How to Save the World



The Top 10 Most Common Mistakes in Consensus Process, and How to Avoid Them
Tree BressenTree Bressen, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World, 2011/10/25

Having a class or work group reach a consensus is a fantastic learning experience and very timely. This guide from Tree Bressen traps a number of the most common errors in the process and provides mechanisms for avoiding them. The article leaves me wondering what an online consensus-building application would look like. Today: Total:51 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Why the Metamovement Will Ultimately Fail
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World, 2011/10/11

Dave Pollard explains the metamovement and why - he thinks - it's going to fail. "The Metamovement is in essence a revolt against disempowerment, and, while government is the favourite whipping-boy, there is a growing awareness that globalization has led to corpocracy — concentration of power in the hands of the wealthy multinational business owners, who buy and sell politicians at will and hence control the laws, the regulations, law enforcement and other political decisions including when and with whom we go to war." Fair enough, and one wonders whether things are not yet bad enough (as he says) in North America for the protests to succeed. Today: Total:43 [Comment] [Direct Link]

First Principles
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How To Save The WorldHow to Save the World,

Let me begin the week with this uplifting post from Dave Pollard. "When much of your life is tied up with work (collaborative or hierarchical) and the schedules and priorities of others, most decisions are made for you, or at least restricted by the constraints of society. It is a bit startling to realize that, suddenly, almost every decision I face is mine alone to make. Each decision may have repercussions for others, which I of course have to think about, but ultimately my decisions are now driven by principles, not by accommodation." What are these principles, he asks? Being generous, valuing time, and living naturally. Today: Total:81 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Google Wave (continued): The Conversation Becomes the Process, and Even the Product
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How To Save The WorldHow to Save the World,

I haven't yet had the chance to play with Google Wave (*grumble* *grumble*) and as a result have only been half-following the enthused pronouncements of people about how it will change the game. But still, Dave Pollard's comments are worth noting. "instead of the communications and conversations about a new project being widely dispersed and unconnected, the entire set of conversations on a project can be captured and disseminated as a single wave, allowing far more participation, self-organization, information and idea exchange and assessment, project coordination, and collaboration to occur, involving a much broader set of interested, creative and knowledgeable people." Oh, but wait. Don't we want our conversations to be distributed? Today: Total:59 [Comment] [Direct Link]

A Practical Guide to Implementing Web 2.0 (aka Social Networking Tools) in Your Organization
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How To Save The WorldHow to Save the World,

The "3 Lemons" slide by itself makes this slide show from Dave Pollard worth viewing. The rest is pretty good too. I especially like "how we shared information in 2009" and "Proximity / Affinity detectors" (= to me basic associationist mechanisms). Today: Total:54 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Clay Shirky on Helping People Find You, Content as Mere Conversation Fodder, and Letting Users Identify Their Needs
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How To Save The WorldHow to Save the World,

This image, called a 'network of dense clusters' in the article, depicts what I would call a "community of communities" model. This type of network is very efficient, in the sense that messages can pass quickly through it, but if more resilient to cascade phenomena and other pitfalls more characteristic of scale free networks. The diagram introduces this interesting review of Clay Shirky's Here Comes Everybody. "Shirky asks, and doesn't really answer, the critical question...: How do you reach the people you want, without having to broadcast your message to everybody?" Today: Total:121 [Comment] [Direct Link]

CCK08: Connecting for Change: The New Role of Educators
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How To Save The WorldHow to Save the World,

This diagram is gaining some traction in the educational blogosphere. I'm not sure I would call the centre social fluency, but there is definitely a sense of literacy and fluency in the confluence between knowledge, thinking and communication. As an aside, I would people would be clear about the difference between the indefinite article (a basis for change, which is what communities actually are; or a great value of networks, which it actually is) and the definite article (the basis for change, which is what communities are not; or the great value of networks, which is actually is not). Today: Total:63 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Not Ready Yet to End Our Addiction to Growth
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World,

I am more or less in agreement with Dave Pollard on this thing - except that I don't really advocate 'zero growth' because I don't think that the indicator we call 'growth' actually measures anything. Well, and I don't agree with this either: "re-learning of entrepreneurial skills (since most big multinationals will collapse to make way for many more small, locally-based companies) and of self-sufficiency skills (growing our own food, making our own clothes, maintaining and fixing our homes, appliances and tools instead of relying on others to do this for us)." No. We still need computer chips, we still need pharmaceuticals. The response to the crisis is not to return to agrarian society. It's to consume less, and to build an economic system that rewards - instead of punishes - reductions in consumption. "It will require us to live more modestly, and within our means. It will be a much different world." Yes. But that means more intelligently relying on others, and not relying only on ourselves. Today: Total:70 [Comment] [Direct Link]

