Differences are real; divisiveness is a choice

Chris Corrigan

It was a timely gathering for 70 people from government, civil society, and social enterprise to come and learn how to work with differences. In Canada’s only bilingual province, language is a massive difference between people, and New Brunswick has a multitude of language cultures.

2019 83

Culture: Dealing with differences

Joitske Hulsebosch

I read Dealing with differences by Nico Vink, who looks at communication as scanning of social spaces and positions, rather than exchange of information. One of the questions of the book is: Does globalization lead to homogenisation of cultures? Yet there is a difference.

2006 130

Three different views on social learning

Joitske Hulsebosch

Any Twitterchat is hard work but it was worst to make sense here because I noticed that we all talked with a different view on social learning. I thought of write down the three main different views I hear when people talk about social learning.

2018 130

Being, Differently

How to Save the World

So I was cautious in my ambitions: The idea was to see how I could make what I know I’m already going to be doing anyway, easier and more fun, by doing it differently in a way that would also increase my attentiveness, appreciation, playfulness and sense of wonder.

2017 48

Cultural Isomorphism

How to Save the World

So what’s on offer to customers is mostly “differences” of superficial style, appearance and brand, rather than differences of substance. (My Our Culture / OurselvesNew Yorker cover by Charles E Martin from September 11, 1971.

2018 46

Travelling a different road

Viv Mcwaters

How culture is often used as an excuse to not do something, because people are people, no matter where they live and what they do. I am confident though, that although it’s a different road that I’m travelling, it’s one worth exploring.

Guest Post: Net-Map in cultural development in Germany

Net-Map Toolbox

First time-use of a Net-Map-procedure in a culture development process. The recently published study on behalf of the Institute for Cultural Policy. Many local actors spotted developing a denser network between cultural and educational sectors as the most important task for the future.

Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care

How to Save the World

All civilizations end, and a study of them shows that there are usually two precursors to their collapse: widespread cultural acedia , and then a period of chaos. This is cultural acedia. Our Culture / Ourselves Preparing for Civilization's End

2018 74

The myth of managed culture change

Chris Corrigan

For a long time I have known that the idea that culture change can be managed is a myth. A culture is emergent and is the result of millions of interactions, behaviours, artifacts and stories that people build up over time. Culture includes stories but it is not a story.

2017 74

Can you change organizational culture?

Net-Map Toolbox

What organizational culture might these ladies be brewing? The automatic reaction to this insight seems to be: Let’s figure out what culture we have, what culture we want and then let’s go fix it. The first challenge is finding out what culture you have.

Working with cultural differences

Chris Corrigan

One of the things that folks in the rest of indigenous North America don’t realize about the cultures of the west coast is how radically different they are from the cultures of the plains, desert and forests of the rest of North America. IN Ojibway culture, the individual is important. In this sense, west coast cultures are similar to Hawaiian and other Polynesian cultures as well.

Culture: different meanings attached to the same word

Joitske Hulsebosch

Yesterday I experienced a nice example of different meaning attached to words. Ibrahim asked me, when we were going to have breakfast in Bolgatanga: "which tea do you want.?" "Uhm Uhm with milk?" I said, unsure of what he was looking for.

2006 130

Complexity and movements change culture

Chris Corrigan

There are no movement structures, but instead a movement is a mass migration of people, organizations, businesses and communities unified in common story, driving to shift culture, policy, behavior and norms. Cultures are complex and require complexity to change them.

2016 58

Contribute vs. Collaborate - They Start from Different Premises

Michael Sampson - Currents

In his most recent post, he talks about the difference between contribution and collaboration : " The Transactional leader is looking for contributors. Collaboration is different from contribution. ". Chad explores how collaboration is different from contribution. Being Collaborative Collaboration CultureChad has been writing about leadership, and one of the words he has been exploring is "collaborate."

Collaborative Culture: On Reinventing the Social Enterprise

Elsua

Those folks who have been following this blog for a long while now would probably realise how, for quite some time, I have firmly believed that the main challenge with regards to the successful adoption of social computing within the enterprise is no other than a cultural one.

Similar people - different people

Net-Map Toolbox

Heterogeneity and boundary spanning between different kinds of networks lead to innovation. On the other hand… sometimes you meet people where you feel like even the basic structure of their brain must be completely different from yours. Getting to understand each other can become a tough job of explaining and misunderstanding and you feel like learning a different language altogether just to make yourself understood.

