General Intellect Unit
038 - The Viable System Model

038 - The Viable System Model

July 15, 2019

In which we discuss the Viable System Model, by Stafford Beer. We read "The VSM Guide" by Jon Walker, and "The Viable System Model as a Framework for Understanding Organizations" by Raul Espejo and Antonia Gill.

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037 - The People’s Republic of Walmart, Part 2
036 - The People’s Republic of Walmart, Part 1
Extra - GIU Community Discord Server
035 - Climate Technology, Gender, and Justice, with Tina Sikka
034 - Platform Capitalism, with Bob Neubauer
033 - Retrospective

033 - Retrospective

April 17, 2019

In which we talk about our first thirty-something episodes, and take time to tie some threads together. No, this isn't a clip-show.

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Extra - Emancipation Network

Extra - Emancipation Network

April 7, 2019

We are joining forces with our friends at Swampside Chats, and From Alpha To Omega, to form the Emancipation Network, a Marxist podcast network and research collective.

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032 - The Inherent Instability of Disordered Systems

032 - The Inherent Instability of Disordered Systems

April 3, 2019

In which we (struggle to) read a math paper, The Inherent Instability of Disordered Systems, by Taeer Bar-Yam, Owen Lynch, and Yaneer Bar-Yam.

This paper introduces us to the Multi-scale Law of Requisite Variety, and the importance of organisation at multiple scales. The paper also furnishes a proof that disordered systems will inevitably become ordered by forces in their environment.

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Extra - Book Giveaway: People’s Republic of Walmart

Extra - Book Giveaway: People’s Republic of Walmart

March 16, 2019

Hey there folks!

We're giving away two copies of People's Republic of Walmart, by Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski.

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All of our patrons will automatically be included in the draw, while non-patrons can enter their email address in this form to add themselves to the draw.

Winners will be selected at random on the 31st of March, and will be contacted via Patreon message or email to arrange delivery. To keep this fair, if we don't hear back from an entrant within two weeks, we'll draw another winner for that book.

Why are we doing this? Well, Shane accidentally placed three separate pre-orders for this book over the course of two years, so there's two spare copies floating around.

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031 - Designing Freedom

031 - Designing Freedom

March 13, 2019

In which we discuss Stafford Beer's 1974 book "Designing Freedom". Beer makes the case for a total overhaul of our institutions and organisational methods, by way of management cybernetics.

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030 - Organising Tech, with Wendy Liu & Jason Prado
029 - The Player of Games, with Fraser Simons
028 - Xenofeminism, Part 2

028 - Xenofeminism, Part 2

January 23, 2019

In which we continue our discussion of the Xenofeminist Manifesto, with Kira Magrann.

The next book we read will be Designing Freedom, by Stafford Beer. If you want to read along with us before the episode airs, you can get the book free from the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/DesigningFreedom

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027 - Xenofeminism, Part 1