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Ricardo Mendes

When Pixels Collide - amazing @reddit experiment on the last #aprilfools

Quite amazing really...maybe the living proof if you give humans some tools and a few ideas & much freedom to collaborate : they will and they will create Art !

Ricardo Mendes

From "Future of Work" to "urban regeneration" #CINurb #CINbrussels #CivicTech #Brussels

Dear civic curious,

At civic innovation network, we are brimming with inspirations and ideas since we kicked-off our first event on the topic of Work last week. We genuinely want to express our gratitude towards you for being such wonderful citizens of Brussels. 

We are now working hard to invite you all for our second discussion on the topic of Urbanism in Brussels and hence would like to welcome you for our  second event on 1 February in partnership with Coopcity-Bxl.

We are also happy to share with you below a digest on the topic of work that includes our thoughts, ideas extracted from online & offline discussion with you and some inspirational stories from the web.

Happy reading and see you soon!  

Ricardo Mendes

@garthurabbott interesting read but on a less US centric POV I think will only reach full potential when our generation replace the current generation, well, everywhere : Politics, Economy, you name it,
just look how Iceland crowdsourced its constitutions : the reason it worked its because citizen actually shaped it and then the at the time power that be had no other choice but to validate it and implement it.
suddenly you have a new consitution, something that could take years to be put in place in a few months, the result is also disrupting the current political system where the Pirate Party took the lead = citizen from our generation took power and this will have more impact that many many many experiments to try to bring citizens from the old paradigm to accept change & accept new ideas.

In short I do think that for civic engagement to take off we need to mirror "elected civil servants" inside Parliaments and Congress that actually understand the world you and me live in but ultimately the world our kids will be living in.

We need to take power, engage, dive in and act instead of being paralyzed by the direction the train is already getting : to a wall. but that's just my opinion :)

Ricardo Mendes

Until US people don't realize THEY also play a role in enforcing the duopoly DEM/GOP
there will be no real meaningful political change. the US elections need a huge political shake-up
Something like Gary Johnson or Jill Stein with ideas from Bernie Sanders & Lessig. of course until everyone believe & enforce the belief that this scenario is not possible, it will not be possible.

It's amazing how US people seem to be more frightened by a independent nominee than by racist/xenophobic GOP nominee or warmongerer HRC.

no independent could make it ? that's right YOU never voted massively for them. You never used Democracy to haul the carpet out from under the feet of the establishment (for many good reasons, elections are rigged, vote fraud etc..) but until you as a people don't wake up & take a chance, the rest of the planet will keep being at the mercy of last century US politics. and that's dangerous.

Ricardo Mendes

shutting down its free product. Sadly, this day was always on my mind.
I have been using @rebelmouse to aggregate & display a fragmented social media activity for dozens and dozens of people, friends, clients and what not. I have helped to create & aggregate value content from different sources using Rebelmouse on no less than 400+ topics. I still have to read this post : but it's very likely that this is the last time I use a third party solution so long without having found the possibility to create an open source alternative to display activity stream like content from different providers. In fact I'm thinking about it everyday since at least 3 or 4 years and this open source alternative is now pretty well schematized on my mind. I would love to find more rebelmouse fans out there getting together to find a solution to individualize this feature into a self-hosted open source solution that everyone can contribute, audit and fork. If you're reading this and have some ideas, feel free to comment below or send a reply from your own site.

Ricardo Mendes

Notifications Slavery versus Attention Ecology #android #privacy #attention #notifications

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This post was born from reading indieweb channel logs and this @t post about twitter email as I was reflecting on how I avoid to get overdosed by notifications, alerts, emails, sounds that ultimately eat my energy and time for nothing. 

I'm mostly writing about how I configure my android 6/CM13 device to control much more of "how my phone can disrupt me" or not and I tend to apply this to how I organize myself between my desktop and my mobile devices.

