Boyd — Twitter's New Favorite: I Want Groupings, Instead
"The reason this feels odd is that it breaks the convention we’re used to, and replaces it with something that doesn’t follow network connections. If Twitter changed the rule so that all my followers would see my favorites it would follow the retweet model. But in that case, why have both retweet and favorite?

The new model is a popularity-oriented approach, but what about something more semantic? What if twitter allowed us to tag ourselves in our profiles, and then would direct tweets to us that matched our preferences? This is the concept of groupings, or Chris Messina’s Channels concept, inverted (see Hash Tags = Twitter Groupings). A grouping is a collection of people related through the use of a tag. You don’t get invited to a grouping, like a group: you invite yourself by tagging.

So when someone in my social scene (like friend of a friend) tags a tweet with #postnormal or #hashtags I would see that in my feed, because I am a member of the #postnormal and #hashtags groupings.

Of course, Twitter could simply develop the new favorite algorithm in a way that does the same as self-tagging and groupings would. I’d be happy with that."
stoweboyd  twitter  groupings  favorites  favoriting  farhadmanjoo  channels  2014  hashtags  faving 
august 2014 by robertogreco
The Emerging Foundation For The Future Of Work ... | Stowe Boyd
"The charts say it all. We are in a smartphone world, and it will change everything from top to bottom, and those impacts are only being hinted at, with the first changes showing up in the decline of the old ways: PC sales and desktop software sales, including use of web-based apps that are designed for browser use. We are starting to see the rise of the new ways, like the explosion of phone-friendly messaging apps, for personal and work use.

There is a revolution about to happen, a new era of computing based on increasingly powerful smartphones, ubiquitous connectivity, and context-driven apps that leverage the information latent in our actions and connections. 

Expect that 50% of existing enterprise software companies will not be able to make this transition, despite being well-capitalized and running on millions of computers. At least half of the winners in the next 10 years will be startups, many that don’t exist yet.

Context-driven cooperative work tools on smartphones is the emerging foundation for the future of work."
stoweboyd  technology  smartphones  mobile  phones  2014  howwework  howwelearn  cooperation  benedictevans  cooperativework 
may 2014 by robertogreco
Dreaming about the future is bad for your career — Gigaom Research
"Dan goes on to make this a cautionary tale for business leaders. But I believe the issue isn’t just managers and leaders: it’s everybody. People are afraid of creativity in general, and especially in times of stress, where traditional approaches to problem are strongly favored, even when they don’t work.

And creative people are uniformly considered unsuitable leaders unless they couple that with high degrees of charisma, as I detailed in The cultural bias against creatives as leaders. In fact, this bias has been suggested as the root cause of why so many leaders fail, and why groups seem to resist change. We continue to select for leaders that are uncreative, who strongly favor tradition over innovation, and who inspire a culture that follows that lead.

The answer? Alas, I am not sure that there is one. Being a dreamer may be something like ‘following your passion’. As Cal Newport has observed, following your passion may be terrible job advice."

"So, before you can get a job where you get to dream about the future, you need to sharpen your skills and share a lot of dreams that matter to others. Share your dreams, hone them, but don’t be surprised if you are sidelined because of them. You may need to intentionally take on the techniques of charisma to be considered a leader if you lead with ideas instead of traditionalism.

Sagan is right, that we rely on those who can imagine new worlds, devices, tools, or practices, but many of those dreamers pay a high price, and many of those dreams never see the light of day."

[Update: see also:

"Here’s a working hypothesis:
The organizations that most need change agents probably are the least likely to hire them because change agents typically make people with non-change orientations scared or nervous. If the people within were already oriented toward change and innovation, their organizations wouldn’t be the ones in the most need of change agents.

So a change- and innovation-oriented job candidate has a steep uphill battle to get considered and hired. The challenge is how to get people on hiring committees in non-change-oriented institutions to recognize the value of hiring for innovation, not replication…

Got any thoughts on this?"]
leadership  creativity  charisma  2014  bias  passion  cv  stoweboyd  carlsagan  danpontefract  calnewport  values  administration  management  careers  scottmccleod  schools  changeagents  change  hiring 
march 2014 by robertogreco
The Fall of Collaboration, The Rise of Cooperation
"Time to Retire Collaboration

The term "collaboration" has been so stretched by its use in dozens of very different apps and disciplines that we should retire the term, and a bunch of the tired thinking that is bound up with it. What does it mean, anyway? "Working together." So let’s just call them "work tools," and if we want to focus on the technology side, "work tech."

