24 episodes

A podcast about the intersection of technology, society, and internet culture – with a dash of philosophy and art for good measure. Hosts: Laura Hilliger & Doug Belshaw (We Are Open Co-op)

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A podcast about the intersection of technology, society, and internet culture – with a dash of philosophy and art for good measure. Hosts: Laura Hilliger & Doug Belshaw (We Are Open Co-op)

    S04 Episode 04: Open Impact

    S04 Episode 04: Open Impact

    Support our podcast! https://opencollective.com/weareopen

    Our guest Heather Leson is open advocate and the Digital Innovation Lead at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/heatherleson/
    https://twitter.com/HeatherLeson/

    Heather's favourite book(s)
    Global Soul -https://bookshop.org/books/the-global-soul-jet-lag-shopping-malls-and-the-search-for-home/9780679776116
    Invisible Women - https://bookshop.org/books/invisible-women-data-bias-in-a-world-designed-for-men/9781419735219
    Currently Reading: Behave - Robert Sapolsky https://bookshop.org/books/behave-the-biology-of-humans-at-our-best-and-worst/9780143110910

    Opening Up Social Impact-Focused Organizations
    https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6917798799012712449/
    https://raw.githubusercontent.com/open-organization/open-perspectives/main/opening-up-social-impact-focused-organizations/opening-up-social-impact-focused-organizations.pdf
    https://github.com/open-organization/open-perspectives/raw/main/opening-up-social-impact-focused-organizations/opening-up-social-impact-focused-organizations.epub

    Apps and courses
    Komoot https://www.komoot.com
    Applied Behavioral Design course https://www.behavioraldesign.academy/courses/applied-behavioral-design
    50 shades of open: https://firstmonday.org/article/view/6360/5460
    What we talk about when we talk about open https://learnwith.weareopen.coop/courses/open-course/

    • 48 min
    S04 Episode 03: Self Hosting IT

    S04 Episode 03: Self Hosting IT

    Support us! opencollective.com/weareopen

    In this episode Laura and Doug start chatting about Self Hosting IT and end up talking politics, perspectives, behaviour and more.

    - dougbelshaw.com/blog/2022/05/23/jitsi-sociocracy/
    - wiki.p2pfoundation.net/Fifty_Shades_of_Open
    - learnwith.weareopen.coop/courses/open-course/
    - raw.githubusercontent.com/open-organiz…izations.pdf
    - app.optery.com/login

    • 39 min
    S04 Episode 02: Civic society

    S04 Episode 02: Civic society

    We talk about identity, civic society and how Twitter isn't a public square.
    Support our podcast! https://opencollective.com/weareopen

    - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadrian%27s_Wall
    - https://clalliance.org/blog/curate-or-be-curated-why-our-information-environment-is-crucial-to-a-flourishing-democracy-civil-society/
    - https://thoughtshrapnel.com/2022/04/25/highlights-from-the-internet-is-not-what-you-think-it-is/
    The 4 charges: Internet is addictive, Shaping life through an algorithm, No democratic oversight, universal surveillance

    - Andy Clark "Mindware: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Science"
    - McLuhan's 4 laws - how media/tech affect society: https://social-epistemology.com/2012/11/11/gregory-sandstrom-laws-of-media-the-four-effects-a-mcluhan-contribution-to-social-epistemology/
    - https://ambiguiti.es/sitting-with-ambiguity/
    - https://dougbelshaw.com/blog/2022/04/26/twitter-musk-thoughts/
    - https://www.laurahilliger.com/models/cyberspace-and-the-%e2%80%9cvirtualitatslagerung%e2%80%9d/

    • 51 min
    S04 Episode 01: Restorative justice

    S04 Episode 01: Restorative justice

    (Content warning) In this episode we speak with Kayleigh Walsh, an Outlandish colleague, about restorative justice, trust and more. This podcast season is currently unfunded. You can support this podcast and other We Are Open projects and products at https://opencollective.com/weareopen.

