THE WORLD’S GONE MAD. OFFICIAL. #48 #cong20

Synopsis:

Coming soon.

Total Words

696

Reading Time in Minutes

3

Key Takeaways:

  1. Coming soon

About David Gluckman:

 David Gluckman was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on 1st November 1938, the day that Sea Biscuit and War Admiral fought out the Race of the Century at Pimlico Park, Baltimore.  Educated in Johannesburg, he joined a local advertising agency after university and soon fell in love with business. He made the pilgrimage to London in 1961 and worked as an account executive on the introduction of Kerrygold butter into the UK.  Always a frustrated creative, he escaped into brand development in 1969, met a man from a drinks company called IDV, and his life changed forever. A lover of cricket, he considers his greatest achievement bowling the West Indian legend, Joel Garner, first ball in a pro-am 6-a-side tournament.

In 1973 David invented Baileys, the world’s most successful cream liqueur, which has since sold over 1.25 billion bottles.

Contacting David Gluckman:

You can connect with David on LinkedIn or see his book ‘That Sh*t Will Never Sell’

By David Gluckman

I will not pretend to be able to foresee the future or predict the way that ‘civilisation as we know it’ will lurch into the next millennium.

But I know how I’d like to change things now, going into the next decades of the 21stcentury.

Look at this. And gape with disbelief.

“On Thursday night in Montgomery, Tommy Tuberville told his supporters about the sterling military record of his father, an American G.I. who landed on Normandy Beach in D-Day and drove a tank across western Europe, earning five bronze stars and a Purple Heart at the Battle of the Bulge during his deployment.

Despite being of an age at which American men pick up military history as if by osmosis, Tuberville did not seem familiar with the politics of the European theater: In his speech, the new senator described how his father took part in “liberating Paris from socialism and communism.”

Now Tommy, despite his potato-head surname, has just become a person of substance.  He’s been elected to the US senate, as a Republican member for Alabama.

He is one of that elite group who is going to prevent Joe Biden and his team from unpicking some of the lunacy of the Trump administration.

If in the next two months, Trump declares the earth to be flat, it will pass in the US Senate, a group, one assumes, containing people of the same intellectual heft as Tommy Tuberville.

Here’s a simple formula for changing all that. Starting now.

  1. We should abolish party politics.  Elections should be about appointing local people who we believe will benefit our community.  They in turn, will band together with like-minded people, to determine what our laws should be and how we should progress as a society.  Your vote would be based on what you believe, not what your party or your leader tells you to believe.
  2. As a tribute to the senator from Alabama, we should introduce the ‘Tuberville Statute’ that requires all people standing for public office to undergo an IQ test. Scores under 120 need not apply. That would probably eliminate Tuberville, but it’s in a good cause.
  3. People running for office should be subjected to the same ‘Civic test’ as immigrants applying for citizenship of a country. This would definitely eliminate Tuberville.
  4. No person who will be over the age of 65 when their term of office expires, will be allowed to run for high political office. It’s time the elderly stopped running the world.  People mapping the future should have a future themselves.  Tuberville, I think, would qualify on age grounds.  But luckily for us, he’d fail the other tests.

The thought of some terminally ill, mentally deficient geriatric deciding that his time has come – so let’s take a billion others along for the ride – is too horrific to think about.  But it’s also not outside the bounds of possibility.

Well, that’s it.  My formula for a better world. Now.  Tuberville has finally pulled the plug on sanity.

Let’s make America, and everywhere else, sane again.

Learning from and with Nature #47 #cong20

Synopsis:

We need to put nature at the centre of our education systems to resolve our climate crisis and avoid environmental catastrophe.

Total Words

289

Reading Time in Minutes

1

Key Takeaways:

  1. We are part of Nature
  2. Nature should be central to our education system
  3. Doing so will help us address climate change and environmental catastrophe
  4. This is urgent

About Jimmy D'Arcy:

I am the Youth Leadership & Sustainability Manager with the GAA. As such I oversee the development and implementation of our non playing related contributions to the Primary and Post Primary curriculum as well as our bespoke youth oriented programmes. I also manage our GAA Green Clubs Programme aiming to support GAA Clubs to operate in a more sustainable way. I am passionate about learning, creativity and community.

Contacting Jimmy D'Arcy:

You can contact Colin via email, and LinkedIn

By Jimmy D’Arcy

The Western Educational system is out of touch with the world around it. It is too focused on passive consumption and lacks critical thinking; lessons are most often held indoors and students are disconnected from the environment around them. What if we could learn from and with nature? It is proven that being in nature can improve children’s development, their mental health and physical health and their imaginations.

Furthermore, society is facing potentially catastrophic crises such as climate change and biodiversity loss and we need to foster a culture of dreaming in order to transition to alternative and resilient futures. How might the educational system have to change in order to learn from and with nature, to understand our place within the ecosystem and to foster a culture of dreaming alternative futures?

