World Technology Summit & Awards

Not going this year due to prior longstanding obligations. However, it is highly recommended! Please bookmark and ‘Share This Post.’    Sample activities: • Jason Pontin, Editor/Publisher, MIT Technology Review on the top 10 technologies of 2013. • David Hanson unveiling the most advanced humanoid robot ever made.  • Ariel Garten launching her thought-controlled computing…

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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,…

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Waiting for KM Standards

The KM Standards Farce is fast approaching the absurdity of Beckett’s masterpiece.  Standards kill KM because KM positively DEPENDS on variation. Diversity and variation are the absolute lifeblood of KM.  Authentic KM thrives on originality, network multiformity, conceptual blending, abduction, situated cognition, disequilibrium, serendipity, conversation, lateral thinking and a wide-range of other crucial nondeterministic behaviors and…

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Visual Complexity

http://www.visualcomplexity.com   Colabria Action Research sponsors and recommends VisualComplexity.com. Colabria also recommends, “Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information” by Manuel Lima. You are encouraged to subscribe to the ‘Latest Projects’ RSS feed. Here is some background from the Visual Complexity Website About page —  VisualComplexity.com intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in…

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Victorian Networks?

  Someone remarked the other day, “Our problem at work is that we don’t have a social network yet.” We call this thinking Victorian Networks since the primitive thinking is akin to Victorian-era medical practices. Many of those practices were based on the theory of humorism not science. Stunning network naivety is pervasive. It must…

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UnManagement

Colabria supports and recommends UnManagement by Charles (Kalev) Ehin. Dr. Ehin coined the term “UnManagement” in 1995. It was at a management conference in San Jose, California. UnManagement is the informal (as opposed to formal) management that occurs within all organizations. It’s the emergent social networks that develop organically among workers based on their unique…

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Understanding Social Networks

Social networks and Social Network Analysis are major themes of Colabria Action Research. They are of fundamental importance. They have only been discovered by business of late. The Colabria focus is on practical application and knowledge management in networks. We advise delegates to strive to read and understand as much as possible. Understanding Social Networks…

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Trust

Trust is rising on the enterprise agenda. It’s because traditional, 20th Century levers of command, control and consequence are waning. Social business depends on trust. Last century’s management tools like directives, decrees, orders, edicts, fiat, and so on and so forth, are out, way out. Today’s enterprise leadership is based on presence, authenticity and above…

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Transaction-Cost Economics and ESA

The firms of the past were transactional by nature. Ronald Coase’s Transaction-Cost Economics (TCE) was the theory of the firm. Today, the firm is fast evolving to an interaction versus transaction model. This is called the knowledge-based view (KBV). The most valuable enterprise network structures are social. Enterprise network patterns have complex properties. The logic of…

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Training versus Development

The objective of Colabria Action Research is leadership development. The Colabria Cluster Method draws from praxis intervention and Presence. Unfortunately, many don’t know the difference in Training versus Development. This fun list by Mike Myatt, a Forbes contributor, is helpful. 1. Training blends to a norm – Development occurs beyond the norm. 2. Training focuses on…

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The Weakness of Strong Ties

We all know about The Strength of Weak Ties. What’s also very important is The Weakness of Strong Ties. As network comprehension steadily advances, so does hype, misunderstanding and downright, objectionable falsehoods about social networks, social media and social business. Some is just learning and naivety. Some is deliberate. Some originates from network dilettantes. It…

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The Visual Organization

 http://www.km2014.com Phil Simon is the author of The Visual Organization: Data Visualization, Big Data, and the Quest for Better Decisions. Amidst all of the hype and confusion surrounding Big Data, though, a new type of enterprise is emerging: The Visual Organization. A relative handful of organizations has realized that today’s ever-increasing data streams, volumes, and velocity…

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The Use of Knowledge in Society

Friedrich August Hayek is positively central to 21st Century knowledge management (KM). It is puzzling why the moldering KM Establishment and failed KM practitioners persists in rejecting the foundations and principles of KM.   If KM could unpack their disastrous preoccupation with information technology and process engineering then enormous progress could be made in KM. Hayek’s epic…

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The Support Economy

It is amusing to witness the headlong flight to social-this, social-that. Talk about jumping on the bandwagon – wow! People that don’t know eigenvector centrality from a scale-free network are now social network media mavens. The wholesale social reorientation of business, organizations, institutions and civil society by individuals, networks and whole ecosystems was forecast and…

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The Streetlight Effect

Why do some enterprise social media and online groups succeed when so many others fail? How do different patterns of enterprise collaboration and populations of users differ from one another? How do contribution vary? How do these differences illustrate the roles people play within their knowledge networks? How can I visualize and optimize my networks…

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The Social Enterprise

Announcement of syndication for The Social Enterprise You are now welcome to freely access and cite The Social Enterprise – a research project sponsored by the Society of Information Management – Advanced Practices Council. Core enterprise business activities operate on a social foundation. CIOs and IT leadership must conceive, adopt, define, and deploy a comprehensive enterprise social…

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