Most of my work has rotated around a single idea, which I had when I was about 27. In my mind at the time I expressed it as the notion that social systems are entirely are own creation and can be changed at will. What we needed is some method of changing them, and that would be some form of social network optimization.
At the time I was persuaded to avoid using that expression, which had the nasty taste of social engineering. I started using the term social technology and discovered how much more would be covered by that designation. Most of the websites associated with what I now call the Social Systems Project relate to other aspects of social technology, such as law, government and education.
As of today, I’ve been working on matters related to my original idea for forty years. It’s not the only idea that’s occupied my thoughts and demanded my time, but it has certainly been the dominant one. I’ve spent thousands of dollars on books, websites and even some paid help over the years, coming up with much that I value, but little that interests others.
At one time, perhaps thirty years ago now, I so badly needed to understand my own ideas that I dictated hours of rambling thoughts onto tapes, and paid a typist to transcribe them. The result was of no use to anyone but me, but yes did help me organize my thoughts. After reading over the transcript several times I began to understand the implications of my ideas, which seem more and more profound to me as time goes by.
I am not wrong about this. I challenge anyone to pick apart what I am saying and either prove it wrong or show that it is of no importance.
Since just over twenty years ago, in the late ’90s, I began to use the Internet in a serious way to put my ideas out there. At first I paid for an Internet mailing list, there being no worthwhile free services at the time. I did get a few subscribers, but as the Internet exploded, fewer and fewer of them responded to my posts. I believe they were distracted by the mass of material available to them. However valuable my material might be, my words were lost in the noise.
In late 1999 I put up my first website. You can read about those sites on my history page but they are truly history now, my new websites being so significantly different.
I was often told that my explanations were incomprehensible and several people encouraged me to write fiction which would include small amounts of explanation in a readily digestible form, diluted by the presence of an entertaining story. I began to do this in 2002, and spent about two years on an outrageous book which poorly explained the ideas within a large mass of relatively bad writing which told an absurd story. I don’t think I ever planned to publish it.
I’ve written quite a bit more fiction since then, as you may see by looking at my books website. It has been damaged recently, but I will recover it soon. It can still tell you a lot, but the some links are broken and some images which accompanied the text have been lost.
My strategy is to have a large network of websites, instead of hiding my pages within a few of them, or posting them on a blog.
If you do not see much content on any one website, it is because material intended for that site is on another one. See if any of the ones below look interesting.
All of these sites are related to the main Social Technology site and have been added to the network at various times over the years. As well adding new material, existing content is being slowly redistributed or copied. That will take a while. For more information see the Social Technology History page.