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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 Engine3,486*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 Harman22,272Relationship 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” Leopold4,016Using 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 16:00:00121  
Yifat Cohen87,526*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 Hall4,206Teacher 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 Hangout5,789Join 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 Bincer115,308*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 Blossom126,748*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 Blossom126,748I 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” Chamberlin81,384*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 Bincer115,308*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 shervington1,451,234Ronnie 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 Rights1,287,043In 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 15:00:00138  
Yifat Cohen87,526*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 18:00:0033  
Mick Fealty14,162All 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 Cohen87,526*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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2016-08-04 12:51:41 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

The Grey World
Of Terrorism

Unless you're an ideological freak, there is no black and white, only shades of grey.

When I was publishing those stories in 2013, there was so much pushback on me from editors and then from readers. The critique was, “How dare you give these people a voice? How dare you see them as anything other than the disgusting dogs they are?” The thing is, my reporting doesn’t deny that they’re perpetrating crimes against humanity, but I think that our job as journalists is to understand and to bring gray where there is only black and white. Because there’s always gray.

Unfortunately, most people prefer the white, the definitive of the black, and the government(s) for the most part do too. As a result, they continuously miss what is really going on.

The administration’s narrative was that they had defeated thisterrorist g... more »

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2016-08-10 16:08:59 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

In Economics
Untested Thought Experiments Become The Bedrock Of Theory
#economics  

PIH is so dominant that almost all modern macroeconomic theories are based on it. They enshrine the idea with a formula called a “consumption Euler equation,” which has appeared in the vast majority of academic macro models during the past few decades. Those are the models that many central bankers use to set interest rates.

So it’s not much of an exaggeration to say that Friedman’s PIH is the cornerstone of modern macroeconomic theory. Unfortunately, there’s just one small problem -- it’s almost certainly wrong.

Not completely wrong, mind you, just somewhat wrong. There probably are a lot of consumers out there who do behave just the way that Friedman imagined. But the problem is, there are a lot of others who act very differently. Slowly, economistshave been bu... more »

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2016-08-09 20:36:43 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Poor Internet Explorer, i mean "Edge".

+Matt DelMastro will understand :)

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2016-08-23 17:44:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

"we are the media"
LOL

It's going to take us one hundred years to recover from this unfortunate predicament.

My last LOL of the day:

So what can we do? Citizens need to step up. Individuals connected through active and engaged social networks are the only force for positive change in our society. The networked citizen requires not just ‘digital’ skills, but empathy for others, cultivated through trusting relationships. We can only understand people by engaging with them. Social media give us the chance to connect. It is up to each and every one of us to do so. Anything less means a reversal into a tribal society, manipulated by inadequately prepared institutions and market forces intent on pushing platform capitalism. We are the media. We need to realize it.

Stupid will swamp smart every single time. Perhaps Harold needs torev... more »

"we are the media"
LOL

It's going to take us one hundred years to recover from this unfortunate predicament.

My last LOL of the day:

So what can we do? Citizens need to step up. Individuals connected through active and engaged social networks are the only force for positive change in our society. The networked citizen requires not just ‘digital’ skills, but empathy for others, cultivated through trusting relationships. We can only understand people by engaging with them. Social media give us the chance to connect. It is up to each and every one of us to do so. Anything less means a reversal into a tribal society, manipulated by inadequately prepared institutions and market forces intent on pushing platform capitalism. We are the media. We need to realize it.

Stupid will swamp smart every single time. Perhaps Harold needs to revisit the Tyranny of the Majority principle.___

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2016-08-23 17:08:43 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Da Fuque?
My Networks Have The Stupids Today

The other problem is that although the open source projects really thrive when everyone has a say—when democracy really takes over—this isn’t always the ways things work. Because they have the money, the big companies now have a much greater say in how things work, and outsiders have a hard time breaking in.

Open source has nothing to do with "democracy" and everything to do with a meritocracy.
The headline "Open Source Won" is about a meaningless a blurb as one could write.

Aside from the messy start, there are interesting issues here, but let's not confuse open source with fair, democratic, equal rights, and so forth.

Da Fuque?
My Networks Have The Stupids Today

The other problem is that although the open source projects really thrive when everyone has a say—when democracy really takes over—this isn’t always the ways things work. Because they have the money, the big companies now have a much greater say in how things work, and outsiders have a hard time breaking in.

Open source has nothing to do with "democracy" and everything to do with a meritocracy.
The headline "Open Source Won" is about a meaningless a blurb as one could write.

Aside from the messy start, there are interesting issues here, but let's not confuse open source with fair, democratic, equal rights, and so forth.___

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2016-08-23 16:58:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

LOL
Peak Hype

When Tapscott writes a book about it, it pretty much means a technology has reached Peak Hype.

I don't think they've been paying attention to what's really has been going on with the blockchain world.

LOL
Peak Hype

When Tapscott writes a book about it, it pretty much means a technology has reached Peak Hype.

I don't think they've been paying attention to what's really has been going on with the blockchain world.___

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2016-08-22 14:57:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Perfectly Echoing My Thoughts and Actions This Morning!

Perfectly Echoing My Thoughts and Actions This Morning!___

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2016-08-21 13:58:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Blockchain
It's Not All What It's Cracked Up To Be

We'll see what IBM, Microsoft, and other legacy institutions like the big financials can do with the concept of the blockchain. As is, its utility is looking extremely limited, and a bit of a mashup of the worst of the world of code and the world of the political animal.

_ Unfortunately, getting it deployed turned out to be very political. It was easy to extrapolate from this change to more advanced functionality still on the roadmap and get depressed about our chances to make important progress in the future. As the Bitcoin price rose, the number of stakeholders expanded and the amount of money at stake increasingly dominated the technical discussion._

Shared state adds tremendous complexity and that has a big impact on developers: Blockchains are a pain to work with. Everyone who has done it knows... more »

Blockchain
It's Not All What It's Cracked Up To Be

We'll see what IBM, Microsoft, and other legacy institutions like the big financials can do with the concept of the blockchain. As is, its utility is looking extremely limited, and a bit of a mashup of the worst of the world of code and the world of the political animal.

_ Unfortunately, getting it deployed turned out to be very political. It was easy to extrapolate from this change to more advanced functionality still on the roadmap and get depressed about our chances to make important progress in the future. As the Bitcoin price rose, the number of stakeholders expanded and the amount of money at stake increasingly dominated the technical discussion._

Shared state adds tremendous complexity and that has a big impact on developers: Blockchains are a pain to work with. Everyone who has done it knows what I’m talking about. The fact that blockchain has been largely ignored by major tech companies and embraced by the financial industry is partly because that industry has a relatively high tolerance for arcane and complex systems.___

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2016-08-21 13:50:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

So Much For Ethereum
Hands In The Cookie Jar Edition
#blockchain  

I had a lot of hope and enthusiasm for Ethereum. Now...The DAO is DOA.

