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…

Brooks’ Law

The global praxis ecosystem of Colabria Action Research is inhabited by recognized authorities on large IT system design, development and deployments. Commentary on very large enterprise and consumer systems helps refract, anneal and share decades of hands-on experience and executive leadership. Today’s lesson is on Brooks’ Law and large-scale government IT & systems failure. To…

Graph Visualization with Linkurious

Monday, July 21, 2014 6:30 PM Graph Visualization with Linkurious ThoughtWorks 315 Montgomery 16th Floor San Francisco, CA Registration Required Sébastien Heymann, CEO of Linkurious, is coming to SF and will be presenting to our local meetup group! Linkurious helps make sense of graph data through a simple web-based interface and uses Neo4j to offer…

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…

Global Forum 2014

The 23rd Global Forum – Shaping the Future 2014 is Monday & Tuesday, the 17th & 18th of November 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland. The Global Forum is an independent, high-profile, international, non-for-profit think-tank dedicated to Business, Technology and and Policy issues of the Digital Society. You may review the continuously evolving Global Forum 2014 Program. …

Crowd Science

Recently there was a discussion on the scientific integrity and merits of Wikipedia. It concerned the not-so-favorable Wikipedia entry for neurolinguistic programming (NLP). The discussion also revealed important principles of collective intelligence and crowd science. Before continuing, please note that pseudoscience is not protoscience. Basically, an ardent support of NLP pseudoscience was concerned with Wikipedia’s…

In Conversation with David Snowden

  In Conversation with David Snowden  Please join Colabria for a special reception and conversation with David Snowden on May 6th 2014 at 6PM in downtown San Francisco. Dave is a well-known authority, leader and researcher in the field of complexity science, leadership, Agile development, knowledge management and narrative. Dave is the Founder and Chief Scientific Officer…

Complexity Digest April 2014 Part Two

Complexity Archive April 2014 The infection tree of global epidemics The spreading of transmissible infectious diseases is inevitably entangled with the dynamics of human population. Humans are the carrier of the pathogen, and the large-scale travel and commuting patterns that govern the mobility of modern societies are defining how epidemics and pandemics travel across the…

Collective Intelligence 2014

 Collective Intelligence 2014 MIT, Cambridge, MAJune 10-12, 2014   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 and…

KM and Philosophy

For one reason or another online knowledge management (KM) groups attracts philosophical scholarship. Often it is just academic bloviating. Sometimes it descends into intellectual bullying and trolling. For the most part, KM and philosophy don’t mix. Of course reasonable people just ignore divisive and counter-productive behaviors of amateur philosophers in online KM groups. Still, because…

The New Brainstorming

Research into the practice of brainstorming has confirmed an important and overdue refinement that Colabria Action Research has advocated for years. The finding is that a hybrid model of independent brainstormers works better. Here is The New Brainstorming experiment. Brainstorming Infographic Hybrid Brainstorming is a much-needed refinement of the age-old practice. People must remember performance…

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…