Nuit Debout 15M : Demonstrations in 400 Cities

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The #NuitDebout revolution will not be televised. Not enough sensation and violence to be recognized as significant news, I guess. No problem, just wait until certain things suddenly happen. ‘Unexpected’. IMHO the force, imagination and power of many interconnected people collaborating across cultural and tribal boundaries is very very much underestimated. “Trans Tribal Collaboration” to solve problems and construct value is the way to go !!!

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This is a map of the 400 places where people gathered yesterday, May 15, a day which has special significance from the gatherings of the “Indignado’s”. You can see from the map that it is not only in cities which have very high and long standing youth unemployment.

This was in Rome yesterday.

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The following account of one of the visitors, on the days before May 15, Manuella Zegner was copied with permission from ROAR MAGAZINE

=============Finding Warmth in a Dark Place: a Glimpse of #NuitDebout ===========

Paris had been so tough and so stuck. Recharging on the energies of a square full of people in buzzing encounter, it refound a collective way of being.

Last weekend, Nuit Debout’s international working group organized two days of assemblies and action planning on the Place de la République in Paris. Some hundred people came from all over Europe and beyond to get to know this new movement in one of the heartlands of the European crisis.

No one expected to be quite so moved, I think. The cycle of square occupations that started in 2010 seemed far away, and entering Place de la République at first felt like an awkward déjà vu. People sitting on the concrete of a big urban center debating; the kind of very open democratic process that sometimes makes debates multiply issues and run into strange personal forays; an overwhelming amount of commissions and initiatives; and placards, signs, flyers and slogans everywhere.

Even those of us who came from the South felt like we just arrived from a cold, placid place compared to what was going on at Place de la République. The first effect was to be overwhelmed, having missed the structures we got used to as activists of a generation that grew up with the politics of the Occupy movement, the Arab revolutions and 15-M.

The 2016 we came from was a dark place where many hopes had been shattered and many struggles had taken on a tougher dimension, whether because of mounting racism in the North or because of the tough challenges of entering into institutions in places like Greece and Spain.


To encounter a place so alive was thus a shock at first. As always, it takes time to arrive in a radically different scenario. You have to tune in and listen, not just hypothesize. Bit by bit, as the sun came out more in the Paris sky, we entered into the flow of the square: the conversations, the congregations, the digressions, the logistics, the waiting, the radical openness of it all.

Every collective movement has its complex rhythms, just as any language and place does: its singular ways of flowing. To understand and engage with collective assemblages such as a temporarily occupied square or an assembly, it takes time to watch and listen into the flows in and out, the processes, dynamics and tensions within.

Nuit Debout geezersWatching the square fill up on Saturday is what did it for me. The morning was calm, sunny — nothing but a few of us from abroad gathering to discuss by a small tent, some passersby stopping for a bit. Yet we knew that the particular flow of Nuit Debout consists in afternoon, evening and nightly gatherings, which temporarily take the space without camping there.

Then the clock struck 6pm and silently, almost imperceptibly at first, bodies began to flow in and gently fill the vast Place de la République. Tents went up, people helping each other and chatting, and tables with radio equipment, coffee and tea, flyers and books, lots of small sound systems around which people started to gather in circles.

Before I knew it, the square was pulsating with political debates and encounters, a vast array of thematic and practical endeavors, hundreds of people sitting, standing, watching, moving around or passing by. Their faces open, listening, interested and exposed. When you move in an open space of anonymous sociality, in a space radically open to conversation between strangers, your body takes on a certain posture and attitude, of intense attention and relaxed friendliness at the same time. My body had forgotten.

My body had forgotten a lot of things; sitting on the dirty concrete of a public square, for example. Our bodies — I daresay not just mine — were reactivated with a certain memory, of relationality and affect. It’s those embodied memories that are the most powerful for creating collective ways of being together, forms of subjectivity that come to last because they build on shared new habits in space.


We all still had traces of those memories and habits with us, from the various movements of the previous cycle, but we had also forgotten a lot. Being able to get to recharge on the energies of a square full of people in buzzing encounter, I felt in a strange place between past and present sometimes, slowly overcome by this wild happiness of finding back a precious collective way of being.

The appearance of messiness gave way to seeing a lot of collective intelligence, listening, respect and humor. Observing a collective breaking out of loneliness, alienation and fear, in this tough city and its super tough current moment. Little leaps of faith, small efforts of patience, minor gestures of generosity all the time. For those of us who came from abroad, it was quite something to witness hundreds and thousands of people break through such deep darkness to find each other in the streets and squares, to fill the dead silence with hundreds of singular manifestations of being together and needing to connect and talk.

