#DeepMovements Ahead with New Power Synthecracy

Synthecracy Weavelet

(updated May 18, 2018)

  1. Introduction

People all over the world have the feeling that things in society and the economy can not continue like they do now. Polution, hunger. illness, climate change, energy logistics and job loss are hurting people and their families personally and also whole communities are destroyed in the long time. Which should concern all of us.

Professor Dirk Helbing of the ETH in Zurich and TUDelft presented a number of these crises very clearly in his TED-Groningen talk in 2015, accessible on YouTube. He also showed several remedies and general direction of efforts which can help to repair the situation and can result in a transition to a new society. He called what is appearing “the Planetary Nervous System” (PNS).

2. My discovery: a NEW organizational paradigm.

I have discovered a pattern which can work which can be presented to start where Helbing in his TED talk stopped. I hope to achieve how the HOW question can be answered.  Here you can download the PDF of my Flashtalk in Berlin where I presented it briefly: Salon am FinkelplJvTapril20 2018 I

The shortest introduction to my idea is that it applies the remarkable recent success of the “deep Neural Networks” in AI (derived from parallel pattern recognition in the brain) to an organizational structure to interconnect PEOPLE more successfully, than the ‘old power’ hierarchies. It is a well known way to innovate: use a recipe in one knowledge field in quite another field of practice or scientific discipline. That is what I did: throw a powertool over a fence into a field where it can be welcomed since there is a big need for it. 

3. Here is how you can see what I did present

I suggest you download the PDF from the above link, open it AND open the video of my flashtalk in Berlin on another screen. {25 minutes} from Youtube https://youtu.be/aHcSbwUoN34

4. What next

The intention to write out the above presentation into a more lengty and more detailed paper or booklet, possible together with graduate students. It is my sincere hope that this discovery will lead to a number of scientific breakthroughs which will be applied in a constructive way.

May the Flow be with You !!!

Jaap van Till, TheConnectivist

PS.1 Today April 24, I was notified that somebody did come to the same conclusion, as expressed brilliantly at the chaos congress’ (#CCC) last keynote, in November last year. Charles Stross is talking about ‘slow AIs’ we used to call »corporations«. There are many
connections that could be drawn towards my ‘Weavelet’ presentation:

»I’m talking about the very old, very slow AIs we call corporations, of
course. What lessons from the history of the company can we draw that
tell us about the likely behaviour of the type of artificial
intelligence we are all interested in today?«

»It seems to me that our current political upheavals are best understood
as arising from the capture of post-1917 democratic institutions by
large-scale AIs. Everywhere I look I see voters protesting angrily
against an entrenched establishment that seems determined to ignore the
wants and needs of their human voters in favour of the machines.«


And now comes the twist: protesters are organizing themselves as a ‘fast
AI’ in order to deal with the ‘slow AI’.

I love it to be confirmed in my views by a brilliant man !

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PS.2 One of the key functions of a Weavelet organization is Orthogonalization = to sort a very complex set of observations into a number of orthogonal issues, issue sets which are agnostic to each other. This is in contract to simplifications that hierarchies do.

Definition (from Wikipedia) of Orthogonalization =  “In linear algebraorthogonalization is the process of finding a set of orthogonal vectors that span a particular subspace. Formally, starting with a linearly independent set of vectors {v1, … ,vk} in an inner product space (most commonly the Euclidean space Rn), orthogonalization results in a set of orthogonal vectors {u1, … ,uk} that generate the same subspace as the vectors v1, … ,vk. Every vector in the new set is orthogonal to every other vector in the new set; and the new set and the old set have the same linear span

PS.3 A friend told me that my idea of a tightly interconnected group sharing knowledge I called a Weavelet is by no means new. In 1975 the famous graphic novel artist Marten Toonder published the story called “DE WEETMUTS”, about wire interconnected mushrooms that result in all “knowing everything the others know” : (part of first page)


PS.4 . For an more visual impression of the proposed “Weavelet” organization structure take a look at the following snapshot [ Ahmed & Rao “Orthogonal Transforms for Digital Signal Processing” Springer Verlag Berlin, Heidelberg, New York 1975, p 83 ]


This is a structure which IMHO even sociologists, politicians and legal professionals can understand 🙂

PS.5 Today May 4 2018 I read the article from [ Mary Jo Kaplan “Complexity Demands New Approaches to Work” – Stanford  Social Innovation Review , May 3 2018] . see https://ssir.org/articles/entry/complexity_demands_new_approaches_to_work#  This paper confirms my bold “weavelet” and Sythecracy conjectures !!


