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  • Writer's pictureAdriana Lakatosova

Platform Digest 2022.23: New Shape of Things

👋 A round-up of this week's most remarkable stories at the intersection of #ecosystem #innovation and #platform #organisation.

Andreesen and the Office

Modern offices grew out of factories and followed the same managerial logic of regimented command-and-control. They assumed (correctly, at the time) that coordinated work could not be productive unless all "components" operate under the same roof and could speak directly and hand over their documents to each other. Even when dealing with faraway colleagues and clients, employees had to be glued to their desks in case anyone called. All these constraints are no longer valid. And since offices have been dominant for such a short time, we should not assume their continued existence is a fact of nature.

New shape of Society - by Dror Poleg

A long-delayed golden age: or why has the ICT ‘installation period’ lasted so long?

History does not follow mechanical patterns; instead it is a complex process through which the different members and groups within societies act and interact according to their interests and to their values, as well as by the power system they have installed. It so happens that the market economy relies upon multiple individual decisions to bring a decent outcome, even ‘the best possible outcome’ according to orthodox economists.

🕰️ New shape of Paradigm - by Carlota Perez

Influence Creep

Influencer creep is what happens when that entrepreneurial negotiation of structural risk plays out through social media platforms and their demands for visual stimuli, “authenticity,” and engagement. Boundaries between personal expression and entrepreneurship, between socializing and commerce, are eroded while the routine, mundane, and the everyday are painstakingly aestheticized. Workers must play to audiences, clients, bosses and platforms all at the same time, with no guarantee that any of it will pay off.

📸 We shape the tool and the tool shapes us - by Sophie Bishop


Think about how identity is constructed today versus how identity used to be constructed. How it used to be constructed was, your family, your town, your occupation that was handed to you by your family, your religion, your identity was just handed to you. Today, you have to, and you get to, you have to construct your own identity. You do have a family, you do have your town, you have all these things, but guess what, if you are a kid in America going to college you are probably going to move afterwards, you are probably going to pick your job, you are probably going to pick your spouse, you are probably going to pick your best friends, you are probably going to pick your religion or your belief system. And these beliefs, a part of them, are what you think is true, but also part of it is what tribe you want to join. Because what bounds tribes together in absence of genes or geography is beliefs.

✋From Push to Pull - Erik Torenberg in The Narrative Monopoly

If you like this digest, you might appreciate the sister newsletter at the intersection of #technology, #business, #design, and #culture as well. This week's edition is all about Does Not Compute!

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