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Reassessing Value - PART TWO

3rd December, 2020 12 Noon LA / 3PM NY / 8PM UK Please join us for an ASN: Discussion Continuing our conversation from October’s Part One of this ASN series and our collaboration since, we seek to refine and codify our collective recommendations/guidance on re-configuring society’s relationship with Value.
Throughout, we are committed to include diverse views in identifying new or existing systems and theories that can accelerate fair measurement and divestment of value and wealth. The outcome of this discourse and onward collaboration is the publication of a whitepaper in alignment with the Augmented Society Network’s drive to bring into focus solutions and opportunities resulting from these epic, challenging and unusual times. Join us in Part Two to discuss: Changes we can promote within economic and social systems to reflect differences in geography, opportunity and access within society Tools for better measuring value and wealth Recommendations for accelerating adoption plus th…

ASN:Podcast - Back to School - PART TWO

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Podcast hosted by: Jonathan Tavss FRSA and Zoe Camper FRSA (46 mins) Listen to our September ASN:Podcast Turning learning on its head, where would you start? What are the roles of International, federal, state, local, institutions, citizens and parents, companies, and funders/investors in making and paying for changes? How do we ensure everyone is at the table and involved in this moment of opportunity? Contributors: Mitch Weisburgh, Amy Moser, Cyrill Wiget, Carlos Largacha-Martinez, Dick Reisman, Robert Diggs, Dr Tony Breslin.

ASN:Podcast - Back to School - PART ONE

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Podcast hosted by: Jonathan Tavss FRSA and Zoe Camper FRSA (64 mins)
Listen to our August ASN:PodcastTurning learning on its head, where would you start? What are the roles of International, federal, state, local, institutions, citizens and parents, companies, and funders/investors in making and paying for changes? How do we ensure everyone is at the table and involved in this moment of opportunity? Contributors: Mitch Weisburgh, Amy Moser, Bob Coulter

Reassessing Value - PART ONE

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22nd October, 2020 12 Noon LA / 3PM NY / 8PM UK Join the ASN for part one of their discussion series on the role of tech in shifting societal value away from a wealth-based paradigm.
Prior to Covid-19, the overwhelming barometer of value was currency, status and the traditional drivers of materialism. While there have been outliers on personal, communal and macro levels, the reality of the pandemic has forced us all to reassess value.

Regardless of incumbent practices around money, positioning and attainability, emotional levers are turning measures of transactional and exchange value on their head. Serious discourse has begun in re-framing value through alternatives to GDP such as work pioneered by Kate Raworth’s “Doughnut Economics.” But outside of the world of economics, how can we impact value regimes from the bottom up?

Can systems be put in place that capture and reward citizens beyond the money they’ve amassed? How does technology play a role? Augmented Society Network has been…

ASN:Podcast - What controls you?

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Podcast hosted by: Jonathan Tavss FRSA and Zoe Camper FRSA (55 mins) Listen to our July ASN:Podcast We want to understand how both technological and behavioral boundaries are established and applied to society as a whole both ordinarily, and in times of crisis. We ask why we rush to technology to fix all our problems What kind of collective and holistic solution are we missing Self-censorship and self-control, how we learn how to behave Using apps to fix everything, has the app had its day

Back to School - PART ONE

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August 27, 2020 12 Noon - 3PM EST - 8PM GMTPlease join us for an ASN: Discussion Do we agree that children are the world's greatest human resource? That education and learning is a lifelong essential for all? Covid-19 has poured accelerant on the need for change in many areas but none more so than education.

It is also a time in which we can all genuinely admit, we don't know, and so can explore what is possible without fear of losing our professional standing. Understanding that we don't know is a powerful and positive stance that some may find uncomfortable but it is essential to understanding how to respond to this incredible period of real and meaningful change. It is also a time for full representation, full inclusion, 'nothing about us without us', has never been more true and necessary.

Education has been disrupted in a way none of us could have imagined, this is an amazing time for everyone to be open, to listen, to join in, and to be present in creating th…

Back to School - PART TWO

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September 24, 2020 12 Noon - 3PM EST - 8PM GMT  Please join us for an ASN: Discussion
Whether grade schools, higher education establishments or other life-long learning providers are ready, there is no doubt that the future of education will be very different.

The disintermediation of education is here, new providers, new products, fewer borders and gatekeepers. Geography will no longer be an issue to accessing 'world-schooling', technology will enable us to imagine a world using rich immersive content, taking us to the middle of a human cell, gliding deep into the ocean, or being part of historical re-enactments presented by AI generated teachers. All of this is possible when we re-imagine learning.

Let's make sure that what is designed fully encompasses everything that was good about traditional learning and not imagine an entirely digital education system, as was forced upon us during Covid-19, was all good, it wasn't. Being together, understanding nature, expe…

Tech vs. Covid-19: What Threats And Opportunities For Democracy?