So Much For Ethereum
Hands In The Cookie Jar Edition
#blockchain  

I had a lot of hope and enthusiasm for Ethereum. Now...The DAO is DOA.___

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2016-08-16 22:58:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

I like this a lot.

I like this a lot.___

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2016-08-16 19:07:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

If You're A First Responder
You Haven't Trained Your Team

And if you can't recognize that in yourself, your company's leadership program hasn't trained you right.

If You're A First Responder
You Haven't Trained Your Team

And if you can't recognize that in yourself, your company's leadership program hasn't trained you right.___

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2016-08-16 16:59:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Biases
We Like To Keep On Top Of Them
#bias   #smartswarms  

While biases can be a useful heuristic for day to day life (even the most adventurous can handle only so much daily cognitive dissonance), for greater decisions with wider implications, we must be vigilant against letting those biases get in the way of the right decisions.

Imagine that you are hiring an employee for a position in which a new perspective would be valuable. But while reviewing resumes, you find yourself drawn to a candidate who is similar in age and background to your current staff. You remind yourself that it’s important to build a cohesive team, and offer her the job.

Or suppose that you’re planning to vote against a significant new investment. This is the second time it’s come up, and you voted no before. A colleague argues that conditions have changed, the projectwould n... more »

Biases
We Like To Keep On Top Of Them
#bias   #smartswarms  

While biases can be a useful heuristic for day to day life (even the most adventurous can handle only so much daily cognitive dissonance), for greater decisions with wider implications, we must be vigilant against letting those biases get in the way of the right decisions.

Imagine that you are hiring an employee for a position in which a new perspective would be valuable. But while reviewing resumes, you find yourself drawn to a candidate who is similar in age and background to your current staff. You remind yourself that it’s important to build a cohesive team, and offer her the job.

Or suppose that you’re planning to vote against a significant new investment. This is the second time it’s come up, and you voted no before. A colleague argues that conditions have changed, the project would now be highly profitable, and you can’t afford to lose this opportunity. Upon closer examination, you see that his data is convincing, but you vote no again. Something about his new information just doesn’t feel relevant.

These are examples of common, everyday biases. Biases are nonconscious drivers — cognitive quirks — that influence how people see the world. They appear to be universal in most of humanity, perhaps hardwired into the brain as part of our genetic or cultural heritage, and they exert their influence outside conscious awareness. You cannot go shopping, enter a conversation, or make a decision without your biases kicking in.

You can’t manage for bias in the moment you’re making a decision. You need to design practices and processes in advance.
With the Smart Swarms System (3S), our goal is to design these practices and processes into our networked system.___

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2016-08-16 14:52:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

V-Commerce
Digitally Native

I like the distinctions here.

V-Commerce
Digitally Native

I like the distinctions here.___

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2016-08-16 14:49:46 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Finding a Path
The Mapping of Business, the Business of Mapping

Why I love +Simon Wardley's work.

The Problem
...I had was how do I map a business? Unlike a board game such as chess with its turned based moves, when you consider a business it is a living thing. It consists of a network of people, a mass of different activities and reserves of capital including financial, physical, human and social. It consumes, it produces, it grows and it dies. Like all organisms, any business exists within a community of others, an ecosystem. It competes and co-operates for resources and it’s shaped by and shapes its environment. Even within a business, people come and go. The things we do, the things we build and the things that others desire change over time. All firms are in a constant state of flux and the ecosystem it lives within never stands still. Whats... more »

Finding a Path
The Mapping of Business, the Business of Mapping

Why I love +Simon Wardley's work.

The Problem
...I had was how do I map a business? Unlike a board game such as chess with its turned based moves, when you consider a business it is a living thing. It consists of a network of people, a mass of different activities and reserves of capital including financial, physical, human and social. It consumes, it produces, it grows and it dies. Like all organisms, any business exists within a community of others, an ecosystem. It competes and co-operates for resources and it’s shaped by and shapes its environment. Even within a business, people come and go. The things we do, the things we build and the things that others desire change over time. All firms are in a constant state of flux and the ecosystem it lives within never stands still. What sort of map can cope with that?___

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2016-08-14 16:49:03 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

SciTech
In The Pipeline

From the master of SciTech curation, +Mark Bruce 

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 33/2016.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2016/08/engineering-biological-machines-neural.html

Engineering biological machines, Neural dust developments, Tailored AFM probes, BEC optical computer, Faceless recognition systems, Propelled liquid metals, Nanobead optical superlens, Custom ion pores, Optogenetic neural networks, Proton size discrepancy.

1. Engineering Biological Machines
An interesting advance in synthetic biology involved engineering a light-driven cell membrane proton-pump in order to enable it to be further controlled by being chemically switched on and off http://www.unibe.ch/news/media_news/media_relations_e/media_releases/2016_e/media_releases_2016/synthetic_biology_engineering_a_chemical_switch_into_a_light_driven_proton_pump/index_eng.html. The interesting thing here is the use of two types of the protein, each of which is oriented facing-in or facing-out from the cell, driven by light to create or remove proton gradients across the cell wall that is crucial for driving many cellular processes. One or the other of these processes can then be controlled at will in order to control the gradient that is needed for driving a particular process or application.

2. Latest Developments in Neural Dust
Neural dust has taken the next step with a 3mm long batteryless implantable device for implantation against muscles and peripheral nerves, and most recently demonstrated in animal experiments http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/08/03/sprinkling-of-neural-dust-opens-door-to-electroceuticals/. The devices are powered by external ultrasound to detect, process, and transmit neural signals for remote control of devices and prosthetics for example. The roadmap includes coating with materials able to last more than a decade in the body, commercialising applications for these larger peripheral devices, and further miniaturising towards 50 microns for genuine brain-computer interfaces.

3. Tailored AFM Probes
New 3D confocal laser lithography techniques allow custom atomic force microscope probes to be fabricated on demand depending on the required purpose http://www.kit.edu/kit/english/pi_2016_111_tailored-probes-for-atomic-force-microscopes.php. Custom probes are usually made manually and expensive; this new approach allows researchers to design the shape of the probe they need then have the system automatically sculpt a probe tip that can then be placed on any commercially available AFM measurement needles to begin working straight away. Nice example of the benefits of modularity in technology.

4. BEC Optical Computer
For the first time a Bose-Einstein Condensate has been harnessed to work as an optical computer http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/semiconductors/optoelectronics/a-polariton-boseeinsten-condensate-for-switching-and-storing-optical-data. BECs can be induced to form quasiparticles comprised of photons and electron-hole pairs (called exciton polaritons) that are able to store information in a couple of ways. When this type of BEC is trapped between thin layers of semiconductor low-energy voltage pulses can be used to read and write data in the BEC. This appears to be one of the first times a practical device has been built with a BEC, a good fundamental advance.

5. Faceless Recognition Systems
Automated face recognition systems have now reached the point of being faceless recognition systems, at least as far as this new prototype neural network system is concerned http://motherboard.vice.com/read/faceless-recognition-system-can-identify-you-even-when-you-hide-your-face. The system predicts the identity of obscured faces by examining other salient features in the scene; recognition accuracy rises from 70% with just 1.25 instances of a fully-visible face, to 92% for 10 instances of the person’s face. While the system is particular to certain situations and does have some weaknesses, it does constitute a privacy concern for those seeking to remain anonymous.

