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Gregory Esau

Gregory Esau 

Smart Swarming The Future of Organization

Occupation: Consulting. SmartSwarm Management and Consulting (SmartSwarms Management and Consulting)

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ISOOSI Research Engine3,512*Roles and Stories in Effective Marketing* with Dr. Mani Saint-Victor ( @118176779352783168766 ) and @107656088609554509650  In our last show we discussed how words shape brands, both to those within, and without the company.  Building from that understanding of words, tone, voice, this week we go to the *Customer's story* and how we find and play our role in that story. Its fine to define ourselves to ourselves, in a fixed context of simply describing who we are, what our mission is, and similar things... But how does that matter to the potential customer who is wrapped up in their own problems right now?  How do we present ourselves in relation to a specific issue and mindset without losing any of that true definition of ourselves. In this episode we'll revise the importance of 'story', but from the perspective of the customer's story rather than our own.  We'll discuss how we fit ourselves into a vital and needed role in that story, and how to play that role effectively, powerfully, believable, and above all, truthfully. *Links* G+ Hangout Event: http://isoo.si/Ab23D Watch on YouTube: http://isoo.si/t3B2S Main Comment stream: http://isoo.si/Ab23D Related recommended reading: http://isoo.si/q5FWn Join our wonderful guests @118176779352783168766 and @107656088609554509650, the   #isoosichat   regulars @113426828273677356184, @106515636986325493284 and @116843668885160648294 for this discussion.Roles and Stories in Effective Marketing2014-07-01 21:00:0074  
Wade Harman21,777Relationship Marketing Community HOA Join @111552522175915203592 of @108827198716965466311 as we talk to some prominent members in the relationship marketing community!  If you're not in the community, come and join us here http://goo.gl/4O0V8v If you are in the community and would like to come hangout live on air, let me know in the comment section and we'll invite you in and see what you've been up to!The Relationship Marketing Community HOA2014-05-23 20:00:0025  
David F “SmallBizDavid” Leopold3,970Using the Google+ Hangout on Air tool, David discusses his new book, *"Google+ Hangouts for Business"*  with "SmallBizDavid".  Details are being finalized for a "virtual book signing".    The Event's official sponsor is *"PlusMyReach"*, a new Google+ Event  analytical tool.                                                      *PlusMyReach*                                                http://plusmyreach.net          Our "Engagement Metric" is the only Google+ tool that measures total Engagement of your HOA Event (before, during, and after)---and tells you what the "Reach"  of the active engagers is.  The tool is essential to help you make critical Marketing decisions. Event Hashtag:  #PlusMyReach ABOUT *"Google+ Hangouts for Business":* Author: David Amerland Google+ Hangouts™ can help you build brands, shorten sales cycles, improve customer  service, train staff, align employees behind strategy, and a whole lot more. You name it,  someone’s doing it successfully with Hangouts. You can, too—and Google+ Hangouts  for Business will show you how. David Amerland completely demystifies Hangouts:  the hands-on tools, best-practice techniques, opportunities, even the etiquette. Amerland  reveals exactly how to profit from Hangouts, even if you have absolutely no video or  business social networking experience. You’ll discover why Hangouts isn't “just another”  video or conferencing technology—and why the difference makes it so valuable to your  business.  Then, Amerland shows you how to:  • Master the unique dynamics of real-time marketing (and avoid the pitfalls) • Confidently run a smooth, professional Hangout, stay in control, and handle the  unexpected • Rebroadcast your Hangouts to everyone (or just the people you choose) • Use Hangouts even if you don't use the Google+ social network • Plan Hangouts that build trust, consumer engagement, and brand equity • Connect at a deeper personal level, and establish an online identity that reflects  who you really are • Do it all at low cost—or maybe no cost at all Whatever your business, this quick and easy guide will help you build powerful new  connections within your company, with your best customers and prospects—with  everyone you need to reach."Google+ Hangouts for Business"---David Amerland releases his new book2014-04-04 16:00:00122  
Yifat Cohen85,377*If you've ever wondered...* What is Google+ and why you can ignore it no more... How online life became exactly the same as offline life & what it means to your biz... The one word that will change everything you do now Online Exposure is a given, this is what you should really worry about  DIVING IN... What are Hangouts and how they can: Give you back your time.. Free you from business travel (give you back those special family moments)... Increase collaboration... Level the Media play field - you can do better than famous TV stars... Do it professionally - just like the TV stars.... Make you money from the things you LOVE to do... Then join @114482686646572776469  as she interviews me about Google+ and Hangouts... *Leave your questions in the comments so I can get them answered* PS. If you haven't heard my talk at Eben Pagen's event a few weeks ago and you didn't receive my 3 strategies for increasing visibility and positioning, but you want to - then RSVP and show up. *Oh, and invite your friends - because great things are better shared* ;) ------------ #howtohangout   #howtogoogleplus   #newbie   #hangoutsonair   #gplusgotogal   #gplustraining   #googleplustips   #hangoutstrategies  How Google+ Hangouts Allow You to Monetize Your Passion2014-04-02 21:00:00192  
Meloney Hall4,129Teacher Says, “ Okay, class --  you better take notes for this lesson.” Fifteen students take notes vigorously as they try to keep up with writing cursive on their lined notebook paper. Eight Students do not take any notes at all.  They might ask for someone’s notes later. One Student draws doodles as a form of note-taking.  She gets laughed at and told to “grow-up” and take notes the right way.  I’m kind of embarrassed I listened to those peers; I need to gain those skills again!  So much easier to retain the information when you can draw pictures with your written notes (printed, not cursive).  How about the Digital Way of taking notes today?  That’s what +113865527017476906160  will be showing us during the HOA broadcast with me.  I will be interviewing Sacha Chua on Wednesday, March 12th at 6:00pm ET / 3:00pm PT about how she uses SketchNotes for taking notes in a digital format.  Free-flow handwriting and techy all at the same time!  She’s a woman in science and technology, so she really loves gadgets!    She uses SketchNotes, and it’s really very fascinating!  Watching her do them LIVE is really the best!  I know Sacha as a fellow HelpOuts Provider, and I have seen her do this for many HOA’s.  This is why I wanted to interview her --  you’ll say WOW like I did when I first learned about her and what she does.    This is a link to give you the basic idea of what the system is and why it is so handy for students, business people, and anyone else who needs to retain information.  And if you’re into saving paper, then this is a true match for you!  I like to think of SketchNotes as a digital white board.  http://www.core77.com/blog/sketchnotes/sketchnotes_101_the_basics_of_visual_note-taking_19678.asp Select YES or MAYBE to get a reminder on your calendar.  It will also help mark the spot if you can’t watch live, but will want to watch the replay.  You’re in for a techy-treat!  Hope you’ll be watching! Visual Note-Taking with Sacha Chua2014-03-12 23:00:0033  
Social Media Hangout5,729Join the owners and moderators of the Social Media communities on Google+ (Strategy, Professionals, Creative, and Discussions) as they introduce you to this brand new HOA series: Social Media Hangout! as well as the Social Media communities. 3:00 PM EDT (Eastern Daylight Time - NEW YORK TIME ZONE) This means: 7:00 PM GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) http://smhangout.com Featuring the likes of: @103008963082975341976  @107665939201638457855  @107022061436866576067  @113690073826160821557  @102572320061138442096  @117547081660023231214  @115516333681138986628  and more to come, keep an eye out for announcements this week! We just may sneak in a few surprises and gifts for viewers, so this is one HOA you definitely don't want to miss. Brought to you by @109836237376101025302, as well as our wonderful partners: @102987204232298235213 @115515796589038584989 @118277786822373935125 @102577254872201879750 @110898358562182430662 and @116266498226740184904 Social Media Hangout: Greetings and Salutations2014-03-09 20:00:00167  
Ronnie Bincer114,952*Learn How to Start a HOA (Hangout on Air) best practices mid-Feb '14* _It is no secret that things change a lot here on Google Plus... come learn the latest suggested way to start up a Live HOA Broadcast._ This live training event will take you step-by-step through the process for setting up and starting your own Hangout on Air (HOA) using Google Plus and the Hangouts Menu. There are other ways as well, but this one is the way that Google is wanting us to use, so I'll treat it as the 'best way' to start things up for now. Things have recently changed to make this method better than it was before for marketing your HOA Event. This training event will go through the steps you'll need to take to get going and after the slides have been shown there will be some time for Q&A. *Invite your friends* and leave questions in the comments for us to address... _we'll get to them if they relate to the Hangouts menu method we'll be covering here._ Find out much more about Hangouts and HOA by becoming a part of the *Hangout Mastery* membership group. Details here www.bit.ly/HangoutMastery === === #HOAtips   #HangoutsOnAir   #ScheduledHOAEvents   #HOAevents   #EventsTips   #HangoutMastery   #TheHangoutHelper  How do I start a Hangout on Air? Best practices mid Feb 20142014-02-13 19:00:00262  
Jim Shankle1,818It's always a pleasure hearing +David Amerland discuss _*"The GSS/G+ Connection"*_ because it's a subject area with many facets. For mobile viewers click on this YouTube Link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S76tXQ5qZ30  The time for the Event is translated to your local time zone. As a reference, it starts at 7:30 PM ET. _Google Semantic Search_ and its direct connection to, and support by, Google+ (what I am starting to call _"The GSS/G+ Connection"_) is remarkably deep and important. Yet David explains it with such simplicity, ease, and freshness that it's very understandable and enjoyable no matter your level of experience. Unquestionably, there is a wealth of material in this subject matter which means David will never be over-exposed or fail to peel back yet another layer of this *very large* onion every time he appears in an HOA. Thursday night he is joining my _MBA Marketing Strategies_ class at John Brown University (Rogers Center in Northwest Arkansas) via Google Hangouts On Air. David will explain _The GSS/G+ Connection_ from an MBA's and marketer's perspective. He will also introduce some unique "life applications" that should be pursued as an extension of the emerging power of GSS and Google+. Our session will start at 6:30 PM CST for those interested in seeing Marketing Strategies examined from David's unique perspective. *Two facts backing my conclusion that David has struck a deep vein...* 1) He had 22,000 Followers when I started communicating with him 5-6 weeks ago. Today his Followers number over 150,000, and 2) His game-changing book _Google Semantic Search_ - 230 pages (including an extensive Bibliography for those who want to explore the subject even further) that mines (as David calls it) a "semantically dense" subject. Proof that GSS/G+ is a critically important subject for MBA students (everyone really) was on display last week. Friday for an enjoyable and fast-paced hour, David, +Mark Traphagen  +Ronnie Bincer   (aka "The Hangout Helper") and +martin shervington  discussed how Google+ is changing behavior on the internet - to the better - https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c0n7nndld5gebbjat1of0dhb124  Even after a full hour, there were many unaddressed questions - reflecting that the session could have continued for the rest of the day. Based on the enjoyable chemistry of these four professionals, most their large audience probably would not have left them had it continued. Come join us Thursday night to continue the discussion. #mktgmba  MBA Marketing Strategies - David Amerland Explores "The GSS/G+ Connection" at John Brown University2013-11-08 01:30:0062  
