Category Archives: Concepts

On Group Discussion Formats

By | August 26, 2019

I’ve been thinking about group discussions, particular those where a group of four or more people are exploring and learning about a complex issue together. I’m doing this both because I want to reboot the Futures Salon I’ve been running with Arunabh and because I’m currently gearing up to run an unconference for the Seattle… Read More »

Concepts of Class

By | December 15, 2017

What does class mean? In the last week I’ve encountered three conceptualizations – financial, cultural, and aspirational. Under the financial concept, class is determined by whether one’s assets and income are below or above some threshold. Here, class is external to the individual and might vary relatively easily as an individual gains more wealth. This… Read More »

On Patronage as a Funding Model for Creative Works

By | February 22, 2012

I’m feeling pretty jazzed at the moment about patronage as a funding model for creative endeavours. It’s a pretty simple idea: instead of today’s dominant practice, where creative works are funded and owned by someone expecting to make money back from advertising or sales through a limited distribution channel, under patronage, creators fund their work… Read More »

Temporal classification of enjoyment

By | January 4, 2012

While driving back from Akaroa this evening, I got to thinking about enjoyment and time, probably as a result of the flow that navigating windy roads always brings. It seems to me that you can think of enjoyable or otherwise positive experiences as existing in four possible temporal spaces: Before – Looking forward to something… Read More »

Concepts – Group Dynamics – ‘Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing’

By | June 10, 2009

Came across this in an issue of IEEE Computer today. It’s a simple conceptual model from the 1960s by a guy called Bruce Tuckman of the stages small groups go through; groups such as committees, work groups, and project teams. The basic stages seem obvious, but, as with many models of human behaviour, the value… Read More »