All Great Changes are Preceded by Chaos #46 #cong20

Synopsis:

I want to talk about Chaos, the chaos we choose as a tool to tackle the chaos we don’t. Chaos can be a necessary spark for creativity, as such it can be harnessed to give us new ways of being. How can Society 3.0 embrace this chaos, to help everyone play a bigger role in building our future and reacting to the changes we all are going to face.

Total Words

576

Reading Time in Minutes

2

Key Takeaways:

  1. Chaos is not to be feared, it can be embrace to benefit us all
  2. We must find ways to integrate elements of chaos into the structures we use on a daily basis
  3. By embracing chaos society can play a bigger role in tackling our uncertain future
  4. By integrating the chaos we choose, it can allow us to better tackle the chaos we dont

About Colin Keogh:

 Dr. Colin Keogh is an award-winning innovative Engineer, with qualifications & experience in innovative technologies in the Mechanical Engineering, Business and Innovation sectors. He is currently leading new research in the Energy, SDG’s, Additive Manufacturing and Innovation fields at UCD, with a focus on policy & technology forecasting, enhanced innovation methodologies, additive manufacturing, 3rd world impact and integrating advanced technologies into social, environmental, philanthropic and entrepreneurial activities. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s in Energy Systems Engineering from UCD. His PhD in Engineering was completed at UCD focusing on assessing global innovation methodologies leading to the development of his own advanced Innovation Methodology.

He co-founded a social enterprise in 2014, The Rapid Foundation, which aims to disperse 3d printing technology to 3rd world locations and conduct printing workshops with schools in the UK and Ireland. Its goal is to change the way developmental aid is distributed, and improve the innovation potential of all people, regardless of their circumstances. This work resulted in him being named as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 for Europe in Science and Healthcare, as one of JCI’s Ten Outstanding Young People, as a Nissan Generation Next Ambassador and as 2017 IT & Tech Professional of the Year.

Colin is also cofounder of Sapien Innovation, an innovation consultancy specialising in applied innovation, creativity and design thinking services and co-founder of TeamOSV, an open source project aimed at developing low-cost ventilators in response to global supply shortages. He is also an  active technology consultant and developer, advising a number of companies and bodies, from small start-ups to government departments, in areas such as disruptive technologies, engineering practice, advanced energy systems, innovation, design and early stage growth & prototyping. He is a leader in the Irish start-up space, and has worked with Techstars on a number of programs (Startupweekend & Techstars Accelerator Program and is a co-organizer of Dublin Startup Week) along with various other ecosystem partners.

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Contacting Colin Keogh:

You can contact Colin via emailTwitter, LinkedIn, or see his work The Rapid Foundation, Sapien Innovation and Team OSV

By Colin Keogh

I want to talk about Chaos, the chaos we choose as a tool to tackle the chaos we don’t. Chaos can be a necessary spark for creativity, as such it can be harnessed to give us new ways of being. How can Society 3.0 embrace this chaos, to help everyone play a bigger role in building our future and reacting to the changes we all are going to face.

Blinkered Vision #45 #cong20

Synopsis:

 Conscious personal fulfilment should be prioritized over social achievement

Total Words

582

Reading Time in Minutes

2

Key Takeaways:

  1. The more we deny ourselves distraction, the more we deny ourselves the opportunity to be curious and discover.
  2. How often do we ask ourselves if we’re happy and fulfilled?
  3. The longer we stay in a state of disconnection – caught up in a culture that encourages striving towards milestone after milestone – the less time we give ourselves the chance to wake up.
  4. Can we find the courage to get off the treadmill and follow our hearts into the unknown

About Zanya Dahl:

 Founder and creative director of Artizan, a branding consultancy based in Dublin, for 16 years. I stepped aside at the end of 2019 to focus on painting. Doing what I love to do has give me an inner freedom that I have longed for – this experience prompted my post.

Contacting Zanya Dahl:

You can connect with Zanya by email, LinkedIn or visit her website.

By Zanya Dahl

Struggling to find the words to convey my opinion Society 3.0, I took up Eoin’s suggestion to express my opinion on canvas instead.

I chose to do a self-portrait wearing horse blinders as an example of how many of us live their lives within a social framework without ever questioning its design or our behavior within it. The idea of wearing blinders is to express a narrow field of vision. Interestingly I discovered while I was researching imagery for blinders, that Panasonic have developed human blinders for people to wear in an office to help minimize distraction. The more we deny ourselves distraction, the more we deny ourselves the opportunity to be curious and discover.

If you put your hand over the painting and cover each side of the face, you will see a different attitude. The left eye stares straight ahead, dull, lifeless and zoned out. The right eye is wide open, curious to see what’s beyond the blinder that’s been pulled back.

Society encourages us to follow a certain path – school, college, job, family – without ever taking a pause to check in and see if we feel fulfilled and happy. The longer we stay in a state of disconnection – caught up in a culture that encourages striving towards milestone after milestone – the less time we give ourselves the chance to wake up. Many people live their whole lives completely disconnected from who they truly are and what they truly want. We get stuck on the treadmill of life, moving towards goals and achievements with our blinders firmly focused  on what’s directly ahead.

