Category Archives: Culture

Foundational Shifts in Power

Much of the dynamic of the Social Age relates to fundamental shifts in power: broadly, this is a flow away from formally organised systems, with codified power, into socially moderated systems, with reputation based, and networked, power. We will still … Continue reading

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Primary Cultural Alignment

This is some early-stage thinking about cultural alignment: I’m acutely aware that I have no evidence to back this up, and am therefore writing largely from instinct and observation, the last tools of the desperate. So take this as it … Continue reading

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A Civil Society?

From the macro, to the micro: i was in Oxford yesterday, on a cold night, walking through the city. I ended my journey walking past half a dozen rough sleepers, bedded down for the night, sheltered under cardboard boxes and … Continue reading

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#MeToo

Except not me. In fact, i would rather it was me. But it’s not. It’s my friends. And i’m dreading every one. The last few weeks have seen the explosion of the Weinstein story: allegations of sexual harassment, and worse. … Continue reading

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Story Sharing: The Perils of Power

As organisations try to harness the power of communities, there is a real risk that they kill them. Well meaning, well intentioned, organisations, but ones who carry existing power dynamics into social spaces. I thought i’d try to illustrate that … Continue reading

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Aggregated Cultural Failure

This sketch is imperfect, but i’m trying to find a way to represent the aggregated effects of culture: how is it that cultures fail, when the individuals within them cannot all desire that failed outcome. It’s an exploration of the … Continue reading

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#TakeAKnee

Something strange is happening, but i’m unclear, as yet, what momentum it will build: as part of #WorkingOutLoud, i try to observe, analyse, and share the earliest stage reflections, so please take it in that spirit (and not an overtly … Continue reading

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