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Category Archives: Emergence

The Social Design of Value, Part 2: Sovereignty, Constitution and Language

The social design of value is a kind of design that I think is enabled by emerging Internet technologies. I think that these technologies are introducing new mechanisms that make certain kinds of social design both possible and practical. Social design as a phenomenon, however, is not new.
Thee examples of social designs that significantly predate [...]

The Social Design of Value, Part 1

I have been thinking about the social production of knowledge and institutions for a long time. It was a central theme of my Ph.D. research more than a decade ago and has continued to interest me as I have engaged with open source as a model for collaboration and in thinking about the social dynamics [...]

Overlap O7 video site is live!

This past June, I (along with Robin Uchida) organized the second year of Overlap, an intimate conference that explores new methods of innovation at the intersection of business and design. Overlap was started by Victor Lombardi and Jess McMullin and was first held at Asilomar in Monterey, California. Overlap 07 was held just North of [...]

The Parkour Strategy

Parkour was developed in France and has been the subject of numerous stories (see the April 16, 2007 issue New Yorker for one of the latest), at least 2 documentaries, and has been used as “action” in both broadcast advertising (Nike) and in film (the last 007 film, Casino Royale). Onetime pals David Belle and [...]

Bloggerea: A thought about avid blogging

I recently stumbled on a great post by Rohan Jayasekera, in which he asserts that “Blogging infrequently is a feature, not a bug“. After catching my breath at the novelty of the assertion, I started thinking about the two reasons it resonated so strongly. The first was that it validated my own practice, so pretty [...]

In Praise of Conformity

It occurs to me that people fundamentally misunderstand the popularity of so-called “social networking” sites. Whether these are either social or networks in the most robust or interesting senses is worthy of closer examination, but a popular form of dismissal of these sites and the phenomena they represent (or capture) is that they are outlets [...]

Steal This Film

Please run, don’t walk or rather: click, click, click your way to download and watch Steal This Film.
I just came across this excellent documentary produced in the late summer of last year, shortly after the police in Sweden raided the premises which hosted the Bit Torrent tracker site The Pirate Bay. Though it is certainly [...]

Web 2.0 Summit, Day Three

Rather than give a blow by blow, as I have on previous days, in this post I’ll note some of the highlights of the last day of the conference and try to provide a couple of sense-making thoughts about what was and wasn’t said over the past three days. The Web 2.0 is definitely a [...]

Web 2.0 Summit, Day Two

The report today will be much more a briefing. Today’s seesions start in 20 minutes, so I don’t have as much time today.
Jess Bezos kicked off the day, introducing Amazon’s new web services offering. He made it clear that this is not an add-on business, but part of Amazon’s core capability whch they are pushing [...]

Web 2.0 Summit, Day One

The first day at the Web 2.0 Summit was an interesting one. The programm was a series of 1 hour-ish “workshops” that ran from 8.30 to 3.30. These (at least the ones I attended) were really panel discussions with brief Q & A’s.
John Battelle, the event’s co-host (with Tim O’Reilly), chaired the session on Marketing: [...]