6. Self-Propelled Liquid Metals
Work with liquid metals including non-toxic alloys of gallium promises malleable, self-propelled liquid metal systems for electronics and other applications https://www.rmit.edu.au/news/all-news/2016/august/liquid-metals-propel-future-electronics. These latest materials were tested in microfluidic systems in which tweaks to the pH and salt of the surrounding fluid induced controllable movements and shape changes of liquid metal droplets, and used to create moving objects, switches, and pumps. The end-goal here in future might be things like reconfigurable electronic circuits, displays, and other devices.

7. Nanobead Optical Superlens
Titanium dioxide nanoparticles have been used to fabricate a 3D superlens that uses the refractive properties of the nanoparticles to achieve super-resolution optical microscopy with conventional microscopes, and appearing to resolve surface features below 60nm http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-08/bu-sti080816.php. As a proof of concept the group used the lens with a conventional microscope to image the groves and information stored on the surface a Blu-Ray disc, something that is impossible with conventional microscopes. Cheap, easy, and versatile extension to any optical microscopy system.

8. Custom Ion-Selective Pores
A new synthetic ion-recognition system has been developed for selective ion transport that can be customised and fine-tuned depending on the ion that needs to be isolated http://www.research.a-star.edu.sg/research/7539/ringing-the-changes. The basic architecture consists of a macrocycle ring molecule whose internal cavity is adjusted in order to pick out particular metal ions from many different others. The current prototypes are selective for Cs, Ag, and K, but the platform provides many avenues for further engineering to capture other metal ions. Applications will include molecular sensing, water purification, microfluidics, and even synthetic biology.

9. Reprogram Brain Networks with Optogenetics
The latest work on optogenetics in mice demonstrates that neural networks in the brain trained to fire together can be reactivated later if just one neuron is stimulated, and also lending direct support to Hebbian learning http://datascience.columbia.edu/researchers-reprogram-network-brain-cells-light. The work involved stimulating just 20 neurons out of the mouse’s 100 million and was achieved by using two-photon stimulation and two-photon calcium imaging. The optogenetically-treated and stimulated neurons were located in the mouse’s visual cortex and the group propose behavioural tests to determine if stimulating the network with light induces an image or visual artifact in the animal’s awareness.

10. Better Measurements of Proton and Deuteron
Another excellent article by Natalie Wolchover covering recent work investigating measurements of the size of fundamental particles including the proton and deuteron suggests that fundamental theories may need to be updated https://www.quantamagazine.org/20160811-new-measurement-deepens-proton-radius-puzzle/. The proton is measured to be slightly larger when orbited by an electron than when orbited by a (much heavier) muon. New work shows that a deuteron (proton plus neutron) is also slightly larger when orbited by an electron than when orbited by a muon, an effect that appears to scale compared to the proton and offering interesting avenues to explore.

SciTech Tip Jar: http://www.scitechdigest.net/p/donate.html ___SciTech
In The Pipeline

From the master of SciTech curation, +Mark Bruce 

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2016-08-13 16:02:30 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Micropayments
Whither Advertising?

Probably not as most people prefer the "free" transactions subsidized by ads and data.
Hopefully for the rest of us, there will be much better options ahead.
Micropayments have been the holy grail of the webs since the earliest days, maybe, just maybe, we'll finally get there.
Via +John Verdon 

Micropayments
Whither Advertising?

Probably not as most people prefer the "free" transactions subsidized by ads and data.
Hopefully for the rest of us, there will be much better options ahead.
Micropayments have been the holy grail of the webs since the earliest days, maybe, just maybe, we'll finally get there.
Via +John Verdon ___

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2016-08-13 15:56:48 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Advertising
The Price of Free

One day we'll be able to pay the content producer directly, and screw all the middlemen.
Via +John Verdon 

Examine this truism — that you would never pay a nickel for a New York Times article that you enjoyed. What? Ten minutes of your time isn’t worth five cents? What aggravates users about current pay-for-use methods is not cost, but hassle of transaction. Going through rituals to become a paywall subscriber, then having to sign in each time you return? That’s the deal-breaker.
[...]
Desperate to monetize, news-sites now gather, track and sell user information. “As analytics software develops, news organizations are collecting vast amounts of data, not just about what people read but how they read it – how fast, where they linger on the page, etcetera.” As commentator Raju Narisetti explains – “…in 2013the Washington Pos... more »

Advertising
The Price of Free

One day we'll be able to pay the content producer directly, and screw all the middlemen.
Via +John Verdon 

Examine this truism — that you would never pay a nickel for a New York Times article that you enjoyed. What? Ten minutes of your time isn’t worth five cents? What aggravates users about current pay-for-use methods is not cost, but hassle of transaction. Going through rituals to become a paywall subscriber, then having to sign in each time you return? That’s the deal-breaker.
[...]
Desperate to monetize, news-sites now gather, track and sell user information. “As analytics software develops, news organizations are collecting vast amounts of data, not just about what people read but how they read it – how fast, where they linger on the page, etcetera.” As commentator Raju Narisetti explains – “…in 2013 the Washington Post revealed that the NSA had piggybacked on one of Google’s cookies to track users and “pinpoint targets for hacking.”___

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2016-08-13 02:30:52 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

The Zone of Death
Has Such A Definitive Ring To It

Doncha think?

"I'm not going there for a million dollars," he said. "Not until this is fixed and probably not even then. The irony gods would have a field day with that one."___The Zone of Death
Has Such A Definitive Ring To It

Doncha think?

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2016-08-11 18:46:00 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

If Your Business Is Average
That Is A Choice You Make
#businessmanagement  

I think the picture and lede speaks for itself...

If Your Business Is Average
That Is A Choice You Make
#businessmanagement  

I think the picture and lede speaks for itself...___

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2016-08-11 14:38:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

The Case Against
Backdoor Keys

Ever since the landmark case between Apple and the US Government over access to a alleged terrorists phone, there have been many excellent points made for both sides of the argument.
File this in the "golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea" folder.
(Via +John Verdon )

...And perhaps most importantly: it is a reminder that demands by politicians and crimefighters for special keys, which can be used by investigators to unlock devices in criminal cases, will inevitably jeopardize the security of everyone.
[...]
According to the pair of researchers, they contacted Microsoft's security team around March to say they had found the debug-mode policy. Initially, we're told, Redmond declined to follow up the find, then decided about a month later it was a security issue and paid out a bounty reward.more »

The Case Against
Backdoor Keys

Ever since the landmark case between Apple and the US Government over access to a alleged terrorists phone, there have been many excellent points made for both sides of the argument.
File this in the "golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea" folder.
(Via +John Verdon )

...And perhaps most importantly: it is a reminder that demands by politicians and crimefighters for special keys, which can be used by investigators to unlock devices in criminal cases, will inevitably jeopardize the security of everyone.
[...]
According to the pair of researchers, they contacted Microsoft's security team around March to say they had found the debug-mode policy. Initially, we're told, Redmond declined to follow up the find, then decided about a month later it was a security issue and paid out a bounty reward.
[...]
It's akin to giving special secret keys to the police and the Feds that grant investigators full access to people's devices and computer systems. Such backdoor keys can and most probably will fall into the wrong hands: rather than be used exclusively for fighting crime, they will be found and exploited by criminals to compromise communications and swipe sensitive personal information.