Paris had been so dark, so tough and stuck. I remember it well from regular visits: the harshness and alienation of people rushing through the tunnels of the metro, the brutal separation of the white center from its post-colonial banlieues, the repression of the forms of expression emerging from the suburbs, the fake discourse on the veil, now also the simmering fear of extremist attacks, the mourning and deeply uncomfortable celebrations of national togetherness, the hushed sense of resilience and the racist policing flourishing in the current state of exception…

The state of exception as state of silence, as dead point of collectivity, degree zero of solidarity, brutal alienation — and then the importance of France historically and politically, for struggles and also within the European Union. The breaking open of all that, in humble gestures of walking into a square, setting up tents, kitchens, a radio and TV station, play area, music sessions, protests, assemblies, people just lying on the ground talking, all of it “debout”, with one common sense and objective, namely to break out of this deadly silence and survive collectively.


The labor reform was a perfect trigger, yet Nuit Debout reaches miles and miles beyond this single issue and objective. It appears to have grown into a full-flung movement of collective production of space, meaning, being. Beyond the morbid formulas of citizenship, it re-produces the city in a new way, deeply transforming relations within.

My body remembered again that it can just sit down whenever it feels like it. Dirty concrete becomes so delicious when you can put your ass down on it with others. People looking around, everybody taking this situation in, thinking, smiling, sharing ideas and doubts. A very generous and dignified space, quite diverse and beautiful. Of course the task of linking to the constitutive outsides and insides, the banlieues and non-white communities, is huge and far from being accomplished. It is indeed the greatest task I would say, greater than stopping the labor reform.

Nuit Debout chairIf these links can be created — and they are being sought and made, through calls and actions of #BanlieuesDebout, through efforts to decentralize parts of the movement, to bring the issues that matter beyond the white center to the square — then this movement will turn into a tiger, with unstoppable force. It’s that very challenge and possibility of social composition beyond the divide-and-rule of the state, of actually building another kind of society in the heart of Europe, that is the most dizzying prospect of a movement like Nuit Debout.

One step at a time, with each step felt and embodied, inhabited and collectively processed. In this sense, Nuit Debout is unlike the struggles of the 2011 cycle: it doesn’t merely respond to austerity and neoliberal reform but also to the deep political crisis that Europe faces today, one that can only be resolved by finding other ways of relating in our cities.


So we drifted around the square for three days. Not knowing what to expect, I think I wasn’t the only one to carry with me a vague sense of apprehension at first, not so much at the space but at yet again participating in the loose activism of international meetings, wondering what other forms of organizing across places we might invent.

Yet somehow this journey worked, more than many a trip to an international gathering. It left us strongly affected because we could witness and learn, as well as give strength and solidarity through our presence, at a moment of great creativity and also vulnerability. We were drawn by the prospect of finding each other in a vibrant space of composition and relating, of finding back things across our bodies and voices, more than by the prospect of a virtuosic debate on the future of Europe, or by a concrete network-building project. Somehow it worked.

Nuit Debout womanWe made unusual encounters, found unexpected constellations, got collective strength not just from being in the midst of a powerful laboratory of social subjectivation and inhabiting, but also from being in it together with people from our cities and other places. Nuit Debout seems far from self-referential to me in that sense, given the warmth of their welcome and the sense of being far more than a “French” movement — anything but that, even.

On Sunday, tents and assemblies started even earlier, and the sense of liveliness was intense in the unexpected sunshine. There was a big assembly in which feedback from the international meeting was transported. Translation was always impeccably careful and patient. Facilitation, too, was impressive, with a lot of listening and clever methods for decision-making and taking turns. For the voting on some of the movement’s organizational structures, multi-color cards were handed out, and I had a sense of great collective intelligence being at work.


Around the main assembly, a dozen or so smaller ones. The housing commission impressed me: a circle of about fifty people, with lots of migrant women, punchy stickers worn by people (my favorite was a woman who put the anti-eviction sticker on her hijab; best reply ever to that damned French veil debate), talking of international struggles and planning actions. There was a quiet but very powerful pulse there that reminded me of the anti-eviction movement in Spain and housing struggles like Kotti und Co in Berlin, radically diverse laboratories of social composition and collective reproduction.

