The “Local Tail” Exposes What's Hidden Right Next to Us

Alchemy of Change

This article was originally posted March 6, 2005.

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Blog Cases from 2005: Renee Blodgett on Cimmunications and Marketing

Portals and KM

This is another in a series of case studies from people I interviewed in 2005 about their blogging efforts. When I spoke to her in 2005, Renee said that she started quietly blogging over a year ago, under a pseudo name.  Renee’s blog is also a vehicle for the growth of her business, which in 2005 was a small consulting business focusing on public relations and communication for technology companies.

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Blog Cases from 2005: Gautam Ghosh on Management

Portals and KM

This begins a series of case studies from people I interviewed in 2005 about their blogging efforts. Now as we move to 2013, I find it interesting to look back at the early days of business blogging. I will only include cases from people who are still blogging now. These cases have not appeared on this blog before. Gautam Ghosh now writes the blog, Talent and Social Business.

Blog Cases from 2005: Complete Listing

Portals and KM

Over the past few weeks I have posted a series of case studies from people I interviewed in 2005 about their blogging efforts. Now as we move to 2013, I found it interesting to look back at the early days of business blogging. I only included cases from people who are still blogging now.

Technology: Iraqi bloggers

Joitske Hulsebosch

Cecile Landman and Jo van der spek wrote about the work with Iraqi bloggers for the incommunicado conference in Amsterdam in June 2005.

Technology: live blogging from Accra.

Joitske Hulsebosch

Just for fun: blogging from my hotel room in Accra with a wifi connection (and no, this is not the Hilton, nor Golden Tulip, but a 'middle range' hotel.). 20,000 cedis per hour (2 euros). So connectivity is improving in Accra, if you have money.

Culture: sinterklaas jokes

Joitske Hulsebosch

For the last time: sinterklaas by Pathuis from Intermediair Cost reduction ; 'what you can't achieve without firing staff'' 'to start with the show-around Piet, did you ever hear about navigation?'

Technologies: online versus f2f

Joitske Hulsebosch

Yesterday I met the first person who knew my blog without knowing me!! Weird experience. Since I had few comments, you have the impression that nobody is reading your blog. which is OK because it is also a way of organising and documenting your own thoughts, but getting comments is very stimulating).

Communities of practice

Joitske Hulsebosch

There is a webcast with a presentation by Verna Allee on value creating network. The good thing is that it takes an hour, but you can click on subparts, and the whole webcast is on transcript as well (I ended up reading rather than listening).

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Communities of practice: learning about lice & taboos

Joitske Hulsebosch

Friday I helped with the X-mas decorations in school. One of the mothers talked to me about her wish to know who is having lice (louse-lice?) in the class of her children. Lice is a huge problem in all Dutch schools. Since my daughters are schooling, after each holiday there is an inspection.

Communities of practice: Nancy Dixon on knowledge transfer

Joitske Hulsebosch

I went to the local library because they had purchased their first book on weblogs (apparently Rosmalen is about to enter blogosphere). But someone had borrowed it already and I bumped into Nancy Dixon's book on 'Kennisoverdracht in organisaties'.

Communities of practice: site map

Joitske Hulsebosch

There is a site map with a very visual overview of CoP theory (like the picture for hierarchy). Though it doesn't go much in-depth and doesn't offer links to articles, it gives a quick overview and some short definitions of terms (though it doesn't state where the definitions are originating

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Communities of practice: HIV/AIDS prevention practices

Joitske Hulsebosch

Yesterday, a colleague had organised an interesting meeting with Achieng Renish Ngube, a Kenyan HIV/AIDS activist, who figures in a book called Mijn status is positief by Annemie Struyf and Lieve Blancquaert. Two things struck me in relation to communities of practice/learning.

Culture: sinterklaas goes digital

Joitske Hulsebosch

For everyone who is not in the Netherlands: you can also put your digital shoe. Between 17.00 and 20.00

Culture and how it will influence CoPs

Joitske Hulsebosch

The last onion: how might national cultural dimensions influence the functioning of a CoP in that country? Hofstede lists countries with a high uncertainty avoidance and explains that in these countries it might be harder for people with opposing convictions to be friends.

Culture and snow

Joitske Hulsebosch

So countries with snow score lower on the power distance dimension than countries which do not have snow. probably shuffling the snow requires self-managed teams

Culture: Hofstede and intercultural sensitivity

Joitske Hulsebosch

Another onion. This time I read Culture and organisations, software of the mind by Geert Hofstede (I read the Dutch version: A llemaal andersdenkenden ). I understand his ideas and research much better reading a full book rather than all kind of short articles.

Culture: Hofstede on culture embedded in management theories

Joitske Hulsebosch

From the same book by Hofstede as in the previous post (lots of onions today): people who think up theories are products of their countries, families, schools and employers as well and hence bring their own cultural dimensions to theory.

Culture: cow, grass and chicken

Joitske Hulsebosch

At anecdote there was a great post about the chicken, cow and grass, an exercise from professor Nisbett. Apparently westerners tend to put the cow and the chicken together (they are both animals) and Asians put the cow with the grass or the chicken with the grass (cows and chickens eat grass).