Anyone who thinks government servers holding these keys are safe need only be reminded of the OPM megahack; anyone who thinks these keys cannot be extracted from software or hardware need only spend a weekend with a determined reverse-engineer and a copy of IDA Pro.___

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2016-08-11 02:50:02 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

By The Numbers
Google Makes Money--The Rest of Alphabet? Not So Much

It's all in the charts.

By The Numbers
Google Makes Money--The Rest of Alphabet? Not So Much

It's all in the charts.___

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2016-08-10 16:08:59 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

In Economics
Untested Thought Experiments Become The Bedrock Of Theory
#economics  

PIH is so dominant that almost all modern macroeconomic theories are based on it. They enshrine the idea with a formula called a “consumption Euler equation,” which has appeared in the vast majority of academic macro models during the past few decades. Those are the models that many central bankers use to set interest rates.

So it’s not much of an exaggeration to say that Friedman’s PIH is the cornerstone of modern macroeconomic theory. Unfortunately, there’s just one small problem -- it’s almost certainly wrong.

Not completely wrong, mind you, just somewhat wrong. There probably are a lot of consumers out there who do behave just the way that Friedman imagined. But the problem is, there are a lot of others who act very differently. Slowly, economistshave been bu... more »

In Economics
Untested Thought Experiments Become The Bedrock Of Theory
#economics  

PIH is so dominant that almost all modern macroeconomic theories are based on it. They enshrine the idea with a formula called a “consumption Euler equation,” which has appeared in the vast majority of academic macro models during the past few decades. Those are the models that many central bankers use to set interest rates.

So it’s not much of an exaggeration to say that Friedman’s PIH is the cornerstone of modern macroeconomic theory. Unfortunately, there’s just one small problem -- it’s almost certainly wrong.

Not completely wrong, mind you, just somewhat wrong. There probably are a lot of consumers out there who do behave just the way that Friedman imagined. But the problem is, there are a lot of others who act very differently. Slowly, economists have been building up evidence that the latter group is important and sizable.___

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2016-08-09 20:36:43 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

I Had
This Very Conversation This Morning

Via +Nick Benik 

Poor Internet Explorer, i mean "Edge".

+Matt DelMastro will understand :)___I Had
This Very Conversation This Morning

Via +Nick Benik 

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2016-08-09 20:35:11 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Add a Comment

This is very cool research.
Via +Nick Benik 

Neurons 'predict' restorative effects of drinking water well before they unfold
A new UC San Francisco study shows that specialized brain cells in mice "predict" the hydrating effects of drinking, deactivating long before the liquids imbibed can actually change the composition of the bloodstream. The results stand in stark contrast to current views of thirst regulation, which hold that the brain signals for drinking to stop when it detects liquid-induced changes in blood concentration or volume.
Thirst neurons, located in the subfornical organ (SFO) of the brain, do make us thirsty when they sense that blood volume has dipped or when blood becomes too concentrated. But the same signaling mechanism can't operate in reverse to alert us to stop drinking because thirst is satiated too soon after a person begins to drink, said UCSF's Zachary Knight, PhD, senior author of the study, which appears in the August 3, 2016 issue of Nature. Nor can current theories explain why we usually like to drink something while we eat.
"You drink a glass of water and you instantly feel like your thirst is quenched, but it actually takes tens of minutes for that water to reach your blood," said Knight, assistant professor of physiology. "You eat something salty and you instantly beginning to feel thirsty even though that food is just in your mouth. The dominant model that thirst is a response to changes in the blood didn't explain that."
After employing a technique that causes specific, targeted populations of neurons in the mouse brain to fluoresce brightly when active, they used fiber optic probes to measure the activity of SFO neurons when mice drank water. They found that SFO neuron activity shut off almost immediately after the mice started to drink and that the mice stopped drinking shortly thereafter. The brief time scale of these events suggests that, rather than acting only as monitors of blood composition, the SFO must also be linked to sensors in the mouth and throat that rapidly detect food and water consumption.
To confirm the relationship between oral-cavity sensors and SFO neurons, the research group deprived the mice of water overnight and used optogenetic methods – in which particular cells are genetically altered so light delivered via fiber optics can activate or inhibit those cells—to shut down SFO neuron activity when they were again given access to water. Despite the water deprivation, and the presumed changes in the blood that would cause, the mice didn't drink. But as soon as the researchers stopped silencing the SFO neurons, the mice drank copiously.
The researchers used similar methods to explore why eating often prompts people to drink and why a drink's temperature affects how refreshing we find it.
 "When you sit down at a meal, it's such a universal experience to have a beverage with you, and we've never understood why that is—why you take a bite of food and then take a drink of water," said Christopher Zimmerman, lead author of the study and a UCSF Discovery Fellow in the Knight laboratory. "And almost everyone has had the experience of exercising or doing some sort of activity and becoming really thirsty, and almost viscerally feeling better after drinking a cold glass of water. But why does cold water seem to quench your thirst so much more rapidly?"
To answer the first question, mice that went without food for a night were given food the following morning but no water. SFO neurons lit up almost immediately as the mice began to eat. Mice who were allowed both food and water also experienced the increase in thirst neuron activity, and when the researchers tamped down the neurons' activity, the mice reduced their water consumption (though they continued to eat).
When mice were given access to water bottles of varied temperatures, the researchers found that although all the mice drank enough water to turn off their SFO neurons, it required significantly fewer licks to deactivate SFO neurons if the water the mice drank was cold. The scientists zeroed in on temperature as a crucial factor in SFO activity by applying cold metal, similar to that found on animal water-bottle droppers, to the mice's mouths. This proved as effective as cold water in shutting down the activity of SFO cells.
The new study is an extension of Knight's previous work on hunger neurons in mice, for which he was awarded a National Institutes of Health New Innovator Award in 2015. In that research his team used similar techniques to record the activity of hunger neurons in mice for the first time and showed that these neurons shut off in response to the sight and smell of food well before the mice actually consumed anything—a surprising finding that parallels those in the new Nature study—just as thirst neurons "anticipate" the bodily changes that drinking will produce, hunger neurons shut down long before mice are actually satiated by eating.
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-08-neurons-effects-unfold.html   
Image : White matter fiber architecture of the brain. Credit: Human Connectome Project.
#neuroscience #brain #heart #HumanBrain #neuron #plasticity #SynapticTransmission #neurology #medicine #neurons #synapses #BrainCells #cortex #research #discovery #learning #senses #cells #cognition #behavior___Add a Comment

This is very cool research.
Via +Nick Benik 

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2016-08-09 16:46:07 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Systems Thinking
The Age of Entanglement Edition

Approaching non-linear systems with a linear mindset is the recipe for disaster.