It often seems to require a tragedy or a crisis before we are shocked out of the trance of daily life – waking up to the reality that we have one life. We start taking stock of where we are and breaking free from whatever holds us captive.

Can we simply choose right now, today, to take off our blinders and check if we’re on the right path, ask ourselves if we’re happy and fulfilled? If not, can we find the courage to get off the treadmill and follow our hearts into the unknown?

By connecting to our own value, we start to radiate happy, benevolent vibes. Imagine whole communities radiating energy, creativity and love. The collective benefits for Society 3.0 would be huge, not to mention the future of our planet.

Socialism in TOWIE town #44 #cong20

Synopsis:

What is the future of socialism in a society that appears to have succumbed to ‘capitalist realism’ – the notion that there is no reasonable alternative to the economic and political framework most countries have adopted? This blog reports from the town that gave birth to the Only Way is Essex, but still offers some hope.

Total Words

1,086

Reading Time in Minutes

4

Key Takeaways:

  1. Has ‘Capitalist Realism’ triumphed?
  2. Am I diverting from a socialist future by offering charity?
  3. Can I act out the future I’d like others to embrace?
  4. What is the future that my socialism imagines?

About Richard Millwood:

Dr Richard Millwood is director of Core Education UK and a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Computer Science & Statistics, Trinity College Dublin. Current research interests include learning programming and computational thinking and in relation to this, he is currently engaged in the development of a community of practice for computer science teachers in Ireland and also creating workshops for families to develop creative use of computers together. He gained a BSc in Mathematics & Physics at King’s College London in 1976 and first became a secondary school teacher. From 1980 to 1990 he led the software development of educational simulations in the Computers in the Curriculum Project at Chelsea College London. He then worked with Professor Stephen Heppell to create Ultralab, the learning technology research centre at Anglia Polytechnic University, acting as head from 2005 to 2007. He researched innovation in online higher education in the Institute for Educational Cybernetics at the University of Bolton until 2013, gaining a PhD by Practice ‘The Design of Learner-centred, Technology-enhanced Education’. Until September 2017, he was Assistant Professor for four years directing the MSc in Technology & Learning and supervising six PhD students. He is now working for Eedi / Diagonostic Questions as Computing Lead.

Contacting Richard Millwood:

You can follow Richard on Twitter or send him an email

By Richard Millwood

I live in the home of TOWIE – The Only Way Is Essex –  which is set in Brentwood in Essex, England. The hit television series has averaged around one and a quarter million viewers every year since 2010 to watch almost three hundred episodes. But not everyone loves its “irritating, vain celeb-wannabes standing around babbling about their dull romances and private lives” [ ‘TOWIE’ Live review: Dancing pigs have more charisma Alex Fletcher on Digital Spy, 2012 ]. It featured a loaded, empty-headed but wealthy class, hardly improving on the Essex-girl jokes and white-van-man stereotypes. Brentwood’s high street could be  any prosperous high street in the i’m-all-right-jack south-east – only more so. “Often you’ll go into a pub and you’ll have a table of about eight girls with all their hair in curlers, beautiful clothes on,” said a taxi-driver and security guard turned film-maker. “Nine times out of ten they’re from somewhere in Ireland, probably the first time they’ve been out of the country. They’ve all spent about 400 quid each to come to sit in a pub in Brentwood.” [ The power of Towie – how ITV’s hit show changed Essex Tim Burrows in the Guardian, 2015 ]

Brentwood has a Conservative MP, who wins with a large majority. The local council has thirty seven councillors of which twenty are Conservatives, thirteen Liberal Democrats, three Labour and one independent. Many of the ordinary residents are employed in the financial sector – Brentwood is a commuter town, only twenty five minutes by fast train from the City of London. The appearance is of a wealthy ‘loadsamoney’ population, but as with all stereotypes, the truth is more diverse.

Brentwood has wards where houses go for three million pounds, and child poverty is 2%, but housing in neighbouring wards is still expensive at a tenth of that price, but over 25% children live in poverty. I know this because I chair the local Labour party and have found it interesting to explore the demographics and the reasons for its political complexion. I have tried to explain why we bother in Brentwood, even making a presentation about our aims in Leinster House, Dublin in 2017. We have around five hundred members in the local party, which is more than the membership of the other two more successful parties combined, but few are active at election time. The best I recall was eighty getting involved, but that included quite a few who turned up for an hour to help with poll checking at the vote or signed the nomination papers.

In the 2019 General Election, I recall meeting in the pub with a few of these volunteers to stuff envelopes. As we finished, I explained to a stranger what we were up to and who we represented, and he exclaimed “You Communist c••t”, as he swiftly left the building. I wasn’t hurt, but surprised, and wondered at the conception of our friendly and well-meaning Labour Party as ‘extreme left’ in character, and thus began a personal inquiry of the meaning of Socialism, to me and to the residents of Brentwood.

