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Accidental Magic?

networks in expanding cultural spaces by Grant McCracken at This Blog Sits at the (Intersection of Anthropology and Economics) shows how Ideascape could work to connect seemingly random events.

"This is the story of how an unlikely solution, two mathematical brothers from Russia, found an improbable problem, digital images of a Unicorn tapestry. What connects them is a Rube Goldberg mechanism that includes The New Yorker magazine, a real estate magnet, a hedge fund manager, an MET curator and his wife. As we will see, the chances of this particular solution finding this particular problem were astronomically small. Or were they?"

I wonder what the possibilities would have been if say, Dave Weinberger (JOHO the Blog), or Gawker, or Steve Rubel, or Rageboy picked up the story initially and blogged about it? Would del.icio.us have an impact? So, what are the probablities of an exotic solution finding an exotic problem in the blogsosphere? BTW Here is a story posted today in The Toronto Star about tagging on del.icio.us via Dave Weinberger.

Speaking of del.icio.us, this next idea sheds light on the ways we need to organize and scale to tackle complex problems.

Large-Scale Collective IQ, This presentation is one of a series from the Accelerating Change 2004 held at Stanford University, November 5-7, 2004. It features Dr. Douglas Engelbart, who invented or influenced the mouse, hypertext, multiple windows, bit-mapped screens, shared screen teleconferencing, and outline processing. But his ideas transcend technology and computer science and reach into the humanitarian. In this presentation, he tells how can we construct a collective vision as to where we are headed and where we would best be headed.

More SBP (*Standard Blog Procedure)

Thank you Scobleizer for the heads up on Blogging@IBM.

The caveat in IBM's guidelines re: don't forget your day job has validity, as employees do have jobs to perform, and we, as a company are cognizant of that. However, if a company has decided to employ blogging in it's business practice, they should also allow for time spent blogging and researching blog posts.

SBP (*Standard Blog Procedure)

Ideas are EVERYWHERE! Although, to the uninitiated they may be hard to find.  As any serious blogger knows, Ideascaping takes time. Gathering information from RSS feeds, technorati, del.icio.us, the blogosphere is hard work.  Yet and still, the process is ultimately rewarding and fulfilling.  Blogs are a tool to improve innovation, PR, marketing, productivity, morale and they can connect people together with information in new ways. But without proper planning, a blogging program can have disastrous results when incorporated company-wide.

Cooties, Terriorists & Blogs

"Viruses, worms, Trojan horses, Remote Access Trojans, hackers, organized crime, terrorists, and others continue to make the Internet a dangerous place due to fraud, extortion, denials of service, identity theft, espionage, and other crimes. Now, blogging is emerging as a threat to the Internet user community."

November 11, 2004, Fisk Bait, Posted by Michael O'Connor Clarke - "What fresh hell is this? A news release hit the wires today from Dublin-based Research and Markets . Here’s a tiny sample: "Companies Need to Raise Employee Awareness Regarding Blogging and Associated Threats … Blogging is rapidly emerging as a threat to Internet users.""

Blogs are like terrorists? Like viruses? Sorry. My flabber is too gasted to permit any kind of rational response here."

BTW The report Mike refers to cost $1500. The unfounded lameness continues with a new report form eMarketer.

Steve does a great job of pointing out the what eMarketer neglected to talk about. Let the Blog Bashing Begin from Steve Rubel, Micro Persuasion "Pete Blackshaw predicted this would happen and he was right. A blog bashing movement is underway. In a new report, eMarketer is questioning whether businesses will ever blog. They're following the effervescent Nick Denton. He got the ball rolling with his "Up with People-like" quotes in Sunday's New York Times."

We got IMAX, ExLax, and now Ajax. WTF is next?

We got IMAX, ExLax, and now Ajax. WTF is next?

"Where can you find Flickr and Apple in the same room? At the AJAX Summit of course. An insider report from the press-free zone where the future of webdev is being mapped out." by Jonathan Boutelle for SiliconValleyWatcher

"The O'Reilly/Adaptive Path AJAX Summit, held Monday and Tuesday in San Francisco, was a "geeks only" affair."

Jonathan offers insights and lots of links to Ajax demo's and developers.

