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July 11th, 2022

Let me start by saying what decentralized media is not: decentralized media is not decentralized content creation.

Decentralized content creation is a skeuomorphic mental model that we ported from web2. Web2 social apps already provide the conditions for decentralized content creation. We can look to the meme and narrative network effects enabled by web2 social as a starting place for web3 decentralized media, but we shouldn’t glorify decentralized content creation as an end. Decentralized content creation can be a component of decentralized media, but it’s not a precondition.

Let’s talk about what is decentralized media in web3.

0x2986
May 11th, 2022

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The Function of Conflict

The function of conflict is sense making. It’s our fumbling attempt to determine who we are in the relationship, from the interpersonal to community, organizational to nation-state. One way to perceive the function of conflict is to understand it as a quadratic spectrum of clarity regarding the nature of the relationship, with deeper connection and firmer boundaries occupying the X and Y axes.

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April 11th, 2022

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New Mental Models

We need to reimagine our mental models for working within decentralized teams. This looks like shifting our orientation to our work from one of team management over to team facilitation. The primary function of facilitation is to remove obstacles, to get out of people’s way so that the people in the room can have the conversation that only they can have at that moment in time.* This requires listening.

When I talk about listening I’m talking about the kind of listening you do in an Adirondack pasture at 5 am in June.

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April 4th, 2022

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Why Body Language.

What if body language underlies our digital interactions?

It’s true that the phrase body language implies physical interaction. It includes the word body after all, which according to Oxford Languages (Google’s dictionary partner) is principally, “the physical structure of a person or animal, including the bones, flesh, and organs.”

0x2986
January 10th, 2022
It's time web3 divests from stale colonialist words like frontier, jungle, and pioneer.
It's time web3 divests from stale colonialist words like frontier, jungle, and pioneer.

If the promise of web3 is in fact truly revolutionary then let’s start with how we talk about it.

There’s a family of words floating around web3 that people are using to talk about the current state of the web’s third act. I’m talking about words like pioneer, frontier, settler, wilderness, explorer, and the like. We choose these words to convey the felt sensation of thrill, of simultaneously building as we’re discovering what it is we’re building. But these words are not only trite, they’re also the language of violence for many us who are actively building this space. Which is why web3 needs to reimagine its language.