CCK08 Week Three: Eight Important Questions About Learning and Connection
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How To Save The WorldHow to Save the World,

Forget the other seven questions. The key question posed against Connectivism is (as it was against associationism and connectionism in earlier years) this: " If learning is, as the instructors of this course contend, nothing more or less than 'making connections' (neural, conceptual, and social), how do we learn to learn the things in the chart above and the other things we need to learn to be self-sufficient, useful members of communities -- to be who we were intended to be?"

There's no short answer to the question. Part of it requires an account of how successive and repeated experiences produce patterns of connectivity, and how these patterns are what we experience when we say that we 'know'. And another part of it requires an account of how we are misled by language, about how we don't actually 'know' much of what we claim to know, including knowledge of universals, spiritual entities such as 'Gaia', and a host of other linguistic phenomena. Today: Total:69 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Saturday's Links for the Week
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How To Save The WorldHow to Save the World,

Good chart half way through this post shoring the wide range of alternatives between commandment and chaos. Today: Total:50 [Comment] [Direct Link]

12 Tools That Will Soon Go the Way of Fax and CDs
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World,

Dave Pollard's list is a little idealistic and a little irreverent (just like all his stuff, which is why I enjoy hos blog so much). "Cell Phones: Now let me get this straight: On my increasingly-compact, full-screen, full-keyboard laptop I can get wireless anywhere for a small flat monthly rate, and then make unlimited phone calls, download files and communicate in a dozen different ways for free. But now on this tiny awkward cell phone, you're going to charge me for every message, and severely restrict what I can send and receive. And I'm going to put up with this why?" Um... yeah. there's going to have to be some convergence there. But guess which direction the service providers are betting on (hint: they are predicting the end of the desktop and the laptop). Today: Total:67 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Five Ways to Make a Point
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to save the worldHow to Save the World,

Dave Pollard discusses rhetoric and refers to the book, The Back of a Napkin. He gives five ways to improve presentations, pertinent for anyone trying to explain something: 1. Present new information, clearly and articulately. 2. Ask provocative questions. 3. Tell memorable stories. 4. Use visualizations to convey meaning. 5. Employ powerful rhetoric -- be clear, logical, clever, funny, well-paced, original, truthful, concise, provocative, and passionate. -HJ Today: Total:66 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Love, Conversation, Community Vs Nobody But Yourself
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World,

Dave Pollard offers an answer to my question, "Where did the idea that you're missing something in your life come from?" saying, "From outside, from those who you love, converse, and make community with, telling you that you belong with them, if only you will give up those annoying, unacceptable parts, please. And from inside, where something wild, primeval, uncivilized, some vestige of nobody-but-yourself, tells you to just be more authentically human, to fly, to be free." Today: Total:156 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Effortlessly and Unintentionally Causing Pain to Others
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World,

If you conduct workshops you should probably read this, along with the associated posts by Meg Tilly and Nancy White. Today: Total:85 [Comment] [Direct Link]

We Need Experimenters, Not Leaders
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How To Save The WorldHow to Save the World,

As a kid I dreamed of being Prime Minister. As an adult I realized I would have to give up too much of myself to do it, the best part of me. This was the first wedge that led me to question my value set. It took me a long time to learn, but I have discovered, as Dave Pollard says, "We don't need 'leadership' or 'leaders'. What we need is experimenters.The way to create working models that work better than the dysfunctional ones we have now, in a complex system where no one is in control and no one has the answers, is to try things. A lot of small-scale experiments, bold, different, even wacky." What's beautiful, and what totally aligns with my own vision of humanity, is that this is something everyone can participate in, not a select few. Today: Total:68 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Two Dangerous Lessons From Second Life
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How To Save The WorldHow to Save the World,