John Blossom126,393*Join Us for Chromecast Fridays! Episode 5* Hang on to your hats, it's yet another Friday on the horizon and another chance to join #Chromecastfridays , when we get together in an On-Air Hangout to talk about the new Google #Chromecast TV streaming device and all things streaming to your TV. Lots to talk about this week - new content partners for Chromecast, the @102139249949018843498 may be coming to @115229808208707341778 soon, Sony's baking up a TV bundle and launching its new PS4 soon, +TwitchTV is expanding its coverage of live computing gaming and more! I will be taking a break next week for the holiday weekend, so please come join us! Chromecast Fridays! Episode 52013-08-24 03:00:009  
John Blossom126,393I hope that you'll have some time to stop by Friday for Chromecast Fridays!, our weekly get-together in On-Air Hangouts. Much to discuss as the world of Chromecast continues to burst open with new sources of content - file streaming from Dropbox, Plex in the wings, a Raspberry Pi wannabe and more! Tell your friends about  #chromecastfridays ...Chromecast Fridays! Episode 32013-08-10 03:00:009  
Craig “The Tech Teacher” Chamberlin80,346*Tune In Monday Night on YouTube at 9 PM EST for PCM Tech Talk Live!* In today's LIVE broadcast, get ready to discuss these topics with Craig Chamberlin while on the air on YouTube! - Your Questions! Anything Goes! - YouTube Will Let Channels Charge Subscribers - Nintendo Trying To Get Developer Support for Wii-U - iPad Teaches Kids Programming - Windows 8 Updates With Your Permission - Brand New Fitbit Wearable Tech! - Playstation 2 Officially Going To Die - Apple Having Trouble Signing New Carriers? - Xbox May Not Require A Constant Internet Connection - Senate Voting To Tax The Internet... Again. - 3D Printed Handguns, As Many As You'd Like For $8000 - Adobe Moving Software to The Cloud *Read all of the articles for tonight's episode in the official flipboard PCM Tech Help Show Magazine: Episode 50* http://flip.it/ctGKE *Join the Community!* https://plus.google.com/communities/103552239261416834535 #googleplus   #googleplushangouts   #gplus   #gplushangouts   #livestream   #hangoutsonair   #hoa   #techhelp   #xbox720  #xbox360 #3dprinting #3dhandgun #3d #printing #technews #adobe #cloud #adobecloud #cloudcomputing #cloudsoftware #youtube #windows8 #ipad #programming #youtubevideo #tv #broadcasting #freebroadcasting #makemoneyonline #tvdying #nintendo #fitbit #wearabletechPCMTTL! 50: YouTube "Paid Subscriptions" Further Kill Traditional TV. Tech News! Live Q&A!2013-05-06 21:00:3811  
Ronnie Bincer114,952*Watch the 9th in the series about Google Plus Communities (GPC)* _Google Plus Community (GPC) "Managing LARGE Communities" focus_ Special Guest: @115980322864066690488 - owner/moderator of a *Large & Active* Public GPC on Google Plus (41k+ members inside *Google+ Updates* http://goo.gl/RPt17 ). Listen and watch as Clayton, @116024884086268367178 @116049412326685043114 & @108210288375340023376 discuss the latest developments for GPC and what goes on behind the scenes when building & managing a large Public Community. If you are on mobile you can watch here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZyKKb33ypQ *Feel Free to Share this Event with others to help them get up to speed!* Learn about what to do when your GPC grows and becomes a bigger part of your day. Learn how to best take advantage of Large GPCs. *_Scroll Down for more info..._* Find all the previous discussions in this YouTube playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLh2TCfgo3UtvWhn9rV0qox1Vj2KHykLl1 or if you prefer check them out here... To get ready, you can *watch part 1 here:* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIvlKooab-c *watch part 2* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1PWWSrnzhA  *watch part 3* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ica-tWpmSnY *watch part 4* via this link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrQEgBE8Xcg *watch part 5* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEkKTx0KgIo *watch part 6* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUwocBZfs3o *watch part 7* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j86RsqZaw0w *watch part 8* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUAYbdelgfY *watch part 9* via this link here (this one): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZyKKb33ypQ Tell your friends, come join in the discussion as we will try to bring in some of the comments from the stream into the live show. *Feel free to share this event and invite others to join in!* - - -  #communitytips  #googlepluscommunities   #communities   #onairdiscussions   #community #GPC #GPCtips #GooglePlusTips  - - - Google+ Communities Overview after 5 months - Large Community Focus2013-05-02 21:00:0082  
martin shervington1,350,974Ronnie is my main go to guy for all questions about YouTube. As such, I thought I would grab some time and ask him things like: Why should people on Google+ be looking at YouTube now? Anything we should be avoiding doing when we get started? What does he think about monetizing videos? How can people use it for business? Are there ways to get better YouTube search results? What top tips does he have for people getting started? How does he approach doing analysis? How can we increase our subscribers and why is this useful to do? And many more to follow... Just click on 'YES' and we will see you then!Loads of YouTube hints and tips for Google Plussers, with Ronnie Bincer2013-04-01 18:00:0068  
United Nations Human Rights1,255,164In the lead up to the first Forum on Business and Human Rights, taking place from 3 to 5 December, we will host a Hangout on Google+ on Thursday, 22 November at 3pm CET: http://google.com/+unitednationshumanrights Take part in the conversation and make your voice count now! http://bit.ly/W9dn0FBusiness Forum Hangout Make your #VoiceCount Google+ Hangout Series (I)2012-11-22 15:00:00140  
Yifat Cohen85,377*Do you feel like a good parent when you give your child juice for lunch instead of french fries?* I would. *And I would be wrong.* If you're like me, you're probably going through the same parent's dilemma as I am - *how do I keep my child healthy while allowing him to enjoy all the goods out there?* This is such a big thing for me that my step son has named me a healthologist (there's more to it, join the Hangout to get the whole story - it's worth it). *Quality - Quantity - Timing* My daily struggle with what to put in my child's mouth so that he has a healthy diet is shared with many parents, I'm sure. What to put in his lunch box other than peanut butter and jelly? What's for dinner? (my daily nightmare) Did he have enough protein today? Did he eat fruits? He had a cup of juice, does that count as one serving? What about dessert - can he have some? Should it be home made? Sugar or not..? And why do I keep craving sweets after a meal? *Myth and Reality* Dr.@100118793214522675509 is the author of The Step Up Diet: From Scratch...The Quality, Quantity and Timing Solution to Childhood Obesity. In the book, Dr. Katalenas breaks down myths that we use as a basis to our purchasing decisions, like - *Sugar-free or calorie-free drinks are a good option to reduce or maintain weight in children.* *A serving of fruit juice is equivalent to a serving of fruit.* *Some canned pasta dishes contain a whole serving of vegetables and are a good alternative for the busy family.* *As a children’s drink, chocolate milk is equivalent to regular milk.* And the one I'm most guilty of - *Toddlers should take a vitamin supplement every day.* *IF YOU'RE A PARENT CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR FAMILY'S MEALS, YOU SHOULD JOIN OUR HANGOUT* Bring your questions to Dr. Katalenas and get a step by step advice on how to get started on healthy meals that you can fit in your busy schedule. Grab Dr. Katalenas book here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0095M3RUY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0095M3RUY&linkCode=as2&tag=myubifone-20 *About Dr. Katalenas:* After growing up in Spain, Dr. Katalenas moved to the United States in 1984 to learn English and to become a pediatrician.  A Board Certified Pediatrician, Dr. Katalenas graduated from the University of Oviedo Medical School, located in Northern Spain, in 1982. She worked as a General Practitioner in her hometown of Oviedo, and also performed Clinical Medical Research Projects at the University Medical School. She has served as Chairman of Pediatrics at Round Rock Medical Center for three years, most recently in 2008. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics for the University of Texas Medical Branch, a supervising physician for the Resident Program for UT Southwestern Medical School and a Clinical Instructor for the University of Texas School of Nursing.Yes, you CAN you give your kid french fries for dinner! If...2012-10-25 18:00:0034  
Mick Fealty14,223All across the world, systems are crashing. In banking we've seen debt slicing and long haul internal systems like that of RBS/NatWest/Ulster Bank literally falling apart. In Europe post war notions of solidarity are being stretched to bursting as sovereign nations argue over the degree to which fiscal sovereignty can be shared.   Further afield the Arab nations continue in popular tumult after several generations of acquiescence under varying degrees of autocracy. Yet like Greece, Spain and Portugal to the north - each just one or two generations ahead - the Arab world is finding that democracy does not come in a shiny, ready wrapped box. Even in more settled democracies, once venerable institutions are finding huge problems keeping up with the speed at which their citizens can communicate, not through them but around them.   Why not join our panel this Friday for #DigitalLunch  at the usual time, where we will attempt to serve starters about 1pm and finish before the hour is out? #DigitalLunch: Crashing systems2012-09-28 14:00:007  
Yifat Cohen85,377*WHAT IS THE PATH TO DISCOVERING WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU STAND FOR?* _I want to live, not merely survive_ _And I won't give up this dream_ _Of life that keeps me alive_ _I gotta be me, I gotta be me_ _The dream that I see makes me what I am_ ~Sammy Davis Jr *WHAT IS YOUR DREAM?* When you first start your *Google+ presence* you must decide *who you're going to be in public*.  How do you go about figuring it out?  @115633934578783827271 became a self stylized "unconventional consultant" because he couldn't imagine himself as anything else but. He is now dedicating his life to bringing this whole social business divide between us ("social") and business (capitalism) together in a unified and harmonious fashion. *LET'S EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITIES* Join us tomorrow to explore the ways Gregory found what he stands for, and how you can go about doing the same. *LIVE BRAINSTORMING*  We'll talk about life's journeys, about dreams, values and the masks we put on...about finding what really matters and going for it full force. Come share your passions with us!Making Your Life Count.2012-08-28 18:00:0032  

