A confluence of conversations and events leads me to this point. It’s time to put some skin in the game and work out loud (in the internet open) on a project. I worked out loud ‘under the stairs’ for a week at work to challenge myself about what sharing and #unSquirrel really means. I wanted to get away from technology, and into the real-time space of the person to person economy. I spoke about the initiative with various online contacts and one – @AustenHunter – suggested a #WOLweek. Sure! I attended #FUELvan conference and the organizer – Susan Cox, who … Continue reading #PKyvr33 Day 1: Working Out Loud On A Live Project – Let’s Do This Thing #WOLyo!
Working out loud is similar to #unSquirrel: share first and always, overthink it some other time. #WOLyo! Is a little more applied that #unSquirrel because there is a clearer sense of communal process, of moving your team, project, network forward in commonality. #WOLyo! builds off others’ efforts. It is still based on the human endeavor – to add value, in whatever way we can, to others. At its heart, still, is the question: how can I help? By working out loud, people can find people, through new understanding, through (dis)agreement on content, through ‘who knew?’ breakthroughs. Working out loud is … Continue reading The Person To Person Economy: #WOLyo!
The #unSquirrel Manifesto and approach is simplistic: share, without too much thought, what you know, with whomsoever you know. The more you share, the wider and deeper will be your network of influence and support, the more you will (un/re)learn. Sharing is not about perfection and earth-shattering content – #unSquirrel is not high falutin’ journalism or activism. It is about delivering on this thought: maybe there is someone who might find this interesting. Person to person, how much simpler could it be? Is an audience of one sufficient? It depends on what you are trying to achieve, right? If you read Seth … Continue reading The Person To Person Economy: #unSquirrel
This week I was involved in an online conversation with fellow CAWWers, including the inimitable Luis Suarez, concerning Sharing Economy services such as AirBnB and Uber, and Luis made this point: It’s more down to P2P, right? As in People … Continue reading A Personal Commitment To The Person To Person Economy
Manifestos should be uncomplicated, simple to follow. They should end with an invitation to step right this way. The #unSquirrel Manifesto has its first follower, the always shiny, happy Austen Hunter. And his #unSquirrel share is PERFECT. @ThisMuchWeKnow recruitment advice: attitude, intellect, knowledge …in that order (from @LassySD) #unSquirrel pic.twitter.com/2cEPmMPfNR — Austen (@AustenHunter) May 19, 2014 There is no great need to dissect why it is a perfect #unSquirrel (each #unSquirrel should be given away lightly, with little fanfare or expectation), but a few things that struck me: Austen learned something and made a scribbled note he shared it simply, with … Continue reading #unSquirrel In Action: A Simple Use Case
Post-it notes are the best way you can include many people into a process to learn. Adults learn by doing, writing something down and sharing it in the open puts skin in the game for everyone. All meeting should involve post-it notes. It is the #unSquirrel manifesto in action: #unSquirrel today! ←This Much We Know.→ Continue reading The #unSquirrel Manifesto: The Visual
I attended the first #ResponsiveOrg unConference in London last week. Illuminating, deep discussion on how to solve the world’s (organizational) problems – y’know, nothing much. Importantly, after a day of healthy and inspiring conversations, we have to ask: “And…?” Where is the action, the outcomes, the next steps? We have to reach for more. So, it inspired me to add an action item here. In some small way, BIG changes can occur when we take a step forward, when we lean in, when we look to commune and share our knowledge. You will make a difference if you #unSquirrel. So, … Continue reading #unSquirrel Manifesto 10: Your Turn
#unSquirrel is not really about random shit, thrown around without forethought or meaning. It is about not overthinking it. But it benefits from a light question or reflection… Who is the audience? What might the interaction entail? How might this assist? Hence, ask others / yourself How can I help? ←This Much We Know.→ Continue reading #unSquirrel Manifesto 9: How Can I Help?
This is a real surprise. I think we have been educated to believe that those that share, know. They are the teachers, the experts. Their share is a broadcast to the unwashed, the unknowing. Ha! Not so. I have learned that as I share, I learn! Sharing today is much more about conversation and co-creation than it used to be. Little now is fully formed before others get to see it and start to add to it. This working out loud, in perpetual beta, is our beta gift to the world, and the world returns the favour by driving the … Continue reading #unSquirrel Manifesto 8: As I Share, I Learn
If we follow the #unSquirrel manifesto step 6 and share, well, for whom? Quite brilliantly, Dr. Google is there to help solve that. One of the blog posts I wrote that gets most read is one entitled “Teach Me Something I Don’t Know.” Why? Because people ask that of google all the time. There is an audience for EVERYTHING, thus, unSquirreling always has the opportunity to bring value to others. The hivemind network of interests and enquiries that the internet creates and manages does all the heavy lifting for you as a content owner. You, in turn, and focus on … Continue reading #unSquirrel Manifesto 7: Dr. Google Is Here To Help
This is the simplest comparison I have crafted so far to explain the old to new paradigms that are happening in our organizations and communities. #unSquirrel is ALL about share. We do not broadcast for our own ego. We do it to connect, support, challenge – ourselves and others. We give away our knowledge – in the knowledge that by doing so we will help others and ourselves. The old model was to save our knowledge, to squirrel it away and somehow “monetize / influencize” it at the opportune moment. But when was that moment, and with whom? Let the network … Continue reading #unSquirrel Manifesto 6: Share Is The New Save
A critical recoil against sharing by many people is “No-one will like it! What if it adds little value?” My belief: who cares? According to Sturgeon’s Law, 90% of everything is crap. In this I also believe. If true, few of us have the chance to adds much value much of the time, but perversely, this should NOT stop us sharing. It should encourage it, because all the pressure is off yo! Do not over-think it. Have a thought, or an idea. Write it down, take a photo. Upload to the social channel of your choice. Done and done. Let’s … Continue reading #unSquirrel Manifesto 5: So What If It Is Crap?