nora on finding a way

nora bateson (@NoraBateson) tweeted at 7:39 AM on Thu, Jul 16, 2020:
An article w wonderful Mamphela Ramphele (anti-apartheid activist, author & co-president of Club of Rome) -this is the think piece of our project.

Finding a way. Will People’s response to the emergencies of the coming decades be Warm? or Cold?


15 min read on medium – by nora and mamphela

People are not numbers. Numbers are just numbers, they cannot source possibilities from each other, they cannot find a way when the basic arithmetic says there is none. People can. t.. Abstracting the solutions to numbers inherently dehumanizes, and unnecessarily constrains, the spectrum of possibilities. The metric logic removes the human breadth of experience and relationship. ..This is the magic of being a living organism. 

free/alive people can.. organism as fractal

literacy and numeracy both elements of colonialism/control/enclosure.. we need to calculate differently and stop measuring things

People are not roles. A word of warning: collaboration can easily become a mechanistic allocation of effort according to roles. ..This is not a matter of assessment of who is good at what and assigning roles according to expertise. On the contrary — ‘finding a way’ is about the unique possibilities that occur in relationship between particular people, in that particular water, on that particular day. There is no formula, no method, this realm of possibility is accessed through a sentiment of human care and imagination..t

imagine if we just focused on listening to the itch-in-8b-souls.. first thing.. everyday.. and used that data to augment our interconnectedness.. we might just get to a more antifragile, healthy, thriving world.. the ecosystem we keep longing for..

what the world needs most is the energy of 8b alive people

We are all capable of different things depending on who we are with and what they are finding themselves capable of. Capacity cannot be front-loaded, it is emergent. But it is possible to front-load a baseline perception of self, others and world that assumes the inherent multitude of stories and draws from them.. t With care and imagination the possibilities are endless.

ie: cure ios city

Particular Complexities “find a way”: The possibilities for “finding a way” in emergencies are not countable, controllable, nor predictable. ..The solutions to the situation are completely contingent upon detail and they are accessed spontaneously, iteratively and simultaneously. They are as infinite as the combinations of people.

humanity needs a leap.. to get back/to simultaneous spontaneity ..  simultaneous fittingness.. everyone in sync.

The cold questions are compelling, even though they are the wrong questions. These questions are a distraction from the process of perception of the complexity of each person, and tuning into the alchemy they produce. As such they can easily hijack the limited time and morale needed to ‘find a way.’

spinning our wheels looking at whales in sea world

The dark history: As it turns out, there is a reason this type of approach feels so cold. The creator of the “lifeboat ethic” Garrett Hardin actually was a eugenicist, nationalist, and white supremacist. Hardin was an important figure in the history of environmental solutions, especially known for his popularizing of the idea of the “Tragedy of the Commons.” The history of Hardin’s eugenics and nationalistic thinking have been known all along, it was never a secret. But those ideas and the sentiments under them, came to set the tone for how response to complex crises is imagined and managed. And, that is something which requires a sobering wake up, learning, and new attention to the ways in which that genre of thinking sneaks in.

today .. even by those thinking we’re commoning when we’re still just tragedy of the non common ing.. so many red flags.. and we’re missing them..  part\ial is killing us.. for (blank)’s sake.. there’s a nother way


1\ undisturbed ecosystem (common\ing) can happen

2\ if we create a way to ground the chaos of 8b free people

While there are cries for collaboration and unity, they are often founded on the grounds of competition, roles, and mechanistic notions of who does what. This is not collaboration, nor is it a living response.

red flags..

A pre-scripted and rigid set of roles is a harbinger of an era of errors in thinking in which most aspects of daily life were modeled into industrial patterns.

let go.. of that hard won order

And now, People NEED People. But to get there a starkly different approach is needed. And an honest look at current approaches is at hand.. the need to address the hidden agendas, the blind assumptions and the ways in which elitism and control keep manifesting as eco-idealism — is a requirement. Like a detective with a black light, it is time to look at where the blood is, to check for fingerprints.

yeah.. i think that’s a useful approach.. ends up being an energy sucker.. we can let go of all that if we want.. and reset.. (maybe i’m misunderstanding.. requirement to check for fingerprints?)

So where is the commons? And how can the communities be allowed to learn in mutuality from within and between the many forms they live within? Community is complex.

ie: cure ios city with 2 convers as infra

The eagerness to define community and to define set formulas for responding to the needs of community are creating a blindness to the necessary complexity, perpetuating the elimination of contexts and failing to perceive the uniqueness of the ways in which communities are alive and entangled..t

yeah.. that..

‘in undisturbed ecosystems ..the average individual, species, or population, left to its own devices, behaves in ways that serve and stabilize the whole..’ –Dana Meadows

Dangerously the notion of creating solutions for the commons is often inherently infected with the thinking that the ‘lifeboat ethic’ was forged in. The eugenics is there, implying control, implying scalable solutions, implying that people are numbers, that communities are equations to be solved, measured and managed. This is Newtonian physics misapplied to living systems.

tragedy of the non common rather than organism as fractal

The idea of the garden needs to be homegrown, not implemented by planners, no matter how altruistic..t

curiosity over decision making ..beyond finite set of choices et al

Solutions to scale defy the complexity of the people, the places, the ideas and the situations. Scale is a trendy concept, and one that must be used with extreme caution. Some *projects and products do scale, others do not. The distinction is badly needing attention and articulation..t When is the urgency to scale a project a form of colonialism? And when is it not?

i’d add *infras.. we need an infra to scale to the root of all of us.. today.. (no prep, training, et al needed) ie: maté basic needs

and we need a means to do that (scale) all in sync.. across the board [to get to the roots of healing.. it has to be all of us]


nora on ed change

nora on finding a way

nora on healing

nora on voice change




short findings restate

most of what’s in deck:

[short\est restate of findings-in-failings/findings-abstract.. from 5ish years of live people trying/experimenting with a nother way to live and then 5ish more years deepening that listening]

what we found/lived:

1\ an *undisturbed ecosystem (common\ing) is legit.. (can be true/actual).. if we create conditions/space/time where people feel free enough (unconditional – if we think we need incentives/reciprocity/et-al.. red flag we’re doing it/life wrong) to be true to themselves (which is what we focused-on/practiced/did in that 5ish years)

*‘in undisturbed ecosystems ..the average individual, species, or population, left to its own devices, behaves in ways that serve and stabilize the whole..’ –Dana Meadows

2\ in order for an undisturbed ecosystem to happen/dance/keep-on.. we need to figure out *a way to hasten detox and daily interconnectedness.. (ground the chaos of 8b free people) so that everyone is in sync (which is what we focused-on/listened-for/practiced/figured-out in the following 5ish years)

*find problems/desires/holes/missing-pieces/needs deep enough (found 2) to resonate with 8b people today.. and create a daily infrastructure (around those 2) simple enough for 8b people to be able to follow/live/be.. every day.. using tech as it could be (listening to every voice everyday)..


thinking restate/update 7.18

(for me/us) the curiosity/experimentation we did was really about how to set people free.. and what we found was that curiosity penetrates deeper than decision making.. more of an offense/aliveness than a defense/responding (to a finite set of choices et al) and it is at this core where free\dom (getting/letting the whales out of sea world) can begin (again)

decision making’s finite set of choices are too entwined in supposed to’s


(short summary)


1\ undisturbed ecosystem (common\ing) can happen

2\ if we create a way to ground the chaos of 8b free people


findings abstract


same on issuu:


copied pages from slidedeck above:

findings: from 5+ yrs of experimenting

(more details/graphics here: storyboard; and much more details/videos here: findings-in-failings; and shortest version here: short findings restate)

abstract: as in summary

(not as in existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence .. rather a summary from live people experimenting)

– – –

1\ (2008-2009) – in the quiet of the noise

in some deep conversations

(200ish local and 200ish global – mostly youth in school settings)

we noticed a situation..

most people are stressed

(from all the things ie: grades; money; life; death;.. how people are suffocating from the day in many different ways)

most can’t wait till 3/5pm and/or the weekend.

we’ve got to change up how we’re spending our days.

we wondered if there might actually be a way to change how we were spending our days.. we asked permission to experiment the next year with self-directing.. within a space we already had (had to have) ..a math class

2\ (2009-2010) – in a math classroom

we (30) experimented with all the ways to self-direct in a school math setting.. but most weren’t in love with school math enough to self-direct w/o some reward.. and that reward compromised free time/thinking (ie: many ended up with a bunch of free time to pursue curiosities/interest.. but there was always a looming ‘is this free time legit in math class?’.. so the grade, other classes, the raised eyebrow,.. kept trumping energy)

people aren’t hungry for school math

for ie: school math..we’ve got to question all assumed agendas.

we asked permission to experiment the next year with self-directing something that mattered to us

ie: each wrote own curriculum, got it pre-approved to fit within the credentialing system we already had (had to have)

3\ (2010-2011) – in a tech building

we (50ish) experimented with independent study

but even writing our own curriculum compromised daily curiosity (ie: pick something that mattered like hebrew, soccer, human trafficking.. then life/death happens..and other things matter like cancer, homelessness, treehouses, ..)

people crave daily choice

curiosity drives choice.