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2016-02-10 17:30:20 (10 comments; 3 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Ethereum is now the second highest valued crypto currency - and yet so much, much more than a currency.

Its potential and capability is being recognized by many very rapidly.

By every measure Ethereum is becoming a reality, faster than one might have expected - unless you consider exponential growth curves in which case it IS to be expected... and we ain't seen nothing yet.

http://www.financemagnates.com/cryptocurrency/innovation/ethereum-market-cap-reaches-record-as-new-features-are-released/

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2016-02-17 16:02:27 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Nick Hanauer, and Eric Beinhocker both bring unique intellectual chops to the table in this excellent article. 

Most plusones: 18

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2016-01-11 20:01:58 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Fire in the sky 

The weather gods sending a message.

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2016-03-30 16:29:44 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Innovation
And Leadership

This is as good a read as you'll find on both. 

Innovation
And Leadership

This is as good a read as you'll find on both. ___

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2016-03-25 21:16:29 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Cybersecurity

Yes, yes, I know some think of this as an oxymoron. Even so, fresh think is needed. 

Obviously, what we’re doing isn’t working. Rather than doing the same things over and over and expecting different results , we need to fundamentally change our approach. For instance, instead of throwing up our hands because we think hackers are just too smart for us, what if we took the approach of using their perceived strengths against them? Such an approach might begin by looking at the reality of how hackers really behave rather than how we think of them. What we know about them already reveals a lot of information we can use to construct a more aggressive and certainly more effective response.

Cybersecurity

Yes, yes, I know some think of this as an oxymoron. Even so, fresh think is needed. 

Obviously, what we’re doing isn’t working. Rather than doing the same things over and over and expecting different results , we need to fundamentally change our approach. For instance, instead of throwing up our hands because we think hackers are just too smart for us, what if we took the approach of using their perceived strengths against them? Such an approach might begin by looking at the reality of how hackers really behave rather than how we think of them. What we know about them already reveals a lot of information we can use to construct a more aggressive and certainly more effective response.___

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2016-03-25 20:51:22 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Team Dynamics

What's the difference between people that work well together, and those who don't? 
It has nothing to do with the individual smarts, but rather how people treated one another. 

As the researchers studied the groups, however, they noticed two behaviors that all the good teams generally shared. First, on the good teams, members spoke in roughly the same proportion, a phenomenon the researchers referred to as ‘‘equality in distribution of conversational turn-taking.’’ On some teams, everyone spoke during each task; on others, leadership shifted among teammates from assignment to assignment. But in each case, by the end of the day, everyone had spoken roughly the same amount. ‘‘As long as everyone got a chance to talk, the team did well,’’ Woolley said. ‘‘But if only one person or a small group spoke all the time, the collectiveintelligence declined... more »

Team Dynamics

What's the difference between people that work well together, and those who don't? 
It has nothing to do with the individual smarts, but rather how people treated one another. 

