Conversation is Good Business

  MIT validates the obvious: conversation is good business. Authentic conversation is a key modality of The Social Enterprise and your Colabria Action Research Networks. In the BofA call center: “Individuals who talked to more coworkers were getting through calls faster, felt less stressed and had the same approval ratings as their peers.” Face-2-face conversation…

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Employee Engagement

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement by Heather Wolpert-Gawron Image credit: iStockphoto Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement is is an excellent essay on how to improve student engagement in the classroom. It is highly recommended. It is so darn great it was modulated for lifelong learning and employee engagement. It elaborates the critical leadership principles for sustained business innovation. It’s…

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Management Science

At the Management Science site ‘12manage’ they ask you to select your Management Interest Group. Some are listed below. Of course, everyone uses CAGR, EBITDA, and P/E Ratio every day. How many others do you know? It is important to recognize these as mostly tortured rhetorical flourishes rather than useful techniques. Remember, management science, methods and…

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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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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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Global Forum 2014

The 23rd Global Forum – Shaping the Future 2014 is Monday & Tuesday, the 17th & 18th of November 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland. The Global Forum is an independent, high-profile, international, non-for-profit think-tank dedicated to Business, Technology and and Policy issues of the Digital Society. You may review the continuously evolving Global Forum 2014 Program. …

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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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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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KM Australia 2014 Congress

KM Australia 2014 Congress Knowledge Border Crossings 11th Annual Congress The Sebel Surry Hills 22-24 July 2014 Knowledge Management Australia Congress is in its eleventh year and over this period we have seen KM go through many changes, answer many questions and confound many people. KM has changed as often as the social media landscape…

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Same Time Same Place

Networks can defeat the tyranny of geography. Unfortunately, there are major unintended consequences. Among the most severe problem is the faulty approach to collaboration, discussion and conversation. People use technology when face-to-face is required. They use face-to-face when technology works great. It’s a real mess. Fortunately, the definitive answer is simple! There are four choices.…

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Authentic Conversation

The principal modality of Colabria Clusters  is authentic conversation. Unfortunately, many people conflate conversation and discussion. Treating conversation and discussion as synonyms is harmful. It is time to set the record straight: conversation and discussion are two very different concepts and behaviors! Both are important. They have different venues, purposes, practices and above all, outcomes. Discussion…

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Biology of KM

Biology makes a far better scientific, philosophical and practice foundation for knowledge management (KM) than physics and mechanics. Process management, information technology, engineering and measurement offer extraordinarily poor and destructive archetypes for knowledge creation and KM. Multidisciplinary naivety, an overbearing mechanical orientation and debilitating indifference to living systems, for example, is among the root causes of…

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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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Special Issue on Knowledge and the Firm

This is a noteworthy excerpt from the highly influential U.C. Berkeley Forum on Knowledge and the Firm. It’s from the prestigious California Management Review. California Management Review Special Issue on Knowledge and the Firm March 22, 1998 by Dan Cohen The academics and practitioners who gathered at U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business for a…

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The New Brainstorming

Research into the practice of brainstorming has confirmed an important and overdue refinement that Colabria Action Research has advocated for years. The finding is that a hybrid model of independent brainstormers works better. Here is The New Brainstorming experiment. Brainstorming Infographic Hybrid Brainstorming is a much-needed refinement of the age-old practice. People must remember performance…

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The Visual Organization

 http://www.km2014.com Phil Simon is the author of The Visual Organization: Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions. Amidst all of the hype and confusion surrounding Big Data, though, a new type of enterprise is emerging: The Visual Organization. A relative handful of organizations has realized that today’s ever-increasing data streams, volumes, and velocity…

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SciCast

George Mason University launched today, Jan. 10, 2014, the largest and most advanced science and technology prediction market in the world: SciCast. The federally funded research project aims to improve the accuracy of science and technology forecasts. The idea is that collective wisdom from diverse, informed opinions can provide more accurate predictions than individual forecasters,…

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The Network Age

The end of the first decade of the 21st century marked the 50th anniversary of the Information Age. In 1957 the USA Labor Dept noted the number of white collar or information workers had exceeded the number of blue collar workers for the first time, ushering in the Information Age. It is also worth noting…

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Anarchy and Social Media

Some people are struggling to recognizing the great importance of anarchy to social media and crowdsourcing. Unfortunately, these folks have been influenced by government propaganda that anarchy is intrinsically wrong. They have been brainwashed to believe that larger and larger government or enterprise control is the only solution and way forward. They are influenced by…

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Social Networks Make us Smarter

  Sociality influences cultural complexity Abstract Archaeological and ethnohistorical evidence suggests a link between a population’s size and structure, and the diversity or sophistication of its toolkits or technologies. Addressing these patterns, several evolutionary models predict that both the size and social interconnectedness of populations can contribute to the complexity of its cultural repertoire. Some…

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