we’ve got to let go of our control issues and listen.

ie: if i offer you spinach or a rock, and am happy you picked spinach, that’s control, not choice.

so we asked permission to experiment the next year with following our whimsy/curiosities .. and to declare learnings (if we desired credit) at the end of the year

4\ (2011-2012) – in a house downtown

we (50) experimented with what it might be like to live in a wealthy unschooling home

we felt that we were getting closer to following curiosity/whimsy but further away from people.. we craved other people to explore/build/be with..

people free to follow daily curiosities.. crave people

following/facilitating whimsy gets us to a natural/sustaining/thriving energy.

we’ve got to find the bravery to change our minds. everyday.

we wondered why more people didn’t feel free enough to follow daily curiosity (because of all the detox it took for us..we thought maybe most of us don’t think it’s legal/legit to listen to and think for ourselves)

planned to spend the next year in the city.. as the day .. figuring out and experimenting with..   a narrative/means to free all people

wrote booksish

5\ (2012-2013) – in coffee shops, library, ..

we (not enough) experimented/listened with city as school   

since all people matter to the conversation/dance/ecosystem ..we had to find a way this would work for 100% of humanity even the inspectors of the inspectors

The center of the problem is that none of them knew the center of the problem. – Taleb

we need a nonnarrative (deep/simple/open enough) for 100% of humanity.  re\wire

perhaps 2 conversations could work as an infrastructure to free/detox us all at the same time – because sync matters

6\ (2013-2014) – everywhere and nowhere

we (never just me) listened some more

until everyone can play/dance.. none of us really can

None of us are free if one of us is chained.  – Solomon Burke

perhaps networked individualism ness. an authenticity/attachment dance.

perhaps if a mech/tech could listen to our daily self-talk as data to connect us to locals with the same daily curiosities – we could settle back into an undisturbed ecosystem (ie: sans supposed to’s)

7\ (?) – anywhere – to model a means for 7bn people to leap

perhaps what has not yet been experimented with:

1/ a city-wide experiment, to provide an ecosystem of eclectic people/resources;


2/ an as-the-day experiment, rather than adding something on after hours (after school/work).

aka: in the city.. as the day..

perhaps tech as it could be (listening to and facilitating 7bn voices everyday) could free us all

perhaps 2 conversations as infrastructure could be a means for 7bn to leap to a nother way to live.

mufleh humanity lawwe have seen advances in every aspect of our lives except our humanity – Luma Mufleh

we’re suggesting we try something really different for (a) change.. 

– – –

So wait.. what have you been doing?

from what:

on working toward a global systemic change..

1\   we hacked away at unwanted stresses until we got to *two that 7 billion people could maybe resonate with.

2\   we prototyped several iterations until we  came up with a **means that might address those *two (see #1), and that 7 billion people could actualize.

3\   we fine-tuned that **means (see #2) so that it might be both, easily accessed/open, and sustainable.

[disclaimer: we didn’t actually come up with anything.. we just listened to tons of really smart people.. and then tried what they suggested… remixed/reshuffled…]

what now?   i‘m still experimenting with this site as prototype to app/chip output ness, but visibly (ie: like the experimenting with humans 2008-2013) not much.. be\cause: Costello screen/serviceness

what next?  next experiment.. be\cause: Graeber model ness (ship\ables)

why that?  betting on modeling the sync of a fractal.. so that the whole (7 bill+) might then leapfrog to betterness. be\cause: Graeber min/max ness..

– – –

conclusion: what we need most is the energy of 7bn alive people

and today that is doable

not esoteric  (has to be for everyone..key focus.. thoughts on esoteric ness)

not abstract (thoughts on abstract ness)

not ridiculous (actual ridiculous things)

i’ve seen too much to not give it a go (also glad others are working on other ways) thinking-restate-update-7-18

finding(s) the missing pieces – a quiet revolution


historical research fractal to what we found and basis for commoning thinking (sans money/measure and 100% trust): Jason Hickel‘s first few chapters of the divideJames Suzman‘s affluence w/o abundance

psych/neuro research fractal to what we found and basis to roots of healing (two needs/convers as infra): A H Almaas and Gabor Maté (mostly almaas holes law and maté basic needs law and maté not yet scrambled law) and ..gray and gopnik and carhart-harris and alexander and..


basically we found that telling people what to do ness is keeping us from us.. and perhaps a means/way to undo that hierarchical listening is via cure ios city ie: 2 convers as infra


findings in failings


What about findings in failings?


maybe i'm wrong ness..

This is huge.

I swear – these kids are nobel peace prize worthy for their efforts to make a difference via redefining public ed. Living on the edge, trying out new things.. isn’t always easy.

Here’s Gus, helping us through it:

I find it interesting – that with this title.. the slidedeck above was one of the least viewed.

Findings in failings – isn’t that what it’s all about?

Not a focus on a failure.. but a – oh – that’s what happens… cool.. so let’s try this.

One of the results stemming from – findings in failures – was this page: the it is me.

Being less hung up on end products, on finishing things (as if we ever could), and more focused on – what didn’t work, so we can learn from it.

It’s like – all these (assumed) failings are the little/big (assumed) messes in a Thomas Edison – ish space. no? The unassuming and often unsightly trail to greatness.

Here’s our brief lowdown (see *updated version here 2008 to present and findings abstract and short findings restate):

findings each year

findings overall

And here are 3 powerful pages from the deck above:

findings deck findings in failings deck findings via deck

guardian article on learning from failure

recent post on the failures of Sugata Mitra’s work.

avoid the vagaries of child-centred behaviour.
oh my.
failures.. not.
the it is me..
it’s a trail of finding outs… 

*sept 2014 – restating findings as problem found:

0 – (the situation yr) – people are stressed (ie: waiting for 3\5pm, the weekend)
1 – (pilot math yr) – content imposed (ie: pre ap alg 2 – aka school math = essential)
2 – (own curriculum yr) – timeframe assumed (ie: ok – so pick your own topic – but you’re held to it for 1 yr – aka potential whimsy/curiosity killer)
3 – (follow your whimsy yr) – community deprived (ie: free individual – yes – but then he/she craves their tribe. currently – not enough people set free for serendipity to work)
4 – (in the city yr) – focus blurred (ie: most of us are beholden to and/or blinded from – the too much policy/myth – aka: consumerism/competition/work = life, blurs the equity/systemic vision)
5 – (still yr/s) – mechanism lacking (ie: listening to/for and mapping of systemic mechanism elements)
– – –
what i’ve seen
storyboard 2008 to present
what (what have you been doing – what’s next)
collection of intros

richard feynman – pleasure of finding things out

richard feynman

found picture on this post

From brainpickings post – sharing Feynman’s little-known sketches and drawings.. here he explains why:

I wanted very much to learn to draw, for a reason that I kept to myself: I wanted to convey an emotion I have about the beauty of the world. It’s difficult to describe because it’s an emotion. It’s analogous to the feeling one has in religion that has to do with a god that controls everything in the universe: there’s a generality aspect that you feel when you think about how things that appear so different and behave so differently are all run ‘behind the scenes’ by the same organization, the same physical laws. It’s an appreciation of the mathematical beauty of nature, of how she works inside; a realization that the phenomena we see result from the complexity of the inner workings between atoms; a feeling of how dramatic and wonderful it is. It’s a feeling of awe – of scientific awe – which I felt could be communicated through a drawing to someone who had also had that emotion. I could remind him, for a moment, of this feeling about the glories of the universe.

In the introductory essay, Feynman also considers the differences in teaching art and teaching science, a disconnect Isaac Asimov has famously addressed in his passionate case for creativity in science education. Feynman writes:

I noticed that the teacher didn’t tell people much (the only thing he told me was my picture was too small on the page). Instead, he tried to inspire us to experiment with new approaches. I thought of how we teach physics: We have so many techniques—so many mathematical methods—that we never stop telling the students how to do things. On the other hand, the drawing teacher is afraid to tell you anything. If your lines are very heavy, the teacher can’t say, “Your lines are too heavy.” because some artist has figured out a way of making great pictures using heavy lines. The teacher doesn’t want to push you in some particular direction. So the drawing teacher has this problem of communicating how to draw by osmosis and not by instruction, while the physics teacher has the problem of always teaching techniques, rather than the spirit, of how to go about solving physical problems.


falling in the love with the man.

as he shares how he falls in love with – the pleasure of finding things out..


[below – random posts from my – crazy journal site – back to 2008?]

