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Monday, March 17, 2003


Robin Cook's 11-minute resignation speech in the British Parliament says it all - highly recommended. []

I wish the US had the same tradition of resignation as other nations.  When its acceptable for someone to give up their job in the name of principles or shame it makes the institution stronger.  Without such traditions we all put on a facade of solidarity, forget how we got here (misbegotten chads) and feed a tyranny of majority.  Its expected that Tony Blair will loose several others in the coming days. 


John Brady Kiesling's resignation from the state department was more than admirable for a person of conscious.  He acted against the grain of tradition.  A protest unaccepted by his institutions, a voice needed and one that will cost him personally.  We yield to the Hobbsian Leviathan so quickly.

"Let them hate so long as they fear."

Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC), believed to be a favorite saying of the notorious Emperor Caligula.

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Participants Share

Sharing knowledge with yourself. Jim McGee nails the role of weblogs in KM, counter to Stephen Downes misguided claim that "Weblogs get data into the system, but that's never been the problem with knowledge management: no, the problem is in using the data in any meaningful way."[OLDaily]

In the organizations where I've struggled to make knowledge management work, one of the fatal flaws has been the notion that knowledge management is somebody else's problem. ...a huge amount of the knowledge important to me remains explicit and never ends up making the cut to tacit. ... Weblogs put the emphasis where I believe it belongs; on the individual knowledge worker. It encourages them to begin thinking about their own knowledge work more explicitly and systematically. It helps them realize that they are the problem and the solution. You have to learn how to share knowledge with yourself over time before you can begin to share it effectively with others. [McGee's Musings]

What weblogs do, contrary to traditional enterprise software, is enage people as participants. 

11:15:41 PM    comment []

Conversational Enterprise

Jon Udell hits on a goldmine of structured data, but the problem is people dont like being structured (more on this after being able to find the time to read Seb's piece on structured blogging).  People and groups are semi-structured, can their applications be too?

The conversational enterprise Bottom-up vs. top-down taxonomy is an old, ongoing KM struggle. But the emerging architecture of business process automation may help us cut that Gordian knot. XML documents, produced and consumed by Web services but also by people running a new generation of XML-savvy applications, will be the currency of the information economy. Richly structured, easily captured, and embedded in well-defined business contexts, they'll be a godsend for tools that mine knowledge from documents. Full story at

Over-the-Wire Analytics. As usual, Jon has provocative analysis regarding the evolving ability to harvest knowledge from business and social processes.  I've been looking into this space lately and am extremely excited by the fact that over-the-wire transparency made possible by sturctured data (XML/RSS/WSDL/SOAP) radically opens up our ability to harvest, analyze and understand social and business processes.  In the past, this kind of real-time analytics were too expensive and too invasive.  Good stuff. [Jeremy Allaire's Radio]

BTW, Im busy as hell this week so I apologize for not blogging enough of my own words.

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Caveat Venditor

Mitch Ratcliffe:

I've been working with Britt Blaser and Flemming Funch on the design of the Xpertweb and it has got me thinking about a number of questions raised in recent years about the role of the buyer, the employee and the citizen, who always seem to come out on the short end of the deal when there is some pre-existing power arrayed against them....

The buyer has needed to be wary since the Romans coined the phrase "caveat emptor" to excuse the seller of poorly made goods or poorly preserved foods. If you were too damned stupid to recognize that your fish sauce was spoiled, tough luck. What Xpertweb does, by flipping the process of a transaction around and making payment dependent on the delivery of quality and quantity promises (whether of stuff or services), is give us the potential for an economic system that both improves the seller's responsiveness to the customer and eliminates the free-rider problem that could afflict a system of payment after delivery....

The full flower of individual choice will come in the midst of what free marketers have espoused despite it's total absence: massively accessible information for decision-making. As a tool for recording accountability, Xpertweb is a model for what is needed: It doesn't impose any particular structure and can work to support interactions among equals in a variety of settings.

[RatcliffeBlog: Business, Technology & Investing]
7:25:55 AM    comment []

First Presidential Candidate with a Weblog
First presidential candidate with a weblog. Check out - I believe this makes Howard Dean the first U.S. presidential candidate to have a weblog. [tins ::: Rick Klau's weblog]
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