These are snippets of information gathered here for various reasons – with enough content to remind me why the full posts are worth reading., or videos are worth watching. They aren’t usually tidied up, which is why they’re called snippets, but sometimes I highlight sections or make some notes about their relevance.


Reinventing the State: Political Design Patterns of Online Communities by Kathrin Passig

Thanks to Victor Vorski for this link about growing online communities –

Reinventing the State: Political Design Patterns of Online Communities by Kathrin Passig

Sep 30, 2016 by pamela | Categories: Snippets

Don Tapscott: How the blockchain is changing money and business

This is genuinely easy to understand – non techie explanation – just over 18 minutes.

Don Tapscott: How the blockchain is changing money and business

Sep 02, 2016 by pamela | Categories: Snippets | Tags: ,

Creating ‘future fit’ organizations today by Giles Hutchins

I’ve copied this link because it gives context to why I’m initiating the FASST experiment. I’ve copied the last few paragraphs for the summary and to remind myself of the writer’s viewpoint (the italics are mine).  For the full post see Creating ‘future fit’ organizations today by Giles Hutchins

He concludes his article thus:

This regenerative living business approach goes beyond new leadership techniques, sustainable product innovation, process re-engineering and the crafting of purposeful mission statements and ethical values charters. Regenerative business is a fundamentally different logic, a timeless logic, drawing on the deep wisdom of life.

To summarize, we are in the midst of a metamorphosis. This crucial time bears witness to a profound window opening between two worldviews, that of the outdated yet still prevalent logic of yesterday (with its hallmark models, mind-sets and metrics) and the dawn of our emerging future whereupon the perceptions and practices of yesterday melt amid the heat of the moment, alchemically reconfiguring new pathways, perspectives, principles and behaviors. The ancient Greeks called such a time Kairos — a supreme moment of indeterminable time which, if not adequately engaged and acted upon, may pass us by.

This supreme moment requires us to deepen our perspective of who we are and why we are here both organizationally and personally, enlivening our organizations in the process, and becoming who we were truly born to be.

Aug 24, 2016 by pamela | Categories: Snippets | Tags: , , ,

Civic Engagement and the Restoration of Community – Sponsored by A Small Group

Anna Betz posted in Enlivening Edge Community.
Anna Betz
August 23 at 7:34pm
Civic Engagement and the Restoration of Community
Changing the Nature of the Conversation

This booklet is a set of ideas and tools designed to restore and reconcile our community by shifting the nature of the public conversation. The public conversation is those conversations that are not held in private. It is the one we hold when we gather in meetings and in large events, and the one that occurs in the
media. Our intention is to create the possibility of an alternative future by creating a public conversation based on communal accountability and commitment. This is the essence of what restores community. Restoration and its new possibility is what can
make a difference in those places where history and the past seem overridingly restraining.

The dominant existing public conversation is retributive, not restorative. It is void of accountability and soft on commitment. In this way it drives us apart, it does not bring us together. The existing conversation is about entitlement, not accountability.
To be accountable, among other things, means you act as an owner and part creator of whatever it is that you wish to improve. In the absence of this, you are in the position of effect, not cause; a powerless stance.

To be committed means you are willing to make a promise with no expectation of return; a promise void of barter and not conditional on another s action. In the absence of this, you are constantly in the position of reacting to the choices of others. The cost of constantly reacting is increased cynicism.

Aug 23, 2016 by pamela | Categories: Snippets | Tags: , , , , ,

Cargo cult science – wikipedia – relevant FASST as an experiment

Why this snippet?

I came to this information via a Teal for Startups reference to Group Smells which in turn led me to Cargo Cult science – and why transparent, authentic experiments matter. I want to remember it because FASST is an experiment in using holacracy to enable collaboration and knowledge creation – and this explains why that matters. See also the final paragraph ref promoting one’s research to secure funding.

The snippet

Cargo cult science

(my itatlics)


Richard Feynman  cautioned that to avoid becoming cargo cult scientists, researchers must avoid fooling themselves, be willing to question and doubt their own theories and their own results, and investigate possible flaws in a theory or an experiment. He recommended that researchers adopt an unusually high level of honesty which is rarely encountered in everyday life, and gave examples from advertising, politics, and psychology to illustrate the everyday dishonesty which should be unacceptable in science. Feynman cautioned,

We’ve learned from experience that the truth will come out. Other experimenters will repeat your experiment and find out whether you were wrong or right. Nature’s phenomena will agree or they’ll disagree with your theory. And, although you may gain some temporary fame and excitement, you will not gain a good reputation as a scientist if you haven’t tried to be very careful in this kind of work. And it’s this type of integrity, this kind of care not to fool yourself, that is missing to a large extent in much of the research in cargo cult science.

An example of cargo cult science is an experiment that uses another researcher’s results in lieu of an experimental control. Since the other researcher’s conditions might differ from those of the present experiment in unknown ways, differences in the outcome might have no relation to the independent variable under consideration. Other examples, given by Feynman, are from educational research, psychology (particularly parapsychology), and physics. He also mentions other kinds of dishonesty, for example, falsely promoting one’s research to secure funding.

Personal note

Comments like the paragraph above make me glad that, early on, I decided against spending/wasting my time trying to get external funding. I  followed my own curiosity, as a life-long-learner, paying my way via “the day job”, and discovering mismatches between reality and my previous assumptions. it has been about reality checks and discovery and finding patterns (alongside doing my best to help my friends with what they were trying to do).

Aug 01, 2016 by pamela | Categories: Snippets | Tags: , , ,

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