ward cunningham

ward cunningham

intro’d to Ward via fed wiki ness.. along with Mike Caulfield..


Inventor of the Wiki – 2014

wiki – collab softer.. allowed people to come to a website and create something w/other people

hypercard – pre hyper text

i like to figure out what to do with things

making a card on demand (idea not yet a space/place/whatever) – going to edge ness – where that space would say – i don’t know about this.. tell me about this

i had an idea that.. engineers wouldn’t use and idea unless they’d seen it before.. that notion was more important than any hypertext… on capturing why an idea is good or bad…

then moved hypercard to http://www.. as hypertext… and i got the same feeling as i did with hypercard.. i knew it would serve the purpose of what i wanted to talk about..

people would say – you’ve got a bug in your system.. people can say anything… or… you’ve got a mistake.. it should say this…. so i babysat the community by cutting and pasting that into the wiki…

i encouraged people not to sign their words… anonymous ness let people feel that there’s a large community here… and more inclined to join in…

6 min – i had to make it feel like a community to attract a community

the … he’s here.. so i should be here..

i was encouraging people to recognize that they’re gifting their words.. when people would write something and come back later and find their words were improved.. it was like magic.. since nothing was signed.. not used to things getting better on their own..

rather than people saying – you spelled this wrong… they would fix it and maybe add a sentence getting at what you were trying to say.. so the positive stance is out.. and the negative is just erased away

8 min – on reading each other’s thinking/emotions.. rather than just algo’s of programming

10 min – wiki wiki web – meant very fast web

12 min – contracting stuff.. better than competition.. but only works for things where you know where you’re going in the end.. you know what the whole’s going to be

graeber min\max law

that uses a small percentage of the capability of the computer.. computer is much better if you let it become what it really wants to be or the best you can make it.. that has a sort of sense of faith.. you have to believe that it’s going to come out even if you can’t say what it is

trust. ps in the open. why not yet. let go.

14 min – on getting licensing right.. i was open.. but it wasn’t guaranteed that it was open.. ie: you have right to use it but you can’t keep it…

the other thing i didn’t think about was being international.. ie: going to other languages.. profound.. opportunity to bring the world together…

15 min – the wikipedia is probably one of strongest forces in computers for creating peace in the world.. to just believe it could be done in every language…

16 min – on the ability to carry little pieces of culture back and forth..



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Howard G. “Ward” Cunningham (born May 26, 1949) is an American computer programmer from Highland, Indiana[2] who developed the first wiki. A pioneer in both design patterns and extreme programming, he started programming the software WikiWikiWeb in 1994 and installed it on the website of his software consultancy,Cunningham & Cunningham (commonly known by its domain name, c2.com), on March 25, 1995, as an add-on to the Portland Pattern Repository.


When asked in a 2006 interview with internetnews.com whether he considered patenting the wiki concept, he explained that he thought the idea “just sounded like something that no one would want to pay money for.”

Cunningham is interested in tracking the number and location of wiki page edits as a sociological experiment and may even consider the degradation of a wiki page as part of its process to stability. “There are those who give and those who take. You can tell by reading what they write.”

According to Steven McGeady, Cunningham advised him in the early 1980s, “The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, it’s to post the wrong answer.” McGeady dubbed this Cunningham’s law.


self- talk as data


app chip ness to document everything ish



Wiki’s internal link improved web collaboration. Now the federated version is key to decentralized collaboration.



How to reason in a media saturated world? Save and link the best of what you read until you have 500 pages when the story breaks.


Wikity, One Year Later: a report on my @ShuttleworthFdn project: hapgood.us/2016/11/20/wik…

ie: hosting-life-bits via self-talk as data


while reading @LisaMargonelli’s underbug – intro to Christopher Alexander – nature of order – pattern language – came from twitter exchange in regard to tweeting from p 51

pattern language (wikipedia): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pattern_language

liveness is one placeholder term for “the quality that has no name”: a sense of wholeness, spirit, or grace, that while of varying form, is precise and empirically verifiable

verifiable..? seems like a killer

An important aspect of design patterns is to identify and document the key ideas that make a good system different from a poor system (that may be a house, a computer program or an object of daily use), and to assist in the design of future systems.

so key here (?).. he’s designing non living things to be morphable.. which is great.. but it’s not organism as fractal

patterns in Alexander’s book also vary in their level of scale – some describing how to build a town or neighbourhood, others dealing with individual buildings and the interior of rooms. Alexander sees the low-scale artifacts as constructive elements of the large-scale world, so they can be connected to a hierarchic network.

For Christopher Alexander, it is most important to think about the people who will come in contact with a piece of architecture. One of his key values is making these people feel more alive. He talks about the “quality without a name” (QWAN).

love the idea of making people feel more alive.. and quality w/o a name (since i see the defining/naming/labeling ness as a killer).. but am thinking unless we let go of the patterning/repetition/stasis ness.. the mound/city is not alive/a-tree/organism-as-fractal

Ward Cunningham, the inventor of wiki, coauthored a paper with Michael Mehaffy arguing that there are deep relationships between wikis and pattern languages, and that wikis “were in fact developed as tools to facilitate efficient sharing and modifying of patterns”

that’s all wonderful .. just as long as we don’t confuse all the ordering as alive ness – ie: wikis “were in fact developed as tools to facilitate efficient sharing and modifying of patterns”

efficiency not fractal to organsim