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Black&White » Blog Archive » Slaves of the feed – This is not the realtime we’ve been looking for Let’s start with what most people probably can agree. Information is accumulating online. The amount of available information is increasing at an exponential rate, some say it doubles every second year. This mean that any illusion of being able to stay up to date with everything that is going on is utopian and has been probably since Guttenberg invented the press. Most people know this, yet that is exactly exactly what we all seem to be doing. There is no shortage of content aggregators and aggregators of aggregators, daily developed to give us a better overview of all the sources of information we have subscribed to and found ourselves now depending on. This has resulted in an endless stream of articles, news, pictures, websites, products, updates, comments of updates and comments to these comments, being delivered to us second by second that each of us have to deal with. The digital space is real but different. Information accumulating is not the only thing that progresses exponentially.

WMFJA085/en Wikipedia is the #5 site on the web and serves 500 million different people every month – with billions of page views. Commerce is fine. Advertising is not evil. But it doesn't belong here. Not in Wikipedia. Wikipedia is something special. When I founded Wikipedia, I could have made it into a for-profit company with advertising banners, but I decided to do something different. If everyone reading this donated, our fundraiser would be done within an hour. This year, please consider making a donation of $5, $20, $50 or whatever you can to protect and sustain Wikipedia. Thanks, Jimmy Wales Wikipedia Founder “Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet has free access to the sum of all human knowledge.” —Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia

Bringing the Living WE to life This project initially started with The Living WE, an article I wrote for Gathering 11 in Melbourne last June, with a name and unifying concept inspired by We Magazine and several of us have been discussing how to bring it to life. A few projects are under way, the latest is the launch of a multistakeholder discussion around global governance powered by a Greater WE as laid out in the new Thrive Magazine. I had been focusing on good practices, change, and action, and the triggers/motivations thereof for several years, and spent almost a year in research and conversations on several social platforms virtual or in presence, struggling to find common ground among people who seemed to be animated by similar purposes or a shared attraction but couldn't quite agree on the best way to do things. A three tier transformation Transformation also needs triggers at several levels with some form of scaffolding... one level leading to and reinforcing the other. Configuring oneself for transformation

Video of Stuart Kauffman Seminar New England Complex Systems Institute 238 Main Street Suite 319, Cambridge, MA 02142 Phone: 617-547-4100 Fax: 617-661-7711 NECSI and MIT/ESD Seminar Stuart Kauffman The End Of A Physics Worldview: Heraclitus and the Watershed of Life The seminar was held at MIT on October 19, 2011 and was jointly sponsored by the New England Complex Systems Institute and the MIT Engineering Systems Division. The abstract is available here. Text of the Presentation 2500 years ago Heraclitus said, “The world bubbles forth”. starwalker: The Evolution of Consensus The past month had the great pleasure to condense time and networks. Initially at Contactcon2011 with its important statement – the evolution will be social – where Polytopia was among the projects presented at the Bazaar; and then at the Metacurrency Collabathon weekend, where I was introduced to the brilliant work on re-conceptualization of value and currencies; the last days in New York could meet some of the participants in #OWS, and all the way through I enjoyed dearly the stimulating presence of polytopian fellows and friends. The reason I am mentioning this is because the sense of tangibility pushed to the front is one worth sharing. There is plenty of fresh, brilliant work going on in social re-engineering, emerging with technology and through people & technology. It is quite all over and resonating. We have a multivalent relation with consensus; history is punctuated by the endeavor of both communities and individuals to either achieve it or to break it. Expounded in few points:

The Great Transformation Shaping New Models | World Economic Forum-The Great Transformation Shaping New Models Some introductory ideas by Professor Klaus Schwab on the theme of the Annual Meeting 2012 Over the last three years, the world has been engulfed by political, economic and, particularly, financial crisis management. We have lost sight of the fundamental transformation that the world is undergoing and of where conventional modes of decision-making have become outdated. Let me outline the four new models I consider “musts” if we are to successfully push beyond the current impasse in addressing the critical challenges. First, a new model is needed to account for the fundamental power shifts that have already and are continuing to take place. Thus, we need new models where governance processes on all levels integrate these newcomers in the most collaborative way. A second new model is needed to acknowledge that we live together in a multicultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious world. How is growth to be achieved in the future? We need a fourth new model for job creation.

