Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions
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Is Massively Collaborative Mathematics Possible? Yes, Here's How!

Clay Shirky http://www.shirky.com referred to this blog post in his talk today “Social Media, Curating, and Convening: Getting Value from Group Interaction” http://www.extension.iastate.edu/broadcasts/nevc2011/

The post is about The Polymath Project on Growers blog Clay talked about how to harvest collective wisdom on complex problems.


"Of course, one might say, there are certain kinds of problems that lend themselves to huge collaborations. One has only to think of the proof of the classification of finite simple groups, or of ar of a rather different kind of example such as a search for a new largest prime carried out during the downtime of thousands of PCs around the world.

****But my question is a different one.

****What about the solving of a problem that does not naturally split up into a vast number of subtasks?

****Are such problems best tackled by people for some that belongs to the set ? (Examples of famous papers with four authors do not count as an interesting answer to this question.)

Here's a highlight from this piece: Think of the implications in other areas of collaboration in ways that are valuable to your community.

**Suppose one had a forum (in the non-technical sense, but quite possibly in the technical sense as well) for the online discussion of a particular problem. The idea would be that anybody who had anything whatsoever to say about the problem could chip in.

**And the ethos of the forum — in whatever form it took — would be that comments would mostly be kept short. In other words, what you would not tend to do, at least if you wanted to keep within the spirit of things, is spend a month thinking hard about the problem and then come back and write ten pages about it.

****Rather, you would contribute ideas even if they were undeveloped and/or likely to be wrong. This suggestion raises several questions immediately. First of all, what would be the advantage of proceeding in this way?

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Defining the Big Shift

Defining the Big Shift | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

John Hagel from Edge Perspectives has written a thought provoking and insightful post about the shift in our culture and its impact on business.

Here's an excerpt>

Given the growing uncertainty in the world around us, we must master a new set of techniques required to access, attract and accumulate resources to unleash peer based learning in far more flexible ways than conventional push programs permit.

But perhaps this is too high level.

It may help to develop this perspective just a bit more in the context of “from-to” contrasts. About one month after the release of our Shift Index report, one question that keeps coming up is whether we can offer a succinctly define what the Big Shift is that our Shift Index seeks to measure. Given the magnitude,...


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The Question: What is the most interesting thing you came across today?

The Question: What is the most interesting thing you came across today? | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

Great piece by Ross Dawson about Twitter, and how people can add something to what he refers to as the "global brain" which is a knowledge network that he says will become Twitter News Network.

Very interesting links to other discussions with Gerd Leonhard and the future of Twitter.

Twitter has moved from asking ‘what are you doing now?’ to ‘what’s happening?’, and now describes itself as an ‘information network‘.

**The Twitter News Network is a manifestation of the global brain, in which we create value for others by contributing to the visibility and availability of high-value information.

While many contribute nothing of value to Twitter,

****many extraordinarily talented and interesting contributors are doing what they can to add value to others. It is a choice we make, by how we engage in our social networks.

****If we consider what we can best contrbute to global consciousness, it is very likely the most interesting things we come across.

**The most intriguing, through-provoking, stimulating ideas, whether they be in the form of an article, a video, a conversation, or anything else from the vastness of media and ideas we encounter each day.

**If everyone just shared the single most interesting thing they came across each day, we would all be so much better off.

****This tiny effort would add value to everyone. We could all ask ourselves: What is the most interesting thing I saw today?, and share it, since it would very likely be of interest to many others.


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