Radio DeboutOn the other side of the square, the tent of Radio Debout, a highly energized tent with tables of equipment and small snacks, with many hosts, interviewees and observers clustered around them. They broadcast live, switching between interviews and assembly debates, and chant their jingle live every so often, with everyone around — hilarious brief sonic interruptions in the main assembly’s acoustic landscape. Also TV Debout circulates on the square and has a little studio talking to people, visitors. And there’s a pay-as-you-like kitchen, a very sophisticated game and play area, lots of jams and performances, and much more.

One of the decisions taken at the international and regular assemblies was to go for a day of action on May 15, calling for participation in cities across the world. Many of those who left Paris to return to other cities and countries are quite inspired to build continuity for this moment, to see how they can let themselves be affected in their own cities and struggles. We’ll be watching Paris for sure, now that we finally fell in love in that city — without romanticism but with a lot of gut feeling.


jaap van till, theConnectivist

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Book: “Connectography: Mapping the Global Network Revolution”


((Updated on May 12 with the link to an important McKinsey report))

((Updated on May 24 with The Atlantic article by Tanvi Misra))

1. I recommend the following new book :

“Mapping the Global Network Revolution”   – 19 Apr 2016  by Parag Khanna


It is time to re-imagine how life is organized on Earth. We’re accelerating into a future shaped less by countries than by connectivity. A world in which the most connected powers, and people, will win.

In Connectography, Parag Khanna guides us through the emerging global network civilization in which mega-cities*)  compete over connectivity and borders are increasingly irrelevant. He travels from Ukraine to Iran, Mongolia to North Korea, London to Dubai and the Arctic Circle to the South China Sea – all to show how twenty-first-century conflict is a tug-of-war over pipelines and internet cables, advanced technologies and market access.

Yet Connectography offers a hopeful vision of the future. Khanna argues that new energy discoveries and innovations have eliminated the need for resource wars, global financial assets are being deployed to build productive infrastructure that can reduce inequality, and frail regions such as Africa and the Middle East are unscrambling their fraught colonial borders through ambitious new transportation corridors and power grids.

Beneath the chaos of a world that appears to be falling apart is a new foundation of connectivity pulling it together.


Or to say it more bluntly: transport and telecom links make nationstate borders less relevant and internet & trade routes the new power grid.

See also Parag’s own blog :

2. And see his recent Ted Talk video

Parag TED talk

3. Very informative is also Khanna’s interview (with video) at the Milken Institute meeting  yesterday on May 3.


Connectivity Is the New World Order: A Conversation with Parag Khanna (Followed by a book signing)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 / 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Moderator Richard Sandler, Executive Vice President, Milken Family Foundation; Partner, Law Offices of Maron & Sandler

Speaker Parag Khanna, Contributor, CNN Global; Author, “Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization”

Parag Khanna sees a new world order, one focused not on territory but connectivity: the roads, pipelines and Internet cables that are the most valuable currency of the future. In this session, Khanna, a leading global strategist and bestselling author, will discuss the themes of his new book, “Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization,” and present some of its custom-made maps. Connectivity, Khanna says, is destiny, and the most connected people and nations will also be the most successful. It’s a race that China is winning with its massive investment in infrastructure uniting Asia and Europe. However, Khanna also argues that the United States can do much more with its financial and technological tools to remain a connected superpower. Furthermore, connectivity offers great hope for humankind, eliminating the need for resource wars and bringing new dynamism and hope to Africa and the Middle East. Join us for this fascinating discussion with Khanna, who will sign copies of his book after the event.

4. *) The video and book fit like a glove to my “Corridoria Trade Route” trajectory of connected mega-cities Europe – Asia. See:


5. The McKinsey Institute has published an impressive report in February which more than supports the geo-political “Connectography” book by showing the business opportunities that the global FLOWS offer: The summary and the full report can be downloaded from the first page of this link.

Global Flows


6. Bingo! ‘The Atlantic’ in their “CityLab” series are getting the same idea of Strings of Cities I had and Khanna published so strongly.  See:

I reblog that article by  Tanvi Misra ( @tanvim) here:


How Hyperconnected Cities Are Taking Over the World

“Political geography is not determinant anymore, because cities are more important.”

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In the medieval period, empires battled and colluded with each other in the quest for land. The resulting system, in which nations became the main actors on the global stage, is perhaps the one most of us know best. But it’s changing.

