“New Power” on the Rise: User Side Synthecracy !!!

New power diagram

This empowered and connected civilians movement I called ‘Synthecracy’ is huge !! Even those with industrial producer-consumer mindsets must have noticed it by now. The demand side is clustering and is getting organized.

I recommend you to read the article in The Harvard Business Review (HBR) by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms : https://hbr.org/2014/12/understanding-new-power and the mustsee video on Youtube about the article http://t.co/orkhK9Z7ob

Why am I so enthousiastic about this article? Because it puts into words what I have been telling folks in bits and pieces what I extracted as patterns from the chaos in and around Internet and social media. A new economic/social/political power ecology is forming in the worldwide society: Synthecracy. This New Power is based on [mass participation & p2p coordination].

For me the main message of this ecology is: Yes, men& women are not only motivated by personal greed and massconsumption , but also by group sympathy and shared constructive co-operation & co-laboration, And yes, they are flocking in mass ‘flows’, and openly combine, put things together from different crafts, cultures, knowledge disciplines, specialisms, P2P Phyles. And by synergy create new wealth and jobs. Across borders and fences.

Purely electro-mechanical things you can understand by taking them apart and study the working of its components. The new ICT supported systems and networks exhibit synergy, collective intelligence and emergent behaviour which can not be understood from studying its components. And taking these systems apart makes that synergy disappear and die. As prof. Carlota Perez has explained in her book (2002, long before the crash of 2008) and publications, we have to put together companies, society and politics quite differently if we want to get out of the recession/crash. IMHO the P2P New Power systems of Synthecracy show us how to make the transition.

The concept of Synthecracy was introduced by me years ago and often presented at business school courses and lectures. It is the new constructive combination of State, Business and Civil Society forces and activities as depicted in the Trias Internetica :


I have explained this diagram in an earlier blogpost: http://theconnectivist.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/transition-from-crisis-1-the-digitized-civil-society-as-a-force/  and in other publications.

And, ah yes, this wired collective intelligence “P2P power” is starting to worry old power nation state dictators and those who dream of going back to the 1970-80’s. The flow of this river can not be bent back, however hard and violent the old men try. And however hard nationalistic political parties like UKIP and Front National try. New Power cooperation makes old fashioned national borders and national laws and sovereignty irrelevant. Just compare the number of inhabitants of old and new “countries”:

Landen naar inwonertal

Don’t look back all the time, look forward. Synthecracy is our future!!

Jaap van Till, connectivist

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“Resistance to Change” Equation Discovered !!

Resistance to change














This formula is probably not really correct for mathematicians, but the message is clear: Large organizations have difficulty to change and innovate. And especially those with many layers of “managers” just operate according to trusted recipes, however outdated.

These old dinosaurs not only resist change but sometimes they even get nasty to fight back innovation by insisting that others around them stay obedient to them and their “old old power rule”. Example is the UK gov’t, who still think that the British Empire (RIP) can be re-installed with the surveillance power of their GCHQ. And another example is the Kremlin military-intelligence elite, formally presided by Vladimir Putin, who see their power shrinking and therefore try to enforce an energy-military dictatorship on the former USSR countries around them. The Russians seriously think they can re-start the USSR Empire (RIP) and blame the cruel external forces for its demise in 1991 etc. NO it collapsed internally because it did not work.

The hierarchical power piramides of these organizations and nation states not only resist change they can not control but even try to make retro UTurns to go back to their mostly imagined days of former glory. Gone forever I fear for them.

Jaap van Till, connectivist

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Refreshing statement about Net Neutrality and Broadband, Guifi Nets

got wifi
1. At the recent @Commsday conference @Cisco exec Dr. Bob Pepper said:
         “We are all really just back-hauling  (with optical fiber cables) Wi-Fi anyway!”
A very focussed thought indeed for Telco’s, CableTV network providers as well as broadcasters and Regulators.  Source: Twitter
2. This key combination of [ Wi-Fi and Optical Fiber backbones ] is an important driver trend. See for instance the story about the bottom up Guifi.net-Intro_Memory_2013_CCbysa-1 which started in Spain.
Guifi Networks
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Open Source Hardware for the Kids and Maker Movement

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The GCduino microcontroller starter kit, see for a description and video:  http://wp.me/p2o4fM-3e on my other blog: The Optillt Trofee

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A Project for a New Humanism: an interview with Pierre Lévy


Very important cluster of idea’s.
jaap van till, theconnectivist

Originally posted on Blog of Collective Intelligence 2003-2014:


Pierre Lévy is a philosopher and a pioneer in the study of the impact of the Internet on human knowledge and culture. In Collective Intelligence. Mankind’s Emerging World in Cyberspace, published in French in 1994 (English translation in 1999), he describes a kind of collective intelligence that extends everywhere and is constantly evaluated and coordinated in real time, a collective human intelligence, augmented by new information technologies and the Internet. Since then, he has been working on a major undertaking: the creation of IEML (Information Economy Meta Language), a tool for the augmentation of collective intelligence by means of the algorithmic medium. IEML, which already has its own grammar, is a metalanguage that includes the semantic dimension, making it computable. This in turn allows a reflexive representation of collective intelligence processes.

In the book Semantic Sphere I. Computation, Cognition, and Information Economy, Pierre Lévy describes IEML as…

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The Dark Net


Freedom will dis-intermediate or bypass any obstacle in communications between people
Jaap van Till, TheConnectivist

Originally posted on Collective Intelligence:

http://ift.tt/eA8V8J Beyond the familiar online world that most of us inhabit – a world of Google, Hotmail, Facebook and Amazon – lies a vast and often hidden network of sites, communities and cultures where freedom is pushed to its limits, and where people can be anyone, or do anything, they want. A world that is as […]

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L4 Btwieners : Slides of my Social Networking masterclass Workshop at OSDC2014


[updated version: nov.11] Here are the slide, updated from those I presented at City of Gold Coast, Griffith University campus  Lect4 Networkskills workshpJvT4f Friday Nov 7 2014.  You are free to use them yourself, if you refer to this page as the source.

Social netw2I introduced in this workshop for the first time the function of a ” Btwiener “, who is defined as a person who is a master networker as well as an effective ‘weak link’ between tribes.


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