Sat.Dec 31, 2011 - Fri.Jan 06, 2012

Reflections from 2011 – A World Without Email – The Documentary



Missing Pieces: The Activity Stream Aggregator

Collaborative Thinking

Industry discussions on the value of activity streams have been going on for a few years. The concept is pretty straightforward. Social network sites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn in the consumer space as well as many enterprise social software vendors) display a chronological list of human-readable content fragments that describe actions taken by people and applications. For example, in Facebook this capability is referred to as a News Stream.


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Just Released: Why Plans Fail: Cognitive Bias, Decision Making, and Your Business.

Evolving Web

A few months ago, I wrote a series of posts in this blog about cognitive bias. Those became the pre-writing for this short ebook: Why Plans Fail. It’s $2.99, or free if you have Amazon Prime.


Instant Customer Data Analysis using Excel: worked example

The Bumble Bee

One of the most useful aspects of Microsoft Excel is its ability to quickly slice and dice customer data from live systems to identify important trends and behaviors which can inform strategy.


Reflections from 2011 – Is Employee Engagement Still a Myth?



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TeachMeet SEN 2012


I'm very excited to be organising TeachMeet SEN 2012 - or TMSEN12 , a meetup talking place later this month on Saturday 28th of January , in Leicester's lovely Phoenix Square. What's a TeachMeet?


This Is What The Circular Economy Looks Like


Ok, here we go, folks! Here comes 2012 and it looks like it’s going to be busier and more hectic than ever! Are you ready for it? We better be, because there is no way back!


My Painting of Four Pears in a White Dish

Portals and KM

Since this is suppoed to be a holiday so I will stay with art. Here is a 18" x 24" arcylic painting of four pears. It had been a while since I had chance to paint when I finished this over the New year's weekend.


Facebook Smart Lists Work Around

Online Social Networking

In Why Facebook Smart Lists are Actually Dumb , I expressed my annoyance with Facebook for permitting their “smart lists” to interfere with our use of the lists we’ve deliberately created in order to manage our Facebook friends. I wrote, “Try to use Facebook friend lists to selectively invite people to Facebook events or to ‘like’ Facebook pages.


Ad hoc enquiries into how to do good stuff together

Social Reporter

When faced with the challenge of helping people tackle new projects it is tempting to offer up a set of case studies, ideas for action, latest innovations in the field, backed up by “if you want to do this, here’s how to” But does that work? Somehow case studies aren’t quite like your situation, and while innovations and ideas may be inspirIng, can they be applied? Howtos are fine … once you know what you want to do.


Benefits Of Enterprise Social Networks Align With CEO Priorities | Yammer Blog

John Tropea - Delicious Social Network KM Resources. Community. Skip to content. Customer Success. Customer Blog Posts. Customer Success Stories. Spotlight on a Customer. How-To. Best Practices. Company News. Product News. Engineering Blog. Site Status. Yammer Events.


Photos of Nob Hill, San Francisco In Winter

Portals and KM

Here are more phots from Nob Hill in San Francisco taken in this month om some clear crisp days. It includes images of the views from Nob Hill and as those within it. 


Discovering hidden influencers that make or break project success

Net-Map Toolbox

Beyond the org. chart: Conflict and personal friendships influencing innovation. “It’s time to re-invent management. You can help!” ” That’s how the Management Innovation Challenge is introduced on their website, and I though: “Well, if you think so, I’ll help…” So together with my colleague Michael Lennon I contributed a Hack that describes how you can use Net-Map as an easy and approachable tool to discover hidden influencers.


Connecting Physical and Social Science to Address Complexity

Networking Action

While working with Ashoka to scale transformational change, I recently met a most remarkable man with a most remarkable insight. Allan Savory is associated with environmental land management; his most remarkable insight is to integrate a physical science observation… Change Net Dev


There is Not Enough Time in the Day for Me to Tell You That Forums Are Not Dead

Managing Communities

photo credit: ra_hurd I like Quora. I really do. But, why is it that I can’t go more than a few days without seeing someone asking, on what is essentially a forum, why forums are dead, how forums can be saved, why people don’t use forums or something similar? I can only answer this question [.]. Humor Thinking


Painting within the Painting at San Francisco's Legion of Honor

Portals and KM

Here is another in my series on paintings within paintings as I look up close to see images that are interesting to me within paintings. I am also looking at technique with these images. These images are from the  Legion of Honor, San Francisco. 


Are We In A "Post E2.0 Era"? (Collaborative Thinking)

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

Collaborative Thinking. Perceptions on collaboration and social networking by Mike Gotta. The opinions expressed in this blog are my own views and not those of Cisco. « Missing Pieces: The Activity Stream Aggregator | Main. January 02, 2012. Are We In A "Post E2.0 Era"? I just read an interesting report from my ex-colleague Larry Cannel from Gartner (" The Post-2.0 Era: Social in the Context of My Work "). It was recently published under the Burton IT1 Research if you have access.


An Ant’s Eye Point-of-View: Social Media Comebacks of 2011

Ant's Eyeview Blog

The New Year is here and with its arrival comes an opportunity for new beginnings. And in the world of social media, new opportunities to prepare proactively, execute more wisely and avoid communication missteps. For some companies who found themselves in social media hot water, new beginnings could not come fast enough. But not all #fails in 2011 led to negative outcomes.


