You can support me for $2, $5, $10, $25, or $100 per month and get rewards along with exclusive content: Howard’s Patreon Page
Hi! I’m excited about Patreon because it gives me an opportunity and new incentives to engage, converse, co-learn, and co-create with my online public, which I started doing in 1985.
I intend to provide a continuous stream of content — something almost every day. Some of the stream will consist of curated links about topics that I’ve been looking into: mind amplifiers, digital media and learning, personal knowledge management, cooperation theory and practice, attention and metacognition, networks, technology criticism, and more. I contextualize these links by telling you why they are worthy of your attention and what they mean in a broader context. Some of the stream will consist of my artistic creations — paintings, wooden objects, electronically animated objects that emit light and sound. Some of my content will expose my creative process through videos, time-lapses of my art-making, and my ruminations on where it all comes from and where it’s going. All patrons will be able to interact with me via comments in my activity stream; patrons at the $10/month level and above will have exclusive access to an online forum where we can talk about my creations — and anything my patron community wants to talk about.
My art-making always has been a subconscious divination ritual that I’ve invoked in parallel with the rational techno-social forecasting I have done for fifty years. Institute for the Future was the perfect place to juxtapose my heretofore private art with my public future forecasting. It turns out that when you look at these twin strands of my work over my career, a strong theme emerges: mind amplifiers and consciousness exploration. The artist’s statement I wrote for the IFTF show turned into a full artobiography on Medium. An illustrated, truncated version was created by IFTF as a catalog for the show. On opening night in February, 2017, my daughter introduced me, I said a few words, then Stanford Communication Department Chair Fred Turner and I had a public conversation about my odd position as the public intellectual equivalent of an outsider artist. Fabrice Florin recorded a video of that An Evening with Howard Rheingold
Steve Hargadon is a great interviewer, and about 80 members of his active Classroom 2.0 community joined via text chat. The recording (use the player controls) includes audio, video, slides, and text chat. You will be asked to allow the download and launch of a Java applet, then use the player controls to play the recording.
Digital media and networked publics have emerged so quickly and broadly that our minds, relationships, and societies changed before anyone could get a handle on how they are changing. More recently, both empirical studies and works of criticism have begun to question the trade-offs involved in the transition to an always-on world. Criticism is necessary, but it isn’t sufficient — and it’s always better when it is based on more evidence than personal opinion. In addition to criticism, know-how is required. Net Smart is my attempt to furnish tools, methods, attitudes, and references for those who seek to engage technology mindfully. It’s the book I would recommend to an intelligent and open-minded but concerned and perhaps fearful parent, give to a smart high-school student, use as the textbook in a college course on social media literacies.