Future of Work Farce

Today it is fashionable and popular to examine the so-called ‘future of work.’ Smug dilettantes embark on dubious ‘work redesign’ efforts. Pundits make lofty claims. They charge handsome fees to expose their soaring hubris. They make it sound like rigid work practices have not changed one iota since Bartleby the Scrivener, uttered his famous five…

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Techonomy Bio Update

Please see this Techonomy Bio Update by Alex Cudaback, Director of Programs, Techonomy Media. CONFERENCE VIDEOS & TRANSCRIPTS: The content from Techonomy Bio is now available. Check it out for videos, transcripts, the final agenda, speaker bios and more.  TECHONOMY BIO 2015: We’ve received an enormous amount of positive feedback and I can now confirm…

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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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Complexity Digest May 2014

Complexity Digest May 2014 SuperSpreaders Nobody has figured out how to spot the most influential spreaders of information in a real-world network. Now that looks set to change with important implications, not least for the superspreaders themselves.   The Fourth Revolution: How the infosphere is reshaping human reality Who are we, and how do we…

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Déjà Vu

There are a lot of 20th Century pundits trying to revive stale, Industrial Era concepts of work. They are making lofty claims and calling it, ‘The Future of Work.’ They are focused on ‘new transformative information technologies.‘ It is not only useless, pathetic and harmful, it’s déjà vu all over again. These unscrupulous ‘Future of…

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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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Innovation and Invention

Among the most misused business terms are innovation and invention. Paradoxically, there are also widely accepted meanings of these terms. Still, misuse is pervasive here in Silicon Valley and for business everywhere. The contemporary, definitive business definition of innovation was offered by Michael Porter at Harvard in the 1980s in his books on Competitive Advantage…

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Museum KM

Why are knowledge management (KM) people determined to treat organizations as museums? How did KM become so corrupt as to focus on the collection and storage of information artifacts? Why has the obsolete 20th Century KM Establishment not recognized the utter collapse of archives, library science, information repositories, portals and other artifacts of ‘Museum KM?’…

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KM Inertia

Inertia is the resistance of any physical object to any change in its state of motion including a change in direction. It is among the most important principles of classic physics to describe motion. Organizational inertia is the by-product of accountability, continuity and standard operation procedures. Organizational inertia and bureaucracy is usually used pejoratively. However,…

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KM and Philosophy

For one reason or another online knowledge management (KM) groups attracts philosophical scholarship. Often it is just academic bloviating. Sometimes it descends into intellectual bullying and trolling. For the most part, KM and philosophy don’t mix. Of course reasonable people just ignore divisive and counter-productive behaviors of amateur philosophers in online KM groups. Still, because…

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