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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 Engine3,485*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 Harman22,274Relationship 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” Leopold4,006Using 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 Cohen87,650*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  
Business Banter Plus TV203*PLEASE NOTE: Date Change to Mar 27* *Kathie Donovan* is a Big Dynamo packed into a very small package. She was a long time TV Host in Ottawa and has now  started down a very incredible path. She has written a fabulous book.. 'Inspiration in Action'. Join me as I delve into her *why* and discuss the Happiness Choices she teaches. BBPTV presents Kathie Donovan Author, TV Host and so much more...2014-03-27 19:00:0012  
Meloney Hall4,189Teacher 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 Hangout5,784Join 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 Bincer115,297*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 Blossom126,983*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 Blossom126,983I 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” Chamberlin81,485*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 Bincer115,297*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 shervington1,458,989Ronnie 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 Rights1,291,150In 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 Cohen87,650*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 Fealty14,153All 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 Cohen87,650*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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Maintenance
Capitalism's Poor Cousin

A thought provoking piece from +Peter Feltham via the good folks at the +EthosVO - The Future of Work. Now community.

The article is...well, thought provoking, as we as societies tend to greatly undervalue maintenance.
However, squaring this off against the (cult of) innovation and capitalism is an unnecessary dichotomy.

The reality is that infrastructure building and maintenance is a tough sell to budget strapped governments everywhere. Taxpayers for the most part aren't enthusiastic, although some better data here would be helpful. 

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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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Poor Internet Explorer, i mean "Edge".

+Matt DelMastro will understand :)

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2016-09-18 15:30:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Coase--21 Century Edition
Lowering Transaction Costs

A straightforward look.

Coase--21 Century Edition
Lowering Transaction Costs

A straightforward look.___

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2016-09-07 18:34:56 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

And now for something completely different.

A photo taken with my LG G5, but of what?

And now for something completely different.

A photo taken with my LG G5, but of what?___

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2016-09-07 17:41:33 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

The Devil You Know
Versus The Devil You Don't

This actually ties into a previous post on maintenance. Part of the issue here in vendor lock-in (the devil you know), which was the mantra of the hybrid cloud builders, but the market has shown otherwise. As IT is in essence a maintenance issue, dealing with the somewhat more clear certainties of the 'public cloud' (a bit of a misnomer, no?) is preferable to the somewhat more uncertain world of hybrid--aka Cloud-as-a-Service.
What's interesting here is this doesn't show that AWS is ranked higher than IBM's hybrid offerings, but rather that reading between the lines, it is that owning your own cloud is not a good investment. The technical reasons for this are far beyond my scope, however, the smart money seems to indicate that owning your maintenance is not the wise choice.

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The Devil You Know
Versus The Devil You Don't

This actually ties into a previous post on maintenance. Part of the issue here in vendor lock-in (the devil you know), which was the mantra of the hybrid cloud builders, but the market has shown otherwise. As IT is in essence a maintenance issue, dealing with the somewhat more clear certainties of the 'public cloud' (a bit of a misnomer, no?) is preferable to the somewhat more uncertain world of hybrid--aka Cloud-as-a-Service.
What's interesting here is this doesn't show that AWS is ranked higher than IBM's hybrid offerings, but rather that reading between the lines, it is that owning your own cloud is not a good investment. The technical reasons for this are far beyond my scope, however, the smart money seems to indicate that owning your maintenance is not the wise choice.

Via +Paulo Silveira___

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2016-09-07 16:50:14 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Maintenance
Capitalism's Poor Cousin

A thought provoking piece from +Peter Feltham via the good folks at the +EthosVO - The Future of Work. Now community.

The article is...well, thought provoking, as we as societies tend to greatly undervalue maintenance.
However, squaring this off against the (cult of) innovation and capitalism is an unnecessary dichotomy.

The reality is that infrastructure building and maintenance is a tough sell to budget strapped governments everywhere. Taxpayers for the most part aren't enthusiastic, although some better data here would be helpful. 

Maintenance
Capitalism's Poor Cousin

A thought provoking piece from +Peter Feltham via the good folks at the +EthosVO - The Future of Work. Now community.

The article is...well, thought provoking, as we as societies tend to greatly undervalue maintenance.
However, squaring this off against the (cult of) innovation and capitalism is an unnecessary dichotomy.

The reality is that infrastructure building and maintenance is a tough sell to budget strapped governments everywhere. Taxpayers for the most part aren't enthusiastic, although some better data here would be helpful. ___

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2016-09-07 15:52:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Twenty-First Century Skills and Leadership
Are The Defining Factors

This is a fascinating bit of research, particular for what they found for skills and style needed.

