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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


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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?

Liberty Ladies

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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What is Blockchain technology – Vinay Gupta explains

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This is important and relevant. Its impact will be felt way outside of ICT and transactions that rely on TRUST. 

  1. Introduction Key to the Network Society under construction is that everything in the value chains that do not (or only now and then) add any recognizable value will be kicked out of the chain or bypassed. That means that these ‘zero contributors’ can not be relied on / trusted /cost time/ are obstacles. Action: they are DIS-intermediated. If you do not help solve problems you end up being a problem. I am sorry to say that many once super successful companies and government departments are facing this Darwinian reality. Examples of such intermediaries are former PTT’s, some selfcentred energy companies, some newspaper publishers, some taxi companies, some accountancies and some banks. Goodbye !? 

Their reaction to the inevitable: takeovers to increase their economy of scale in foreign markets they do not know much about or strange new extra ventures to increase their economy of scope in market segments they have no clue about. Rather sad. 

At the same time we see new ventures growing up like a rocket and increasing with exponential (short constant doubling time). These ususaly are digitized at their core.

Distributed ICT services but network-centered. Examples are Easyjet and Ryanair which in fact are distributed reservation systems. The rest (even the flying)  is peripheral to that. That does not mean that these systems have no connections with external computer systems. they surely have like KLM has link with AirBnB for their passengers to reserve rooms for when they arrive. And to banks for payments of tickets etc. 

Enters Blockchain. IMHO it is an online syntax system-distributed trust ledger for transactions. The semantics are split out of this system and are to be part of the smart contracts which parties who use it, P2P without intermediaries must agree on.

Examples are available from for instance  Etherium  and  under construction is “Project DÉMOS”.

2. Video you can see of the tutorial about what Blockchain is, will bring and how important it is:

[ Vinay Gupta (@Leashless on Twitter) about Blockchains, neuropolitics, and the need to read cyberpunk  ]

3. Formal article of what he presented at the recent ConsenSys conference in Rotterdam(? )you can read here:  ] 

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4. The present evolution of ICT software is extremely fast, and ever the few supernerds (my heros) who are building it while they learn together have difficulty to keep up. So time to explain it to their partners and their parents is nearly nil.

Maybe it should be best to film them now during their struggles behind keyboards so we at least have historical records for future amazement at what they accomplished. It will affect everything around us. A nervous system and distributed collective intelligence with distributed authority on a worldwide scale.

And why do these whizzkids do it ? “Because they can  !!!”

Jaap van Till, TheConnectivist        See on Twitter #IchBinEinConnectivist




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What Use Are “Shell Companies” in Offshore TaxHavens

offshore tax havens

((source: , see under “responses” below))


You can see on this chart that there is a whole spectrum of uses of offshoring money to tax havens.  From legitimate  all the way to very criminal. So it is not all right or all wrong as some publications seem to indicate.

  1. As a result of the leaks about the #PanamaPapers a lot of discussion was started if offshore money parking in tax havens is legal or not. Sure, even legal “fiscal vehicles”by public officials and their are families are to be despised. Why should these people evade paying tax in their own country they represent and help guide? How can they decide on austerity measures which hit the poor and the elderly when they themselves do pump their money out of the country out of self interest? Trust and credibility is harmed !

Commentator “Nein” expressed it best on Twitter as follows:


No, they haven’t been hiding their money. They’ve been hiding ours. By calling it theirs.


Money should be invested and circulate, not hidden somewhere. Can you ever spend it in your lifetime or create happiness and beauty with billions of dollar/euros?

2. My advice to kleptocrats is to donate serious amounts to education funds for the young talented and to relevant and effective charities. I can help you to connect with some of them, if you need help with that.

jaap van till, TheConnectivist              vantill (at) gmail (dot) com

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