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Kevin Kelly Quotes and Sayings

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All imaginable futures are not equally possible.
- Kevin Kelly

Related topics: Equality

An organization's intelligence is distributed to the
point of being ubiquitous.
- Kevin Kelly

It has become evident that the primary lesson of the
study of evolution is that all evolution is coevolution:
every organism is evolving in tandem with the organisms around it.
- Kevin Kelly

Organisms by their design are not made to adapt too far.
- Kevin Kelly

 

Changing things from the top down works when things are stable.
- Kevin Kelly

Much of outcomes research is a systematic attempt to
exploit what is known and make it better.
- Kevin Kelly

Technological advances could allow us to see more clearly into our own lives.
- Kevin Kelly

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Everything that we are making, we are making more and more complex.
- Kevin Kelly

When a system is in turbulence, the turbulence is not
just out there in the environment,
but is a part of the organization or organism that you are looking at.
- Kevin Kelly

Each system is trying to anticipate change in the environment.
- Kevin Kelly

The most interesting thing about change in the environment
is that for the most part the environment isn't changing.
- Kevin Kelly

Each organism's environment, for the most part,
consists of other organisms.
- Kevin Kelly

Species go extinct because there are historical contraints
built into a given body or a given design.
- Kevin Kelly

An organization is a set of relationships that are persistent over time.
- Kevin Kelly

In a broad systems sense, an organism's environment
is indistinguishable from the organism itself.
- Kevin Kelly

We are infected by our own misunderstanding of how our own minds work.
- Kevin Kelly

The way that organizations and organisms anticipate
the future is by taking signals from the past,
most the time.
- Kevin Kelly

One of the functions of an organization,
of any organism, is to anticipate the future,
so that those relationships can persist over time.
- Kevin Kelly

Complexity that works is built up out of modules that work perfectly,
layered one over the other.
- Kevin Kelly

Managing bottom-up change is its own art.
- Kevin Kelly

The organization and the environment are in concert.
- Kevin Kelly

It's generally much easier to kill an organization
than to change it substantially.
- Kevin Kelly

The way to build a complex system that works is to
build it from very simple systems that work.
- Kevin Kelly

An organization's reason for being, like that of any organism,
is to help the parts that are in relationship to each other,
to be able to deal with change in the environment.
- Kevin Kelly

The current understanding was that it was impossible
to predict how something would evolve because it was
a very turbulent environment full of things interacting with each other.
- Kevin Kelly

The most certain thing you can say about the environment
tomorrow is that it probably is going to be just like today,
for the most part.
- Kevin Kelly

But in a turbulent environment the change is so widespread
that it just routes around any kind of central authority.
So it is best to manage the bottom-up change rather
than try to institute it from the top down.
- Kevin Kelly

This is actually a very important principle that science
is learning about large systems like evolution and
that futurists are learning about anticipating human society:
just because a future scenario is plausible doesn't
mean we can get there from here.
- Kevin Kelly

But in fact, when you try to model that on a computer
you find that because of the very structure of matter
and of the chemical bonds that are the basis of every organism,
evolution is not random at all.
It will tend to follow certain paths.
- Kevin Kelly

It's more along the lines of raising a child:
we train the system to a certain range of behaviors
that we find most useful.
But then we let it go, because we don't want to have
to be babysitting it the whole time.
- Kevin Kelly

Managers tend to treat organizations as if they are infinitely plastic.
They hire and fire, merge, downsize,
terminate programs,
add capacities.
But there are limits to the shifts that organizations can absorb.
- Kevin Kelly

The system continually has to make this choice:
it can either continue to exploit a known process and make it more productive,
or it can explore a new process at the cost of being less efficient.
- Kevin Kelly

A brain is a society of very small, simple modules
that cannot be said to be thinking,
that are not smart in themselves.
But when you have a network of them together,
out of that arises a kind of smartness.
- Kevin Kelly

The great advance of personal computers was not the
computing power per se but the fact that it brought it right to your face,
that you had control over it, that were confronted
with it and could steer it.
- Kevin Kelly

