Consequential Ideas for 2009
I just received a Christmas Card from the Monitor 360 group which identified 14 "Consequential Ideas for 2009". The ability to collaborate effectively in large groups is fundamental to (at least) 3 of them: Resilient Communities, Guerilla Journalism and Crowdsourcing.
Monitor 360 define the 3 main "collaboration-centric" consequential ideas as follows:
To decrease exposure to systemic risks, local communities are adopting a "loosely coupled" approach to the global system - remaining integrated, but ensuring that basic needs in energy, security, food, communications and transportation can still be sourced locally.
While print newspapers appear to be in terminal decline, hard-digging investigative journalism is re-inventing itself in online sites like gnn.tv or ProPublica, that are often dedicated to specific topics or geographical niches.
The newest form of outsourcing, crowdsourcing, is a technique for leveraging Web2.0 enabled collaboration and refers to the act of assigning tasks to an undefined and generally large group of people, often without compensation
About Ken Thompson
Ken Thompson is an expert practitioner in the area of bioteaming, swarming, virtual enterprise networks, virtual professional communities and virtual teams and has published two landmark books:
Bioteams: High Performance Teams Based on Nature's Best Designs
The Networked Enterprise: Competing for the future through Virtual Enterprise Networks
Ken writes the highly popular bioteams blog which has over 500 articles on all aspects of bioteams (aka organizational biomimicry) - in other words how human groups can learn from nature's best teams.
Ken is also founder of an exciting European technology company Swarmteams which provides unique patent-pending bioteaming technologies for all shapes and sizes of groups, social networks, business clusters, virtual/mobile communities and enterprises. Swarmteams enables groups to be more responsive and agile by fully integrating their mobile phones and the web with bioteam working techniques.
The latest Swarmteams implementation is SwarmTribes which helps social object owners (e.g. musicians/bands, sports teams, film-makers) and good cause sponsors (e.g. Volunteering, Environmental, Public Health) to form unique collaborations with their fans/supporters for mutual benefit.
Bioteams Books Reviews
We are bombarded with the idea its good to talk and its good to text. But is texting and other forms of mobile phone interaction a useful form of communication? Or is it even a form of communication at all or something totally different? In a mini-book "Heidegger, Habermas and the mobile phone" the author invokes some key thinkers of the twentieth century to offer an essential alternative to the new doctrine of 'm-communication': Martin Heidegger, who saw humanity as ‘the entity which talks’ and Jürgen Habermas, current-day advocate of authentic communication.