what i’ve seen

toward a global systemic change..

[via slidedeck]:

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[same as in deck – just written out below]:

what i’ve seen/heard/been in the quiet

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

wisdom graphic



in the quiet most people

most people

people are stressed. (2008-09)

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

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

people aren’t hungry. (2009-10)

for ie: school math.

we’ve got to question all assumed agendas.

people crave choice. (2010-11)

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.

people crave choice everyday. (2011-12)

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

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

all people matter. (2012-13)

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

be\cause not all people can dance… none of us are free. (2013-  )

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

perhaps networked individualism ness. an authenticity/attachment dance.

[above from storyboard – 2008 to present]

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in the quiet not themselves

not themselves

Most people are other people. Wilde

and our systems/institutions/assumptions perpetuate that.

we encourage each other to be someone else.

every day.

we have to wake up from that game.

This entire heritage of thinking, grounded in the sentence “An agent does not move except out of intention for an end,” is where the most pervasive human error lies, compounded by two or more centuries of the illusion of unconditional scientific understanding. This error is also the most fragilizing one.  

…you will never get to know yourself – your real preferences – unless you face options and choices.                                                               Taleb, Antifragile

7 billion souls on fire is what we need.

not 1 mindset/trend/hero/plan.

we need to let go of control.

it’s killing us.

we can see it destroying us from the outside.


but the damage is on an exponential trek..

from the inside.

ie from the medical field via Taleb, Antifragile:

..medical error still currently kills between three times (as accepted by doctors) and ten times as many people as car accidents in the United States. It is generally accepted that harm from doctors—not including risks from hospital germs—accounts for more deaths than any single cancer.

Pharma plays the game of concealed and distributed iatrogenics, and it has been growing. It is easy to assess iatrogenics when the surgeon amputates the wrong leg or operates on the wrong kidney, or when the patient dies of a drug reaction. But ..

..when you medicate a child for an imagined or invented psychiatric disease, say, ADHD or depression, instead of letting him out of the cage, the long-term harm is largely unaccounted for.

..we need to avoid being blind to the natural antifragility of systems, their ability to take care of themselves, and fight our tendency to harm and fragilize them by not giving them a chance to do so.

Governments are wasting billions of dollars on attempting to predict events that are produced by interdependent systems and are therefore not statistically understandable at the individual level.

.. not just money wasted but the construction of a false confidence based on an erroneous focus.


the situation (of imbalance) is man made.

this is good news.

it means the cure/restoration..

is something we can undo.


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in the quiet perhaps tech

perhaps tech

Technology (from Greek τέχνη, techne, “art, skill, cunning of hand”; and -λογία, -logia) is the collection of tools, including machinery, modifications, arrangements and procedures used by humans.    – wikipedia

technology is/was supposed to help us along.. free us up.

perhaps we’ve just forgotten how to prune.

.. a questioning of technology became necessary and urgent for Heidegger because modern technology brought with it a new way of ordering the world, which he saw as contaminating man’s authentic sense of being, …  (he) understands the question concerning technology as essentially linked to the question of being.                             -Paul Nadal

perhaps it’s time to prune.

perhaps some of the tech we no longer need (ie: money, credentialing, political system, school, war, … ) are getting in the way.

by becoming the way.

[can’t see the forest for the trees ness. run a muck ness.]

.. it is downright irrational if one holds on to an old technology that is not naturalistic at all yet visibly harmful, or when the switch to a new technology (like the wheel on the suitcase) is obviously free of possible side effects that did not exist with the previous one. And resisting removal is downright incompetent and criminal (as I keep saying, removal of something non-natural does not carry long-term side effects; it is typically iatrogenics-free)  

  – Taleb, Antifragile

perhaps it’s time to model another way.

about a problem deep enough to get to the root/soul of all of us. (two needs.)

via a mechanism simple enough to be accessible/usable by all of us. (talk to self. map in heart.)

within a system open enough to set/keep all of us free. (entire/eclectic city.)

perhaps technology can offer us a placebo-like temporary fix.. getting us back to us.

perhaps it can ground the chaos as we offer 7 billion people unlimited options/choices.