But when you are embodied in a location,
in a physical plant, in a set of people,
and in a common history, that constrains your evolution
and your ability to evolve in certain directions.
- Kevin Kelly

We tend to think of the mind of an organization residing
in the CEO and the organization's top managers,
perhaps with the help of outside consultants that they call in.
But that is not really how an organization thinks.
- Kevin Kelly

And they discovered something very interesting:
when it comes to walking,
most of the ant's thinking and decision-making is not in its brain at all.
It's distributed.
It's in its legs.
- Kevin Kelly

The nature of an innovation is that it will arise at
a fringe where it can afford to become prevalent enough
to establish its usefulness without being overwhelmed
by the inertia of the orthodox system.
- Kevin Kelly

Organizations get invested into a particular product.
And sometimes the best thing is to stop making that product,
even though it's profitable, because it has optimized at a local peak.
- Kevin Kelly

Basins of attraction, of self organization,
show up as well in our complex social environment,
in human organizations.
Here again, while we cannot predict the result of any given input,
we can say that it will likely fall within one of several areas.
- Kevin Kelly

The flower is a jumble of thighs, the sun's harem -
the most oriental thing imaginable.
- Malcolm De Chazal

The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I'm just a simple kid from Brooklyn who landed into
the most enchanted lifestyle imaginable.
- Michael Musto

If I place love above everything, it is because for
me it is the most desperate,
the most despairing state of affairs imaginable.
- Andre Breton

In the heat of the Russian summer a sleeping car is
the most horrible instrument of martyrdom imaginable.
- Manfred von Richthofen

It was just so elaborate and so luxurious.
We had every gadget imaginable.
You know, I had the little gun that came out,
and I had the little gun in the heel of the shoe.
- Robert Conrad

What should exist? To me, that's the most exciting question imaginable.
What do we need that we don't have? How can we realize our potential?
- Paul Allen

I'm on every worst-dressed list imaginable.
- Kathy Griffin

So every day I'm mindful as I watch the Bush crowd
extend their sway into policies of every imaginable variety,
and over almost every square foot of earth,
that the control of the American state is a matter of urgency.
- Todd Gitlin

Our career path has tended to be the most perverse
and contrary approach to the entertainment industry imaginable,
while at the same time doing the kinds of things that you have to do,
the videos, the photos and all that sort of stuff.
- Peter Garrett

I remember feeling that technology was like trying to draw with your foot.
In a ski boot.
It was the most indirect way to work imaginable,
but the potential had us all excited.
I started in stop motion.
- Chris Wedge

On the other hand, it is not fair to say that changes
in federal policy have caused our tuition to rise faster.
Every economic argument imaginable would indicate that
we should raise tuition at a faster rate than we do.
- Charles Vest

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

A flower is a weed seen through joyful eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love is like a beautiful flower
which I may not touch,
but whose fragrance makes the garden
a place of delight just the same.
- Helen Keller

Call a plant beautiful, and it becomes a flower.
Call it ugly, and it becomes a weed.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that a flower is a weed seen through joyful eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The flower which is single need not envy
the thorns that are numerous.
- Rabindranath Tagore

I want it said of me by those who knew me best,
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

Life is the flower for which love is the honey.
- Victor Hugo

Love is the flower you've got to let grow.
- John Lennon

Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

When the heart-mind opens, the nectar of its flower is Joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough.
Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower
or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets,
but I have found that when I silently commune with people
they give up their secrets also - if you love them enough.
- George Washington Carver

Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens
reflect the kind of care they get.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Sow a seed and the earth will yield you a flower.
Dream your dream to the sky
and it will bring you your beloved.
- Khalil Gibran

Love is the answer, and you know that for sure;
Love is a flower, you've got to let it grow.
- John Lennon

Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf.
- Lewis Mumford

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.
- Gerard De Nerval

By plucking her petals,
you do not gather the beauty of the flower.
- Rabindranath Tagore

To see the world in a grain of sand,
and to see heaven in a wild flower,
hold infinity in the palm of your hands,
and eternity in an hour.
- William Blake


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