Since 2009 we have interviewed and surveyed 181 executives who run PE-owned companies, as well as eight to 15 people who work with each of these 181 executives (supervisors, board members, director reports, and others). From looking at the qualities of the CEOs at the best-performing of these firms, we have found three fundamental CEO qualities that drive growth in the most successful PE investments:

>>Systems thinking (the capacity to understand how a change in one aspect of the workings of an operation affects the others)
>>Building alignment and commitment to the firm’s strategy (in particular, by emphasizing empathy as much as urgency)
>>Selectively developing topt... more »

Twenty-First Century Skills and Leadership
Are The Defining Factors

This is a fascinating bit of research, particular for what they found for skills and style needed.

Since 2009 we have interviewed and surveyed 181 executives who run PE-owned companies, as well as eight to 15 people who work with each of these 181 executives (supervisors, board members, director reports, and others). From looking at the qualities of the CEOs at the best-performing of these firms, we have found three fundamental CEO qualities that drive growth in the most successful PE investments:

>>Systems thinking (the capacity to understand how a change in one aspect of the workings of an operation affects the others)
>>Building alignment and commitment to the firm’s strategy (in particular, by emphasizing empathy as much as urgency)
>>Selectively developing top team members to accomplish the strategy

Too many CEOs fall short of these skills. Here are the most common CEO selection mistakes we see.___

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2016-09-06 20:35:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Upsetting the Balance of Power
Really, These Findings Are Not That Surprising

What can be said here for analytics can also be said for innovation.
As per the theme of a previous post, this comes down to putting personal self interest ahead of the organization.

Such skepticism led us to study the impact that analytics has had on our clients over the last 20 years. Our surprising finding: Efforts to adopt analytics upset the balance of power in the C-suite, and this shift often had a negative impact on analytics initiatives.

Upsetting the Balance of Power
Really, These Findings Are Not That Surprising

What can be said here for analytics can also be said for innovation.
As per the theme of a previous post, this comes down to putting personal self interest ahead of the organization.

Such skepticism led us to study the impact that analytics has had on our clients over the last 20 years. Our surprising finding: Efforts to adopt analytics upset the balance of power in the C-suite, and this shift often had a negative impact on analytics initiatives.___

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2016-09-06 20:28:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Variation
Not Repetitive Cascades
Is The Trick

I've read other pieces that makes the same argument, this one is a pretty good synopsis of the findings. 

Variation
Not Repetitive Cascades
Is The Trick

I've read other pieces that makes the same argument, this one is a pretty good synopsis of the findings. ___

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2016-09-06 20:26:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Special Interests
Trumps the Greater Good

Nothing really surprising here, as this could also pass for a great primer for politics as usual with the Republic of the United States.
Retaining power, retaining their seats over-rides the necessity of even attempting to better address cybersecurity.
Note: This isn't about big or little government, but rather politics within a republic, and the dysfunctional process that has grown around it. 

Special Interests
Trumps the Greater Good

Nothing really surprising here, as this could also pass for a great primer for politics as usual with the Republic of the United States.
Retaining power, retaining their seats over-rides the necessity of even attempting to better address cybersecurity.
Note: This isn't about big or little government, but rather politics within a republic, and the dysfunctional process that has grown around it. ___

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2016-09-06 15:07:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Of Plantations
And Rainforests

Rainforests create new value, plantations manage the extraction of value.
While Hamel and Zanini make a very compelling case by the numbers for the cost and drag of plantation bureaucracy on the economy, I do not think it is a straightforward transition from plantation manager to the high value creation and innovation of rainforests.
It's a big leap from managing operational processes to the kinds of environments particular to innovative ecosystems.

Of Plantations
And Rainforests

Rainforests create new value, plantations manage the extraction of value.
While Hamel and Zanini make a very compelling case by the numbers for the cost and drag of plantation bureaucracy on the economy, I do not think it is a straightforward transition from plantation manager to the high value creation and innovation of rainforests.
It's a big leap from managing operational processes to the kinds of environments particular to innovative ecosystems.___

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2016-09-02 00:04:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Ray Dalio
China Or Bust
#bubbles

Unlike the West, there will unlikely be contagion. 

Ray Dalio
China Or Bust
#bubbles

Unlike the West, there will unlikely be contagion. ___

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2016-08-31 16:38:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Welcome to the Party


I like Google's odds here...