I knew that folk weren’t voting for us, but hadn’t stopped to think how they were rationalising their vote.

I recently started volunteering for Brentwood COVID-19 Mutual Aid, a self-organising group set up to support the vulnerable and isolated in the community during the Covid-19 outbreak. My discovery of a two-year project, predating the crisis, to offer community and nourishment to Brentwood residents has challenged me to think how could I practice what I believe. How could I demonstrate that I have a practical as well as philosophical view of how society should best run? 

And then I found Bank Job, based in nearby Waltham Forest, a group creatively challenging the Creditocracy through direct action, by buying up debts and releasing the debtors. They argue that debts are a result of a monetary system which is impoverishing multitudes by design, and could be changed.

Both these projects gave me hope, that we need not wait until we are in power to start changing things for the better, and even more importantly, we may be the better for it!

So I come to Congregation and it’s theme of Society 3.0 with these questions buzzing:

  1. Has ‘Capitalist Realism’ triumphed?
  2. Am I diverting from a socialist future by offering charity?
  3. Can I act out the future I’d like others to embrace?
  4. What is the future that my socialism imagines?

Trust me, I’m a… Physicianeer? #43 #cong20

Synopsis:

“I swear by Apollo Physician, by Asclepius, by Hygieia, by Panacea, and by all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will carry out, according to my ability and judgment, this oath and this indenture.” These are the opening lines of the Hippocratic Oath, recited by newly qualified physicians for millennia and named after Hippocrates of Kos, the ancient Greek physician considered to be the “Father of Medicine”. For over 2000 years following his death, medicine as a profession moved a at glacial pace. But change is coming… introducing, the Physicianeer.

Total Words

917

Reading Time in Minutes

4

Key Takeaways:

  1. 21st Century problems need 21st Century solutions.
  2. Large scale societal issues have enormous knock on consequences for healthcare delivery.
  3. Even traditional careers like medicine can be, and should be, adjusted to deal with the problems we face today (and tomorrow).
  4. Humans are not machines.

About Niall McCormick:

Niall is an engineer, educator and now mature medical student at NUI Galway. He co-founded and ran Colmac Robotics, an award winning educational technology business for 4 years before starting a new adventure and beginning a career in healthcare. As part of the Board of the Camden Education Trust, he advises on innovative educational projects taking place in Ireland and around the world. He is interested in too much but emergency medicine, community and education are at the core.

Contacting Niall McCormick:

 You can connect with Niall on Twitter or via email. mccormickniall@gmail.com

By Niall McCormick

“I swear by Apollo Physician, by Asclepius, by Hygieia, by Panacea, and by all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will carry out, according to my ability and judgment, this oath and this indenture.”

These are the opening lines of the Hippocratic Oath, recited by newly qualified physicians for millennia and named after Hippocrates of Kos, the ancient Greek physician considered to be the “Father of Medicine”. For over 2000 years following his death, medicine as a profession moved a at glacial pace. It is only since the late 1800’s that significant progress has been made in medicine, surgery and disease understanding. And what a leap we have made… We now understand, at a molecular level, the pathways and progression of many diseases and afflictions. Diseases that were previously considered death sentences are now curable or manageable to the point where the person lives a largely normal life. People staring at St. Peter and the pearly gates can now be brought swiftly back from the brink, thanks to seemingly never-ending new innovations and wonder drugs. And yet, for all we know about the human body, there is still so much left to learn.

It is often remarked that innovation is the lifeblood of business and you can argue that it is also the lifeblood of healthcare. To be a good doctor, you need, among other skills, an analytic eye, an attentive ear, a calm demeanour and a desire to help. To address the scale of challenges facing humans and healthcare in the coming years, we need to add a few new skills into the mix, for a few doctors at least.

Enter stage right, the Physicianeer.

Physicianeer [fi-zish-uhn-eer]
noun

  1. a person who is qualified and licenced to practice medicine.
  2. a person who is skilled in the art of healing.
  3. a person who is competent by virtue of his/her fundamental education and training to apply the scientific method and outlook to the analysis and solution of engineering problems.

Next year, NUI Galway will become the first University in Europe to offer a dual Medicine & Engineering degree, dubbed, the Physicianeer programme. Ireland is already a world leader in the med-tech industry and astonishingly, 8 out of the top 10 med tech companies have a presence in Galway. The goal of the programme is to produce graduates who not only have the ability to diagnose, understand and treat a variety of illnesses and afflictions, but who also possess the skills and knowledge to develop innovative and creative new solutions to meet the ever-growing list of challenges we face in our attempts to deliver healthcare in the 21st Century.

