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The Buddy System: How Medical Data Revealed Secret to Health and Happiness

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Social Media in Intl. Dev: Simone Staiger

Nancy White

Next in the podcast series on social media in international development is a dear friend and colleague, Simone Staiger discussing the design, technology and facilitation of a global e-consultation.

IBM’s Smart Work Jam Under Way Already – Are You Jamming?


Goodness! Today is going to be one of those days where I could surely do with a day of 36 hours, if not more!, in order to be able to participate in a number of really cool things that will be happening throughout inside and outside IBM.

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Social Media in Intl. Dev: Gauresh Rajadhyaksha

Nancy White

Continuing my series of podcast conversations about the use of social media in international development, this wee we have Gauresh Rajadhyaksh who works with the Development Prospects Group ( [link] ), a central think-tank unit within the World Bank.

Aggregating And Correlating Facets Of Social Identities

Collaborative Thinking

The summary from eMarketer ("Job Candidates Both Hurt and Helped by Social Networks"), is worth reading (click on the citation link below) - the full article has additional stats/charts. Blurring the line between professional and private.

London Turns to Social Media for Image Advice and Other Uses

Portals and KM

Yesterday, I wrote about some ways that my hone town, Boston, is using social media. I have also lived in London. The Greater London Authority is looking to social media to gather public input into consolidating its multiple identities into a more unified package.

The Man Who Should Have Used Lotus Connections – On the Business Case for Corporate Blogging


FLNW09: What do we owe our networks?

Nancy White

Warning: long, rambly post that is more for the FLNW network than many of you, dear readers. But it is something I owe, and because of the nature of the network, I owe it publicly. This is not mine to hold close in an email thread.

One Way To Look At Social Computing

Collaborative Thinking

Lately, over the past couple of months, I have been doing a high number of customer briefings and traveling a lot. The workload increase has been noticeable for those following me either via this blog or through Twitter.

Boston uses Social Media to Track Bike Thieves and Report Street Incidents

Portals and KM

Last week I wrote about how twitter is like taking a nap, going to the water cooler or having a smoke and yesterday I posted on 25 creative Twitter uses. Here are some very different uses. Many cities are starting to use social media.

Can Twitter Serve as a Personal Knowledge Management Tool?


I have been using Twitter now for over two and a half years and, all along, if you have been following some of my recent twitterings , you would know how I seem to keep having a love / hate relationship with it. It still remains one of my favourite Web 2.0

Singapore Social Media: Romancing Singapore

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

While I was in Singapore last week, we talked about interesting campaigns, this was one of my favourites: the Singapore Government saw the need to increase the population of Singapore so they started a Romancing Singapore campaign. Romancing Singapore campaign. This is my all time favorite.

Evony Thoughts on a Business Model and a Community

Evolving Web

As software as a service becomes mainstreamed, I’ve been watching how startups monetize their applications. The straight subscription model is the default. However, the recurring costs of a subscription model seem to annoy people as time goes on.

Tale of Two NOLA Breakfasts in Ashfield MA

Portals and KM

First there was the Tale of Two English Breakfasts and then there was the Tale of Two Eggs Benedict in Quebec. Recently, I was back in the Amherst, MA, the scene of yesterday's post. My friend Don Lesser and I stopped at E lmer's Store in Ashfield on the way to art exhibit in Williamstown.

Video: How to raise venture capital Ali G style

The Bumble Bee

VC: "But it does not work" Ali G: "That's where you guys come in". Ali G goes to Wall Street and discusses his killer ideas - The Ice Cream Glove and The Hoverboard - with the leading venture capital firms. With cast-iron logic Ali G argues his business is worth 34.6 Million Billion Dollars.

Augmented Reality and Social Media Marketing

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Gary Hayes has done an awesome job of putting the Business into social Augmented Reality. Augmented reality is where a device puts an overlay over the real world. E.g. view a scene through your mobile phone camera and additional bits and bobs pop up. Social Media Marketing meets Physical World.

Ontobranding: how reality promotes itself

Taming the spaces

Yesterday we had a meeting with Nello Barile and Andrea Miconi from Universitá IULM. Nello’s paper “From post-human consumer to the ontobranding dimension&# for forthcoming Mobile communication and social policy conference points to an interesting aspect how new social technologies together with consuming practices within these technologies can create certain ontobrands.

Local government knowledge hub - much more interesting than it sounds

Social Reporter

Yesterday I went along to a meeting that, on the face of it, was about how UK local government and public agencies might share knowledge in future. Limited interest? No, because it generated a discussion touching on how far all citizens might have access to much “official&# information; the impact this could have on local democracy and traditional participation; and the role of social reporters in telling (helpful) stories across sectors.