When attempting to understand a complex system, we must determine the proper resolution, or level of detail, at which to look at it. How fine-grained a level of detail are we focusing on? Do we focus on the individual enzyme molecules in a cell of a large organism, or do we focus on the organs and blood vessels? Do we focus on the binary signals winging their way through circuitry, or do we examine the overall shape and function of a computer program? At a larger scale, do we look at the general properties of a computer network, and ignore the individual machines and decisions that make up this structure?

Systems Thinking
The Age of Entanglement Edition

Approaching non-linear systems with a linear mindset is the recipe for disaster.

When attempting to understand a complex system, we must determine the proper resolution, or level of detail, at which to look at it. How fine-grained a level of detail are we focusing on? Do we focus on the individual enzyme molecules in a cell of a large organism, or do we focus on the organs and blood vessels? Do we focus on the binary signals winging their way through circuitry, or do we examine the overall shape and function of a computer program? At a larger scale, do we look at the general properties of a computer network, and ignore the individual machines and decisions that make up this structure?___

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2016-08-09 14:26:55 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Simply Fabulous
I Did Not Design This Lede
#designthinking  

I perhaps should have had coffee before posting this, as I am currently not pithy enough to cleverly write an introduction to just how good this piece is.
Aside from a snarky comment on the limits and folly of project management.

Simply Fabulous
I Did Not Design This Lede
#designthinking  

I perhaps should have had coffee before posting this, as I am currently not pithy enough to cleverly write an introduction to just how good this piece is.
Aside from a snarky comment on the limits and folly of project management.___

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2016-08-09 14:09:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Scalable Cooperation
Moving Beyond The 20th Century

By clinging to our past institutions, and methodologies of purposeful organization and governance, we (greatly) hinder our ability to progress.
+John Kellden , this may pique your interests.


Over millennia, humans have invented various forms of social organization to govern themselves, ranging from tribes and clubs, to technocracies and democracies. These institutions enabled us to scale up our ability to coordinate, cooperate, exchange information, and make decisions. Today, instant connectivity, online social networks, pervasive algorithms, crowdsourcing, and big data can help us improve our existing cooperative institutions. More significantly, however, these technologies invite us to completely reimagine the ways in which societies organize, cooperate and govern. Our group aims to (1) understand how... more »

Scalable Cooperation
Moving Beyond The 20th Century

By clinging to our past institutions, and methodologies of purposeful organization and governance, we (greatly) hinder our ability to progress.
+John Kellden , this may pique your interests.


Over millennia, humans have invented various forms of social organization to govern themselves, ranging from tribes and clubs, to technocracies and democracies. These institutions enabled us to scale up our ability to coordinate, cooperate, exchange information, and make decisions. Today, instant connectivity, online social networks, pervasive algorithms, crowdsourcing, and big data can help us improve our existing cooperative institutions. More significantly, however, these technologies invite us to completely reimagine the ways in which societies organize, cooperate and govern. Our group aims to (1) understand how technology is reshaping the nature of human cooperation; and (2) imagine and design radically new ways of scaling up cooperation.___

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2016-08-09 14:02:09 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Social Network Analysis
Social Learning in Networks Edition

For you networked learning geeks. You know who you are.

Social Network Analysis
Social Learning in Networks Edition

For you networked learning geeks. You know who you are.___

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2016-08-09 13:56:30 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

What Is Costing Less
And What Is Costing More

Some nice analytical work from +Yonatan Zunger , moving beyond the superficial drivel of +Peter H. Diamandis .

What Yonatan leaves out is an "externality", which is the cost of "free" to ourselves. "Free" tends to be subsidized by time and attention, our time and attention, something we seem to have forgotten how to value.

What Is Costing Less
And What Is Costing More

Some nice analytical work from +Yonatan Zunger , moving beyond the superficial drivel of +Peter H. Diamandis .

What Yonatan leaves out is an "externality", which is the cost of "free" to ourselves. "Free" tends to be subsidized by time and attention, our time and attention, something we seem to have forgotten how to value.___

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2016-08-09 00:49:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

And Now
We Return To Our Regularly Scheduled Programing

This is oh so very good. Distinctions matter.

My two favourites from the article:

No one ever said, "Television Marketing".
And my all-time favourite:
To ask “What is the ROI of social media?” makes as much sense as asking “What’s the ROI of the telephone?”

Activities, not channels, generate marketing ROI. But Google Analytics makes us confuse channels & strategies. +Samuel Scott +TechCrunch  #marketing   #digitalmarketing   #channel   #ROI   #strategy  ___And Now
We Return To Our Regularly Scheduled Programing

This is oh so very good. Distinctions matter.

My two favourites from the article:

No one ever said, "Television Marketing".
And my all-time favourite:
To ask “What is the ROI of social media?” makes as much sense as asking “What’s the ROI of the telephone?”

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2016-08-08 22:59:09 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

And Finally
The Blockchain Enabled, Distributed, Mission Driven, Ecosystem Organization

I've always viewed the blockchain through the lense(s) of the Glia architecture, so this fits my brain's view just right. This is what makes the +Synereo project so tantalizing to me.

We are in the early stages of a new chapter in the nature of work, because the blockchain will enable us to work and get compensated inside new circular economies that have their own currency units and their own work units.

This, I believe is one of the greatest themes to emerge out of blockchain technology.

And Finally
The Blockchain Enabled, Distributed, Mission Driven, Ecosystem Organization

I've always viewed the blockchain through the lense(s) of the Glia architecture, so this fits my brain's view just right. This is what makes the +Synereo project so tantalizing to me.

We are in the early stages of a new chapter in the nature of work, because the blockchain will enable us to work and get compensated inside new circular economies that have their own currency units and their own work units.

This, I believe is one of the greatest themes to emerge out of blockchain technology.___

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2016-08-08 22:48:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Five Cultural Behaviours
That Can Take Organization To That Sonic Boom

This neatly goes with my post from 6 minutes ago. It's hard to get to the ingredients of a Town Hall without the right culture. These five fine brush strokes can help.

Interestingly, it may be that their focus on culture is what’s holding them back. They are thinking about the big picture, instead of instituting the changes that would actually enable that picture to exist. Culture is the net effect of shared behaviors, and therefore adopting innovative behaviors must come first. You change the culture by becoming more innovative — not the other way around.

Five Cultural Behaviours
That Can Take Organization To That Sonic Boom

This neatly goes with my post from 6 minutes ago. It's hard to get to the ingredients of a Town Hall without the right culture. These five fine brush strokes can help.

Interestingly, it may be that their focus on culture is what’s holding them back. They are thinking about the big picture, instead of instituting the changes that would actually enable that picture to exist. Culture is the net effect of shared behaviors, and therefore adopting innovative behaviors must come first. You change the culture by becoming more innovative — not the other way around.___

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2016-08-08 22:42:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

BAM
To All Ten Points...Ingredients

Like a four octave boom.