As someone who will (hopefully!) possess, at the end of a rather long journey, a dual qualification in Engineering and Medicine, I can clearly see the endless possibilities that a skilled cohort of physicianeers could realise in the Irish health system of the future. As a student engineer, I was trained in the core competencies of problem-solving, critical analysis and working under pressure. These skills have so far served me well in my additional studies. There is significant cross over between the worlds of medicine and engineering. In many respects, most systems in the human bodies work like engineering problems: Input => Process => Output. Medicine however, is as much an art as it is a science. Humans are not machines, everyone is unique and will respond to illness and treatment in their own slightly unique way.

We have no shortage of problems in Irish healthcare; staff retention, enormous waiting lists, trolley-jammed corridors, novel diseases, rising issues relating to our increasingly sedentary lifestyle, outdated systems… the list is never-ending. But in every problem, there lies an opportunity to devise a solution. In healthcare, solutions reduce suffering, increase quality of life and prevent untimely death. To fully understand and solve the challenges presented by 21st Century healthcare, you need a 21st Century skillset. Enter stage right, the Physicianeer.

Society 3.0 Needs Better Systems #42 #cong20

Synopsis:

The structures that we’ve built to support and manage our society were created hundreds or even thousands of years ago. These structures memorialize old ways of doing business. If we are to effectively move forward into Society 3.0, we will need to redesign these structures in a more agile form to better support society.

Total Words

1,200

Reading Time in Minutes

5

Key Takeaways:

  1. Societal norms lag technological development. This cultural lag can be combated by better education.
  2. For that to happen, we need to view education as a continuous effort, not a singular event.
  3. Corporate and government systems need to be reformed to be more resilient to shocks and to allow more employee and citizen participation.
  4. We need to rethink personal income and work life to ensure that citizens have time to participate in Society 3.0.

About Dennis Deery:

 Dennis Deery is the owner of Irish Rose Consulting, a technology consulting firm currently located in Madison, WI. For the past 25 years he has worked with industry, non-profits, government agencies and community development organizations to help them effectively use technology to improve organizational effectiveness. He has implemented technology solutions that count cucumbers and blocks of cheese, web sites that manage fantasy football leagues, and even some serious systems, including one that helped planes avoid colliding.

Over the past several years Dennis has turned his attention to change management consulting, helping organizations and communities plan for and adapt to the rapid pace of change in technology and society.

Contacting Dennis Deery:

 You can connect with Dennis LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter or see his website.

By Dennis Deery

2020 is likely to be remembered as the year that the last vestiges of remaining facade fell off the front of Society 2.0. Continuing economic challenges for the vanishing (vanished?) middle-class led to surging populist movements around the globe. Incidents of extreme weather continued to increase, leaving many communities fighting for their very existence. Brexit found the people of the United Kingdom wishing to pull back from the world, while finding that not as simple as possible. The same currents led America to also pull back from the world, resulting in several years of tumult followed by an election display worthy of any warlord-led country. People of color and marginalized citizens around the world organized to protest for equal rights only to be greeted by ever-escalating violence as the powerful tried to protect the status quo. And refugees around the world searched for a welcoming place to call home. All of this took place in a world wracked by the COVID pandemic, an event many had long warned about, but few had prepared for.

Whew.

If we can survive the dying throes of Society 2.0, it is high time for Society 3.0!

I believe many of the issues that are facing us today are a result of 20th (and 19th and 18th) century societal and governance systems that have not been updated to handle the rapid pace of change we’re experiencing in the 21st century. Nearly everything about how our governments work has been unchanged for hundreds of years. While individuals have to some extent adopted social media and do interact online, one need only join a Zoom meeting since the start of COVID to see how much people still need to learn about day-to-day interactions online. We are far from developing the norms and mores for online life that we rely so heavily upon in our social interactions in real life. Non-governmental organizations and social clubs are still largely stuck in the model of collecting money from people tied to a place or single issue, and few take a systems view of the issues facing our world. All of these organizations struggle with citizen participation as people spend more time at work, work that may keep them from truly inhabiting a single place like people did in days gone by.

In 1922 William Ogburn coined the term “cultural lag”, describing the idea that traditional cultural values adapt more slowly than technology, causing a period of maladjustment for society. I think many of the issues we’re facing today are a result of that maladjustment. So how do we address it?

In most societies today, education is still viewed as an event that takes place early in life, and then ends. Our children spend a dozen or slightly more years in primary, secondary and tertiary education. Upon completion of this education, people join the work force, never to darken the door of a school again as a student. This approach is clearly mismatched to the needs of today. Spending 10 years, or 5 years, or even a year away from education can leave a person ill-informed about new technologies and their impact on society. We see this in public hearings where our elected officials try to understand technology that they may wish to regulate. We see it in the workplace when colleagues struggle with new ideas and new tools coming into the office or factory.

Our society needs to treat education as a life long process that is never complete. It should become the norm for people to attend virtual and in-person training events on a regular basis. Some of the ongoing education can focus on day-to-day skills – use of online tools, new work methods, etc. But much like a strong liberal arts education, some of these ongoing education sessions should focus on critical thinking and citizenship skills. Groups can be gathered to debate and discuss current issues facing the society, with a focus on developing policy responses to the issues.