_  _  _  _  _  _  _  _  _  _

more from richard feynman

the pleasure of finding things out.
this one is a little longer – 49 min.
i’m feeling like a kid in a candy store – discovering all these interviews.
and wishing my students could/would feel this way.oh the pleasure
of finding things out.
quote shared on fb:
Fall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough. Work as hard and as much as you want to on the things you like to do the best. Don’t think about what you want to be, but what you want to do. Keep up some kind of a minimum with other things so that society doesn’t stop you from doing anything at all.         – Richard Feynman

richard feynman

i haven’t watched this in like 2 years.
i love richard feynman.
i have a limited intelligence – so i kept pretty focused
we used to translate everything we read..
his father translated everything in all different languages… when you finished, you know nothing about the bird, but only what different cultures call them
he (his dad) knew the difference between
knowing the name of something
and knowing something..  he always left conversations open for noticing,… no pressure, just lovely interesting discussionalgebra – a series of steps where you could get the answer if you didn’t understand what you were trying to do.
trig for the practical man.. soon forgot it again, because i didn’t understand it very well.disrespect for things that are respectable..
his father was in the uniform business.. so he knew the difference between a man with the uniform off and the uniform on.. it’s the same photon bag in an atom
he sent me to all the unis to find out things and i never did find out.. could never explain things to my dadwhat i did immorally is not to remember the reason i said that i was doing it.. so that when the reason changed, not the single thought came to mind that that meant i had to reconsider why i was doing it… i simply didn’t think
he wanted to play more than look at use.. when in this relaxed function... working things out poured freely – after that is when he won the noble prize

i don’t like honors … i notice others use my work… i don’t need anything else… i’ve already got the prize:

1) the pleasure of finding things out

2) the kick in the discovery

3) the observation others use it

honors is uniforms… it bothers me
when i got into the aritstar – what i found out is what they did in their meetings was sit around and decide who else gets to become one of them, who is illustrious enough
purpose was mostly to decide who could have this honor.. he doesn’t like honors

to figure life out.. imagine – we are in a big chess game but we don’t know the rules..
so you try to figure out what the rules are..
the thing that doesn’t fit is the thing that is most interesting, the part that doesn’t fit..

laws sometimes look positive.. they keep learning until something doesn’t work – then we figure it out

unlike the chess game – were rules become more difficult as we go along
but not in physics – they become simpler..

if we expand out experience into wilder and wilder regions of experience, every once in a while we have these integrations in which everything is pulled together in a unification (fractal) which turns out to be simpler than it looked before.

if you are interested the ultimate character of the physical/real/complete world.. at the present time – our only way to understand that is through mathematical reasoning..  (and we’re missing it – let’s go wolfram’s computer based)
if we’re talking about physics… then not knowing mathematics is a severe limitation
need to get a qualitative idea of how the problem works before i can get a quantitative one
that rough understanding can be defined… later
in science – we’re stuck in seeing what the consequences are.. have a theory that you can’t work out the consequences of

i’ve invented a myth for myself – i’m actively irresponsible – i take the view – let george do it…

i’m selfish – i want to do my physics…

the best way to teach is to have no philosophy.. to be chaotic and confusing… use every possible way of doing it..
how do you direct them to become interested..
1) by force – works for some
but after many years – feynman says – i don’t know how to do it.. (hook everyone at the same time or even just one)

they follow the forms,,… but they haven’t got anywhere – yet.
we get experts on everything that sound scientific.. they’re not scientific.. they sit at the typewriter and make up stuff as if it’s science.. but hasn’t been tested yet.
there’s all kinds of myths and psuedo sciences all over.
i may be quite wrong.. but i don’t think i’m wrong
see i have the advantage of having found out how hard it is to get to really know something… how careful you have to be about checking yours experiments, how easy it is to make mistakes and fool yourself.
i know what it means to know something..
i see how they get their info
i have a great suspicion that they don’t know.. they haven’t done the checks,… the care..
and they intimidate people by it..
i think so.. i don’t know the world very well.. but that’s what i think

people say.. are you looking for the ultimate law of physics and i say – no i’m not, i’m just looking to find out more about the world..if it turns out there’s something that explains everything, so be it
nature is going to come out the way she is
therefore – when we go to investigate it – we shouldn’t pre-decide what it is we’re trying to do except try to find out more about it
if you say, why do you find out more about it.. if it’s to find some answer to answer some deep philosophical question.. you may be wrong.. you may never be able to find out
….those are mysteries i want to investigate without knowing the answer to them..

how do you find out if something is true..
once you start doubting like you’re supposed to start
as soon as you do that you start sliding down an edge that is difficult

it’s a very fundamental part of my soul to ask

i can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing..

much more interesting to live in doubt than answers that are wrong
i don’t have to know an answer

i don’t feel frightened by not knowing things

richard feynman

via leonard susskindDick Feynman always made me feel smart. always made me feel we could solve anything together.
he would always win.. but if he lost, he would always laugh and seem to have just as much fun.a feynman sandwich had a ton of ham but absolutely not baloney.
he hated false pretensefeynman thought it was a necessary part of being a great physicist.. having a father like he hadhist scientific style was to find the simplest solution. he believed if you couldn’t explain it simply – you didn’t understand it.feynman diagrams to understand particleshow to honor feynman? by getting as much baloney out of our own sandwiches as we can.

Richard feynman

I love this think Richard would too.
is that really him playing the drums?this reminds me of Shadyaks I Am
Jun 28, 2009
check out these videos – interviews of richard feynman (amazing physicist) · ways of thinking – part 1 · ways of thinking – part 2 · magnets and why questions he’s adorable. i wish he were still alive. how did i miss him? Share | 
Nov 24, 2012
Richard Feynman The Richard Feynman Series 1: Beauty…… love the man.. Mary Loftus (@marloft) 11/24/12 4:06 AM The always-brilliant Vi Hart teaches you #maths via mashed potato 
Jan 20, 2012
Richard Feynman danced to the pleasure of finding things out. Lisa Gansky says we’ll have more if we share. Jane McGonigal says we crave hard work. James Bach advices to try to ignore something to see how much it 
and the bongos…


about algebra..



Michelle (his daughter) and Christopher Sykes – on the making of the films (pleasure of finding things out) tedx 2011:

again – toward the end.. the prize – is the pleasure of finding things out..


letter to his dead wife.. opened 1988

from Maria

yes i said yes i will yes ness


from Maria

ode to a flower

universe in a glass of wine



For Richard Feynman’s birthday, @JamesGleick on the source of The Great Explainer’s genius…
In his taxonomy of the two types of geniuses, probability theory pioneer Mark Kac distinguishes between “ordinary geniuses” and “magicians,” pointing toRichard Feynman (May 11, 1918–February 15, 1988) as a rare example of the latter. One of the most celebrated minds of the past century, Feynman was a champion of scientific knowledge so effective and so beloved that he has generated an entire canon of personal mythology. And yet he held uncertainty at the center of his intellectual and creative life. The pursuit and stewardship of knowledge was his life’s work, but the ecstasy of not-knowing was the wellspring of his magic. “It is imperative,” he wroteto have uncertainty as a fundamental part of your inner nature.”



Many people who do work that matters “have work habits that seem downright lazy by the standards in their field”…

As Feynman admitted in a 1981 interview: “I’m actively irresponsible


this generic notion of work that we spawned the culture of busyness that afflicts us today, where the measure of your success becomes synonymous with the measure of your exhaustion.


asked why/how magnets repel

how does a person answer why something happens..

when you explain a why.. you have to be in some framework that you allowed something to be true.. otherwise.. you’re perpetually asking why..

2 min – you begin to get a very interesting understanding of the world and all its complications.. if try to follow anything up.. you go deeper/deeper in various directions..

3 min – ie: you ok with.. because you slip on ice.. or go deeper as to why.. is ice slippery.. to why does water expand when it freezes and other substances don’t expand.. et al..

i’m not answering your question but i’m telling you how difficult a why question is.. you have to know what it is that you’re permitted to understand and allowed to be understood and known.. and what it is you’re not.. the more i ask why.. it gets interesting.. that’s my idea that the deeper it is the more interesting it is

4 min – when you ask why do magnets repel.. there are many diff levels.. it depends on whether you’re a student or an ordinary person that doesn’t know anything about it.. if you’re somebody that doesn’t know anything at all.. all i can say is that there’s a magnetic force that makes it repel .. and that you’re feeling that force

5 min – it turns out the magnetic and electric force with which i wish to explain these things.. is what ultimately is the deeper thing.. that we have to.. that we can start with to explain many other things that looked like they were.. everybody would just accept them.. you know you can’t put your hand thru the chair.. that’s taken for granted..  but when you can’t put hand thru chair.. you look more closely.. why.. that involves the same repulsive forces that appear in magnets.. the situation you then have to explain is why in magnets.. goes over a bigger distance than an ordinary (chair) … it’s a force that is present all the time.. very common.. a basic force.. almost.. i mean i could go a little further back.. more technical..

6 min – but in the early level i am just gonna have to tell you.. that’s going to be one of the things you’ll just have to take as an element in the world.. magnetic repulsion or electrical/magnetic attraction..

i can’t explain that attraction in anything else that’s familiar to you..

ie: if i would say magnets attracting as if by rubber bands.. i would be cheating you.. because they’re not connected by rubber bands..  and i’d soon be in trouble.. you’d soon ask me about the nature of the bands.. and secondly .. if you were curious enough you’d ask me why rubber bands tend to pull back together again and i would end up explaining that in terms of electrical forces.. which are the very things i’m trying to use the rubber bands to explain.. so i have cheated very badly you see..

so i’m not going to be able to give you an answer.. to why magnets attract each other.. except to tell you they do..

and to tell you that’s one of the elements in the world and diff kinds of forces in the world.. electrical/magnetic/gravitational forces.. and others.. and those are some of the parts..

