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…

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…

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…

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…

Hierarchy and Megaphones

Hierarchy Organizational Hierarchy is an authoritarian concept where people and groups are ranked one above the other according to status. In hierarchy, one actor, the hierarch, is superior to all of the others in the network set. Hierarchical authority in multiple network sets is transitive, e.g., a general manager in Poughkeepsie has the same authority…

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…

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…

KM Love

A fundamental cultural difference of East/West KM is the principle of love and nurturing (East) versus metrics and measurement (West). Sadly, Western thinking, for the most part, equates ‘love’ with eroticism. Immature, sniggering dilettantes dismiss the exceptional, objective importance of love to effective knowledge creation and its critical antecedent conversation. Rather, Western-Cartesian thinking prefers, for…

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…

The Streetlight Effect

Why do some enterprise social media and online groups succeed when so many others fail? How do different patterns of enterprise collaboration and populations of users differ from one another? How do contribution vary? How do these differences illustrate the roles people play within their knowledge networks? How can I visualize and optimize my networks…

Systems Thinking Experience

Colabria Action Research recommends Beyond Connecting the Dots – A Systems Thinking Interactive Learning Environment. Beyond Connecting the Dots is a novel and thoughtful systems thinking experience. Here is a description from the makers — Beyond Connecting the Dots is a new kind of book on Systems Thinking and Modeling providing an exciting experience that…

Colabria Testimonials

Written Colabria Testimonials are among the best way communities and networks validate. Unlike “TED/TEDx” Colabria Action Research’s middle name is not ‘entertainment;’  it’s ACTION. That’s why Colabria and its social networks are widely acknowledged as leaders.  Here is a modest sample of Colabria Testimonials concerning your global Action/Research Clusters.  “Thank you for putting this cluster…

Codified CoPs Are Harmful

Conventional, online communities of practice (CoP), with the de rigueur ‘best practices’ (?) are often highly counterproductive. Galaxies of codified information hurt productivity, innovation, growth, prosperity and organizational effectiveness (OE). Codified CoPs are harmful. Beware of best practice bullies. Overzealous subject-matter experts (SMEs), with their rose-colored glasses, set out to codify their methods, techniques and tools in elaborate…

SNA Open Site

There is an explosion of research, offerings, education and interest in social network analysis (SNA). SNA is the study of the patterns and structures of relationships. SNA is important. It informs all human activity. SNA is widely use in academic settings. Today SNA is becoming pervasive in business, government and military organizations. SNA impacts all…

Open Innovation

Open Innovation is an essential business network. It is ill-suited to the legacy conventions of management, control and architecture. Innovation is not a function, process or activity. Open Innovation is a complex network. Managers aspire to higher-order business innovation. It is uncomfortable for most. It’s because to expand innovation it is critical to relinquish control. Leaders,…