Self-actualisation & the web: is the internet nearing Maslow's peak?

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Ben Rowe - @benhyphenrowe - Thirst Studios

Presented at Pause Fest (http://pausefest.com.au/) - Feb 13th - 16th, 2014.

What can a 70 year-old psychology paper teach us about an invention that’s only 20 years old? In a whistle-stop tour of the internet, Ben plots the history of the web against Maslow's seminal Hierarchy of Needs, proposing it might just be nearing the point of actualising its full potential.

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Self-actualisation & the web: is the internet nearing Maslow's peak?

  1. 1. Hi, I’m Ben. @benhyphenrowe Thirst Studios
  2. 2. The web will 
 save the world
  3. 3. Abraham
 Maslow’s ‘Hierachy of needs’ Published: 1943
  4. 4. Physiological Safety Love & Belonging Esteem Self 
 Actualisation
  5. 5. Physiological
  6. 6. Safety
  7. 7. Love & Belonging
  8. 8. Esteem
  9. 9. Self 
 Actualisation
  10. 10. Physiological Safety Love & Belonging Esteem Self 
 Actualisation
  11. 11. We’re
 transcending.
  12. 12. The web is 
 transcending, too.
  13. 13. Born: 
 6 August 1991 The World Wide Web
  14. 14. HTTP <HTML> The hyperlink Web Browser DNS IP Address email Physiolical
  15. 15. Security Order Safety Reliability Privacy
  16. 16. A roof over our head. Safety
  17. 17. Love & Belonging Web 2.0
  18. 18. Shiny What was web 2.0 again? Love & Belonging ReflectiveGlossy
  19. 19. it was about people Love & Belonging
  20. 20. Connection Love & Belonging Friendship Belonging
  21. 21. Our place in the world Love & Belonging
  22. 22. Love Love & Belonging
  23. 23. Love & Belonging
  24. 24. Esteem Now, the web is growing up.
  25. 25. A new web aesthetic Esteem
  26. 26. The web is beautiful Esteem
  27. 27. the web is efficient. Esteem
  28. 28. The web is everyware Esteem
  29. 29. Esteem We take the web with us
  30. 30. The web disrupts Esteem
  31. 31. “We’re giving it a body.” Kevin Kelly Esteem
  32. 32. Quantified Self Esteem
  33. 33. Automation (ifttt.com)
  34. 34. Automation (ifttt.com)
  35. 35. Money Esteem
  36. 36. Self Actualisation
  37. 37. We are the web. ! It’s up to us.
  38. 38. Thank You. @benhyphenrowe
 thirststudios.com

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