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Ditch Time-Wasting Meetings By Turning Your Office Into An Ant Colony

Ditch Time-Wasting Meetings By Turning Your Office Into An Ant Colony | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
Scientists have started applying lessons from how ants operate to the corporate world. The result: fewer meetings more time working and tasks...
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"The secret is uncoordinated decision making. Ants perceive and react to the world through the lens of colonies’ thousands (or millions) of tiny interactions, rather than a single agent’s directions. This collective intelligence is far more efficient and effective than any individual. In a way, ant colonies act as an enormous brain: Each individual isanalagous to a neuron in the human brain. Intelligence is embedded in the interaction of the many parts".

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Joe Gebbia: Executing Your Idea Starts With a Small Single Step

Joe Gebbia: Executing Your Idea Starts With a Small Single Step | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia walks us through how to shake off our reservations and take the first small step to turning our ideas into an actual experience.
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"We all have that idea that we can’t shake out of our head, the one that we think about in the shower or daydream about. Entrepreneur Job Gebbia, shares how his team grew their idea, Airbnb, into a national startup the hard way: by staying lean, “doing things that don’t scale” like meeting users one at a time, and by taking one small step at a time.

 

Joe leads us in a storyboarding exercise that helped his team take ideas and push them into reality. If you’d like to follow along, download the Airbnb Storyboard Frame sheet and grab a pencil. When finished, tweet Joe at @jgebbia, and be sure to use the hashtag #nextstep".

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Impact Hub Movement Growing Worldwide

Impact Hub Movement Growing Worldwide | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
When the first Impact Hub co-working space opened up in London in 2005, could they have guessed what it would become just eight years later? Today, Impact Hub reports 40 operating locations around the world with another 20 on the way.
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"Kevin Jones, one of the other owners of the Bay Area Hubs, reported, “I’m passionate about the Hub because I’ve seen people make the connections, find the mentors, partners, peers, employees and investors that take their social enterprises to the next level, to enable them to enact their dreams to build a better world. We built the Impact Hub as a place where visionaries and doers could meet and make magic together. It’s working, and it’s growing. It’s expanding in the U.S. and in the world because it’s working.”

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The knowledge sharing paradox | Harold Jarche

The knowledge sharing paradox | Harold Jarche | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
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Brilliant insights (as usual) from Harold Jarche - Life in Perpetual Beta

 

"The elephant in the room is human nature. Enterprise knowledge sharing will never be as good as what networked individuals can do. Individuals who own their knowledge networks will invest more in them. I think this means that innovation outside of organizations will continue to evolve faster than inside. It may mean that the half-life of organizations will continue to decrease, as more nimble businesses continuously emerge to compete with incumbents. Whoever creates an organizational structure that bridges the individual-organizational knowledge sharing divide may have significant business advantages".

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Why We Are Wired to Connect: Scientific American

Why We Are Wired to Connect: Scientific American | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
Scientist Matthew Lieberman uncovers the neuroscience of human connections—and the broad implications for how we live our lives
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"With respect to understanding human nature, I think this finding is pretty significant.  The things that cause us to feel pain are things that are evolutionary recognized as threats to our survival and the existence of social pain is a sign that evolution has treated social connection like a necessity, not a luxury.  It also alters our motivational landscape.  We tend to assume that people’s behavior is narrowly self-interested, focused on getting more material benefits for themselves and avoiding physical threats and the exertion of effort.  But because of how social pain and pleasure are wired into our operating system, these are motivational ends in and of themselves.  We don’t focus on being connected solely in order to extract money and other resources from people – being connected needs no ulterior motive". 

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Social media, knowledge exchange, and the social determinants of health | National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health

Social media, knowledge exchange, and the social determinants of health | National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
Our focus is on the social and economic factors that influence the health of Canadians. We translate and share evidence with public health organizations and practitioners to influence interrelated determinants and advance health equity.
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"By placing organizations, networks and individuals on equal ground, social media can create opportunities to engage multiple sectors on issues related to the social determinants of health and health equity, and can offer a complementary online environment within which public health professionals can share thoughts, resources, and follow opportunities for further exchange".

