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  • Writer's pictureAdriana Lakatosova

Platform Digest 2022.32: Navigating Chaos

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

The Design-First Approach

Most of the time, technology strikes a chord with us when it reflects our own nature back at us. Whether we deem a product successful can often be narrowed down to just a few core reasons: it inspired us and connected us to others; it functionally improved an everyday aspect of our lives; or it gave expanded or complete access to a utility (information, product, or service). I’ve learned that developing a functional product that resonates with users requires a design-first approach to innovation, and that design must be rooted in the understanding of how people work, think, and take action.

👩‍🎨 On emulating human nature across commerce, social & work - by Maya Frai in Greylock

Can Group Chats Give Control Back to Food Creators?

Though DEMI made a lot of sense for creators and their communities during the height of the pandemic, things have changed “one million percent,” Moore says. “If you’re a chef, what do you want to be doing? You want to be cooking.” He now sees DEMI as moving into a new stage in which “the community will be a feature within a platform,” not the be-all and end-all of the platform. The plan is to also facilitate storefronts so that chefs, bakers, and creators who are often answering questions about where to get this ingredient or that kitchen tool can get paid for the referrals they’re already making.

💭 Communities need channels to interact - by Bettina Makalintal

Hidden Chaos Found to Lurk in Ecosystems

In reality, because of chaos, “the world is a lot more whack-a-mole,” said George Sugihara, a quantitative ecologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego who was not involved in the new research. Chaos reflects predictability over time. A system is said to be stable if it changes very little over a long timescale, and random if its fluctuations are unpredictable. But a chaotic system — one ruled by nonlinear responses to events — may be predictable over short periods but is subject to increasingly dramatic shifts the further out you go.

😵‍💫 You cannot manage chaos. Accept chaos, work with chaos instead - Joanna Thompson

📺 Woke people are destroying America

The concept that they can’t let go of, which is in some way that they are deserving of authority, after years of proving that they are not. That is over, the world in which we all just blindly follow along with the hegemony or the sort of like hegemonic media powers, that’s gone, the ship has sailed. What’s going to happen increasingly is that people are going to be interested in looking for single individuals who they can trust to help them make sense of the chaos. This is the success of Joe Rogan. This is what he does, he’s fun, people connect with him personally and then he is on air fact checking things to navigate complicated topics that are interesting with the guests. He is getting to the bottom of stuff, which is how we all feel. Every scary thing that happens in the world that actually affects our lives - Covid is a great example of this - when you have to get to the bottom of it, and you can’t trust the people who are telling you shit because you keep catching them in lies.

🚢 The ship is gone - in an interview with Mike Solana

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 Myths and Magic!

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