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Global Forum 2010

I’m at Global Forum 2010, you can follow their activity on the event blog http://globalforum2010blog.com/ The Live Webcast is at http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/globalforum/101108

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thesocialcomputer.eu

I stumbled upon this site which is the project site of a group who are attempting to realise The Social Computer. I’m in the processing of contacting the right people in and around the project. http://thesocialcomputer.eu “The social computer is a future computational system that harnesses the innate problem solving, action and information gathering powers… » read more

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Tightening Feedback Loops

This work is in the Public Domain. The whole project is about “tightening feedback loops” which is aiming to address the fundamental problems with the current world systems communism, capitalism, democracy, organisation etc. The majority of the problems are there because the feedback loops are slow and dumb so the bigger problems can not be… » read more

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“We are building society in a box simulations with art, music and other exciting but concrete ways of getting people active.” “I think entrepreneurs of today are challenged by bridging the evolution out of industrial thinking. No more copy and paste, assembly lines and repetitive tasks.” You can download the full pdf using this link… » read more

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Quick update

Just a quick update after a long period of inactivity (on the blog, not in general!). We are now developing the Sandbox Festival. An annual, travelling, city-level prototype Civil Sandbox event. First prototype pencilled in for 2010 in Groningen, in north Holland. 1 We have a physical space where we are building a community to… » read more

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This work is in the Public Domain. I wrote this in January 2003 to try to describe the kinds of things you would see at a Social Computer building (a Civil Sandbox). The name Prototype comes from the name of the event we were proposing to explore the Social Computer. Please bear in mind that… » read more

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Here is the civil sandbox entry to the Buckminster Fuller Challenge 2009 Summarize the purpose and key elements of your strategy: The Civil Sandbox is a proposition for a new kind of city building. As a Sandbox, the environment is designed to be dynamic and exploratory. There are several key problems being adressed at it’s… » read more

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Too anal?

Here’s the previous month’s analytics reports for this blog for those who are interested. uniquevisitors – geomap country – geomap city – lengthofvisit – depthofvisit – pageviews

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This work is in the Public Domain. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/p__tQFLsN-Y” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] “I really like the idea that you can have an environment in which you can test technologies, products and see feedback and see a lot of things happen. You could see a lot of new things get developed, and innovations. Almost like… » read more

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This work is in the Public Domain. This was the first document I wrote that people started to see what I was trying to do. It was finished in October 2002, before the ist2002 brainstorm document Social (Network, People, Community) Computing (System, Process, Result) The Social Computer is a potentially revolutionary thematic arts research project.… » read more

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This work is in the Public Domain. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://uk.youtube.com/v/Nxq4q1UCvKM” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] In 2002, Mathew Lowry was website manager for IST 2002. I think, although he was a science journalist for many years, this was the first time he was interviewed. I shouldn’t say interview because we talked most of the time haha.

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[kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/-WN4hnEuzsc” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] There are many projects we can bring together to create a Sandbox Festival, for example “A Symphony for All” that struck me as precisely the kind of project I would like to bring into the events. I feel that Merlijn’s work represents perfectly the notions that I am trying… » read more

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Playful experiments

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://lads.myspace.com/videos/vplayer.swf” width=”320″ height=”346″ fvars=”m=881568;type=video” wmode=”transparent” /] I think a good event reminds people that there are new possibilities out there. It is warm and friendly and gives people a nice backdrop to meet new people and explore common interests or discover new ones. It is open to new ways of thinking and gives room… » read more

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This work is in the Public Domain. “A building, that is reprogrammable, that has custom functions that are decided upon by the citizens, that incorporates the newest experimental social technologies to explore the fringes of our imaginations into where civilisation should be going. Then, imagine one in every city. Imagine that each one has a… » read more

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This work is in the Public Domain. I was trying to describe a science for the concept of Societal Computing. I realised that Social Computing didn’t really cover the high-level stuff like redesigning the processes that make a society function. Again, a lot of thought and a lot of talk, but not much action. My… » read more

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[kml_flashembed movie=”http://uk.youtube.com/v/YYREeoGCmGQ” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] In 2001 we were mostly busy with opening people up to new kinds of art form and expression. It is true, however, that most of our research is useful for other industries as it represents creativity towards approaching change. You could say that designing society is also an art… » read more

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[kml_flashembed movie=”http://uk.youtube.com/v/af3Nu0d1M2Y” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] This was the project that initially sparked the idea of a building with a very special function. This festival is the basic format I will use for the Sandbox festival which is a city wide experimental Civil Sandbox within an event. For me, this is the best way to… » read more

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This work is in the Public Domain. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://uk.youtube.com/v/d6z-Tc1Kd_8″ width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] “Even though it has the agenda of promoting R&D, the European Union, the companies and all that, thats at one level the level that people would see is just a hip and happening place, would be nice to go to there and… » read more

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This work is in the Public Domain. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://uk.youtube.com/v/pcx_XjHRoYM” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Aladdin Ayesh and Karina discuss ideas of how to use a Social Computer in terms of intelligent buildings and usage of congnitive technologies. They are looking at what we could use the building to help the citizens deal with civil decisions. Some… » read more

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2002 Knowledge E=MC²

This work is in the Public Domain. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/wyWKwCWdrtA” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Here David shares his thoughts on the notion of a Social Computer and talks about knowledge management within society. Interviewed: David Willis, Hull University

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http://www.project10tothe100.com/index.html [kml_flashembed movie=”http://uk.youtube.com/v/M1Mbi-lH0Qg” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] What one sentence best describes your idea? A new kind of city building that serves as a risk-free, continous city-improvement platform for big ideas. Describe your idea in more depth. (maximum 300 words) The Civil Sandbox is a name for a new kind of building. The building is… » read more

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This work is in the Public Domain. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://uk.youtube.com/v/79ovvbAVsRM” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] This is an explaination of what happened after the Blue Moon project and a brief interview with Pete Kercher and a few words around the Social Computer. The building became our test subject for the following 3 years. Pete Kercher Wiki

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This work is in the Public Domain. The Information Society Technologies conference of November 2002 was the annual research event of DGInfSo in Copenhagen. a 4000 attendance conference where EC-related research activities are brought together. The event was held in the Bella Centre in Copehagen, Denmark. I was lucky enough to be accepted for a… » read more

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This work is in the Public Domain. I started in 2000 with a process of understanding, developing and discussing a complex conceptual framework I called “The Social Computer”. This could be seen as a thought experiment along the lines of – What can a society achieve if it was more “reprogrammable”, and what could a… » read more

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