As the researchers studied the groups, however, they noticed two behaviors that all the good teams generally shared. First, on the good teams, members spoke in roughly the same proportion, a phenomenon the researchers referred to as ‘‘equality in distribution of conversational turn-taking.’’ On some teams, everyone spoke during each task; on others, leadership shifted among teammates from assignment to assignment. But in each case, by the end of the day, everyone had spoken roughly the same amount. ‘‘As long as everyone got a chance to talk, the team did well,’’ Woolley said. ‘‘But if only one person or a small group spoke all the time, the collective intelligence declined.’’

Second, the good teams all had high ‘‘average social sensitivity’’ — a fancy way of saying they were skilled at intuiting how others felt based on their tone of voice, their expressions and other nonverbal cues. One of the easiest ways to gauge social sensitivity is to show someone photos of people’s eyes and ask him or her to describe what the people are thinking or feeling — an exam known as the Reading the Mind in the Eyes test. People on the more successful teams in Woolley’s experiment scored above average on the Reading the Mind in the Eyes test. They seemed to know when someone was feeling upset or left out. People on the ineffective teams, in contrast, scored below average. They seemed, as a group, to have less sensitivity toward their colleagues.___

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2016-03-22 02:42:38 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Well Player, KD, Well Played

The icon mac and cheese changed its ingredients, and how Kraft rolled that out is nothing short of brilliant. More for what they didn't do, than what they did do (eventually). 

Well Player, KD, Well Played

The icon mac and cheese changed its ingredients, and how Kraft rolled that out is nothing short of brilliant. More for what they didn't do, than what they did do (eventually). ___

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2016-03-21 16:11:16 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Talk Matters
How You Talk, and How you Perceive Others Talk Matters More

This was an eye opener!

Talk Matters
How You Talk, and How you Perceive Others Talk Matters More

This was an eye opener!___

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2016-03-11 16:58:34 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

It's 1915 All Over Again
Except This Time the Car Manufacturer is the Horse And Buggy

What happens to the mass market car sales business model when this 'virtuous' cycle starts to eliminate the need for so many cars. 

I'm beginning to work with local auto dealerships, to get them ahead of this curve. It's an interesting challenge, to say the least. 

Via +Frank Diana 

It's 1915 All Over Again
Except This Time the Car Manufacturer is the Horse And Buggy

What happens to the mass market car sales business model when this 'virtuous' cycle starts to eliminate the need for so many cars. 

I'm beginning to work with local auto dealerships, to get them ahead of this curve. It's an interesting challenge, to say the least. 

Via +Frank Diana ___

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2016-03-07 22:39:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Rules of the Innovation Road
Intelligent Design

Innovation is much more like evolution and natural selection than it is R&D. 
Recently, I've taken to thinking of innovation as evolution plus Intelligence design, as that process that takes ideas that bubble up from native creativity 'in the wild', to that of something that demonstrably moves the needle. 
This has been for centuries much more happenstance than by design, but as innovation researchers continue to pour over the cases of what succeeds, and what doesn't, the process becomes much more elegant in the intelligence of a design approach.  

What that in mind, +Greg Satell lays out nine principles that makes up this process. 

Rules of the Innovation Road
Intelligent Design

Innovation is much more like evolution and natural selection than it is R&D. 
Recently, I've taken to thinking of innovation as evolution plus Intelligence design, as that process that takes ideas that bubble up from native creativity 'in the wild', to that of something that demonstrably moves the needle. 
This has been for centuries much more happenstance than by design, but as innovation researchers continue to pour over the cases of what succeeds, and what doesn't, the process becomes much more elegant in the intelligence of a design approach.  

What that in mind, +Greg Satell lays out nine principles that makes up this process. ___

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2016-03-03 03:03:16 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

The Long Wave

This was obvious 20 years ago (I'm not a Marxist, honest!), but I was off on the timing by ten years.
(I at one time harboured a desire to play shorts, but wisely concluded I didn't have the analytics nor the stomach to play that game. Somebody out there does, and will be reaping the rewards soon enough.)

Canada and the world ride the long wave to GDP gloom: Don Pittis - Business - CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/business/global-canada-gdp-kondratieff-cycle-1.3470714 ---
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The Long Wave

This was obvious 20 years ago (I'm not a Marxist, honest!), but I was off on the timing by ten years.
(I at one time harboured a desire to play shorts, but wisely concluded I didn't have the analytics nor the stomach to play that game. Somebody out there does, and will be reaping the rewards soon enough.)

Canada and the world ride the long wave to GDP gloom: Don Pittis - Business - CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/business/global-canada-gdp-kondratieff-cycle-1.3470714 ---
News Suite bit.ly/newssuiteapp___

2016-02-19 17:30:19 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

A tidy two minute video explaining corporate culture. Or more broadly, organizational culture. 

A tidy two minute video explaining corporate culture. Or more broadly, organizational culture. ___

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2016-02-19 16:14:08 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

The best piece I've read to date for understanding the case, and the implications. 

The best piece I've read to date for understanding the case, and the implications. ___

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2016-02-18 19:38:55 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Whoaaaa

Did the Fed just add some gonads to its toolkit? 

Whoaaaa

Did the Fed just add some gonads to its toolkit? ___

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2016-02-17 16:02:27 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Nick Hanauer, and Eric Beinhocker both bring unique intellectual chops to the table in this excellent article. 

Nick Hanauer, and Eric Beinhocker both bring unique intellectual chops to the table in this excellent article. ___

2016-02-15 16:44:36 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

It is All about the Band
Not Just The Individual Players

While we can appreciate a fine solo, it is the entire orchestra that really captures our awe. 

It is All about the Band
Not Just The Individual Players

While we can appreciate a fine solo, it is the entire orchestra that really captures our awe. ___

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2016-02-13 00:11:28 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

A Culture Of Fear and Lying
Was the Death of Nokia

The forensics of a dominant company. 

Top managers thus made middle managers afraid of disappointing them—by intimating that they were not ambitious enough to meet top managers’ stretched goals. One middle manager suggested to a colleague that he challenged a top manager’s decision, but his colleague said “that he didn’t have the courage; he had a family and small children”.

Fearing the reactions of top managers, middle managers remained silent or provided optimistic, filtered information. One middle manager told us “the information did not flow upwards. Top management was directly lied to…I remember examples when you had a chart and the supervisor told you to move the data points to the right [to give a better impression]. Then your supervisor went to present it to the higher-level executives.There were situa... more »

A Culture Of Fear and Lying
Was the Death of Nokia

The forensics of a dominant company. 

Top managers thus made middle managers afraid of disappointing them—by intimating that they were not ambitious enough to meet top managers’ stretched goals. One middle manager suggested to a colleague that he challenged a top manager’s decision, but his colleague said “that he didn’t have the courage; he had a family and small children”.

Fearing the reactions of top managers, middle managers remained silent or provided optimistic, filtered information. One middle manager told us “the information did not flow upwards. Top management was directly lied to…I remember examples when you had a chart and the supervisor told you to move the data points to the right [to give a better impression]. Then your supervisor went to present it to the higher-level executives. There were situations where everybody knew things were going wrong, but we were thinking, “Why tell top managers about this? It won’t make things any better.” We discussed this kind of choice openly.”

This shared fear was exacerbated by a culture of status inside Nokia that made everyone want to hold onto power for fear of resources being allocated elsewhere or being demoted and cast aside if they delivered bad news or showing that they were not bold or ambitious enough to undertake challenging assignments.___

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2016-02-12 18:53:52 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

The Sharing Platforms
And Their Ecosystems

This is a great look at the challenges and opportunities in the future of urban auto transportation, and transportation as a service. 

As the author gets at, this is a classic case for the ecosystem, "Creating and stabilizing new ecosystems".

I am very excited, and bullish about this incredibly unique opportunity to see if my concepts for the Glia model of the ecosystem can gain traction and acceptance with the necessary public and private spheres, to be able to create entirely new hybrids of business and organizational models and systems, that develops win-win-win products and services between private and public enterprises, consumers and citizens. 

The Sharing Platforms
And Their Ecosystems

This is a great look at the challenges and opportunities in the future of urban auto transportation, and transportation as a service. 

As the author gets at, this is a classic case for the ecosystem, "Creating and stabilizing new ecosystems".

