I’m experimenting with my blogs. I used to bundle them all together under one heading. Now I’m starting to experiment with different styles of posts. It may be a bit muddled at first  as I see what tends to emerge.

“Connections” were the blogs I started writing – i.e. posts on whatever I was thinking about at the time. They were to share connections between people, organisations and ideas.

“Jottings”  are notes to myself, that are mixture of journal,”to-do”list and “could-do”list. The first one was a mix of journal and open letter. I’ll make a clearer distinction in future.


“The Exponential Leap”and #XH2027

The Exponential Leap (also known simply as “The Leap”) is due to be launched on September 18th 2027 as part of the Exponentially Human Twenty Twenty-Seven celebrations.

What is “The Leap” for?

The Leap is a new kind of map that will help people find their way in an unfamiliar world. It doesn’t take much imagination to believe that the world we’ll be living in by 2027 will be different to the world we know now. Some things will remain as they are, but others will be radically different. In some ways getting from 2017 to 2027 will be like taking a short journey in a rather slow, time machine. Imagine setting off now and arriving in a familiar place which is ten years in the future, then getting out of your time machine and looking around. So much is unexpected. People are going in new directions. Familiar paths suddenly lead no-where. Many of the ways of doing things seem to have changed.

When you are somewhere unfamiliar it helps to have a map.  With a shared map it’s easier to talk about “where we are now”, what knowledge and resources we can draw on, and what we most urgently need to explore if we are to thrive in our new situation. As we explore we get to meet other people who have arrived from different directions. Together we can add to our individual and shared knowledge of the territory.

Any date could have been chosen for the launch of The Leap – but 18th September 2027 happens to be the date of the XH2027 party – so it’s a good time for it. In fact The Leap will be developed in open and collaborative ways, starting with some work on Federated Wiki. It will be possible to dip into it (and contribute to it) from now up until the launch date. 17th September 2027 has been chosen as the cut-off date for contributions to give the techies a chance to sort out last minute glitches before the official launch.

The technology and presentation

Obviously it’s a while until the launch date of The Leap, and by 2027 things will have moved on regarding Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, global connectivity and other technicalities. Think of The Leap as a mixture of online meeting place and immersive experience.

The Leap will be the closest anyone has come to the holodeck of Star Trek – but exactly how close that will be we’ll find out at the time. This collection of addictive video games and this up to date immersive experience website show us where we are now. Imagine another ten years of development.

Artificial Intelligence will mean that it is easy to retrieve particular elements of archived materials that are most appropriate to the individual needs and interests of people using The Leap.

Regarding hardware we can expect developments that are difficult for most of us to imagine now. However we do know how leading-edge PCs came to seem clunky as they gave way to laptops, tablets and smart phones, how video phones were once a futuristic dream and are now a mixed-blessing reality, and we know how quickly it all happened.

Regarding connectivity you would need to be very young to have seen no changes during your lifetime. I can remember back when international telephone calls were prohibitively expensive and my globe-trotting brother told me to download Skype so we could use our computers to chat with each other from all over the place. I found it hard to imagine before I used it. A few years later I was taking it for granted that I could attend meetings at a distance and dip in and out of audio-visual conversations with people thousands of miles away as conveniently and naturally as I do with people face-to-face. I imagine that by 2027 the difference between at-a-distance and face-to-face will have shrunk further and various elements of Virtual Reality and immersive experiences will have been added to what we currently use.

Using this new “map”

Using The Leap will be a way for us to explore unfamiliar parts of our 2027 world.

The Leap will help us to find our individual paths and understand the different ways people arrived at their 2027 situations. As we explore the routes we’ll come across information and experiences that have been created from archived materials. The information will have been collected up between 2017 and 2027 and then offered to us as state-of-the art immersive experiences (or in any other digital form we choose). As we use The Leap to explore our chosen pathways we can decide to sometimes meet with real people who are also exploring the same space. It will be like meeting at a crossroads and swapping notes to help decide which way to go. We will have arrived from different directions, often from different cultures.  When we meet we can get insights from each other. We can share perspectives and experiences from across the globe, enhanced by immersive experiences of each other’s realities.

In 2027 we’ll be more connected globally and we’ll need to think together and, given the problems we are likely to be facing then, we’ll need to collaborate more effectively on a global scale than we have done in the past. We’ll need to develop our abilities to see things from multiple perspectives. The Leap will expand and accelerate our ability to do so. It will be a leap forward for person-to-person understanding and collaboration. Overviews, connections and detailed “local knowledge” will become available to us in powerful new ways.  The Leap will make it easier to act together on a massive scale with insight and co-creative power, assisting our sense-making, decision-taking and adaptation to whatever life is like in 2027. It is to be hoped that it will also serve as an anti-dote to “Otherness” and “Them-and-Us” thinking.

