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September 1980, Pesce attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), for a Bachelor of Science degree, but left in June 1982 to pursue opportunities in the newly emerging high-technology industry. He worked as an Engineer for the next few years, developing prototype firmware and software for SecurID cards. In 1988, Pesce joined Shiva Corporation, which pioneered and popularized dial-up networking. Pesce’s role in the company was to develop user interfaces, and his research in this area would lead him deeper into the questions posed by virtual reality. The company would grow from $1.5 million in sales in 1988, to $40 million when Pesce departed in early 1993……

so much there – just go swim.

16 years ago, hardly anyone was connected; 16 years from now, being connected will be synonymous with being human. That’s not a prediction – that’s where we are.         Mark Pesce, May 26, 2011



Keynote for Methodist Ladies’ College, Melbourne, Victoria, 27 January 2015:



feb 26 2015 speaking at hypercivility – civic hall nyc

[Warning: Some of the images in Pesce’s talk are from the Rwandan genocide and may be disturbing.]

we can’t see our way out.. what we’ve got.. a planet spanning connectivity only to find that it’s ruling (or ruining) us

rwanda was dead – 1994 – 2/3 displaced – took time to recover from death – 2003 – article 54 – the never again article – no more discrimination

we are rwandans..  no more hutu no more tutsi

nationality: human


begging for Neil ness. but also ringing of ni ness. kind of. i don’t know.



a mess of following him – ness – below


sunday, february 20, 2011

mark pesce

currently reading and absorbing this and this.


sunday, march 13, 2011

mark pesce

on paperworks – padworks
spot on – but do we need the national curriculum?
isn’t that a compromise as well?isn’t this unleashing about curiosity, and the natural process of learning. why impose content strands?..
while the nat curriculum may be better.. it’s not the best is it?
Shirky’s Cognitive Surplus – all over but esp p. 190 on the printing press:
because each reader had access to more books, intellectual diversity not uniformity was the result. this increase in diversity of sources corroded faith in older institutions. (standards?..)and on: make war, then love –
It’s as though we went as far as we could, in our own heads, then leapt outside of them, into cities, and left our heads behind.       -3 paragraphs up from the you think our heads, or enough of our heads, or enough of our heads and others’ heads with the use of the web, have caught up enough that now we can make the cities us?
cognitive surplus – ness.seems you think so here:

we stare down into our screens, and find within them a connection we had almost forgotten.  It touches something so ancient – and so long ignored – that the mobile now contends with the real world as the defining axis of social orientation.  
People are often too busy responding to messages to focus on those in their immediate presence.  It seems ridiculous, thoughtless and pointless, butthe device has opened a passage which allows us to retrieve this oldest part of ourselves, and we’re reluctant to let that go. 
so – shouldn’t we be more about using those devices for conversations..(than standards) deep tacit knowledge conversations. that lead to trust based relationships, that lead to bringing people together.
These kinds of things have been possible before, but the National Curriculum gives us the reason to do it. 
i think the reason to do it is because each of us has curiosities deep within.. the nat curric is if we didn’t have access to these connections.
Shirky again:
on new networks.. we thought – i’ll use it to help me find info, etc.. but what we actually did was communicate and share.
our desire to communicate with one another has turned out to be one of the most stable features of the current environment.
the answers are more in the opportunities (creating serendipity) for each other by the culture of the groups we your plexus what we’re looking for? is someone in ed testing it out, can we test it out? do you have yet a space on plexus where you can have a coffeehouse convo? jetsons quality?

i can’t seem to read your posts fast enough.


thursday, march 17, 2011

mark pesce

what ever happened to the book:hypertexts capability of nonlinearity
a link is pregnant with meaning, to pass one by means you’re occurring an opportunity cost
attention has been monetized, so links are kept to a minimum
even in Kelly’s case, where money means nothing, links are missing
on the other hand, consider an article in wikipedia
many do point back, but plenty that face out
this is a doc that has embraced the nature of the medium
wikipedia does not monetize attention
it’s the pure expression of the tension between the momentum of the text of the centrifugal force of the hypertextthe newspaper has been shreaded, from the nature of hypertexttl;dr = too long, didn’t readattention spans are not shortening, kids will still read mega pageswe’ve entered an era of hyper competitive developmentin truth, we do more reading today than we did 10 years ago.the shorter the text, the less invested you are in it
discriminate between electronic book and publishing in light
ebook – it’s not a one for one translation

if we want to avoid turning living typeset texts into dead text in light, we would end up with less than what we had before
purposefully stripped of their utility to be placed in a new medium

hypertext is intrinsically alluring

what is the bene of the ebook? is it ubiquity? mobility? – those are nice features, but not in themselves overwhelmingly alluring

an ebook offers a qualitatively different experience in the text (ie: britanica vs wikipedia)
does the electronic book differ from the hyper docs?