Conversations, culture, people and props

Social Reporter

The project is, specifically, for the British Council , and is about the nature of culture and cultural relations. There was lots more we talked about, not least the relationship between spaces, culture and conversation.

Context and culture in communities of practice

Jenny Connected

A predominant feature of BEtreat was the impact of context and culture on the learning process. Participants came from very different backgrounds. The disparity in the amounts of funding received by these different communities was huge. These differences in contexts led to mismatches of understanding of what we mean by communities of practice and also to different uses of language. of the article), what the central paradigm of a culture is.

The Cultural Impact of The Future of You

Elsua

With regards to Entrepreneurship , we have seen that for enterprise knowledge workers it’s slightly different. Cultural Impact of Social Networking in Defining the Workplace of the Future from Luis Suarez.

2013 220

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. The book includes a description of the five basic dimensions which can be used to describe a culture.

2005 130

Towards A More Participatory Culture: Enterprise Q&A

Collaborative Thinking

While it seems to be straightforward (ask a question, get an answer), the cultural and social networking dynamics are nuanced. If so, we can then define a notification process and ping those individuals and groups through different alerting options? Organizations are often interested in connecting people and groups from different parts of the enterprise. Alone, it’s unlikely to transform the organization or cause dramatic cultural change.

2012 170

Culture: sinterklaas

Joitske Hulsebosch

For instance, mother's day was introduced in 1925 in the Netherlands, and is now fully incorporated in Dutch culture (that is: children in school are preparing some presents and songs for mother's day). The sinterklaasjournaal has started!!

2005 130

The KM and Social Computing Culture Changes

Elsua

I know that for a good number of years Social Computing and Knowledge Management have been walking different paths. The one about culture and strategy and how Social Computing could well be the glue to make it all work out just fine within the corporate environment.

In a Collaborative Culture, Do You Reward Individuals or the Team?

Michael Sampson - Currents

On Human Capital League, Darcy tackles the topic of whether rewarding individuals is a good or bad thing in a collaborative culture. Words are a funny thing, and "collaborative culture" and "teams" can mean so many different and varied things. Collaboration Culture

2012 182

Is Leading in the Digital Age Different?

Leading Virtually

We bring different information and emotions to bear on a situation. Our younger generation, which is growing up in an open, tell-all culture, is likely to seek similar information-sharing qualities in its leaders. Many say or assume that leadership does not change in the digital age.

2015 61

SEAD White Paper – Learning Across Cultures

Jenny Connected

Our paper “Learning Across Cultures” has been accepted by SEAD and posted on their site along with a number of other papers. The next stage is a ‘meta-analysis’ of all the actions suggested in the different papers and a review of the papers in line with the review process posted on the SEAD website. Cultural cross-fertilization via the SEAD network – whether from disciplinary, organizational or ethnic perspectives – is a vital component of our purpose and goals.

2012 123

Enterprise 2.0: Two Success Stories on Connecting People with People to Make a Difference!

Elsua

As a starting point, we hardly ever talked about social tools, but more about changes of behaviour, of already existing habits, of how corporate cultures are being affected, like a storm, by all of this social networking stuff, of the challenges we all keep facing with our adoption efforts, etc.

2010 228

Escaping Groupthink - Bring In An Outsider #collaboration #culture #groupthink

Michael Sampson - Currents

Paul asks about escaping groupthink , and advocates the role of the outsider in bringing a different perspective: " How can you break out of the group-think that affects most large organizations? A different person - whether from inside the company but outside the group, or from outside the company all together - brings a different set of eyes. Collaboration Collaboration Culture

Net-Map discovers structural holes in Thuringia’s cultural networks (Germany)

Net-Map Toolbox

How do the different players of the art and culture scene connect? Are their networks conducive to a rich and lively sub-culture development or are there disconnects that hold individuals (and the scene as a whole) back?

2015 127

SEEFA symposium identifies challenges to innovation in Ageing Better – it’s culture as much as tech

Social Reporter

Summary: a symposium on innovation, technology and later life provides confirmation that many of the challenges to making use of tech for ageing better are organisational and cultural as well as technical. A culture of competitive tendering reduces people’s inclination to cooperate and use what’s already available). All of these points could be remixed into a different set of provocations – and you are welcome to do so.

