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No Straight Lines [Kindle Edition]

Alan Moore
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In No Straight Lines, Alan Moore argues that we have reached the nadir of the adaptive range of our industrialised world. Now faced with an unsustainable trilemma of social, organisational and economic complexity, we have entered an era in which the rules we have previously organised our lives around no longer apply. Leaving us with both a design problem and a design challenge which we must urgently solve. By describing an entirely new way for true social, economic and organisational innovation to happen, No Straight Lines presents a revolutionary logic and an inspiring plea for a more human-centric world.

‘Alan Moore is a visionary, someone who takes concepts from many sources and detects the previously hidden relationship between them. He has a firm grasp of the changes which are reshaping our world, always pointing towards a more participatory, cooperative, reciprocal model of what our society might look like.’
Henry Jenkins, Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts, USC Annenberg School for Communication

‘Economic transactions and markets have warped perceptions to such a degree that most people fail to see what is important in life, even when it’s right in front of them. Alan Moore offers a vision that is at once more humane, more forward-thinking, and more realistic.’
Howard Rheingold, writer and critic

‘No Straight Lines reads like a road movie from the rise of the assembly line mentality to the fall of the Berlin wall and the growing emancipation of people throughout our world via information technologies. As a true designer, Alan carefully articulates the changes in our society and, page by page, distils a new form to understand our world. Be prepared to experience the unexpected since this book will create a virus of the mind.’
Arjan Postma, Research Director - FreedomLab future studies

Product Details

  • File Size: 604 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bloodstone Books (December 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006MHSTS0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #683,068 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to get your mind blown away January 9, 2012
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Alan Moore explains today's political, social and economical upheaval and crisis by an industrial revolution got awry and overextended, resulting in the chaos that most us feel today. "No Straight Lines" explains how we allowed ourselves to get lost as human beings among autocratic agendas, economies-of-scale and hyper-capitalism and how that era is now coming to a painful end. It's a very refreshing big picture explanation to our jaded everyday complacency and the never ending doomsday prophesies from politicians to broadcast media. It made me realize that we live in the best of times with an incredible opportunity to design a new better and braver world if we only can muster the leap from linearity to connected dots.

The only way out of this dead-end is to rethink and redesign the way we live, work and play - from top to bottom. Alan Moore offer us his creative game plan for rediscovering humanity via natural human participation where craftsmanship, entrepreneurship and self-mastery will eventually replace hierarchies, lack of transparency and business as usual. Prepare to get your mind blown away - you will never look at the world in the same way again. I sure don't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We're probably not doomed! February 19, 2012
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It's refreshing to read a work which so clearly identifies technology as a cause and cure of the societal disruption that we are currently experiencing without degenerating into discussion of technological fetishism or an impending singularity. My biggest complement and main complaint (which, incidentally, makes this statement not so much nonlinear as downright quantum) is that Moore's downright encyclopedic with his anecdotes, examples, and citations. Every point he makes is thoroughly backed up, and his reference list has only served to increase the back log on my kindle (unforgivable! :)

Having so many examples to present acts as a wonderful counterpoint to what little discussion there is outside of tech circles, which seems to be centered on how new technology is ruining "society": a child committing suicide after being cyberbullied (no one mentions the dozens who did so after being bullied the old fashioned way); twitter and facebook coordinated riots in London leading to discussion of censoring/monitoring both services (though everyone forgets Egypt and Tunisia...). I found the fact that Moore was able to synthesize so many concrete, successful examples of the positive impact of new technologies as well as to identify the underlying threads which bind such nominally disparate innovations quite buoying.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Alan Moore is a thought leader in the use of social networks for business, government and communities. In "No Straight Lines" Alan provides a thorough understanding of how a community of common interests is created and the impacts that are disrupting old methods for production of goods and delivery of services. Until the dawn of the Industrial Revolution civilization was centered on local communities for production of goods and delivery of services. Mass production reorganized society to a new model which Alan characterizes as "Linear". Linear systems have dominated for the past 150 years.

The great Canadian theorist Marshall McLuhan predicted that the world would become a "Global Village". With the rapid growth of mobile networks with 5 billion users and high speed broadband the Global Village has arrived. This interconnected global platform is the underpinning for a revolution to new and generally low cost models of business and services.

In "No Straight Lines" Alan connects us with the wave of social community centric developments causing disruption yet underpinning fascinating new ways to spur growth. For people like myself focused on the future Alan's insights provide a rich window onto the new wave of the "Social Networked Economy" and the many opportunities being created.