Consider the old school notions of business process, where the entire chain of work activities is mapped out by experts looking across many disciplines, with all the rules baked in, and everyone must be taught how to perform their roles and what degree of flex is allowed within the painted lines: that notion is being fractured. Things are changing too fast to devise a collection of end-to-end, top-down, totally designed business processes. Besides, anything that can be programmed is being handed off to algorithms, and the rest is left to humans to invent. Today, people are not blindly following rote instructions, but instead they reapply general principles to specific situations: they are not blindly stamping out license plates, or following a script.

The future of "process" in this new world of work is a general understanding of how work might be passed around, and which applications might be employed at different parts of a value chain. So the process involves people deciding how to do things after looking at guidelines. This decision making may involve tools cobbled together, through connections managed by infrastructure that may work like IFTTT (If This Then That), a service that supports transferring information from one app's API to another’s. In this way a company has structured the first stage of job applications as a file containing a resume being placed in a specific Dropbox folder, which initiates the creation of a task in Trello, and the automatic placement into the company’s Job Applications task list. What happens downstream of that would be up to the person who pulled that task to work on it. So instead of a big, totally defined and inflexible process we see a loose collection of smaller activities cascading along, with the eventual outcome not ordained by well defined rules, but instead determined by the individual decisions of those doing the work.

This change is already showing up in the most advanced technology firms, where lean approaches to software development have reflected back into thinking about lean organizations in general. For example, Asana’s "leanership" has built an organization of peers, not just a flat hierarchy. And similar changes are going on at Yammer, GitHub, Medium and other leading tech firms. That is where we will see the rise of cooperative work tech at the core of the new way of work."
collaboration  cooperation  hierarchies  hierarchy  horizontality  open  stoweboyd  2014  process  tools  ifttt  dropbox  flexibility  autonomy  yammer  github  medium  asana 
march 2014 by robertogreco
Start Ups Will Not Save Us: Unflattening The World | Underpaid Genius
"The Flat World Friedman at first advocated, & which he now treats like gravity—a force of nature outside our control—is a choice…a set of policies designed to benefit multinational corporations. Globalization is more politely refer to as free trade, which is where multinationals convince governments to drop trade barriers so that they—corporatists—are free to move their capital around & invest it in ways that amass the greatest amount in their hands. This means that in the US, corporations can avoid taxes, unions, environmental regulations, & active oppostion to their policies by locating manufacturing & other facilities in countries w/ lower pay & less controls.

Free trade has also come along w/ Devil’s bargain in the US, too, where states take on more the look-and-feel of third world nations by advertising themselves as ‘right to work’ states, which means that they have made union activities more difficult. Consider…Boeing planning to move jobs from WA to South Carolina."
stoweboyd  thomasfriedman  freetrade  us  economics  policy  corporatism  2011  southcarolina  washingtonstate  boeing  samueljohnson  andygrove  startups  jobs  employment  work  globalization  progressives  politics  manufacturing 
september 2011 by robertogreco
Can you remember the last time you felt a national... | Underpaid Genius
[Don't fully agree with all that Boyd writes here, not Friedman for that matter, but this is good.]

"We have a culture where individualism has become so pathological that we cannot heap up our collective experience as victims and craft it into solidarity. As Steinbeck said, ‘Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires’, which is why so many poor people in America vote for the GOP: they identify with the rich, even though the rich are screwing them over.

But a sufficient dose of austerity — once the street lights are turned off, school class size grows to 50+ because of layoffs, and cities and town cannot afford to rebuild streets after floods and fires — that might start to mobilize people."
stoweboyd  us  society  socialism  greatrecession  austerity  thomasfriedman  2011  economics  policy  politics  individualism 
september 2011 by robertogreco
Stowe Boyd - Creativity Increased By Multitasking
"I love stories that debunk conventional wisdom, especially cobwebby corporate wish fulfillment. In this case, a wholesale frontal assault on creativity training: Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman, Forget Brainstorming ...[long quote]... Bronson & Merryman do go on to make some concrete recommendations & observations:

Physical activity loosens up creativity muscles.
Throw away the suggestion box: it’s demotivating.
Don’t watch TV.
‘Do something only you would come up with — that none of your friends and family’ — and co-workers — ‘would come up with.’ - Mark Runco
But the one I found most compelling is that multitasking seems to support creativity:

Take a break.