I am very excited, and bullish about this incredibly unique opportunity to see if my concepts for the Glia model of the ecosystem can gain traction and acceptance with the necessary public and private spheres, to be able to create entirely new hybrids of business and organizational models and systems, that develops win-win-win products and services between private and public enterprises, consumers and citizens. ___

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2016-02-11 02:27:12 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

An Overview of the Parasitic, Casino Economy
And, IMNSHO, It's Pretty Bang On

This is from Aug, 2015, but nothing much has changed. The U.S. is an oligarchy, with Wall St running the, um, aaaah, "economy". 
With short but insightful looks at the Chinese economy, and the Greek situation thrown in as well. 

The real problem is that we’re still in the aftermath of when the bubble burst in 2008, that all of the growth in the economy has only been in the financial sector, in the monopolies—only for the 1 percent. And it’s as if there are two economies, and the 99 percent has not grown. And so, the American economy is still in a debt deflation. So the real problem is, stocks have doubled in price since 2008, and the economy, for most people, certainly who listen to your show, hasn’t grown at all.

[...]

So, the real problem isthat we’r... more »

An Overview of the Parasitic, Casino Economy
And, IMNSHO, It's Pretty Bang On

This is from Aug, 2015, but nothing much has changed. The U.S. is an oligarchy, with Wall St running the, um, aaaah, "economy". 
With short but insightful looks at the Chinese economy, and the Greek situation thrown in as well. 

The real problem is that we’re still in the aftermath of when the bubble burst in 2008, that all of the growth in the economy has only been in the financial sector, in the monopolies—only for the 1 percent. And it’s as if there are two economies, and the 99 percent has not grown. And so, the American economy is still in a debt deflation. So the real problem is, stocks have doubled in price since 2008, and the economy, for most people, certainly who listen to your show, hasn’t grown at all.

[...]

So, the real problem is that we’re in a nonrecovery in America, and Europe is in an absolute class war of austerity. That’s what the eurozone is, an austerity zone. So that’s not growing. And that’s really what’s happening. And all that you saw on Monday was just sort of like a shift, tectonic shift, is people realizing, "Well, the game is up, it’s time to get out." And once a few people want to get out, everybody sees the game’s up.

And the financial sector somehow depicts itself as the brains of the economy, and it would like to replace government. What Larry Summers said is what—governments have to pay their debts by privatizing more, essentially, by doing what Margaret Thatcher did in England. That’s his solution to the crisis: All the governments have to do is balance the budget, sell everything to Wall Street on credit, and we won’t have any more problem. And that’s basically—the financial sector is almost at war, not only against labor, as most of the socialists talk about, but against governments and against industry. It’s cannibalizing industry. So now most of the corporations in America are using their income not to do what industrial capitalism did a century ago, not to build more factories and employ more people and make more profits; they’re just using it, as I said, to push it to pay dividends and to buy back their shares and to somehow manipulate the financial sector in the stock prices, not the economy as a whole. So there’s been a divergence between the real economy and what I call the—economists call the FIRE sector—finance, insurance and real estate. And they’re going in separate directions.

Well, almost—both parties are basically run by Wall Street. The Democratic Party, ever since Bill Clinton, was run by Robert Rubin. And all of the secretaries of the treasury, the officials, have basically come from Goldman Sachs, especially Tim Geithner. One of the problems in Greece, by the way, was that Obama and Geithner, coming from the Rubin group, met at the Group of Eight meetings and told—were told, basically, Greece, "You have to pay, because the American banks have made so many big bets on Greek bonds that if Greece doesn’t repay"—this is back in 2011—"then the American banks will go under, and if we go under, we’re going to pull Europe down." So, the American banks basically—we’re talking about Wall Street investment firms. They don’t—they’re called investment bankers, but they don’t invest. They gamble. And we’re really much more in casino capitalism than finance capitalism.___

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2016-02-10 19:17:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Collaborative Production
And The Future of Governance

As Clay Christensen, ye of disruption expertise (sic), once said: (paraphrased), "When looking for your next competitive threat, don't look to the left, or to the right, or even up. Look down."

This is the case for the blockchain technology, and the growing waves of community and social and business expertise, and socialpreneurs that is growing around it.

Our systems of organization and governance are hundreds of years old. Yes, improvements have been made, but be it political or business organizational governance and leadership, these models are easily hacked, exploited, and corrupted by the power elite, the greedy, and the ego gratification types. That's bad for business, and bad for society.

From my perspective, and ambitions, I readily see the technology, the knowledge, the... more »

Collaborative Production
And The Future of Governance

As Clay Christensen, ye of disruption expertise (sic), once said: (paraphrased), "When looking for your next competitive threat, don't look to the left, or to the right, or even up. Look down."

This is the case for the blockchain technology, and the growing waves of community and social and business expertise, and socialpreneurs that is growing around it.

Our systems of organization and governance are hundreds of years old. Yes, improvements have been made, but be it political or business organizational governance and leadership, these models are easily hacked, exploited, and corrupted by the power elite, the greedy, and the ego gratification types. That's bad for business, and bad for society.

From my perspective, and ambitions, I readily see the technology, the knowledge, the know-how, the desire and the need percolating up from the surface.
I see the wave of change and innovation starting in the cities, and with a push from a challenged citizen, on up through the next tiers of government.
The age of political parties, popular voting, etc, has got to go.  ___

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2016-02-10 17:30:20 (10 comments; 3 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

This is Awesome

Blockchain was the technological breakthrough that truly made my Glia organizational model possible. 
It was +Gerd Moe-Behrens who first tuned me to that possibility back in Aug 2014, with +Ethereum . I've been keeping a close eye on them since. 

There are other excellent ecosystems emerging around the blockchain, but for me, given what is at stake (my business and life future!), for my money I'm going with Ethereum for building out the Glia system. 
We're (tentatively) starting our long range plans of being the premier Transportation as a Service (TaaS) platform and Operating System, with a ride sharing service in Vancouver, using the Ethereum platform. 
Exciting times!

Ethereum is now the second highest valued crypto currency - and yet so much, much more than a currency.

Its potential and capability is being recognized by many very rapidly.

By every measure Ethereum is becoming a reality, faster than one might have expected - unless you consider exponential growth curves in which case it IS to be expected... and we ain't seen nothing yet.

http://www.financemagnates.com/cryptocurrency/innovation/ethereum-market-cap-reaches-record-as-new-features-are-released/___This is Awesome

Blockchain was the technological breakthrough that truly made my Glia organizational model possible. 
It was +Gerd Moe-Behrens who first tuned me to that possibility back in Aug 2014, with +Ethereum . I've been keeping a close eye on them since. 

There are other excellent ecosystems emerging around the blockchain, but for me, given what is at stake (my business and life future!), for my money I'm going with Ethereum for building out the Glia system. 
We're (tentatively) starting our long range plans of being the premier Transportation as a Service (TaaS) platform and Operating System, with a ride sharing service in Vancouver, using the Ethereum platform. 
Exciting times!

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2016-02-10 17:24:10 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

I Particularly
Like The Opportunities Part

A nice business level review of the types of activity that may lend itself to new blockchain capabilities.

Massive disruption indeed... and the flip side, massive opportunities.

http://blogs.wsj.com/cio/2016/02/02/blockchain-catalyst-for-massive-change-across-industries/ ___I Particularly
Like The Opportunities Part

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2016-02-10 15:37:13 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Platforms
Heaven or Hell

This is a great piece that underscores why it is so important as to who has an ownership stake in the platforms. 

As platforms have the potential to accelerate hyper capitalism and wealth concentration (in which the majority of the population will one day rely on the largese of the wealthy and elite), or with a stakeholder and community ownership model, to fairly create and distribute wealth, it will be the choices we make as individuals, workers, value creators, society and consumers that will shape the quality of our future. 

This is the fundamental reason Glia was designed as a distributed platform system (mesh, or networked capitalism), which I also believe can outperform hyper-capitalism models. 

Platforms
Heaven or Hell

This is a great piece that underscores why it is so important as to who has an ownership stake in the platforms. 