Email Ecology : Turn OFF all emails (less technical or administrative) coming from everywhere. 

Most of the time I check my apps enough already. 

Most of the time these email digest of notifications are useless. 

Most of the time I literally see new activity right from the app. 

There should be a difference between an email I choose to receive (a nice curation of great articles for example) and auto-email sent by services such as Facebook or Twitter or G+ that simply do no add anything of value beside occupying email quota and using unnecessary ressources. 

Attention Ecology : 

Choose what app, what contact can ring you & actually disrupt you from what you're doing. 

Put people in groups so you can easily configure groups of people ringtone or notification sound for SMS or IM. 


Turn OFF sound notifications for every apps on your phone. Turn OFF vibrations. 


Enjoy the silence. Enjoy not being disrupted when your device/services want your attention, 

Instead choose when to give your attention to your device/services. 

Organize :

Make lists on Twitter or Facebook or using your RSS feed reader,  so that you can bypass the noise and give more value to real signal of information with less cluttered overdosed mix of everything you follow. 

Split your interests by lists or categories in your RSS feed reader so that when you need to know about something or you want more information on something you lurked on Twitter, you can just search it on your river of news and get the information you want without loosing time or having to scroll down a pile of noise to get what you wanted. 

The more your information is split by topics but accessible and organized, the quicker you can find the signal you search and get things done. 

Privacy : 

With Android6/CM13 the first time you open an app you can decide what permissions you give to the app about : location, contacts, media, etc..some apps won't work with some permissions disabled but tons of apps don't need your location or contact to work, you can disable it and still have a nice popup to show up when you actually want to give your location for some reason (check in et..) actually reversing the scenario where it is you who decide what to give and when to give it. this should be by design, people shouldn't have to root/flash their devices to finally be able to own them. but that's another story for another post. 

Apps : 

I use Greenify pro on my rooted devices to get an advanced control of what app can wake-up, check network, do background data check etc...this app also allows you do "greenify" all the apps that launch themselved up (just because there is Wi-Fi or because there is a data connection) with Greenify you can hibernate all the apps you occasionally use and have them one finger away without having them to suck up your battery or do unwanted check without your authorization. 

The moment I lock my phone Greenify will hibernate all the apps that I choose to, leaving my device cold and ready & silent for when I need it. 

Unless wanted, apps should not go on by themselves and eat your data plan without you actually paying attention to all the content streaming through all these apps. it makes no sense. if you really have to check something that happened 2h ago, you still can no matter if your app loaded it while it happened or if you have to fetch it from scratch because your device was sleeping. 

if you really want to follow something happening right now in real-time, well you can just open the app, let it refresh with new content, pick a hashtag and follow the stream because you decide it. 

Ultimately Android & its app ecosystem should be redesigned to have privacy and user control at the center of the process instead of farming users to constantly check their notifications, their battery, their phone. 

What are your habbits regarding Attention Ecology & the usage of your phone or tablet ? 

Do you have any tips to find a better balance between
the use of technology versus technology using ourselves ?

Ricardo Mendes

The Social-Network Illusion That Tricks Your Mind #socialmedia #socialnetwork

One of the curious things about social networks is the way that some messages, pictures, or ideas can spread like wildfire while others that seem just as catchy or interesting barely register at all. The content itself cannot be the source of this difference. Instead, there must be some property of the network that changes to allow some ideas to spread but not others.

Ricardo Mendes

Going to start to annotate some on my blog using Known native hashtag support.

Ricardo Mendes

Bunch of Ideas for coming to my mind :

- a plugin to POSSE to Identica/GnuNet/Diaspora kind of alter-network
- a plugin to invite visitors to share to SILO's respecting their privacy
- a plugin to have some sort of Indie Reader integrated into Known so I can share/repost/like whatever content I get directly from the reader back to Known.

Ricardo Mendes

wrote some note/ideas a few days ago on how/why to get /project/community-managers/everyone on

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