Adam Scislowicz

Chief Technologist, Kor Ventures, LLC
Emeryville, CA, United States

About Adam

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

Systems Theory, Graph Theory, Computer Science, Information theory, Entrepeneurship, Social Entrepreneurship, Mathematical Modeling

Comments & conversations

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Adam Scislowicz
Posted almost 3 years ago
What can we do about the constant rise of depression and suicide in young adults?
Hi Chris, My late teens were at times very difficult too. I do think as you point out some underlying trends have made that period even harder on individuals as of late. I know of no silver bullet but if you hang in there better times will likely come. The fact that you come here for answers makes me confident that you are navigating this complex and chaotic world effectively, even though it may not feel like it at the moment. It is through the diversity and depth of your social connections and intellectual pursuits that you will be able to find meaning and pleasure in life. On a slight tangent check out this video by Sir Ken Robinson, I think it may be related to the increase in the rate as you mention: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U I think addressing the issues described by Sir Ken Robinson in the above video is part of the solution. I feel the issue is wider then that though, and rooted in culture. I think there is great hope today as the internet is allowing culture to become more reflective and so evolve faster. So fast you can almost feel it now from the right perspectives, but maybe not obviously visible yet in the main stream media. I am always available to discuss things further if you are interested, and I may be able to get you in touch with some of the more progressive movements and organizations via the internet where there is meaningful work and rich discussions ongoing. These activities are by no means limited to the internet, but it is one place to make the initial connections and more and more systems/services are facilitating real-world collaboration spring-boarded via internet meetings. (http://menemania.typepad.com/helene_finidori/2011/05/shared-intent-and-purpose-for-action.html) Warm Regards, Adam
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Adam Scislowicz
Posted almost 3 years ago
What do organized communities achieve more efficiently than government? What could they achieve?"
The be-your-own-media is one of the things modern technology is helping with, for example there are several livestreams for the OccupyWallStreet movement which I think have helped significantly. The hard part is reaching enough of the right people, especially when competing against professional/at-scale advertising. An open social analytics framework for use by and developed by the community like Linux could go a long way in keeping up with the arms race.
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Adam Scislowicz
Posted almost 3 years ago
What do organized communities achieve more efficiently than government? What could they achieve?"
I think so, there is a kernel of organization even though the issues causing them to come together are diverse. Landing in the 'hoose cow' is a guerrilla marketing tactic. It is a beacon to those that fall of this ship as it turns, so they know where to go where they will be welcome. They are trying to develop a system to give the different sub-clicks a voice via the general assembly process. That is why it isn't demand focused at this point, but instead an occupation.
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Adam Scislowicz
Posted almost 3 years ago
What do organized communities achieve more efficiently than government? What could they achieve?"
I think it will remain relevant because the inertia of the existing system is too great to change direction without tons of people falling overboard. Yet our direction must change abruptly as we have gone from a world of excess to a world of scarcity and will remain there until the system is sufficiently retooled to use less scarce resources and structurally support the headcount again. Some % of those falling overboard will join the Occupy* movement, as it is setup to collect and care for them. (keep them from drowning)
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Adam Scislowicz
Posted almost 3 years ago
What do organized communities achieve more efficiently than government? What could they achieve?"
I think many issues would be better solved by issue based/geographically based communities. The OpenSource movement has many examples. The self-organization of people into communities/working groups is severely lacking in modern culture. I think broadcast technology and the cheap copying and distribution of media is also behind this change in mentality. I call it broadcast culture. Human psychology makes this difficult to overcome, as large-scale efforts to produce products/services will too often outdo local efforts when it comes to addictive qualities such as instant gratification. We are now hooked on high tech special effects and polished works (eg. AAA game titles) and in those things we see a noted lack of diversity. Modern culture I feel defines citizen incorrectly, especially the worker aspect. The worker is highly specialized, working in his one role where he earns money and then expects that that money will pay for all his other goods and services rather than participating in a variety of projects themselves, especially at the local level. The issue is the systems resulting from this ontology don't have the gamut to address local needs with local solutions and so there is loss of efficiency widely distributed, and widely distributed pain is less likely to be identified, and more difficult to address. Such systems are also less flexible -> econ bubbles. Convergence as a trend exacerbates this issue. Such devices require scale to economically produce and so lack a rich HW aftermarket, as say the PC ecosystem had. This limits the diversity of the ecosystem, the number of choices at each step in it's evolution and the number and type of participants involved. I would also like to point out that I think the worldwide Occupy-* movement(s) are a great venue/vector to get the memes to undo broadcast culture distributed. If we could get some of the strong TED members involved in that movement to help it address these issues I think it could be revolutionary!