Crowdsourcing Anarchy

Someone asked, “Can social media and crowdsourcing help government activities?” This is a good question but the predicate is wrong. In fact, much of what government does is unnecessary. Doing the WRONG things faster or better or even with collective intelligence is still wrong. “We are being ruined by the best efforts of people who…

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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…

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Network Research Centers

There is an explosion of research, offerings, education and interest in social network analysis (SNA). SNA is the study of the patterns and structures of relationships. One leading indicator of the enormous importance of network analysis to people, business, government, militaries and society is the explosion of network research centers at major universities. Below, is…

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SNA Open Site

There is an explosion of research, offerings, education and interest in social network analysis (SNA). SNA is the study of the patterns and structures of relationships. SNA is important. It informs all human activity. SNA is widely use in academic settings. Today SNA is becoming pervasive in business, government and military organizations. SNA impacts all…

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Consumerization

A key dimension of social business is the social reorientation of work, wealth creation and prosperity. This has been a top theme of Colabria Action Research. The major enterprise revolution is a subtext of the next Colabria Cluster, Emerging Enterprise Technology, on 16 January 2014 in San Francisco, California. Once an IT backwater, The Social…

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Open Innovation

Open Innovation is an essential business network. It is ill-suited to the legacy conventions of management, control and architecture. Innovation is not a function, process or activity. Open Innovation is a complex network. Managers aspire to higher-order business innovation. It is uncomfortable for most. It’s because to expand innovation it is critical to relinquish control. Leaders,…

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Alignment

So-called ‘alignment’ is among the most hackneyed, overused and specious business terms in use today. It is a close second to the king of overused, trite and meaningless business expressions: leverage. Don’t fret, leverage is in a first-place tie with the queen of platitudinous, turgid and meaningless business words: value. Did you ever notice how…

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Enterprise KM Metrics

There is a lot of deceptive nonsense about knowledge management (KM) measures and metrics. Let’s face it, for typical commercial business activities there is only one enterprise KM metric – discounted cash flow (DCF). Sure, there are other lofty Enterprise KM Metrics like triple-bottom line (TBL), people-planet-profit, etc., but they all depend on DCF. Without DCF there…

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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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Social Networks Make us Smarter

  Sociality influences cultural complexity Abstract Archaeological and ethnohistorical evidence suggests a link between a population’s size and structure, and the diversity or sophistication of its toolkits or technologies. Addressing these patterns, several evolutionary models predict that both the size and social interconnectedness of populations can contribute to the complexity of its cultural repertoire. Some…

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Enterprise SNS

The problems with enterprise social network services (SNS) are pervasive, insidious and costly. (Please don’t call them social media.) Fortunately, the solutions are simple and free. Unfortunately, various industry actors, and their hype, hubris and hyperbole, create deliberate barriers to matching the problem with solutions and achieving prosperous outcomes. This needs rectification.   Remember, enterprise SNS…

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Collective Intelligence 2014

Collective Intelligence 2014 MIT, Cambridge, MA June 10-12, 2014 www.collectiveintelligence2014.org This interdisciplinary conference seeks to bring together researchers from a variety of fields relevant to understanding and designing collective intelligence of many types. Topics of interest include but are not limited to: human computation social computing crowdsourcing wisdom of crowds (e.g., prediction markets) group memory…

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Back to the Future

The headlong flight to social business is accelerating. Management techniques and leadership methods are changing right along. Rather than anything new or novel, the distinct approach is “Back to the Future.” Oh, and it’s way overdue. Success in social business depends on complex interactions. These interactions inhabit diverse social networks. Ancient human tools allow mastery…

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Knowledge Repository

Recently Colabria Action Research was asked to review a relatively new offering in the ‘knowledge repository’ domain. The basic proposition was a SharePoint extension. The intention was to facilitate collaboration, capture organizational procedures and syndicate ‘knowledge’ for all stakeholders. Often there exists utility for ‘Best Practice’ information and content in embedded bureaucracy. Well-established business procedures and…

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Enterprise Software Research

How Do Enterprise Buyers Research New Software? Some colleagues have created this nice straw man on enterprise software research. They asked for feedback. Below are suggestions and improvements from Colabria Action Research. Visit “How Do Enterprise Buyers Research New Software?” for the original post. The first question/concern is about this remark in the original post,…

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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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Enterprise Mega-Shifts

The enterprise is undergoing massive, seismic shifts. The last enterprise mega-shifts were in the late 1980s and 1990s. Prior to the 1980s, for most of the 20th Century, businesses were organized functionally. Discrete corporate departments led manufacturing, sales, marketing, human resources and so forth. Well-managed businesses enjoyed equilibrium and steady growth. Enterprise Value Chain Circa…

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Greatly Exaggerated

There is a lot of silly talk about the ‘death’ of various elements of social business or social business altogether. The death of social business is greatly exaggerated. Newsflash: all business is social. Business is not dying. Business is simply a social arrangement for exchange of goods, services and revenues. No exceptions. Still, there is a…

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SNA and Media Studies

A non-exhaustive, ad hoc and noteworthy bibliography on SNA and Media Studies. Prepared by Mathieu O’Neil on SocNet. To make adjustments and updates please visit the open wiki list at Google Sites.   Barnett, G.A., T.L. Jacobson, Y. Choi, & S.L. Sun-Miller (1996) An Examination of the International Telecommunication Network. The Journal of International Communication, 3, 19-43,.…

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