Those who study multi-tasking report that you can’t work on two projects simultaneously, but the dynamic is different when you have more than one creative project to complete. In that situation, more projects get completed on time when you allow yourself to switch between them if solutions don’t come immediately. This corroborates surveys showing that professors who set papers aside to incubate ultimately publish more papers. Similarly, preeminent mathematicians usually work on more than one proof at a time.

Perhaps my bias toward multitasking is based on the nature of the work I do, and that I think is central to most professionals: it’s creative work. So putting something down when you have come to a halt, and turning your mind to something else for a while actually increases our capacity for creative thought.

Again, proof that we aren’t chairs, we are people."
stoweboyd  multitasking  creativity  howwework  process  tv  television  suggestions  suggestionboxes  markrunco 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Stowe Boyd — The War On Flow
"So, it’s a culture war, and Brooks joins Nick Carr, Andrew Keen, and a long list of others who say that what we are doing on the web is immoral, illegitimate, and immature. They are threatened by the change in values that seems to accompany deep involvement in web culture, a change that diminishes much of what Brooks holds up for our regard in his piece. I don’t mean the specific authors he may have been alluding to — although he names none but Carr — but rather a supposed hierarchical structure of western culture, which is reflected in the literary niche is supports.
books  culture  flow  literacy  reading  web  internet  elitism  hierarchy  davidbrooks  stoweboyd  nicholascarr  andrewkeen  multitasking  online 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Underpaid Genius — The Downside Of Diversity: Decreased Social Cohesion?
"The perception of ‘otherness’ will break down the basis of social cohesion and the possibilities of social capital formation." [Exactly. This is why we need to be careful about how we teach. It is important to celebrate differences, but we must not forget to also point out our sameness.]
policy  otherness  differences  immigration  stoweboyd  tcsnmy  ethnicity  origins  multiculturalism  teaching  schools  education  socialsafetynet  diversity  socialcohesion 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Stowe Boyd - /message - DeTumblrized, ReTwitterated
"So, I have had a massive few weeks, and one thing I have learned as a life lesson is that when things get hard, the things you stop doing are the least central to your core."
stoweboyd  bookmarking  tumblr  twitter  time  pruning  web  online  priorities  simplicity 
march 2010 by robertogreco
Stowe Boyd - /message - Why Closed Works: Moving Past Steampunk Thinking About The Future Of Computing
"I know there are a lot of techies out there that idealize a hypothetical future that's a kind of steampunk mixture: amazing new functionality -- like full augmented reality, digital currencies, and crowdsourced sousveillance -- but somehow all strapped to the back of operating environments they are comfortable with, like Linux and the desktop-oriented user experiences of the '90s. Sorry, folks. No steam-powered rockets to Mars in this episode.
ux  ui  touch  ipad  stoweboyd  closed  open  steampunk 
february 2010 by robertogreco
In Full Flow | Blending work and life – stories of a wired tribe [Education videos]
"During the Reboot conference I collected some stories on education, and since the way we’re taught in school has so much influence on our lives after school, aka work-life, I thought I’d share these stories right here as a side topic of In Full Flow." [from the intro: ] See Euan Semple and Andy Boyd to start.
education  unschooling  deschooling  schooling  schools  learning  opinion  comments  euansemple  stoweboyd  andyboyd  elminewijnia  work  life  homeschool  alternative  montessori  leebryant  flemmingfunch  jonathanmarks  peterrukavina  henrietteweber  lcproject  tcsnmy  interviews 
august 2009 by robertogreco
/Message: JP Rangaswami on Continuous Partial Asymmetry
"One of the unstated reasons for the decrease in participation costs ... is the shift from the email inbox -- where the user is consigned to being a file clerk, archiving, & foldering -- and the shift to streaming clients that power users of twitter invariably use. In the streaming client apps, messaging drift by, & fall off the edge. If I want to look, I look; if I want to reply, I reply; in either case, after a while the message falls off the time horizon supported by the tool, & then it is gone, archived in the cloud somewhere, but out of the temporal horizon supported by the tool. ... This pattern drives the cognitive & productivity shifts that streaming tools engender in us & our modes of interaction. This is again that flow state of mind, the flow mode of operation that will soon be the norm. And the premises of asymmetric relationships & tools, & the ubiquity of that model of social interaction are a foundation of this shift we are undergoing, collectively & individually."