The advantage of this approach is that it can then feed into greater citizen participation in our governments. If a citizen was required to attend a month of training focused on policy issues every two years, this training could be paired with elected officials, who would reap the benefit of hearing directly from dozens of citizens on pressing issues. Citizens could identify their areas of interest, helping to provide direct expertise to the government in support of policy development. Additionally, the government could open virtual briefing sessions, allowing more direct citizen input into the process. Perhaps, given the increasing strength of online tools, governments can explore more direct democracy options, allowing citizens to vote directly on proposals.

Finally, we need to address the well-being of citizens. Too many people today are unable to participate in government or civil society because they are overwhelmed working two or more jobs simply to provide for their family. I believe it is time to explore universal basic income, providing every citizen with a base income to ensure their basic needs are met. By pairing this with a higher level of involvement in government activities or non-profit organizations, I believe it could be viewed as a citizen dividend rather than a handout.

We are incredible at developing new technologies and tools for work and play. We have been less good at helping society as a whole to adapt to these new tools. Society 3.0 can be realized if we decide that society’s adaptation to these tools is as important as the revenue that can be realized through these inventions.

Filters, Lenses and Prisms #41 #cong20

Synopsis:

How to navigate information overload in Society 3.0.

Total Words

641

Reading Time in Minutes

3

Key Takeaways:

  1. We digest large quantities of information every day.
  2. How do we as adults teach students to navigate this information?
  3. In Society 3.0 – how will students process this?
  4. What filters, lenses or prisms can we use to help this?

About Chris Reina:

 Chris is a Maker. He has been involved in education since 2002, technology since 1981 and Making since 1971. (You do the maths). 😉

He feels passionately that education is the most important thing in the world and that teaching using Maker skills is the most rewarding job there is.

Chris loves cats, kayaking, kite-flying, steampunk, pedantic semantics and knowing the meanings of ligatures, aglets, gallibanders and lexiphanic.

It is often said he is terribly modest (but not by him).

Contacting Chris Reina:

 You can connect with Chris on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or email him:

By Chris Reina

Vision. In order to see better, some people wear glasses. People can be nearsighted, farsighted, have double vision or any manner of other difficulties. All this usually means is we need to wear corrective lenses to see the world clearer.

We, all of us see the world differently. Perspective is a marvellous way to view problems, solutions, people, countries, places, times, communication and pretty much everything…

Perspective gives us different, opposing, similar and varied outlooks on the way the world works, our place in the world as well as everyone else’s place in the world.

Perspective can often only be achieved with age – however, in a world and society where information travels faster than we can think and is accessible anywhere – achieving perspective has become more important to try and achieve earlier in life.

I would say that perspective now needs to begin as early as our schooling years. (If not even earlier!) We can’t wait until 3rd level education as young adults before trying to gain this valuable skill.

Hence – vision. If we have difficulty seeing, we get lenses of some type to help that. I propose we need a methodology of using “lenses” to help us “see” better. Not right and wrong or even facts and fiction… but the dilution of information.

I live in a technological world. I use (takes deep breath): Email, Facebook, Facetime, Hangouts, Instagram, Messenger, Phone(s); Radio, Slack, Teamviewer, Twitter, TikTok, Teams, Telegram, Television, Viber, WhatsApp, Webex, Zoom, multiple news apps, and (now much less often) word-of-mouth. I swear to you, that’s not a boast, it’s a plague – but (to some extent) necessary. (and I doubly swear to you – sometimes most of them in a SINGLE DAY!)

That’s just me. I’m experienced. I know when to down technology and go for a walk (not often enough) and when my head is overloaded. Younger people don’t have the benefit of age, filters and knowing when to walk away from technology and more importantly – information overload. We all need some sort of lens/prism/filter to allow us to navigate the world of technology – not better necessarily, just clearly.

Critical thinking, fact-checking, logical fallacies, self-discipline, analytical skills, inductive and deductive reasoning, qualitative and quantitative skills are all competencies that can take years of learning, development and practice.

I believe we need to take those very difficult concepts and distill them into a tool that allows us to take the significant amount of information/data input in our daily lives and run it through a lens/prism/filter to allow us to better disseminate all that information.

I don’t have an answer, but I am actively searching for one – before my brain burns with information overload. Help save my brain and those of future generations by applying critical thinking and assessment to this issue.

Arming The Citizen Revolution #40 #cong20

Synopsis:

I explore a whole new way of working whereby computer applications are quickly developed and deployed without knowing coding. Called Low-Code-No-Code or Citizen Development, I believe this is a movement, a revolution in the making that will transform how we live, work, and play.

Total Words

1,062

Reading Time in Minutes

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Key Takeaways:

  1. What is Low-Code-No-Code and Citizen Development
  2. 450 million new apps to be created in the next 5 years using Citizen Development
  3. Problem solvers solve and IT enable!
  4. It is a new was to work, live, and play
  5. Come join the revolution

About Liam Ó Móráin:

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By Liam Ó Móráin

Text: Think Etan Hunt in Mission Impossible, Neo in The Matrix, or Michael Burnham in Star Trek Discovery. The interfaces which enable such characters to ‘discover’, ‘query’ and  ‘hypothesize’ various scenaria are of the type and functionality I want!