As platforms have the potential to accelerate hyper capitalism and wealth concentration (in which the majority of the population will one day rely on the largese of the wealthy and elite), or with a stakeholder and community ownership model, to fairly create and distribute wealth, it will be the choices we make as individuals, workers, value creators, society and consumers that will shape the quality of our future. 

This is the fundamental reason Glia was designed as a distributed platform system (mesh, or networked capitalism), which I also believe can outperform hyper-capitalism models. ___

2016-02-09 16:33:56 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

How To Run A Company
Make That, Companies

This deep dive into the Danaher Business System is one of the best I've read to date on how to run a company, and a portfolio of companies. 

The senior management is quite good at calling out “fake DBS.” It might be pretty charts in three dimensions and perfect colors. Or a cell diagram presented by someone who can’t walk you through it when you ask them to. Danaher has a fact-based culture. As long as you have the facts or are willing to get them, you’re safe. If you’re touting pabulum, that’s an unsafe place to be.

The company doesn’t get distracted by fads, like Six Sigma or management by objectives. We’ve kept a very consistent long-term approach and method. We just roll up our sleeves and do it. We know we will fail a hundred times before we get it right. But with businesses thathave demonstrate... more »

How To Run A Company
Make That, Companies

This deep dive into the Danaher Business System is one of the best I've read to date on how to run a company, and a portfolio of companies. 

The senior management is quite good at calling out “fake DBS.” It might be pretty charts in three dimensions and perfect colors. Or a cell diagram presented by someone who can’t walk you through it when you ask them to. Danaher has a fact-based culture. As long as you have the facts or are willing to get them, you’re safe. If you’re touting pabulum, that’s an unsafe place to be.

The company doesn’t get distracted by fads, like Six Sigma or management by objectives. We’ve kept a very consistent long-term approach and method. We just roll up our sleeves and do it. We know we will fail a hundred times before we get it right. But with businesses that have demonstrated this discipline around core processes and tenets, slow and steady wins the race. That has helped Danaher focus on long-term growth, long-term margin expansion, and maintaining a great cash flow record over many years.___

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2016-02-09 11:08:41 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Significant
A Decentralized Approach to Digital IDs

More sweet awesomeness from the Ethereum Ecosystem. 

Via +Gideon Rosenblatt 

Significant
A Decentralized Approach to Digital IDs

More sweet awesomeness from the Ethereum Ecosystem. 

Via +Gideon Rosenblatt ___

2016-02-08 20:35:55 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

The Case For Platform Enabled Ecosystems

+David Kish is one of my favourite experts for his understanding of business ecosystems, and this is his best post to date for understanding their primacy in complex environments. 

The Case For Platform Enabled Ecosystems

+David Kish is one of my favourite experts for his understanding of business ecosystems, and this is his best post to date for understanding their primacy in complex environments. ___

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2016-02-05 20:51:39 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Holistic Value Creation
The Orchestrated Ecosystem

There are going to be very unique ways to create value, as hybrid approaches towards shared ownership models, and third party vendors develop additional value services to the transportation experience. 
As +John Hagel notes, it will be those who capture the most integrated, holistic approach to individual and collective mobility patterns, and who can generate value for the individual, the collective, and the cities, that will be the likely winner in this new game of urban auto transportation.  

Technology is shifting the basis of competition in automotive industry from products to relationships - my interview (need to click through to pdf to get the full interview) ___Holistic Value Creation
The Orchestrated Ecosystem

There are going to be very unique ways to create value, as hybrid approaches towards shared ownership models, and third party vendors develop additional value services to the transportation experience. 
As +John Hagel notes, it will be those who capture the most integrated, holistic approach to individual and collective mobility patterns, and who can generate value for the individual, the collective, and the cities, that will be the likely winner in this new game of urban auto transportation.  

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2016-02-02 17:32:06 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

When It Comes To High Performance
Be Careful Not To Overpay The Superstars

Market psychology is mostly absent from this piece, where superstar's pay is determined as much by the cost of not signing them, as it possibly over paying them. Anyone who has followed professional sports over the last two decades understands this folly all too well. 

That said, this is a good piece on fairness, or the perception of it, within a group, which can be poisoned by overpaying someone more than the group perceives as fair.
This is critical where group performance counts, as in football.  

When It Comes To High Performance
Be Careful Not To Overpay The Superstars

Market psychology is mostly absent from this piece, where superstar's pay is determined as much by the cost of not signing them, as it possibly over paying them. Anyone who has followed professional sports over the last two decades understands this folly all too well. 

That said, this is a good piece on fairness, or the perception of it, within a group, which can be poisoned by overpaying someone more than the group perceives as fair.
This is critical where group performance counts, as in football.  ___

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2016-02-02 16:21:57 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

This is a real advancement for the construction industry. 

Via +Peter Feltham 

SkillsPlanner project director and Ethos partner Rebecca Lovelace talks about the construction skills gap and how linked and open data will help http://ow.ly/XQ3Eo___This is a real advancement for the construction industry. 

Via +Peter Feltham 

2016-02-02 16:17:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

What Is Blockchain?

A pretty useful Q&A from the good folks at PricewaterhouseCoopers. 

My favourite, used in the piece to illustrate the utility of the blockchain, is MediVault (http://www.coindesk.com/medvault-wins-e5000-at-deloitte-sponsored-blockchain-hackathon/), where people can store their own medical information, and control who can access it given any situation.

"[We're] giving the patients control over their own medical records and the decision to make certain aspects public or private, while still being stored in a distributed global manner."

What Is Blockchain?

A pretty useful Q&A from the good folks at PricewaterhouseCoopers. 

My favourite, used in the piece to illustrate the utility of the blockchain, is MediVault (http://www.coindesk.com/medvault-wins-e5000-at-deloitte-sponsored-blockchain-hackathon/), where people can store their own medical information, and control who can access it given any situation.

"[We're] giving the patients control over their own medical records and the decision to make certain aspects public or private, while still being stored in a distributed global manner."___

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2016-02-01 22:51:34 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Glia as a Platform--The Basics
Artificial Neural Networks What is Glia? Glia is a distributed platform concept designed to bring public and private enterprise along with citizens and public/private leaders together to “design, develop and deliver the future of urban auto transportation”....

Glia as a Platform--The Basics
Artificial Neural Networks What is Glia? Glia is a distributed platform concept designed to bring public and private enterprise along with citizens and public/private leaders together to “design, develop and deliver the future of urban auto transportation”....___

2016-02-01 16:21:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

The Cryptocurrency Evolution

This is a very even handed, non-hype look at what needs to happen for cryptocurrenices to go mainstream, along with the blockchain technology. 
(I feel the authors too often conflate Bitcoin with cryprocurrencies, but this is a minor nit)

The Cryptocurrency Evolution

This is a very even handed, non-hype look at what needs to happen for cryptocurrenices to go mainstream, along with the blockchain technology. 
(I feel the authors too often conflate Bitcoin with cryprocurrencies, but this is a minor nit)___

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2016-01-30 15:24:31 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Ethereum
Blockchain
P2P Ride-Sharing

+Ethereum  continues to give us the building blocks of the future. 

Ethereum
Blockchain
P2P Ride-Sharing

+Ethereum  continues to give us the building blocks of the future. ___

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2016-01-30 15:16:38 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

The Sharing Economy
Should Be The Distributed Economy

Uber opened the door to a new way to think about our transportation future, but it needn't be the dominant model as to who owns that transportation future. 

Via +John Kellden 

The Sharing Economy
Should Be The Distributed Economy

Uber opened the door to a new way to think about our transportation future, but it needn't be the dominant model as to who owns that transportation future. 

Via +John Kellden ___

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2016-01-28 18:31:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

"Blurring The Lines Between Public and Private"
Ecosystems over Ego-Systems

I am going to keep hammering home this point, that in order for cities and urban centres to get the kind of transportation systems we want, and deserve, we'll need much different forms of formal cooperation and collaboration than that of what the Detroit/BigAuto/Corporation, or Silicon Valley techno-libertarian models are likely to provide. 

I've shared this in part before. I'm sharing it again, because it is so damn good, and highlights who is talking about these models, the levels of cooperative collaboration needed, the issues, and what is possible. 