Measuring Knowledge Effectiveness

Chris Collison

A couple of weeks ago I spent a day with a Chemical manufacturing company, working with their business improvement (BI) community, 50 miles south of Milan. The welcome was very warm, but the fog was dense and cold as we donned hard hats and safety shoes for a tour of the site.


Forrester on Web Content Management for Online Customer Experience

Portals and KM

I received a review copy of the Forrester Wave™: Web Content Management For Online Customer Experience, Q3 2011 by Stephen Powers and am just getting around to looking at it. It is a very useful document that covers a web content management market in transition. I remember back in my days with a large consulting firm that this was an emerging field and it was included within the knowledge management group I led.


Why Collaborate?

Michael Sampson - Currents

Over on The Smarter Office blog, I posted Why Collaborate? An (Almost) A to Z. But, I'm missing six of the letters. Do you have any ideas for completing the A to Z? Bonus Points. If you live in Western Europe, there are three Plantronics Savi W740 headsets available for the best answers. Collaboration


Iphone 4s: constant loss of mobile signal problem

The Bumble Bee

In early December 2011 I upgraded from an iphone 3G to iphone 4s on the Orange UK network. Since upgrading, a month ago, the iphone 4s has been losing the mobile signal about 10 times per day for periods of up to one hour. During this time it is not possible to make or receive phone calls or texts. In my view there is definitely an unacknowledged issue with the iphone 4s - my advice would be NOT to purchase one until it is resolved - watch this space!


Pavements, litter and decoration


Pavements (sidewalks to some) are littered more easily than they can be inscribed, but the former can provoke the latter. Be warned: using chalk to broadcast a message may seem harmless, but previous posts on this blog (see links below) have shown this not to be the case. Some people may more readily take offence at pavement chalking than dog mess or random chewing gum. The image below is of artist Ben Wilson who paints on pieces of discarded gum.


Thought for 2012: A Web of Promiscuous Semantics

Portals and KM

This is a term that Dave Weinberger used in his KM World article, Letting data out of its box , that my fried, Geoff Bock, pointed out to me. Dave is talking about open data, This is data that has metadata that is open to link to other data.


It’s all about movement

Viv Mcwaters

“People learn a new language more easily when words are accompanied by movement.” ” New Scientist, Issue 2844/2845 Dec 2011. I’ve written before about the importance of physical movement, and how this is integral to how I facilitate.


Digital Habitats Editable version of Chapter 10 – Action Notebook

Nancy White

John Smith likes to work on his vacation, it seems. Thanks to him, we now have an editable version of Chapter 10 of Digital Habitats … which in essence is a collection of all the worksheets from the book. I’ll let him explain! This is from the book blog.


Abstract: Social Capital (Key Ideas)

Collaborative Thinking

Field, J. 2008). Social Capital (2nd ed.). Routledge. Abstract. John Field is Director of the Division of Academic Innovation and Continuing Education at the University of Stirling. His book, Social Capital, is part of a complimentary collection of essays to the series, Key Sociologists. The author continues to focus on the topic of social capital as it apples to lifelong learning. In this publication, Field adopts a social networking centric view of social capital.


My OutStart Blog Posts – December 2011

Portals and KM

As I mentioned on this blog I am now helping  OutStart  with their social media efforts as part of the OutStart team. I am one of several people contributing to our  OutStart Knowledge Solutions Blog  (see:  My New Role within OutStart’s Social Media Efforts ). I will not be repeating my posts for that blog on this blog. However, once a month I will post links to my writing there. Here is the seventh set covering December.


We live in an ‘either’ – ‘or’ world. Time to embrace ‘yes, and…’

Viv Mcwaters

The conversation went something like this. Me : I’m thinking of getting an e-reader, probably a kindle. It means I can carry lots of books with me and always have something to read. And it looks kinda cool. Friend 1 : Oh, no, I could never use an e-reader. I like books. Paper books.


iRise - A Collaborative Approach to Building Agreement for Software Development

Michael Sampson - Currents

I recently spoke with iRise, a developer of simulation software for software development, about its approach to improving software development.


Foretelling the crash


It’s nearly ten years since the death of Ivan Illich. A few years ago I found his work was out of print, which maybe helps to explain how come we’re in such a mess. We need to make more of his wisdom.


My Favorite Tweets for December 16 - 30 2011

Portals and KM

Here is another in a series of posts that provide access to my favorite tweets that contain links to useful information. Some of these I did to link to things I found useful and others are RTs that I want to save for the same reason. Since Twitter archiving is an oxymoron, I am now going to post my favorite links for the month so they can be easily accessed later. I spot tested the reduced shortened urls and they all should work. I hope this is also useful for you.


Just another New Year’s post

Viv Mcwaters

It’s hot. That’s not a metaphor. It’s really, really hot. Too hot for the beach. It’s also the day after New Year’s Day. It’s my friend Vera’s birthday. She says it’s the worst day of the year to have a birthday. Everyone wants a rest from celebrating, and tomorrow, for many, it’s back to work. As I write this the north wind is blowing hard. It’s a hot wind. It’s a nasty wind. It carries bush flies from the north to the coast.


Speaking at. Share 2012 in Atlanta

Michael Sampson - Currents

In mid-April, I'll be in Atlanta to speak at and participate in the inaugural Share 2012 conference in the US. I will be presenting two sessions: Keynote on April 25 , entitled Success with SharePoint: Earning the Right to Seek Executive Support. Many IT departments have installed SharePoint and are now wondering how to make the technology deliver business value.