The main thing to keep in mind is that the two lessons are not unique to Second Life. Here they are:
- We judge people, and assess their 'lovability', by their appearance;
- We are attracted to those who offer mystery, passion, attention and appreciation, even when that is unhealthy, insincere, needy or manipulative.
Why is this significant? Well, at least part of the appeal of Second Life is that it is not reality - we can all be beautiful and fashionable. That's OK - but we need to be clear that this, in turn, changes our perception of 'real life'. That, too, is OK, so long as we are not misled by this, so long we do not pursue in real life fantasy that exists only in Second Life. Language warning. Today: Total:108 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Natural Education, Natural Enterprise, Natural Community: Creating a Virtuous Cycle
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save The WorldHow to Save the World,

Housing in Lesotho

I have had occasion to write about global warming over the years. So I am one of the first to warmly applaud Al Gore and his Nobel Peace Prize. And it's this sort of thing - this sort of reflection - that carries over into the wider domain of learning and society and technology. And this Dave Pollard post on natural education and natural enterprise. The older industrial model is a dysfunctional system, he writes, a vicious circle that does immense damage to our psyches and our environment. Harold Jarche picks up on this theme, wondering whether these old systems are starting to crack. "It wasn't that long ago that politicians and some scientists were saying that global warming was only a half-baked theory. We now know that we're going to be completely baked, and Al Gore's Nobel Prize shows that the world understands." That's why I demanded an apology not so long ago - and caution, today, that the same sort of model that has produced global warming is continuing to produce - and protect, with the same disinformation - traditional education. The consequences aren't obvious - but if you go into the poorer regions of the world (or of your own community) and look into the people's eyes, you'll see them. And how do you negotiate with people who were willing to sacrifice the planet for their own temporary gain? Today: Total:56 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Dynamics of Social Networks
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World,

Good post that makes the concept of social networks a lot clearer - and a lot more complex. "Our networks do not include us as individuals, but rather as identities. This means that you may have people networking with you in your various identities e.g. as a parent, as a co-worker, as a member of a project etc." Thus our participation in networks has as much to do with role as with identity (I would have a lot to say about this, but let's move on). Toward the end of the post, Pollard contrasts the distinct approaches to informal networks by progressive and conservative members. Fascinating reading. "What you end up with in many larger organizations are two modi operandi going on simultaneously and at cross-purposes: One group improvisationally and creatively... the other trying desperately to make things work as they are 'supposed' to." Today: Total:58 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Knowledge in the Workplace: Have It Your Way
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World,

Dave Pollard creates his own PLE diagram (though he doesn't label it as that) and thinks about the combination of learning and social networks. With McLuhan, he describes communications tools as extensions of our senses, then observes that we want to own, rather than share, such bodily extensions. "So perhaps it is not surprising that we want the information that we get in the workplace, our way, in our own space, organized in the way it makes sense to us. We resent getting sent information (e-mail and snail mail and by telemarketers) that we did not ask for and do not want." Interestingly, he says that blogs and wikis do not serve this need well (which, I guess, is why most OLDaily readers will see this post via email or RSS feed). Today: Total:57 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Knowledge Management: Finding Quick Wins and Long Term Value
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World,

When asked how to create knowledge management solutions for an organization, consultants may respond with "creating big central 'knowledge bases', or websites, or community of practice 'collaboration spaces'." Sound familiar? But Dave Pollard argues, correctly, that "these types of initiatives tend to produce disappointing results.. these are easy to do, and often fun, which is perhaps why they're so tempting... but I think programs that focus more on context than content, and more on connection than collection, often pay the biggest dividends." He then lists a dozen or so initiatives, half of which produce "quick wins" and half of which produce longer term value. Today: Total:58 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Standards for Good Intranet and Extranet Design
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World,

Reasonable set of principles for good intranet design (or, for that matter, good design generally). Note especially the last item: "users shouldn't need extra sign-ins and log-in steps." Today: Total:93 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Knowing Knowledge
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World,

Dave Pollard reviews George Siemens's Knowing Knowledge and gives it a pretty good write-up - mostly. "Although his prescription is, I think, impractical, his vision of an organization that enables effective knowledge-sharing, learning and collaboration is worth thinking about." Today: Total:66 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Malcolm Gladwell on Neural Networks That 'Solve' Complex Problems
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World,

Some light discussion with some interesting examples on the use of neural networks to solve problems. Pollard describes their use to predict the success of popular songs and movies. While this is typical of the current use of neural networks, it is pobably a bit much to expect specific recommendations - such as "how to design a health care system." They don't work that way. The phenomenon described part way through the article - 'clustering' - is the result of a separate analyis. And it is very much a gloss to say, 'change this variable and you get the result you want'. That's a pojection, made by a human, based on the clusters produced by the analysis. Today: Total:55 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Escaping the Prison
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World,