We’re now moving toward a new era where insular, political boundaries are no longer as relevant. More and more people are identifying as “global citizens,” and that’s because we’re all more connected than we’ve ever been before. As a result, a “systems change” is taking place in the world today in which cities—not nations—are the key global players, argues Parag Khanna in his new book,Connectography: Mapping the Future of the Global Civilization. In it, Khanna, who is a global strategist and world traveler, writes:

“Geography is destiny,” one of the famous adages about the world, is becoming obsolete. Centuries-old arguments about how climate and culture condemn some societies to fail, or how small countries are forever trapped and subject to the whims of larger ones, are being overturned. Thanks to global transportation, communications, and energy infrastructure—highways, railways, airports, pipelines, electricity grids, Internet cables, and more—the future has a new maxim: “Connectivity is destiny.”

Khanna spoke with CityLab at the The Atlantic‘s 5th annual Summit on the Economy this week, where he was one of the featured speakers.

Could you explain why cities are at the heart of this global shift in power?   

Cities are a key element to that evolution for many reasons. First of all, the world has become urban. If you want to understand where people are, people are in cities. Second: economics. Most of the world’s economic power is concentrated in cities, and therefore they become the pivotal entities you need to analyze to understand the world economy. Thirdly, cities are increasingly connecting to each other. They’re forging their own diplomatic networks, [which] I call “diplomacity.”

Diplomacy among cities is the return of an ancient pattern. But it also dis-intermediates state structures. Cities building physical and institutional connectivity among each other, as well as growing demographic and economic power, is how they become the drivers of this new system.

So when I say, “geography is not destiny,” I mean it in two ways. First, in the sense that connectivity as a whole liberates people from their geography. And secondly, I mean that political geography is not determinant anymore, because cities are more important.

In your book, you delve deep into the examples of well-connected cities, like Dubai, or emerging networks of connected megacities, like in the Pearl River Delta in China. Could you talk a little about these examples?

Each city that … [has] gotten itself on the map by way of elevating itself in the supply chain or by having Special Economic Zones—like Shenzhen or Dubai—is instructive to everyone around them. The key is not that we view these cities as zero-sum, because one of my main arguments is that inter-city [networking]is a positive-sum game—It’s like formula one. It’s not a zero-sum game like risk.

Cities look up to other cities in their region. The fact that Dubai is the first Middle Eastern city to be considered to be a “global city” is very inspiring to the people of Cairo, the people of Riyadh, the people of Beirut, and the people of even Addis Ababa. It’s very important that we have—in every region of the world—at least one global city with high-quality of life, high degree of connectivity.

So where do the cities that aren’t the superstars of their region fit in?

My argument is that second-tier cities shouldn’t get hollowed out and neglected. They should get more connected to the big cities. They become back offices, back-end, supply-chain providers, lower-cost manufacturing centers—they become part of that urban area.

It’s such a shame that cities [that] are actually relatively close to Chicago are so impoverished; or the state of Connecticut has some of the richest towns in America, but also some of the poorest towns, even though they’re so close.

The difference is the degree of connectivity of those cities. How easily can their residents telecommute digitally or physically commute to jobs on high-speed rail? That is the difference. More connectivity leads to more distribution of wealth, that we know for sure. We need to see this not as an opposition—“Here’s our champion city, and here’s everyone else.” Everyone needs to be a team.

You’ve emphasized the benefits of connectivity, but also mentioned some of its drawbacks. How do cities maximize the positive and minimize the negative?

Cities, just [like] countries, have to think about balancing flow and friction. So cities want to have talent come in, but not terrorists. They want to have capital come in, but not “hot money” that destabilizes their financial system, or illicit funds. They want to have diverse food and fuel imports, but they don’t want to have pathogens and diseases. That is the daily challenge.

That comes down to technologies, institutions, agencies that help … government and cities manage those things. There’s no right answer; you see many places do it in different ways. The book is basically running you through examples that are good and bad.

You also mention that cities—even connected ones—have problems with inequality and environmental sustainability. How can they solve these issues?

I think the spread of technologies across leading cities, things like the C40 does, are very very important. [C40 is a network of cities around the world working to tackle climate change.] I think it’s literally, empirically more important than our climate-treaty negotiations, because those are not binding. Meanwhile, what the C40 does … is lower the cost of technology. You don’t get China to implement CO2 scrubbers just by telling it to do so. You have to devise and deploy the technologies to make it cheap, and to make the factory owners say, “This will not harm my output.”

Investing in connectivity within megacities is how you empower people to have more economic opportunity; therefore, you reduce inequality.

In a recent op-ed in The New York Times, you write about a “new map for America,” which would bring its cities up to speed. What is your prescription?

That was an argument all about competitiveness: How you do you physically build it, and what is required in terms of modern, political, functional geography to get to that more competitive, connected America? That was what the map [pictured below] physically embodies.