Google’s new ride-sharing service may compete with Uber — and perhaps be cheaper

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Alphabet-owned Google is set to “take on Uber” with its own ride-sharing service that would charge “far cheaper rates” than competitors. Earlier this year, Google piloted its service with employees at different companies from within its Waze navigation app, The Journal reported. It now plans to allow any Waze user in San Francisco to use the new feature this fall. However, as Recode noted, Google’s service won’t directly compete with Uber — not yet, at least. The key difference between Google and Uber/Lyft is its focus on carpooling versus an on-demand taxi business. The beta program, which lets drivers pick up passengers heading in the same general direction, charges riders 54 cents a mile — cheaper than Uber and Lyft — and Google does not take a cut. The idea seems to be less about drivers making money, and more on helping people carpool and cover gas costs.___Welcome to the Party


I like Google's odds here...

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2016-08-31 16:30:31 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Find the Pattern in the Data
Use the Data to Clarify the Pattern
#bigdata

We all know the problems of force fitting, or cherry picking data to fit a preconceived notion or support a pet theory.

I don't think this is the end of theory, but rather having a process of when and how to look for new patterns, or enhance existing ones. 

Find the Pattern in the Data
Use the Data to Clarify the Pattern
#bigdata

We all know the problems of force fitting, or cherry picking data to fit a preconceived notion or support a pet theory.

I don't think this is the end of theory, but rather having a process of when and how to look for new patterns, or enhance existing ones. ___

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2016-08-31 16:09:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Living in the Grey
Tackling The Toughest Decisions
#smartrooms   #smartswarms  

For the second day in a row, +Harvard Business Review posts one of the best articles I've seen in some time.

The first question asks you to thoroughly and analytically consider every course of action available to you, along with the full, real-world, human consequences of each. Gray-area problems are rarely resolved in a flash of intuitive brilliance from one person; as a very successful CEO told me, “The lonely leader on Olympus is really a bad model.” So your job is to put aside your initial assumption about what you should do, gather a group of trusted advisers and experts, and ask yourself and them, “What could we do? And who will be hurt or helped, short-term and long-term, by each option?”

Living in the Grey
Tackling The Toughest Decisions
#smartrooms   #smartswarms  

For the second day in a row, +Harvard Business Review posts one of the best articles I've seen in some time.

The first question asks you to thoroughly and analytically consider every course of action available to you, along with the full, real-world, human consequences of each. Gray-area problems are rarely resolved in a flash of intuitive brilliance from one person; as a very successful CEO told me, “The lonely leader on Olympus is really a bad model.” So your job is to put aside your initial assumption about what you should do, gather a group of trusted advisers and experts, and ask yourself and them, “What could we do? And who will be hurt or helped, short-term and long-term, by each option?”___

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2016-08-30 15:11:14 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

The Downside of Expertise
"Cognitive Entrenchment"
#governance  

This is one of the best articles I've seen in recent years, with plenty of explorative research based on questioning what often stands for 'best practice'.

The first factor is what psychologists call “cognitive entrenchment.” As we gain deeper expertise in an area, we acquire more accurate and detailed knowledge but also become less flexible in our thinking and less likely to change our perspective. So expert-dominated boards might be less effective in responding to new information or unfamiliar situations. Indeed, related research shows that executive teams made up of many industry experts are less flexible in responding to changes in the competitive environment. Our own interviews also confirm this idea. Many of our interviewees emphasized the “baggage” that domainexperts ... more »

The Downside of Expertise
"Cognitive Entrenchment"
#governance  

This is one of the best articles I've seen in recent years, with plenty of explorative research based on questioning what often stands for 'best practice'.

The first factor is what psychologists call “cognitive entrenchment.” As we gain deeper expertise in an area, we acquire more accurate and detailed knowledge but also become less flexible in our thinking and less likely to change our perspective. So expert-dominated boards might be less effective in responding to new information or unfamiliar situations. Indeed, related research shows that executive teams made up of many industry experts are less flexible in responding to changes in the competitive environment. Our own interviews also confirm this idea. Many of our interviewees emphasized the “baggage” that domain experts bring with them to a board. Domain experts “brought with them habits from the other institutions and perhaps those habits were not always good,” one CEO explained.

With a smoking gun:
But then we looked specifically at banks that faced heightened uncertainty for some reason—for example, because they were growing rapidly in an uncharted market territory or because they were operating in a lending market with unusual loans and atypical, heterogeneous clients. In such situations, there was a clear link between the proportion of domain expert directors and the probability of bank failure. The more banking experts on the board, the greater the likelihood that a bank would go out of business.___

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2016-08-27 14:17:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Geek Patrol
Risks In Financial Networks
#financialcontagion  

We're also a little lean on how much moral hazard plays a role here (plenty, imo).

Geek Patrol
Risks In Financial Networks
#financialcontagion  

We're also a little lean on how much moral hazard plays a role here (plenty, imo).___

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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 (1 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 

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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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