In recent years, significant advances in areas like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Cloud Computing have birthed, have enabled a new type of computer use and interaction that creates working, deployable ‘code’, without coding. The complexities, elegance and horrors of coding are buried but the functionality and power are available to be harnessed by you, the user.

Coming back down to earth, Siri is, as good example as any to explain, a new world order of coding. Siri is an incredible interface, an incredible piece of technology, with a lot of complexity hidden from the user. When you ask Siri to do something, you don’t have to artificially construct your question or word choice in an awkward, structured, convoluted, computer-oriented or forced way. Instead, thankfully, the power and complexity of Natural Language Processing, speech recognition, semantic technologies, and taxonomic methods are hidden from the user. But more specifically the full power of these hidden technologies are available to you, the user.

This new world order of coding is called Low-Code, No-Code or Citizen Development. By ‘Citizen’ I mean ‘anyone’ with access to a computing device. By ‘Development’ I mean the creation of ‘apps’ to solve problems and do things in a new or different way. And the tools enabling the ‘Citizen’ and enabling the ‘Development’ are software platforms. These platforms include those from leading technology companies like Microsoft, Google, Amazon and VC backed companies like Unqork, Betty Blocks, and Out Systems.

It is these tools, that will ‘arm’ the ‘citizen’ to change things, to disrupt how things are created and developed. This disruption will happen in a way and manner that I, and people involved in Citizen Development, consider to be a movement, to be a revolution. Interestingly, COVID has not only accelerated this change, it has also lit a fire under this revolution.

Businesses have been transforming in slow motion for too long. COVID has proven that people, processes, and products/services can be changed on-a-dime without companies and organisations falling apart, imploding, and destroying themselves. Working from home is a new normal.  Most importantly, decisions and decision making authority is now ‘distributed’, no longer needed to be made by people in an office, no longer rigidly subject to the traditional command and control organizational structure. Supporting and driving this distributed way of working, at speed, are the real heroes of the revolution: front line workers, operations, and support. They are using Citizen Development tools to implement solutions solving problems they are experiencing first hand. They are creating new ways of working in order to stay connected to customers, to teams across, often, global networks and supply chains, and to head office. These new methods can be transformative and disruptive with lengthily and costly processes being reduced and significant, smothering, management and organizational oversight being minimized.

The people who are driving this disruption, this transformation, are not technical people in the traditional IT sense. They are however, technically expert in their day-to-day jobs. Using workflow-like tools, as part of Citizen Development platforms, they are able to design and deploy into production, real apps, in days rather than in months or even years. While these experts know what the problems and likely solutions are, organizations tend to make it very hard for them to create solutions for pressing problems. The effort required to overcome the organizational hurdles in order to solve problems quickly and quietly often tend not to be worth the effort and distract from the day job, inherent pressures, and the reality of life and work. Organizations, for a variety of reasons, but often culturally, make it hard, especially for people at the coal-face, to innovate and solve their own problems in a way that reflects the experiences, reality, and facts on the ground. Citizen Development changes all that. I believe passionately that Citizen Development, will be the agent provocateur, driving organizational transformation henceforth and a new way to empower and enable change!

This new way of empowerment and change has led Microsoft to suggest that of the 500 million apps to be built over the next 5 years 450 million will be built using Citizen Development tools. CNBC report that more apps will be built in the next 5 years than were built over the last 40 years.  Gartner posits that the number of active citizen developers will be 4x the number of professional developers by 2023. The reason behind these bullish views is that Citizen Development platforms enable problem solvers, front line staff, operations, and others, create and deploy solutions in double-jig-time. The role of central IT is still critical in that they are responsible for setting up the governance around these tools for safe and scalable deployment. IT are no longer the perceived bottleneck with massive backlogs but are the enablers. With Citizen Development, the problem solvers solving and IT enable!

This new way of working – problem solving and IT enabling – is  both disruptive and transformative in how businesses operate. I believe it to be revolutionary. The citizen, the problem solver, can leverage great advances in technology to actively participate (i.e. citizenship), solve problems, and implement change. The Citizen Developer, the problem solver, the doer, will be the ones that will reimagine the world we live and work in. I believe low-code-no-code, citizen development is the platform that will enable, empower and arm this Citizen Revolution.

Cameo Culture #39 #cong20

Synopsis:

This is a blog about the potential transformation of consumer trends in software, specifically live broadcasting and celebrity engagement platforms into new enterprise software forms. The effect will be to radically alter the communication hierarchy, particularly where remote based working environments have and will become the norm in Society 3.0.