The content

The Leap will map the dramatic upheavals (financial, social, technical, political and more) that will be experienced over the next ten years as individuals and institutions adapt to a tsunami of technical change, our networked planet, and the crunch points of extreme weather conditions and other impacts of our species on the planet. It will help people to understand deep systemic changes from mega and micro perspectives, and to relate their own experience to the bigger picture.

Fact or fiction

The Leap began as fiction but is becoming fact. The idea of The Leap came out of a chapter I wrote for a book called 50:50 – Scenarios for the Next 50 Years. For more about the book see call for chapters – sent out late 2016. Since I first had the idea I’ve become more aware of work that people are doing on the different elements that can come together to make The Leap a reality and how my own work is also contributing to its practical development. it will exist in some form. How close the fact comes to the most technically ambitious parts of the fiction by 2027 will depend on who chooses to get involved.

Nov 09, 2017 by pamela | Categories: Connections, People and Action | Tags: , ,

Interest areas present and future #dadamac #XH2027 #LandscapeOfChange

You asked me for “a few simple clues from you about your interest areas” and “links where I can read more about your thinking and work” – so here goes:

Some links to choose from:

When I started to find some links for you I had no idea what I’d put, so I decided to start with “What I’m thinking and doing now” and see where that might lead. As I got going I realised that it would be useful for me to have a wide collection of links readily to hand for other purposes, so these are as much for me as for you. There is rather more here than you need. It is offered for you to dip in to.

A biography See Who am I?

My current roles  – I’m seeing  myself in four roles connected with being a traveller through the Landscape of Change. The roles are “Explorer”,”Pioneer”,”Chronicler” and “Guide”…. See #LandscapeOfChange and #XH2027

Landscape of Change – I’ve written elsewhere about the Landscape of Change – some of it is searchable here on DadamacConnect, some is parked on twitter #LandscapeOfChange, and some in other places.

XH2027 – XH2027 is short for Exponentially Human Twenty Twenty-Seven It is an event – and you are invited – see It grew out of the ideas I was writing about for Exponentially Human.

Exponentially Human – is the title of a chapter I’ve written for a book called 50:50 – Scenarios for the Next 50 Years. For more about the book see call for chapters – sent out late 2016 I believe it’s publication date is March 1st (Futures Day) 2018

Federated Wiki – I have been involved with the Federated Wiki since February 2017 see  Connecting with Ward Cunningham and Federated Wiki

Exponentially Human on Federated Wiki – One of my early experiments in using Federated Wiki was to write up some thoughts about Exponentially Human – see One of the (many) useful features of Federated Wiki is the way it is possible to select a series of links to share – see this link for an example which shows such a series, ending with information about “The Leap”.

The Leap – The Leap is an idea that developed while I was writing Exponentially Human.  See The Exponential Leap (26 May 2017 viewpoint)  Although that post was written over five months ago it remains accurate (November 2017).  However, things move on, so I now have more details in my mind about the content and the technology. Many of those details have been influenced by the collaborative aspect of Federated Wiki, by new features that David Bovill has been adding, and by some work we did together in collaboration with people in the Dadamac UK-Africa network.

Dadamac – Dadamac is short for “John Dada and Pamela “Mac” McLean and their networks”. Dadamac emerged from a previous network called “Cawdnet” that had emerged from work that was the vision of the late Peter Adetunji Oyawale. It’s a long story, going back to 2000. The shape of Dadamac continues to change, depending on who is involved.

John Dada – When I was searching the Internet for help with Peter’s project the only person to offer support was John Dada of Fantsuam Foundation in Nigeria. For an introduction to Fantsuam Foundation (FF) see this short video made at FF in 2008 (I’m in the background twice between 3.08 and 3.12 minutes). For John’s work related to the Internet see this short video recorded in London in January 2015.

Influences on my thinking –  I put together this collection of initiatives and influences a year or more ago (it is now November 2017) so the collection could do with updating. However, as the saying goes “A mind once stretched by an idea never returns to its original shape” – all the influences remain valid.

Practical experience and what I’ve been learning

My thinking is all based on experience and reality. My present and future ideas are best understood by some reference to the past.

My practical work began back in the 1970s, when I experimented with user interface design so that my micro computer could be of use with the very youngest children in my infant class. That work was published under the name of Pam Fiddy.

Since 2000 my explorations have related to connections enabled by the Internet but not limited by its boundaries – initially the connections were between London and rural Nigeria. We have used a combination of communication networks. We began with a mixture of Internet (me at home in UK to urban cyber cafes in Nigeria) supplemented by traditional person-to-person message communication between urban and rural locations (to take messages from cyber cafes to specific people and places). We have experienced the roll out of digital technology in Nigeria as it has happened. I am interested in the social dynamics of online meeting spaces, and the challenges and opportunities presented by cross-cultural collaboration at a distance.

