February, 2012

Australian Journalists and Social Media Influence

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Forbes Magazine recently very kindly named me in the global Forbes Top 50 Social Media Influencers. I thought I would repay the compliment by listing in order of Influence, the top 500 Australian Journalists by influence in social media.

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I Think I May Have Just Experienced The Future…


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Trending Sources

The Sole of a Business

Alchemy of Change

Shoe repair man, Mr. Lee, teaches me the beauty of business and its ability to be of service to society. Creating Meaning alchemyofchange Google

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A New MOOC for May/June – First Steps into Teaching in FE/HE

Jenny Connected

I have been invited to work with the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development to develop a short MOOC (4-6 weeks) for Educational Developers and all those interested in teaching and learning in Further and Higher Education. I will be working with Marion Waite and George Roberts, who has already started blogging about it here – [link]. This is an exciting project and I feel very fortunate to be part of the team.

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Blog>> Social Internet is the new KM

Green Chameleon

With great interest I have read Roan Yong’s “ Knowledge Management in 2012? Probably Dead ”. And yes, I agree to what he has stated: KM got too academic - or always was? And the social web will be what will replace it. Roan’s article triggered more thoughts which are too long to just pack in the article’s comments: there are more problems of today’s KM than to be blown up; and why the social web is KM at it’s core.

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More Trending

When Organizational Goals Clash with Social Change Goals

Alchemy of Change

This morning I received an online petition to support changes to US fuel efficiency standards, and the reasons I didn't sign it say a lot about the problems of the social change sector today. People Power advocacy climate engagement permission marketing

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Ant’s Eye View and Badgeville Partner to Bring Gamification to the Fortune 500

Ant's Eyeview Blog

One of the distinguishing features of a socially engaged enterprise is a company’s ability to programmatically identify, engage and activate its most avid customers.

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If You Have Never Failed …


Now that I am back to my regular blogging schedule, I guess we wouldn’t have it complete without sharing across a relatively short blog entry with an Inspiring Video Clip of the Week , don’t you think?

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Benchlearning: jugling with figures for deeper learning

Joitske Hulsebosch

In Ethiopia , I worked with an NGO (Non- Governmental Organization) who had funds for small organizations. Year after year there was feedback from the organizations that approval of their funding took way too long.

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Media and Mining vs Social Media and GetUp

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Lord Monckton told Mining executives to buy up big in Mining and use the Super Rich to exert control over media messages. Gina Rhinehart (mining family) has started buying up shares in Fairfax.

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Four rules for collaborating well in meetings

The Bumble Bee

A lot of my work involves facilitating large meetings where groups need to collaborate to resolve difficult issues or develop future plans for working together.

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Does a Senior Exec Need to be in Charge of Enterprise Collaboration?

Portals and KM

Jacob Morgan recently wrote an interesting post, Do Organizations Need a Chief Collaboration Officer? Whatever you decide to call this person, I think that there is a compelling argument that someone at a senior level needs to have his or her sole responsibility be to support collaboration across the enterprise. McKinsey has well documented the financial benefits of the connected enterprise and Jacob offering some strong arguments to support this role.

Global Mobile Awards

Nancy White

In less than two weeks, mobile leaders worldwide will be gathering in Barcelona for the GSMA Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile exhibition. An important part of this conference is the 17th annual Global Mobile Awards.

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Ghost Writing – Good or Bad?


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A game to realise community assets

Social Reporter

Since running a workshop game on Saving Slapham community spaces at the Community Matters conference, Drew Mackie and I have been working with staff there on a more sophisticated version about business planning and community assets.

Representational Democracy is Dead

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Today Caucus votes in Australia as to who will Lead the Labor Party – our current Prime Minister Julia Gillard, or our ex Prime Minister Kevin Rudd – and ultimately be Prime Minister.

Brain science meets social media

Joitske Hulsebosch

Brain learning is currently a hot topic in the Netherlands amongst learning professionals. I read the book Brein@work van Ria van Dinteren en Nina Lazeron.

De Tilburgse Spoorzone als “Living Lab voor de Maatschappij van de Toekomst”

Making CommunitySense

De Tilburgse Spoorzone (zie ook Co-Creatie Kerngebied Spoorzone , Spoorzone site Brabants Dagblad en de Spoorzone Facebook groep ) staat in het centrum van de belangstelling. Ruim 2,5 kilometer lang met een oppervlakte van 75 hectare ligt deze voormalige NS werkplaats bijna volledig braak, maar met een geweldige potentie in deze stad van creatievelingen, makers, doeners en denkers. Het is de bedoeling dat de Spoorzone een “ Kennis Plus Profiel ” gaat krijgen.

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RepKnight creating a storm in social media monitoring

The Bumble Bee

RepKnight is an exciting Belfast-based software start-up in the reputation monitoring, crowd-sourced news and public opinion space.

Why Do We Keep Insisting On Killing Productivity?


As you may have noticed already, the last post that I put together over here in this blog was a bit over three weeks ago, so, once again, it looks like that quiet period is now over and it’s a good time again to resume my regular blogging activities.