7 min – if you were a student i could go further.. that magnetic forces are related to electrical forces very intimately.. that relations between the gravitational forces and electrical forces remains unknown.. and so on..

but i really can’t do a good job.. any job.. of explaining magnetic force in terms of something else that you’re more familiar with.. because i don’t understand it in terms of anything else that you’re more familiar with

thinking: idio jargon ness keeps us closer to truth further from cheating.

if we weren’t dealing with diversity and too much to know ness.. then maybe we could do legible as pre-req.. but we are.. we’re swimming in it (uncertainty).

thank goodness.. because that’s what’s changed.. we now have a means to facil that choas.. eagle and condor ness



“impossible to say anything with absolute precision, unless […] so abstracted from the real world as to not represent any real thing” — RF


“…it is important that we do not forget this struggle and thus perhaps lose what we have gained.” — Richard Feynman…


“There is no such thing as consensus science. If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. If it’s science, it isn’t consensus. Period.”-M. Crichton


a bit more on nobel peace prize here (on Maria‘s post about Jean-Paul Sartre refusing it):

Maria Popova (@brainpicker) tweeted at 6:01 AM – 22 Oct 2017 :

This is the moral courage of conviction: On this day in 1964, Sartre became the first person to decline the Nobel (

physicist Richard Feynman — who won the Nobel Prize himself a year after Sartre — put it best in his eloquent denouncement of awards:

I don’t see that it makes any point that someone in the Swedish academy just decides that this work is noble enough to receive a prize — I’ve already gotten the prize. The prize is the pleasure of finding a thing out, the kick in the discovery, the observation that other people use it — those are the real things. The honors are unreal to me. I don’t believe in honors.

Making a fuss out of declining an award seems not much different from making a fuss over accepting it — both make the award more real than it need be if one were truly interested in breaking free from the system. Why can’t the private pleasure of finding things out be enough, award or no award?

award ness messes w us

someone rt d this today

If you cannot explain something in simple terms, you don’t understand it.

Original Tweet:

simple terms doesn’t mean terms you can understand..

ie: from above when asked why/how magnets repel

so i’m not going to be able to give you an answer.. to why magnets attract each other.. except to tell you they do.

but i really can’t do a good job.. any job.. of explaining magnetic force in terms of something else that you’re more familiar with.. because i don’t understand it in terms of anything else that you’re more familiar with

again.. thinking: idio jargon ness sets us free from demanding a ..simplicity.. in which we really mean..makes sense to me.. idio ness could help us to see that if people can’t sound bit an answer that makes sense to us.. it doesn’t mean they don’t get it..

less about not getting it and more about not getting me.. not getting the verbiage that makes that connection for me


richard on knowledge

Richard Feynman (@ProfFeynman) tweeted at 11:30 AM – 7 Aug 2019 :
Don’t get frightened by not knowing things. I have approximate answers, and possible beliefs, and different degrees of certainty about different things, but I’m not absolutely sure of anything. There are many things I don’t know anything about. It doesn’t frighten me. (


scott mcleod

adding page after to listening to comics as unflattening (though known scott before.. having read/resonated-with dangerously irrelevant years before.. michael wesch ness.. et al).. more as a convo in my head with him than about him.. ha.. life

so.. re acquainting ness []:

As deeper learning networks like Big Picture Learning, New Tech Network, High Tech High, and others extend their models into lower grades, they are meeting long-standing, student-centered models such as Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, and democratic schools that are moving upward from the other direction. Grades K through 8 are where all of these movements come together! My Spring 2023 sabbatical will focus on both the instructional and leadership sides of deeper learning in grades K through 8, with an emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving, greater student and educator agency, real-world authentic work, and rich technology infusion (inquiry, PBL, challenge- or place-based learning, high-quality STEM, entrepreneurship, etc.). I am building upon the work in my previous book, Leadership for Deeper Learning, in which my colleagues and I interviewed principals of 30 innovative schools around the world and then followed up those interviews with site visits, observations, on-site photographs and videos, and additional conversations with students and teachers.

big picture learning.. new tech (high) network.. democratic education (any form of democratic admin)..

what if all that is still dangerously irrelevant.. cancerous distraction.. ?

need 1st/most: means to undo our hierarchical listening to self/others/nature

ie: tech as it could be so we can org around legit needs

imagine if we listened to the itch-in-8b-souls 1st thing everyday & used that data to connect us (tech as it could be.. ai as augmenting interconnectedness)

humanity needs a leap.. to get back/to simultaneous spontaneity .. simultaneous fittingness.. everyone in sync..

art (by day/light) and sleep (by night/dark) as global re\set.. to fittingness (undisturbed ecosystem)

thinking restate/update 7.18

from why:

[i think all our part\ial initiatives/efforts are keeping us from the sync/simultaneousness we need for global freedom/equity .. i think we keep getting distracted/disjointed by irrelevants (money/measuring/et-al) necessary to maintain/incentivize the partial ness.. and if i’m wrong.. thankfully.. there are plenty of amazing people/initiatives/efforts going that route]


1\ undisturbed ecosystem (common\ing) can happen

2\ if we create a way to ground the chaos of 8b legit free people


about scott []:

A Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver, Scott McLeod works with schools and educators all around the world. He is on a mission to make students’ day-to-day learning less boring and more meaningful and relevant.

lots more about him in long bio







ethics of authenticity

(1991) charles taylor []:

In 2016, he was awarded the inaugural $1-million Berggruen Prize for being “a thinker whose ideas are of broad significance for shaping human self-understanding and the advancement of humanity”.

missing piece #1

Following Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Michael Polanyi, and Wittgenstein, Taylor argues that it is mistaken to presuppose that our understanding of the world is primarily mediated by representations.

martin heideggermaurice merleau-ponty, ..

via sh and this:

Dr. Andy Root on Authenticity

taylor thinks authenticity is a post 60s reality.. filtering in after cultural rev of 68-69.. before that living in age of mobilization.. coming after age of kings and queens

mobilization not as much a driving force.. denomination doesn’t know what to do with it.. in authenticity only follow what you speaks to you.. have to find unique way of being.. point of crisis..

taylor believed age of authenticity is a good thing.. conundrum it puts us in.. we don’t know what it means to have communities of faith – how to fund them et al – inside age of authenticity.. what drives us.. forms our imagination is authenticity.. hard for youth worker.. needing institution to get a pay check.. but also knows you’re going to get a huge sense of meaning.. not just from authority/historians/dogma

reading along with root’s theo turn in youth min

notes/quotes from 154 (131) pg pdf of ethics of authenticity:

via google docs []

12 (1)

1 – three malaises

malaise: discomfort.. unease.. cause difficult to id

13 (2)

in principle.. people are no longer sacrificed to the demands of supposedly sacred orders that transcend them.. many think still incomplete .. that econ arrangements or patterns of fam life or traditional notions of hierarchy still restrict too much of their freedom

any form of m\a\p.. keeping us from us

14 (4)

modern freedom came about thru the discrediting of such orders.. but at the same time as they restricted us.. *these orders gave meaning to the world and to the activities of social life.. the discrediting of these orders has been called the ‘disenchantment’ of the world.. with it.. things lost some of their magic

*rather.. meaning to sea world and the activities of whale life.. **oi

this is not what i want to focus.. i want to rather at what some have seen to be consequences of for human life and meaning

15 (5)

people no longer have a sense of higher purpose.. or something worth dying for.. nietzsche: ‘ have no aspiration left in life but to a ‘pitiable comfort’.. lost broader vision because focus on individual lives.. less concerned with others.. recently resurface in ‘permissive society’ the doings of the ‘me generation’

16 (6)

the primacy of instrumental reason.. when we calc most economical application of means to a given end.. max efficiency.. best cost output ratio.. is its measure of success

21 (10)

3 malaises about modernity i want to deal w in this book: 1\ loss of meaning 2\ end via rampant instrumental (tech) reason 3\ loss of freedom

24 (13)

2 – the inarticulate debate

28 (17)

what we need to explain is what is peculiar in our time.. it’s not just that people sacrifice their love relationships and care of their children to pursue their careers.. something like this has perhaps always existed.. the point is that today.. many people feel called to do this.. feel they ought to do this.. feel their lives would be somehow wasted or unfulfilled if they didn’t do it.. thus what gets lost in this critique is the moral force of the ideal of authenticity.. it’s somehow being implicitly discredited.. the ideal sinks to level of axiom something one doesn’t challenge but also never expounds

in adopting the ideal, people in the culture of authenticity, as i want to call it, give support to a certain kind of liberalism.. the liberalism of neutrality.. one of basic tenets is that a liberal society must be neutral on questions of what constitutes a good life.. the good life is what each individual seeks.. in his/her own way

in undisturbed ecosystems ..the average individual, species, or population, left to its own devices, behaves in ways that serve and stabilize the whole..’ –Dana Meadows

29 (18)

result of their theory is to banish discussions about the good life to the margins of political debate.. the result is an extraordinary inarticulary about one of the constitutive ideals of modern culture.. its opponents slight it and its friends can’t speak of it.. the whole debate conspires to put it in the shade.. to render it invisible

2 other factors that conspire to intensify this silence: 1\ moral subjectivism.. that moral positions not grounded in reason.. 2\ that human nature will define right/wrong .. generally opposing authenticity 3\ all about social change.. which then involve some recourse to human motivations.. but what are often invoked are motivations that are non normal

any form of m\a\p = non normal/natural.. itch-in-the-soul = natural drive (to get to undisturbed ecosystem et al)

32 (21)

the result of all this is to thicken the darkness around the moral ideal of authenticity

maté trump law et al.. brown belonging law et al

critics of contemp culture tend to disparage it as an ideal, even to confound it w a non moral desire to do what one wants w/o interference.. the defenders of this culture are pushed into inarticulary about it by their own outlook.. the general force of subjectivism in our philosophical world and the power of neutral liberalism intensify the sense that these issues can’t and shouldn’t be talked about

do whatever you want?.. gaiman/degrasse whatever law.. gershenfeld something else law.. the thing(s) you can’t not do.. this is not ridiculous to an undisturbed ecosystem

and then on top of it all.. soc sci seems to be telling us that to understand such phenom as the contemp culture of authenticity we shouldn’t have recourse (source of help) in our explanations to such things as moral ideals.. but see it in terms of say.. recent changes in mode of production.. new patterns of youth consumption.. security of affluence..

does this matter? i think so very much.. would like to argue that far from being a reason to reject moral ideal of authenticity.. it should itself be rejected in its name..