The emphasis on people and the use of communication technology against the odds (rather than an emphasis on the latest technology  for its own sake) is how I gained many of the insights that have fed into my ideas of:

  • The Invisible Revolution
  • The Landscape of Change
  • Reluctant Time Travellers
  • Exponentially Human

Relevant links are scattered around and I may search more out later – meanwhile you can ask me for specific things.

Checking back to your original request for information

Checking back to the threads where you prompted me to write this post I see references to Teal for Statartups Wealth Stream and MOOCs. We’ve also previously touched on links with Africa.

Just a couple of points on those:

  • Ref wealth – I find it easier to enter discussions about wealth:
    • From a 2027 perspective
    • Also by looking at the considerable non-financial wealth of Dadamac
  • Ref Teal for Startups – That is a topic that can be easier to enter from:
    •  A 2027 perspective
    • Beginning with collaborations of individuals seeing themselves as Holacracies of One
    • Using ideas from Delia McNamarra’s work on the Boundary Triage
  • Ref MOOCs (and xMOOCS and pMOOCS):
  • Ref UK-Africa my interests are on three levels:
    • Conversations and initiatives with and for John Dada and other people I met because of knowing Peter Adetunji Oyawale (several new initiatives this year not yet written up).
    • Involvement with “the entity” that is Dadamac – which is mainly the “visibility on the Internet” side of things (I have not had so much involvement with that since the end of 2015 but am returning to it now and am starting to post on its latest website
    •  Work on a meta level related to my UK-Africa connections and knowledge – which is an ongoing thread behind everything

We can look at those topics when we connect again. I hope the reading of this will be as useful to you as the thinking about it has been for me. Thank you both for being the catalysts for this post.

Nov 06, 2017 by pamela | Categories: Connections, Open Letters | Tags: , , , , ,

Who am I?

This biography was written to accompany a chapter I’m contributing to a book called 50:50 – Scenarios for the Next 50 Years – (for more about the book see call for chapters – sent out late 2016)

Pamela McLean has been exploring the relationship between people and digital technologies since the 1970s. Her interest was first attracted by a statement that said “computers do routine repetitive tasks”. At the time she was an infant teacher who enjoyed the creative aspects of helping young children to learn but found the routine aspects of her job tedious… It seemed that she and computers could be a perfect match for each other, if she could figure out how to form an effective alliance.

She understood that the best way forward was to get close up and personal to the technology. That meant doing her own systems analysis and then designing and writing her own programs. Fortunately micro-computers were just starting to come on the scene. She bought one, adapted her TV to use it as a monitor, hooked up her cassette recorder to provide the external memory and set out to explore and develop her new technology-human relationship.

The computer programs she wrote were based on genuine need. Working on their development helped her to understand what was best done by the technology, what was best done by humans, and how they might work together.

Thus began a long-term investigation involving practical experimentation, reflection, and connections with other people who shared her interests. In the intervening years her life has gone in many directions, and the available digital technology has changed beyond her wildest imaginings. Her fascination with the relationship between people and digital technologies has remained constant.

Nov 02, 2017 by pamela | Categories: Uncategorized

Starting the next ten years of my life #XH2027

The countdown to Exponentially Human 2027 has begun. It is now less that ten years until 16-18 September 2027.

That date is likely to arrive more quickly than I expect, but for now, here at the start of the ten year countdown, I’m giving myself permission to relax for a bit, do things slowly, and see what the Landscape of Change around me looks like at this point in time.

This is an open letter to myself – i.e. minimal explanations about context. I don’t know how it will turn out, perhaps some kind of to do list. Calling it a “might do” list is probably more accurate. It’s a “no pressure” list of possibilities for me to choose from. I’ll list them as they come to mind.

First a memory jogger of what happened September 16-18 2017

Review of my 16-18 September 2017


Saturday 16th

  • Introduced Chief Gbade Adejumo to farmer pastoralist conflict content on federated wiki in addition to his own.
  • Recorded a few related “missing” Q and As on our phones while we were in the same room –  easier than the ones we’d done at a distance.

