The Cause of Our Disease

How to Save the World

The food you fed my children was the cause of their disease. ‘Cause your rules and regulations they don’t do nothing for me. He writes: The distinction between causes and agencies can have important effects on the actions that are taken to intervene in human affairs.

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Those little stress moments caused by technology hurdles.

Joitske Hulsebosch

Here you see a picture of reduced pavement edge that makes me happy every time I cycle to the train station. On the way to my station, I had to move my bike high up on the sidewalk here.

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16 Causes of Conflict in an Online Community | Social Media Today


While community conflict is sometimes highly complex, the following list of possible causes will help you pinpoint what type of problem you are facing and hopefully find a resolution. online_facilitation online_community conflict

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Two inspiring stories by digital natives with a cause

Joitske Hulsebosch

I attended the HIVOS 'thinkaton' about digital natives with a cause and activism2.0. Everybody in the room already believed in the power of a click! But we need the stories. There were two very inspiring stories. The first by Juliana Rotich, the Program Director of Ushahidi (Kenya).

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Smartphones use outside work hours cause exhaustion: the case against mobile learning?

Joitske Hulsebosch

We talked about the storm on Thursday which caused the complete halt of the train system in the Netherlands. Last Friday I had a dinner with 3 colleagues, our yearly dinner. I was part of a group which exchanged via a Whatsapp group whether to cancel our dinner.

Twitter causes Jennifer Aniston John Mayer breakup

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

O RLY? Celebrity breakups on social networks - Twitter. Rocker JOHN MAYER said he was too busy to return calls while Jennifer was away promoting her new film. But Friends star Jen spotted he was updating his page of the networking site instead. One pal said: Jen was fuming. There he was, telling her he didn’t have time for her and yet his page was filled with updates! Every few hours, sometimes minutes, he’d update with some stupid line.

Antisocial societies cause antisocial behaviour


There's been a surprising amount of recent commentary on the disturbances that took place in England a year ago. The fact that the social system is taking so long to heal illustrates clearly how sick it is. Meanwhile the government bumbles on, not just generating inequality as fast as it can but also celebrating it.

Confusing symptoms with cause

John Tropea - Delicious Community

The trust question is a classic confusion of symptoms with cause, just as creativity is a symptom of innovation not its cause, so trust is the symptom of interaction over time.

Will Yahoo's Changing Search Strategy Cause it to Pick Up Niche Services?

Portals and KM

With the alliance with Microsoft?s s Bing, Yahoo's focus is no longer on the technology that powers search and trying to beat the competition with it - the "megawatt war," as Sam Diez reports at ZDNet. Instead, it wants to ride the back of Microsoft technology and channel it so users will want to come back to Yahoo every time they have a query. They want value added user experiences. To accomplish this they need to offer value added niche content.

Does austerity cause increase in knowing neighbours' names?


Between 2008 and 2010 the proportion of American adults who say they ‘know all or most of their neighbours by name’ increased by some 11 per cent, to 51%. In 2008, 31 per cent said they did not know any of their neighbours by name: two years later, this had dropped to just 18 per cent.

More cause for skepticism in reading

Making Sense With Facilitated Systems

Agreeing to Disagree at Numbers Rule Your World paints a sad picture. If we had the time, we should all do the research or read the primary research. We don't. That's why we read or listen to the news or more popular books and articles. Do yourself—do society—a favor, and at least be careful, no matter whether you're reading or writing. statistics data decision making ethics thinking

Cause for optimism: women on the move

Making Sense With Facilitated Systems

Sometimes the news one sees about the environment and about energy can be a bit depressing, but Rodriguez's essay seemed like cause for optimism. I'm sometimes leary of people claiming that either women or men are better than the other in terms of what they contribute. Perhaps that's because I've heard too many uncredible claims about what men could do that women couldn't (fortunately, I hear those far less today than when I was younger).