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Democracy, Is It Gone?

From Twitter: see message below. Democracy is under attack by mass surveillance, profiling & personal targeting and ….. #mindfucking to create isolated excluded bubble groups that no longer interact or cooperate with each other and fight.

Democracy is much much more than just providing choices and “ruling by majority”. It is in the long term not bad to recognize & INCLUDE minority views from a diversity of people  into the decisions. We should re-connect the diverse tribes.

Jaap van Till, TheConnectivist

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Graphene may Filter Salt Water for drinking of millions of people

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This is BIG news !! If this is true, it can have a huge impact on health and happiness of the world population. WATER without pollution or salt is a basic need for children growing up, life, cooking and washing.

If it can produce potable water from dirty rivers or sea water, for instance with the help of solar energy such purifiers can be implemented on a large scale. And if you realize that many conflicts and even wars & migration have “fights over water” at their core, this is really great news. I have reblogged an article from “The Fastcompany” below about this invention.

I hope that the successful Nazava project, which is now operational with porous stone filters can adopt these new “graphene filters” soon and spread the filters on a larger scale.

Jaap van Till,  TheConnectivist



This Graphene Filter Makes Dirty  Saltwater Drinkable

One simple filter might be able to deliver clean water for a fraction of the cost and energy of our current purification and desalinization methods.

The water in Sydney Harbor–which is salty and polluted by sewage, toxic chemicals, and microplastics–isn’t drinkable. But researchers in Australia recently tested a new type of water filter that purified and desalinated the water in a single step. The same process could potentially be used to help the 2 billion-plus people around the world who lack access to safe drinking water.

The filter uses Graphair, a type of graphene, a material made from a thin layer of pure carbon. A film made from the new version of the material, with microscopic nano-channels, has a “unique atomic structure where the channel only allows pure water molecules to pass through while rejecting all the bigger particles of contaminants,” says Dong Han Seo, a researcher at the Australian research organization CSIRO. Salt, oil, chemicals, and other pollutants are blocked by the filter, while water flows through.

Typical large desalination plants use reverse osmosis, an energy-hogging process that uses high-pressure pumps to force water through membranes. The graphene filter can be used with a different process called membrane distillation, which runs on a difference in temperature between the clean and dirty water.

[Photo: CSIRO]

That thermal process could run on renewable energy. “Ideally, where we would love to see this going is you’re using solar power to heat the salty, dirty water, and that drives the production of the cold, clean water,” says CSIRO researcher Adrian Murdock. “You also should be able to achieve a much greater efficiency of clean water.”

In a recent study, a Graphair-coated membrane, roughly one square inch, could produce half a liter of water a day. The researchers are working on scaling up the membrane to the size of an A5 sheet of paper; a larger size should be able to produce 50-100 liters of water a day, or possibly more. “For a household, if you had two or three of these in series, that’s a perfectly reasonable volume of water to be producing,” Murdock says.

While membrane distillation already had advantages over reverse osmosis, it also has a challenge–over time, as they’re coated with pollutants, membranes stop working. In the recent study in Australia, the researchers tested a commercially available membrane filter coated with a Graphair film. Without the film, the filtration rate dropped by half in 72 hours. A membrane with the graphene film, by contrast, keeps working even as it’s coated with oil, detergents, or other contaminants.

Graphene filters also work more quickly, because the properties of the material increase the flow of water, despite the nano-sized pores. “Because graphene has an affinity to water, the amount of water going through the membrane is much higher than the commercial state-of-the-art polymer membrane,” says Rahul Raveendran Nair, professor of materials physics at Manchester University in the U.K., where graphene was first invented. Nair is also working on a graphene filter that can desalinate and purify water. His team is partnering with Icon Lifesaver, a manufacturer, to develop bottles with filters that could remove pollutants, heavy metals, and viruses.

Though the research is in a relatively early stage, it could potentially be an affordable way to produce clean drinking water. The CSIRO researchers have focused on a lower-cost, faster technique for making graphene, with fewer steps than others have used in the past. Their product is also made from soybean oil, making it more sustainable than graphene made from fossil fuels. In the future, the researchers say, it could be made with waste oil.

“We are trying to build a unit so it can be easily accessible in third-world countries,” says Seo. “A membrane that can enable single-step filtration of any kind of contaminants is a first step in bringing clean water to poor countries. Our team is continually researching and pushing our technology forward, eventually building our own purification system which is perfectly suited for our membrane.”


