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Networked Agency - State of the Net 2018


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Keynote at SOTN 2018, on finding the ability to act in networked groups. And how we need to change technologies and methods to fit that, so they can be used in real life contexts that matter to the group that is doing it.

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Networked Agency - State of the Net 2018

  1. 1. Networked Agency SOTN 2018, Trieste Ton Zijlstra, @ton_zylstra,,
  2. 2. Agency deficit: desperate for meaningful action
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  4. 4. Agency potential • rediscover our own ability to solve things. here lies the agency potential Agency potential
  5. 5. Self-portrait, Chuck Close 1995
  6. 6. Bayanihan Noaberschop Barn raising Imece Talkoot Kaláka Meitheal Dugnad моба Gadugi Mink’a Minga
  7. 7. Human Digital Networks Human Digital Networks
  8. 8. The Unit of Agency is you with your relationships in a living context
  9. 9. 9 using open data to take charge of your neighbourhood
  10. 10. Reasoning from impact on need: living context
  11. 11. “It is funny how I found a life changing opportunity to develop my work on what I love in Medenine, in a local place, and not in Tunis the capital where I spent 5 years studying there!”
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  13. 13. Networked Tech and Networked Methods combined low cost open source hardware digital making
 low cost computing devices/hosting (open) data / analysis IoT (sensors & actuators) mesh networking algorithms / machine learning blockchain energy production biotech/bio-hacking software bots p2p organizing, coops p2p sourcing open knowledge governance (groups, data) participatory narrative inquiry iterative processes social media / media practices community building practices networked models sprints workflow / decision making tools hacking ethics, ethics by design
  14. 14. Tech & Methods ‘smaller’ than us What’s wrong with bots, is they’re not ours (Doc Searls) deploy, alter, iterate, control, trust within your group then federate
  15. 15. Use it as design aid, as scaffolding
  16. 16. Networked Agency….. For the living context • Local needs as determined by you and your meaningful relations (aka group) • In full awareness of how that need interrelates to the wider global whole By the living context • Unit of agency is the group that determined the need, • Drawing upon own strengths and what can be gleaned from global networks Of the living context • Combinations of technology and methods, with strongly lowered thresholds • ‘Smaller’ than the group, within their scope to deploy, alter, control, trust • Able to federate, to (dis)connect
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  18. 18. Ton Zijlstra, @ton_zylstra,, photos: Ton Zijlstra, by except screenshots, and where mentioned on the photo slides: Ton Zijlstra, by nc sa