Monthly Archives: December 2016

Welcome to The Emergent Era – Emergent Era – Medium

As our information moves faster, we move faster. And as more of humanity comes online (2.3 billion more people in 2016–2017 alone), it’s causing a fundamental and spontaneous restructuring of our collective behavior. The overlay of our evolving planet wide digital nervous system has taken the perennial drivers of change — human needs, politics, geography, culture — and woven new patterns from them. All of us, especially those who are guiding businesses, need a new framework to understand and adapt.

Source: Welcome to The Emergent Era – Emergent Era – Medium

Aging in Community: Inside the Senior Cohousing Movement

For seniors who want to age in a supportive community environment, cohousing is an exciting alternative to traditional options such as retirement homes and assisted living centers. In senior cohousing spaces, rather than relying on administrators, people rely on each other to lend a hand when needed and provide much-needed social engagement….

It turns out that a lot of help that older people really need is neighborly help rather than skilled care, per se. Some communities have assigned one or two coordinators, one of the other neighbors, for each person. So, if I go into the hospital, my coordinator would work with the other folks in the community to help me meet whatever needs I have.

Source: Aging in Community: Inside the Senior Cohousing Movement

Six levels of leadership

All leaders – from team leader to CEO – shape an image of their reality. But they don’t look through the same lens. On the whole, we can identify six levels of leadership, six types of leaders who have a different level of consciousness, and as a consequence, will develop strategic plans, initiate actions and create value for their organization from a different (less or more complex) perspective. As we will see, depending on the level of consciousness, a leader will act and respond differently to the challenges that arise.

You will be introduced to six levels of leadership, six levels of consciousness⁴.

Let’s meet the six types of leaders. What type are you?
1. “Solution” leaders
2. “Best practice” leaders
3. “Strategic development” leaders
4. “Transformational” leaders
5. “Global” leaders
6. “Captains of society”

Six levels of leadership

Is Capital Approaching its own Singularity?

So maybe – just as the predicted point at which computers make cleverer computers than themselves and go into a cycle building ever cleverer machines until they are wiser than all human thought, maybe capital has reached or is rapidly approaching its own singularity – the point at which it generates more and more capital in an unstoppable cycle and without a moment’s thought for the humans it was once meant to serve.

Is Capital Approaching its own Singularity?

Words in the works

A lot has been happening over the past couple of weeks, quite a few things I want to write about and ideas to explore. It’s just been a very busy couple of weeks, and all of my writing (and coding and much of my thinking) has been aimed at my day job. You know, the one that pays the bills.

Here’s a list of drafts I’ve created in the past two weeks or so that I’m working on in bits and pieces and will hopefully start pushing out in the next couple of days. Or maybe over the Christmas slowdown. (“Christmas slowdown”? Yeah, that’ll happen 🙂

  • Layers of abstraction and the cost of convenience
  • Passion and Warfare in St. Louis – an evening with Steve Vai
  • If everyone gave him $20
  • From Android to iPhone
  • Some notes and thoughts on WordCampUS 2017
  • Accidents of Phenotype
  • The work of art (as opposed to “a work of art”)

And one I haven’t started yet that I’ve had in the back of my mind for years and was brought to the front earlier tonight, that will likely be called What Capital Wants  (see Capitalism is Skynet for a hint what that might be about).

But right now I need to put together some notes on a proposed talk about crowdsourcing innovation for JiveWorld 2017.

Capitalism is Skynet

We think of AI (artificial intelligence) as being digital, silicon-based; a computer program. But that’s not entirely true. Algorithms don’t have to be written in C or Python. Computers are the most efficient way to run algorithms, but they’re not the only ones…

Capitalism, as a weak AI, is built upon an unbearable abstraction — namely, the reduction of all value of problem-solving to a single criteria: the increasing of shareholder value. That is literally the only metric for success in capitalism. And therefore, to capitalism, anything that does not achieve that goal is either irrelevant or an impediment. That includes every other aspect of existence. Human happiness is not a metric of success for capitalism, or ecological diversity, or even the survival of life.

Source: Joshua Ellis – So I have this theory. You know how everybody is…

How Digital Nomads Went From Niche to Normal

Both cost and diversity of personnel contribute value to a remote work friendly environment.

“As companies tighten their purse strings, they’re spreading out their hires—this year, and for years to come.”

Source: How Digital Nomads Went From Niche to Normal

Social Media is Broken…Communities Can Help – The Community Roundtable

“Community managers have been unpacking engagement for decades and unlocking its secrets. We’ve turned what community professionals know about engagement into TheCR’s Work Out Loud model, which categorizes different types of engagement based on their core value – validate to increase comfort, share to increase connection, ask & answer to increase trust and explore to increase partnership.”

Source: Social Media is Broken…Communities Can Help – The Community Roundtable

WordPress 4.7 “Vaughan”

Congratulations to the WordPress 4.7 team, and everyone in the WordPress.org community, on the launch of Vaughan.

Version 4.7 of WordPress, named “Vaughan” in honor of legendary jazz vocalist Sarah “Sassy” Vaughan, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.7…

Source: WordPress 4.7 “Vaughan”