TRANS-Enterprise Social Networks: Hive Vancouver

I spend a lot of my time studying, considering, activating in the area of ESNs (enterprise social networks). It has been my entrance to the world of net work (sic). A key issue I face with ESNs is that it always becomes a conversation about technology, rather than about people (deploying that technology). As I an oft to say: the ESN is just a tool. So, I spend quality time reading and exploring around the theoretical and practical edges of ESNs, and lo! what do I find but PEOPLE…everywhere! Inside the firewall, I spent a week working out loud under … Continue reading TRANS-Enterprise Social Networks: Hive Vancouver

Manifestos…To Understand: The Cloud Revolution

Early on in the blog, I wrote a few posts about manifestos that proved quite popular. I reviewed them at the end of the year with this thought: People like directions. Me too. I like simple, evocative calls-to-action; they stir the Head-Heart-Hand. Manifestos drive conversation – it is not necessarily about believing everything in them; but using them as a riff / filter for your own thoughts and ideas. In the interim, I have found a few more manifestos. Let’s continue the series, and also continue to use them to riff on our own thoughts and ideas… I discovered The Cloud … Continue reading Manifestos…To Understand: The Cloud Revolution

Redundancy And Repetition Are Good For You: Revisited

Reading a recent Harold Jarche post – Ten Years, Ten Thoughts – thought 7 reminded me of a few posts I wrote last year that are worth revisiting, not least because redundancy and repetition are good for you! Jarche reminds us that: An informal professional learning network, with its redundant connections, repetition of information and indirect communications, is a much more resilient system than any designed professional development program can be. I made a few tangential points in this direction. In How we learn, channeling an older version of the Jarche post: [Repetition and redundancy] sounds luxurious, but it is not. Digital, networked … Continue reading Redundancy And Repetition Are Good For You: Revisited

When You #WOLyo! You Recognize Confabulation When You See It

Writing down my thoughts here on the blog is both a record, an exclamation; and also an iteration. These words are a marker, that creates a line of sight to other thoughts and words. Now I have a frame of reference in which to work. Working out loud is the same process. I move out into the world, and stake a claim, then I observe what happens as I am also participating in the next iteration. It is quite the experience. Very meta. Living in this iteration, like a scene from Being John Malkovich, things can get a little confusing. … Continue reading When You #WOLyo! You Recognize Confabulation When You See It

Simple / Complex. I’m Confused.

I often get myself tangled up in the conversation about complexity, because I prefer things to be simple (I consider myself a simple fellow at heart) yet I recognize the (increasing) complexity of work/life and I am determined to manage it insofar as I can, embrace it proactively, and benefit from it. So, I am stuck with a conundrum. The ambiguities inherent in complex, complicated, chaotic, chaordic environments seems to point in a different direction to simplicity, that place I call home. How can I square this away? By looking to those who have trodden the path before me, more … Continue reading Simple / Complex. I’m Confused.

There Are Change Agents, And There Are Change Agents. It’s #FutureOfWork Checklist Time! #CAWW

Fellow CAWWer Catherine Shinners has a good review of recent thinking on what organizations need for breakthrough performance via the Conference Executive Board: read her article for some detail. I will suffice here with listing the CEB checklist of differentiating competencies for high performance: prioritization, teamwork, organizational awareness, problem solving, self-awareness, proactivity, influence, decision-making, learning agility and technical expertise. I like! All of these are in reach of all of us. Attitude, and forward momentum is all that is required to get us on this road… Shinners also shared a Future Work Skills 2020 study that sees successful trends to be: sense-making, … Continue reading There Are Change Agents, And There Are Change Agents. It’s #FutureOfWork Checklist Time! #CAWW

How To Flock In 3 Easy Steps

Here is a short video that illustrates the amazingness of flocking – the ability of birds (and other animals) to work together in a network with only very limited, local sets of rules. Graphic designer Craig Reynolds developed this computer modeling called a Boids model many years ago; wherein randomly moving objects are given three simple rules of engagement in the network: Collision avoidance – cohesion Velocity matching – alignment Flock centering – separation and, lo! a flock is formed in real time, with absurd coordination and cooperation, yet without any central controls. This, friends, is how we need to model … Continue reading How To Flock In 3 Easy Steps

Flocking + Schooling

Complex systems often follow simple rules. Flocking and schooling are examples in nature of vast, networked information systems. It is network theory been played out in real time in the real world, in a way that organizations can only begin to imagine happening. Don Tapscott has a great video on crow murmurations that speaks to this phenomenon. I wrote about it here. In this behaviour and communication system, there is no leader or global information; but sets of local rules and interaction. The nodes, and their interconnectivity, drive the behaviour of the network. Knowing that, in complexity, there is no grand scheme … Continue reading Flocking + Schooling

The Sophisticated Answer To The Prisoner’s Dilemma: Tit For Tat

In my undergraduate studies I was paid to participate in game theory sessions within the economics faculty. The (flawed) assumption of game theory (and a lot of economics) is that individuals are rational. Anyway, The Prisoner’s Dilemma is a simple modeling tool to understand decisions, and to understand complex systems (definition: “large networks of simple interacting elements which, following simple rules, produce emergent, collective, complex behavior.”) If you need the rules of the ‘game’ – here you go. It turns out that the best approach to this ‘game’ is surprisingly simple. Tit for tat wins out every time. One of … Continue reading The Sophisticated Answer To The Prisoner’s Dilemma: Tit For Tat