Brain brain. Pre-TEDx notes

I’m looking forward to an event today aimed at re-thinking TEDx Sydney. I woke up with a few things on my mind so here is a quick brain dump, just stream of consciousness stuff, in case I get stuck later:

Disengagement with politics and politicians. Trump, Sanders, Clinton. Abbott, Turnbull, Rudd, Gillard. Centralisation of wealth. Anarcho-syndicalism.Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft (a spontaneously arising organic social relationship characterized by strong reciprocal bonds of sentiment and kinship within a common tradition; also :  a community or society characterized by this relationship) – I had to look that up but it does keep coming into my mind, community and society. What if more places were like Marrickville? (community gardens, trade, ethical shops – not all of Marrickville, of course). School of life. Philosophy. Ethics. Teaching ethics, and learning them. Trolley game? Ethical dilemmas. Ethical and governance skills. Education. Why learn? Learn what? Future of work. Automation. Drones. 360 degree cameras and what happens when government (or Google) realises it can film more or less everything all the time? What if it has? Minority report. Punishment before crime. Facial recognition. AI. 3D printing. VR. Augmented reality. Why doesn’t somebody put an RFID chip in my umbrella? (Why don’t I?). Megatrends. Democracy. America (falls apart?). TEDx. Access. Conversations. Meaning. More than entertainment. Contribution. Disabilty and accessibility. Architecture (Jos Boys). Intellectual architecture, design thinking, systems thinking, heterarchy, frames of reference, Theory U. Organisational learning, Senge. Societal learning. The precariat. Universal basic income (free money). Leisure time. Montaigne. What to do with the time? Alain de Botton. Science. Health. Living longer. Why. The environment (oops, that took a while). WALL-E.

Ah. Something about people (me probably) wanting to understand how to make a difference when governments appear to be failing (and no one wants to be part of them). Ideally on a grander scale – there are lots of people doing ‘good’, but how does it fit together and form the society we want, rather than drift into, where people are staring at a smartphone screen. And what happens if, when, ‘machines take all the jobs’? What would people do?


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