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this is rlly great + applicable thank u for sharing

(Sub)culture capital = street cred

  • Club Cultures: Music, Media and Subcultural Capital
  • Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste. London: Routledge.

not a new thing but read this again recently and its just so so on point The Most Important Scarce Resource is Legitimacy

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Quote about multitasking and critical thinking.

I find for myself that my first thought is never my best thought. My first thought is always someone else’s; it’s always what I’ve already heard about the subject, always the conventional wisdom. It’s only by concentrating, sticking to the question, being patient, letting all the parts of my mind come into play, that I arrive at an original idea. By giving my brain a chance to make associations, draw connections, take me by surprise. And often even that idea doesn’t turn out to be very good.


what a quote

Saw this on my timeline and had to read because the timing was uncanny, very catchy title.

Quotes and Highlights:

We can only know the deeper parts of people and places if we observe, but also imagine them.

The industrial economy, exists not by sympathetic imagination, but by abstraction and fantastical memes: “limitless growth”, “economies of scale”, “disruptive innovation”.

What would it look like for work and love to share the same language? For our arts to be the natural outcomes of our lives?

We recognize defeated landscapes by the absence of pleasure from them. We are defeated at work because our work gives us no pleasure. We are defeated at home because we have no pleasant work there. We turn to the pleasure industries for relief from our defeat, and are again defeated, for the pleasure industries can thrive and grow only upon our dissatisfaction with them.

Berry, Wendell

There is hope , if courageously imagined, that the design of “the new internet” may incentivize an economy that serves our needs at a human scale through elaboration instead of extraction. Elaboration similar to how an artist elaborates his canvas, reaching beyond what is to define what could be. Elaboration that refuses the simplicity of reduction, and embraces the complexity and wildness of life in the world, but also the limits of our own experience, intelligence, and character. An elaboration that is optimistic and vigorous in action, while empathetic in purpose.


i really resonated with the last quote because it feels like at some times while surfacing the Internet there are less spaces for the elaborators, those that like nuance and create magic in between the lines. It’s either that or those audiences are being lured into sales funnels of nothing but fluff.

Allowing expansion without extraction sounds like a fairy tale right now but original thoughts are the resource out of the monoculture.


this post about the intersection of product, protocol, and community – and how it intersects with the growth/maintenance of organizations so so so good




love love quanta
& this is listenable as podcast


Circulating in DAO servers

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This is a really interesting read from ‘21 on gamification in DAOs. The take away is not what you’d expect given that intro. Instead, gamification is redefined to include the exploration of open worlds rather than performing certain actions for a short-term reward.

Came across this in another chat and am reposting here since it has implications for the discussion we’ve had around formalizing DAO processes. Enjoy.


This has been my favorite thread to read!

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Great Shadow Library resources for ancient texts


I sometimes coreleate Developer DAO and Public Assembly in the same category of communities but I never really took the chance to read about them. This past weekend, I went down a rabbit hole on the lens ecosystem and stumbled upon Nader Dabit Substack (the founder of Developer DAO.)

First of all, his journey is wild. He didn’t even start coding until the age of 29.

He discusses the concept of bridge builders and how it fosters a strong and resilient ecosystem of developers. However, this idea can be applied to any type of builder, and when done correctly, it can help others achieve what you have and go even further.

Here are a few traits that exemplify building bridges within a community:

Building bridges as a developer

I realized that as a developer, there are many ways you can be a bridge builder:

  • Teaching / speaking at meetups and conferences
  • Answering questions on stack overflow
  • Mentoring new developers
  • Open sourcing your work
  • Blogging / videos about what you’ve learned
  • Building communities focused on public goods
  • Sharing ideas and opportunities on social media

wondering if anyone has some thoughts on this ?

Link to the full article: Building High Impact Developer Communities - by Nader Dabit


D_D open source everything, put everyone you know on, give away all the keys, never assuming ppl know things, zero gatekeep energy was what made my dive into all this blockchain stuff so fun/navigable and they are def a core inspo for PA imo. Nader started it on a whim one day by forking an nft contract with onchain svs with like a 7k capped supply and a free mint. the first txn i have on ethereum :face_holding_back_tears:

on a more serious note, i think its pretty safe to say that Developer DAO is one of the groups that have onboarded the most ppl into crypto/blockchain/web3 space out of anyone. they were one of the first groups rlly focused on education + inclusion, and their success at doing that led to many spinoffs + copy cats