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The Rise of the Hedgehogs

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Remember the Marshall McLuhan scene from Annie Hall ? Well, here it is: "Boy, if life were only like this". Care to justify yourself to yourself?"

crown seal

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Vagabonds use me to adulterate their cups of change in exchange for cigarettes. seal royal lips. No gossip in my court. Don't throw me away.

storytelling (2): ken robinson busts some moves

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There's a distinct change in gear that occurs with this story. And before he said it, I knew what one of them would be. It is a true story.

story challenge: rip kungler responds

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They were "onboard" (to use the industry jargon) if we could set it in a little village not far from Chang Rai. They wanted glamour.

social software & worldvision - interview with keith don

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What changes does this require of World Vision? Things that were previously overlooked internally have to change. So here goes.

transformer

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This one on organisational change is similar to their Web 2.0 change mckinseyAs much as McKinsey might bug me, they have an enviable access to senior execs and do churn out useful surveys. number in that it kicks off with the bleedin’ obvious: Transformations with well defined targets tend to do better than those without.

edge of life

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The AIDS virus has killed (and changed the lives of) people close to me. Cairo Walker hits us with another painting. Don't you think?

live and direct

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The only justifiable reason to get on a stage is to change the world a little bit, everything else is ego. And if you want to change the world, that means that the action is out there in the audience - they are the future and you, as a speaker, are the past. technologies allow this to happen.

facing the swarm: the coming obsolescence of the big idea

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Generally this is a heroic idea that will change everything. I am falling out of love with the Idea of The Big Idea. But the world is changed by small ideas. Educated people in business love The Big Idea. think the problems were face as a species are so complex, are so wicked that just a few Big Ideas won't do. Think small!

muhammad yunus - strategic doer

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Changing the world is the most exciting thing in the world. MY: There should be another show, "Who wants to change the world?" And who not only see it but choose to act in a positive way to change it. MY: See making money is an exciting thing. You can find a lot of pleasure in making money. high-point of my year.

blog dress - further reflections on the pew report

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as your body changes under the influence of hormones. As a teen, public display is important - esp. Are you wearing the right clothes? The apps?

enterprise 2.0 book review: is an andrew mcafee a communist?

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Of course, the thing about technology & social change is that you never can tell. This morning I was rereading chapter of 6 of Changing the Conversation in Organizations , where Patricia Shaw very carefully takes apart the tradition that Argyis comes from. I've just finished Andrew McAfee 's Enterprise 2.0 book *. capitalism).

i only have 2 problems with the term "design thinking".

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Over the Christmas break, I read Change by Design and The Design of Business (having consumed The Ten Faces of Innovation a couple of years ago) - and there are several other books on the topic available. And those are the words "design" and "thinking". It's the New. Thing. So what is design thinking? It will probably be used that way.

has marketing eaten social software?

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Now that may be who its intended audience, in which case they ought to change the name to make that clear - the "Social Media for Marketers Club" is nicely unambiguous. First off, let me say some nice things about the people that put on the Social Media Club in Sydney. They volunteer their time. Now I am not a marketing guy.

i'm not a racist but.

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The reaction times stuff is a little ambiguous but (and this is the part of the research that caught the news headlines) if you want to get an entry-level job in data entry, sales or waiting and you are Chinese or Middle-Eastern then you may need to change your name** if you want to get more call backs. So are Australians racist?

uneven

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Human beings are generally quite lazy and don't want to learn or change. The future is already here - it is just unevenly distributed.- William Gibson I've been pondering Sean & Ellen's discussion around explicit, tacit & latent needs. It tied to some thinking I've been doing around innovation. But that's fundamentally wrong.

happy endings

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Social software does not change the world. Keith McArthur has kicked off the Cluetrainplus10 Project with the FAQ and the list of participants. This is my contribution. Companies must ask themselves where their corporate cultures end. The Berlin Wall fell in 1989. However "fell" is not really the right verb to use. It was taken down.

moral panics: young people & the internet

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As this ACMA report states (p.2): Despite these changes, other aspects of young people’s discretionary time are notably stable. Electronic media and communication activities overall take up around half of children and young people’s aggregate discretionary time, and this proportion hasn’t changed since 1995. Well kinda.

be frustrated

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But I am slowly changing. I've been pondering innovation (which is basically invention + entrepreneurship) for a while now. It strikes me that innovators are basically frustrated consumers. They want something. It is not there. And rather than just shrug and say "oh well", they decide to do something about it. When were you frustrated today?

innospivs

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You need to actively seek out and embrace innovations that could destroy your business model - because ultimately they will, but the edge is in changing faster than your competitors. Barry Saunders has weighing on the comments section of the previous post with some good ideas and some hot! links! Let me spell this out in more detail.

objects vs gestures

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Some gesture swarms aspire to action but not all achieve it - for example Earth Hour is massive but is it changing policy or behaviour? Is it driving positive environmental change or is it simply making us feel warm & worthy for 60 mins? Social objects have become tres chic. Human beings are pretty good at making objects. gesture

conferences & the cost of organising

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It's still hard to put on an event but the economics have changed. It used to be really tricky & expensive to find people. Finding speakers. Finding venues. Finding attendees. You needed contacts & experience & these were high barriers to entry. Finding attendees is still tricky but a lot easier. Doing it at cost.