Culture: coffins in Ghana

Joitske Hulsebosch

In Ghana there are very special coffins in all kind of forms (planes, beer bottles, Nokia cellphones see photo). You can visit them in Teshie amongst others. But you can now order them online as well from eshopafrica.

Technology: turning a blog into a vlog test

Joitske Hulsebosch

I tried to upload a video to turn my blog into a vlog. using the freevlog tutorial. Though the tutorial is fun and every step explained in detail with a video it did not work. The uploading of the video in ourmedia.org for storing purpose did not work (empty screen).

Culture and technology: The Suri in Ethiopia and guns

Joitske Hulsebosch

Zapping on television I landed in the middle of a documentary of the BBC: Tribe I had already seen once before. Bruce Parry lives for about a month with isolated tribes and participates in their activities and rituals in a very playful and respectful way.

Technology photographed: Bernd and Hilla Becher

Joitske Hulsebosch

Bernd and Hilla Becher have spent all their lives photographing industrial artifacts like mine shafts and silos all over the world.

Practical example: community of practice on e-government

Joitske Hulsebosch

(Picture: One of the ministry buildings in Ghana) The World Bank has embraced communities of practice as an important strategy for knowledge management. They have a question and answers section on communities of practice.

Uhm.

Joitske Hulsebosch

Fortunately I found the text in English and here's the tune you will sing: 'Zie ginds.'

Culture: gender roles (and the mystery of how they are transmitted)

Joitske Hulsebosch

Yesterday my youngest announced that she wants to be a doctor when she grows up. Before I could say anything (this a big step up from her aspirations to be a mother or a fairy) my eldest daughter said: "No! You are not a boy! Boys can be doctors! You can be a nurse!"

Culture: Again Sinterklaas (even deeply embedded traditions are dynamic)

Joitske Hulsebosch

In the newspaper, a puppetplayer complained about the sinterklaasjournaal , which is a daily program on television for kids on sinterklaas.

Culture: Sinterklaas is coming.

Joitske Hulsebosch

My daughters have put their shoes already. Nice try, girls, but Sinterklaas is still on his boat. I wonder if blogging about Sinterklaas every day would help spread this tradition?

Practical example: per diem and learning

Joitske Hulsebosch

(cartoon text: salaries, options, car, pension, I think we have a deal!

Culture: sinterklaas

Joitske Hulsebosch

The sinterklaasjournaal has started!! I'm a big fan of sinterklaas so don't be surprised to find only sinterklaas pictures on my blog till December 5. He will arrive Saturday in the Netherlands in Sneek.

Culture and technology: grandma on the phone

Joitske Hulsebosch

Thinking about new technologies and why people may or may not use the technologies, the story of my grandma keeps on running through my head. She used to speak some kind of dialect from the north of the Netherlands.

Culture: Hofstede

Joitske Hulsebosch

I had never read a book by Geert Hofstede , but had come across his 'onion' on layers of culture a lot of times. As well as his indexes on national cultures. I always wondered if it's useful to look at national cultures if there are so many sub-cultures in one country, and how to avoid stereotyping.

Technology: web 2.0

Joitske Hulsebosch

So here's technology again. WEB 2.0. I have to admit I was ignorant about the term till last thursday. Even though I had come across the term I had happily skipped it; thinking that it was another software application. (to

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Culture: Dutch mothers sewing trousers

Joitske Hulsebosch

I wanted to blog about web 2.0, but that would be technology again , so culture (which is everywhere. ). My daughter is learning to read and write in school this year. This morning she showed me her work from school. They had to read a sentence and say whether it is right or wrong.

Technology: post-it exercise to introduce the dynamics of asynchronous online communication

Joitske Hulsebosch

Today I could not get into my own blog :( and I really wanted to get my experiences out so I felt frustrated. Already addicted? Yesterday we had a full day on e-collaboration for Dutch development organisations (organised by PSO/ICCO/IICD).

technology: e-collaboration

Joitske Hulsebosch

During this day on e-collaboration for development organisations (I mentioned in the last post), lots of interesting experiences came up.

Technology: ICT, poverty and development

Joitske Hulsebosch

In July I was in Ghana to work with a network on ICT for development called GINKS ) and met Janet Kwami, an interesting researcher for the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Practical example: Communities of practice at CARE International

Joitske Hulsebosch

I worked with CARE from 94-97 in Mali, first in Dire, then in Macina, both location at the border of the river Niger. I missed the whole thing about the introduction of the internet there, as we did not even have a telephone connection. We had radio contact with the other CARE offices.

I like blogging so far!!

Joitske Hulsebosch

It's such a funny experience to get comments on your blog. unfortunately I don't have a dog, otherwise the dogfeed comment would have been useful as well :-)).

Technology- where is the action in virtual communities of practice?

Joitske Hulsebosch

By the way, this is not my office, but a library in one of the ministries in Ghana. I just thought it's nice to continue with a picture for each posting. I have some articles I read which I found interesting, and the blog is an opportunity to review them and draw out the main points.