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KDMC report: New practices shape transformative news leadership in the digital age | Knight Digital Media Center

KDMC report: New practices shape transformative news leadership in the digital age | Knight Digital Media Center | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
Dedicated to helping good journalism and good journalists thrive in the Digital Now. A partnership between USC Annenberg and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism funded by the Knight Foundation.
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Occupy Big Business: The Sharing Economy's Quiet Revolution

Occupy Big Business: The Sharing Economy's Quiet Revolution | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it

In the shadow of the Great Recession and the Occupy Wall St. movement, ordinary people are re-negotiating their terms with big business. They want to spend less, do more, and solve problems together. They are the foundation of the new "sharing economy."

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Design and the Social Sector: An Annotated Bibliography: Change Observer: Design Observer

Design and the Social Sector: An Annotated Bibliography: Change Observer: Design Observer | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
This bibiography surveys the literature of social design — the spectrum from design process and thinking to the zones of social innovation.
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A Guide to the Occupy Wall Street API, Or Why the Nerdiest Way to Think About OWS Is So Useful

A Guide to the Occupy Wall Street API, Or Why the Nerdiest Way to Think About OWS Is So Useful | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it

(IMO a highly technical analysis of how memes become movements)

 

Occupy Wall Street demoed a flexible, open-source set of components that other protests have remixed into a movement...

 

The most fascinating thing about Occupy Wall Street is the way that the protests have spread from Zuccotti Park to real and virtual spaces across the globe. Metastatic, the protests have an organizational coherence that's surprising for a movement with few actual leaders and almost no official institutions. Much of that can be traced to how Occupy Wall Street has functioned in catalyzing other protests. Local organizers can choose from the menu of options modeled in Zuccotti, and adapt them for local use. Occupy Wall Street was designed to be mined and recombined, not simply copied.

 

This idea crystallized for me yesterday when Jonathan Glick, a long-time digital journalist, tweeted, "I think #OWS was working better as an API than a destination site anyway." If you get the idea, go ahead and skip ahead to the documentation below. If you don't get, let me explain why it might be the most useful way of thinking about #Occupy.

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The Social Affordances of the Internet for Networked Individualism (2003)

We review the evidence from a number of surveys in which our NetLab has been involved about the extent to which the Internet is transforming or enhancing community. The studies show that the Internet is used for connectivity locally as well as globally, although the nature of its use varies in different countries. Internet use is adding on to other forms of communication, rather than replacing them. Internet use is reinforcing the pre-existing turn to societies in the developed world that are organized around networked individualism rather than group or local solidarities. The result has important implications for civic involvement.

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Occupy's A**hole Problem: Flashbacks from An Old Hippie

Occupy's A**hole Problem: Flashbacks from An Old Hippie | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it

Guest Editorial by Sara Robinson, Senior Fellow, Campaign for America’s Future

I wish I could say that the problems that the Occupy movement is having with infiltrators and agitators are new. But they’re not. In fact, they’re problems that the Old Hippies who survived the 60s and 70s remember acutely, and with considerable pain.

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Managing the 21st Century Organization by Valdis Krebs | Orgnet.com

IF KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, WHAT IS CONNECTED KNOWLEDGE?

 

Our knowledge economy operates on the complexities of connections. All individuals, teams, communities, systems, and other business assets are massively interconnected in an evolving economic ecosystem. In the connected economy, each network actor is embedded in a larger economic web that affects each participant and, in return, is influenced by that participant. In such a connected system we can no longer focus on the performance of individual actors – we must focus on system outcomes. The key is performance of the connected whole.

 

Efforts at making sense of this new world are beginning to reveal some basic principles at work in the complex adaptive systems we call our organizations.

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The Study of Myth

The Study of Myth | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
A venue that offers the guiding vision and details of an interdisciplinary symposium designed to enrich & expand the field of mythological studies.
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Knowledge Contagion For Social Benefit

Knowledge Contagion For Social Benefit | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it

When people are connected to other people more fully by knowledge we all experience greater well-being and happiness. Knowledge can connect complete strangers from around the world in understanding and empathy if it is shared for social benefit. This is the most fundamental reason for Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) – greater social benefit. KMb is about social benefit not for limited and selfish reasons, but for striving to improve our overall human condition – for everyone on this planet.

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Complex Social Problems Call for Evolutionary Leadership

Complex Social Problems Call for Evolutionary Leadership | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it

The following is a guest post by our friends at Saybrook University’s Organizational Systems Program (a 3p sponsor) – designed for students, managers, leaders and consultants who want to understand the nature of organizations, collaborative practices, and transformative change toward systemic sustainability.

