indy johar

indy johar bw


co-founded hub westminster [heard about via Dougald] and oo:\ and dark matters lab.. and…


The future of capitalism | Meaning 2012

as architects we were deskilling/depurposing..

as we go from consumer to producer economy.. dis economies of scale…

i am responsible – regardless of whoever pays me – for the public good…


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city ness

money ness


Indy Johar (@indy_johar) tweeted at 5:48 AM – 21 Sep 2016 :

A culture of informality/conversation commerce is veneer on even the most progressive orgs they all fall back old norms #DarkMatterProblems (

norms like… accounting/contracting…et al

The system challenges we face are not born of human limits/cultural lock-ins (most can be overcome) but our institutional infrastructure

Indy Johar (@indy_johar) tweeted at 5:54 AM – 21 Sep 2016 :

We haven’t reimagined governance, contracting, accounting, procurement for a complex emergent world (living in an illusion of certainty) (

reimagine accounting..contracting..?..
reimagine those things…or disengage from them…ie:a nother way that makes them irrelevant

if we really are seeking emergence…
won’t happen w all the measuring ness

Indy Johar (@indy_johar) tweeted at 6:01 AM – 21 Sep 2016 :

In this world corporates use asymmetric power to continue to live in an illusion of certainty forcing uncertainty to be carried by citizens (

interp/imag labor via David‘s rev in rev


Simone Cicero (@meedabyte) tweeted at 7:54 AM – 5 Dec 2016 :

Democracy cannot be reduced to the vote: functioning democracy reqs democratising capital, knowledge… @indy_johar (

1\ *Democracy sits on the stack of the military and the rule of law. These two conditions need to exist prior to any form of functioning democracy. They are put in service of democracy – but are also independent pillars of democracy formation. We must acknowledge we are not free of the war machine and the destructive power of war or structure of security. In fact many of our democracies are increasingly in a constant state of war focused on preserving and enhancing interests – we must reconcile this reality – our pretty “libertarian” dreams sit on the shoulders of the war machine – in all its forms from economic, military and cyber war. (Let’s not glorify this but we must acknowledge this reality in our politics)


2\ *Representative Democracy is just a form of societal decision making architecture, as much as the famed “market” is a model of societal decision making and “learned societies” (the professions) are another model of decisions making architecture — where the primacy of knowledge & practice holds power — in preference to price or collective agreement) – increasingly this historic triad has been disrupted by rise of scalable social networks and their power to influence societal decision making. Together theses societal decision making structures come together to build a complex and balanced interplay of decision making — fusing long term thinking, with distributed long tail thinking and supply demand matching logics.

*and that’s why.. #1..

if we insist on society decision making (ie: consensus).. and public consensus always oppresses someone(s).. then we need force (

no longer need to rep.. no more rep ping.. violence ing

we have the tech capabilities (io dance ness) to redefine decision making..


they were charged to *look after the public interest, not our interest, or just our communities interests — but the public interest

perhaps … the idea that anyone has to.. *look after public interest.. rather than trust (aka: 100%) us as one.. trust the dance.. is what’s keeping us from us..

we shouldn’t perpetuate efficiency of a mode/medium/means we no longer need.


Cassie Robinson. (@CassieRobinson) tweeted at 1:28 AM – 22 Jul 2017 :

If you’re trying to influence & design for long-term, systemic change then this provocation by @indy_johar is (

B. Startups to System Transition. Increasingly, and simultaneously we are recognizing that tinkering at the edges of our systems. won’t get us there — given the rising scale of the challenge. Shifting well-being in society, or addressing the rise of chronic diseases or incarceration rates, or the inclusive benefits of growth , or educational outcomes — cannot be addressed by minor interventions at the edge of the current model — but require whole scale system wide reform of an order we have not witnessed for nearly 50–70 years. We were once creating the NHS. and a modern public — university system but institutional renewal for society has not materialised out of the social innovation field so far. Yet this needs to be. a time of generational renewal — a time for reimagining our societal infrastructure and human development.