Proud to be Participating: SXSW Cause Lab | WeCanEndThis

Online Community Strategy

On March 15, the CauseLab kicks-off a 30-day virtual brainstorm through a new digital co-creation platform called Goodzuma — all in an effort to develop the most powerful, effective, and impactful ideas to end hunger in America.

Community network mapping: just get going!

Making CommunitySense

One major issue caused by today’s communication overload is that we start to lose the context of our interactions. For example, does the completion of one interaction cause another one to start? Mapping a community network is an art as much as a science.

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How to disrupt meetings

Chris Corrigan

Engaging in any of these behaviours will immediately cause all of us to be suspicious of your motives and employer. My friend Tim Merry found this gem, from a 1944 CIA manual on how to perfrom acts of simple sabotage.

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Collaborative Thinking: Scoble Was Wrong, But Data Portability Is A Valid Issue

Collaborative Thinking

Many people are using this event to draw attention to issues related to data portability and to further their own cause. A Facebook “cause” that rings hollow The Coming War Over Data On The Web What is Facebook’s stance on data portability?

Stop Runaway Software Development Projects - The BrainYard

Michael Sampson - Currents

Without an understanding of the root causes of runaway software development projects, and a well-defined strategy to deal with those causes, companies will make little real progress.

Balancing Tasks & Relationships – The Art of Engagement

Alchemy of Change

If I understand this critique – and it’s one you voiced in an earlier post – it’s that sometimes my relationship to a cause is not to the people involved with the cause; it’s to the cause itself.

Apple's Review of the iPad - One Year In

Michael Sampson - Currents

Last month I said it - it's causing a re-evaluation in my world too A fascinating look at the iPad and its use around the world. Yes, it's created by Apple, and yes, that means it is slanted in a particular way. it's still fascinating.

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Collaborative Thinking: Economic Concerns Will Renew Interest In Web Conferencing

Collaborative Thinking

Collaborative Thinking Perceptions on collaboration and social software by Mike Gotta « Social Networks Seem To Travel Well | Main | Getting Started With Web Conferencing » February 26, 2008 Economic Concerns Will Renew Interest In Web Conferencing Every so often, economic downturns, health-related outbreaks or acts of terrorism cause organizations to prioritize alternatives for corporate travel.

Green Chameleon » CoP Leadership - A Lesson from the Flight of Pelicans

Green Chameleon

In the study, one of the causes that led to the dysfunctionality of the CoP was the lack of a leadership renewal process. The aerodynamics from flying in formation allows them to flap their wings less and causes their heart rate to slow down.

Mark Zuckerberg as POTUS? President of USA and Facebook?

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

There’s quite a shift at the moment with the heavy hitters in social media and peer communities making a play into politics.

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Chris Corrigan

One has to be very careful attributing causes to things, or even attributing causality to things. We can be, as Dave Snowden says “retrospectively coherent” but you can not know which causes will produce which effects going forward. Watts uses this fictional fella to illustrate the unfelt influence of perspective and the dangers inherent in our strong inclination to seek cause-and-effect relationships. “He

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Banning Email at Cisco

Michael Sampson - Currents

It’s causing a lack of productivity. In an attempt to encourage staff to shift to new ways of communicating, Peter Hughes at Cisco has banned his staff from using email for broadcasting messages : “ Employees’ reliance on email as the primary mode of communication is hurting business productivity, according to an executive at one of the world’s biggest technology companies, Cisco.

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Social Influence and the Impact of Klout API

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

How much of a fuss you can cause, how connected you are. Klout is the social media measurement tool that measures influence – how many followers, how much interaction and the style of interaction that a person has in their personal or business social network.

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The three biggest networking mistakes of advocacy groups

Net-Map Toolbox

Mapping links that are very different from advocacy might also help the group to become more creative in what they can do to further their cause – or what their coalition partners can do to further their cause. But often advocates also want to make others believers in their cause.

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25m Swimming Pool in London; 35m Up

Michael Sampson - Currents

Sounds like … fun … although it won’t help my cause as it’s not linked with a hotel. In my many trips to London over the years I have been searching for a hotel with a 25-metre indoor swimming pool. I haven’t found one yet (so any pointers gratefully received), but apparently there is one coming to a new apartment building in Battersea. The twist is that it will be 35-metres above the ground, completely transparent, and will link two buildings.