33 (22)

a similar point can be made for those appeals to authenticity that justify ignoring whatever transcends the self: *for rejecting the past as irrelevant, or denying the **demands of citizenship, or the ***duties of solidarity, or the needs of the natural environ.. similarly .. the affirmation of the ****power of choice as itself a a good to be max’d is a deviant product of the ideal

*history ness **informed populace/citizenry et al .. any form of democratic admin.. ***red flags.. ****decision making is unmooring us law et al

34 (23)

to go along with this have to believe three things.. all controversial 1\ authenticity is a valid ideal 2\ can argue in reason about ideals & conformity of practices to these ideals 3\ that these arguments can make a diff

oi oi oi .. cancerous distractions.. will not get to legit authenticity if spending all time on this

36 (25)

3 – sources of authenticity

40 (29)

being true to myself means being true to my own originality, and that is something only i can articulate and discover..*in articulating it .. i am also defining myself.. i am realizing a potentiality that is properly my own.. this is the background understanding to the modern ideal of authenticity and to the goals of self fulfillment or self realization in which it is usually couched.. this is the background that gives moral force to the culture of authenticity, including its most degraded, absurd or trivialized forms.. it is what gives sense to the idea of ‘doing your own thing’ or ‘finding your own fulfillment’

*not sure we need to articulate or define.. naming the colour ness et al.. or realize or be proper or have goals.. thinking they are all cancerous distractions

42 (31)

4 – inescapable horizons

i want to take up the 2nd claim i made.. can you talk in reason to people who are immersed in the contemp culture of authenticity.. who seem to *accept no allegiance other than their own development.. those who seem ready to throw away **love, children, ***democratic solidarity, for the sake of some career advancement..

if throwing away **these and keeping ***these.. then not *this.. (assuming it is legit authenticity).. legit free people would have let go of any form of democratic admin.. any form of m\a\p.. and grokked deeper love and children et al.. yet true (again if legit authentic) reason isn’t the language of legit free people

43 (32)

what are conditions in human life of realizing an ideal of this kind

if this kind means 8bn legit free people.. conditions/needs: a&a.. so we would need to org around those two legit needs

45 (34)

(on authenticity being dialogical rather than monological.. because we define selves via language we learned in dialogue w significant others) we will need relationships to fulfill but not to define ourselves

oi.. language as control/enclosure.. need more idiosyncratic jargon ness and self-talk.. because 1\ all currently (and have always been) in sea world and .. 2\ in sea world – we think we need to define ourselves.. and so do all the other whales.. ie: maté parenting law et al.. trumps our authenticity..

if legit brown belonging law.. defining ourselves would be an irrelevant

46 (35)

when we come to understand what it is to define ourselves.. to determine in what our originality consists.. we see that we have to take as background some sense of what is significant.. defining myself means finding what is significant in my difference from others.. then we are in the domain of recognizable definitions

i don’t think legit free people would spend time on this

48 (37)

things take on importance against a background of intelligibility.. let us call this a horizon

rather.. perhaps.. a death sentence..

49 (38)

it can’t just be assumed a priori (random) on the grounds that anything we choose is all right

has to be.. have to trust that.. or legit authenticity will never happen.. we won’t be us.. just other people

50 (39)

for the moment the general lesson is that authenticity can’t be defended in ways that collapse horizons of significance

if has to be defended.. not authenticity.. (earlier defining horizons of significance via what other people have decided)

public consensus always oppresses someone(s) – aka: keeps someone(s) from their authenticity

there is a picture here of what human beings are like.. placed between this option for self creation and easier modes of copping out.. going with the flow.. conforming with the masses.. and so on.. which picture is seen as true.. discovered.. not decided.. horizons are given

so.. horizons as any/all form/s of m\a\p.. oi

51 (40)

following nietzsche i am a truly great philosopher if i remake the table of values.. but this means redefining values concerning important questions not redesigning the menu at mcdonalds.. to shut out demands emanating beyond the self is precisely to suppress the conditions of significance and hence to court trivialization.. *destroys the condition in which the ideal can be realized.. otherwise put.. i can define my id only against the background of things that matter.. **but to bracket out history, nature, society, the demands of solidarity, everything but what i find in myself, would be to eliminate all candidates for what matters

*there haven’t been any such conditions to date.. so nothing to destroy.. only to re\set.. hari rat park law et al

**that’s all whalespeak.. circling around enough so to distract/confuse.. along with thinking we have to id self

54 (43)

4 – the need for recognition

not a legit need

56 (45)

the way our id’s are formed in dialogue with others.. in agreement or struggle with their recognition of us.. the discovery and articulation of this fact in its modern form came about in close connection w the developing ideal of authenticity

oi.. brown belonging law.. maté trump law.. et al.. that won’t get us at legit authenticity.. being true to self

on honour and hierarchy vs dignity (citizen dignity) and democratic society

nah.. that’s same song.. any form of democratic admin.. any form of m\a\p.. same song.. not authenticity.. not legit free people .. only whales still in sea world

58 (47)

on there not being inward derivation of self.. only via recognition from other

on each heart ness is blinded/muted/trumped by recognition ness et al

66 (55)

6 – the slide to subjectivism

72 (61)

the notion that revelation comes thru expression is what i want to capture.. suggests a connection between self discovery and artistic creation.. artist becomes agent of original self defn

art (by day/light) and sleep (by night/dark) as global re\set.. to fittingness (undisturbed ecosystem).. but no need for self defn

82 (71)

7 – la lotta continua

83 (72)

instead of dismissing culture of authenticity (as too egoistic) or endorsing it as it is.. we ought to attempt to raise its practice by making more palpable to its participants what the ethic they subscribe to really involves.. this means engaging in a work of persuasion

? oi.. people telling other people what to do

i’m suggesting both sides are wrong.. that we ought to be doing is fighting over the meaning of authenticity and trying to persuade people ..

oi oi oi.. fighting? over defn?.. naming the colour ness et al.. to me .. if we have to persuade.. fight.. define.. we’re doing it wrong.. we’re not tapping into what is already on each heart.. if we legit listened to and trusted that for all of us.. that’s when we’d see legit a & a.. that’s when we’d get back/to an undisturbed ecosystem..

sans any form of m\a\p

92 (81)

8 – subtler languages

102 (91)

it was perhaps not by accident that in romantic period self feeling and feeling of belonging were linked.. perhaps loss of this sense of belonging thru a publicly defined order needs to be compensated by a stronger more inner sense of linkage.. perhaps this is what a great deal of modern poetry has been trying to articulate.. and perhaps we need a *few things more today than such articulation

*just one.. sans articulation et al (even good articulation like brown belonging law and thurman interconnectedness law)..

need 1st/most: means to undo our hierarchical listening to self/others/nature ie: tech as it could be

104 (93)

9 – an iron cage

117 (106)

we need to bring together two orders of considerations.. drawing on a\ the conditions of human life that must condition the realization of the ideals in question.. we can determine b\ what the effective realization of the ideals would amount to

to this.. let’s try this.. org around legit needs

imagine if we listened to the itch-in-8b-souls 1st thing everyday & used that data to connect us (tech as it could be.. ai as augmenting interconnectedness)

if we come to understand why tech is important here.. then it will itself be limited and enframed by an ethic of caring

ie: tech as it could be; tech w/o judgment; .. as a means to undo our hierarchical listening

mufleh humanity lawwe have seen advances in every aspect of our lives except our humanity– Luma Mufleh

we have to relate tech to this very ideal of disengaged reason.. but now as an ideal.. rather than a distorted picture of human essence..

ie: listening to idiosyncratic jargon (itch-in-the-soul).. to get detox/re\set us back to our missing pieces

120 (109)

10 – against fragmentation

121 (110)

we can’t abolish the market

oi.. we can

129 (118)

the politics of resistance is the politics of democratic will-formation

oi.. both refusal and democratic admin as cancerous distractions

there’s a nother way







comics as unflattening

Professor of Comics Nick Sousanis in conversation with Jonathan Worth (jan 2023)

@Nsousanis (Comics as thinking. Eisner winner. Unflattening from HarvardUP ( Former Detroiter/NYer/YYC/now assoc prof SFSU-Comics Studies!) on un\flattening ness via comics .. via jonathan worth:

We move through time in a sequential fashion, but our thoughts are all over the place. Comics can do this – it’s the great power of flat surfaces.

