Anyone around here bobsled?

Bobsledding 16 by Radder Photos

Berners-Lee video on YouTube Annenberg School for Communication, 2007

Decentralization is really important. How is there a way to collect information and yet still stay decentralized? This theme spoke to me in terms of the number and diversity of people we work with and come across in our daily lives. The web was designed to bridge that collective diversity, and make information like a blank sheet of paper, available to all. This can be mapped onto most of our workplaces, and even our social lives. Bridging gaps. Creating a common understanding.

He talked about how the architecture of information has to separated out from the way we think. There are many ways of knowing, and culturally diverse ways to come at knowledge. With the web, the dimension of thought and organizing is left up to the user to self-design.  Design decisions are documented, interwoven into the collaboration of the group.  These snail trails were saved, and made accessible.

The World Wide Web Project. It really is a success story of collaboration. And completely random innovations that catch on within a larger social context and social needs. Anyone around here bobsled?

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2 thoughts on “Anyone around here bobsled?

  1. Sylvia says:

    Completely agree. It is fascinating that an experimental project from Berners-Lee has spiraled into this tremendous phenomenon. When we were talking about this today in lecture, I was thinking of all the major paradigm-shifting things that has spurred off of that – Wikipedia, Google, all the social media channels… they all started with an altruistic thought to change something and/or make life a little easier, and focussed on creating a good platform for users to fuel.

  2. KateInAlberta says:

    You have touched upon some key themes in Berners-Lee’s talk: decentralization, openness and collaboration. I like how you included the link to the talk – very useful for readers! – and also illustrated your post with a photo. And… started your own paper.li! Good work so far… 🙂

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