david weinberger

david weinberger bw

favorite part [will add his exact quote soon – below is my paraphrase]:

The pyramid illustrates our thinking about thinking (and life) the last couple hundred of years. The network is what is natural. The web is helping us to see that dimensionality. [x-d glasses – ness]

The one thing the pyramid has that the network doesn’t, is a foundation.

Perhaps, there are no basics, no foundation.

pyramid network

Perhaps the better pyramids are pruned to the individual or the moment/demand – of just-in-time, need-t0-know learning. Perhaps that is how our days get longer.. and we find we have all we need. [Fried’s rework]

bot ist art ist entire cleanerest

Perhaps some other resemblances..

act be clean

whimsy trifold graphic

including our most useful skills.. walking and talking…

walk and talk


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too big to know

book links to amazon


grab your x-d glasses

Schools teach but a billionth of a percent of the knowledge in the world, yet we quibble endlessly about which billionth of a percent is important, and the order in which is should be presented.  – Seymour Papert



But this tendency to flock may be keeping us from finding the information we need,” and the tools we’ve built for the Internet only enhance our flocking bias.

“Creativity is an import-export business,” he said, the result of a cross-pollination of ideas and cultures that compels people to reflect on their assumptions. Those who are open to diversity and cognitive border-crossings, explained Zuckerman, “are at high risk of having good ideas.”

Zuckerman believes that change is possible. “If we don’t like how the Internet works now, we can fix it.” He recommended, for example, his own Berkman project called Global Voices, which shares online content from around the world. “It’s incumbent on us not to be satisfied with our tools,” and to build new ones that correct for our blind spots, he said.

Citing an example from “Rewire,” Weinberger pointed to the urban planner Jane Jacobs, who championed a style of city design “to engineer encounters and engagement” in ways that promote diverse communities. “I certainly favor structuring serendipity,” said Weinberger.
his talk at the Berkman center on Rewire:

23 min – how to build better tools for connecting

24 – not sure if i want my friends pre-filtering for me.. the tools of social search may be driving us into the same circles

26 – creative is an import/export business. thieves.

27:30 – how to take advantage of incredible cognitive diversity

28 – we could have an alternative:

a conversation of what we want

if we don’t like how the internet works – we can fix it

30 – how do you track your own behavior

we’ve gotten so good at tracking our bodies – but not our minds…

cognitive tracking

follow bias

41 – we live in an era where we don’t need to have close ties – as far as what used to force us to be close

44 – what does it mean to make diverse ties with others.. that let’s you care enough about them to tie you over

47 – what sort of ties do we need now?

53 – we don’t know what connects – we guess at what connects

59 – quality journalism is about engineering empathy – connecting with someone you wouldn’t ordinarily connect with

1:00 – david’s initial comment/sentiment – man…

1:06 – serendipity – ed to cultivate desire – other is something we do – interest – in things we had no idea we were interested in

1:08 – structured serendipity will just look like noise, unless something is mixed in – empathy not enough – has to have a quality of great journalism or art of ….. we need paul simon-ish bridge

1:09:45 – ethan – end of book – we can do many things for you – but we can’t create desire – curation/search/social – to perhaps serendipity – taking you somewhere out of what you know and what you’ve encountered..

[so – perhaps curiosity – in the city – as the day…?]

1:11:49 – perhaps it’s the word – engineering – that is tripping us up


connection (love) between Ethan and David is of great insight


reading rewire intro’d to David’s – miscellaneous:
everything is miscellaneous

book links to amazon


notes on book:

kindle of everything is misc

1st order – like shelves in store.. you can only put an item in one place – physical

2nd order – like dewey decimal system – can sort by subject, author, title – put into more than one space/category
3rd order – like life, like beyond wikipedia’s web hypertext – tagging – miscellaneous rules.  – rabbit holing – whimsy matters..
Classification is a power struggle—it is political—because the first two orders of order require that there be a winner.
Knowledge, we’ve thought, has four characteristics, two of them modeled on properties of reality and two on properties of political regimes.
1/not ambiguous 2/if ambiguous-not knowledge 3/people filter knowledge 4/hierarchy filters people
third order miscellany – digital not physical
Experts can be helpful, but in the age of the miscellaneous they and their institutions are no longer in charge of our ideas.
too big to know gets into this.
David in p2p foundation:
david weinberger in p2p
via Michel Bauwens et al..


Michael Wesch‘s 2011 rethinking ed:

4 min – if you’ve got enough links… you don’t need the hierarchy anymore.. there is no shelf. there is no filing system. links alone are enough.

from internet’s own boy, Tim Berners-Lee:

25 min – Tim – lots of little webs aren’t going to work – ..

..it’s not going to work unless the whole planet can get onboard



new clues (121) w/Doc Searls


networked individuaism graphic

dis order


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