William Greenberg, Entrepreneur
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5.0 out of 5 stars On my all-times top 5 February 6, 2012
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Alan has a unique understanding of the next generation business-platforms and organizational DNAs. This book is an excellent gathering of the most promising examples and cases - from which Alan spots the patterns, models and methodologies that can be extracted and unfolded - to be applied in another (own) context. An amazing book when you want to make a shortcut to learn new ways to succeed in complexity. Definitely a 2012 MUST read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars From industrial to networked society February 28, 2012
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Mr. Moore writes "On September 11, 2009, a Frenchwoman who worked for France Telecom sent an email to her father, she wrote: 'I can't take the new reorganisation. I prefer to die.' Then she threw herself out of a fourth'storey office window. She had worked at France Telecom for nine years. Her story is, that after constant re'organisations, her suicide was a welcome relief from the stress of her daily working life.", "These co'joined unhappy triplets of recent history speak truth to the notion that free market capitalism enabled people to become socially mobile; that banks served the needs of local communities and business and that parliament was a paragon of virtue, dedicated to ensuring the well being of all citizens. What strikes me most of all is the absence of the idea of the "morality of enough." Although Dick Fuld, CEO of Lehman Brothers, knew his company was in financial crisis, he refused six times to sell Lehman Brothers because the price was never high enough." and "Our discussion then evolved into what does a VC know? How do they get their knowledge? Surely they should have an ability to know how to run that company better than the entrepreneurs themselves? Am I wrong? Or at least know how to add value - not just cash?".

Those are all samples from this book, and they demonstrate, how the book illustrates many daily issues of our business life. But it is not only about the business life. It is about the life of human beings and the whole society. This book puts you to think, how business, ethics, economy and fairness can work together in today's life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for all.
Alan Moore is a completely revolutionary thinker, author and speaker. His book No Straight Lines will absolutely disrupt your perspective on global networks-- from social to... Read more
Published on August 14, 2012 by richard
4.0 out of 5 stars Stimulating Debate
This is a mammoth undertaking, epic in scope, which took Moore seven years to research and write. There is something for everyone interested in grassroots action and the emergence... Read more
Published on July 13, 2012 by Dr Lizzie Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Alan Moore's No Straight Lines is inspirational. Caustic and realistic, the prose makes for a great read with anecdotes peppered throughout a text that is a journey to a better way... Read more
Published on July 4, 2012 by Guy Dittrich
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, Challenging, Change-Inducing
I went into reading No Straight Lines (NSL) with a sense that I would come away mildly disrupted in terms of my thinking and activity. Read more
Published on July 2, 2012 by Antoine RJ Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Book, Brilliant Thinker
Alan Moore is a dynamic speaker and brilliant thinker. His book reflects the same positive attitude and stimulating connections. Read more
Published on June 30, 2012 by Steven S. Hoffman
4.0 out of 5 stars IndieReader Review
No Straight Lines is the call for change, for creativity, new leadership and a change in the culture of unfairness, stagnation and inflexibility caused by linear. Read more
Published on May 9, 2012 by Amy Edelman
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must Read" from a Visionary Thinker
I've known Alan since we both presented as authors at SXSWi. We'd written books on "social media" and had secured speaking slots based on our respective works. Read more
Published on May 1, 2012 by J. David Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
Alan Moore's No Straight Lines will change the way you think about media, technology, business, culture and society. Read more
Published on April 29, 2012 by Tim Callington
5.0 out of 5 stars No Straight Lines - Insightful and a must read in our new networked...
No Straight Lines is one of the most insightful books I've read recently. The author Alan Moore displays an understanding and insight of how our new multi-layered networked world... Read more
Published on April 20, 2012 by Priya Sawhney
4.0 out of 5 stars The Future is ours, not theirs
It is worth buying this book simply as a tour d'horizon of many of the innovative start-ups that are springing up all over the world as well as what leading thinkers are saying... Read more
Published on March 5, 2012 by vic keegan
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Alan Moore's invaluable and unique creative insights present us with an alternative way of working and existing - a better way - in which "participatory leadership" dominates the workplace where wellbeing and creating value for the collective good is the new currency of our economy. He articulates what most people are experiencing: dissatisfaction with their conditioned existence, their tick tock life which they did not choose but rather inherited.

Through his book and project "No Straight Lines" Alan joins up the dots of what he calls our non-linear world and splendidly paves for us a new future which is accessible to everyone through innovation, creativity and craftsmanship. By what we make, who we make it with and why we would be motivated to do it in the first place.

His belief is that creative entrepreneurial expression is vital in bringing new value and better ways of "doing" into our world and that we all play a role in this metamorphosis. His passion is seeking transformational solutions to our present status-quo which he says we must challenge creatively with our hand, heart and mind. Ultimately it is what we 'do' as opposed to what we 'say' that will transform us economically, organizationally and for our collective wider society. Simply put - our better future depends on it. Collaboration, participation and innovation using all that is available to us now are key to this better future and our better life.

Alan sits on the "board of inspiration" at the Dutch Think Tank Freedom Lab. He acts as "Head of Vision" for the Grow Venture Community, and is as a special advisor to a number of innovative companies and organizations including publishing, mobile, the theatre and finance.

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