Dancing with Coronavirus

Why war is the wrong metaphor

Infection game for Epidemic exhibition, American Museum of Natural History. 3D modelling by Jim Stoop, design & programming by me.
Screenshot from the game Journey by Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment

Systems thinking

1. Get the beat

2. Listen to the wisdom of the system

3. Expose your mental models to the open air

4. Stay humble. Stay a learner.

5. Honor and protect information.

6. Locate responsibility in the system.

7. Make feedback policies for feedback systems

8. Pay attention to what is important, not just what is quantifiable

Screenshot from the trailer for the game Everything by David O’Reilly

9. Go for the good of the whole

COVID-19 microbe in glass by artist Luke Jerram. Used with permission, image courtesy the artist.

10. Expand time horizons

11. Expand thought horizons

12. Expand the boundary of caring

13. Celebrate complexity

Trær som vokser seg skakke by Espen Tollefsen, 2017

14. Hold fast to the goal of goodness.

In conclusion

Notes & further reading

  1. For more on observation in social science, see Colin Robson’s Real World Research—it’s a kind of bible of research methods for me.
  2. For more on bias in data visualisation, see Critical Visualisation by Peter Hall.
  3. Neuroscientist Leah Kelly provides a very eloquent and clear explanation of the human immune system in a chapter of this book.
  4. For a good introduction to activity theory, see this book by my colleague Victor Kaptelinin.

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