we won’t know what the electronic book looks like until we’ve had time to play with it
we come to a book with a commitment – we want to finish it, but why

it will become a gradient rather than a boundary

as texts become electronic, as the melt together, meaning multiplies exponentially
every sentence and every word in every sentence can send you flying in almost any direction (like ed)
the tension there will just be one text. and there will only be one text. the reading will be exciting, exhilarating, dizzying,
as our texts become one.. as they become one hyperconnected mass of human connection,  it will become synonymous with culture…all the texts strung together.. and that’s what happened to the book


saturday, march 26, 2011

mark pesce

sharing talk t educators in australia  oct 29sharing things or sharing thoughts
we teach kids how to share things, we never have to teach them how to share their thoughts [even tacit?]1999 – shawn fanning sharing napster to share mp3 files freely, within 3 mos, millions of college students freely trading music, the idea of copyright and music piracy didn’t enter their heads, it was all about sharingwhen you connect people together they will automatically share the things they care aboutfor the first time, we can now share
same way steam engine did to human muscle power 200 yrs agoin 2001 – here comes wikipediaknowledge seems to have an almost gravitational quality, now just under 3 mill articles
wikipedia is only the most successful in producing a collective intelligence
wikipedia leaves us smarter – gives us opportunity to load up on facts, the best possible facts
if we peel off all the tech of wikipedia –
wikipedia is an agreement to share what we know
[yes – so can’t that be our measure.. what have you shared back in wikipedia]
its that agreement that historians will be writing about in 100 yrs time, because that agreement
that agreement is one of the engines that is driving our cultures forward

1999 – teacher ratings dot com. like wikipedia it grew slowly, and became
rate my professors, owned by mtv
[perfect model for how we determine who’s together in a room in your school design it]
10 mill readings of 1 mill profs
changes the power balance within the university

sharing has destabilizing all of our institutions
something big, all being driven by our ability to share

3 big events that will revolutionize ed in australia in the next decade – a compressed wave of change:
1) australia lives with medium to low broadband speeds, because of metering, since 1990’s
the hidden lesson of the last 15 yrs is that the internet is something that needs to be rationed very carefully because there’s not enough to go around. plans: 100 megabit per second connections to every home, business and school – govern wants this to be unmetered, they want the internet to be freely available
we don’t know what will happen with that. critics say there’s no good reason for it,
but there are schools often block youtube, not because it’s distracting, but because they can’t handle demand for bandwidth
broad band is the oxygen of the 21st century, once we can breath freely new horizons will open up
no predicted napster or youtube or skype, before we had access, those who say it’s not important haven’t watched history
2017 – 100 megabit/second will be medium

2) computer to every student in yrs 9-12
radically alters the power balance in the classroom, more students had more facility than their teachers
schools don’t have budget or time for prof develop
students don’t realize power – good or bad
currently, they’re bling, not being used for what they can be

3) the national curriculum     [of course i question this – help me guys – i don’t see it]
math, science and history ready for 2011, the core elements
dr evan arthur, commonwealth dept, he describe the docs as a greenfields, a series of strings that could be handled like strings of a christmas tree.. so every educator in australia working to the same strings.. opportunity to start again, throw out old rule book and start fresh.
national curric with all the above 1&2 could fundamentally alter the future of ed in australia

another path
rather than doing nat curric as a done deal, what if wiser if offer as open invitation, what but not how, teachers are free to pursue their own pedagogical ends. everyone is going to be pulling in the same direction, so makes sense to share that experience  [ok – this is better, but i still see compromise, less buy-in, like finally getting the chance to swim in the ocean but deciding it would be safer if you let your brother do it and tell you about it]
board of, rate, blogs, etc, but if it all happens out there… we would miss out.

teacher preps at beginning of year.. checking into resources for nat curric string that other teachers have shared – ie:, podcasts, lesson plans, etc
that ed needs to create an effective experience for students, then they share what they did back

curriculum becomes a focal point for organization – a point of contact rather than a point of order
[why can’t wikipedia become the focal point? then there’s something for everybody, and if not, they create it]

students can use those strings to contact other students
know where to go for help and advice

doesn’t constitute peeking at the answers.. gives them every advantage of working through the standards  [ugh]

[this is not an ed utopia – because the learner is still not learning per choice.. they are learning per a given set to choose from.. am i missing something?]

i think there is an even better path –   $99 a month – tertiary – could take it down to secondary
not just about ed, but about assessment – always open global market for ed

