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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Complexity Digest June 2014

  Good Fences: The Importance of Setting Boundaries for Peaceful Coexistence We consider the conditions of peace and violence among ethnic groups, testing a theory designed to predict the locations of violence and interventions that can promote peace. Characterizing the model’s success in predicting peace requires examples where peace prevails despite diversity. Switzerland is recognized…

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Supernetworks

The human understanding and relationship with networks is advancing at a breathtaking pace. The progression is so fast we are nearing The Network Singularity: an explosion of extraordinary network comprehension delivering an exceptionally new understanding of our world. People will inhabit new Supernetworks. Already, today, we depend on them for life and prosperity. Here are…

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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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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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Crowd Science

Recently there was a discussion on the scientific integrity and merits of Wikipedia. It concerned the not-so-favorable Wikipedia entry for neurolinguistic programming (NLP). The discussion also revealed important principles of collective intelligence and crowd science. Before continuing, please note that pseudoscience is not protoscience. Basically, an ardent support of NLP pseudoscience was concerned with Wikipedia’s…

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Complexity Digest April 2014 Part Two

Complexity Archive April 2014 The infection tree of global epidemics The spreading of transmissible infectious diseases is inevitably entangled with the dynamics of human population. Humans are the carrier of the pathogen, and the large-scale travel and commuting patterns that govern the mobility of modern societies are defining how epidemics and pandemics travel across the…

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Complexity Digest April 2014

 ConvergenceJackson Pollock The Parable of Google Flu: Traps in Big Data Analysis In February 2013, Google Flu Trends (GFT) made headlines but not for a reason that Google executives or the creators of the flu tracking system would have hoped. Nature reported that GFT was predicting more than double the proportion of doctor visits for…

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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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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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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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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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Waiting for KM Standards

The KM Standards Farce is fast approaching the absurdity of Beckett’s masterpiece.  Standards kill KM because KM positively DEPENDS on variation. Diversity and variation are the absolute lifeblood of KM.  Authentic KM thrives on originality, network multiformity, conceptual blending, abduction, situated cognition, disequilibrium, serendipity, conversation, lateral thinking and a wide-range of other crucial nondeterministic behaviors and…

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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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East Meets West KM

Many great management innovations over the last 40 years have originated in Japan. Total Quality (TQM), PDCA, Toyota Production System (TPS), Lean, and so on, are good examples. These innovations are the genesis and ancestors of almost everything we take for today’s management. This includes modern and prevailing management practices for knowledge workers and KM. However, the…

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Complexity Digest

Entropy and the Predictability of Online Life Using mobile phone records and information theory measures, our daily lives have been recently shown to follow strict statistical regularities, and our movement patterns are, to a large extent, predictable. Here, we apply entropy and predictability measures to two datasets of the behavioral actions and the mobility of…

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KM Stack Exchange Network

The KM Stack Exchange Network, also called KM StackExchange, is a question-and-answer site for knowledge management (KM). Please join today.  KM StackExchange questions, answers and users are subject to a reputation award process. KM StackExchange is self-moderating. KM StackExchange is modeled after Stack Overflow – a popular forum for computer programming questions.  KM StackExchange solves…

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