perhaps tech can listen to each of us, our curiosities, without an agenda/judgment.

giving each one of us access to spaces/chambers of permission, with nothing to prove.

and then using that self talk as data to facilitate connections.

shortening the lag time between intention and action.


from Taleb, Antifragile:

This kind of sum I’ve called in my vernacular “f*** you money”—a sum large enough to get most, if not all, of the advantages of wealth (the most important one being independence and the ability to only occupy your mind with matters that interest you) but not its side effects,..

a people experiment modeling this what-if-money-were-no-object luxury in order to decrease lag time:

The history of medicine is littered with the strange sequence of discovery of a cure followed, much later, by the implementation—as if the two were completely separate ventures, the second harder, much harder, than the first. Just taking something to market requires struggling against a collection of naysayers, administrators, empty suits, formalists, mountains of details that invite you to drown, and one’s own discouraged mood on occasion. In other words, to identify the option (again, there is this option blindness). This is where all you need is the wisdom to realize what you have on your hands.

[implementing a people experiment as a means to say – good bye money.. as we let people occupy their minds with what matters to them.. what we already have/are.]

..the simpler and more obvious the discovery, the less equipped we are to figure it out by complicated methods. The key is that the significant can only be revealed through practice.

..both governments and universities have done very, very little for innovation and discovery, precisely because, in addition to their blinding rationalism, they look for the complicated, the lurid, the newsworthy, the narrated, the scientistic, and the grandiose, rarely for the wheel on the suitcase.

.. this ability to use the option given to us by antifragility is not guaranteed: things can be looking at us for a long time. We saw the gap between the wheel and its use. Medical researchers call such lag the “translational gap,” the time difference between formal discovery and first implementation, which, if anything, owing to excessive noise and academic interests, has been shown by Contopoulos-Ioannidis and her peers to be lengthening in modern times.

perhaps this is our answer to health issues, environmental issues, privacy issues, property issues, money issues, war issues, ..

this luxury-ness of 7 billion people being usefully preoccupied.

every day.

tech that gives

it’s not that tech is a cure all.

we are the cure all.

tech might just give us a jumpstart.. back to listening.

to us.

it’s a simple message.

listen to the rhythm.

every day.   Chance the Rapper & Arthur


Nonlinear relationships can vary; perhaps the best way to describe them is to say that they cannot be expressed verbally in a way that does justice to them.  – Taleb


The problem with communication is the assumption that it’s been accomplished.  – GB Shaw

You’ve got to make the systems so that they help people pay attention to the world in front of them. – Clive Thompson


jaron on words



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in the quiet restore balance

restore balance

you don’t really have to be quiet to see that we are out of balance.

the person.

the city.

the world.

although even just a bit of silence sharpens reality dramatically.


perhaps if we were to take a brief pause          to listen.

in order to see more clearly.

that would be enough.


to wake us up.

i realized i was part of the noise

restoring the balance.. with tech?

i think so.

i hope so.


more from Taleb’s Antifragile:

What makes life simple is that the robust and antifragile don’t have to have as accurate a comprehension of the world as the fragile—and they do not need forecasting.

Not seeing a tsunami or an economic event coming is excusable; building something fragile to them is not.

The rational flâneur is someone who, unlike a tourist, makes a decision at every step to revise his schedule, so he can imbibe things based on new information, ..

The flâneur is not a prisoner of a plan. Tourism, actual or figurative, is imbued with the teleological illusion; it assumes completeness of vision and gets one locked into a hard-to-revise program, while the flâneur continuously—and, what is crucial, rationally—modifies his targets as he acquires information.

Optionality will take us many places, but at the core, an option is what makes you antifragile and allows you to benefit from the positive side of uncertainty.

.. intelligence makes you discount antifragility and ignore the power of optionality.


To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the

greatest accomplishment. – Emerson

quiet enough to see




too much – global systemic change

what i’m learning

document everything

why not yet

a nother way book


perhaps one of my biggest luxuries/privileges has been an incubator space (like when i hear Elizabeth talk about her 10 yrs work when many didn’t know about her) and an immersion space (like when i hear Kathy talk about living amongst ness).


like extra doors/ears/eyes to listening ness.


collection of intros