@nsousanis #Profut #Comics #illustration #GraphicNovel

Original Tweet:

from google: Unflattening is an insurrection against the fixed viewpoint. Weaving together diverse ways of seeing drawn from science, philosophy, art, literature, and mythology, it uses the collage-like capacity of comics to show that perception is always an active process of incorporating and reevaluating different vantage points.

notes/quotes from 50 min video:

1 min – interesting thing.. when say study math – they say oh so smart.. when they know you for making art – oh so talented.. my art allows me to be smarter than i would be w/o it

another art world.. art – being human.. rheingold (mom) art law.. et al

art (by day/light) and sleep (by night/dark) as global re\set.. to fittingness (undisturbed ecosystem)

2 min – 2004 did my first comic essay (political).. saw i could really get some complex meaning across.. sparked some ideas for me

3 min – always been interested in ed.. but shy of academia.. reluctant to commit to that.. because so many things that happen in academia stay in academia.. but in comics.. saw this thing i loved to do as a kid.. this way of working.. could bring to ed.. didn’t simplify.. but allowed me to get at things in a deeper way and to a broader audience

language as control/enclosure et al

6 min – saw fusion of my interest and my creative skill come together (in 2004).. even (back then) as undergrad if comics as illustration had been an option.. i think i would have dismissed it as that’s just kind of fun.. for entertainment.. and i want to do the intellectual stuff.. and i don’t think i would have made the connection to say.. oh.. this is intellectual stuff.. just in a diff form than we’re used to..

intellect ness et al

7 min – when came to columbia .. this is kind of stuff i can do.. wrestle w big ideas.. i put deep content in there.. but comes in a way that is.. kind of subversive.. seem (and are) accessible.. but depth of meaning kind of hidden.. i strip out divisive/academic language.. jargon .. and replace it w metaphor.. big question i get is ‘what is it about’.. in class everyone has diff takes.. i like that.. allows them to find their own way.. but still w main kernel

idiosyncratic jargon ness

9 min – (math to tennis to comics.. that is a circuitous path) yeah.. looking from present.. not circuitous.. but from while it’s happening.. definitely a lot of meandering going there.. i made art and played sports as a kid.. in college i studied math.. but art stayed on side.. then taught tennis to pay for everything.. later made up my own degree of math and art.. took so many art classes got fine arts degree at same time.. young enough i could try a lot of things

math, swimming, art.. vagus wandering law.. the it is me.. as the day

imagine if we

11 min – then.. happened to be at a wedding.. and someone needed a lecture class.. and i loved it.. to drop into something and be ready.. i think it hit a time where people were hungry for something diff.. i don’t think people knew enough about comics but i think people knew that i knew enough about comics and i was determined enough to find my own way and teach them about it.. *i was stable enough in my life i could get away with that.. could use tennis (which pays a lot) to fund other things i did

*graeber min\max law et al

12 min – on making comics as a kid.. batman was my first word..

14 min – 2004 – first one was about security.. ref scott mcleod’s understanding comics, scott’s avatar was always guiding us thru the comic.. that was the model i turned to.. then later.. wanted to break away from that .. loved alan moore and melinda gebbie’s this is information essay.. was a 9-11 tribute comic.. rather than themselves or some character telling a story.. it was this play of words and pictures and symbols.. and that really struck a chord with me as a way to use comics.. so i completely smashed my avatar.. that really became.. and i’ve continued to do things like that.

scott mcleod

16 min – in flattening i talk about how mistreated the word comics is.. images hold it together .. seeing how images and words lead to something

17 min – jonathan: when you showed me narrative doesn’t just go left to right top to bottom i literally saw world as diff.. please don’t assume your audience knows all the stuff you know..

embracing uncertainty et al

carhart-harris entropy law et al

18 min – a flyover about unflattening.. my dissertation (2014).. entirely a comic book.. first ish of its kind.. then came out of a book unflattening.. came out as argument for change in ed.. from system of steps/procedures.. sort of a recipe.. learning divided up into time/space/subjects.. and coming back to math and tennis and art thing.. it’s certainly an argument for myself.. we tend to see art and tennis as kind of freakish.. i think we’ve been drawing these artificial boxes around ourselves.. and that restricts who we can be as humans.. we artificially say.. i can’t be these two things because i’m not supposed to be.. and i don’t buy that at all.. t

marsh label law.. imagine if we only used daily curiosity (itch-in-the-soul) as label(s) to get to..

the it is me ness

ie: imagine if we listened to the itch-in-8b-souls 1st thing everyday & used that data to connect us (tech as it could be.. ai as augmenting interconnectedness)

19 min – i think i was very lucky that had family background that supported me to try things.. came from a background of educators who tried things

oikos (the economy our souls crave).. ‘i should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.’ – gaston bachelard, the poetics of space

graeber min\max law et al

20 min – we see comics as new medium.. but they’re not.. ie: 1830s.. topffer.. but really making sense of world thru picture stories.. egyptian murals.. cave paintings.. et al.. that’s people trying to make sense of their world thru images is as old as we’ve been us.. so we live in a culture where words and numbers are the dominate way we count as scholarship and pictures are what you put over your couch.. and i think we’ve left out part of ourselves.. t

oh my.. huge.. lit & num as colonialism.. another art world et al

21 min – so a little bit about comics.. and the affordances of them.. what can i do with comics.. defn’s are important.. but what i can do with them more important.. a form of communication.. scott says ‘juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence’.. so ie: 2 static images.. then the reader is taking it to life

22 min – one of key things of this is time.. passage of time is written in space

23 min – i think comics are weirdly good at thinking about time.. even though they don’t move.. they don’t do anything..

24 min – on will eisner’s affordances: time and space ie: time in comics is like relativity in physics.. relative to position of observer.. depends on how you want to experience the comic.. in filmstrip.. you move with cogs of strip.. in comics.. you can go at own speed.. and back and forth

theory of relativity et al

currently all our observing as whales in sea worldhari rat park law

26 min – comics handle time really well.. we talk about comics as a sequential art.. left to right.. top to bottom.. but how i think about them is the nature of simultaneity.. of things happening all at once.. but seeing whole page at one time.. so taking it all in at once.. and start to draw references back and forth.. t

zoom dance..

27 min – so starts to break the hierarchical nature of reading.. and allow some other kinds of ways of reading.. we’re seeing all of time all at once.. as the reader.. have a higher thing.. past/future real and visible.. sequential and simultaneous all at once.. t

28 min – we move thru time in a sequential fashion.. get up, breakfast, classes, lunch.. but when in a convo.. you think of something like.. that makes me think of that.. so your thoughts are going sort of sideways all at once.. even as your life is moving sequentially thru.. and i think comics do is hold both of those modes.. the sequential/linear thing with the all-at-once/simultaneous ways that our thoughts work

humanity needs a leap.. to get back/to simultaneous spontaneity .. simultaneous fittingness.. everyone in sync..

for (blank)’s sake

29 min – so i really think.. that flat surfaces.. that there’s this great power in being static and flat.. because it allows you to care about both drawing and meta drawing at the same time.. i care about both the whole .. and the individual .. together

small is {ginormous} beautiful ness.. thurman interconnectedness law ness.. networked individualism et al

ie: making an image with the whole while allowing you to read in sequence ie: frank king’s gasoline alley

30 min – simultaneity .. the awareness of so much happening at once is now the most salient aspect of contemporary life and i think comics really handle that.. ie: both philosophical and weird.. t

31 min – how i think about comics.. we tend to think of images plus text.. i try to look at how the reader experiences the page..

