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  • Writer's pictureAdriana Lakatosova

Platform Digest 2022.10: Network is the Who

👋 On time for your weekend: a round-up of this week's most remarkable stories at the intersection of #ecosystem #innovation and #platform # organization.

The #1 shortcut to exponential scale and impact

How can an entrepreneur simplify their business, and also get the people dimension right, without applying direct control? Here’s the biggest shortcut you can take in your business: shift from What to Who... which, in essence, is the shift from Doing to Being. I didn't fully get this until I went through my own dark night of the soul, did a ton of self-excavation, and started coaching others to do the same. I discovered that outer-world change starts with the inner-world mastery.

👩🏻‍💻 Jen Rice has a story to tell.

The Current Thing

At the same time, I can’t help but worry about a world where every level of the Internet stack feels empowered to act based on political considerations, and it makes me think that my Framework for Moderation was wrong. In a world of idea aggregation the push to go along with the current thing is irresistible, making any sort of sober consideration of one’s position in the stack irrelevant. The only effective counter is a blanket policy of not censoring or cutting off service under any circumstance: it’s easier to appeal to consistency than it is to make a nuanced decision that runs counter to the current thing.

Ben Thompson and The Current Thing, and the interplay of the Internet and networks in political discourse.

Amateur open-source researchers went viral unpacking the war in Ukraine

The community trades tips on where to find information and how to analyze it for identifiable markers like geolocation tags and serial numbers. After using this data to trace anything from military activity to arms flows, researchers publish their findings on social media platforms like Discord, Twitter, and Facebook... There has been a divide in the community between more professionalized outfits, like the investigative outlet Bellingcat founded in 2014, and hobbyists such as Intel Crab, who often lack formal training. Bellingcat often incorporates the work of amateurs into its own investigations.

Experts taking inspiration from amateurs - by Leo Schwartz

🎧 The Evolution of Networks

There is this tool that you are using and there is the form that the tool drives you to produce. Then there is a network around the discovery that people find you and see your stuff. And the network, of course, is very much the most important part, because otherwise you are just shouting into the void and no one knows that this thing exists. And you might have another network, as I said, my website is on Squarespace, but the network is on Twitter. The website itself is not a network, whereas Twitter is a network, and Instagram is a network... Clubhouse didn’t really have a network, you where driving people from Twitter to Clubhouse.

Network - Form - Tool 👊 People - Interaction - Technology, Benedict Evans in Another Podcast

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