Mike Caufield delivered a keynote on The Garden and the Stream

At the 2015 Digital Learning Research Network, Mike Caufield delivered a keynote on The Garden and the Stream: a Technopastoral. It later becomes a hefty essay that lays the foundations for our current understanding of the term. If anyone should be considered the original source of digital gardening, it’s Caufield. They are the first to lay out this whole idea in poetic, coherent words.

Source: A Brief History & Ethos of the Digital Garden

A hefty article

Destreaming for future use

who is the audience, it’s mostly me

need a link on the home page to the original article, home page for me is an issue

I search my blog for keyword, I look through categories, a category IS a home page (and each category is part fo a cognitive map, I still have my own noteblog

generate a model, I try and do that on FB as comment, no one reads it and I lose it over the event horizon

a deep note

he is saying he find it hard to communicate with a lot of technologists anymore – this is NOT a good thing, I need to pay attention to how to produce a sufficiently linear document to get attention on conventional platforms

“Your machine is a library not a publication device. You have copies of documents is there that you control directly, that you can annotate, change, add links to, summarize, and this is because the memex is a tool to think with, not a tool to publish with.”

And this is crucial to our talk here, because these abilities – to link, annotate, change, summarize, copy, and share — these are the verbs of gardening.

GARDEN -> topology, interactive web, not ordered by time
“The Garden is the web as topology. The web as space. It’s the integrative web, the iterative web, the web as an arrangement and rearrangement of things to one another.”

STREAM -> serialisation, our experience at the centre, so you have to reconstruct to join the conversation and people don’t, inhospitable to strangers

“Whereas the garden is integrative, the Stream is self-assertive. It’s persuasion, it’s argument, it’s advocacy. It’s personal and personalized and immediate. It’s invigorating. And as we may see in a minute it’s also profoundly unsuited to some of the uses we put it to.”

there is also broadcast versus interactive conversations some FB pages degenerate to broadcast

Vannevar Bush’s 1945 essay As We May Think

I’m a reader, I make the connections, be nice if I could encourage others to do it


“The “conversational web”. A web obsessed with arguing points. A web seen as a tool for self-expression rather than a tool for thought. A web where you weld information and data into your arguments so that it can never be repurposed against you. The web not as a reconfigurable model of understanding but of sealed shut presentations.”

Open educational resource – Wikipedia wikibooks

“every we makes a them”, we an them is built into the logic of the stream?
I would prefer to make open,
a stream, is various people speaking and everyone else isn’t

Gardens as exclusive people who don’t get mentioned

“Kate Bowles, who graced us with her presence in both the fedwiki happenings, had a metaphor she liked for the learning environment of what we are calling gardeners here. She talked about Studio Space, the idea of working next to people while building, of looking at their stuff out of the corner of your eye. Your work reacts and connects to theirs, not in this disposable or reactive way, but in this iterative way.”

Personal Learning Network

actually click links in the network and it recenters the graph. Here we click on Objet Trouve, a backlink two degrees out and see the links from there, I can do this but I have to handcode the backlinks BUT that’s OK

look for web annotation tool, the Wikimedia education program

interestingly Mike Caulfield maintains a WordPress blog https://hapgood.us/

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