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Not Ready to Do What’s Needed

How to Save the World

forms of activism, adapted from the book Deep Green Resistance. T here is a period in most relationships when one or more of the members knows in their heart that the relationship is not sustainable and something very difficult must be done, but they aren’t yet ready to do it.

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Got a Rubbish website? Social Media evaluation – Special Offer – $1800

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Very very rare for me to blog about our special offers, whether it’s social media evaluation discounts or something else. I usually offer them through my fortnightly email newsletter ( signup form ). Anyway.

Internal Knowledge Markets: A Framework for Success

Portals and KM

The quest for uncovering internal knowledge within an organization has been around for a very long time and was one of the early goals of knowledge management. Hind Benbya and Marshall Van Alstyne address this issue again through their MIT Sloan article, How to Find Answers Within Your Company. As they write, the challenge of locating internal knowledge on a specialized topic exists in any large organization.

Enterprise 2.0 Summit: Learning from Alcatel-Lucent, IBM, Yves Caseau, BASF & More "How People Matter"

21st Century Organization

Surrounded by really smart, disciplined business thinkers, Enterprise 2.0 Summit Paris February 7-8 2012 was the place to be. . The important conversations were not about the abundant technology platforms vying for "Enterprise 2.0"

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“Designing Social Cities of Tomorrow” workshop – presentation notes

Making CommunitySense

On February 17, the international “Social Cities of Tomorrow” conference was held in Amsterdam. Prior to this conference, a three-day “Designing Social Cities of Tomorrow” workshop was held in which international participants from various professional backgrounds collaborated with local stakeholder organisations on 4 real-world urban cases : Urban Pioneers Zeeburgereiland (Amsterdam), Haagse Havens (The Hague), Strijp-S (Eindhoven), and Amsterdam Civic Innovator Network.

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Facebook Addiction? | Psychology Today

John Tropea - Delicious Social Network

Convince kids that all their friends eat carrots, and carrots become more attractive. Brent McFerran, Ph.D. Less agreeable individuals earn more than their agreeable counterparts. Goal Auzeen Saedi. If you want to control your need for caffeine, dial down your expectations of its benefits. Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D. What makes a yogi mad? The New York Times found out, the hard way. Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D. George Clooney balances comfort and challenge.

Collective Mindfulness Practices

How to Save the World

T he other day I had lunch with Michael Nenonen, a Vancouver social worker and freelance journalist (and a new friend). Michael has written a lot about the malaise of our modern culture and the damage it has done to us individually and collectively.

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To talk about swimming – or make them jump in?

Net-Map Toolbox

Any talk about water won't rival the feeling of this swimmer who just jumped in (picture by Horia Varlan on Flickr) Or: Why talking about an experience is no substitute for the experience. This week I led students of Latin America Studies at Georgetown University through a Net-Map exercise (Thanks to their teacher Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano for organizing this!).

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Big Data Makes the Big Time and Opens Up New Areas of Potential Understanding

Portals and KM

The New York Times recently had an extensive article on The Age of Big Data by Steve Lohr. Data is now growing at 50 percent a year, or more than doubling every two years according to IDC. This has created a big demand in the job market. According to McKinsey the, “United States needs 140,000 to 190,000 more workers with “deep analytical” expertise and 1.5 million more data-literate managers, whether retrained or hired.”.

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Wanted: Knowledge Assets – Dead or Alive?

Chris Collison

There have been a few threads on LinkedIn KM groups on the topic of “knowledge assets” recently. It’s one of those words which gets thrown around by KM people without any agreed definition. For many people, they are interchangeable with the term “information assets”, but sound sexier.

Innovation: Less Structure, More Informal Collaboration #collaboration #innovation #cycling

Michael Sampson - Currents

Carol comments on a recent MIT study that found that 80% of breakthrough innovations didn't occur in training sessions or formal meetings. The breakthroughs came through informal / chance encounters: " In other words, innovation is less a product of structured processes and more a result of informal conversations. Obviously, it helps to have the right kind of culture in place for innovation to flourish – but creative conversations don’t happen because of a CEO mandate or a task force charter.

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Contests and Giveaways are Marketing, Not Community Building

Managing Communities

photo credit: Ev0luti0nary Since the beginning of time (relatively speaking, of course), online forums and communities have held contests and giveaways in an effort to grow their member base. It gets them some attention. They notice an influx of new members. Then the contest ends. Shortly thereafter, most of the new members they noticed are [.]. Promoting Your Community

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Developing Real Skills for Virtual Teams

The Bumble Bee

The Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina recently published a useful white paper on the topical area of developing skills for virtual teams. It is available online and in PDF. What I found most interesting was the section on Virtual Team Challenges. Virtual Teams

The politics of implementation

Net-Map Toolbox

Tetanus vaccination - cost effective. but still, who's gonna pay for it? copyright hdptcar on flickr). Last week I went to an interesting event by the Society of International Development ( SID ) about innovative approaches in health system financing in developing countries. The speakers told us about new and more market oriented approaches, local experiences and international trends etc.