My most recent book review is of Doris Lessing's Prisons We Choose to Live Inside, and so it is appropriate that Dave Pollard brings us this post summarizing how to escape the prisons. Based on David Edwards's 1995 book, Burning All Illusions, the advice (a bit long, but worth it) is as follows:

  1. Be mindful. Watch what's happening and why.
  2. Be self-aware. Pay attention to what you're doing and why.
  3. Be open-minded. Don't prejudge. Listen.
  4. Accept responsibility. Don't blame victims.
  5. Think critically. Question what you read and hear.
  6. Refuse to self-censor.
  7. Reject simple, comforting answers.
  8. Don't compromise. The 'lesser of two evils' is a slippery slope.
  9. Refuse to hate; don't be provoked into hating or scapegoating.
  10. Reduce your dependence, so you can voice your criticisms.
  11. Disobey. Constantly challenge authority, ask questions, say and do what others fear to.
  12. Learn, especially from experience; sidestep the filters.
  13. Don't rationalize. Don't be seduced into believing something just because you want to.
  14. Celebrate your uniqueness: Don't just be everyone else.
  15. Love yourself. Don't depend on others' attention or approval.
  16. Wonder. Imagine. Be free of the need for certainty.

Today: Total:95 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Making Web 2.0 Work: Embracing Complexity
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World,

Readers may be familiar with this line of argument, but it bears repeating: what web 2.0 is capturing, and where its greatest strength lies, is the complexity of knowledge. "The problem-solving methods used in most large organizations, taught in most universities, and proffered by most experts and consultants are designed for complicated problems, those that, with enough information, energy and expenditure can be run to the ground and 'solved'. Complex problems are 'wicked', and complicated problem-solving techniques are largely ineffectual in dealing with them." (I really don't like the term wicked - oh well.) What the web offers is a counter to the "set of 'big ideas' and consultants trying, once again, and invariably with little success, to 'solve' them." Today: Total:131 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Ideal Collaborative Team, and A Conversation on the Collaboration Process
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How To Save The WorldHow to Save the World,

Great post on collaboration, which I won't spoil by revealing the ending: "Collaboration is about experiencing interdependence. Let me repeat those two words: Experiencing Interdependence. A self - you, me, whoever - steps into a group, and becomes a one connected to many others, collecting energy in and distributing energy back out. Like breathing. So if we dolly back, we see collaboration as a closed system with a kind of natural internal circulation. Any collaboration 'methodology' that can sideline conventional social roles and stories and support the free circulation of ideas, feelings and instinctual energy is getting it right." Note that while the analysis is interesting, it is the conversation at the end of the piece that draws the useful conclusions. See also this post, which looks at collaboration and complexity. Today: Total:51 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Social Networking Landscape
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How To Save The WorldHow to Save the World,

Useful diagram and some discussion of social networking and related concepts. Today: Total:63 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Three Necessary Capabilities for Becoming Aware
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World,

Dave Pollard writes relentlessly about new ways of seeing the world, and his work, with its basis in people like Francisco Varela, is approaching more and more every day the view fostered by people like George Siemens and myself. This new way of learning (and it is indeed a new way) is the topic of my talk this evening, so it's on my mind (and hence, I'm more attuned by commentary like Pollard's today). Varela: "Cognition is not a representation of an independently existing world, but rather a continuing bringing forth of a world through the process of living. The interactions of a living system with its environment are cognitive interactions, and the process of living itself is a process of cognition. To live is to know." Today: Total:138 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration 2015
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How To Save The WorldHow to Save the World,

"Bad news rarely travels upwards in organizations." Well, we knew that (I mean, how often do we write a critical email to the director?). But traditional knowledge management simply ignores this and many other truisms of information flow. In this light, we see in knowledge management a shift in emphasis from "focusing on aggregating contributed content and 'integrated solutions', instead of on connection to people and on their knowledge in context in simple, intuitive, stand-alone apps." Today: Total:68 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Ten Most Important Trends in Business
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World,

Good list of important trends, including open source business, complexity, social networking and the wisdom of crowds. This is also a pretty good list of important trends in e-learning, and regular readers will have noted that i return to these themes again and again, trying to tease them out and explain what they mean. Today: Total:72 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Freakonomics and Complexity
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World,

