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Dan Hill – Dark Matter and Trojan Horses

December 21, 2012


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Supposedly, Dark Matter makes up 83% of the known universe.

This is an interesting video from Dan Hill (@cityofsound) (with a quick intro from the ever-awesome Stuart Candy @futuryst) about using the concept of Dark Matter in physics as a metaphor for the hidden ‘stuff’ that holds any organisational or institutional change process back. We’ve started drawing on this language a lot in some of the work I’m doing with Collabforge.

Dan plays with the notion of network and hierarchy and how we might consider them not as binary polarities but as integrated dimensions of a process.

It five final points sit comfortably within the open source civilisation framework:

  • the world is mutable
  • prototype public service
  • hinge policy to deliver via stewardship
  • design for scale, system, platform, iteration, interaction
  • matter matters, dark matter matters

The design theme of ‘rapid-prototyping’ ideas (quickly and often) is cost of assessing risk is often greater than the cost of failing. Ultimately he concludes it’s about prototyping new cultures of decision-making.

There’s some interesting slides from the presentation:

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