Graphics as Public Space

I have been digging into Daniel Bassill’s work with the Tutor/Mentor Institute as a way to question, rethink, adapt and pirate his ideas about systems in organizations. I am essentially using the public spaces he has mapped graphically about his organization. My annotations are an occupation of his public space, a happy pirating for happy purposes.

For example, I used this graphic to ask questions and push our conversation forward, upward, downward, backward, and otherward. Part of the beauty of this work is its public nature, a commons for those who will have it or need it. It is the ultimate ‘potlatch’ and part of the gift culture that is pure Internet to the core.

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I used the Commons that Daniel created here as a happy pyracy (pyracy with two “Y”s  is self-defined as white hat skullduggery). Every time I post I assume that it is the creation of a public commons to be shared by as common pasture by all the “flocks” and “herds”.  I took Daniel’s image above as just that, a commons to use but not abuse.

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One moment I am a lamb gamboling in fresh white clover and another a serious old ewe stamping the ground in protective warning.  (I am a sheep farmer and you have to allow a certain amount of latitude here in my extending the pasture metaphor.)  I make a point that I am playing in the public commons of Daniel’s graphic as well as its margins, its metes and bounds, its interstices, its fence rows.

Here is a another commons, public and intended to be used by others, an organizational map that sums up the systemic work of Daniel’s organization, the Tutor/Mentor Institute.

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I used this commons space to close read with a filter on it–facilitation.  In other words I am interested in creating a large system/organization with facilitation at its core much like what Daniel has done with putting tutor/mentoring at its core.  I pyrated his work by messing about with it in SnagIt–close reading it in SnagIt.  This kind of commons work forces one to be quite a bit more deliberate in considering.  I could have gone slower but I wanted to publish this new public space for him to get his reaction.  And I wanted my peers in #CLMOOC to see what I understand public digital space to mean.

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I have moved beyond comprehending Daniel’s work to apprehending it and finally toward appreciating it.  You come, too.

 

2 thoughts on “Graphics as Public Space

  1. Terry, these are really great. I hope others are inspired to look at these with the same depth you are, and post them on other blogs, so they reach other audiences. Is the graphic created on some platform that I or others could add comments directly? If not, I’ll copy this into my PC and add thoughts to it.

    I encourage you to look at this graphic and consider it as you look at the above concept map. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/405605510159676683/ It relates to this article. https://www.scribd.com/doc/78558502/Ideas-for-Expanding-Network-of-People-Working-for-Social-Benefit

    On my graphic when I talk about getting other people involved, I understand that my own ability to do this is very limited due to lack of name recognition, lack of money, lack of talent. Thus, I’m suggesting that anyone who cares about the ultimate goals can also take roles of building the network and facilitating understanding.

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