dial 247365

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But around social justice, environmental change, global inequality - for most of us its too hard. It all started with an article written by Ross Gittins about the response by Australians to the bushfires. don't want to get stuck into the argument about motivations - that's a whole other can of worms. Which I may well have put on a T-shirt.

network not-for-profit

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World Vision Australia seems to have gone social media ker-azy: Twitter , Facebook , Bebo , YouTube , MySpace , Flickr , and a Snags for Change viral gig. Digging deeper into the social software & not-for-profit world, a few things have turned up. Steve Bridger 's work really knocked my socks off. Thanks: Keith Don.

brands: long tails, complex systems, stories, communities

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The gift of the internet has been to surface human behaviour as much as it has been to change it. Sean offers a link to this paper by Mohammed Iqbal. It's fascinating reading because it provides a grounding for a fancy that I've been toying with for a while now: brands as complex systems. May be one, may be two, a handful at most.

the strategic question for knowledge managers

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Can you give an example of a game-changing moment that you have had? This throw-away post seems to be still generating more heat than a forest fire. The challenge I (and my colleagues) faced as knowledge managers was getting beyond the "oh, you look after databases" dismissiveness of staff, managers, execs, etc*. strategic focus km

social media public sector decision games

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How you might change the scenario to make it more challenging or useful for participants. I'm doing a conference session in Canberra in November. My session is Social Media and the Public Sector - Examining the Hazards and their Policy Implications. thought I'd kick things off with some decision games. will post the 3 exercises up here.

what's a wiki grandad?

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Apparently the next generation is effortlessly using social software to change the world. I quite like social software. Hence the blog, the podcasts, the use of wikis & google docs, the twittering, the social network stuff (not much Second Life activity as of yet). And surprise, surprise, the picture is actually quite complicated.

an infatuation

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My beef is that he cannot possibly satisfy the desire for change that he has both nurtured and ridden. All the Obama vs McCain stuff in the US? It nags at me. Not because I think Obama will lose. It's possible but looking less likely by the day. At not because I think Obama will be a bad president. think he'll be competent enough.

slow communities & pace layering

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Different layers change/move at different rates. Further to Nancy's work on Slow Communities and her question: "when do you need to be fast & when do you need to be slow?". Activities, relationships & artifacts all shift at different rates. pace layering slow communities

banker lend to thy self

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No amount of ads about happy banking, or your bank caring about you, or determined to be different, or whatever they advertise to try to convince you they care about you, will ever change the banking culture. I am currently having some issues with my bank. Seth Godin puts it well. It was an interesting day but one thing stuck in my mind.

enterprise 2.0 presentation

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begin with a small step in the right direction rather than trying to change the world in one go. Here is the presentation from yesterday's conference. E2point04ip View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. The email detox podcasts with Luis Suarez & co: Part 1 , Part 2 & Part 3. The five steps are: i. security.

online communities & "tribes"

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Seeing as I was probably going to buy SG's book anyway (and I can still cancel it from Amazon if I change my mind) I pitched in. I've been a participant in online communities for over decade (pretty soon after I started exploring the internet seriously in 1996). You are part of an ecosystem and you (and your ego) have to accept that.

hybrid meaning making: human / computer cognition

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Please change the query or search options and try again." Basil: Can't we get you on Mastermind, Sybil? Next contestant Sybil Fawlty from Torquay, special subject the bleeding obvious. Back in April, I posted about the Powerhouse Museum's use of human tagging along with automatic indexing. Sneaky huh? Round One. Really not that much in it.

collaboration tools: centricity

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What would you change? Most social software tools have a focus, a centricity. The focus of that tool will effect your use of it. You can try using Facebook as a wiki but it won't really work - because the focuses of each are different. Here are some suggested focuses. collaboration social software

measurement in complex systems

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small change to the system may have a big (even catastrophic) effect. By measuring the system we may actually change its state - e.g. sending out an employee engagement survey may actually raise or lower employee engagement. Further to the previous post , why do we measure? Now in ordered systems, that's straight-forward. Job done.

blogging and you don't know it

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And then later on, Russ Weakley came into discuss the planned changes to the Australian Museum website - which involve tagging (both author & user generated) and reader comments. One possible future is that the majority of websites become hyperblogs such as this and the majority of intranets become next-gen wikis. Go figure. blogs rss

the absurd

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We think we want change or creativity but we really don't. Johnnie recommended I pick up Management of the Absurd by Richard Farson. As usual he is right. Most management writers fancy themselves as system builders (pocket Kants if you will). Farson is a writer more in the tradition of Nietzsche. You cannot eliminate paradox, only embrace it.

saddles for the horsemen

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Any kind of organisational change requires support from others - including outsiders. Starting here and ending here , Patrick Lambe talks his way out of an apocalyse (perhaps). This is PL at his best - erudite, thoughtful, practical, compassionate. want to touch on Patrick's last post about struggle and the role of the consultant.

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no touching

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Certainly too unpredictable for our rigid change management methodologies and measurement systems. Patrick writes about touch. There is a hierarchy of senses in organisations. Sight is number one. Then hearing. Then smell and taste. And finally touch. Touch is the only sense that does not occur at a distance. There's a gender issue here too.