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Tony S.


Hometown: Melbourne

Member since:

August 12, 2012


What sort of change would you like to see in the world?

Planning (for land use, transport, other infrastructure, etc.) removed from closed silos to open ended participatory processes using GIS with layers for historic context and long term scenario canvasing. Kill the bigger is better meme which at best produces fragility in the guise of efficiency and socially much worse. Break the unhealthy feedback loop between the commentariat and white collar triumphalism aka the jobs and stay at school mantras. Get more immediate environmental threats back on the table beside the faux controversy over climate change. Move on from nation states to city centric governance with compensatory protection for regional, rural and especially indigenous interests. Open source policy at levels where representative democracy breaks down, i.e. where it is impossible for a useful fraction of constituents to personally know their representatives.

What are you doing to achieve it? Are you working with a particular organisation or group? Are there any projects you're working on that you'd like to share?

Voluntary roles to establish Kororoit Institute (for independent polydisciplinary research informed by emergence/systems/complexity and organisation knowledge management) and co-ordinating authorities and friends groups on the Moonee Ponds Creek. Maintaining connections across the emerging cluster of progressive groups: Open Source, Techno-positive, Secular, Co-working, Maker, Green, Occupy and scattered islands in more established areas with compatible interests, e.g. some architects and planners.

What are your favourite organisations, projects or campaigns that are making a positive impact in the world?

Realistically, still looking for somebody/ies with compatible ideals and not trapped by their own success. Fancifully, Tim Cook because rarely has anybody been so powerfully placed in a position to do good.


Collab has been a focus since original CsCW (1986). Recently retired from working for others to concentrate even more on voluntary roles and independent research. (Have an overriding 2nd Tuesday commitment.)

What Tony S. is saying about this Meetup Group

Hope we evolve towards seeding some significant collaborations.

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