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…

Social Media Failure

It is disappointing to still hear the near-religious advocacy of ‘engineering processes’ for knowledge, knowledge management (KM) and, most recently, social media. All the ridiculous pap on social media processes, metrics and ROI can be summarized by the Great Number 8 of the New York Yankees, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”   Applying engineering…

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…

NSA or SNA?

Is it NSA or SNA? The New York Times reports today, “…the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews…

Enterprise Code Words

In the popular, five-season, 1960s television comedy Get Smart, the notoriously unreliable ‘Cone of Silence’ appeared often. The ‘Cone’ was a sound-proof polycarbonate device to protect the most secret of conversations among the functionaries of CONTROL. The joke was that the ‘Cone’ rarely worked properly. It strained conversation and prevented communication. It interfered with effective…

Social Enterprise Redesign

Business place redesign is essential to The Social Enterprise. For decades, office design was driven by two factors: cost and solitary information transaction work. Social Enterprise Redesign is a foundation of all future organizations. In the early 2000s, your Colabria Action Research Networks worked closely with the Information Worker Productivity Council (IWPC) to examine the…

Robin Hanson AI Debate

Those fortunate to have participated in past Colabria Action Research events over the years know that the irrepressible polymath, Professor Robin Hanson, was a frequent and enthusiastic speaker, participant and leader. As member and affiliate of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute and the Singularity Institute, Colabria is thrilled to invite you to download Hanson-Yudkowsky AI-Foom…

Knowledge Management

Knowledge management (KM) has been problematic. It is marked with spectacular failures and billions lost. The most often cited problem is there is no alignment with business outcomes. Unfortunately, KM challenges have been exacerbated by vendors, establishment conferences, so-called Best Practices and, ironically, sharing.    There are promising signs for a knowledge management renaissance. Movements…

Teams

Most business organizations consist of hierarchy and teams. Hierarchy is the simple hub and spoke network conventionally known as the organizational chart. Teams are a simplistic assembly of roles intended to meet a specific objective. Often, hierarchy and teams are the only network structures recognized in the formal organization. Your Colabria Action Research Networks sees…

Reinventing Discovery

The New Era of Networked Science In Reinventing Discovery, Michael Nielsen argues that we are living at the dawn of the most dramatic change in science in more than 300 years. This change is being driven by powerful new cognitive tools, enabled by the internet, which are greatly accelerating scientific discovery. There are many books…

Mr. Simplicity

 The Courage Within Us by Mr. Simplicity aka Bill Jensen is recommended by your Colabria Action Research Networks. The Courage Within Us unleashes what’s already inside you. You have what it takes to survive and thrive in disruptive times… but you must master your disruptive hero. The Courage originated from interviews with 100 Disruptive Heroes:…

Real Knowledge Management Books

While effective knowledge management (KM) can only be achieved through conversation, collaboration, community and complex interactions, some foundational masterworks are useful.     Beware! It is important to steer clear of books from specious ‘knowledge management institutes,’ silly ‘knowledge management councils’ and malignant knowledge management training groups. Avoid so-called knowledge management thought leaders’ too. Mostly these are…

Bubbles Everywhere

    Bubbles Everywhere: Speculative Bubbles in Financial Markets and in Everyday Life Prof. Dr. Bernd Ankenbrand Bubbles are everywhere! Over the last centuries we have seen many speculative bubbles and it seems recently frequency has increased. We will start this course with identifying historic economic bubbles. Building on this knowledge we will discuss their…

AngelList User Group

   https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/108003558646876212824   Thanks to the hundreds of you for making the AngelList User Group (ALUG) pilot an enormous success. As we transition from the pilot phase to full production, among the important questions is the technology and community platforms we use. This message helps you understand our strategy. Meetup (MU) – this an ok…

When Did You Join LinkedIn?

Next month is my 10-year Anniversary on LinkedIn. It is interesting that it has some special meaning. Here in Silicon Valley credibility is important. Some flash their LinkedIn Serial Number as a form of street cred: a measure for commanding a level of respect in an urban environment due to experience in or knowledge of…

Bay Area I-Node

              Lester Center for EntrepreneurshipReceives Major National Science FoundationGrant to Head Bay Area I-Node February 25, 2013Berkeley, California The University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University are collaborating on an educational program aimed at commercializing university research and fostering innovation locally and nationally,…

Time to Say Goodbye

…to Usenet (aka Google Groups.)   Usenet has had a remarkable 30-year run. Note: Usenet is not a listserv or LISTSERV®. Usenet is Usenet. Period. It is what you have been using for a decade. For some of us it’s been over three decades.  In 2001 Google acquired DejaNews, a Usenet service, to create Google…

The Connected City

HOW NETWORKS ARE SHAPING THE MODERN METROPOLIS Zachary Neal Michigan State University Routledge, 2012 ISBN 978-0-415-88142-5   The Connected City explores how thinking about networks helps make sense of modern cities: what they are, how they work, and where they are headed. It is organized around three different levels of urban networks that build upon…

KM Australia

Register   Putting the Pieces Together Brochure Social Media and Collaboration // Change Management and Culture // Learning and Performance // Content and Information Management // Communication and Leadership____________ Special feature: A short history of KM Australia____________ This year’s Congress is putting the pieces together by addressing a range of crucial issues in the evolving…