Tiger Woods & Why BI Tools are Awful, by Paul Kedrosky from Infectious Greed. "Recent readers of this site may not realize that last year I wrote an OpEd for the Wall Street Journal on the trouble with Tiger Woods: I argued he swings too hard."

You gotta check this out. Yes, it is ajax related. Yes, Paul has a demo in Flash of Tiger Woods swing, but considers ajax and offers caution on jumping in too fast.

Did I mention Tiger Woods? Just did it - your take. You gotta go vote now.

...and I came across this link Feedtagger on Steve Rubel's site. "...allows you to "tag" your feeds under different headings." Nothing really new, but check it out. That is a pretty a common feature in most advamced cms and blogging apps.

Blogging with Smarts and Guts

The ever generous and insightful Steve Rubel from Micro Persuasion offers the most down to earth advice for any business about who should be blogging for the company. Steve says, "Blog from the Gut of Your Company, " USA Today has a big story asking why CEOs aren't blogging in droves. I think they are making a bigger deal out of this than is warranted. Often the most interesting corporate blogs are the ones that are written by the rank and file. They come from the passionate "gut" of the company, not necessarily from the top."

Enterprise Blogs For Employee Training

I came across three articles about employee training recently. The first one is an IBM PR piece, the second from Management Issues and the third is from CFO.com. Of course, the IBM solution fits in with there SOA (Service Oriented Architecture). However, I wonder if any content management system that supports XML, RSS, and webservices would serve the same purpose as a learning tool as well as fit into an open SOA - I think so.

SOA Goes to School, By Erin Joyce, from Jupiter   "In a global study of over 300 chief human resources offices, IBM (Quote, Chart) found over 60 percent of HR professionals operating in mature markets had difficulty identifying and developing the critical employee skills and talents that are vital to remain competitive.

The 2005 IBM Global Human Capital survey also said more than half of the CEOs surveyed believed their staffs do not have the skills to move into new markets and capture emerging growth opportunities. IBM calls the trend "The Menace of Maturity." The term suggests that companies a bit long in the tooth are likely to see atrophy in their ability to train employees swiftly."

Both of these studies focus on how to retain workers and get workers up to speed on new job requirements. Since I know the most about my own solution, I will give you my take. Ideascape offers the people in your organization a platform to create a gigantic learning and development environment securely on the Net. An interactive platform where more people, both inside and outside the business, can relate to each other; one where employees, instructors,  clients, customers, vendors, and partners inspire and challenge each other to improve and sustain the business. If your people are continually exposed to new thoughts and are discovering new ideas both within your organization as well as outside of it, they will continue to learn, to update their skills, to stay "fresh" to the changes that are happening.  The world is changing at an ever-faster pace; in order to keep up, you have to stay on top of what's happening!  So, if you want fresh ideas from your people,  Ideascape has everything you need to brainstorm, sketch, and develop ideas across the organization that will move people to action and get them ready to tackle new challenges.

Training the key in the war for talent, From Management Issues, "Britain's employers are embracing training as a way of retaining and getting the most out of employees in a tough labour market. Research from the journal IRS Employment Review has suggested training budgets are set to increase as employers struggle to ensure workers have the skills they need to do their jobs, and that managers can get the best out of them.

Its poll of 68 organisations found nearly nine out of ten said a key objective of training was to ensure that employee skills were up to scratch – a reflection of the difficulty employers have finding the right people in a tight labour market."

We have an enterprise blogging system that supports every type of media (rich text, rss, podcasts, and images) available. The system offers a great deal of interactivity using blogs, forums, and wikis, which gives everyone the opportunity to learn from instructors as well as each other. The simple nature of blogging applications keeps the learning material archived and updated since employees are blogging about it with instructors.

CFO.com offers ideas on meeting training needs using internet based exchanges.

Online trading hubs stage a comeback. But this time, there's a twist. From CFO.com, "When David Mroz, a manager at Shannon Precision Fastener, needed to buy a new LCD projector for a training class, he didn't head to Staples to hunt down a bargain. Nor did he go online to search out the best price on the product. Instead, the quality manager at the Madison Heights, Mich.-based Shannon put his prospective purchase up for bid on the Internet."

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