That was all about saying, [if there’s] a poor city in state X, close to a rich city in state Y, Congress needs to help that [poor] city connect to the rich city.

(Courtesy of Parag Khanna)

We also have states competing with each other for low-wage jobs when they should be teaming up to be innovative, technology centers. So I give the example of Kansas and Missouri fighting for state taxes when instead they should become a joint agro-business powerhouse. I talk about Kentucky and Tennessee fighting about low-wage automobile plants when they should become an advanced manufacturing powerhouse. Only by aggregating on a functional scale are we going to get these regions of America to be more competitive. And America becomes a sum total of those more competitive regions, which is a good thing.

You begin your book by talking about your passion for cartography, and the books itself contains several beautiful maps. You also have an ongoing digital project called the Connectivity Atlas, which maps open-source infrastructure data around the world. Why was visualizing the ideas in this book so important to you?

We are a visual species. Maps are deeply instructive about our relationship with geography, and that’s one of [the] most visceral relationships we have as individuals. They’re politically significant because of their legal value and propaganda value.

I’m only the latest in the line of thousands of years of people who are producing maps to depict how reality is, and to cast a vision for how our future should be. What is special, I suppose, is that my maps are not about politicalgeography; my maps are about functional geography. These maps are very grounded, very physical, very empirical, very tangible, but also a futuristic and evolutionary view of what the world’s infrastructures are becoming.

The caliber that they were made at by the two best cartography labs in America—Harvard and Wisconsin—that is special. They’re the crown jewels.

Lastly, do you have any favorite maps from the book you’d like to highlight?

My favorite map would have to be [one showing] the global mega-cities and their economic value. This is simply the most accurate map ever made of where we are located as humanity, how we are densely populated into megacity archipelagos, and the economic importance of those clusters.

(Courtesy of Parag Khanna)

And then the Eurasia Silk Roads map. Most of the world’s population lives on this map. Eurasia is now being connected into a seamless megacontinent. This is literally the biggest story of the 21st century by far.

(Courtesy of Parag Khanna)

This interview has been edited and condensed.


Jaap van Till,  theConnectivist, Count of Corridoria and the keeper of its List of Connected Cities.


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  1. WE CALL FOR A #GLOBALDEBOUT DAY OF ACTION ON THE 15 OF MAY, 2016 We call on peoples movements across the world to mobilise for justice and real democracy on the 15 of May, 2016 for a #GLOBALDEBOUT.…


2. #Anonymous has repeated this call on twitter with the following video message:



#GlobalDebout – International day of Action on May 15th, 2016.
[Subtítulos en español / Sous-titres français]
We call for a #GlobalDebout day of action.
We call on peoples movements across the world to mobilise for justice and real democracy.

One million people mobilized in Paris and the movement “Nuit Debout” continues to grow.
In numerous French and foreign cities, “#Nuitdebout” (Night on our Feet) is a light in the dark, it gives testimony to our hopes, dreams and common rebellions. Those who have taken the squares in the past and those who are taking them NOW : we know something is happening.

The struggle for a better world is Global and without boarders, let’s construct together a global spring of resistance ! Join to us on May 7th and 8th in Paris at “Place de Republique” to debate, to share our experiences and to begin to construct together common solutions. There we will strategies and prepare for an International day of Action on MAY 15th (#76mars). On this date we will occupy, mobilise and take direct action together across the world.

Nuit Debout’s first aim is to create a space for the ’convergence of struggles’.
We hope this convergence will go beyond France and spread worldwide. There exist numerous links between social movements in all four corners of the world ; from unemployment to the imposition of the financial markets, from the destruction of the environment to war and unacceptable inequality.

In response to a system based on competition and individualism, we answer with the solidarity, participatory democracy and collective action. Our differences are not a source of divisions, but rather our strength, as we complement each other struggles. We are neither listened nor represented by the current economic system.

Read more ►

#GlobalDebout – Día Internacional de Acción el 15 de mayo ►

Anonymous Radio – AnonUK Radio ►





Wortels verbonden

3. IMHO ‘Trans Tribal Collaboration‘ starts to work bottom-up, at the root level  !!


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“Nuit Debout”: the Young want CHANGE Now = #euSpring =#globalDebout


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(( Update April 28: call for action in France))

This is what I understand has happened the last 12 days in Paris and many other cities in France. (Note: has now spread to Belgium, Spain and Greece too).