Dave Pollard's review of Freakonomics by economist Steven Levitt and journalist Stephen Dubner is worth a read. What I like is the discussion of complex (as opposed to merely complicated) systems and the need for pattern recognition. "Our long-term memory has a capacity of about 40,000 patterns (models, archetypes, plans, idealizations and other representations of reality), and when we see, hear or otherwise pay attention to something we only perceive and internalize the 5-10% that resonates and is consistent with those patterns, that understanding of reality." I'm not sure about the numbers, but I'm pretty sure about the patterns. Today: Total:49 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Seven Principles of Social Networking
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World,

Dave Pollard outlines "a set of principles which might provide some clues on how to develop Social Networking Applications that really do work."
CRLF- "the existence of mutual trust, respect, context, and self-disclosure between the parties."
CRLF- conversational ice-breaking
CRLF- physical appearance as an icon of our identity
CRLF- a way to observe the other person's environment (I wonder whether a 'web space' would count here)
CRLF- doing something together, collaborating
CRLF- recognition that each of us is in a (separate) network
CRLFPollard follows his list with a series of challenges for social software. But we need to remember: it's not just a matter of replicating a personal network in a virtual space. The technology allows us to have a richer textured network of relationships. Today: Total:47 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Rescuing Social Networking
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World,

This link is here mostly for the graphic at the top, a nice conceptual vision of conferencing. But also for this sharp analysis of where social networks have been failing: "existing SNAs offer the user little to do, take too much time, don't provide a customized audience, are socially awkward, and don't provide much that other features of the Internet don't do as well or better." And for the advice near the end suggesting that "what would really make SVP cool would be if we could meter it... [and] automatically bill them and pay us for our time at an agreed-upon rate." Which left me wondering what my market rate would be billed per minute. And whether it would be possible to make a living doing that (methinks not). Today: Total:45 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Continuous Environmental Scan: Where Do You Get All Your Ideas?
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How To Save The WorldHow to Save the World,

This article describes almost exactly the process I use in my own work, so (naturally) it is well worth passing along. What I like is the author's reference to skill and practice because it suggests (accurately) that with some work it can be done by anyone willing to put in the effort. One big difference: I rarely use internal sources as part of my information scan, partially because it's really inconvenient and partially because the content is inaccessible to readers at large. That said, the main thing to emphasize here is that there is no big secret to how this newsletter - or any other - gets created. Today: Total:50 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Gift Economy
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How To Save The WorldHow to Save the World,

Dave Pollard writes, "The Gift Economy offers us a means to learn, to understand, to take charge, and to change our world. It is a natural economy, steeped in millions of years of pre-civilization human culture and the culture of all life on Earth. If enough of us embraced it, the modern 'market' economy, built on the faulty and inhuman foundations of inequality, scarcity, false quantification of value, and acquisition, could not survive." In this thus far I agree, and in what follows he provides a pretty good overview. But. I'm unhappy with this: "In a 'market' economy, says Hyde, the highest status belongs to those who have acquired the most. In a Gift Economy, the highest status belongs to those who have given the most." Money, status, power - the gift economy always seems to be presented in terms of how a giver can, after all, get something in return for the gift. I have not been immune to this myself. But it leaves me with a certain dissatisfaction, the sort of dissatisfaction I might feel with my wealth in the last days of life. Maybe that's just me, though. Today: Total:49 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Bloggers, Your`Audience Awaits
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World,

We were discussing today, what is an A-List blogger? Friends of Jason Kottke? Or a large enough readership? According to this article, I fall into the category of B-List blogger. But funny thing - if I linked to my own posts (the way most blogs do) instead of directly to articles, I could break the A-List hit rate (as defined in this article) pretty easily. That wouldn't make me an A-List blogger, of course. It would just make me annoying. Via Mathemagenic. Today: Total:48 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Creative Problem-Solving Process
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World,

Dave Pollard writes, "It appears there may be as many as 12 steps in the process involved in solving problems or making critical decisions, whether in a business context or a broader social context." He presents this process in a useful and clear diagram. What's interesting is that the diagram makes it clear that problem solving is a distributed process, with no individual performing more than two or three of the twlve steps. My own work, for example, revolves around the 'Understand', 'Organize', and 'Think Ahead' steps. Perhaps 'Reach Out' as well. Today: Total:45 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Tapping the Wisdom of Crowds: An Integrated Model
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How To Save the WorldHow to Save the World,

