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…

Distributed Collaboration Summit

Collaborative Strategies Introduces First Ever Distributed Collaboration Summit Conference Promises to Deliver Latest Insights Into Collaboration and Distributed Teams in the New Workplace SAN MATEO, CALIF. (Sept. 11, 2014) — Research firm Collaboration Strategies, Inc. will bring together industry leaders at its inaugural Distributed Collaboration Summit (DCS), Jan. 15 and 16, 2015. The two-day conference…

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…

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…

Overloaded 2014

Overloaded 2014 is a one day gathering of thought leaders and researchers solving information overload. Overloaded 2014 is Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT) in San Francisco, California, USA.  Overloaded 2014 In today’s global knowledge economy there may be no greater challenge to progress and productivity than information overload. Come…

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…

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…

Innovation and Invention

Among the most misused business terms are innovation and invention. Paradoxically, there are also widely accepted meanings of these terms. Still, misuse is pervasive here in Silicon Valley and for business everywhere. The contemporary, definitive business definition of innovation was offered by Michael Porter at Harvard in the 1980s in his books on Competitive Advantage…

Museum KM

Why are knowledge management (KM) people determined to treat organizations as museums? How did KM become so corrupt as to focus on the collection and storage of information artifacts? Why has the obsolete 20th Century KM Establishment not recognized the utter collapse of archives, library science, information repositories, portals and other artifacts of ‘Museum KM?’…

SNS Implementation

There is a gargantuan split in how people approach enterprise pull-through for enterprise social network services (SNS). The problem is naive people, in 2014, are still leading with tools and technology. What’s even worse, despite massive failures and hundreds of billions down the drain, some are following the 1990s ERP deployment handbook for social network…

Look Back to Move Forward

The requirements of organizational knowledge management (KM) have changed dramatically. Yet, many in the failing KM Establishment cling to outdated motives, methods, objectives and practices. It is so bad, they are even trying to create KM Standards for organizations of the 1990s! It is counterproductive and problematic to continue to focus on KM used for…

Authentic Conversation

The principal modality of Colabria Clusters  is authentic conversation. Unfortunately, many people conflate conversation and discussion. Treating conversation and discussion as synonyms is harmful. It is time to set the record straight: conversation and discussion are two very different concepts and behaviors! Both are important. They have different venues, purposes, practices and above all, outcomes. Discussion…

KM Inertia

Inertia is the resistance of any physical object to any change in its state of motion including a change in direction. It is among the most important principles of classic physics to describe motion. Organizational inertia is the by-product of accountability, continuity and standard operation procedures. Organizational inertia and bureaucracy is usually used pejoratively. However,…

Death of KM Standards

As predicted some nostalgic application vendors and elements of the decomposing Knowledge Management (KM) Establishment are providing futile life support for KM Standards. Of course the Death of KM Standards is certain and confident. It has already occurred in most all global KM precincts. However, some find unlearning the 1990s-style of KM very difficult. They…

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…

KM Standards Farce

The purpose of Standards is to introduce and achieve uniformity and predictability in activities. More importantly, standards drive-out variation in industrial, informational and transactional processes. The implementation of standards in industry and commerce became very important at the onset of the Industrial Revolution (1780). Industry had a demand for for high-precision machine tools and interchangeable parts.…