[so i ask my friends in australia.. what do you think of the national standards in australia
whatedsaid @monk51295 It’s restrictive for a school like mine.  There are things that are good, but it’s very prescriptive.
whatedsaid @monk51295 I don’t like the history section, it’s very content based.
jennyluca @monk51295 @suewaters worried it will become the testing regimen you experience in the US. Has potential if bureaucracy stays out of it.
i just wonder why we think learning has to be predetermined. i’m thinking that compromises so much of the power the web now allows.
it really does seem to me like words published in light.. we’re missing the potential..
i just see whenever we decide on any content, not everyone will agree. nothing is for everyone. that’s how we’ve gotten to too little time to cover everything… everyone keeps adding what they think, or interpreting how they think. so amazing is rare. we just don’t have time. and with a given prescription, the urge to measure is ginormous.
it seems, since we can, the curriculum – or glue – that holds us all together should be –  how to learn, practiced over and over no matter what you are learning – detox. (unless of course you don’t need detox, then you wouldn’t have needed a curriculum, as you are in the zone and pure and still haven’t squelched that natural learning within you)]

random posts on the national curriculum in australia
a nat curric
mary ann’s awesome 6-12 english curriculum via ian
and more from mary ann on standards ASCD

from Mark’s blog – everything old is new again
your brains have limited space to store all those relationships – it’s actually the most difficult thing we do, the most cognitively all-encompassing task.  Forget physics – relationship are harder, and take more brainpower
That is precisely what Facebook gives us.  It makes those implicit connections explicit.  It allows those connections to become conduits for ever-greater-levels of connection.  Once those connections are made, once they become a regular feature of our life, we can grow beyond the natural limit of 150.  That doesn’t mean you can manage any of these relationships well – far from it.  But it does mean that you can keep the channels of communication open.  That’s really what all of these social networks are: turbocharged Rolodexes, which allow you to maintain far more relationships than ever before possible.
Once these relationships are established, something beings to happen quite naturally: people begin to share.

[such good stuff here – read the post for sure]
love this part – rings of kevin kelly’s what tech wants:
You’re going to need good tools to make this ambitious project a reality, and you’re going to need them for two entirely contradictory reasons: first, to be able to listen to everything going on everywhere, and second, because that chaotic din will deafen you.  You need tools to help you find out what’s going on, but, more significantly, you need tools to help you winnow the wheat from the chaff.
and i think this is huge.. it’s all about conversation, conversation and community:
don’t think of the Web as an advertising medium.  Sure, it had a few good years where a business presence online was simply a great way to get your marketing materials out there inexpensively, but those days are over.  Today everything is about engagement.  Engagement begins with conversation.


friday, april 22, 2011

mark pesce

Sharing Power (Aussie Rules)Power has always carried with it the ‘burden of omniscience’ – that is, those at the top of the hierarchy have to possess a complete knowledge of everything of importance happening everywhere under their control. Where they lose grasp of that knowledge, that’s the space where coups, palace revolutions and popular revolts take place.This new power that flows from the cloud of hyperconnectivity carries a different burden, the ‘burden of connection’. In order to maintain the cloud, and our presence within it, we are beholden to it. We must maintain each of the social relationships, each of the informational relationships, each of the knowledge relationships and each of the mimetic relationships within the cloud. Without that constant activity, the cloud dissipates, evaporating into nothing at all…When the hierarchy comes into contact with an energized cloud, the ‘discharge’ from the cloud to the hierarchy can completely overload the hierarchy. That’s the power of hyperconnectivity.In the 21st century we now have two oppositional methods of organization: the hierarchy and the cloud. Each of them carry with them their own costs and their own strengths. Neither has yet proven to be wholly better than the other.We need to think about the interfaces that can connect one to the other.

Jimmy Wales has said that the success of any language-variant version of Wikipedia comes down to the dedicated efforts of five individuals. Once he spies those five individuals hard at work in Pashtun or Khazak or Xhosa, he knows that edition of Wikipedia will become a success. In other words, five people have to take the lead, leading everyone else in the cloud with their dedication, their selflessness, and their openness. This number probably holds true in a cloud of any sort – find five like-minded individuals, and the transformation from cloud to storm will begin.

Authority in the cloud is drawn from dedication, or, to use rather more precise language, love. Love is what holds the cloud together. People are attracted to the cloud because they are in love with the aim of the cloud. The cloud truly is an affair of the heart, and these affairs of the heart will be the engines that drive 21st century business, politics and community.


what’s so electronic about an electronic book


sunday, april 24, 2011

mark pesce

add to game/share/click/match ideawhat Mark is foreseeing, those capabilities are already here
as he says, up to us to jump inif we have the boldness to jump in now, today, we’ll not only be unleashing our greatest resource, the human mind/spirit (young and old, because no doubt, most of both are currently bound, and both will naturally find/connect to each other), but also unleashing what tech wants… the good, the sharing… wholehearted living..
the web as connector of human souls, rather than ai-ish ideas most fear.Digital Citizenship________________________

sunday, june 5, 2011

mark pesce

just finishing up The Playful World…play = advanced experimentis Nicholoas Nigroponte a prototype of Joi Ito?don’t care about gizmo’s – just want to connect

anything known to anyone, anywhere, has become indistinguishable from what you know.