[as quoted by David Smith]

[see also: AND ]
via:preoccupations  continuouspartialasymmetry  twitter  flow  attention  email  glancing  communication  microblogging  stoweboyd  etiquette 
december 2008 by robertogreco
What does design mean to you? - Core77
"Matt Balara interviewed eleven "smart people" at Reboot10 in Copenhagen, Denmark, asking the same question: what does design mean to you?"
design  definitions  julianbleecker  howardrheingold  stoweboyd 
august 2008 by robertogreco
/Message: The New Literacy and The Enemies Of The Future [see also:]
"We are moving away from sustained, linear, focused concentration as our principal mode of reasoning. Note the implicit and unstated message: reasoning should principally be a solitary pursuit, not a social one."
literacy  internet  attention  reading  gamechanging  children  youth  teens  web  online  social  concentration  collaborative  culture  interactive  learning  reasoning  stoweboyd  via:hrheingold  technology  generations  cognition  teaching  im  facebook  education  lcproject 
july 2008 by robertogreco
/Message: Web Culture And The New Ethos Of Work [From Enterprise 2.0 June 2008]
"What we will have once this wave of web innovation has been stewing for a few years is something better than we are leaving behind. A more caring, creative, and healthier world, where people are more engaged locally but concerned and involved globally."
attention  culture  enterprise2.0  stoweboyd  socialmedia  via:preoccupations  web  work  time  reading  social  flow  continuouspartialattention  participatory  politics  focus  glocalism  future  religion  environment  sustainability  media  hierarchy  networks  collaboration  collaborative  productivity  blogging  microblogging  facebook  twitter  organizations  leadership  management  administration  education  schooling  schools  schooldesign  business  gamechanging 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Beyond Blogs: The Conversation Has Moved Into The Flow | Beyond the Beyond from
"Well, I'd much rather read Stowe Boyd's blog than read Stowe Boyd's Twitter stream... If blogging is like being beaten to death with croutons, twittering is like being eaten away by a sandstorm."
brucesterling  stoweboyd  lifestreams  blods  twitter  microblogging  flow  conversation  online  internet  social  context 
march 2008 by robertogreco
/Message: Christine Rosen on Virtual Friendships And The New Narcissism
"It may seem to be less, since it is partial, but the reality is that all friendship is discontinuous, even the realest of meatworld relationships. It is a matter only of scale. And I maintain that it is these tools that will allow us to scale friendship
narcissism  ambientintimacy  continuouspartialfriendship  friendship  online  internet  socialnetworking  socialnetworks  society  relationships  authenticity  teens  networking  networks  web  identity  emotion  culture  community  facebook  myspace  self  technology  privacy  stoweboyd 
october 2007 by robertogreco
/Message: Stephanie Booth on Too Many People
"We have to look to the tool makers to build in safeguards that promote human scale, that keep controls in our hands, that provide greater and greater nuance in online relationships. Otherwise, burnout, backlash, and bail-out is inevitable."
socialnetworks  socialsoftware  networking  dunbar  networks  online  facebook  scale  human  relationships  burnout  stoweboyd 
october 2007 by robertogreco
/Message: Alienation Increases With Loosening Of Social Norms
"Teaching is politics. We need to wrest the education of our children, our inheritors, from the hands of mad men. We can continue to drive our children crazy, with alienation and ADD, or we can rethink growing up."
education  flow  teaching  parenting  etiquette  society  technology  communication  social  psychology  alienation  change  reform  schools  shyness  introversion  childhood  stoweboyd  intorverts 
september 2007 by robertogreco

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