Facebook just redesigned their newsfeed. It will likely spark strong reactions, but through all of it, an important question will be overlooked: the question of how this medium is shaping young brains.
“How do we change the structure of systems to produce more of what we want and less of that which is undesirable?”
So begins Donella Meadows’s “Leverage Points” essay which has influenced many systems thinkers including myself. I offer it here, in full, to you.
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap.
For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.
But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you.
A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have…
You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
We humans are becoming nimble masters of space and time. But does that mastery come with a cost?
Successful movement builders create avalanches of attention. But they can also be buried by them.
Thanks to Kirk Kubicek for sharing this with us…
It feels really good to launch this site.
It’s been nearly a year since I awoke with the words “collective agency” floating in the space between my groggy eyes and the ceiling.
I’m going to start sharing the site around tonight, and then I’ll write a legit founding blog post in the next few days.
It will cover: the birth & vision of collective agency, the projects we’re currently working on, and more. In the meantime, thanks for taking a look around my new digital digs.