The idea of cultural metaphors is used by Esko Kilpi in Advanced Work to characterise the habitual mindsets that frame our thinking about work. Collecting the metaphors prevalent in FWH could help us to look at the different ways we think about the different ways in which we be and for some participants, not be, in this wiki over a 2 week period at the end of 2014. The metaphors we use may also reveal where we are coming from and where we are going.
1. Tumblr as metaphor
2. Names as Metaphors
Mike Caulfield suggested the use of metaphorical names in another federated wiki, and Bill Seitzer pulled it over to FedWikiHappening.
Find an article you are interested in and mine it for ideas. Peg those ideas to Metaphorical Names, and write up a page or two. The metaphorical name doesn’t necessarily have to be yours — if you know of an interesting metaphorical name you find useful, write up an article on that. As an example, Sherman Dorn recently posted on the Borg Fallacy – the mistaken belief that certain types of socio-technological change are inevitable. You likely know other terms not in wide circulation that are “Good to think with”. Get them on the wiki.
3. Metaphor of Harnessing Tools
Another metaphor suggested by Mike Caulfield is that of harnessing tools. He suggests that if we can effectively harness new tools, we can increase our own effectiveness. This argument is similar to the one that has been put forward for learning algebra.
4. Metaphorical honey will not be shut up
But as I was re-reading the quote, in the context of the discussions all around me about who is heard, who is listening, I suddenly realised that in English translation it becomes a more substantial play on words. The ideas are not contained, not finished, not silenced.
5. Metaphor of Technology being buried
For video games enthusiasts Atari Video Game Burial was a powerful and evocative metaphor. If we extend our concept of technology to include people and ideas, then we can examples of technology being buried here at FWH. Participants and/or their ideas may be buried when a concept forks away from their contribution accidentally, through software error, through deliberate change of direction, or from use of neighbourhoods that exclude people.
7. Index card analogy
8. Prayer Wheel Analogy
##9. Soup FWH as Thought Soup