Brooks’ Law

The global praxis ecosystem of Colabria Action Research is inhabited by recognized authorities on large IT system design, development and deployments. Commentary on very large enterprise and consumer systems helps refract, anneal and share decades of hands-on experience and executive leadership. Today’s lesson is on Brooks’ Law and large-scale government IT & systems failure. To…

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Graph Connect

Graph Databases store data using nodes, edges and properties.   They are an elegant and efficient way to create, read, update and delete information. Colabria Action Research forecast graph database will have a major impact on The Social Enterprise. To learn more please join this vendor un-conference in San Francisco, New York or London. Register…

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Conversation is Conversation

Thanks to everyone for supporting your Colabria Action Research Networks. Most people are aware that the principal modality of Colabria is authentic conversation. Still, after so many years, many people ask for Colabria content to be computer-mediated and recorded. This is a disappointment. It indicates that many people still do not know what conversation is and…

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Overloaded 2014

Overloaded 2014 is a one day gathering of thought leaders and researchers solving information overload. Overloaded 2014 is Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT) in San Francisco, California, USA.  Overloaded 2014 In today’s global knowledge economy there may be no greater challenge to progress and productivity than information overload. Come…

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21st Century KM

Knowledge Management (KM) is experiencing a major 21st Century pivot. Coined in Silicon Valley, the term business pivot is a structured course correction. It’s the adoption of fundamentally new principles and hypotheses concerning business offerings, techniques, methods and outcomes. It’s long overdue. Northern California is leading the pivot to 21st Century KM. In today’s post-industrial …

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In Conversation with David Snowden

  In Conversation with David Snowden  Please join Colabria for a special reception and conversation with David Snowden on May 6th 2014 at 6PM in downtown San Francisco. Dave is a well-known authority, leader and researcher in the field of complexity science, leadership, Agile development, knowledge management and narrative. Dave is the Founder and Chief Scientific Officer…

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Maximize Optimal

As the headlong flight to the knowledge-based, network economy accelerates, common word usage changes. Some rise in meaning and importance; others become harmful and destructive. Among the most important are optimize versus maximize. Maximal systems, whether empires, organizations, complex wetlands or amplifiers, are often harmful, destructive and unsustainable. Eventually they always consume themselves and collapse,…

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Collective Intelligence 2014

 Collective Intelligence 2014 MIT, Cambridge, MAJune 10-12, 2014   This interdisciplinary conference seeks to bring together researchers from a variety of fields relevant to understanding and designing collective intelligence of many types. Topics of interest include but are not limited to: human computation social computing crowdsourcing wisdom of crowds (e.g., prediction markets) group memory and…

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Heutagogy

Sahana Chattopadhyay has thoughtfully modulated the well-known Cynefin Framework for heutagogy or self-determined learning. The current version is below. Self-determined learning and distributed phronesis are essential planks of 21st Century Learning. To refract and anneal self-directed and organizational learning vis-à-vis an existing framework is an apt contribution. Sahana asked for feedback. Several elements are absent and…

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Look Back to Move Forward

The requirements of organizational knowledge management (KM) have changed dramatically. Yet, many in the failing KM Establishment cling to outdated motives, methods, objectives and practices. It is so bad, they are even trying to create KM Standards for organizations of the 1990s! It is counterproductive and problematic to continue to focus on KM used for…

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Social Media & Society Conference

Social Media & Society Conference(#SMSociety14) September 27-28, 2014Toronto, Canada   DESCRIPTION We live in an era of “Big Data”. Petabyte and exabyte-size datasets are becoming increasingly common. Much of the data is coming from social media in the form of user-generated content. What do we do with all of these “social” data and how do…

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Biological KM

The shift away from mechanical, informational process thinking towards biological and living systems for knowledge creation, usage and leadership is well underway. However, certain vestiges exists in the moribund knowledge management (KM) community. Many of the grave defects in KM are perpetuated in online discussion groups. Many KM amateurs, longing for rigid 20th Century-style information…

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California KM

On behalf of Colabria, please accept your invitation to participate in your next Colabria Cluster – Knowledge Management 2014(KM2014). Your California KM Community is the Colabria Action Research Network representing Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Northern and Southern California. KM2014 is your next community event. Your Bizzabo KM2014 Event Community is open. All are welcome. In today’s post-informational and post-industrial society, Knowledge…

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Crowdfund Graph Analytics for Justice

A crowdfunded project from Stanford aims to use graph technologies to better understand international justice. Please help Crowdfund Graph Analytics for Justice.  You can help apply graph analytics to shed light on the way justice works. The justice system is not the most transparent and data friendly domain. That’s why it’s so exciting to see that…

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KM and Quantitative Culture

While troubleshooting knowledge management (KM) problems Colabria often encounters the dilemma of KM and Quantitative Culture. People complain their quantitative culture is a barrier to effective KM. The quantitative culture is not counter-productive per se. Structural capital depends on quantitative methods. That’s fine. Where it breaks down is when structural capital is the overriding organizational…

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KM Fetishes

There is a knowledge management (KM) renaissance underway. KM has long been a troubled discipline. Vendors, dilettantes and document jockeys hijacked KM and called it their own. Moribund IT & HR units co-opted KM as their savior. Frustrated process engineers failed at making KM an ordered system. Best Practice bullies codified disastrous central repositories for…

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KM Disappointments

It is disappointing to still hear the near-religious advocacy of process, standards and certification for knowledge management (KM). Ironically, KM people, often charged with change management and innovation, are so inelastic they simply reject contemporary, effective and proven KM practices. Even when their sacred cows of KM standards, certification and process engineering lead them to…

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Entrepreneurial Finance Group Meetup

Your next Entrepreneurial Finance Group Meetup is on 20 Feb 2014 from 6PM-9:00PM in San Francisco. The theme is startup investment innovation and an introduction to Seed Change.  On September 23, 2013, Title II of the JOBS Act lifted the ban on general solicitation by startups. Startups are now allowed to solicit their offerings. Simultaneously,…

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Is KM Turning A New Leaf?

Contemporary business management, the product of most US b-schools, has a predilection to Newtonian mechanics, processes, metrics, Taylorism, Fordism and so forth. We need to flip that model. The problem is business people always go after the low-hanging fruit of simple process work. This is particularly true and harmful in general business management and for…

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