Wednesday 22nd July 2020 
9:00 AM PST - 12PM EST - 5PM GMT Join this RSA Global event, hosted in partnership with the RSA’s Augmented Society Network, as we question technological responses to the pandemic and issues of data privacy, trust, transparency and accountability.

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Around the world, governments are boosting high-tech surveillance capabilities to stem the spread of the virus. Meanwhile, technology companies and members of society they are meant to serve are contending with another threat – what the head of the World Health Organization has called an ‘infodemic’ of false information online. Mixed with the public’s growing push back on technology and our greater awakening to the personal data that continues to be mined, the opportunities to mitigate further disaster due to the pandemic through “Track and Trace” products are equally promising and challenging.
Followed by: Thursday 23rd July 23, 2020
11:00 AM PST - 2PM EST - 7PM GMT  ASN:Discussion What Controls …

ASN:Podcast - PART THREE - Letting go and reforming a future built for change.

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Podcast hosted by: Jonathan Tavss FRSA and Zoe Camper FRSA (49 mins) Listen to our June ASN:Podcast
We will need our governments, NGOs, financial institutions, and everything to change, we will need to understand what we lose if we use current data and tech to fashion our new world, and how much you are willing to ‘let go’?

We know disruption needs people who can imagine wholly different scenarios, combined with the ability to see opportunity where others might see difficulty. As already discussed, it all hangs in the balance, new ways to think, new skills, and a vastly changed view of the value of an up until now, old government system and bad-technology driven world.

Where will you be? What will your work look like, and will you be able to recognize your position and value in the new and ever-changing world?

Event: What controls you?

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July 23, 2020 11:00 AM - 2PM EST - 7PM GMT Please join us for an ASN: Discussion
Following on from The RSA's global event on the emergence of Covid-19 surveillance products and the ASN three-part series on finding new ways to respond to, and work with rapid change, the conversation moves on to one of control. We want to understand how both technological and behavioral boundaries are established and applied to society as a whole both ordinarily, and in times of crisis.

The use of track and trace apps and contact systems have been deployed across the world with varying levels of success, South Korea – OK, UK - terrible. Suggesting that “there’s an app for that” might have met its match. Are apps the only solution to fixing very human problems?

Is there a magic bullet and does that lie in the hands of app developers, government policy architects, data scientists, spin doctors or just plain “us”? Who can we trust? Do we even need to trust? Before assessing solutions, we need to ex…

ASN:Podcast and Chat PART TWO - Unpacking conversations about our new world and looking at technology’s place within it.

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Podcast hosted by: Jonathan Tavss FRSA and Zoe Camper FRSA (58 mins)

We’ve got a difficult, but equally promising road ahead, as we begin to come to terms with our ability to live and work together. Having time to think and talk will be essential in remaining grounded and effective. We have already learned so much about the way we think and behave. We are asking questions of our governments, NGOs, financial institutions, and seeing, in action, the lack of equality of opportunity.
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Chat audio (Recorded session 8 Mins)


ASN: Podcast and Chat PART ONE - Can technology help us build a new world? As we re-imagine how we want to live, and work together post pandemic.

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Podcast hosted by: Jonathan Tavss FRSA and Zoe Camper FRSA (50 mins)
No one fully understood the impact the pandemic would have; and we’ve got an exciting road ahead as we continue to come to grips with it. We can learn so much about the way we think and behave in times like these. What if we used this enormous disruption as an opportunity? Listening for an ‘emerging future’ is a term coined by Otto Scharmer (Theory U), as he said, in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, ‘it is almost made for this moment’. Podcast (Recorded session) Chat audio from recorded session

PART TWO - Unpacking conversations about our new world and looking at technology’s place within it.

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May 28, 2020 11:00 AM – 12 noon PST Please join us for an ASN: Discussion
Following on from our discussion last month we will review our thinking, and consider areas of useful work.

As already discussed, we’ve got a difficult, but equally promising road ahead, as we begin to come to terms with our ability to live and work together. Having time to think and talk will be essential in remaining grounded and effective. We have already learned so much about the way we think and behave. We are asking questions of our governments, NGOs, financial institutions, and seeing, in action, the lack of equality of opportunity.

We will continue to investigate this enormous disruption, see it as an opportunity, and listen carefully to find an ‘emerging future’. Together we can develop ways forward that individually might be harder to see. As we know, disruption needs people who can imagine wholly different outcomes, to join those who are already in the business of driving change. It all hangs in the…

PART THREE - Letting go and reforming a future built for change.

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June 25, 2020 11:00 AM – 12 noon  Please join us for an ASN: Discussion Online Event - Join here
Following on from our discussions over the last three months we will review and conclude our three-part series on disruption. We will begin by recapping on our two previous discussions and define ways in which we can move forward with a greater understanding of global disruption. We will understand more as our world emerges, or not, from the Covid-19 pandemic. Walking the more promising road will require us to be agile, and understand that risk management will play a much larger role in all our lives. Do we lean into technology and leave our damaged world behind as in a future envision in the book ‘Ready Player One’ (Ernest Cline, 2011), or one of the many other dystopian views of our world, or do we break away and embrace the new, and return to a more needs-driven, and considered use of technology. Technology that really works, and critically works for everyone.