Adele Peters is a staff writer at Fast Company who focuses on solutions to some of the world’s largest problems, from climate change to homelessness. Previously, she worked with GOOD, BioLite, and the Sustainable Products and Solutions program at UC Berkeley


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You are constantly Supervised and your Mind Manipulated


Surveillance Capitalism in Action

– We are constantly watched through internet (about 1 GigaByte per day) and the data resold and used to manipulate us for marketing (and for political manipilation: Cambridge Analytica and Palatir).   And… nobody notices.














Sales of our cookie data:  Criteo retargeting, Burda media

       You can track that with the Firefox Plugin ” Ghostery “.

There is interesting detailed info available about: Ubermetrics, Strör und Axon Active

 Besides Ubermetrics the following companies offer similar services:

–        Brandwatch

–        Digimind

–        Vico Analytics

–        http://www.expertsystem.com/solutions/

My conclusion: Mass Surveillance (for commercial use or by government departments for law enforcement etc.) is the first step in a process which leads to mass personal Mental Manipulation (for boosting sales by consumers or influencing their choices at elections). This not only is an attack on our privacy (a Human Right, remember) but also on our Freedom and on Democracy, whatever that was. The Civil Society will fight back…… We are not powerless.

Jaap van Till, TheConnectivist

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Important new book : New Power


UPDATE: on April 4 the book will rolled out to the public in New York by the authors.

And I guess a day later in London. See this Video about it : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9dabg5T6VU

At last there is “New Power”, a book that describes how to bottom-up WEAVE Online Communities into swarms of Positive Participating People.

Cases are analysed in which people interconnect, participate, cooperate and contribute meaning that can be synthesised, so it creates value by synergy to all participants.

This can scale up into a type of society I call  “The #Synthecracy”.

Its Message is in the Connections with Others.

jaap van till, TheConnectivist.wordpress.com


PS1. Book will be published early April 2018, you can pre-order it at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

PS2. When asked for examples of successful participatory New Power projects,  it is important to also mention two of them that are so massively penetrated (and still spreading like a living creature)  on the planet that we take them for granted:

  • The Internet. And more specific, the HUGE worldwide digital infrastructure, built by scientists and engineers since 1983.  This network fabric ‘behind the screens’ is relatively unknown by politicians and public and invisible. Most people have no clue what, how and why it is. Its formal definition can be found on these blogpages. That definition states that the Internet is an agreement to interconnect & transport data, voluntary made by owners of networks (with an ASN), which is in line with New Power definition of the new book. It is often confused with the WWW.
  • The World Wide Web aka WWW (1989). You probably do know what that is. The total collection of documents voluntary posted on Internet by their authors/publishers, which can be accessed by way of the Internet at their specified “online address” (URL).

PS3. We are witnessing the Revolt of The Connected Competent and their supporters, disobeying outdated hierarchies of established ruling classes. Who are these “competent”?: imagine the millions of Dilberts and Dilberettes declaring that their enslavement has been ENOUGH and start to cooperate online, based on TRUST and shown competence. These competent people do together the right thing at the right moment in the right place. Why? Because they can, and are extremely good at certain (very diverse) tasks, and they are curious & wanting to learn from doing and from their connected peers.

# version April 2, 2018

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The Connected Universe film

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As TheConnectivist I highly recommend that you see this film “The Connected Universe” . It may change (or confirm) the mindset of your view on reality. From focussing on central “nodes”  to focussing on the “links/connections” between them. Their DUAL !!

My newest #synthecracy slogan is: THE MESSAGE IS IN THE CONNECTIONS TO OTHERS

jaap van till, TheConnectivist



  • The same link gives directions how to get the film for personal viewing. For instance you can see it on iTunes (USA shop) , which will cost you $9.99


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(Updated March 11, 2018: lecture in Zurich)

Dear readers,

Prof. Dirk Helbing has published a remarkable set of constructive proposals for CHANGE  to improve life on this planet and give society a shared vision to work on. I will post some of his publications below, but let me first give you my remarks on (1) the context and (2) why what Helbing proposes is urgent. (3) how my suggestions for structures, mindsets and ways to act & DO begin where Dirks leaves off.

(1) The Context

The winds are changing. Although it seemed until recently most people did not care much about political and social happenings, other than big catastrofies & memes  with many deaths, certain events have triggered bottom-up movements of people “who do not want to take it np more”. Examples: #BlacklivesMatter , #WomensMarch and now #Emma4Change : in response to the school shooting in Florida. Other recent bushfires are the angry voter movements in Europe. These are labeled as ‘shifts to the right’ and silly successes of ‘Populist Politicians’ by ego-pumping media commentators, anchorpersons and the ruling establishments.  But the angst and anger of the middle classes runs much deeper than that. 