As some of you may know, I am feverishly working towards getting a working model platform started here in the Greater Vancouver Regional District, and anything I can find and bring to the table to help people seea... more »

"Blurring The Lines Between Public and Private"
Ecosystems over Ego-Systems

I am going to keep hammering home this point, that in order for cities and urban centres to get the kind of transportation systems we want, and deserve, we'll need much different forms of formal cooperation and collaboration than that of what the Detroit/BigAuto/Corporation, or Silicon Valley techno-libertarian models are likely to provide. 

I've shared this in part before. I'm sharing it again, because it is so damn good, and highlights who is talking about these models, the levels of cooperative collaboration needed, the issues, and what is possible. 

As some of you may know, I am feverishly working towards getting a working model platform started here in the Greater Vancouver Regional District, and anything I can find and bring to the table to help people see and understand what is possible, and how they can be a part of it, helps a lot.  ___

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2016-01-28 04:59:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Networks, Networks, Networks
Yes, It is ALL About the Networks

In the year 2016, it leaves me floored that a majority of companies don't employ advanced social network analytical software, in the league that Alex (Sandy) Pentland develops. Or Valdis Krebs, for that matter. 

In our experience, companies that invest time and energy to understand their networks and collaborative relationships greatly improve their chances of making successful organizational changes. Sophisticated approaches can map networks and identify the key points of connectivity where value is created or destroyed.1 A network approach can help companies to make change stick by working through influential employees, to focus on points in the network where relationships should be expanded or reduced, and to measure the effectiveness of major initiatives.___Networks, Networks, Networks
Yes, It is ALL About the Networks

In the year 2016, it leaves me floored that a majority of companies don't employ advanced social network analytical software, in the league that Alex (Sandy) Pentland develops. Or Valdis Krebs, for that matter. 

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2016-01-28 04:51:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

The Organization
As A Complex Adaptive System

“Some business thinkers have argued that companies are like biological species and have tried to extract business lessons from biology, with uneven success,” note the authors.  “We stress that companies are identical to biological species in an important respect: Both are what’s known as complex adaptive systems.  Therefore, the principles that confer robustness in these systems, whether natural or manmade, are directly applicable to business.”

I've read remarkable few people that actually understand what this means. 

The Organization
As A Complex Adaptive System

“Some business thinkers have argued that companies are like biological species and have tried to extract business lessons from biology, with uneven success,” note the authors.  “We stress that companies are identical to biological species in an important respect: Both are what’s known as complex adaptive systems.  Therefore, the principles that confer robustness in these systems, whether natural or manmade, are directly applicable to business.”

I've read remarkable few people that actually understand what this means. ___

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2016-01-27 23:54:18 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Ecosystems
Not Ego Systems

While some think the game and players for the future of transportation is already set, others think things are just beginning, with cities being the managing centre of gravity. 

Ecosystems
Not Ego Systems

While some think the game and players for the future of transportation is already set, others think things are just beginning, with cities being the managing centre of gravity. ___

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2016-01-20 18:49:13 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Today's Lesson
Examining Unexamined Assumptions

The "Tragedy of The Commons" is so ingrained in the mindset economic dogma, as to be 'common wisdom'.
Except it's wrong, and based on no evidence whatsoever. 
Tragedy of the commons is tragedy for the lack of rules and governance, and a tragedy of the winner takes all mindset. 

Today's Lesson
Examining Unexamined Assumptions

The "Tragedy of The Commons" is so ingrained in the mindset economic dogma, as to be 'common wisdom'.
Except it's wrong, and based on no evidence whatsoever. 
Tragedy of the commons is tragedy for the lack of rules and governance, and a tragedy of the winner takes all mindset. ___

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2016-01-19 22:14:05 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Can the people that supply the product finally figure out how to take control of the business model?
I for one am curious to find out, and I'm very hopeful the artists can figure it out. 

Can the people that supply the product finally figure out how to take control of the business model?
I for one am curious to find out, and I'm very hopeful the artists can figure it out. ___

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2016-01-18 16:51:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

How To Run A Modern Organization
China's Philosopher

I've shared this before, but I want to share it again, it's so good. 

In building our own organization that wants to deliver to cities the future of auto transportation, there are many things we want our organization to draw from here. 

How To Run A Modern Organization
China's Philosopher

I've shared this before, but I want to share it again, it's so good. 

In building our own organization that wants to deliver to cities the future of auto transportation, there are many things we want our organization to draw from here. ___

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2016-01-18 16:15:32 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

You and Your Brain

+Brad Esau knows of which he writes. He has emerged from the pits of hell that is the ravages of what mental illness can be to people. From numerous low points in life, he has been a man on a mission to understand why our brains do to us what they do. 
In Canada, and most everywhere in the world, the mental health industry is still stuck on old paradigms, still stuck in the deals with the devils of the pharmaceutical industry. 

For those who struggle, and are in search of better answers, you can find them here. 

You and Your Brain

+Brad Esau knows of which he writes. He has emerged from the pits of hell that is the ravages of what mental illness can be to people. From numerous low points in life, he has been a man on a mission to understand why our brains do to us what they do. 
In Canada, and most everywhere in the world, the mental health industry is still stuck on old paradigms, still stuck in the deals with the devils of the pharmaceutical industry. 

For those who struggle, and are in search of better answers, you can find them here. ___

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2016-01-17 21:30:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

A Failed Community

More on the internal devestation of what is the the Bitcoin cabal community. 

Pretty "amazing" to hear of the apparent censorship of opinions going on in the Bitcoin community right now:

"...there's a technical upper limit on how many transactions the blockchain can process a second — putting a limit on how much the digital currency can grow. This limit could be raised, if sufficient people on the bitcoin network vote with their feet and move to a new software client that supports it.

There are efforts to do exactly this – notably Bitcoin XT, which was launched in August 2015 by Mike Hearn and Gavin Andresen, one of bitcoin's key core developers. But there's acrimonious debate about this upgrade — and many users who used XT were targeted by DDoS attacks knocking them offline, discouraging uptake.

This is a key part of Hearn's complaints, who also attacks "censorship" on bitcoin forums of discussions about raising the limit. "For the first time, investors have no obvious way to get a clear picture of what’s going on. Dissenting views are being systematically suppressed," he writes. "Technical criticisms of what Bitcoin Core is doing are being banned, with misleading nonsense being peddled in its place. And it’s clear that many people who casually bought into Bitcoin during one of its hype cycles have no idea that the system is about to hit an artificial limit."

Another concern is centralisation, focused around China: "The block chain is controlled by Chinese miners, just two of whom control more than 50% of the hash power. At a recent conference over 95% of hashing power was controlled by a handful of guys sitting on a single stage."

This centralisation, he argues, betrays bitcoin's original. decentralised vision. "Bitcoin has no future whilst it’s controlled by fewer than 10 people. And there’s no solution in sight for this problem: nobody even has any suggestions. For a community that has always worried about the block chain being taken over by an oppressive government, it is a rich irony."

Hearn also complains that one of the ways people are proposing to get around the limit without actually raising it will cause even more problems."
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Brings to mind the wisdom of this excellent guest-post by Sarah Perry on Venkat's Ribbonfam blog:
ribbonfarm.com/2015/05/07/weaponized-sacredness/

"...Kuran’s primary examples of the preference falsification dynamic are revolutions and counter-revolutions, revolutionaries unseating the old order, then the revolutionaries themselves being unseated, as in Russia, Iran, and Eastern Europe. One repeating feature of regime change is that even as an old preference falsification equilibrium collapses, a new one is erected in its place.
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Only a small subset of sacredness-blind people may be needed to defeat a preference falsification equilibrium, provided that the private preferences of others are properly distributed such that their offer of coordination propagates. Under precisely the right circumstances, with the right lined-up dominoes of public and private preferences, “[o]ne truth-teller can break a preference-falsification equilibrium.”