The energy behind collective action (referred to variably as Collective Impact, Collective Innovation, and Collective Change) is fundamentally rooted in the understanding that meaningful change is increasingly not in the hands of any single organisation. No single actor is able to bring about structural impact in terms of addressing life outcomes, health outcomes, alleviating poverty, or even creating new connected products and services. Whether seen from an interventional perspective or a political and organisational legitimacy perspective, the complex interdependencies at the heart of our largest challenges are not addressable by agents acting in isolation. It is increasingly recognised that impact at these scales requires us to build open, large, diverse, multi-sector coalitions committed to a shared mission,... more »

BAM
To All Ten Points...Ingredients

Like a four octave boom.

The energy behind collective action (referred to variably as Collective Impact, Collective Innovation, and Collective Change) is fundamentally rooted in the understanding that meaningful change is increasingly not in the hands of any single organisation. No single actor is able to bring about structural impact in terms of addressing life outcomes, health outcomes, alleviating poverty, or even creating new connected products and services. Whether seen from an interventional perspective or a political and organisational legitimacy perspective, the complex interdependencies at the heart of our largest challenges are not addressable by agents acting in isolation. It is increasingly recognised that impact at these scales requires us to build open, large, diverse, multi-sector coalitions committed to a shared mission, common accountability, allied political intent (small “p” politics), and change at a systems level. These open movements seek to work beyond individual agendas, missions, and activity to leverage our collective capacity for organised and coordinated agency but also to manage and moderate the “unintended aggregative consequences” of our siloed individual decisions.
Oye___

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2016-08-08 18:54:02 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

This Looks To Be
A Must Ci

Exploring the depths of the deep.

This Looks To Be
A Must Ci

Exploring the depths of the deep.___

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2016-08-07 18:20:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Driving a Stake Into The Hearts
Of Libertarians, Neoclassicists, and Marxists

Lets not forget to use holy water too on these scientifically , intellectually squalid economic ideologies.

Driving a Stake Into The Hearts
Of Libertarians, Neoclassicists, and Marxists

Lets not forget to use holy water too on these scientifically , intellectually squalid economic ideologies.___

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2016-08-06 16:46:43 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Bain & Company to Banks:
“Changes to the complex pipelines that make payments possible rarely occur, but when they do happen, the consequences can be profound,” states the brief. “Distributed ledger technology, first showcased by the Bitcoin digital currency network, has the potential for such dramatic change.
#blockchain   #fintech  

This is one of the better looks at fintech, the blockchain in particular, and its potential to bring "dramatic change" to the banking industry.
+Peter Feltham , this will be of interest to you (if you haven't already seen it.)

Highlights:
“More than $150 billion in revenue at risk for banks that cannot overcome technical, adoption hurdles of digital currency,” Bain & Company state in the papers announcement. “Regulatory and other hurdles may have forced most start-ups topartner with, ra... more »

Bain & Company to Banks:
“Changes to the complex pipelines that make payments possible rarely occur, but when they do happen, the consequences can be profound,” states the brief. “Distributed ledger technology, first showcased by the Bitcoin digital currency network, has the potential for such dramatic change.
#blockchain   #fintech  

This is one of the better looks at fintech, the blockchain in particular, and its potential to bring "dramatic change" to the banking industry.
+Peter Feltham , this will be of interest to you (if you haven't already seen it.)

Highlights:
“More than $150 billion in revenue at risk for banks that cannot overcome technical, adoption hurdles of digital currency,” Bain & Company state in the papers announcement. “Regulatory and other hurdles may have forced most start-ups to partner with, rather than compete against, incumbent banks, but distributed ledgers will create winners and losers within the banking industry.”

The report paints a clear picture of a hard choice banks now have to make. The solutions, however, are as varied as the business models. “Different types of banks should consider tailored strategies,” the report reads. “Their current approaches to experimentation—appointing mid-level technology executives to industry consortia, participating in the conference circuit and running limited distributed ledger simulations— may leave banks flat-footed.”

Should central banks choose the most extensive implementation and make true digital money available to all (rather than just a mechanism for banks to transact among themselves), the effect on the domestic banking sector would be broad and deep,” the authors claim. “Retail banks stand to lose their privileged position with customers and face much greater competition for funding and for lending products.”

This is a pretty definitive shot across the bow:
“Ultimately, the credit card and automated clearing house industries risk annihilation.”

The conclusion is bang on:
“Innovation is upon us,” the report concluded, “and doing nothing is not a viable option. Now is the time for banks to move from experimentation to action.”___

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2016-08-06 02:57:46 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

By The Numbers
"Open To Macroeconomic Shocks"

How long can we ride zero interest rates, rising consumer debt, and fewer and fewer well paying jobs?

By The Numbers
"Open To Macroeconomic Shocks"

How long can we ride zero interest rates, rising consumer debt, and fewer and fewer well paying jobs?___

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2016-08-04 19:36:55 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Social Media
The Outer Edges of Smart Swarms
#designforcomplexity   #socialmediaedition   #smartswarms  

Smart Swarms is my design for collective intelligence, and a key part of the Glia organizational design.

Learning on the fly, and solving for complexity is the number one competency that organizations have to master if they want to survive, and thrive in the coming decades.
Using social media (a very broad term) to cultivate the intelligence and learning environments you'll need is a key part of adaptive, and resilient organizations.

Social Media
The Outer Edges of Smart Swarms
#designforcomplexity   #socialmediaedition   #smartswarms  

Smart Swarms is my design for collective intelligence, and a key part of the Glia organizational design.

Learning on the fly, and solving for complexity is the number one competency that organizations have to master if they want to survive, and thrive in the coming decades.
Using social media (a very broad term) to cultivate the intelligence and learning environments you'll need is a key part of adaptive, and resilient organizations.___

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2016-08-04 19:18:50 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Cultivate Your Ecosystem
Platform Edition

This is a terrific bookend to my previous post on "barn raising" your ecosystem capabilities.
Here, the authors look at the emphasis on platform management to cultivate the same capabilities.

What really makes them work? True platform innovators aren’t just market matchmakers using data-driven algorithms to drive better buyer-seller matches; they invest in new value creation. In platform markets, cultivating user capability becomes as strategically important as reducing transaction costs. Successful platforms empower their users.

Cultivate Your Ecosystem
Platform Edition

This is a terrific bookend to my previous post on "barn raising" your ecosystem capabilities.
Here, the authors look at the emphasis on platform management to cultivate the same capabilities.