Sunday 17th

  • Met a few people at Newspeak House, mostly related to David Bovill’s FEASTzero
  • We enjoyed a “FEAST” meal and conversations
  • I introduced Gbade and Elfneh Bariso
  • Nina videoed a conversation between them about pastoralism and related issues
  • There were various “show and tell” things and related discussion
  • I was delighted when Dil showed a website (including a logo) that he’d put together for
  • Dil took a photo of Gbade with his “More and Less” notice for XH2027 “time capsule”- big ideas

Monday 18th

  • Introduced Steve Podmore and Gbade
  • Steve recorded some of our conversation, partly as a souvenir for the three of us, partly to share with others
  • Told Steve about the “time capsule” photos and he did his
  • I gave Gbade my (heavily annotated) copy of Technology versus Humanity to take back to Nigeria as he was reading it with great interest and wondering how best to get a copy – so now we have another “shared point of reference” book.
  • In it I wrote a reminder to him ref our agreement that we are both Explorers, Pioneers, Chroniclers and Guides in the Landscape of Change
  • Fell into conversation with two young recent graduates – they also recognised themselves in the description of the Landscape of Change, and our roles as Explorers, Pioneers, Chroniclers and Guides (living locally so we intend to meet again)

At a distance 16-18 September 2017

A mixture of Skype, WhatsApp, Telegram, emails, phone calls, and the DadamacConnect Contact form.


At this point the phone rang… and before that call had finished it rang again (two excellent conversations).

Now it’s two hours later and there are other things to be done today. No more time this afternoon for a “might do” list, or a reminder of what I did at a distance. I’ll leave this as it is and press publish.





Sep 20, 2017 by pamela | Categories: Continuing Conversations, Open Letters

#XH2027 A dance between fact and fiction

XH2027 reminds me of Oscar Wilde’s saying that “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life” (wikipedia)

Fiction becoming fact

Exponentially  Human Twenty Twenty-Seven (XH 2027) began as a piece of fiction and is becoming more real by the day.

The fiction began last year when I saw a call for contributions to a book about possible futures, ten, twenty or fifty years ahead.  All will be based on different perceptions of life now and what the authors see as likely (or possible, or desirable) to happen next.  My chapter began as pure fiction. It describes a particular event that happens in ten years time. It is called Exponentially  Human Twenty Twenty-Seven. It celebrates a future that is better than it might have been, thanks to all our individual small steps, shared vision, and ways we’ve supported each other in the ten years between then and now.

In the chapter the celebration marks the tenth anniversary of something that came to call itself  “Exponentially Human”. By 2027 it had become a world wide, loosely defined, network of people who had learned to collaborate more effectively. That collaboration came about partly because of better communication systems, and partly because of what the people had learned from each other and about each other.  That combination helped them to act together in new ways that they jokingly called “Exponentially Human”.

“Exponentially Human” was to be something that just emerged, but I also wanted to tie it into a special date.

My chapter is set ten years into the future.

The date for the celebration is !6-18 September Twenty Twenty-Seven.


Today is Saturday 16 September Twenty Seventeen. In my imagined future the countdown starts today.

So, how will the facts play out compared to the fiction? I’m about to find out.

What is going on?

I have a friend staying with me,. He arrived yesterday (later I will ask his permission to write more about who he is). Today  we are working on something connected with his research. I’m helping him to make it more visible. I’m using the Federated Wiki to do that. When I wrote the chapter I had no idea I’d be using the Federated Wiki. I only started to learn how to do that a couple of months ago, thanks to David Bovill and my interest in his project “FEAST”.

Tomorrow, if all goes according to plan, we’ll go over to Newspeak House. I’ll introduce my visitor to a dozen or so other people (some I already know, some who are new to me). We’ll all have lunch together. We’ll explore ideas and share individual commitments about what we’ll be doing next. During the day we’ll be working on some of those things. We’ll be learning from each other, developing skills, capturing information.

The reason we’re getting together is because this weekend also happens to be a special date for a related project called FEAST. It’s thanks to FEAST that we’re all getting together, and thanks for FEAST that there will be a shared meal.


Sharing a meal is a key element of FEAST.

When I wrote the chapter I didn’t know about FEAST. When I discovered it I wanted to know more. The vision for FEAST was like a perfect prototype of what I was trying to imagine for my three day celebration in 2027 – except FEAST was already doing some of it in practice, and was way ahead of me in knowing how it would all work.

Not only that but various dates had been discussed for a possible launch for FEAST, including 15-17 September 2017 (to tie in with a festival in Prague). In fact people had started to describe 15-17 September as ‘FEAST zero”. Imagine it. FEAST zero happening almost exactly ten years before XH2027.

I don’t know how much time I’ll have to chronicle September 16-18 Twenty Seventeen until it is over.  But when It is over I plan to do an audit of some present realities,  put them in the “digital time capsule”, and… well.. more of that later. Now it is time to return to action.

To get involved see Your photos for the #XH2027 time capsule

(I may add some more links in a few days time)

Sep 16, 2017 by pamela | Categories: Connections, Continuing Conversations, Open Letters

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