French demonstr

1. Hundreds of thousands of young French have demonstrated in non violent way by discussing a number of issues they are angry about and which they want to change. Direct trigger was a proposed job “flexibility law’ by one of the cabinet ministers, which would make it easier to fire young people. That hurts since jobs are hard to get and pay is minimised by cuts and efficiency. During the demonstrations and discussions other issue groups joined in with demand and strike proposals. The young state that they have had it with the present hierarchical  bureaucracy and its neo-liberal market drive.

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2. There is no central organizing leadership group and everybody is allowed P2P horizontaly to bring forward their idea spread by loudspeakers. To give feedback from the audience they have introduced a number of arm/handsigns, which are silent so they are not disturbed by applause or shouts.


3. Students and intellectuals have an advantage since they can put the feelings of the street better into words, but there are also artists, painters and music intermezzo’s. The economist Frédéric Lordon is proposing a fundamentaly different socio-economic system in France. He and others do refer to philosophers of the Enlightenment, like for instance Spinosa !

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4. It is rather remarkable that the young in France who have been always very obeying their parents, teachers and bosses, suddenly show they no longer respect the elite. Even contradicting older people was rather not done cause it could hurt their career path, hard fought through a process of years and years of selections in education.The way to protest in a clever way is to do it after hours. That is why it is called “Nuit Debout“, which means something like “Allnight Upright” (we not go home to sleep).

5. Each night the demonstrations grow and spread further into other cities and even abroad.

Kaart Nuit debout

The interactive map can be loaded from:

6. Yes they make use of FB, Twitter, Instagram and I guess the FirechatApp to coordinate and spread the words. See for instance also the Google images for #nuitdebout .Her is a map of tweets , colored by language, so you can see that it is not French exclusive.

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7. Countermeasures of law and order up to now where the destruction of the camp stands and some mace spraying to disperse people in certain places. But this only attracts couverage by the media who love violence (memes). The authorities do realise I hope that students are usually early warning systems for feelings which are shaping in the general population. The young simply have better antennae than most and are not yet numbed by the system.

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6. Is interesting to read the following analysis by David Graeber of similar historic events and the changes that followed:  They did indeed succeed in changing the structures of economic and political activities all over the globe at about the same time. It is apparent than gov’ts and ruling classes DO respond to public demonstrations of discontent although the lenght of their time in power of tyrants is shortening , see the book “the End of Power”. This is important to know for the candidate and new emperors that are appearing. They better listen to what the students say !!

Update April 17: A similar basic article for this movement is by George Monbiot  “Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems”.

7. Yes it has gone global today (April 16, 2016)

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You can follow this on Twitter: @globalDebout


jaap van till, theconnectivist

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‘The Institute of Network Architects’ has been Established

Tillevision Model

1. Today, April 7, 2016, I have the honor and the pleasure to announce that ‘The Institute of Network Architects’ has been establised.  Domain name : instituteofnetworkarchitects

The mission of this Institute is to let its members (by invitation only) review new designs and procurement/installation/operation plans for large and complex corporate and gov’t networks; with the objective to safeguard and improve the feasibility and quality of the ICT-network architecture vital for organizations in the long term. 

The members must be very experienced network architects with a succesful track record for problem articulation at the demand side and  who are independent of any supply side equipment company or network service provider. 

2. During such a review (for which a specific network architect of this Institute  is hired) the following issues must be closely studied:

a. Are the strategic & tactical objectives and priorities of the director(s) of the organization for this architecture & network design clearly articulated and acknowledged ?

  • Are the specific business processes to be supported known and specified?
  • Is the organization already “digitized” and prepared to be “network centered” and connected with partners in value chains?
  • Are other big changes planned at the same time like relocation, reorganizations and or mergers?
  • Is the inventory of networks in operation made and must (parts ) those be included in the new architecture and network management?
  • What is the budget for the project and personell & equipment, time scale?

b. Have the functional requirements and boundary conditions been specified and is there consensus in all segments of the organization about these.

  • latency?
  • security, privacy, business Intellectual Property of R&D?
  • MTBF, MTTR specs?
  • resilience, availability?
  • has a search for the SPOFS been done?
  • budgets ?

c. Is network management (including fault management, performance management, accounting and billing) embedded in the architecture ?

d. Has the management and operations/ outsourced of the new network be assigned in advance or will a silent power-struggle take place during the project?

e. Is the design future proof in the sense of stable structures in which components can be replaced / updated (see the horizontally layered reference model = Tillevision Model). can it cope with huge and sudden digital volume transport growth ?

f. Is the procurement process specified? Preferred suppliers for certain functions?

g. etc. etc.


