Complexity Digest June 2014

  Good Fences: The Importance of Setting Boundaries for Peaceful Coexistence We consider the conditions of peace and violence among ethnic groups, testing a theory designed to predict the locations of violence and interventions that can promote peace. Characterizing the model’s success in predicting peace requires examples where peace prevails despite diversity. Switzerland is recognized…

Supernetworks

The human understanding and relationship with networks is advancing at a breathtaking pace. The progression is so fast we are nearing The Network Singularity: an explosion of extraordinary network comprehension delivering an exceptionally new understanding of our world. People will inhabit new Supernetworks. Already, today, we depend on them for life and prosperity. Here are…

Conversation is Conversation

Thanks to everyone for supporting your Colabria Action Research Networks. Most people are aware that the principal modality of Colabria is authentic conversation. Still, after so many years, many people ask for Colabria content to be computer-mediated and recorded. This is a disappointment. It indicates that many people still do not know what conversation is and…

Déjà Vu

There are a lot of 20th Century pundits trying to revive stale, Industrial Era concepts of work. They are making lofty claims and calling it, ‘The Future of Work.’ They are focused on ‘new transformative information technologies.‘ It is not only useless, pathetic and harmful, it’s déjà vu all over again. These unscrupulous ‘Future of…

Maximize Optimal

As the headlong flight to the knowledge-based, network economy accelerates, common word usage changes. Some rise in meaning and importance; others become harmful and destructive. Among the most important are optimize versus maximize. Maximal systems, whether empires, organizations, complex wetlands or amplifiers, are often harmful, destructive and unsustainable. Eventually they always consume themselves and collapse,…

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…

Codified CoPs Are Harmful

Conventional, online communities of practice (CoP), with the de rigueur ‘best practices’ (?) are often highly counterproductive. Galaxies of codified information hurt productivity, innovation, growth, prosperity and organizational effectiveness (OE). Codified CoPs are harmful. Beware of best practice bullies. Overzealous subject-matter experts (SMEs), with their rose-colored glasses, set out to codify their methods, techniques and tools in elaborate…

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…

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…

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,…

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…