What really makes them work? True platform innovators aren’t just market matchmakers using data-driven algorithms to drive better buyer-seller matches; they invest in new value creation. In platform markets, cultivating user capability becomes as strategically important as reducing transaction costs. Successful platforms empower their users.___

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2016-08-04 18:57:46 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Cultivate Your Ecosystem First
Designing for Complexity
#designforcomplexity  

It is all about community. This is such a great piece, I am having trouble zeroing in on the key snippet. Let's try this one:

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) is another group pursuing a modern-day form of barn-raising. Rather than solving problems by focusing solely on ideas for solutions, CGI focuses first on ecosystem development. The organization convenes heads of state, corporate leaders, members of academia and media; outlines initiatives broadly; asks participants to make a commitment to action on the initiatives; then facilitates dialogue and partnerships to enable solutions to emerge and take root. Neither the ideas, nor the resources collected to support their implementation originate with CGI. The CGI team convenes and facilitates. Through this... more »

Cultivate Your Ecosystem First
Designing for Complexity
#designforcomplexity  

It is all about community. This is such a great piece, I am having trouble zeroing in on the key snippet. Let's try this one:

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) is another group pursuing a modern-day form of barn-raising. Rather than solving problems by focusing solely on ideas for solutions, CGI focuses first on ecosystem development. The organization convenes heads of state, corporate leaders, members of academia and media; outlines initiatives broadly; asks participants to make a commitment to action on the initiatives; then facilitates dialogue and partnerships to enable solutions to emerge and take root. Neither the ideas, nor the resources collected to support their implementation originate with CGI. The CGI team convenes and facilitates. Through this approach, CGI has addressed humanitarian issues in 180 countries through 3,500 unique commitments.

Solving the challenges the world faces today, is not just an economic imperative, it is a humanitarian imperative, we have to be able to solve both together. For business, this means all ventures are social, where having a positive humanitarian impact is essential. For Social, having an positive economic impact is essential.
To accomplish, we must approach ventures as did CGI, by cultivating the ecosystems, and orchestrate with a systems thinking mindset towards solutions that spread the rewards throughout the system.___

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2016-08-04 17:17:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Leadership
Is Responding to Change

I've posted Jeffrey Pfeffer's damning indictment on leadership before, but in this age where narcism gets mistaken for leadership, it bears repeating.

"The Leadership Industry Has Failed". No, it hasn't. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.
The leadership industry, an oxymoron if there ever was one, cannot fix a leadership void. Not the crisis in leadership we're now facing.

The leadership business and governance needs now can't come from an 'industry'.

Leadership
Is Responding to Change

I've posted Jeffrey Pfeffer's damning indictment on leadership before, but in this age where narcism gets mistaken for leadership, it bears repeating.

"The Leadership Industry Has Failed". No, it hasn't. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.
The leadership industry, an oxymoron if there ever was one, cannot fix a leadership void. Not the crisis in leadership we're now facing.

The leadership business and governance needs now can't come from an 'industry'.___

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2016-08-04 12:51:41 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

The Grey World
Of Terrorism

Unless you're an ideological freak, there is no black and white, only shades of grey.

When I was publishing those stories in 2013, there was so much pushback on me from editors and then from readers. The critique was, “How dare you give these people a voice? How dare you see them as anything other than the disgusting dogs they are?” The thing is, my reporting doesn’t deny that they’re perpetrating crimes against humanity, but I think that our job as journalists is to understand and to bring gray where there is only black and white. Because there’s always gray.

Unfortunately, most people prefer the white, the definitive of the black, and the government(s) for the most part do too. As a result, they continuously miss what is really going on.

The administration’s narrative was that they had defeated thisterrorist g... more »

The Grey World
Of Terrorism

Unless you're an ideological freak, there is no black and white, only shades of grey.

When I was publishing those stories in 2013, there was so much pushback on me from editors and then from readers. The critique was, “How dare you give these people a voice? How dare you see them as anything other than the disgusting dogs they are?” The thing is, my reporting doesn’t deny that they’re perpetrating crimes against humanity, but I think that our job as journalists is to understand and to bring gray where there is only black and white. Because there’s always gray.

Unfortunately, most people prefer the white, the definitive of the black, and the government(s) for the most part do too. As a result, they continuously miss what is really going on.

The administration’s narrative was that they had defeated this terrorist group. The Obama administration had killed bin Laden, but the analysis was wrong. Al Qaeda had created a structure that was meant to regenerate itself and no longer be dependent on just one person. And that’s exactly what happened. The ideology is now a living, breathing thing, even more than it was at 9/11, because of Twitter and other modes of social media. You no longer have to go to some closed dark-web forum to see this stuff.

This is laughable. Hilarious if not so tragic. People I paid attention to even before 9/11, described terrorism as a networked, decentralized organization. You couldn't cut off just a head, and expect it to stop. A hierarchical organization like governments, keep fighting a decentralized one with its own centralized mentality. Resultingly, they keep getting it wrong.___

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2016-08-02 19:55:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

I Like This

What I am looking for the most at my stage of the game, is passion, curiosity and a willingness to learn, experiences, and an ability to execute. Well established reputation and networks are a must as well.
Titles are irrelevant.

"No board,” with only a few hours of exposure to a company every 6 weeks, “is qualified to make any decision” for a business, when it’s really the founder who is grinding on the startup every day, insisted Vinod Khosla at the Startup Grind Global Conference. “Money is the least important thing to get at an early stage,” said Vinod. Instead, it’s advice from those who have done it before and access to their network that has the greatest impact.

I Like This

What I am looking for the most at my stage of the game, is passion, curiosity and a willingness to learn, experiences, and an ability to execute. Well established reputation and networks are a must as well.
Titles are irrelevant.

"No board,” with only a few hours of exposure to a company every 6 weeks, “is qualified to make any decision” for a business, when it’s really the founder who is grinding on the startup every day, insisted Vinod Khosla at the Startup Grind Global Conference. “Money is the least important thing to get at an early stage,” said Vinod. Instead, it’s advice from those who have done it before and access to their network that has the greatest impact.___

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2016-08-02 17:10:21 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

All Ventures
Are Social

Every business can learn from the lessons of "social ventures".

All Ventures
Are Social

Every business can learn from the lessons of "social ventures".___

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2016-08-02 15:21:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

The Stock Market
Isn't The Economy

As we know, this isn't going to reverse itself any time soon. As a society, business, government, and people have to work together to develop the next generations of business and economic models that can distribute the wealth generated.
This will be enormously challenging. Not from a design standpoint, but from ideological ones.

It is not hard to imagine that America will be among the last of nations to figure this out, if ever.

The Stock Market
Isn't The Economy

As we know, this isn't going to reverse itself any time soon. As a society, business, government, and people have to work together to develop the next generations of business and economic models that can distribute the wealth generated.
This will be enormously challenging. Not from a design standpoint, but from ideological ones.

It is not hard to imagine that America will be among the last of nations to figure this out, if ever.___

2016-08-01 20:40:36 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Next Generation Society
Teams of Teams
#designforcomplexity  

The pecking order of the old world isn't going to cut as an organizing principle for the challenges we have ahead.

Via +Yaneer Bar-Yam from the other social network.

Next Generation Society
Teams of Teams
#designforcomplexity  

The pecking order of the old world isn't going to cut as an organizing principle for the challenges we have ahead.