We will need our governme…

ASN:Podcast - AI & ART – Turning Binary Into Beauty.

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Podcast hosted by: Jonathan Tavss FRSA and Zoe Camper FRSA (38 mins)

Artists have maintained the role of shining a light on what is truly going on in our world for eons. Some say that this mantle can and will be taken over by Artificial Intelligence. But, as there have always been biases within the artists’ works and the viewers of those works, the concerns of bias within Artificial is always discussed but seemingly never addressed deeply enough. What happens when the two meet?

Listen to our March ASN:Podcast
What we can learn from artists visualizations of technology’s impact on humanity.Can we reveal the deep joy of artistic expression and apply it to our own understanding.Are the artists right, and can they save us all?

PART ONE - Can technology help us build a new world? As we re-imagine how we want to live, and work together post pandemic.

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April 23, 2020 11:00 AM – 12 noon PSTPlease join us for an ASN: Discussion
No one fully understood the impact the pandemic would have; and we’ve got an exciting road ahead as we continue to come to grips with it. We can learn so much about the way we think and behave in times like these. What if we used this enormous disruption as an opportunity? Listening for an ‘emerging future’ is a term coined by Otto Scharmer (Theory U), as he said, in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, ‘it is almost made for this moment’.

Disruption has two sides and we are surrounded by new and vastly different choices, but we can and will change the way we live and adapt quickly. What will that adaption be? What can we do to take advantage of the enormous upheaval? Does this evolution require technology, or provide a chance to “let it go”? We talk about people being creative and needing to have new skills to live and work, but now that really does mean venturing deeply into the unknown. Understanding how to …

ASN:Podcast Greta V Gates – Can Environment and Technology Co-Exist?

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Podcast hosted by: Jonathan Tavss FRSA and Zoe Camper FRSA (44 mins)

While the battle participants referenced above merely form a playful event title, there’s nothing playful about the impacts of our two largest driving concerns in the 21st Century. Greta Thunberg comes by way of environment to influence technology/society and Bill Gates made his fortune in technology yet is attempting to enhance environment and society through the Gates Foundation – with the long term effects by both still very much in question. When technology development calls for constant iteration and “throw-away” elements can technology and the environment ever truly live in harmony?

Listen to our February ASN:Podcast
Where doing “good” fits in relation to technology and our planet.Examples of breakthroughs where technology and the environment is not a zero-sum endeavor.Opportunities where the ASN might take a worthwhile position in driving awareness and a positive turn so that technology and the environ…

ASN:Podcast - We’ve Embraced Tech. Have We Lost Community?

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Podcast hosted by: Jonathan Tavss FRSA and Zoe Camper FRSA (41 mins)

There was a time when BBS and chat room users were filed away as loners and introverts. Then social media took shape and we’ve blurred the lines between social insulation and community activation. Things have certainly changed, and have forced us to reconsider our relationship to community.

Listen to our January ASN:Podcast
What defines community in virtual settings.The requirements for maintaining our humanity within the digital realm.What the ‘real world’ actually means and how much longer will it be important.Whether the virtual world will support our needs better than the real one.

Event: AI & ART – Turning Binary Into Beauty

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March 26, 2020 11:00 AM – 12 noon PST Please join us for an ASN: Discussion
Artists have maintained the role of shining a light on what is truly going on in our world for eons. Some say that this mantle can and will be taken over by Artificial Intelligence. But, as there have always been biases within the artists’ works and the viewers of those works, the concerns of bias within Artificial is always discussed but seemingly never addressed deeply enough. What happens when the two meet?

Artist, Trevor Paglen, is utilizing Amazon data to create art works that reveal its intrinsic bias. Katie Paterson’s artistic focus considers our relation to the universe. Her work, AS THE WORLD TURNS (2010) challenges us to perceive relationships differently by showing a record playing at the same speed the earth turns. Do we care that the record would take four years to complete? Are we more busy either contemplating or ignoring that multiple forms of AI are rendering reality obsolete through deep fak…

Event: Greta V Gates – Can Environment and Technology Co-Exist?

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Feb 27, 2020 11:00 AM – 12 noon PST  Please join us for an ASN: Discussion While the battle participants referenced above merely form a playful event title, there’s nothing playful about the impacts of our two largest driving concerns in the 21st Century. Greta Thunberg comes by way of environment to influence technology/society and Bill Gates made his fortune in technology yet is attempting to enhance environment and society through the Gates Foundation – with the long term effects by both still very much in question. When technology development calls for constant iteration and “throw-away” elements can technology and the environment ever truly live in harmony?

Whether you believe the Global warming we are currently seeing is a direct result of our activities or not, we use technology in a way that increases the planet temperatures and with few massive drives to reduce its impact; with success still being measured in GDP.

We’ve decreased feasible product lifetimes in technology for…