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Key Takeaways:

  1. The is no work/office culture when you work remote.
  2. Consumer communication software are offering fans easy access to the idols.
  3. These trends will be absorbed by the enterprise in new forms. Think Loom (Snapchat video for business)
  4. Remote work/office culture will involve much more communication from the leadership that is video and personalised.

About Mark Power:

 Cloud Computing for Business Lecturer.

Former Corporate Sales Executive. Salesforce, Oracle, Zendesk.

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By Mark Power

In the recent award winning Korean movie Parasite there is a scene where a family living in a basement decides to fold flat pizza boxes at home to get some income. The scheme ends with lots of incorrectly folded pizza boxes and ultimately underpayment for the family.

The idea of working from home is not new and lots of schemes were advertised and participated in throughout the pre-internet twentieth century. Stuffing envelopes, licking stamps, folding pizza boxes etc. The schemes often promised more than they delivered primarily because the rewards were based on inflated outputs. Like licking and sticking 1000 stamps for 5 dollars and no saliva.

What makes the current pandemic situation so tough is that it came as a complete surprise to everyone. Up ending routines and social activities in such a way that not many people would recognise. To fully remember the last serious or major global disruption, i.e. the last World War, you would have to be going on 95 – 100 years of age. So a lot of this is new and some instances unreal. Working from home was once seen as a perk, now it is standardized. The challenge here is not every house, apartment, room, garage can accommodate this new standardization.

We could argue at length what are the positives and negatives of working remotely, but whatever the next steps are that we collectively make, humans have an innate way of adapting to change.

This is a blog about the potential transformation of consumer trends in software, specifically live broadcasting and celebrity engagement platforms into new enterprise software forms. The effect will be to radically alter the communication hierarchy, particularly where remote based working environments have become the norm.

Often company leadership communication is done via email or via a presentation on an all hands call or once a year at a sales kick off and it is typically in line with what the company is doing and striving for. It is also typically a one way piece of communication. Employees drink in the KoolAid and then chat amongst themselves about the merits of such a strategy. In modern office environments, communication typically mimics the look and feel of the office and the general culture at the company. Laid back environment and culture, laid back communication. This is now dead. Why? Because culture only exists when people can engage it, participate in it, create it. If you are a node on the end of a network, at home, via your laptop, in your pyjamas, you are not in an office culture. You are a node.

Your new culture is your home and its environs. Corporate motivational posters look away now. An emojo, a new word I just invented to act as the singular of emjoi, can’t communicate that your boss neglects you and only manages upwards, the way a physical look to a knowing colleague in the office can. When we lose these moments, we lose the humanity of working alongside one another. At home, alone, working as a node on the end of a network, office culture dies from the slow strangulation of propinquity.

The challenge for office leadership communication is now not only how can you sustain or recreate company culture where none exists, but also how can you communicate more effectively to lonely nodes on the end of the network in a way that builds a new remote culture. This will be achieved by what this blogger head calls cameo culture.

When we watch Kim Khardashian live deliver an Instagram video on the benefits of her latest trend or follow a celebrity on Tiktok, we get a level of intimacy that a gossip magazine or music video or interview on TMZ could never compete with. This style of engagement creates loyal followers who hang on the episodic nature of the content.

In Society 3.0 the workplace is moving toward a consumer cultural phenomena that the celebrity engagement platform Cameo has already successfully commercialised. That platform offers access to celebrities that are otherwise out of reach to its globalised fan base. You can message the celebrity and pay them to repeat or relay your message. Typically these messages are birthday wishes or congratulatory in nature, laced with the personality of the celebrity in question. Snoop Doggs’ are particularly Shizzle. The effect here is to offer access where none existed, to offer intimacy that was previously impossible and most crucially to demolish the talent hierarchy that exists between the celebrity/fan dynamic. #Can’t touch this.

Society 3.0 will have banks of people inculcated into an easy access culture via Instagram, Tiktok or Cameo and in the same way private social networks like Salesforce.com’s Chatter tool have taken over the enterprise with a Facebook look-a-likey user experience. Or Loom has successfully mimicked the short form Snapchat-esque video for business. Fans and users of Camoe and Instagram Live will expect a level of intimacy that seemed way out of bounds 5 years ago as they mature into the workforce. This is even more prevalent in a remote working culture that has house plants and pyjamas as icons.

So how would this work? A CEO can’t be picking up requests to wish happy birthday to every employee and of course they wouldn’t either. But rather than trying to mimic the exact consumer version of the Cameo platform the business version could re-imagine it. Directors, Managers and employees could have workplace credits instead of money that they use only for special occasions to elicit messages from the senior leadership team. Examples could be ten year work anniversaries, the closing of a huge deal for the company, or a plain ol’ well done for going above and beyond. These video messages would have the effect of creating a digital bound culture that could be shared internally to further enhance its currency and by extension further intertwining a digitized remote working culture into your home. And don’t say it too loudly, these messages would be one way pieces of communication.

With so much of our lives on-line now, communication has been commoditized and creating a remote digitized office culture will be the norm in Society 3.0.