Via +Yaneer Bar-Yam from the other social network.___

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2016-07-30 15:24:59 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

GDP: Wildly Flawed Measure
Premise Simplistic

We start off well enough. GDP is, and has been for quite some time, a wildly flawed measure.
However, how do we measure the value we produce??

Exactly. Define value. Define produce. Especially in a world where produmers (you are the product, you are the producer, you are the consumer) create data ("reciprocal data" via applications [RDA]), from which highly concentrated companies using machine learning are the ones generating the revenues. Which for many is the measurement of value. Produmers get free(ish) things, and their attention captured.

Our intrepid authors indicate those gains are more widely shared, or spread, than our current measures are capturing, which may be true, but I am not so sure. And I am even less sure this will trend to a further spreading of the value created. ... more »

GDP: Wildly Flawed Measure
Premise Simplistic

We start off well enough. GDP is, and has been for quite some time, a wildly flawed measure.
However, how do we measure the value we produce??

Exactly. Define value. Define produce. Especially in a world where produmers (you are the product, you are the producer, you are the consumer) create data ("reciprocal data" via applications [RDA]), from which highly concentrated companies using machine learning are the ones generating the revenues. Which for many is the measurement of value. Produmers get free(ish) things, and their attention captured.

Our intrepid authors indicate those gains are more widely shared, or spread, than our current measures are capturing, which may be true, but I am not so sure. And I am even less sure this will trend to a further spreading of the value created.

Where I am on board with the authors, is creating and sharing value in the networked age will be far different, and need to be measured far differently than that of the industrial age the current GDP was developed in. Furthermore, these measurements will need to be far more holistic in what they pertain to measure than revenues and profits.___

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2016-07-29 20:37:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

The Networked Organization
The Laws of Attraction Trump The Laws of Authority (And Title)

Rita Gunther McGrath is one of my favourite commentators of insight into the organization of the future.

Flat or hierarchy isn't the point, it's the fluidity of the organization's networks, and how free they are from authority and title, instead placing emphasis on the laws of attraction.
The network's intelligence, its collective intelligence, becomes the most distinguishing competitive advantage.

The Networked Organization
The Laws of Attraction Trump The Laws of Authority (And Title)

Rita Gunther McGrath is one of my favourite commentators of insight into the organization of the future.

Flat or hierarchy isn't the point, it's the fluidity of the organization's networks, and how free they are from authority and title, instead placing emphasis on the laws of attraction.
The network's intelligence, its collective intelligence, becomes the most distinguishing competitive advantage.___

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2016-07-29 16:14:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Prioritizing
In The Big Data Era

This, for my money, is an enormously keen distinction.
In our world of worlds, we have always struggled between the big picture and the little picture, the macro and the micro. Economics, for example, just simply ignores the dichotomy. It is a costly point of ignorance.
Machine learning can help bridge that gap. Emphasis help.

The other point, also made by +Tim O'Reilly in a recent post of his, is access to the right size and sets of data. Privacy issues abound here, with trust being the crucial pivot point.

Prioritizing
In The Big Data Era

This, for my money, is an enormously keen distinction.
In our world of worlds, we have always struggled between the big picture and the little picture, the macro and the micro. Economics, for example, just simply ignores the dichotomy. It is a costly point of ignorance.
Machine learning can help bridge that gap. Emphasis help.

The other point, also made by +Tim O'Reilly in a recent post of his, is access to the right size and sets of data. Privacy issues abound here, with trust being the crucial pivot point.___

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2016-07-29 15:46:14 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Adaptive
Coevolutionary
Networks

For those of us who are into this sort of thing.

Adaptive
Coevolutionary
Networks

For those of us who are into this sort of thing.___

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2016-07-29 15:20:30 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Automation
Is Your Friend

If you're willing to embrace the learner's attitude, that is.
A very good compilation and synthesis from +Irving Wladawsky-Berger 

The Economist references the work of economist James Bessen, who in a recent Atlantic article, - The Innovation Paradox, - argued that “what’s happening with automation is not so simple or obvious. It turns out that workers will have greater employment opportunities if their occupation undergoes some degree of computer automation. As long as they can learn to use the new tools, automation will be their friend.”

“As with the introduction of computing into offices, AI will not so much replace workers directly as require them to gain new skills to complement it…” notes The Economist. But, “Even if job losses in the short term are likely to be more than offset by the creationof new jobs in... more »

Automation
Is Your Friend

If you're willing to embrace the learner's attitude, that is.
A very good compilation and synthesis from +Irving Wladawsky-Berger 

The Economist references the work of economist James Bessen, who in a recent Atlantic article, - The Innovation Paradox, - argued that “what’s happening with automation is not so simple or obvious. It turns out that workers will have greater employment opportunities if their occupation undergoes some degree of computer automation. As long as they can learn to use the new tools, automation will be their friend.”

“As with the introduction of computing into offices, AI will not so much replace workers directly as require them to gain new skills to complement it…” notes The Economist. But, “Even if job losses in the short term are likely to be more than offset by the creation of new jobs in the long term, the experience of the 19th century shows that the transition can be traumatic”. Industrialization led to major increases in productivity, income and living standards over the long run, but it took significantly longer than is often appreciated. “[D]ecades passed before this was fully reflected in higher wages. The rapid shift of growing populations from farms to urban factories contributed to unrest across Europe. Governments took a century to respond with new education and welfare systems.”

“This time the transition is likely to be faster, as technologies diffuse more quickly than they did 200 years ago. Income inequality is already growing, because high-skill workers benefit disproportionately when technology complements their jobs. This poses two challenges for employers and policymakers: how to help existing workers acquire new skills; and how to prepare future generations for a workplace stuffed full of AI.”___

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2016-07-29 14:46:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

A Dilemma
Of Industrial Proportions

Most incumbents outside of the technology world (and many within it) are not prepared for this kind of future, and every day that goes by reduces their ability to adapt in time.

The coming years will be crucial for any blue chip firm looking to keep its leadership spot. Consumers are not going to accept friction in their retail experiences when Amazon is an alternative. Banks will have to contend with increased choices and a world where their physical sprawl matters little to consumers. And owning cars may very well be a thing of the past if Google and Uber have their way.

The future is going to look very different; the only question is how the Industrialists will respond.

A Dilemma
Of Industrial Proportions

Most incumbents outside of the technology world (and many within it) are not prepared for this kind of future, and every day that goes by reduces their ability to adapt in time.

The coming years will be crucial for any blue chip firm looking to keep its leadership spot. Consumers are not going to accept friction in their retail experiences when Amazon is an alternative. Banks will have to contend with increased choices and a world where their physical sprawl matters little to consumers. And owning cars may very well be a thing of the past if Google and Uber have their way.

The future is going to look very different; the only question is how the Industrialists will respond.___

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2016-07-28 23:33:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

A Tidy Summary

I've long admired Brad DeLong's dedication to his craft.
Via +Mark Thoma 

A Tidy Summary

I've long admired Brad DeLong's dedication to his craft.
Via +Mark Thoma ___

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