Open Text Adds Social Media, More Web 2.0 Features, and SAP Integration

Portals and KM

Open Text is a relatively old player in the enterprise content management and collaboration space. It recently announced Open Text Web Solutions 10 , the latest release of Open Text?s s Web Content Management (WCM) software. The new release allows ?organizations

Jobs: Social Media Recruitment RecruitTech 2009

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

I just spent the day at a great conference in Canberra called RecruitTech 2009. Lots of stuff on jobs, recruitment, social media, niche networks, and hiring staff. Below is my presentation: Social Media Recruitment Recruit Tech2009. View more documents from Laurel Papworth. I spoke about open outsourcing, augmented reality for recruitment etc. Michael Specht’s is here. Guess trib’s will be up soon? Ross Clennett’s is here.

Transparency And Openness In Government

Collaborative Thinking

Interesting reads: What Transparency Means to Feds. 04/01/2009. Launch the Transparency Survey Results. President Obama wants to make government more transparent. He clearly said so in a memo released Jan. 21, one day after he took the oath of office. Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their government is doing," he wrote. "My

Free download of Social by Social book

Social Reporter

The Social by Social handbook written by Amy Sample Ward, Andy Gibson, me, and Nigel Courtney and Professor Clive Holtham of Cass Business School got a really nice mention from Craig Newmark (as in Craigslist) in no less than the HuffingtonPost. Hey, if you’re interested in using social media in your organization, and you should be, Social by Social: A practical guide to using new technologies to deliver social impact is the real deal.

Blogging Remains a Great Tool for Small Businesses

Portals and KM

Here are some useful statistics as reported in, Blogging: The Best SEO Tool for Small Businesses. Hub sport recently published a study on that showed companies that blog have far better marketing results. Those who blog see 55% more visitors to their website. In addition, they get 97% more links to their website which is a primary factor in determining search results. If you want a higher ranking, get quality links to your site.

Vote for our manifesto. Please.

Viv Mcwaters

We (that’s Anne Pattillo and I) have been playing with manifesto writing. We put in a proposal to ChangeThis to write a manifesto about facilitation. We noticed that no-one had done it yet. ChangeThis challenges the way ideas are created and spread, and is on a mission to spread important ideas and change minds. We need people like you to vote for our proposal. Please. Before October 14. If we get enough votes we’ll be invited to write it.

CRM and Social Networking: Strike 1 For Microsoft

Collaborative Thinking

I'm still catching up with my backlog of news, feeds, etc - but this caught my attention - but not in a good way - it seems to be a fairly feeble attempt to cover the brand monitoring / reputation space. Demo is simplistic with lots of assumptions that are unlikely to be credible. For me, it just didn't make the grade - lots of better options around. Maybe it's just a bad demo.

Revisiting local online communities, 15 years on

Social Reporter

Over the past few weeks I’ve been concentrating on an issue that first engaged me with things Internet some 15 years ago - how to use the Net in local communities, and how to help those pioneering this work to share experience. My Social by Social book collaborator Amy Sample Ward and I have been developing an online network that’s particularly aimed at helping join up the various programmes now being funded by Government others in this field.

My Favorite Tweets for August 2009

Portals and KM

Here is the second in a new series of posts. Since I use my blog, in part, as a personal knowledge management system and Twitter archiving is an oxymoron, I am now going to post my favorite links for the month. These are links that I want to archive and share. I will repeat this once a month if that timing seems to work best. I may adjust the timing. I tested the reduced shortened urls and they work. I hope this is also useful for you. Let me know your favorite tweets for the month.

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The Tyranny of "Top Down"

Governance in a Networked World

I'm just finalising a paper to support a presentation I am giving in London next month entitled "The Tyranny of Top Down: Learning to manage sideways" and was happy to come across this interview with John Chambers, Chair of Cisco, done with McKinsey [link] He speaks about his transition from a top down manager to a facilitator of distributed management. Fits perfectly with my talk

Defining Social Media

Collaborative Thinking

In an earlier post on social computing , I attempted to illustrate how I look at the topic and break social computing down into several sub-categories (e.g., social media, social networking), and the role social software plays as the tooling component. In this post, I'll offer up a definition of social media based on client interactions over the past several months. Social Media, Definition V1.0:

Riding a dead horse

Viv Mcwaters

Hat tip to Dave Pollard. This is one of my favourite sayings in workshops (for some reason I seem to find people riding dead horses quite often!) so I was pleased to read this: The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed down from generation to generation, says that when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. In the public service, however, a whole range of far more advanced strategies is often employed, such as: 1. Change riders.

Shadow the leader – year 4

Learning Alliances

I’m organizing the fourth year of CPsquare’s shadow the leader series. We’ll be visiting with Josien Kapma , a Dutch dairy farmer living in Portugal every month for a year. She’s a member of CPsquare and the leader of “Melken Over De Grens&# or “Milking on the border&# — [link].

Photos from Amherst MA

Portals and KM

I often go to Amherst to visit long time friends. Here are some flowers and architecture that you often find in old New England