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Groups Vs Networks

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Don’t know how I missed it! Continuing my thoughts on “Connected” Vs “Collective” intelligence [ Groupthink back-fired?, Individual Vs Collective wisdom..continued, More on wisdom of crowds ] – Stephen Downes wrote

I have been thinking today about the distinction between groups and networks. Groups require unity, networks require diversity. Groups require coherence, networks require autonomy. Groups require privacy or segregation, networks require openness. Groups require focus of voice, networks require interaction. The group I am with right now is very intent on being a group. That doesn’t interest me. I have no wish to lose my identity and my freedom, my empowerment. Because a group is subject to this very objection – backlash, groupthink, the works. But a network is not.

Blogging networks – connected by Trackback and comments Vs Groups and Forums?

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September 26th, 2006 at 3:18 am

Cynefin framework : Abstract from Wikipedia

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When I first time heard about Dave Snowden’s Cynefin framework and sense making at KM ASIA 2006 – I was enthralled by it (followed by 2 DVD set of Dave’s workshop). Recently I missed one workshop by Dave in Singapore. Hope to attend one soon!

Here goes the Wikipedia abstract of Cynefin framework – edited by Dave himself

Cynefin (pronounced kun-ev’in) is the name of a decision making framework which has been used in knowledge management as well as other applications including conflict resolution. It has five domains, characterised by the relationship between cause and effect. The first four domains are: Simple in which the relationship between cause and effect is obvious to all, the approach is to Sense – Categorise – Respond and we can apply best practice. Complicated in which the relationship between cause and effect requires analysis or some other form of investigation and/or the application of expert knowledge, the approach is to Sense – Analyze – Respond and we can apply good practice. Complex in which the relationship between cause and effect can only be perceived in retrospect, but not in advance, the approach is to Probe – Sense – Respond and we can sense emergent practice. Chaotic in which their is no relationship between cause and effect at systems level, the approach is to Act – Sense – Respond and we can discover novel practice. The fifth domain is Disorder, which is the state of not knowing what type of causality exists, in which state people will revert to the comfort zone in making a decision. In full use the Cynefin framework has sub-domains, and the boundary between simple and chaotic is seen as a catastrophic one: complacency leads to failure. Image:Cynefin.png

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September 25th, 2006 at 4:49 am

The Importance of User Experience

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A great poster by Frank Spillers , found via Column Two

Link

From the post :

“In our first year we didn’t spend a single dollar on advertising… the best dollars spent are those we use to improve the customer experience.”- Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com

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September 23rd, 2006 at 2:29 pm

How to add Flickr Slideshow in your Blogpost or site

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No rocket science – just few simple steps.

  • Login to your Flickr account
  • Find out the variable of your user ID. It’s easy –
  • Go to “Your Photos”
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page, you will see the Feed Icon (Subscribe to ’s photos)
  • Click on it – you will reach the XML page
  • From the URL of the page – you will get your user ID
  • It should look like this

http://api.flickr.com/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?id=96844826@N00&format=rss_200
    That means your user ID is 96844826@N00

Next – copy paste this code in your Blog post or blog or any webpage

<iframe xsrc= "http://www.flickr.com/slideShow/index.gne?user_id=(user ID)"></iframe>

Replace (user ID) with Your User ID! The code should look like this :

<iframe xsrc= "http://www.flickr.com/slideShow/index.gne?user_id=96844826@N00"></iframe>

Bingo – you are ready! :-)

    You can also add ‘Tag’ to pick specific photos from your Flickr album – like this

    <iframe xsrc= "http://www.flickr.com/slideShow/index.gne?user_id=96844826@N00&tags=Bali"></iframe>

    Here goes my photos with the Tag – ‘Bali’

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    September 23rd, 2006 at 6:30 am

    Suite for the era of Collaboration

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    I am kind of – “I am most happy with my tees and jeans”, but in many meetings – surrounded by men in suits and necktie I feel like naked! :oops:
    Now – no more! For the age of Video Conferencing and Virtual Meetings – perfect solution finally arrived!! :-)

    Halfsuit for boxer-wearing telecommuters from Businessbibs

    Half Suite

    From the site :

    The Businessbib allows you to look perfectly put-together in a fraction of the time it takes to boot your computer. You can work from home in your underwear while presenting a polished appearance to the people that matter most. Using a simple abbreviated design of the traditional business suit eliminates the time and effort that goes into primping for more formal meetings. It frees your time and allows you to continue uninterrupted with your casual lifestyle.

    In a word, the Businessbib is a halfsuit. Each sturdily stitched ensemble is stylishly appointed and hand made from recycled materials. No two Businessbibs are the same. In fact, each one is christened with it’s own name based on it’s overall aesthetic. With its split back Velcro-sealed design, the short-sleeved Businessbib can easily be worn and removed with comfort and ease. Just slip it on over your tee shirt and shorts- no one will ever be the wiser. Appearing to others in your video domain to be fully prepared for the business at hand with little to no preparation may soon be considered the most important freedom of all.

    Here goes the Flickr Photoset of Businessbib halfsuits Research and Development

    Suite 2.0?

    From Boing Boing

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    September 23rd, 2006 at 6:15 am

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