‘a time of generational renewal..’ (while reading postcapitalism)
that’s all the 50 yrs is.. not an econ pattern
econ has nothing to do w real us
in fact… mutating real us

C. The Rise of a complex multi-actor world. As we move to a complex, emergent and unknown world — we increasingly need a new institutional infrastructure which recognises the following: The challenge is not government but distributed governance.

The challenge is not about unlocking or shifting the statistical mean/or median of contribution but moral and ethical responsibility to unleash us all. The challenge is not the public sector but the distributed creation of public good. The challenge is not public or private but interdependence. The challenge is not just disruptive innovation of new products and services but the coordinated activity across our institutional infrastructure. *The challenge for financing is not about risk diversity across sectors and. portfolios but finding synergy within portfolios and places/systems. The challenge is not about getting one man on the moon but about getting. civilisation up in the stars.

great section – until.. financing is assumed..

in d:

Whilst there have been a few attempts of applying this thinking to social infrastructure — it has largely been naive with efforts focusing on the efficiency of resource allocation as opposed to the fundamentals of care.

let’s try this ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way

not necessarily incrementalism but real societal moonshots to support new practices, systems, tools or products which can drive a mainstream revolution

indeed.. [aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]


Aleksi Neuvonen (@Leksis) tweeted at 2:22 AM – 26 Aug 2017 :

A great text by @indy_johar on post managerial, post industrial and post “jobs for bad robots” #nextera. #futures (

Most of our human economy has since the industrial & managerial revolution functioned to full fill and comply with roles & processes for predefined value and imagination.

The industrial economy made humans “labour”, designed, focused and instrumentalised in the fullfillment of corporate value creation and the imagination of the few.

work ness

This is a future not designed to instrumentalise and passively enslave humans and drive compliance – through debt and wage incentives but to use “Universal Basic Income” to unleash and liberate purpose, care, collaboration and the capacity to dream and disrupt the future.

i don’t think ubi is enough to free us.. i think we have to disengage from any measuring ness..

This is a future which requires us to reimagine “Management” from being a means of control to a means for emancipate, nurture grow care and capacity.

ie: a mech to facil chaos.. rather than to .. organize it..

This is a future we requires us to start by embracing the relatively infinite possibility of humans – as opposed to our limited capacity to make roles and manage process.

eudaimoniative surplusginorm small

This is a future which embraces a tomorrow, where humans are the source of economy not redundant to its function.


moonshots and mission capital

One of the real structural challenges we face is the systemic loss of our intentional capacity to imagine futures — real alternative futures — not just tinkering with the world we find ourselves locked in to.

totally agree

This is capital which needs not only a new public funding formula but also a new political imagineerium.

perhaps a new political imagineerium would render public funding irrelevant

How would we unlock & unleash the full capacity of every citizen individually and collectively?

as it could be

These are perhaps the real moonshots of our age, they are not beyond our imagination or even our scientific analysis, but to date, they have been beyond our belief/will to engineer.

indeed.. because we can’t seem to let go of money/measure.. enough


per dark matters site – 50 min talk from 2016


too often democracy defined by the note.. but democracy is much more than the vote

voting ness

the democracy i’m interested in is the power to create society.. not to consume

5 min – 1\ wiki house.. how to design a house that could be iterated/evolved by people.. could be played around w our sketchup.. like open sourced barn raising

how about city sketchup

the architecture is the architecture of the convo.. faciling convo..

let’s just focus on that.. ie: 2 convos.. and trust us.. to take care of everything else..

11 min – design cost

15 min – finding ways to not only measure but finance these oblique inventions..

.. because we can’t seem to let go of money/measure.. enough

17 min – as long as you engage whole families in space.. you don’t get that violence

in the city.. as the day..

