Mexico (and elsewhere): What the good guys can learn from the bad ones

Net-Map Toolbox

Yesterday I listened to NPR’s coverage of the elections in Mexico , and as always, I listened with network ears. Following the discussion I thought: “Well even if (IF) the new president really wants to clean up shop and reign in corruption, what chance does he have against the established illicit networks?”

Gulf of Mexico BP Oil Spill collaboration site.Home (oil spill collaboration)


collaboration cooperation online_facilitation Digital_Habitats

A huge sigh of relief – a title | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

I created a community to foster digital literacy in Mexico and I am sure I could improve it by reading it.

2008 130

Metaphors, Storytelling and What’s Happening in the Gulf

Michelle Laurie

It helps explain what BP is actually doing in terms of addressing the catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico. A colleague sent this YouTube clip to me. It is very funny! It also uses simple metaphors to get its message across. Telling stories and using metaphors are underutilized, yet extremely helpful in communicating messages. If BP has any chance of saving its reputation, they need to create their own metaphors and a very convincing counter-story.

Woof woof wifi


In Mexico City they’re giving it a try. How to incentivise considerate dog ownership. Are dog owners going to be more inclined to scoop up after their pooches, if doing so generates free wifi in the park? The more substantial the deposit, the more minutes everyone gets. Do watch the video.

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Bloggers Are Not Journalists – But They Are Abducted, Imprisoned Tortured and Assassinated the Same #HowManyMore

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

In Mexico an administrative assistant for a media company used Twitter and her blog to investigate drug cartels. Or Iran, or Mexico or Brazil or Vietnam or Mauritania or Dhaka or … right? Shares Extract: George Brandis today said that “Bloggers are not Journalists” meaning they don’t need the same protection.

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The real costs of car use


Here’s a delightful 4 minute video from Mexico explaining how induced demand and misdirected subsidies make the use of cars so much more of a problem than is duly recognised.

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The world may be flat, but it is bumpy also!

TNT - The Network Thinker

In a "flat world", connected by information technology, the supply networks are in place and the work flows to the cheapest locations -- Mexico, India, Pakistan, China, and others. Mexico and Pakistan seem to be at the greatest risk. What's the true cost of manufacturing in Mexico?

The advisory role as puzzle solving

Joitske Hulsebosch

There are various storylines (in Marocco, Japan, Mexico) and at some point you discover the link between the various storylines. The link between Marocco and Mexico gets confirmed when you see a picture of the children in their father's wallet.

2007 130

Network identifies flu formerly known as swine

Endless Knots

It was Mexico's "network of 11 disease surveillance units" that noticed the surge in cases of flu. For those who question the power of networks, consider this. Through simple pattern recognition across the network--when a critical mass of nodes shared information, epidemiologists were able to project doubling rates. See James F. Smith's article, " Network alerted Mexican officials to flu " in The Boston Globe's April 28, 2009, issue.

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Community for the 21st Century Harvest

Nancy White

On April 1st, amidst all that was going on in my family, I had the chance to step into a different “space&# and participate in WeDialog’s first online world cafe on “community.&#

Hospital checklists and Inviting Participation

Full Circle Associates

I’m currently reflecting on the last two weeks where a team of us co-facilitated 2 rounds of a week long learning experience for professors at the University of Guadalajara system in Mexico.

Network Structure of Swine Flu Pandemic

TNT - The Network Thinker

From the early data, this appears to have happened in Mexico. Now, one of the employees visits relatives in Mexico, who live on a farm and have pigs. The Swine Flu has been in the news during April 2009.

System dynamics applied to music

Making Sense With Facilitated Systems

One of the project teams from last year's system dynamics class in the Information School at the University of Washington will be presenting their work at the International System Dynamics Society Conference this summer in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Practical examples so far

Joitske Hulsebosch

I thought I could list all practical examples I gathered so far, so that if people want to know about communities of practices in a development cooperation context I can refer to this blogpost.

2006 100

Case Study - IBM Connections at CEMEX

Michael Sampson - Currents

Christopher talks about the use and adoption of IBM Connections at CEMEX , a global building materials company: " Founded more than 100 years ago in northern Mexico, CEMEX is the third-largest building materials company in the world, and the world’s top supplier of ready-mix concrete, with annual sales topping $15 billion.

