we don’t need more voices opinionating about a finite set of choices

what we need is 8b people voicing their itch first thing every day .. and then using that data to connect us locally.. (to augment our interconnectedness)

ie: curiosity over decision making

we need to listen & connect to undo our hierarchical listening (to self/others/nature)

perhaps we really can have tech w/o judgment ie: tech as it could be.. with 2 convers as infra

and (redundant but we keep missing this): it has to be across the board ie: to get to the roots of healing.. it has to be all of us every day


this idea of not listening to every voice.. has always left a pit in my stomach.. democracy .. voting.. et al.. nowhere deep enough to reach that pit

then it became especially unsettling when #studentvoice became a thing.. it was so clear to me (from my experiences/listenings over the years) that those weren’t voices from within these people we’d labelled students.. they were opinions .. mostly manufacture opinions..  on the spinach or rock ness choices we were allowing them (making them think those were there only choices) to have an opinion about

seat at the table ness

whalespeak ness


i think our biggest issue/solution.. has to do with a means to listen to every voice everyday.. before all the supposed to’s set in.. (if we want alive people).. and we keep saying that.. and then defaulting to things like democracy.. which has its own agenda (just seems nicer).. so we end up just hearing voices/opinions about a finite set of pre determined choices


thread from richard on voice ness

1. Everyone with progressive values agrees that justice + equity cannot be attained until marginalised voices are amplified.
2. But there’s a starkly polarised battle about whether or not that requires priveleged voices to be suppressed.
Do you see it this way? Am I way off?
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/RichDecibels/status/1271044924696379394

@RichDecibels: “Voice” here is a stand in for rights and access to power.

i think focusing on rights and power is unhealthy .. so i wouldn’t use voice as a stand in for those

regardless.. suppression never works

what i think we need to do: listen & connect to undo our hierarchical listening ie: 2 convers as infra

perhaps we really can have tech w/o judgment ie: tech as it could be

also.. i think we’re missing a huge factor of ‘voice‘.. in that most/all of us are not currently ourselves.. [ie: when we speak we’re either parroting what we think we’re supposed to say.. what we’ve been trained/habitted/manufacturally-consented to say.. or we’re saying things in defense/response mode.. rather than what our gut is wanting to say].. so whatever means/mech we get/create to listen to voices.. needs to have a detox embed

i’d suggest listening to 8b daily curiosities .. first thing every day.. as the detox embed


This armchair expert stuff annoyed me until I realized that it IS what democracy looks like. People, who are not experts on a topic, quickly form opinions and submit them publicly = democratic. I wonder if it is possible to contextualize it in a process to help it be more useful?
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/NurtureGirl/status/1271124518199865344

ie: cure ios city

less about forming opinions.. more about legit gut voice

better data to connect us


Kurt Laitner (@klaitner) tweeted at 6:20 PM on Sat, Jun 13, 2020:
Paid free speech isn’t free in either sense of the word.  But free as in beer is never free as in freedom, so we have a quandary.  How to have a platform beholden to all of its users with no obstacles to joining, and fully capable of self reproduction (“fully funded”)

2 convers as infra


“Internet shutdowns are psychological tools designed to terrify populations, to convince them that they are voiceless. Fighting shutdowns is important so that you can show people that they are not alone.”
#TheWebThisWeek #KeepItOn
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/webfoundation/status/1314146014807298049

same with taking/turning-off of cell phones.. and so many other ie’s