20 min – india – more deaths via auto.. drs incentivized by cash they get.. at the end he built the app.. the complex challenges we’re dealing w don’t have single point interventions.. no single app/tech that solves this

unless perhaps it’s focused on a problem deep enough for 7 bn people to resonate w today.. as it could be

23 min – how do we write strategy.. how do we do change.. in a complex world

maybe we don’t write strategy.. we change by letting go..


25 min – maybe our *theory of change has to be different.. ie: **diff type of contracting.. financing systems .. not products..

*indeed.. **not different enough

26 min – impact birmingham.. focused on city not on hub.. crowdfunded it.. become accountable


28 min – if you start to map the journey.. the journey of the building is not the plan.. it’s the social organization..  and the problem is.. all our mapping techs are still focused on the plan.. we don’t know how to communicate this stuff properly..

indeed.. 2 convos

how do you get 1000 people involved in the issue.. unless you can pkg the politics.. you can’t drive the change..

perhaps we listen to the change.. and facil that.. rather than trying to gather people around our assumed campfire

28 min – but that’s not enough.. what does legitimacy look like in this sort of model.. how do we build accountability

perhaps.. we can go beyond deeming legitimacy.. and just assume good.. (and assume that we need all of us).. because otherwise.. ie: who decides.. each day.. what’s legit..?

29 min – and then how do we finance this

short bp.. because money less ness matters huge

30 min – how do you contract movements.. i don’t know..

why contract movements..?

31 min – don’t worry about group outcome.. worry about growing group intelligence.. that’s your real long term metric

wow.. i’d rather it be eudaimoniative surplus

what you worry about is every actor becoming smart as a collab ly.. and that talks about building a diff type of environ

so in this future were we move from the i to the we

32 min – ie: redesigned school.. hospital..

we also learned this public private is archaic

systemic ness

33 min – how do you procure this future.. when you can’t predict tomorrow

34 min – maybe best way to drive ed isn’t to change school but to actually get a librarian who loves teaching kids to read.. we know that has massive effects

whoa.. agree w libraries.. but not with a need to teach how to read.. and that’s huge to what you’re seeking..

35 min – to do this you have to invest in building shared language.. and that takes time

not if we trust in idio-jargon.. via a mech to facil that chaos..

36 min – how do you start to build a shared language.. how do you start to sense together

1 yr to be 5.. because ie: not yet scrambled ness.. et al

38 min – diff means of org ing.. diff means of having that convo..

39 min – in a way .. what we’re all designing.. is architecture of large convos..

let’s go ginorm/small.. ie: 2 convos

40 min – unless we actually find a means of change to deal with the complexity we’re in.. i think we’re stuck..

so.. let’s let go.. and try something different..

41 min – if we want drive change.. we’re going to have to build a new org model.. and that requires us to build an architecture of large convos..

42 min – q&a

42 min – intuitively everyone gets this.. but we have a solutional design that doesn’t get this.. ie: audit mechc; contracting structures; way we build brands; marketing; asset and ownership … et al.. don’t get this..  the challenge is that leaders don’t get this

perhaps.. we need to disengage from all this

44 min – it was about every actor becoming conscious of their interdependency.. that was the first leverage of change.. that capacity is the real fundamental.. we think of each other as inferior and not able to get this.. every human being is a phenomenally powerful.. not a capability problem.. a respect problem..

as it could be..  interconnectedness

has to be all of us


article from dec 2017

“the instrumentalisation of being human, and the conversion of being human into a unit of labour and consumption” by @indy_johar

Original Tweet:

The inquality we see around us — is an inequality of autonomy, an inquality of purpose fullness, inequality of agency. This is an inquality where intrinsic organisation is a privilege of the few and the extrinsic organisation applied to the many.

equity: everyone getting a go everyday

Innovating in a complex, emergent world needs us to adopt a new model of organizing.

This is an idea which requires to reimagine and break free words like Freedom – and rehabilitate them, making them fit for the 21st century.

we need a full stack transformation embracing a linked reimaging of our social-economic-technological & spatial infrastructure to unleash this Human(e) Revolution..t

as it could be

2 convos as infra