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Announcing the Future of Work community’s first chapters and meetings

I have been working with a small group of dedicated volunteers on turning an idea into reality, and we are ready to make some announcements, but first, a recap.

A few months ago I started to realize that although there are dozens of organizations and groups exploring aspects of the future of work, I hadn’t found an open international community with regular meetings organized by local chapters.

I said at that time that I would try to get such a community off the ground, with the help of other participants, organizations, and sponsors.

I picked the name Chautauqua after the adult education movement of late 19th and early 20th century, but that name has proven confusing (and hard to spell). So we’ve changed to name to be more obvious: the Future of Work community, with a website at futureofwork.co, and an open community supported by Mightybell technology at mightybell.com/communities/futureofwork.

I hope you will join. We are an open community investigating the future of work, cooperating to find and advance new ways of working together, to redefine our connection to work and each other, and ultimately, through that, to change the world.

And today the biggest news: We have three chapters — Boston, New York City, and Austin — and all three have scheduled their first meetings.

  • Austin — 6:30pm-8pm 27 March 2014 - at Tech Ranch, 9111 Jollyville Rd #100, Austin, TX 78759 (512) 339-3242 - contact: KAT MANDELSTEIN 
  • Boston — 6:30pm-8pm 3 April 2014 - at IdeaPaint, 40 Broad Street, Boston, MA 02109 (800) 393.5250 - contact LAURA GAUNT
  • New York — 6:30pm-8pm 24 March 2014 - at Grind Park, 419 Park Avenue South, Second Floor, New York, NY 10016 (646) 558 3250 - contact: GUY ALVAREZ  

The topic for these first meetings — and for the first meeting of any new chapter — is the Future of Work, but also to discuss the rationale for a community of interest and practice around the changing foundations of work — for business, the workforce, and the individual.

So, please sign up for the newsletter to stay informed, join the community to actively participate as  member, and bookmark the website. And if you’r like to start a chapter, read this.

Hope to see you at one of the upcoming meetings!

humanscalecities:

| City | Data | Future | exhibition
24th September 2014 – 7th October 2014
Exhibition 24th September – 7th October 2014
Symposium Thursday 25th September 2014.
Venue Telecom Italia Future Centre in Venice, Italy.1
The UrbanIxD project takes the view that cities in the future will contain a complex mesh of interconnected, heterogeneous technological systems. Technology will continue to evolve, and the data-reading and writing capabilites of cities will only increase, but mess and complexity will still be the background context.
The focus of the emergent field of Urban Interaction Design is public space and the relationships between people – with and through technology2. The currency of these interactions is data. Making sense of this data, and making it meaningful, transparent, useful and enjoyable is a challenge for interaction design.
The | City | Data | Future | exhibition speculates about the possible futures that city inhabitants might experience.
UrbanIxD

humanscalecities:

| City | Data | Future | exhibition

24th September 2014 – 7th October 2014

Exhibition 24th September – 7th October 2014

Symposium Thursday 25th September 2014.

Venue Telecom Italia Future Centre in Venice, Italy.1

The UrbanIxD project takes the view that cities in the future will contain a complex mesh of interconnected, heterogeneous technological systems. Technology will continue to evolve, and the data-reading and writing capabilites of cities will only increase, but mess and complexity will still be the background context.

The focus of the emergent field of Urban Interaction Design is public space and the relationships between people – with and through technology2. The currency of these interactions is data. Making sense of this data, and making it meaningful, transparent, useful and enjoyable is a challenge for interaction design.

The | City | Data | Future | exhibition speculates about the possible futures that city inhabitants might experience.

UrbanIxD

We all know our systems are really broken. They have overgrown sort of their role and responsibility. They were originally written or created when there was a lot less of us, and there wasn’t this sort of interconnection between corporations, people and goods. So, when our democracies were originally founded, it was around the time or around—took about 50 years to evolve after the first information revolution, when we started to print books. And that’s when we moved the kings away and the popes and the bishops and the princesses and the princes, and got representative government, or… But what happened in the meantime, like it’s been a long, long, long time. We had a new information revolution, where we came to understand, hey, it’s not only in my country that it looks like we have a dictatorship with many heads, where the politicians have become professional politicians, and they are so far removed from the reality of what most people are living in.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir 

(via Birgitta Jónsdóttir on Criminalization of Cyber-Activists, Bradley Manning & Iceland’s Pirate Party (Pt. 2) - Amy Goodman)

"It’s not only in my country that it looks like we have a dictatorship with many heads.’"

(see also How the US Justice Department legally hacked my Twitter accountA Call to the People of the World to Support Iceland Against Financial Blackmail )

Social Media’s ‘Law’ of Short Messages


MIT News (02/26/14) Peter Dizikes
http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2014/social-medias-law-of-short-messages-0226.html

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Senseable City Lab recently conducted a study showing that social media messages grow shorter as the volume of activity rises. “This helps us better understand what is going on—the way we respond to things becomes faster and more impulsive,” says MIT professor Carlo Ratti. For example, at times of lower activity, the most popular length of tweets ranges from about 70 to 120 characters. However, at moments of greater traffic, the highest concentration of tweets is only about 25 characters in length. “If you plot the rate of the messages versus the length, then you can find a mathematical relation between these two things during [major] events,” says MIT’s Michael Szell. The researchers focused on data from several social media sources at a variety of points in time. University of Namur mathematician Renaud Lambiotte says this is “an interesting piece of research” that may lead to fruitful follow-up work, “in particular for the modeling of the relation between behavioral response and emotional stimuli.” The study also found an “index of frustration” among some social media users, particularly during major events when a small portion of users run up against Twitter’s 140-character limit.

(via social-network-and-computing)

New Map of Twitterverse Finds 6 Types of Networks


http://www.umdrightnow.umd.edu/news/new-map-twitterverse-finds-6-types-networks

UMD Newsdesk (02/21/14) Tom Ventsias; Lee Tune

University of Maryland professor Ben Shneiderman, working with researchers from the Pew Research Internet Project, the Social Media Research Foundation, and the University of Georgia, has found that most of the information being discussed on Twitter falls into six distinct patterns or networks. Their study analyzed tens of thousands of Twitter conversations over the past four years and developed a “topographical map” of these patterns based on the topic being discussed, the information and influencers driving the conversation, and the social network structures of the participants. The six network patterns the researchers found are polarized crowds, tight crowds, brand clusters, community clusters, broadcast networks, and support networks. “What we’ve done is to provide a visual map of the Twitterverse that will ultimately help others to better interpret the trends, topics, and implications of these new communication technologies,” Shneiderman says. The researchers used NodeXL, an open source program, to interpret the data. NodeXL enables researchers to examine the combination of tweets, retweets, and the social networks Twitter users. “It could eventually have a large impact on our understanding of everything from health to community safety, from business innovation to citizen science, and from civic engagement to sustainable energy programs,” Shneiderman says.

(via social-network-and-computing)

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