NSA or SNA?

Is it NSA or SNA? The New York Times reports today, “…the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews…

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SNA Courses

Social Network Analysis (SNA) is the methodical, mathematical and rigorous study of social networks.   Below is a list of institutions that offer social network and SNA courses. Contact the particular institution for specific details. This list was originally created and curated by Cristopher (Rusty) Tunnard, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor, The Fletcher School, Tufts University. To…

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Enterprise Code Words

In the popular, five-season, 1960s television comedy Get Smart, the notoriously unreliable ‘Cone of Silence’ appeared often. The ‘Cone’ was a sound-proof polycarbonate device to protect the most secret of conversations among the functionaries of CONTROL. The joke was that the ‘Cone’ rarely worked properly. It strained conversation and prevented communication. It interfered with effective…

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GraphConnect

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 forecasts graph database will have a major impact on The Social Enterprise.  To learn more please join the leading vendor un-conference in San Francisco, New York or London. Register for…

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Primum Non Nocere

When does knowledge management (KM) happy talk become crazy talk? Knowledge management too often approaches the wrong organizational issues. Yet, the practitioners fail to acknowledge their grave problems. Frequently, offenders are those that advocate ‘knowledge sharing’ or worse, much worse, a ‘knowledge sharing culture.’ Among these common KM offenders, the most harmful, by far, are…

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Computer Supported Cooperative Work

Call for Interactive Posters, Demos, Panels Computer Supported Cooperative Work Baltimore, Maryland, USA February 15-19, 2014 http://cscw.acm.org The 17th Annual CSCW is an international and interdisciplinary conference focused on how technology intersects with social practices. IMPORTANT DATES October 07, 5:00pm PDT, 2013: Submission due November 07: Final notifications CSCW brings together top researchers and practitioners…

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Understanding Social Networks

Social networks and Social Network Analysis are major themes of Colabria Action Research. They are of fundamental importance. They have only been discovered by business of late. The Colabria focus is on practical application and knowledge management in networks. We advise delegates to strive to read and understand as much as possible. Understanding Social Networks…

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smarter-companies

Colabria Action Research is above all a Leadership Network. We seek edges with other global agencies advancing 21st Century leadership practices. Smarter-Companies is one. It is described below by Mary Adams. If you know people fighting the good fight to retire management practices of the last century please let Colabria know. We’ll get them in-network. Smarter-Companies…

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Social Knowledge Management

Leading Issues in Social Knowledge Management Colabria Action Research recommends a collection of important Social Knowledge Management papers ISBN: 978-1-908272-38-6 Published by Academic Publishing International. Edited by: David Gurteen Published by Academic Publishing International Perhaps one of the most surprising if not actually unsettling things about the Internet and the Web is that there is…

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Network Effect

There has been some encouraging blog chatter recently linking process engineering and the law of decreasing returns to scale for business. Business has discovered their near clinical preoccupation with process and malignant overuse of BRP and its exponents is leading them down the path to oblivion. Process has it place in business. Just as function,…

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Social Enterprise Redesign

Business place redesign is essential to The Social Enterprise. For decades, office design was driven by two factors: cost and solitary information transaction work. Social Enterprise Redesign is a foundation of all future organizations. In the early 2000s, your Colabria Action Research Networks worked closely with the Information Worker Productivity Council (IWPC) to examine the…

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Robin Hanson AI Debate

Those fortunate to have participated in past Colabria Action Research events over the years know that the irrepressible polymath, Professor Robin Hanson, was a frequent and enthusiastic speaker, participant and leader. As member and affiliate of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute and the Singularity Institute, Colabria is thrilled to invite you to download Hanson-Yudkowsky AI-Foom…

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Failure = Learning

October 21st, 9:00am – 6:00pm, Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco Your Colabria Action Research Networks embraces failure. Failure is an important technique and is essential to innovation, knowledge management and productivity. Fear failure and you will never achieve success. In short, learn to fail faster. FailCon is the successful failure conference. Here’s there description for…

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The Fiction of Big Science

Many people think Big Science comes from systematic and engineered pursuits of knowledge. It’s not so. Many contemporary memes of the origins of science and innovation are ridiculous and just plain wrong. In fact, many advances in Big Science and Technology come from science fiction, protoscience and spirituality.   The BIG secret is getting out.…

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Knowledge Management

Knowledge management (KM) has been problematic. It is marked with spectacular failures and billions lost. The most often cited problem is there is no alignment with business outcomes. Unfortunately, KM challenges have been exacerbated by vendors, establishment conferences, so-called Best Practices and, ironically, sharing.    There are promising signs for a knowledge management renaissance. Movements…

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Teams

Most business organizations consist of hierarchy and teams. Hierarchy is the simple hub and spoke network conventionally known as the organizational chart. Teams are a simplistic assembly of roles intended to meet a specific objective. Often, hierarchy and teams are the only network structures recognized in the formal organization. Your Colabria Action Research Networks sees…

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Social Media

At Colabria Action Research Networks a constant question is whether serious organizations should embrace social media. Unbelievably, in September 2013, it’s still unanswered. For example, here are some shocking research remarks and statistics from Fast Company (August 2013) — “Only 7% of managers consider social media skills important for employees.” “Managers at the majority of companies…

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CompleNet 2014

  CompleNet 2014 5th Workshop on Complex Networks Bologna, Italy March 12-14, 2014   Important Dates Abstract/Paper Submission :: October 6, 2013 Author Notification :: November 10, 2013 Submission of Camera-Ready :: December 10, 2013 Early Registration Date :: December 10, 2013 Confirmed Speakers Alessandro Vespignani, Northeastern University, Boston, MA Raffaella Burioni, Università di Parma,…

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Social Networks in Organizations

  http://www.visualcomplexity.com/vc/ Articles on social networks in organizations. It was prepared by Sargam Garg, PhD Student, Rutgers University with the help of socnet.   Articles Daniel J. Brass, Joseph Galaskiewicz, Henrich R. Greve and Wenpin Tsai. “Taking Stock of Networks and Organizations: A Multilevel Perspective.” http://www.jstor.org/pss/20159624 Keith G. Provan, Amy Fish, and Joerg Sydow. “Interorganizational…

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The Deadly Pronoun

Don’t use the pronoun I. Using the pronoun I indicates a person is self-absorbed, arrogant and narcissistic. Skilled communicators do not use the deadly pronoun. Today, substantial persona is established online, thus it’s prudent not to use the deadly pronoun. Decades of research confirms what Colabria and common sense has been advocating for years. This December 2011…

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