3. The network architects hired for the reviews are excluded from performing a ‘better network design’, which would mean replacing the networkdesigner which design they have reviewed. The review is meant to help the design team improve the RFP documents and if requested to do so, help in the procurement process on the side of the demander.

So “The Institute of Network Architects” is not aimed at building up a list of chartered network architects, but a level higher : a list of those who can JUDGE and help improve the Network Architects and their work and more firmly anchor their design in the organizations and businesses of their clients.

4. The network architects that have been approached and are available for mentioned reviews will be posted here. I expect that only a few per country are able to do this complex work – a combination of business, up to date technology and machiavelli skills; and the vision & creativity to design structures that can last longer than their components.

You are invited to bring names of able candidates to my attention by Email  vantill (at) gmail

Jaap van Till, chairman of The Institute

[ this blog is still under construction ]


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My Lectures in Hungary, April 25 and 26, 2016


I was invited to give the following lectures and discussions about Knowledge Infrastructures.

Here you can download the sheets I used : Koszag JvT sheets4


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Jaap van Till:

” Transitions”  – Some complex structures suddenly collapse and others burst into life !

Can we help to construct and launch Enlightenment 2.0 ?! –

Introduction by visiting professor Jaap van Till, followed by co-creative discussions with the participants.


Day 1, Kőszeg, Monday afternoon 14:00- 17:00 April 25 2016:

Profound global transformations, effects of ICT, robotics, automation. Shifts in scarcity and abundance. Sustainability. Transitions from old to new structures. Learning curves. What are the drivers behind/ below the symptoms? [Complexity, non-linearity, dynamics] vs control & power. Ashby’s Law. Why are hierarchies past the expiration date. Relevant knowledge? Can we go back to damals? Managers? Nation States? Corporations? Universities vs Open Science? Emancipation of the creative class. What is collapsing and why? No more utopias please.

Day 2 Kőszeg, Tuesday morning 9:00- 12:00 April 26 2016 :

The Trias Internetica. Civil society and the new power of sharing volunteers. The Telescope metaphore. Freelance workers do cooperate & coordinate. Networked groups of specialists with unique contributions. The four network effects. Fast learning cooperatives with short reaction time. Weavelets, “Networkers”, chaperones, btwieners. The Corridoria chain of booming city areas. Trans-tribal collaboration to solve problems and create value. Resilience. Diversity. Architectural guidelines with agnostic layers. Exponential growth. Orthogonal transform structures; correlation and collective intelligence actions with distributed authority. Does it scale up? In what direction do we want society to go? What are the main obstacles? Liebig Law. Nowak’s third law of evolution. Global brain: is it 1010 of us, wired?

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Jaap baron van Till is a leading-edge ‘network architect’ in the ICT technical-economic sense and a ‘connectivist’ in the scientific-social-community sense, while looking ahead at general interests for the civil society. Jaap seeks to inspire and help young people to recognize constructive patterns. His recent publications are available at





The Place: Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg (iASK), Kőszeg, Chernel st. 14, Hungary

The seminars are not exclusive, we welcome everybody that is interested.





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Voor de Toekomst van Uw KINDEREN page

I Inleiding Het is prachtig dat er een serie initiatieven is gestart om kinderen op scholen in ons land:

  1. Te leren zelf te programmeren en websites te bouwen. Dit is onder de slogan “Learn to Code” overgewaaid uit Engeland.  Daar was het gestart op alle basisscholen van de UK voor elk kind met behulp van de Raspberry Pi mini-Pc in een doosje en/of het computertje van de BBC. Prima want bijna alle toekomstige banen zullen op enige manier met software te maken hebben, en om zo’n machientje te laten doen wat jij wilt dat die doet is “great fun”.
  2. Zelf leren dingen te besturen zoals sensoren en motortjes met behulp van de Arduino kaartjes en interfacekaarten, inclusief voor Wi-Fi verbindingen. Ook dit vinden ze een feest om te DOEN.
  3. Zelf dingen ontwerpen en 3D uitprinten in FabLabs in de meeste steden,  vol instrumenten en gereedschappen waar vaklui de kinderen helpen om weer dingen te MAKEN. De ontwerpen van deze maker-movement worden via internet gedeeld en ook aan bedrijven geleverd voor prototypes en kleine series fabricage.

