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Reflections from 2011 – A World Without Email – The Documentary


That’s why I’m including this entry as part of the “Reflections from 2011″ series. Are you ready? Let’s go! Wooohooo!

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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., For example, in Facebook this capability is referred to as a News Stream. That permission might be direct, or indirect (e.g., a “like” gesture results in a subscription subsequent updates).

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.

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Instant Customer Data Analysis using Excel: worked example

The Bumble Bee

In this article I will share with you a simple 7-step plan based on a fully worked example of Customer Data Analysis using Excel. Balance. Region.

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Reflections from 2011 – Is Employee Engagement Still a Myth?


Probably, because we are not done with it yet, but, most possibly, because we need to shift gears with it. Quite the opposite. Indeed, that simple!

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TeachMeet SEN 2012


What's a TeachMeet? Events are framed by short talks and demos from people working within education - sharing practice that works. All sorts of things!

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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? Already!!).

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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.  

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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’ve devised a simple method to work around the Facebook Smart List glitch.

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? Howtos are fine … once you know what you want to do. another model.

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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.

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.

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!” How do you teach people on all levels of an organization how to effectively navigate the “people aspect” of achieving your goals? If you are a regular reader (or even fan???) link].

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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

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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.

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"? Era: Social in the Context of My Work "). Are We In The Post-2.0

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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. AEV Blog

Measuring Knowledge Effectiveness

Chris Collison

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. How do we measure that?

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. The group the vendors into four classifications: traditional ECM vendors (e.g.,

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. Has anyone discovered any workarounds?

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. The image below is of artist Ben Wilson who paints on pieces of discarded gum.

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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 should also generate a new set of metrics to determine the value of ads. And we're the better for it.”

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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.

Digital Habitats Editable version of Chapter 10 – Action Notebook

Nancy White

John Smith likes to work on his vacation, it seems. I’ll let him explain! This is from the book blog. Log in to Google Docs. See Step 1.).

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. He is best known for the book, “Bowling Alone”. Enterprise 2.0

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 ). 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. And it looks kinda cool. I like 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. We need to make more of his wisdom. Tools for conviviality, 1973, chapter 5.  

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. I spot tested the reduced shortened urls and they all should work. I hope this is also useful for you. link]. link].

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.

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. Post-Conference Workshop on April 26 , on Strategies for User Adoption. For more, see Share 2012.