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Why All Technology Arises Through Cultural Evolution

In Complex Systems, Cultural Evolution, Design Science on March 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm

There sure seems to be a lot of confusion — even among technologists — about what technology actually is.  I recently had the experience of hearing an investor who funds clean tech startups say that he is “focusing on creating technology, not researching culture” as a way to dismiss the role that cultural evolution might play in getting ideas to market.  This was especially surprising considering that all technology arises from culture, each with its own unique history of blended concepts, domains of knowledge, standard practices, sociological models, mythic narratives, and demonstrated solutions.

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Toward a Rigorous Science of Cultural Evolution

In Complex Systems, Cultural Evolution, Global Integration, Human Behavior on March 15, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Addressing global challenges in the 21st Century will require a fundamental rethinking of what it means to be human.  We can no longer embrace the false doctrine of human separateness from the natural world.  And nowhere is this more powerful than the intersections between biological and cultural evolution. Continue reading “Toward a Rigorous Science of Cultural Evolution” »

Building Research Tools to Catalyze Global Social Movements

In Design Science, Global Integration, Social Change on March 13, 2013 at 9:56 am

Back in 2011, I pondered the question, “Will there be a convergence of the world’s social movements?” 

I was struck by the possibility that a deeper, paradigm-level transformation of civilization may be unfolding around us.  The open culture movement–with all of its social media and digital organizing tools–is spreading alongside other decentralization processes that can be seen in the rise of ecological thinking, compassionate approaches to economic development, a globalized cosmopolitan mindset of world citizenship, and the pervasiveness of systems thinking across all domains of knowledge. Continue reading “Building Research Tools to Catalyze Global Social Movements” »