Thinking, Fast and Slow: A New Way to Think About Thinking by Maria Popova Beneath the biases of intuition, or how your experiencing self and your remembering self shape your life. Legendary Israeli-American psychologist Daniel Kahneman is one of the most influential thinkers of our time. Absorbingly articulate and infinitely intelligent, Kahneman examines what he calls the machinery of the mind — the dual processor of the brain, divided into two distinct systems that dictate how we think and make decisions. The mind functions thanks to a delicate, intricate, sometimes difficult osmotic balance between the two systems, a push and pull responsible for both our most remarkable capabilities and our enduring flaws. Much of the discussion in this book is about biases of intuition. I am my remembering self, and the experiencing self, who does my living, is like a stranger to me.” ~ Daniel Kahneman Kahneman spoke of these two selves and the cognitive traps around them in his fantastic 2010 TED talk: Thanks, Sean Donating = Loving Share on Tumblr

The Global Innovation 1000: Why Culture Is Key The elements that make up a truly innovative company are many: a focused innovation strategy, a winning overall business strategy, deep customer insight, great talent, and the right set of capabilities to achieve successful execution. More important than any of the individual elements, however, is the role played by corporate culture — the organization’s self-sustaining patterns of behaving, feeling, thinking, and believing — in tying them all together. Yet according to the results of this year’s Global Innovation 1000 study, only about half of all companies say their corporate culture robustly supports their innovation strategy. Moreover, about the same proportion say their innovation strategy is inadequately aligned with their overall corporate strategy. This article is featured in the strategy+business app “Don’t Blame Your Culture,” available for smartphone and tablet devices. To download, select your device: This disconnect, as the saying goes, is both a problem and an opportunity.

We need Dungeon Masters for the real world Games are useful. Games are fun. Yet, somehow, gamification itself has become the butt of almost every internet joke I’ve heard recently. It isn’t because games aren’t useful. Because of this, I feel that gamification is perhaps the most offensive thing to hit the internet in the past couple of years. First, my qualifications: I have been a player of video games, RPGs, city-wide games of tag, iPhone games, and more for almost my entire life. But this is actually about more than that. Are you a gamer? Stop trying to make games better. Our schools are broken. Occupy Wall Street is full of people who want the game world to work better. Our games are rigged in the wrong direction. There are people whose understanding of games is helping real life in small ways– helping understand behaviour and guiding it towards more useful things. Yet the majority of our institutions are broken, giving us no way to get better at the things that matter most. FACT. The list goes on and on.

Book of the Week: Towards the hyperconnective society | Michel Bauwens When I pit my $75/hour rate against someone in Pakistan asking only $30/hour, how do I survive? And if I cut my rate to $35/hour, does someone else offer the same service for $15/hour? * Book: The Next Billion Seconds. Mark Pesce. I think this new book of Mark Pesce, which will likely suffer from a strong case of technological determinism, bremains very interesting nevertheless, by alerting us on one potential direction of technology. It answers the question: what happens if neoliberal technologisation runs amok, without social replies and human solidarity. Excerpted from the introduction, from Mark Pesce: “What happens after we’re all connected? The hyperconnectivity created by the mobile dramatically improves an individual’s ability to earn a living. Key thesis: Hyperconnectivity, and the frictionless free fall of markets Mark Pesce: “The law of supply and demand amplifies under the influence of hyperconnectivity. Let’s use Kogan as an example.

Strategy. So, where do we start? Identity dont you think? Strategy? It’s all about defining how you will create and sustain (more or better) value: value for your customers, value for your shareholders, value for your people, and ultimately value for all your stakeholders and for society, whether at the local, national or global level. By the textbook, your strategy should derive from your organizational vision, position your organization or product portfolio so it can ensure a sustainable competitive advantage, and result in the attainment of your strategic goals. You have several tools and templates at your disposal: SWOT, PEST, 5 forces, Value chain…; several strategic models: cost leadership, differentiation, Blue Ocean, resource based… as well as planning methodologies that ensure the whole strategy is spelled out and ready for implementation… But where should you start? So a good place to start, at the intersection of business strategy and branding is probably to define your identity. Defining identity is central to any branding process.