October 2008


The best football match ever

The best football match ever
Bernard Hill, playing a loveable grandfather in the BBC TV drama Sunshine, when asked by his grandson "what was the best football match ever?" gives an unexpected and poignant answer: The Christmas Truce..

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Pandemic Simulation Exercise uses Swarms

Pandemic Simulation Exercise uses Swarms
Hunter New England Health in New South Wales, Australia, have completed a major Pandemic Influenza Simulation Exercise using Swarmteams, a bioteams-based multi-channel community engagement system, to manage the communications of an Emergency Operations Centre.

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Virtual Teams And The Bioteaming Approach - A Video Interview With Ken Thompson

Virtual Teams And The Bioteaming Approach - A Video Interview With Ken Thompson
Robin Good of MasterNewMedia.org has published a short video clip series where he interviews me (Ken Thompson) about the Bioteaming approach to virtual/mobile teams, networks and communities.

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Self-managing teams: debunking the leadership paradox

Self-managing teams: debunking the leadership paradox
Is leadership superfluous in a self-managing team? Aren't self-managing teams supposed to be self-sustaining and self-sufficient? Associate Professor Paul Tesluk, writing for INSEAD Knowledge, wants to correct this misconception in a short article with supporting video clip.

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Community Engagement Marketing: SwarmTeams video interview

Community Engagement Marketing: SwarmTeams video interview
Robin Good of MasterNewMedia.org has just published an excellent 6-part short video interview with me (Ken Thompson) talking about Swarmteams and its music derivative SwarmTribes. These are two bioteams-inspired technology ventures for interacting with mobile and virtual communities.

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Email is huge distraction: new research

Email is huge distraction: new research
A study at Loughborough University, UK, found that it takes an average of 64 seconds to recover your train of thought after interruption by email, so people who check their email every five minutes waste 8.5 hours a week figuring out what they were doing moments before.

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Social Networks Conference videos now live for NLab

 Social Networks Conference videos now live for NLab
The NLab Social Networks Conference took place in the summer at De Montfort University (in Leicester, UK) featuring a number of speakers including Steve Clayton (Microsoft), Roland Harwood (NESTA), Andrea Saveri (IFTF), Jim Benson, David Asch and myself (Ken Thompson). The conference videos are now available online.

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Social software group dynamics: Clay Shirky

Social software group dynamics: Clay Shirky
One of the papers I re-read lately is Clay Shirky's landmark speech at ETech in 2003 "A group is its own worst enemy" where he identifies 4 principles for social software/social network design. These principles are every bit as relevant today as they were 5 years ago.

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Free team collective intelligence tool: Delphi

Free team collective intelligence tool: Delphi
The Delphi Technique is a proven way to harness collective group intelligence (popularly known as "the wisdom of crowds") in a wide range of applications. It is also non-proprietary and supported by a number of excellent free resources.

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Extreme Team Leadership by Father Ted

Extreme Team Leadership by Father Ted
When Father Ted finds himself trapped with 7 other priests in Ireland's largest lingerie department he does not panic but appoints himself leader to rescue his colleagues from embarrassment. Enjoy leadership without formal authority in this short video clip (6 mins).

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