Field Notes

Watching this idea grow:
that playful entrepreneurship will help solve complex social & ecological crises.

Delusion: or can it work? And how?


"There are two classes of people in New York City: those who have a startup and those who don't," said A.

The critique is obvious: that startup mania is a distraction from getting on with serious infrastructure & regulatory projects that should be the responsibility of the state. Startups are not going to build new transportation & energy systems, or place a value on nature by themselves. From this vantage, startups look like neoliberalism and class bifurcation in designer fonts and quirky glasses.

The thesis is this: that there aspects of startup culture that are genuinely creative & positive, which can be traced to a lineage of systems theory & new communalist politics (Turner)... and that this cultural thread within new information-economy endeavors can be reclaimed to make this cultural turn actually mean something.


"I'm so fucking sick of entrepreneurship." — Tech commentator C. Brenza

In this blog, we aren't looking at business or enterprise or strategy. We're looking at culture, and how it gets made or unmade; how it spreads. We're looking at startup culture as a cultural turn, asking how significant it is and what it means.

We also anticipate the backlash; the class conflict, the context of rising equality and automation and the kinds of jobs available in a globalized "knowledge economy" - and look at how some of this could be healed.

what do you think?

Disrupt Everything That Sucks would love to hear your questions & answers