    Kayleigh's favourite book(s)
    - Richard Powers the overstory
    - House of Spirits Isabella Allende

    Restorative Justice
    - Circles SE: https://circlessoutheast.org.uk/
    - Adrienne Maree Brown: https://adriennemareebrown.net/
    - Building OUT: https://outlandish.com/building-out/

    • 41 min
    S03 Episode 06 - Ragbag of random

    S03 Episode 06 - Ragbag of random

    WAO stuff
    Learn with WAO launch https://blog.weareopen.coop/learn-with-we-are-open-co-op-8a4dd9f31874
    Audience Ikigai https://blog.weareopen.coop/audience-ikigai-be0cebe4cea
    How to set Open Standards: https://blog.weareopen.coop/howto-set-open-standards-for-your-project-3e4aa1f57e1b
    Architectures of Participation https://weareopen.coop/aop
    Emergent Community building https://blog.weareopen.coop/emergent-community-building-a35f9431d8a
    https://Badges.community

    Newsletters
    https://thoughtshrapnel.com/newsletter/
    Explaining ideas - https://thoughtshrapnel.com/2022/02/01/explaining-ideas/
    Check your perspective - https://thoughtshrapnel.com/2022/02/04/check-your-perspective/
    Decentralising the description of skills with OSMT - https://dougbelshaw.com/blog/2022/02/03/skills-osmt/
    https://www.laurahilliger.com/newsletter/

    Recommended newsletters
    Dense Discovery: https://www.densediscovery.com/
    Supergranular: https://supergranular.substack.com/

    Memex
    Dan Hon
    Orbital Operations
    Just Two Things
    Anne Helen Peterson: https://annehelen.substack.com/
    Sentiers
    University of Winds
    Aaron Davis

    Other stuff
    Bonfire Zappa project - https://bonfirenetworks.org/posts/zappa_report
    Boring crypto definitions - https://dougbelshaw.com/blog/2022/01/28/boring-crypto-definitions/
    Sitting with ambiguity for innovation projects (or life in general!) - https://ambiguiti.es/sitting-with-ambiguity/
    8 tips for creating cultural change in your organization > https://opensource.com/open-organization/15/11/8-tips-cultural-change-organization
    Switching from Telegram to Signal - https://thoughtshrapnel.com/2022/03/07/switching-from-telegram-to-signal/

    • 44 min
    S03 Episode 05 - Social Impact Games

    S03 Episode 05 - Social Impact Games

    Today we talk to our guest, Adam Procter, Interim Head of the new Department Art & Media Technology at University of Southampton about social impact games, game design and more.

    Support the Tao of WAO: https://opencollective.com/weareopen/

    Adam Procter:
    https://discursive.adamprocter.co.uk/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/procter/
    https://www.theguardian.com/games/2022/feb/21/spawn-of-wordle-five-of-the-best-riffs-on-the-hit-word-game

    Adam's sites and tools:
    https://adamprocter.co.uk
    https://nodenogg.in/
    https://discursive.adamprocter.co.uk/2021/07/06/wayfinder-game.html
    https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/games-design-and-art-degree-ba
    https://www.instagram.com/gamesdesignart/

    Social Impact games:
    https://news.sky.com/story/climate-change-can-gaming-make-us-go-greener-12372861
    https://playing4theplanet.org/news/ggj21-gamers-to-act-for-nature/
    https://webpages.tuni.fi/gamification/gamiforest-coffee-talks/

    Daybreak
    https://www.daybreakgame.org
    https://medium.com/climate-crisis-the-game
    The homelessness game and others from Adam's students:
    https://kompile.co.uk/university/
    PlayMob - take UN's SDGs and see if there's a way to influence design
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/afdhelaziz/2019/08/09/the-power-of-purpose-how-jude-ower-and-playmob-are-using-videogames-for-good/?sh=338b9d263791

    The list of books Adam mentions:
    - teaching to transgress (bell hooks)
    - deschooling society (Ivan Ilich)
    >"Most learning is not the result of instruction. It is rather the result of unhampered participation in a meaningful setting." — Ivan Illich
    - passion projects peers and play (Mitch Resnick)
    - Dune
    - Fight club (true I picked the weakest one :)
    - the monsters of education technology (Audrey Watters)
    - surveillance captalism (Shoshana Zuboff)
    - Nudge (Richard H. Thaler)
    - Catch 22
    - The Catcher in the Rye
    - The design of everyday things (Don Norman)

    In a short commentary posted to her website in 2004, science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin wrote that the concept of technology is “consistently misused to mean only the enormously complex and specialized technologies of the past few decades, supported by massive exploitation both of natural and human resources.” Rather, she argued, technology should be understood more expansively, as the way “society copes with physical reality… the active human interface with the material world.” Technology, as the sum of “what we can learn to do.” - https://newpublic.org/article/1610/introduction

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