2015 174

Culture: unexpected reactions

Joitske Hulsebosch

One story someone told me was very interesting with regard to adapting to different cultural habits. I think it shows that living in different cultural environments changes you, at least if you really engage with the environment and don't remain in a subgroup of your own culture.

2006 130

SEAD White Paper – Learning Across Cultures

Jenny Connected

Our paper “Learning Across Cultures” has been accepted by SEAD and posted on their site along with a number of other papers. The next stage is a ‘meta-analysis’ of all the actions suggested in the different papers and a review of the papers in line with the review process posted on the SEAD website. Cultural cross-fertilization via the SEAD network – whether from disciplinary, organizational or ethnic perspectives – is a vital component of our purpose and goals.

2012 100

Social Networking "Creates" a Collaboration Culture - Kim Nash

Michael Sampson - Currents

Kim argues that social networking creates a culture of collaboration : " Remember knowledge management? I'm skeptical of any claim that says a technology or tool "creates" a particular culture, especially within a well-established organization with a lot of history. He works for a very large firm, and when they put in Lotus Connections, he told his management that the tools " would reveal our existing culture." That's a cultural turnoff in the extreme.

Culture: Hirsi Ali/Magan

Joitske Hulsebosch

So there the use of names is much more fluid; and using a different name may feel less of a 'crime'. (I Naming conventions differ alot. There has been a lot of commotion in the Netherlands around Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

2006 130

Igloo Adds Real-Time Language Translation #collaboration #culture #socbiz

Michael Sampson - Currents

As they collaborate with peers in different countries, a tabbed view enables instant and verified translations of all content. This concept is the gold standard in enabling multi-cultural interaction, although it's very tough to make it work flawlessly. Igloo Software added real-time language translation to its cloud-offered social business suite: " Worldwide collaboration can only work in a multilingual network, and that's why Igloo now crosses international barriers with ease.

A Culture Driven By Fear: The Psychology of Collapse

How to Save the World

We are living in the world TS Eliot foresaw when he wrote “the whole earth is our hospital” And a global culture utterly driven by fear, by aversion rather than inspiration, is a global culture already in the throes of collapse. In some ways they’re not so different.

2016 74

NZ Post's Experience with Google Apps for Business - "Collaboration is About Culture, Not Technology"

Michael Sampson - Currents

Miles Fordyce spoke at the recent CIO Summit in New Zealand, about NZ Post's experience with Google Apps for Business: " Collaboration tools in large enterprise is not all that it is cracked up to be, especially if collaborating is not inherent in the culture of your company, says Miles Fordyce, group technology manager at NZ Post. Fordyce says staff hesitated picking up the Google products because it was so different to the traditional Microsoft Office suite they were used to. "UI

2012 118

The cultures of collaboration - Inside Knowledge

Nancy White

Take a gander… Masterclass: The cultures of collaboration - Inside Knowledge. Masterclass: The cultures of collaboration. As we move between each of these different types of working together, how do our traditional notions of collaboration and collaborative culture vary?

Towards A More Participatory Culture: Enterprise Q&A

Collaborative Thinking

While it seems to be straightforward (ask a question, get an answer), the cultural and social networking dynamics are nuanced. If so, we can then define a notification process and ping those individuals and groups through different alerting options? Organizations are often interested in connecting people and groups from different parts of the enterprise. Alone, it’s unlikely to transform the organization or cause dramatic cultural change.

2012 100

Culture: Cross-cultural communication and emotions

Joitske Hulsebosch

With Meena Wilson and Ancella Livers from the Center for Creative Leadership , we collected short stories describing cross-cultural encounters, to look at crosscultural issues in communities of practice. The term cross-cultural was not restrictricted to national cultures, but included professional subcultures. The stories revealed that cross-cultural encounters can induce strong emotional reactions.

2006 100

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. Or they may work in a very different manner

2005 130

Japanese Business Culture & Social Computing

Green Chameleon

What interested me most, however, was the cultural alignment of Japanese enterprises with social computing solutions. Previously I’d assumed that Japanese business culture would be intrinsically hostile to technologies that make informal groupings and networks visible, or which lead to information being shared in new ways, since there is sensitive etiquette surrounding these processes.

Schein's ten step culture deciphering process for enterprise2.0

Joitske Hulsebosch

I've reread Schein's Organizational Culture and Leadership. About a learning culture in organisations Schein writes that we don't know tomorrow's world,but we know it will be different, more complex, more fast-paced and more culturally diverse.