33 min – still read in left to right fashion.. but there’s multiple layers of info coming to you at once.. you’re aware of the background.. the beat.. it’s still a flat piece of paper .. but we can read all this diff level of complexity.. the sequential and simultaneous at once

i did a cover for the boston globe.. it’s about entropy.. how things fall apart ‘against the flow’.. specifically about things that go against that flow..t .. like life.. ie: omelettes won’t turn back into eggs.. that’s the linear flow of time of entropy.. then read down the page.. then asked to read right to left which you’re not used to.. then asked to read bottom to top which your definitely not used to.. so my goal is.. how do i make the page feel like what we’re talking about.. how do i make something that reflects linear but also pushes against it..

carhart-harris entropy law et al.. myth of normal ness

34 min – i take like 50 pages of notes to figure out.. how i want the reader to dance

how to dance the dance

35 min – so a big thing for me is to think about comics.. we tend to think about it as prose plus illustration (so if can draw and write good).. i think better to think about it as poetry plus graphic design then we’re really thinking about the space.. and that opens up comics to everyone who can make marks with their body

36 min – we tend to compare comics to storyboards.. but in storyboards only care about what goes in frames.. in comics not only care about what gets drawn in frame.. but size of frame.. overall placement on page.. et al.. for me.. composition matters.. everything you do is given a rhythm to how you tell your story.. theme is like zoom out picture.. which drives you thru it

zoom dance ness

38 min – comics are this profoundly powerful way to represent thinking and a profoundly powerful way to generate thinking ie: what goes first words or pictures.. my answer is yes

39 min – iterate a mess and things happen.. and anyone can make this kind of mess.. it’s not a picture of my thinking.. this is it.. t.. i start w images and text at same time and they take me places.. ie: i have to figure out how to make words go that way

rheingold (mom) art law: not so much about the art.. but about the conversation you have with yourself while you’re making the art

41 min – shows student works by self proclaimed non drawers.. i don’t think being able to draw is the thing.. ie: my fav part.. his 3 blank panels.. ‘i didn’t know my grandma’ and ‘then she was go’.. and that (blankness) was the most powerful thing to draw.. his thinking skills in space is great

rumi words law.. lanier beyond words law.. millman never nothing law.. quiet enough to see.. et al

44 min – shy girl’s comic.. allowed her to say things about herself that surprised he.. on not fitting in box.. and getting out of box

self-talk as data

rheingold (mom) art law

45 min – ultimately i came back to comics as a way of making things accessible.. but what i really learned early on is it changed how i thought.. it’s a diff way of thinking.. changes way you start to layer/org ideas.. think about comics making as a kind of choreography.. how do i want reader to feel as they move thru this.. how do i get you to move in a way that feels like the ideas i’m getting at.. i don’t have a character arch.. i have an idea arch.. often changes what i research.. slow moving process.. but in iterating this i sort of find the idea and find a way to embody that idea on the page.. how things emerge

mechanism simple enough ness ie: tech as it could be

47 min – as a non maker.. you tend to think of things emerging fully formed.. but that’s just not how it is.. it’s this incredibly circuitous (meandering) journey where you’re trying things.. for me .. i find my skill at drawing badly has served me well.. i interpret then redraw them.. i think so hard about not just what i draw but how.. how do we think about all those things.. and give reader and selves a diff experience

as the day ness.. embracing uncertainty.. et al

this is how we need to org 8bn people.. ie: org around legit needs

a nother way.. in the city.. as the day

imagine if we



1\ undisturbed ecosystem (common\ing) can happen

2\ if we create a way to ground the chaos of 8b free people




I’m struggling (as many of us are) with cohorts of students who are themselves struggling to be positive, pro-active, collaborative, to network and self organise – man alive .. just to enthuse .. y’know? Your interest alone (however tangential) is a signal to them that the conversation (whatever that is) is out there and they’re a part of it if they want to be.

on why i don’t convo/social much:

1\ thinking restate/update 7.18

why (i do what i do): to set people free

because of our interconnectedness:

i believe that partial freedom is no freedom.. (ie: none of us are free if one of us is chained) and ..

i believe today we have the means to unchain all of us in sync/leap

[i think all our part\ial initiatives/efforts are keeping us from the sync/simultaneousness we need for global freedom/equity .. i think we keep getting distracted/disjointed by irrelevants (money/measuring/et-al) necessary to maintain/incentivize the partial ness.. and if i’m wrong.. thankfully.. there are plenty of amazing people/initiatives/efforts going that route]


2\ costello screen\service law

‘it’s most unethical to screen people for a condition if you don’t have the services in place to treat them’ jane costello

on the why of the unethical ness:

i felt i was telling (ocean) how it was going to die w/no cure. so i quit academia to work on a solution @Enric_Sala#2030NOW

scary how many people have come to the reasonable conclusion that it’s better to be fake and fit in rather than be real and lonely
Original Tweet:

after adding this here.. ended up making this page: warning ness





decolonizing methodologies et al



oh my math



language as control/enclosure

idiosyncratic jargon



john doktor – graphic novel and tyler benke – graphic novel ness from findings abstract (#4)



jon on wierarchy

Wirearchy – Jon Husband at Social Now 2019 | Knowman

from []

notes/quotes from 18 min video:

1 min: job eval methods.. all generic semantic codification of taylorism.. they are the core obstacle.. powerful jaws of system

working 15 yrs to become partner.. then quit right before.. had to decide if i wanted to belong to past or future.. chose future and it blew my life up.. the rest of my life/career has been a catastrophe.. when i started talking about wierarchy people thought i was nuts.. couldn’t find work.. and it still makes people nervous.. we live in a system made up of a lot of rules.. and rules layered on rules.. i wrote an essay a few yrs ago called semantic straight jackets.. layer after layer of the right way to do things.. t

socrates supposed to law.. language as control/enclosure

need: means for free flow like idiosyncratic jargon ness.. ie: curiosity over decision making

his essay []

notes/quotes from essay:

Straitjackets are devices worn to restrain agitated or unpredictable people.. t

myth of normal.. crazywise (doc) et al

Today, our semantic straight-jackets are bound by the prescriptive linear logic of cause-and-effect .. t

graeber unpredictability/surprise law et al.. fromm spontaneous law et al..

humanity needs a leap.. to get back/to simultaneous spontaneity .. simultaneous fittingness.. everyone in sync..

The models created to codify “how to do things better, faster, cheaper” are almost exclusively derived from yesterday’s and today’s mainstream management ‘science’. 

They are so common and widespread that they are used almost without thinking. 

We’ve been living through the late stages of an era dominated by assumptions about predictability, efficiency, reproducibility, control of quality and an ongoing quest to replace expensive and variable human labour with processes and automation that delivers those characteristics at massive scale.

As the quest for reliable success and continuous improvement has continued and grown, it has come to define our times. During this journey, we have witnessed (via a plethora of semantically defined models) the evolution of the concepts of management science take shape in tools that codify:

– the division of labour,
– functional and service specialization,
– continuous assessment and monitoring,
– the widespread adoption of metrics, and
– the definition of what desirable performance meant.

mumford non-specialized law et al.. any form of m\a\p

But, humans are messy and and have individual cognitive, psychological and emotive profiles and capabilities. In effect, each person has their own configuration of cognition, psychology and motivation that affects their reasons for being and doing. They do not yield easily to standardization models. It is my belief that most people have reacted to the onslaught of competency models (for example) as one would react to being asked to try on a straitjacket  … livable but constraining and uncomfortable.

Frameworks such as Cynefin provide us with guidance towards new more effective ways of describing exploration and actions, while their open syntax allow us to *stay away from the prescriptions that worked in a predictable environment in order to prototype and apply novel approaches to organizational effectiveness.

again.. any form of m\a\p

we cannot hide our fear of complexity behind them anymore.

To tame this fear, and grow our individual or collective potential, we need first to learn the building blocks of a new semantics, then to play with them according to a new syntax. Learn and play, not prescriptive methodologies, are the fabric of organizational improvement.

imagine if we listened to the itch-in-8b-souls 1st thing everyday & used that data to connect us (tech as it could be.. ai as augmenting interconnectedness)

back to notes/quote from video:

3 min – on managerial capitalism.. back in time.. 50s.. societal org growth.. school.. business.. everything.. then management science took over.. efficiency optimization.. et al.. then change management.. get everyone involved.. then erp (electronic concrete poured over business processes).. change management meant training everyone on new system.. then internet.. hyperlinks..

5 min – making meaning .. organizing activities..

6 min – 1st 200 yrs after printing press.. knowledge threatened existing power

7 min – hierarchy is not going away any time soon.. i don’t think it should.. it should change.. all the dots.. potential communities of purpose/action

i think we need to let go of it soon.. so to me.. need 1st/most: means to undo our hierarchical listening to self/others/nature ie: tech as it could be

8 min – see anger/hate but also miraculous stuff in networks

9 min – defn of wierarchy i wrote oct 1999: dynamic 2 way power and authority based on knowledge, trust, credibility, and a focus on generating results, enable by interconnected people and technology

results.. ness.. ? i don’t know.. i think that’s a cancerous distraction

credibility and trust? i think you have one or the other.. ie: if have to have credibility.. then not trust..

there is not longer one way/method that works..

harold jarche calls it perpetual beta

harold jarche.. perpetual beta {glossary}

10 min – we’re moving from core assumption that we can analyze and eliminate uncertainty.. this is also reminiscent of dave snowden’s (knevin?) network .. to ongoing sense making and engaging, participating in inclusive ways w uncertainty.. it will keep evolving..

dave snowden

sense making? would we if legit free?

engaging, participating.. et al

11 min – i don’t want wierarchy to become a model.. or an answer.. or a solution.. it’s just a principle.. a word you can use to think about this stuff

wierachy is not a method/approach/framework.. it’s an emergent principle.. networks are everything..

12 min – once i thought wierarchy.. i couldn’t unthink it and my career blew apart

with traditional hierarchy: discrete events, time to adjust/absorb, relatively predictable outcomes, sense future as continuation of present

with emergent wierarchy: continuous process, adjust on the fly, almost impossible to predict outcomes, future is highly complex and uncertain

13 min – people at work need guidance

to me.. that’s why we need to let go of work ness.. to me.. needing guidance is a huge red flag we’re doing it/life wrong

14 min – we need new core assumptions about how we design work

or perhaps we need to let go of designing.. working.. assuming.. all these irrelevant/distractions.. and try something legit diff..