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Mitch Joel & Seth Godin, "CTRL ALT DELETE" | Talks At Google

Talks at Google

 

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"Successful Entreprenuers: There are certain people who are trying to create the industry before it exists, and that's the right posture". Mitch Joel.

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Why Organizations Should Embrace Randomness Like Ant Colonies

Why Organizations Should Embrace Randomness Like Ant Colonies | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
Surprise is information.
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Institute for the Future (IFTF): Ten-Year Forecast

Institute for the Future (IFTF): Ten-Year Forecast | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it

We face a decade of the impossible. We stand eye-to-eye with challenges that seem unimaginable even as we face them. Global warming. Human population collapse. Widespread economic failure. We respond with untested solutions on scales we have never before attempted: molecular-scale manufacturing, massive data tracking and analysis, reengineering of the human mind and body.

 

Each of these responses is a hypothesis about the future, and in this era of impossible challenges and unprecedented experiments, the 2014 Ten-Year Forecast embarks on an “inventive search for new hypotheses.”

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No more consultants: or are we all consultants now?

Joanna Goodman reports from David Gurteen’s London knowledge café,where Chris Collison and Geoff Parcell led a discussion on the central theme of their latest book – the role of consultants in modern companies and organisations.
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Power Laws and Fragility in Flow Networks

What makes economic and ecological networks so unlike other highly skewed networks in their tendency toward turbulence and collapse? Here, we explore the consequences of a defining feature of these networks: their nodes are tied together by flow. We show that flow networks tend to the power law degree distribution (PLDD) due to a self-reinforcing process involving position within the global network structure, and thus present the first random graph model for PLDDs that does not depend on a rich-get-richer function of nodal degree. We also show that in contrast to non-flow networks, PLDD flow networks are dramatically more vulnerable to catastrophic failure than non-PLDD flow networks, a finding with potential explanatory power in our age of resource- and financial-interdependence and turbulence.

 

Power Laws and Fragility in Flow Networks
Jesse Shore, Catherine J. Chu, Matt T. Bianchi

http://arxiv.org/abs/1308.0726


Via Complexity Digest
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A helpful article

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The 12 Habits Of Highly Collaborative Organizations

The 12 Habits Of Highly Collaborative Organizations | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
When it comes to the future of work and collaboration I've worked with and researched hundreds of companies.  Collaboration is indeed a top priority for many business leaders but knowing what makes organizations successful can be a tricky thing.
Erika Harrison's insight:

Collaboration can make the world a better place

 

"Perhaps the most important principle of collaboration is that it can make the world a better place. Sure, collaboration can make our employee more productive and benefit our customers. But collaboration also allows employees to feel more connected to their jobs and co-workers, reduces stress at the workplace, makes their jobs easier, allows for more work freedom, and in general makes them happier people. This means less stress at home, less arguments with spouses, and more time to spend with loved ones. Collaboration not only positively impacts the lives of employees at work but also at home".

 

Jacob is the author of the Amazon best-selling book, The Collaborative Organization: A Strategic Guide to Solving Your Internal Business Challenges Using Social and Collaborative Tools (McGraw Hill).

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The Science of Familiar Strangers: Society's Hidden Social Network | MIT Technology Review

The Science of Familiar Strangers: Society's Hidden Social Network | MIT Technology Review | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
The familiar strangers we see every day on the bus and in the supermarket form an important hidden network at the heart of society, according to the first city-wide study of these passive links.
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Going beyond 'weak ties' of social network analysis, this study looks at how hidden networks of familiar strangers form the bedrock of society.

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The Expression of Phenomenology in Business

The Expression of Phenomenology in Business | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
Language is an interesting thing. We rely so much on language and yet so rarely contemplate its inner workings. I just wonder if some of our communication problems, and the number of arguments we a...
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Chaos + Order = Chaord. 

"There is a sweet spot in living dynamic systems, a zone where ambiguity enables the emergence and creation of new meanings to arise, a form of innovation if you like. This is where language lies, in that although language can never truly model reality, it can guide us towards a deeper comprehension of that which we are aiming to understand".

