August 2007


Collective stupidity and the madness of crowds

Collective stupidity and the madness of crowds
The Wisdom of Crowds and Collective Intelligence are very useful concepts but not if they are used in the wrong places. Confusing these two concepts will only produce bad results for your groups and teams.

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The Cult of the Amateur

The Cult of the Amateur

Read this book if your future is anyway connected to Web2.0. Andrew Keen’s central thesis is that if all content (e.g. music, video, news, books, encyclopaedias) is produced by “amateurs” and no-one will pay for “professional” versions then its curtains for quality or independent publishing.


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The Sociology of the Mobile Phone

The Sociology of the Mobile Phone
A fascinating research report (April 2006) by Hans Geser of Zurich University on the use of mobile phones by pre-teens suggesting that they make a bigger impact on behaviour than previously thought and some surprising male-female usage differences.

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Youth Engagement : Can you buy civic participation

Youth Engagement : Can you buy civic participation
Meaningfully engaging young people in the civic process is one of the biggest challenges for us all today. The UK Times reports on an idea which one UK Health Authority tried out which some would say is innovative but others would say its a total waste of public money. What do you think?



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Team transformation rule 1: Stop trying to control them

Team transformation rule 1: Stop trying to control them
In this article I suggest that organizational teams, networks and communities who can adapt and adopt the "stop trying to control them" principle exemplified by nature's teams can achieve huge gains in agility and collective intelligence.

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Natures Self-Organization: Expert Radio Discussion

Natures Self-Organization: Expert Radio Discussion
EMERGENCE. Biological experts discuss how Fireflies synchronize their flashing in an incredible way plus amazing insight into the discovery of Ant Pheromones from Dr. Edward O. Wilson himself.

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Culture differences in international teams

Culture differences in international teams
Once upon a time there were three teams - an Indian Team, a Chinese Team and a Hungarian Team.....Very interesting observations by Leslie Perlow of Harvard Business School on teams of software engineers in different countries.

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Collaboration Software: Best Directories

Collaboration Software: Best Directories
With such an ever-growing list of collaboration platforms and applications of all shapes and sizes I thought it would be useful to gather together five of my favourite Collaboration Software Directories in one place.

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Elements of Collaboration Tool

Elements of Collaboration Tool
Mindquarry (an Open Source Collaborative Software Supplier ) have developed a visual resource: Periodic Table of Collaboration covering 60+ elements over 4 categories: People (Roles), Productivity Software, Collaborative Software and Methods.

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Organizational Intelligence is key to workplace collaboration

Organizational Intelligence is key to workplace collaboration
Harvard Professor, David Perkins, in his latest book, King Arthur's Round Table, discusses the importance of "organisational Intelligence" and how its absence leads to coblaboration rather than collaboration.

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