1. The emergence of the internet, including people making their own web pages, sometimes set to midi music, and IRC chatrooms, the first opportunity for strangers to meet and interact from anywhere in the world; the seeds of “many to many” media start to emerge.
  2. The Big Lebowski
  3. Jungle to Neurofunk to Liquid drum and bass, and the emergence of rave culture generally
  4. Havoc and Newsboy (if you aren’t from NZ, I highly recommend you look it up)
  5. A good chunk of The Golden Age of Hip Hop

And many more reasons I can’t think of right now, but you tell me what they are in the comments….


A slightly more structural and linear analysis similar to Nora Bateson’s excellent What is Submerging

Layers under Mental Models that I’ve noticed:

Meaning Making Systems: Kegan’s Theory of Adult Development shows a number of stages of Adult Development. The Self-Transforming order of mind is able to to think holistically, and come up with relational complex models like the above Waters of Systems change model.

Trauma: Different types and magnitudes of trauma can keep people at certain stages of development. Diverse healing modalities like The Circle Way, Reiki, Yoga, Tai Chi, Mindfulness and Meditation, any form of connecting with nature, our…


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The Buddha said to Subhuti, “This is how the bodhisattva mahasattvas master their thinking. However many species of living being there are-whether born from eggs, from the womb, from moisture, or spontaneously; whether they have form or do not have form; whether they have perceptions of do not have perceptions; or whether it cannot be said of them that they have perceptions or that they do not have perceptions, we must lead all these beings to the ultimate nirvana so that they can be liberated. …


The consciousness and meaning making systems of humankind is evolving. Kegan’s theory of adult development is a useful way to describe this.

Kegan’s orders of mind

Some features of these orders of mind in Kegan’s model:

Socialised mind (58% of Adults(?)*): The individual defines their values, sense of worth, and identity in relation to others, groups, communities, etc. that they belong to. They are able to understand the needs of others and cater to them, but have a hard time deciding what they think, need, and want, question authority or act independently.

Self-Authoring(35% of Adults(?)*): The individual has a clear sense of self, self-worth…


I’ve been rereading “The Grand Design” by Stephen Hawking recently, I like how he makes many of the very nonintuitive recent theories of physics accessible to a layperson like myself. And, as a social innovation practitioner, it feels like there might be interesting parallels between quantum theory and how we think about social innovation. Exploring these parallels might yield insights about useful ways to work in the field of social innovation

For example:

Model-Dependent Realism — Stephen uses the analogy of a fish bowl; if there were goldfish physicists inside a fish bowl, they’d have to develop theories of physics…


The mind is present everywhere because it is nowhere attached to any particular object. And it can remain present because, even when relating to this or that object, it does not cling to it. The flow of thought is like water filling a pond, which is always ready to flow off again. It can work its inexhaustible power because it is free, and it can be open to everything because it is empty.

Excerpt from “Bruce Lee, Artist of Life” edited by John Little

Anyone who works with me will probably be familiar with my love of the Particpatory City…


Community Performance outside the new Takaanini Library and Community Hub

I write this as almost a decade of working primarily for and with Libraries comes to an end. Honestly, right now, it’s with a mixture of wistfulness and relief. For many years, I have had a love-hate relationship with libraries; there is so much potential, but so much stuckness as well. I have worked on various initiatives to innovate and make libraries more engaging, including makerspaces, developing co-design skills in staff, and most recently coaching teams to make libraries platforms for participation, where community members can cocreate activities and projects which activate their skills, passion, and energy. …


This is very interesting, I had assumed that the great acceleration was an indefinite dynamic, and has profound implications. I look forward to reading the book. It occurs to me though how technological development still seems to be accelerating, given the effect of compounding knowledge and accelerated bandwidth of communication and transmission; this seems to contrast with the slowdown described here in the social and economic domain. I wonder what the implications are for continued acceleration are in this domain. One that I can think of is the implications around brain computer interface, which has profound implications for what it means to be a human, when cognition is augmented by artificial intelligence. This could lead to more collective cognition via networked thinking. Another possibility is that the social/economic slowdown might cascade into a behaviour shift towards intentional slower or non-adoption of new technology.


I was having a difficult morning on Monday. It had dawned upon me how I felt that someone wasn’t doing something for me that I thought they should, if they cared about me enough. I had been thinking in conversation with good friends how I am so trapped by my “I-ness”, but seemed not to be able to escape it. So, as I had my morning coffee, I looked in my Medium feed for an insight that might help. I read this excellent, simple piece on Laozi (many thanks Will Buckingham for this). And when I came upon the lines:

Hamish Lindop

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