So why do people all over Europe vote for populist politicians? 

Because these politicians are nationalist autoritarians, the Mussolini’s of our time, who promise to re-establish order under their strong leadership and a RETURN to the good old days of “industrial growth” of the 1970’s and STEADY JOBS with growth perspective (aka the American Dream). They can promise that, but those days are gone I am affraid. And even worse, both the LEFT communist/socialist parties ideologies and recipes for wealth creation and the right capitalist/ neo-liberal ideology of the Chicago Economics School and Reagan&Thatcher era; are NO LONGER WORKING. The financial crisis started in about 2008 is a social and economic crisis and we are still in it, And in a turbulent transition to a next phase which is by no means clear. The political establishments in many countries certainly have failed to have seen this coming and they are still react with useless old power measures. And they thought it to be clever in order not to be hunted out of their offices to put the blame for their failure on unexpected outside influences, reckless banksters (only those in Iceland where put in jail for their crimes) and …. foreigners and emigrants.  Young non-brit professionals are openly addressed as Euro-Trash.

(2) Why are Helbing’s proposed changes Urgent?

Hate of foreigners feeds the populist slogans, but it does not solve anything if the NHS for instance is stripped of its foreign health workers. The problems with the crisis and jobs is based on much deeper changes in work, economy and technology. And finding solutions  for those instabilities is very urgent.

Millions of people have angst for their jobs and accept that their effective pay has not grown (while productivity has grown) or even accept lower pay or temp jobs (NL: ZZPers) just to maintain their families. And they see their children struggle to get even temp jobs with low pay, even when they have a solid (but probably outdated) higher education. Robots, AI and IT system ‘digitalisation’ of business processes have and do replace a lot of repeatitive jobs in lower class but also in the middle classes. Think for instance of the huge amounts of office work with their dreadful meetings where millions of people now lead Dilbert like zombie workhours. Knowing that sooner or later their Kafka job will be replaced by computer systems. Not because they are inefficient but simply because many there add no value at all at their desk. And… they know it. 

I have the blunt rudeness as a Dutchman to ask even very high managers and public officers, in the midst of their very time consuming and boring in-competence power-quarrels, : “Can you tell me what the added value of you personally and your department is ?”. Usually they react as if lightning has struck them. And then they do not invite me again, ever 🙂 Their problem!

So one of the key questions of our time is, beyond you and your power is: How can we re-connect people to make a transition to jobs with new and evolving ways of Value Creation ???

In the first article below prof. Dirk Helbing outlines what can be done.

(3) I am working on a presentation to design a future vision on society based on a pattern which is running through all the change proposals of Helbing and is based on the forthcoming book New Power, which I will review in a few days in these blog pages. That vision starts where Helbing ends and can be summarized as:

Key to value creation is to make CONNECTIONS between people with deep effective skills, knowledge and abilities AND with a  very diverse tribal background and differing point of view. These synthesis connections must enable cooperation and collaboration to solve problems in a constructive way, and in a manner where all contributors benefit and learn from each other. Such constructions can scale up and create New Power. I call this Synthecracy. More about this in the coming weeks I hope.

Jaap van Till, TheConnectivist

=========================== Changes proposed by Helbing========

All of the changes below where published recently, as part of an BRAND EINS – issue about “innovation”, as a German language article; which is unfortunately placed behind a paywall, so I can not re-blog it here. For Euro 6,99 you can buy it as download at:  https://www.brandeins.de/magazine/brand-eins-thema/innovation-2018/eine-kapitalistische-utopie 

The same ideas are expressed separately in the following articles in The Globalist:

I About Jobs and new organization of Society:


Part I: The Moral Duty of the Elites

It is the moral duty of the elite to avert global disaster.

Credit: Dzianis – Shutterstock.com

  • We are running out of time to fix the problems of our planet.
  • Global disaster is not inevitable — if we re-organize the world in a suitable way.
  • A radical re-organization of major parts of our economy appears to be urgently necessary.
  • Claiming that our problem is overpopulation of the planet reveals lack of imagination.

Faced with climate change, financial, economic and spending crisis, mass migration, terrorism, wars and cyber threats, it appears we are very close to global emergency.

Given this state of affairs, we are running out of time to fix the problems of our planet. Here, we present what should be decided during the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2017 and a reflexive preamble.

We acknowledge your efforts to improve the quality of life. However, these efforts have also caused a further increase in the consumption of resources and energy.