we are one

the real world, when touched and played with , is the best tutor.

concrescence: the production of novel togetherness. as things grow together, they become a new, unique thing. elements that seem unrelated can though time emerge as a whole.

changing what we know b transforming how we come to know it…

as the children of the playful world grow,… their language and customs may be sgtrange to us – but not because they are bad or immoral; they simply reflect a deeper understanding of the world we have created for them.

for we have given birth to our teachers.


saturday, may 21, 2011

mark pesce

The Social SenseWe can do more than act as sensors and share data: we can share our ideas, our frameworks and solutions for sustainability. We have the connectivity – any innovation can spread across the entire planet in a matter of seconds. This means that six billion minds could be sharing – should be sharing – every tip, every insight, every brainwave and invention – so that the rest of us can have a go, see if it works, then share the results, so others can learn from our experiences.yes – worth a repeat post…


monday, june 6, 2011

redefine space


At the end of Mark Pesce’s The Playfold World, he describes his thoughts as he enters Notre-Dame cathedral:

As I crossed the threshold,.. a sudden and unexpected sensation enveloped me. The somber quiet of the cathedral space, soaring upward to the heavens, produced a similar sense of peace within me. In a journey of just a few feet, I found myself, my being, in an entirely new space. It was as remarkable as it was unexpected – but this surely was the intent of the artisans, who, nearly a thousand years ago, labored to build this monument to God’s glory. Bachelard, as a Frenchman, understood the power of space to transform human nature; he had a defining example at hand.

Imagining a space such as this.. redefined to it’s original intent. And inhabited by people/purpose longing to be awakened by their inner art/genius.

Dear Artspace and et al… please take a listen to our YOUth longing for spaces of permission to be.

Imagining.. how that could change the world.


thursday, february 2, 2012

mark pesce

when i’ve 64

10:44 – intro to Genevieve

via @petervan his post – the future rarely arrives when planned
via @cocreatr

5000 times as much info, because rendered in 3d

  • Identity is a function of community
  • And not just identity > even TALENT is a function of and a recognized value of a community
  • The social graph is the foundation of identity
how do we make people feel more secure in a world where evermore is being tracked
herefore, Mark’s thesis that “a group of well connected highly empowered individuals is a force to be reckoned with” is one of the biggest forces in place. It has always been, but now returning in force thanks to our hyper-connectivity and information abundance.
the art of hiding in plain sight
a redirection of the audiences gaze
only frightening if we deny ourselves agency

sunday, may 27, 2012

mark pesce

Jennifer Sertl (@JenniferSertl)
5/27/12 6:37 AM
Disconnect to Connect…by @mpesce

 The self itself is under threat, not because of the erosion of privacy, or the inversion of public and private spaces, but because we can not find the time to tend it.

pesce is brilliant


nov 2016 –

Blockchain: how it will transform our economy, society and the internet itself

Mark starts around 6 min..
talking about travel receipts – magic.. create a signature for this info.. a hash.. unique
so about money.. no.. irrelevant
nice..we’re talking about potential of blockchain.. by guy who travels around speaking.. and needs receipts for travel..
13 min – nested russian dolls … continue to add blocks.. with signatures.. so proven mathematically.. not tampered with.. so.. trust..
13 min – this is the main innovation.. allows parties that don’t trust each other to share info
real world applications.. 1\full profile.. founded by commodities traders and farmers..
16 min – 2\ power ledger – wa – solar panels.. looking for better rate on electricity.. can actually sell to neighbors but need way to do accounting.. solar citizens to provide fundings/access.. hard – keeping track of who’s buying/selling what.. taken care of with blockchain
so blockchain to take care of irrelevants
18 min – another reason we need blockchain.. by  2030.. everyone w cells phones..tracking us.. zombie/hacker attacks.. what happens when breaks into.. drivable cars.. we have to guarantee
can we not use this mech – to facilitate a nother way to live..? rather than efficient ize.. our mess/sickness..?
20 min – smart contracts..
so blockchain to take care of irrelevants
23 min – what is it you need to be sure of.. in an environment you can’t necessarily trust
perhaps we design assuming – people are good
1:28 – world we live in is predator and prey.. so all hope for is faster.. but won’t ever see a world where real world can be trusted because math say it can be trusted…
dang.. no wonder.. not there yet..
rebecca‘s: ‘recognize the radical possibilities that can be built on an alternative view of human nature..’