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“ We [nerds/hackers] are still behaving like the rebel alliance, but now we’re the Empire. ...[Our] deeply-rooted tolerance of terrible behavior [is] driv[ing] people away. ...Our ingrained sense of victimization has become a perverse justification for bullying. ...— Why nerd culture must die « Pete Warden
Our toleration of asshole behavior must end, and it’s such an integral part of nerd culture that nuking the entire thing from orbit is the only way to be sure. ”
“ Fostering an atmosphere conducive to confidence [...] produces competence [in people].— Tech confidence vs. tech competence | Geek Feminism Blog liberally quoted
Remind people that it’s okay to learn visibly, instead of having to pretend to be entirely competent all of the time. Everyone can learn from the mistake that anyone makes – and mistakes are caught soon after they happen, so consequences can be minimised.
In contrast, in communities where competence is valued above all else, people feel they have to hide their mistakes. In such settings we routinely observe low volunteering rates from people in marginalised groups, with low retention from beginning volunteers, because people are too scared to ask for help or too scared to admit that they don’t know how things work. It’s a habit that leads to misunderstanding, and misunderstandings lead to bugs, and it’s generally an all-round disaster, in which nobody wins. ”
“ Those who depart from cultural or intellectual consensus need people to walk beside them and laugh with them to give them confidence. ...— Malcolm Gladwell (via)
We divide [groups] into cults and clubs, and dismiss the former for their insularity and the latter for their banality. The cult is the place where, cut off from your peers, you become crazy. The club is the place where, surrounded by your peers, you become boring. Yet if you can combine the best of those two – the right kind of insularity with the right kind of homogeneity – you create an environment both safe enough and stimulating enough to make great thoughts possible. ”
“ In modern societies there is no more poisonous idea than the belief that we just need to find a Great Leader and all problems are solved.— Increasing complexity requires increasing agility | Gerry McGovern
Complexity has no easy answers. There is nothing fundamental. No absolute laws. The right answer today might be slightly off by next month. We need to be nimble, adaptive, curious, outward-looking and evidence-driven. ”
“ As the culture evolves, people who benefitted from the old ways invariably see themselves as victims. Once you grasp the concept of privileged distress, you’ll see it everywhere: the rich feel “punished” by taxes; whites believe they are the real victims of racism; employers’ religious freedom is threatened when they can’t deny contraception to their employees — it goes on and on. ...— The Distress of the Privileged « The Weekly Sift liberally quoted (via maymay)
Supremacy itself isn’t hate. You may even have affection for the person you feel superior to. ... But supremacy turns to hate when the feeling of innate superiority is openly challenged. ....
[People experiencing privileged distress] deserve compassion, but [the actually oppressed] deserve justice. ... [we should] acknowledge their distress while continuing to point out the difference in scale. ... The ones who still want to be good people need to be offered hope that such an outcome is possible in this new world. ”
“ [They wanted to] investigate the causes—and possible remedies—of intergroup conflict.— The Robbers Cave Experiment - Less Wrong
How would they spark an intergroup conflict to investigate? Well, the 22 boys were divided into two groups of 11 campers, and—
—and that turned out to be quite sufficient. ”
“— This column will change your life: The GuardianIn Ask culture, people grow up believing they can ask for anything – a favour, a pay rise– fully realising the answer may be no.In Guess culture, by contrast, you avoid "putting a request into words unless you're pretty sure the answer will be yes… A key skill is putting out delicate feelers. If you do this with enough subtlety, you won't have to make the request directly; you'll get an offer. Even then, the offer may be genuine or pro forma; it takes yet more skill and delicacy to discern whether you should accept.”
When an Asker meets a Guesser, unpleasantness results.
“ It’s not enough to simply take the smartest kids and make them smarter. What’s just as important is teaching these young people to seek out strangers, to resist the tug of self-similarity and homogenization. Diversity can seem like a such a vague and wishy-washy aspiration, but it comes with measurable benefits. To the extent our meritocratic institutions diminish our social diversity – are your college buddies just like you? – they might actually make us less likely to succeed. ”— The Secret of Successful Entrepreneurs | Wired.com
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