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Simon Sinek: Why Leaders Eat Last

Simon Sinek: Why Leaders Eat Last | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
Ethnographer and leadership expert Simon Sinek on why leaders must sacrifice for the good of the group.
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"In this in-depth talk, ethnographer and leadership expert Simon Sinek reveals the hidden dynamics that inspire leadership and trust. In biological terms, leaders get the first pick of food and other spoils, but at a cost. When danger is present, the group expects the leader to mitigate all threats even at the expense of their personal well-being. Understanding this deep-seated expectation is the key difference between someone who is just an “authority” versus a true “leader.” 

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The TED of all Leadership Management Conferences - A Review of the Drucker Forum 2013

The TED of all Leadership Management Conferences - A Review of the Drucker Forum 2013 | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it

"Once in a while, you get inspired by events in your life that seem to be a precursor to real societal change. A hopeful change. A needed change. An evolutionary change. The Drucker Forum 2013 edition that was recently held in Vienna, Austria –14 and 15, November — was one of those moments..."

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Philanthropy's Power to Lead on Divest-Invest | Health & Environmental Funders Network

Philanthropy's Power to Lead on Divest-Invest | Health & Environmental Funders Network | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
This blog post takes a look at how philanthropy can leverage Divest-Invest principles, which encourage divesting assets from fossil fuels and investing in clean energy and sustainable practices and products, in order to support a cleaner, healthier...
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"Fossil fuel stocks, whose valuations are linked to their reserves, are over-valued. Conservative estimates point to a “carbon bubble” many times larger than the recent $2 trillion housing bust.  When investors realize that up to 80% of current fossil fuel reserves cannot be used, the carbon bubble will pop, with profound economic consequences.

 

Such warnings are coming from a growing body of financial analysis, includingCarbon Tracker, the London School of Economics, Lord Nicholas Stern, The Grantham Institute, HSBC, Standard & Poor’s the University of Oxford, and theEconomist. The existence of a global carbon bubble and the reality of stranded fossil assets are fast becoming mainstream wisdom".

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Sharing Can Truly Disrupt Business--By Mixing Money And Social Change

Sharing Can Truly Disrupt Business--By Mixing Money And Social Change | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
A look at how the new sharing economy can--and should--knock down the divide between social entrepreneurship and just plain entrepreneurship.
Erika Harrison's insight:

"Social change emerges from disruptive innovations--business model hacks that upend industries, enlarge markets, extend access, and stir power dynamics. Disruptive innovations challenge the prevailing economics of industries by finding ways to offer products drastically cheaper or more accessibly. This was how the computing revolution accelerated from million dollar mainframes to mobile for the masses, all the while changing every aspect of social life".

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, November 2, 2013 7:31 PM
Thanks for sharing Erika. Are you aware that the link to your Twitter profile on Scoop.it is broken? Found you anyway, but you might want to change it. Best, Kenneth
Erika Harrison's comment, November 2, 2013 7:52 PM
Thanks Kenneth. Updated now.
Tobias Beckwith's curator insight, December 5, 2013 12:17 AM

One of the wizard's great tools is leverage - and today's entrepreneurs create massive leverage through disruptive business models. Here's a good artilcle on just how that can work to effect social change.

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Social Grant Makers | Stanford Social Innovation Review: Letting Go

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"To make steady forward progress solving problems in dynamic environments of complexity and uncertainty, foundations must shift from centrally planned, narrowly focused grant making strategies to more decentralized, diversified strategies that are better able to catch the waves of effective leadership, distributed wisdom, and innovation. There are two ways foundations need to let go. The first is to enable effective nonprofits to take the lead in designing solutions to social problems. The second is to diversify investments across multiple solutions or pathways to the goal. Let's take a closer look at the problems with current practice in philanthropy".

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Erika Harrison's curator insight, October 27, 2013 4:45 PM

"To make steady forward progress solving problems in dynamic environments of complexity and uncertainty, foundations must shift from centrally planned, narrowly focused grant making strategies to more decentralized, diversified strategies that are better able to catch the waves of effective leadership, distributed wisdom, and innovation. There are two ways foundations need to let go. The first is to enable effective nonprofits to take the lead in designing solutions to social problems. The second is to diversify investments across multiple solutions or pathways to the goal. Let's take a closer look at the problems with current practice in philanthropy".