In other circumstances, even great outpourings of dissent are not enough to upset the equilibrium. And even if it is toppled, there is no guarantee that the new equilibrium will be any better; it may be much worse. In sum, the bad news is that we don’t have much control; the good news is that we wouldn’t know how to use it if we did."
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/cc +David Wood +Edward Morbius re:Ribbonfarm post___A Failed Community

More on the internal devestation of what is the the Bitcoin cabal community. 

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2016-01-17 19:31:11 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Turning Gold Into Lead
A Currency Has Shot Its Own Foot

Again, nothing new here but it bears keeping in mind. We know now of course the significant (</understatement>) issues that Bitcoin the technology, and Bitcoin the community is having (https://medium.com/@octskyward/the-resolution-of-the-bitcoin-experiment-dabb30201f7#.c526lmkgc), and aside from that, the rallying cry of the crypto-anarchists doesn't carry any further than their shadows. 

Bitcoin may survive in some kind of form (like lead), but its days as "gold" are numbered. 
In essence, Bitcoin has become a closed community, run by a tight cabal. 

To get the full potential of the technology, and its currencies, open standards are needed:

It’s important not only that the Open Ledger Project is open source, but also that this group aims to create a ledger that’sdistri... more »

Turning Gold Into Lead
A Currency Has Shot Its Own Foot

Again, nothing new here but it bears keeping in mind. We know now of course the significant (</understatement>) issues that Bitcoin the technology, and Bitcoin the community is having (https://medium.com/@octskyward/the-resolution-of-the-bitcoin-experiment-dabb30201f7#.c526lmkgc), and aside from that, the rallying cry of the crypto-anarchists doesn't carry any further than their shadows. 

Bitcoin may survive in some kind of form (like lead), but its days as "gold" are numbered. 
In essence, Bitcoin has become a closed community, run by a tight cabal. 

To get the full potential of the technology, and its currencies, open standards are needed:

It’s important not only that the Open Ledger Project is open source, but also that this group aims to create a ledger that’s distributed—a ledger that spans machines controlled not by one organization but many organizations. For Microsoft’s Gray, this is what makes the blockchain so powerful, and why it could be so useful in the world of financial trading. “A blockchain is basically worthless within a single work organization. There is no reason to have this trustless environment within your own corporation,” Gray says. “You have to have parties that are not yourself.”

Certainly, IBM isn’t the first to take this kind of approach. Others, including Ripple, have created alternative blockchains in the past as a way of taking the idea in new directions. Many believe that multiple blockchains can actually enhance the distributed nature of the idea. Though these projects are separate, Ripple is already leading an effort to create a central protocol that would allow for communication between multiple ledgers.___

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2016-01-17 18:55:32 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Growing Trends
They've Already Emerged

Bitcoin still has significant hurdles to overcome, so I am somewhat surprised this article didn't mention that. 
VC money is already pouring into blockchain technologies and start-ups, so nothing new there. 
Regulatory scrutiny, that's to be expected, and welcomed as it is a necessary hurdle to leap. 
The "Consortia" is important, as I posted earlier from Wired, as cross functionality between platforms and systems is critical. 

What is of more interest here, if blockchain is to enter the mainstream, and beyond its crypto-anarchist roots, is number 4:
"The hundreds of firms in the London markets are rightly concerned about a central third party who might hold their information to ransom. They want to avoid natural monopolies, particularly as agreed information is crucial over multi-yearcon... more »

Growing Trends
They've Already Emerged

Bitcoin still has significant hurdles to overcome, so I am somewhat surprised this article didn't mention that. 
VC money is already pouring into blockchain technologies and start-ups, so nothing new there. 
Regulatory scrutiny, that's to be expected, and welcomed as it is a necessary hurdle to leap. 
The "Consortia" is important, as I posted earlier from Wired, as cross functionality between platforms and systems is critical. 

What is of more interest here, if blockchain is to enter the mainstream, and beyond its crypto-anarchist roots, is number 4:
"The hundreds of firms in the London markets are rightly concerned about a central third party who might hold their information to ransom. They want to avoid natural monopolies, particularly as agreed information is crucial over multi-year contracts."

This also underscores the massive potential of the blockchain, and where things will likely go from here. ___

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2016-01-17 18:45:57 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Amplified Inequality
Network Theory Comes To Life

If you know much about Mark Grannovetter's Weak Ties-Strong Ties theory, this isn't particularly surprising. Online social networks amplify what already exists in our social nature. 

Being consciously aware of this, and wanting to level the playing field with apps and platforms, there are steps that can be taken, and a big one is greatly encouraging socially diverse networks from the outset with the pioneers. 

Amplified Inequality
Network Theory Comes To Life

If you know much about Mark Grannovetter's Weak Ties-Strong Ties theory, this isn't particularly surprising. Online social networks amplify what already exists in our social nature. 

Being consciously aware of this, and wanting to level the playing field with apps and platforms, there are steps that can be taken, and a big one is greatly encouraging socially diverse networks from the outset with the pioneers. ___

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2016-01-17 18:08:16 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

The Maturation of Cryptocurrencies
This Is A Good Thing

“You need blockchains to be able to communicate with each other,” he says. “You have to be able to make all these different chains work together while allowing each of the chains to operate best for the tools that are running on them.”

For Gray, this isn’t just a boost for digital currencies. Eventually, he says, it can also encourage businesses to adopt these online ledgers as ways of moving so many other things of value, including stocks, other financial securities, house and car titles, and more. Many projects, from Overstock.com’s T0 to IBM’s Open Ledger Project, are already exploring the use of distributed ledgers for these kinds of uses. And an interledger protocol can take this idea even further. The Internet can move almost any financial instrument as easily as it moves texts and emails. We justneed consensu... more »

The Maturation of Cryptocurrencies
This Is A Good Thing

“You need blockchains to be able to communicate with each other,” he says. “You have to be able to make all these different chains work together while allowing each of the chains to operate best for the tools that are running on them.”

For Gray, this isn’t just a boost for digital currencies. Eventually, he says, it can also encourage businesses to adopt these online ledgers as ways of moving so many other things of value, including stocks, other financial securities, house and car titles, and more. Many projects, from Overstock.com’s T0 to IBM’s Open Ledger Project, are already exploring the use of distributed ledgers for these kinds of uses. And an interledger protocol can take this idea even further. The Internet can move almost any financial instrument as easily as it moves texts and emails. We just need consensus on how this should happen.___

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2016-01-15 16:53:35 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Vancouver
And the Collaborative Economy

A very good look at the rise of this new economic model, from a variety of viewpoints. 

Vancouver
And the Collaborative Economy

A very good look at the rise of this new economic model, from a variety of viewpoints. ___

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2016-01-13 00:19:14 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Top Ten Blockchain Techs to Watch
Many Are Ethereum Spin-Offs

All of these are worth keeping an eye on. They're really rad. Seriously, rad. 

+Gideon Rosenblatt , +Peter Feltham 

Top Ten Blockchain Techs to Watch
Many Are Ethereum Spin-Offs

All of these are worth keeping an eye on. They're really rad. Seriously, rad. 

+Gideon Rosenblatt , +Peter Feltham ___

2016-01-12 21:28:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

A Strategist's Guide
To Blockchain

I have no idea who besides me would find this of much use. For the business exploring the use of blockchain, it's pretty much a "Well, d'uh" cautionary principle approach. For anyone more vested, there's nothing new. 
But hey, I'll throw it as jello at the wall anyways. 

A Strategist's Guide
To Blockchain

I have no idea who besides me would find this of much use. For the business exploring the use of blockchain, it's pretty much a "Well, d'uh" cautionary principle approach. For anyone more vested, there's nothing new. 
But hey, I'll throw it as jello at the wall anyways. ___

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2016-01-11 22:00:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

And This Is Only The Top Ten

And This Is Only The Top Ten___

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2016-01-11 20:01:58 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Fire in the sky 

The weather gods sending a message.

Fire in the sky 

The weather gods sending a message.___

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2016-01-11 19:15:12 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Roam Amongst the Tribes

Get uncomfortable. Move freely among groups. 

Via +George Station 

Roam Amongst the Tribes

Get uncomfortable. Move freely among groups. 

Via +George Station ___

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