It appears that this is now driving our planet to the edge: Climate change affects the global water system, agriculture and the basis of the lives of billions of people. It causes environmental disasters, mass migration and armed conflicts. Moreover, it is estimated to threaten about one-sixth of all species on our planet.

There is still time

Nevertheless, global disaster is not inevitable — if we re-organize the world in a suitable way, as discussed below.

The lives of billions of people are at risk. It is the moral duty of politicians, religious, cultural, scientific and business leaders – in short: the elite – to avert likely disasters, humanitarian crises and ethical dilemmas as much as possible.

This requires bringing about the necessary changes of society on the way in a timely manner.

With the aim to “save the planet,” many have urged the world community to reduce carbon emissions drastically by 2030 and almost completely by the end of the century.

However, given that the world population has grown roughly proportional to global oil and gas consumption, such a drop would largely reduce the carrying capacity of the Earth for people — unless the reduction in carbon-based energy can be replaced by renewable energy in a timely manner.

New solutions needed

New solutions are needed not only for heating and transportation, but also for the chemical industry, because the production of plastic and fertilizer currently depends on oil. Altogether, a radical re-organization of major parts of our economy appears to be urgently necessary.

Even though philanthropy and engagement in responsible innovation have increased, this urgent transformation has not taken place to the required extent. To a considerable degree, this is because those who have “vested interests” in the old system have often obstructed change.

However, “vested interests” are no excuse for inaction or delays. Property and power imply responsibility. If this responsibility is not adequately exercised, power lacks legitimacy.

If people have to pay with their lives for “vested interests”, these interests clearly undermine the very basis of societies.

Human dignity, which underpins many fundamental values and human rights, is the imperative that all individual, political and economic action should be oriented at. It is the key value and central pillar of many modern societies and, according to many constitutions, must be actively protected by all means.

A final call to action

If humanity wants to bring a positive future or even a “Golden Age of Prosperity and Peace” on the way, we need to dramatically reform our basic societal institutions, e.g. the present financial and monetary system, our economy and society.

Even though it seems that the current organizational principles of our world have served us well for a long time, they are now often failing to deliver the right solutions early enough.

Within the current framework, time and again we got trapped in suboptimal solutions to complex coordination games, “tragedies of the commons” and problems of collective inaction.

In our highly networked cyber-physical world, linear thinking (the assumption that effects are proportional to their causes) and the ethics of small-group, face-to-face interactions in relatively simple settings are often leading us astray.

Fundamental change is inevitable. It seems that what needs to take center stage now is not how much money or power someone can accumulate, but how much he or she is benefitting others and the world. Apparently, our societies have largely lost track of this basic guiding principle.

A lack of imagination

Claiming that our problem is overpopulation of the planet reveals lack of imagination.

By now it is obvious that all traditional problem-solving approaches have failed to work.

Also, the attempt to revive historical forms of societal organization, empowered by Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, does not seem to work, as the recent experiences in various countries with technocratic Smart Cities approaches have shown.

However, if innovation within the current system is not sufficient, the system itself has to be reinvented and changed.

It seems paradoxical that – in times of an abundance of data and the best technology ever – centralized control attempts failed to boost our most advanced economies and societies to a new level of satisfaction and prosperity, sustainability and resilience.

The reason for this lies in the complexity of hyper-connected systems, in which processing power cannot keep up with data volumes and those cannot keep up with the combinatorial increase in complexity.

Such networked systems often behave in unexpected and counter-intuitive ways: Rather than the intended effects, one will frequently find side effects, feedback effects and cascading effects.

Artificial intelligence is not enough

Given these circumstances, centralized control attempts perform often poorly. Even the most powerful artificial intelligence systems will not be able to manage the overly complex and often quickly changing systems of our globalized world well enough.

As a consequence, a new, decentralized control paradigm is needed, which implies the need for modular designs, diverse solutions, and participatory opportunities.

Therefore, we need new ways of participatory decision-making as well as new designs of the monetary, financial and economic system. In the new framework we propose, co-creation, co-ordination, co-evolution and collective intelligence are the main underlying success principles.

The JOBS idea’s are linked to this Part IV and can be understood by quoting part of the German language article: ”

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Other Helbing’s interesting contributions are: III, IV, V and VI. in the above Globalist online article. The City Olympics idea can be found here: http://futurict.blogspot.nl/2017/06/city-olympics-to-improve-world.html




His most recent publications and lectures can be followed on Twitter : @FuturICT

For instance This lecture is very relevant :

eGovernment der Zukunft – Auf dem Weg in die partizipative Gesellschaft

( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOX6rXwm36I )

(Slide back to start of this video)




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