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Wicked Problems and Social Complexity by Jeff Conklin PhD

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Intro chapter to a book about Collective Intelligence - the creativity and resourcefulness that a group or team can bring to a collaborative problem.

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How the Science of Swarms Can Help Us Fight Cancer and Predict the Future - Wired Science

How the Science of Swarms Can Help Us Fight Cancer and Predict the Future - Wired Science | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it

Thanks to new observation technologies, powerful software, and statistical methods, the mechanics of collectives are being revealed. Indeed, enough physicists, biologists, and engineers have gotten involved that the science itself seems to be hitting a density-dependent shift.

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"And it may turn out that crowds of humans have more in common with schools of fish than we ever imagined".

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Encyclopedia of Life - Animals - Plants - Pictures & Information

Encyclopedia of Life - Animals - Plants - Pictures & Information | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
The Encyclopedia of Life is an unprecedented effort to gather scientific knowledge about all animal and plant life where pictures, information, facts, and mo...
Erika Harrison's insight:

The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is a free, online collaborative encyclopedia intended to document all of the 1.9 million living species known to science. 

 

From Open Culture:
http://www.openculture.com/2013/09/e-o-wilsons-the-encyclopedia-of-life.html ;

"One of the treasures of our time, biologist E.O. Wilson, the folksy and brilliant author of two Pulitzer Prize-winning books and the world’s leading authority on ants, is 84 years old and retired from his professorship at Harvard. But even in retirement he came up with one of the most innovative new scientific resources available today: the Encyclopedia of Life, a networked encyclopedia of all the world’s knowledge about life.

 

Six years ago Wilson announced his vision for such a project while accepting the 2007 TED Prize. He expressed a wish for a collaborative tool to create an infinitely expandable page for each species—all 1.9 million known so far—where scientists around the world can contribute text and images.

 

Wilson’s dream came true, not long after he announced it, and the EOL was so popular right away that it had to go off-line for a spell to expand its capacity to handle the traffic. The site was redesigned to be more accessible and to encourage contributions from users. It’s vision: to continue to dynamically catalog every living species, as research is completed, and to include the roughly 20,000 new species discovered every year.

 

Wilson’s vision is manifest in a fun and well-designed site useful for educators, academics, and any curious person with access to the Internet.

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Socialogy: A Look Back After Seven Interviews | Stowe Boyd

Socialogy: A Look Back After Seven Interviews | Stowe Boyd | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it

This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet. I’ve been compensated to contribute to this program, but the opinions expressed in this post are my own and don’t necessarily represent IBM’s positions, strategies or opinions..

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Stowe Boyd defines Socialogy as the theory and practice behind social business, its tools and techniques, and their impact on business culture, structure, operations, and people.

 

He talks with smart people and always asks the question — ‘How do you think a scientifically-grounded understanding of people as social beings will change business in the future and how?’

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The Power of Networks | World Economic Forum 2012

The Power of Networks | World Economic Forum 2012 | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Geneva-based non-profit organization best known for its Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the Annual Meeting of New Champions in China (Summer Davos) and the Summit on the Global Agenda in Dubai.
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"*Nowadays, any organization should employ network scientists/analysts who are able to map and analyse complex systems that are of importance to the organization (e.g. the organization itself, its activities, a country’s economic activities, transportation networks, research networks).

 

*Interconnectivity is beneficial but also brings in vulnerability: if you and I are connected we can share resources; meanwhile your problems can become mine and vice versa.

 

*The concept of “crystallized imagination” refers to things that are first in our head and then become reality. This concept can be turned into network applied research on economic complexity of a country’s economic activities and development prospects".

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Jason Leong's curator insight, November 6, 2014 9:23 PM

Network science — the mapping and visualisation of the networked systems that make up our society, economies, and organisations — is set to become the new tool for informing design. (It's about time!)

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The Nonprofitization of Business (SSIR)

The Nonprofitization of Business (SSIR) | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
Two areas where business can begin to learn from nonprofits.
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"The right answer is not to disparage companies, in a sort of tit-for-tat “Sector War,” but rather to point out that each sector has its strengths and limitations. There is much to be learned, and much work to do, across sectors … But we need to remember that each of the sectors play distinct, and vital, roles".

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