Biology of Business

Biology is a far better philosophical and practical foundation for 21st Century business than physics and mechanics. Process management, information technology, engineering, and measurement offer poor archetypes for business prosperity. Multidisciplinary naivety, an overbearing mechanical orientation, process fetish, and debilitating indifference to living systems are among the root causes of spectacular business failures. The Biology of…

Business Oxymora Meets Culture

Modern enterprise management is rife with oxymora. Many are hilarious corporate doublespeak such as constant change, accurate estimate or irregular pattern. Others aren’t funny, they’re harmful. Among the most harmful is codified culture. Too often business writes down banal claims about culture. ‘People Are Our Number One Asset” is a classic chestnut. On the contrary,…

What is Colabria Action Research?

Colabria is an action research network. Scholars and academics sometimes call it praxis intervention. The focus is proximate. The scope is global. Colabria conducts periodic collaborations, conferences and confabulations. They are known as Colabria Clusters. The purpose is to Create The Future. Colabria was founded in San Francisco in 1996. Ongoing themes include network science,…

Historical Quotes

  “Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.” — Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949 “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” — Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943 “I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and walked with the best…

11 Simple Rules

1. Think first of the other person. This is THE foundation — the first requisite — for getting along with others. And it is the one truly difficult accomplishment you must make. Gaining this, the rest will be “a breeze.” 2. Build up the other person’s sense of importance. When we make the other person…

IoT Explained

The Internet of Things (IoT) is very, very simple. It is easy to describe. IoT is Internet devices consisting of sensors, embedded computing and radios that create value. Period. It is the essential model, the required technologies. Devices without sensors + computing + radios are NOT ‘Things.’ Absent Things there is no IoT. Capiche? Simple.…

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing exponentially. IoT will impact all dimensions of business, education, government, military and civil society. IoT propels Colabria’s traditional action/research initiatives and enterprise advisory activities. At Colabria we recently completed a confidential, multi-year research study of Enterprise IoT. (It’s why things have been so quiet.) The sponsors were CIOs…

Colabria Enterprise Clusters

Colabria is an action research network. Scholars and academics call it praxis intervention. The focus is proximate. The scope is global. Periodic collaborations, conferences, and confabulations propel Colabria. They are known as Colabria Clusters. The purpose is to Create The Future. Colabria was founded in San Francisco in 1996. Ongoing themes include enterprise leadership, social…

Nobel Prize

Thomson Reuters just released their annual forecast of potential winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in each category: chemistry, physics, medicine, and economics. Excerpt:  “Mark S. Granovetter at Stanford University is more of a sociologist than an economist, but his innovative work in economic sociology has landed him on Thomson Reuters’ list of contenders for the…

Global Forum

  Welcome to the Global Forum/Shaping the Future 2014 in Geneva! The Global Forum 2014 is taking place on November Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th in Geneva, Switzerland at the CICG – International Conference Center of Geneva. This 23rd edition benefits of the support of the State Chancellery of Geneva as well as international entities…

Distributed Collaboration Summit

Collaborative Strategies Introduces First Ever Distributed Collaboration Summit Conference Promises to Deliver Latest Insights Into Collaboration and Distributed Teams in the New Workplace SAN MATEO, CALIF. (Sept. 11, 2014) — Research firm Collaboration Strategies, Inc. will bring together industry leaders at its inaugural Distributed Collaboration Summit (DCS), Jan. 15 and 16, 2015. The two-day conference…

The Future Declassified

  The Future Declassified by Mathew Burrows hosted by Paul Saffo   Tuesday September 23, 02014 7:30pm The Interval Fort Mason, San Francisco Advanced Tickets (limited number) The volatility of today’s world is apparent just by reviewing the day’s headlines. Across the globe, the pressures of population growth, environmental change, and constant technological disruption are just…

Network Life

Please find below some worthwhile learning experiences for networks. These massive open online courses (MOOCs) will help make sense of our Network Life. Recommended by Colabria. Networked Life University of Pennsylvania Begins September 1, 2014 Networks: Friends, Money, and Bytes Princeton University Begins September 15, 2014 Social and Economic Networks: Models and Analysis Stanford University…

Ideation

Ideation (idea generation) is the knowledge management (KM) activity of generating, developing, and communicating new ideas. The ideation cycle is innovation, through design, to development and full actualization. Tomorrow’s economy depends more and more on perpetual ideation. Capital, energy, talent, leadership, etc., are important, but it’s accelerated knowledge management that propels 21st Century business.  Ideation is among the…

Anarchy, Society and Social Media

Some people struggle to recognize the great importance of anarchy to society. Unfortunately, these folks have been influenced by government propaganda that anarchy is intrinsically wrong. They have been brainwashed to believe that larger and larger government or enterprise control is the only solution and way forward. They are influenced by media pictures of layabouts…

Ikujiro Nonaka

Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business) is the largest b-school in Europe. It was the venue for a lecture by colleague Ikujiro Nonaka. Colabria Action Research was in Vienna conducting the European Collective Intelligence Summit.    Surprisingly, Nonaka’s essential principles are still foreign to many people. There is also an occasional, oddball…

Enterprise Leadership

There are major enterprise advancements underway. New approaches to enterprise leadership are propelling fundamental advances in productivity and innovation.  Among the most important enterprise leadership is taking a whole systems view of enterprise ecologies. The exact problem is that current methods only offer a fraction of the enterprise picture. The picture is incomplete because the…