2015 19

Stress-Free Business Travel (well, reduced stress anyway)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Neoman Studios and CT Business Travel published an infographic on 24 life hacks for stress-free business travel.

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How to Make Changes to Your Community (without the Backlash)

Managing Communities

photo credit: music2fish2 (eric lanning) ren asked: “What [do you] do when upgrading to new software causes a downturn in user engagement? How [do you] get it back?&# Thanks for the question, ren. For me, it relates to the general issue of change on communities and what you can do to make your changes more [.]. Developing Your Community Interacting with Users

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The five major theories of how people "learn": a synopsis

The Bumble Bee

Key behaviourist thinkers including Thorndike, Pavlov and Skinner have hypothesized that learning is a change in observable behaviour caused by external stimuli in the environment.

2012 108

100+ Tried & True Problem-Solving Tools

Partnering Resources

Simple problems have easily seen cause and effect relationships. Complicated problems have cause and effect relationships that are harder to discern than those in simple problems. Root Cause Analysis – Root cause analysis gets talked about a lot.

2016 19

Talk to the Emir to save new-born chilrden

Net-Map Toolbox

If you want to protect new-born babies from dying of preventable cause, who do you talk to? The Ministry of Health, right? Because it is their mandate. And their expertise. And they get the funding to do it. Well, do they?

2013 46

Cultivating Collaborative Behaviour

Michael Sampson - Currents

– slides 4-7: about the topic of collaboration, which is a word that be used to mean many different things (and thus cause confusion and misunderstandings). I gave the presentation above a couple of weeks back to a small group of wonderful people, and have finally had the time today to share it here.

2015 39

The Hazards of Groups and Group Work

Jenny Connected

Last week I came across this fun video, which caused me to reflect once again on the potential problems of groups and group work, both on and offline.

Microsoft Releases a New Outlook for Mac

Michael Sampson - Currents

And some features from 2011 have been eliminated in the first release, which is causing some consternation for Mac users. ). I have been wondering over the past month whatever happened to the next version of Microsoft Office for Mac. The current version dates back to 2011, and while there is nothing inherently wrong with it, it would be nice to see some of the innovations in Office for Windows and Office 365 from the past few years applied to the Mac world.

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Pattern entrainment is one of our biggest problems

Chris Corrigan

In short, research and investigations show the chains of causes and effects. A tendency and romance of simple and well ordered solutions has resulted in Donald Trump getting away with identifying Muslims and Islam as the sole cause of terrorism.

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Id Rather Be A Hammer Than A Nail or Nails Come in Boxes

Evolving Web

That was their hypothesis and when the conclusion started to differ, it caused cognitive dissonance – the slow painful realization that the world is out of sync with your world-view. To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

2011 68

The “Other” Consideration of Collaboration Tools; Welcome to the New World of GDPR

Michael Sampson - Currents

It’s worth a look … because it is likely to cause a lot of soul searching (data analysis, policy formulation, technology considerations) for organisations across the world. Collaboration tools provide amazing capabilities for helping people work together across time and space, and selecting the right tools for your organisation is important. However, there’s another side to the whole area that I haven’t often written about on this site: compliance.

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The Heart of the Occupation

Alchemy of Change

The Occupy Movement frames these problems – and there are a wide range of them – by tying them to the same root cause: the increasing concentration of wealth in this country and the corruptive influence it has over our institutions of economic and political power.

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Fully Distributed Team + Face-to-Face Communication

Michael Sampson - Currents

There are a lot of subjective qualities to this kind of communication — such as body language — that cause the brain to react slightly differently than other forms, such as written or even video conference. Andrew shares the thinking and practices of’s fully distributed team , looking at the history underlying his way of managing the firm, the role of face-to-face communication, and how to work day-to-day in a distributed environment.

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