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Roland Merullo: Importing common sense from Cuba

Endless Knots

" Note also that instead of doing what countless other visitors to Cuba likely do -- pretend that they were in Mexico or Canada, allowing custom officials to look the other way -- Roland went for the true story, which ultimately makes for a better one.

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Crowdsource: BP Oil Spill and social media

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

BP haven’t consulted the rest of the world on solutions for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. And there are a lot of innovation crowdsourced communities online. I checked: none had a project to find a solution for the oil spill.

Digital media and learning competition

Joitske Hulsebosch

This year we are piloting international eligibility for our Innovation Award and will be accepting submissions from primary applicants in Canada, People's Republic of China, India, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands,Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States; collaborators can befrom anywhere in the world.…… I've been asked to spread the news about the digital media and learning competition. The focus is on Participatory Learning.

2008 100

Finding your blogging voice: lessons from Jack Kerouac

Jenny Connected

This morning I found a pingback on my last post about blogging and conscious incompetence. This came from Lisa Lane’s (online) teaching blog and her post – To Not Speak. Like Bonnie Stewart , Paul Prinsloo , me and I’m sure many others, Lisa has been wondering why some bloggers become tongue-tied and lose their voice. Lisa has said that she needs ‘inspiration for a completely different kind of analysis of what I do’.

2013 170

I Think I May Have Just Experienced The Future…


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BP Oil Spill, Knowledge Management and HBR

Chris Collison

I am one of the authors of “Learning to Fly” and I have been watching the response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico with a mixture of anguish, sadness and concern. Tom Davenport posted an interesting blog in the HBR site this week, entitled: If Only BP Knew Now What it Knew Then where he asserted a relationship between the BP Oil spill, and the reduction of its knowledge management programme.


Engineers without Fears

Detours into Mexico & Canada cannot be ruled out at this stage. I have decided to go to the United States of America in May. I plan to be in Washington for this and this and then it's fair game. So far, I plan to see Nancy in Seattle, Vincent & Bruce in San Fran, Jenny & Rashid in NYC, Stan in Michigan, Jack in either Chicago or Boston. Do you want to meet? Is there someone else you think I should meet? Or attend? Or just gawk at?

Message to other consultants about BP disaster

Endless Knots

Now BP is at the heart of a colossal safety failure that killed fifteen people, seriously injured many more, and which threatens the entire Gulf of Mexico. Dear colleagues, Many of us have worked with BP (we did one small project for its-then Organizational Engineering group in 1993, thanks to Lilly Evans). Many more of us have pointed to some great examples at BP, like its early start in knowledge management, communities of practice, and its unusual organization designs.

Mapping a community – easy and not-so-easy

Learning Alliances

Two responses per country: Bangladesh, Belgium, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Germany, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, and Philippines. I’m resonating with how Joitske Hulsebosch has organized “ Tools for social network analysis from beginners to advanced levels.”

2013 173

Social Media in Intl. Dev: Dr. Steve Eskow

Nancy White

Lucia, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, England, France, The U.S.S.R., Finally, I have grabbed a few minutes to add the next couple of podcasts in the series on Social Media in International Development. Links to all the previous podcasts are at the bottom of this post.).

Cisco Announces Second I-Prize Winner

Portals and KM

  The team was composed of five students from Mexico: Darius Lau Castro and his teammates Lizett Michel Gallegos, Claudia Alexandra Vargas Prieto, Guillermo Antonio Araiza Torres and Juan Rodrigo Huerta Manning.

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Practical example: Ayuda Urbana

Joitske Hulsebosch

Etienne Wenger wrote a case study in 2002 about Ayuda Urbana , a constellation of communities of practice focused on urban issues and challenges in Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean region, or as they call themselves: 'Red Inter-municipal'.

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Integrating online and face-to-face participation in a community of practice

Jenny Connected

There are 15 face-to-face participants here in Grass Valley and four online participants (from Canada, Mexico, the UK and Germany). Here at BEtreat in California – this is one of the key purposes of this five day course for leaders of communities of practice, where Etienne Wenger and Beverley Trayner are ‘shaking the mix’ as they like to express it – of our understanding of what is possible.