1\ undisturbed ecosystem (common\ing) can happen

2\ if we create a way to ground the chaos of 8b legit free people

‘in undisturbed ecosystems ..the average individual, species, or population, left to its own devices, behaves in ways that serve and stabilize the whole..’ –Dana Meadows

these structures we have built with these core assumptions are so immune to penetration.. organizational antibodies.. when try to org change.. all the antibodies kill it

that’s why we need to org around something every soul already craves (aka: org around legit needs) so there are not anti body bodies..

gershenfeld something else law et al

15 min – i’m agnostic to platforms.. then rec’s some








live to lead (doc)

Extraordinary leaders reflect on their legacies and share messages of courage, compassion, humility, hope and generosity. Inspired by the iconic legacy of Nelson Mandela, Live to Lead highlights the fundamental values, daily disciplines and guiding principles that leaders employ to motivate others and create meaningful change.

Featured interviews include: former U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; climate change activist Greta Thunberg; social justice attorney and advocate Bryan Stevenson; New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern; South Africa’s national rugby union team captain and social inequality campaigner Siya Kolisi; feminist icon and social justice activist Gloria Steinem; and anti-apartheid activist and former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa Albie Sachs. Live to Lead is a Nelson Mandela Foundation project created and directed by Geoff Blackwell, and executive produced by Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

greta thunberg.. bryan stevenson.. jacinda arden.. harry and meghan..

notes/quotes from ep 1 (ruth):

17 min – (what do you think the world needs most today): listening.. t

need 1st/most: means to undo our hierarchical listening to self/others/nature ie: tech as it could be

the ability to applaud our differences and yet come together

‘in undisturbed ecosystems ..the average individual, species, or population, left to its own devices, behaves in ways that serve and stabilize the whole..’ –Dana Meadows

thurman interconnectedness lawwhen you understand interconnectedness it makes you more afraid of hating than of dying – Robert Thurman 

imagine if we listened to the itch-in-8b-souls 1st thing everyday & used that data to connect us (tech as it could be.. ai as augmenting interconnectedness)

25 min – (speaker at her funeral): ‘to imagine that something can be diff.. that’s the job of a profit.. and a rare profit.. also makes that world possible in her lifetime.. that we the people would include all the people.. now know that any *office is open to all’

*we need deeper.. than office ness.. (that already presupposes not all equal.. any form of m\a\p)..

humanity needs a leap.. to get back/to simultaneous spontaneity .. simultaneous fittingness.. everyone in sync..

diff is today we have the means to ground that chaos.. to org around legit needs


1\ undisturbed ecosystem (common\ing) can happen

2\ if we create a way to ground the chaos of 8b legit free people

notes/quotes from ep 2 (greta):

greta thunberg

4 min – how i got out of that depression was.. ‘i can do so much.. one person can do so much’.. so i started doing everything i can to change things

5 min – one thing that makes you feel powerless is you don’t see anyone else that is passionate about the same things

imagine if we listened to the itch-in-8b-souls 1st thing everyday & used that data to connect us (tech as it could be.. ai as augmenting interconnectedness)

6 min – everyone should get that opportunity to feel like you are capable of making a difference

8 min – i can see now that i’m not the only one who cares about this

9 min – (did people ask who do you think you are).. yes.. but i’m very stubborn .. when i am fully passionate about something i fully commit to it..

21 min – we must change almost everything in our society

actually.. everything.. ie: a nother way

i don’t want you to be hopeful.. i want you to panic.. act as if the house is on fire.. because it is

instead of looking for hope.. look for action.. then and only then.. hope will come

notes/quotes from ep 3 (bryan):

bryan stevenson.. equal justice initiative.. just mercy

3 min – (1 in 10 on death row innocent.. 8mn incarcerated) we have a system that treats you better if you’re rich and guilty than poor and innocent (playing take me to the river).. t

7 min – i realized the death penalty isn’t about whether people deserve to die.. it’s do we deserve to kill.. t.. the problem isn’t what he did.. but what we are doing..

8 min – i have to align myself w the condemned… if i believe we are all more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.. and advocate for the other things they are.. t

pearson unconditional law et al

12 min – i am committed to this idea to change the world.. to create justice.. we have to be willing to get proximate to the people we serve.. to the communities in need..

i also believe we too often are so focused on the debates/issues.. we’re not listening to the narratives underneath the debates and issues.. t.. i’m trying to change the narrative.. we’re not free in america.. we’ve practiced silence for so long.. we’re going to have to disrupt that silence by talking about things we haven’t talked about before.. graffiti: can you hear us now

need 1st/most: means to undo our hierarchical listening to self/others/nature ie: tech as it could be

14 min – confronting/changing narratives is important for me.. that’s why we built a museum

15 min – your hope is your superpower.. it’s an orientation of the spirit.. not a pie in the sky thing

finally.. i believe you’ve got to be willing to do things that are uncomfortable and difficult..

17 min – you have to love what you do.. i hate (the problems).. but i love that i’m able to give a little bit to these problems..

18 min – you have to stay on the side of love.. when love is diminished.. you don’t get to be a full human being..

19 min – we all need to be resolved to pushing back against the politics of fear and anger.. we can’t eliminate it.. but we can commit (to relating) in ways that are not shaped as fear and anger.. relentlessly committed to caring and nurturing.. t

21 mi – i would tell me 20 yr old self to dream big.. that i can achieve more than i’ve seen.. don’t be distracted by the things that are ugly/painful/hateful.. stay focused on the things that are beautiful, inspiring, energizing.. dream big

notes/quotes from ep 4 (jacinda):

jacinda arden

2 min – what if we change what ‘us’ means.. an innate sense of connection to each other.. t

us & them ness et al.. marsh label law et al

thurman interconnectedness lawwhen you understand interconnectedness it makes you more afraid of hating than of dying – Robert Thurman 

4 min – if i could distill it down to one concept that we are pursuing in new zealand it is simple and it is this.. kindness

7 min – (what qualities underpin the path that brought you to this leadership role): kindness.. and not being afraid to be kind.. or be really driven by empathy.. if we focus only on being the strongest.. most powerful person in the room.. i think we lose what we need to be here for

8 min – (what are political leaders meant to be here for): other people

13 min – that’s one of my reflections around leadership just generally.. if we give ourselves a moment to be just who we are.. then many of these things just become intuitive.. it’s just who we are as humans.. t

on each heart ness..

need 1st/most: means to undo our hierarchical listening to self/others/nature ie: tech as it could be

14 min – amongst all the diff’s that exist.. we all have a shared humanity .. if we could just remember that

21 min – the fact that we have young people (girls) who immediately assume that they won’t do the thing that they aspire to do.. makes me so sad.. but i also totally understand.. there are enough barriers in this world.. w/o ourselves being one as well

22 min – responsibility has always been a bigger motivation for me.. a sense of duty.. i was constantly worrying about whether i was doing the right thing.. doing enough..

oi.. responsibility ness

notes/quotes from ep 5 (siya):

24 min – i can’t be angry at some people.. because that’s how they were taught.. that’s all that they know.. t

kownacki hear\t law.. et al

notes/quotes from ep 6 (gloria):

4 min – (what really matters to you): apparently everything.. this is a problem..

6 min – to help that child become who they already are.. t

9 min – a movement just means you have friends who are doing the same thing

1o min – we have not been sitting around campfires for over 100 000 yrs telling each other stories for nothing.. it’s in our cellular memory.. this is the way we communicate.. the way we know what the other person is feeling.. and ultimately that we know that we are linked and not ranked.. t

15 min – how we receive this unique person and make sure we listen to that person not just tell her what to do .. that is the root of a larger.. peaceful possibility.. if we raised one generation of children w/o violence and humiliation.. we have no idea what might be possible..t

17 min – you know authenticity when you see it.. it’s so valuable.. the diff between movements and political campaigns or corps.. is authenticity.. and what that means is.. we’re going to fuck up.. and that’s ok.. we just have to be able to say we’re sorry and move on.. we should value spontaneity over reputation/legacy.. to be our authentic selves is so valuable.. than thought to be someone you’re not

18 min – need people who respect diff.. as far as i know every individual has potential for empathy.. i think females become empathy sick..

19 min – money is boring.. how much is enough

21 min – i think age segregation is as terrible as any other.. if old.. you’ve seen how bad.. if young.. you’re angry.. we don’t learn from same ness.. you learn from diff

22 min – don’t try to divide us.. if you force muslims to register.. we will all register as muslims..

none of us are free ness

24 min – never worry about what we should do.. but do whatever we can

notes/quotes from ep 7 (albie):

12 min – something was broken.. you never get over solitary confinement

17 min – there was something very joyful at the recovery after the bomb (lost arm and one eye)

22 min – (how is it you found this capacity for love): it’s something inside.. it’s with you.. finding sides of ourselves thru living w others.. i’m a person because you’re a person..

24 min – for me conscience is #1 – enables you to live with a significant virtue.. not because you are obeying commandments.. but something inside.. all the lovely things radiate around that.. ie: not naughty to tell a lie.. it was violating something inside me..

26 min – model yourself on yourself.. don’t follow your dreams.. follow your life