To restate the principle (with which I am largely in agreement): "Many cognitive, coordination and cooperation problems are best solved by canvassing groups (the larger the better) of reasonably informed, unbiased, engaged people. The group's answer is almost invariably much better than any individual expert's answer, even better than the best answer of the experts in the group." But how to implement this? Dave Pollard proposes his answer here. Today: Total:43 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Change Your Mind?
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How To Save The WorldHow to Save the World,

Dave Pollard looks at the implications of a site called Change This. The idea of Change This is to produce glossy PDF 'manifestos' which are supposed to be passed, meme-link, but without comment (how can you comment on a PDF?), through the web. The manifesto, argues Pollard, is exactly the wrong way to go about changing minds. "On any important issue it will not change anyone's mind. People make up their own minds by reading sources they trust. They don't want to change their minds." Some good discussion follows the article, including a longish post by me. Today: Total:54 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Expertise Finders: Pollard Goes Looking for Answers
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World,

George Siemens points to this item by Dave Pollard in which he asks, "How can we ever hope to produce effective Expertise Finders when we can't even get people in our own organizations to keep their personal information up to date?" It's what I try to convince people of in my own projects, that input is critical, and everything else is gravy. Right now the most effective input system is the blog, and Pollard writes, "I envisioned an Expertise Finder that would work by crawling people's blog content, penetrating corporate firewalls to find the best people in the world who had the desired expertise and creating a 'map' showing the most direct network path to those people and how much their expertise costs." Today: Total:53 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Time Savers for Bloggers
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World,

It has been a constant with me, ever since I was writing on sheets of paper on an old Underhill typewriter (I have been writing for a long time). One page: fifteen minutes. 250 words. A thousand words in an hour. First draft - everything is first draft; I don't rewrite anything. I use almost all of Pollard's tips, everything, in fact, except proper typing. Still. A longer write would be an hour out of my day. What would go? Not this, though:

CRLF"Get away from reading and your computer and other media, take a walk, do things that stimulate your creativity and give you unique material to write about, talk to people to get different viewpoints and ideas, clear your mind, think about what's really important to you, what you really believe, what you think needs to be done and said, and then write about that. The time you spend in unencumbered thought will be saved many times over in the process of reading and writing: You'll know exactly what you want to say, your enthusiasm and creative energy will make your writing easier, faster and more entertaining and valuable to readers, and you'll find it much easier to say 'no' to wasting time reading and writing about things that are suddenly much less important." Today: Total:49 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Ten Thgings to Keep You Awake at Night
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World,

More Pollard: In Are You a Closet Canadian he documents drifting social and political trends. His thoughts on Integrity. Visions of the future state and how to get there. What keeps executives up and night, their solutions, and Dave's better solutions. Today: Total:41 [Comment] [Direct Link]

Blogs and Blogging: The 10 Most Important Ideas of 2003
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World,

There are some good observations collected in this article - but there should be, it's a list of the best ideas related to blogging in 2003. At the very least, it will give you some jargon - the "power law", the "tipping point". Nice point about the abandonment of blogs: far from being the crisis depicted by the media, it represents simply " a large number of people deciding that writing really isn't that important to them." Also worth a read is Part Two of this list, highlighting politics and economics and offering a nice set of views very similar to my own. Take a look also at The Future of Business for some ideas on the evolution of business culture. Today: Total:109 [Comment] [Direct Link]

The Blogging Process
Dave PollardDave Pollard, How to Save the WorldHow to Save the World,

Via Seb, this item is a detailed and pretty accurate look at the blogging process. The diagram will grab your eye and focus your attention, but read the commentary too. Note the time estimates. "I budget 75 minutes/day for reading (the steps in red), 60 minutes/day for writing (green), 15 minutes/day for promotion (blue), and, on the weekend, 60 minutes/week for blog community activities." This is pretty close to what I spend, though I do more realing (especially of email, such as mailing lists and subscriptions) and spend less time writing. I don't have a 'to do' list (which explains why I always miss deadlines). I do check referrers and blog megadexes (such as Technorati or Feedster) to see what people are saying, but I don't promote my blog and I don't send email to A-listers (because I live in this wonderful deluded little world in which I am one - Heh). Today: Total:53 [Comment] [Direct Link]


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