narrative space


A lot of research (science) and experiments (art) is done about networks and interaction to understand how we can make better use of new digital tools and how ecosystem thinking impacts our society and organizations.

Joseph Kosinski (nike promotion ) talks about the usefulness of tools and methods of other expert fields that support engaging visualisation of thoughts and feelings.”When architecture no longer has to be concerned with physical, financial and geographic constraints, it looks to filmmaking, storytelling and other forms of media for its limitations and context.”

blue bridge (greywolrd, andrew shoben)

blue bridge (greywolrd, andrew shoben)

office flowers

office flowers

Andrew Shoben creates public art that responses to the activity in the public space:, flowers that blossom in response to office activity ; echos & shadows that appear when you are walking over a bridge. The impact of providing physical feedback of the of the mostly unconscious signals arouses emphatic feelings and helps people to take notice of their being in that space.

Jer Thorp plays with alternate representations. On the one hand he uses the NY-times api to make info-graphics that immediately convey a core message and a route to the deeper layers of the data. On the other hand he shows all fragments of a movie in one glance; only if you zoom in you will recognize filmimages, the whole is more a big amplitude monitor that corresponds with other data in that room. To me his hilarious alien alarm is bottom line of what he does by this fooling around with data and instruments.

The commonality of these three creative interpretators of contextual data is not only their play with interaction and response, but maybe more important their use of new techniques to explore their passions.

brsts barabasi

brsts barabasi

Fractal Networks  – Barabasi – burst

Barabási has been on the forefront of research into network theory. His first book Linked was about the connections. His new book Bursts is about the dynamics of how we live. He says we need to move from a model which emphasizes averages and random behavior to one that is represented by short periods of intense activity followed by longer lulls. (see article)

His research reveals the lifetime effect of networks. His point is that networks emerge and evolve driven by a fundamental set of laws and mechanisms wether it are social networks or other networks in society or nature. He discovered power laws like: Growth – networks expand continuously by the addition of new nodes. Preferential Attachment – new nodes prefer to link to highly connected nodes. Which enabled him to create a formula for network robustness – how well a network maintains it’s basic functions under attack of errors and failures. It revelas the network’s internal critical point at which it will fragment. He explores strategies to create or destroy networks. If you randomly take away nodes it will take longer to disrupt a network than if you aim for the biggest hubs first. It may not sound mind-lifting but it will benchmark your efforts to create an affiliate or ambassadors network. He also works on the entropy of a signal – if you for instance log the whereabouts of people by their telephone signal how well could you predict their whereabouts. By calculating how often someone visits the same location at different moments of time most of the time you can with 93% accuracy predict where that person is. He even discovered high spatial and temporal regularity in our movements: if you can acces the precise data, the bandwith of accuracy is between 80-100%.

His new book brsts comes with a game, you can guess the words of his book. It shows how well you do and if you reach a certain level you can uncover the whole book. Even this is not just a marketing gimmick it also monitors how people play. It shows that most players just play and aim for good rankings and do not even care to pick up their reward (the book download). Which could support the lessons from the book Nudge. Nudge learns us that people are much more influenced and motivated by subtle drivers as social connections, status and signals than by explicit carrots and sticks.

create a social infrastructure in the flow of collaboration (not above the flow) – Clay Shirky

characteristics internal champignons

characteristics internal champignons

Put people over process

Clay Shirky talks about situated apps – applications that are native to your context and your organization and wrote the book: here comes everybody. He emphasizes using the right tools for creating conversations and groups and highlights that internet is capable of doing both. And stresses to create a (media) environment for convening and supporting groups.

“the interface is the product” – Jef Raskin IBM (pay attention to simplicity ans joy of usage)

“social business design is about building structures that reflect human behavior (mirror and amplify our behavior) not replace!” (Lee Bryant, Headshift) He states that healthy networks have multiplicity: redundant routes and connections, and are all about scale and intimacy. Lee Bryant uses the metaphor of proximity wormholes to illustrate that we need new structures and tools to reconnect people. We need punctures in the systems through which we can humanize co-operation.

The sculptures of Antony Gormley might be a nice illustration of teh social assumption that “we are the network”.

lee bryant

clear answersfor outside questions


in the flow not above the flow

antony gormley

Antony Gormley Quantum Cloud

Rupture (A.Gormley)

Rupture (A.Gormley)

Spine (A.Gormley)

Spine (A.Gormley)

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