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Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Building Online Communities. It's easy to install and run a Web site or a mailing list. It's hard to run it well. The secret lies in understanding and adopting the best characteristics of several online communities. Ausdrucken! [O'Reilly Network Articles][Der Schockwellenreiter] [thomas n. burg | randgänge] [Blogging Alone]

A nice read, very down-to-earth. Things worth keeping in mind.

What do you think? []  links to this post    10:46:07 PM  
Just do it

The Psychology Of Success. So far there is one other big difference between those who go into business for themselves and those who don't... Entrepreneurs don't care what other people think about them. "They really don't care as much...They're just happy to go ahead and do what they're doing." [elearningpost via thomas n. burg | randgänge]

What do you think? []  links to this post    10:37:33 PM  
How do we recognize knowledge?

Knowledge versus Information, Systems and Individuals.
Understanding 'knowledge' is no simple thing. The lead that
T.D. Wilson (thanks to Seb Paquet ) has provided us can give us a good start. In this entry I sketch an outline not only of what knowledge is but how, in general, one recognizes knowledge when demonstrated by individuals or groups of individuals acting as 'one'.

[Connectivity: Spike Hall's RU Weblog]

In my opinion this is an eloquent approach to defining knowledge as the capability to achieve an outcome.


What do you think? []  links to this post    10:35:25 PM  
PopTech a la Weinberger

Why I Conference Blog. More than a couple of people noticed me and Ernie the Attorney blogging next to each other from PopTech. "Why?" they asked. "Why are you so focused on blogging the conference?" [JOHO the Blog]

David is doing an amazing job at it. Run to his blog.

What do you think? []  links to this post    10:29:51 PM  
Examining our beliefs to effect change

Strengthening After Action Reviews through Double-Loop Learning. [...] Double-loop learning takes the inquiry one step further. It poses questions about our Beliefs, Assumptions and Values in order to determine and understand that how we see the world has a direct line to how we operate in it. The contention of Double-loop learning is that only by understanding our Beliefs, Assumptions and Values can we truly eliminate some of our negative repeating behaviours. [...] [thought?horizon :: non inferiora secutus]

A clear explanation of one way deep change occurs, with a couple neat diagrams thrown in. The rub here is that beliefs, assumptions and values are largely tacit, and that we're usually not trained to become aware of them.

What do you think? []  links to this post    10:12:12 PM  
Processes and products

You have to see the production.

Lilia has pointed me at Knowledge work as craft work an article from April 2002 by Jim McGee which is most pertinent given my new focus on visibility.

It's a good read.  Of particular interest to me was where Jim talks about how, with the advent of purely digital methods of working, only the finished product survives.  This implies that it is only the finished item, and not how it was derived, that has value.  But we know that's wrong, our experience tells us that seeing the production is how we learn.

Another key aspect to visibility into a process is what you do when the finished item turns out to be wrong.  If you need to backtrack and try a new direction, what are you working from?

[Curiouser and curiouser!]

I've rambled a bit on processes versus products a few weeks ago. A similar line of thought.

What do you think? []  links to this post    10:05:06 PM  
Weblogs 'R' Us

Blogs are our Avatars. I was mulling over the difference between posting in mailing lists and posting to your own blog. We can communicate equally well in both media; and both media provide for a public record. So what accounts for the growing preference of people to have their own blog? It's simple, the presentation of a person in a mailing list is fragmented, there is no coherance ... their personality is scatterd amoung their different posts. Not so with a blog, one's personality comes through loud and clear. Its like when we go to a party ... we dress up ... we try to present ourselves as we want to be seen, we can do that in our own blog, it's a lot harder in mail groups and in Usenet.

I think (hope) blogs will evolve rapidly ... they will become our public persona ... they will become our avatars !!. [Seth Russell's Blog]

When I'm physically present with someone, my body is my interface to them, and their interface to me. The weblog is truly performing a similar function on the net, but perhaps in an even more powerful manner. You can't read my mind by just seeing me, but you learn a lot about me just by reading this very webpage. I explain this a little bit more in my blog's introduction and in this post.

What do you think? []  links to this post    9:58:39 PM  
Forbidden books

This is a list of books that are available online, but not to US residents. The guy who manages the list asks for feedback from visitors because, being based in the US, he cannot check his links by himself.
What do you think? []  links to this post    8:53:40 PM  
Group-forming gets going

I'm happy to report that many interesting people have already showed up on the group-forming mailing list. One thing I find particularly exciting is that so far the crowd seems rather diverse, which was one of my hopes.

  • Philip Pearson is the New Zealand hacker/hobbyist who got interested in my ridiculously easy group-forming scheme for weblogs. He's also the guy behind the cooler than cool blogging ecosystem.
  • Jean-Michel is a French programmer who's interested in culture shocks and personal knowledge management
  • Alex Havalais is "an academic, sort of," and is into collective creativity and scientific collaboration.
  • Morbus Iff is "the droid we're looking for". He coded the Amphetadesk news aggregator.
  • Dru Oja Jay is a New Brunswick-based socio-techno-philosopher who simultaneously works on many websites and is interested in "the Web for normal people" - a frustrating enterprise that has led him to reconsider the usefulness of print.
  • Pierre-Emmanuel Muller is a French journalist who founded the international online collaborative newspaper Echo du Village.
  • Eric Hanson is a hobbyist from Washington state with a fascination with "websites that prompt real-life action".
  • Lyn Headley is a hacker in the process of becoming a philosopher in Mexico. His influences: educational philosopher John Dewey, George Herbert Mead and sociologist Pierre Bourdieu.
  • Matt Mower is a UK-based knowledge management consultant interested in making social aggregation work for that vast majority of people who are not "in the loop" yet.
  • Hugh Pyle works at Groove Networks and is interested in getting technology out of the way of people who want to get together.
  • Elijah Wright researches information science at Indiana University. He wants to "push rhetorical and
    linguistically-derived discourse analysis / computer-mediated communication a little bit closer together".
  • Kevin Jones, a serial entrepreneur and writer, is interested in social purpose businesses.

What do you think? []  links to this post    8:47:10 PM  

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