Toxic lies about culture are afoot in Silicon Valley. They spread too fast as we take our bubble money and designer Powerpoints to drinkups, conferences and meetups all over the world, flying premium economy, ad nauseam. Well-intentioned darlings south of Market wax poetic on distributed teams, office perks, work/life balance, passion, “shipping”, “iteration,” “freedom”. A world of startup privilege hides blithely unexamined underneath an insipid, self-reinforcing banner of meritocracy and funding.
Cupertino is where Apple is. Palo Alto is where Facebook is. Mountain View is where Google is.
One theory of culture is that the organisation’s core business, or dominant technology, often gives rise to a pervasive culture.
My last four days, at the Agile CultureCon split between Philadelphia and Boston, have thrown more new ideas and techniques at me than I’m used to encountering in a normal four months. Or more.
Agility is the ability to rapidly identify– and respond to– change.
Posted by venessa miemis on Friday, September 7, 2012 · 8 Comments I’ve been brushing up on the work of Eric S. Raymond , an open source software advocate and author of ‘ The Cathedral and the Bazaar ,’ in preparation for meeting and interviewing him at next week’s Culture Conference in Philly and Boston.
Hacking Society (and learning how to fix it) | OuiShare | A Creative Community for the Collaborative EconomyWhat should the innovative society of the future look like and who will the leaders be? In this paper, Simone Cicero discusses how our society could make the transition to a more local system that is based on the exchange and sharing of value as drivers of innovation and real learning. Many believe that continuously evoking change is the only way to solve our many, if not infinite, problems.
Occupy movement protesters camp out as part of Occupy London Stock Exchange.
Ethnogenesis (from the Greek ethnos ἔθνος , "group of people" or " nation ", and genesis γέννησις , "origin, birth", pl. ethnogeneses ) is the process by which a group of human beings comes to be understood or to understand themselves as ethnically distinct from the wider social landscape from which their grouping emerges. This recognition of culture creation has caused some historians to place traditional teleological nation-building narratives into the framework of legend , when they were once uncritically accepted as historical facts.
Online encyclopedia Wikipedia has finally admitted that it needs real academics editing entries.
Douglas Rushkoff wrote in Life Inc. that our society is nothing more than an operating system upon which we (as software) live: The landscape on which we are living – the operating system on which we are now running our social software – was invented by people, sold to us as a better way of life, supported by myths, and ultimately allowed to develop into a self-sustaining reality. In turn, operating systems are designed and maintained by engineers who make choices and have biases.