Big book of Maker skills

Wat gaming en andere acties op Ipad’s en laptops THUIS etc. betreft hoef ik u niets te vertellen. Mijn kleinkinderen moeten er zo ongeveer vanaf gesleurd worden om ze ook eens wat beweging buiten te laten hebben.

bette op iPad

Maar, er ontbreekt iets. De meeste mensen hebben geen idee wat er letterlijk “achter de schermen gebeurt”. Iets met draadjes en draadloos. In werkelijkheid bruist het daar van de activiteiten. Om sterk groeiende (ca verdubbeling elk jaar) dataverkeer via  de VERBINDINGEN  aan te kunnen moet er constant ontworpen, bijgebouwd, gegraven en geinstalleerd worden in de Digitale Infrastructuur, inclusief serverfarms en datacentra.

Neen het is niet alleen “hardware” zoals computer mensen vaak denken. De hele digitale infrastructuur draait op ingebouwde processor chips en op software van switching en routing algorithmes. En er is een overgang bezig van elektronica naar optica via Gigabits/ sec glasvezel draadjes, schakelaars en lichtpaden met verschillende kleuren.

Het vak groeit als kool, ook transnationaal, wat belangrijk is voor ons land als knooppunt voor dataflows,  met heel veel investeringen en kennisoverdracht en spullen moeten ook vrij snel weer vervangen worden, omdat de apparatuur snel te krap of al na 3 jaar afgeschreven moet worden. Er is haast geen lesstof voor omdat lesboeken al achterhaald zijn als ze eindelijk zijn geschreven en gedrukt.

Plastic buizen

Het publiek heeft daar nog weinig beeld bij hoewel je de buizen voor de glasvezelkabels wel soms ziet worden ingegraven in de stad of je ziet ze soms liggen langs de spoorlijnen tijdens werkzaamheden. Natuurlijk zie ook overal die antenne-torens staan voor de mobiele netwerken. Ook die zijn onderling verbonden.

In een recente krantcolumn werd gemeld dat iemands kinderen van karton een tent-huisje hadden gemaakt, met op een van de “binnenmuren” een paar concentrische cirkels en een punt:

Wi-Fi symbool

Dus voor die kinderen is vanuit zo’n tentje verbinding hebben wel een van de belangrijkste levensvoorwaarden geworden, net als overal kunnen (whats)Appen :-)).

II Actie gevraagd. Het is volgens mij hoog tijd dat kinderen deze nieuwe “onderliggende” verbindingen-bedrijvigheid ook leren zien, hoewel veel ervan fysiek weggestopt is. In tegenstelling tot de wegen voor auto’s en spoorlijnen voor treinen die iedereen kan zien.

Het mooie is dat ouders en teachers in New York iets aan deze bekendheids-lacune hebben gedaan. Zij hebben een online doe-cursus voor kinderen in elkaar gezet die ook hier gebruikt kan worden met wat vertaalslagen. Het gaat erom een beeld te geven wat de “verbindingen” zijn en doen. hier is de site waarop zij die les-stof hebben gepost . Onder About staat daar:

————————–About ———

This website is a collection of educational activities and material explaining how the internet works, at levels that generally don’t get thoroughly covered in introductions to the internet. The activities are designed to mostly take place offline using physical objects, field trips, and games.

Who is this for?

Technically, this material is for anyone who doesn’t totally understand how the internet works, but that kind of just means almost everyone in the world (including us!). We developed this material for audiences between 11 and 14, focusing on that age range for the following reasons:

  • if it worked with that age range it could probably scale up
  • we wanted to work with students just young enough to be unfamiliar with a world before the internet, but just old enough to be capable of considering more complex critical questions
  • middle schoolers are just the absolute best. (except when they’re the absolute worst.)

That being said, while we had a totally great time workshopping these activities with students, a lot of the material on this site is for the educators who might use this material. That’s why in addition to the actual descriptions of the activities, we have reference sections that go into further detail than the activities themselves.


Mijn vraag aan u is ” Hoe kunnen wij het samen aanvatten dat in ons land ook dergelijke lessen worden gegeven/ werksessies gehouden? “. Gelieve met mij contact op te nemen [ van till (at) gmail (dot) com ]. Mogelijk kan het via de stichting Digitale Infrastructuur NL  (DINL) worden gecoordineerd en met de aangesloten organisaties samen bemand om te op te starten ??

III Formele plaatsbepaling van deze bedrijvigheid. De digitale infrastructuur kan het beste worden gezien als drie lagen [d,e en f]  in het zg. Tillevision Model, en wel ONDER de “Informatie Services” [c]  die we op onze computerschermen en TV schermen zien bewegen. Het heet daarom een Service Underlayer. Onontbeerlijk.

Tillevision Model

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