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National Geographic Provides “Visions of Paradise” Photo Contest Winners

Portals and KM

for his photo of Shiprock in New Mexico. I did a review of the book Visions of Paradise from National Geographic on this blog. There was a related photo contest. Now the 20 winning images in National Geographic’s “Visions of Paradise” photography contest have been selected. Photographers were asked to submit images that best represented their unique vision of heaven on Earth.

National Geographic Provides “Visions of Paradise” Photo Contest Winners

Portals and KM

for his photo of Shiprock in New Mexico. I did a review of the book Visions of Paradise from National Geographic on this blog. There was a related photo contest. Now the 20 winning images in National Geographic’s “Visions of Paradise” photography contest have been selected. Photographers were asked to submit images that best represented their unique vision of heaven on Earth.

Stan Garfield's Tampa Florida Restaurant Log, Part Three – November, 2008

Portals and KM

Mi Mexico (tacos al pastor, pollo, barbacoa, carnitas) 4205 N. This is the third part of my friend Stan Garfield’s restaurant log for Tampa Florida with recommendations. Stan is a frequent contributor to the food picks on this blog. Stan has a cool job. He is the Communities Evangelist for Deloitte Global Consulting Knowledge Management. Stan also organized the SIKM Leaders Community that recently obtained its 300th member.

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Practical examples: 5 examples from Latin America

Joitske Hulsebosch

In Intrac Praxis Note 16 (available in English and Spanish), Brenda Bucheli and Gabriela Romo describe some of the outcomes of a workshop on communities of practice held in Mexico at the beginning of this year. The participants were from SNV , PACT and IMAC.

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Learning While Building eLearning: Part 3 – Facilitating Online

Full Circle Associates

I delivered a course – granted for 7 people – but while I was working Bangkok, Mexico and then Peru.

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Monday Morning Rock Out!

Hildy Gottlieb

As we learned in Indian Country years ago, and again learned with all the work we did in various regions across Mexico, the dance of cross-cultural work is enormously engaging, enormously fulfilling, enormously fun. Hello from New Zealand!

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Asking for help

Chris Corrigan

I’m in New Mexico this week where we will be back together with our colleagues from the Navajo Nation, working together to keep finding collaborative ways to address health and wellness and community resilience in the Navajo Nation.

2016 57

When bad things happen

Ant's Eyeview Blog

Right now our country is outraged, sad, confused, and struggling with the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. BP has lost approximately 50% of market cap ($80 Billion) since the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Bad things happen in this world, it is a sad fact.

Social Media Club of Boston 5th Anniversary Celebration: The Evolution of Social Business

Portals and KM

In a former life, I did some work for them in Mexico. Last night I attended the Social Media Club of Boston 5 th Anniversary Celebration: The Evolution of Social Business. It featured a panel with Alistar Rennie, General Manager, Social Business and Collaboration Solutions, IBM; Andy Carusone from Lowe’s Home Improvement; and Ric Fulop, North Bridge Venture Partners. Alistar talked about how IBM got involved with social media.

The KETC TV Social Media Experience Part Four: How Darwin Helps Clarify Complex Issues?

Portals and KM

Now there are all these people from Mexico here. It allowed cheap American food into Mexico and this has destroyed the Mexican agricultural economy. This is the fourth in a five part series covering the efforts of the PBS affiliate in St.

2010 158

Sharing our vulnerabilities

Chris Corrigan

It’s easy working and hanging out with him (we’re doing both this weekend in Salt Lake City and next week in New Mexico!). Over the past few days several friends of mine have blogged pieces that capture their vulnerable moments.

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Social Media in Intl. Dev: Dr. Steve Eskow | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Lucia, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, England, France, The U.S.S.R., Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Sep 28 2009 Social Media in Intl.

Requiem for a Species

How to Save the World

conception of post-civilization all-weather wear by mary mattingly. I ‘ve added professor Clive Hamilton’s new book Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change to my “Save the World Reading List” (retroactively).

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Lessons from VizEd Vancouver

Full Circle Associates

The fabulous Tracy Kelly of BC Campus invited me north to Vancouver to co-facilitate two workshops, one on graphic facilitation in higher education (“ VizEd “), and the second a larger team collaborative Liberating Structures 2 day immersion workshop.

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