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Networked Knowledge and Combinatorial Creativity

Networked Knowledge and Combinatorial Creativity | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
Why creativity is like LEGO, or what Richard Dawkins has to do with Susan Sontag and Gandhi.
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Lynda Gratton - The Future of Work

Lynda Gratton - The Future of Work | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it

The Gutenberg Project: the race is on to digitalise many of the books and articles of the world, while the professors of academic institutions such as MIT are making their key lectures available on the web. Combined with hyper connectivity and the potentially global reach of the Cloud, this means that knowledge and wisdom will be available to anyone with access to the Internet. This could see the development of new ways of educating that leapfrog those of normal educational institutions, creating more fluid, virtual and vibrant networks of learning.

 

Virtual Schools and Universities: there has been a great deal of research over the last decade focusing on how people learn. This has looked at e-learning, face-to-face teaching and over-the-phone coaching. What has become clear is that none of these on their own are the best; it’s the combination of all three that has the greatest impact. This is important for educational strategies since at least two of these processes are virtual, and F2F can largely be substituted by video conferencing. I saw the speed of this transformation recently when I visited UOC (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) in Barcelona. Its sleek headquarters are the hub of a virtual university that has 60,000 students (and growing) taught by a faculty of over 3,000 virtual educators. Using simulations, games and collaborative environments, the institution is building deep expertise in supporting education across the world.

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Theories of change: an annotated review of documents and views

Theories of change: an annotated review of documents and views | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago, Jeff Knezovich, asked the members of the evidence based policy in development community for some feedback on the way in which Theories of Change (ToC) were being used in planning, ...
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Knowledge Mobilization Works

Knowledge Mobilization Works | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
Knowledge Mobilization Works is based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Knowledge Mobilization Works is owned by 6964117 Canada Inc.
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Complexity Digest - Networking the Complexity Community

Complexity Digest - Networking the Complexity Community | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it

Complexity digest (ComDig) provides weekly news digest from the fields of science of complexity.

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Design's Role in Innovation | Design Council

Great new ideas – the sort that make businesses grow and make daily life better – can come from anywhere. But design-led innovation is coming to be seen as one of the faster, more reliable and less risky ways of generating them.
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The Power of a ' Community Voice' Movement | Duane Elgin

To meet the challenges of our times, we must transcend our partisan differences long enough to recognize our common need for a system of civic conversation that serves us all.
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The Tactic of Occupation & the Movement of the 99%

The Tactic of Occupation & the Movement of the 99% | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
If we are to launch from a moment to a movement, we will have to broaden the “us”. We must win in the arena of values, and not allow ourselves to be narrowly defined by our tactics.

 

A month and a half ago a few hundred New Yorkers set up an encampment at the doorstep of Wall Street. Since then, Occupy Wall Street has become a national and even international symbol — with similarly styled occupations popping up in cities and towns across America and around the world. A growing popular movement has fundamentally altered the national narrative about our economy, our democracy, and our future.

 

Americans are talking about the consolidation of wealth and power in our society, and the stranglehold that the top 1% have on our political system. More and more Americans are seeing the crises of our economy and our democracy as systemic problems, that require collective action to remedy. More and more Americans are identifying as part of the 99%, and saying “enough!” This moment may be nothing short of America rediscovering the strength we hold when we come together as citizens to take action to address crises that impact us all.

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PopTech: A Conference to Break Cynics | Stanford Social Innovation Review

PopTech: A Conference to Break Cynics | Stanford Social Innovation Review | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
PopTech, the annual three-day meeting of innovators and do-gooders in Camden, Me., is a cynicism breaker—even for the most Hobbesian-minded person.

 

Founded 12 years ago by a group of Camden residents and technologists, including Robert Metcalfe (inventor of the Ethernet) and John Sculley (former CEO of Apple), PopTech has developed into a rare gathering. On the one hand, sure, 600 or so people listen to speakers, drink too much coffee, and exchange business cards. But because attendees hail from so many different fields—from science, technology, design, corporate and civic leadership, public health, social and ecological innovation, and the arts and humanities—there is what PopTech Curator Andrew Zolli calls a mashup effect, in which “genius is found in the white spaces.”

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99 and 1: Standing Up for Wealth Redistribution | Resource Generation Blog

99 and 1: Standing Up for Wealth Redistribution | Resource Generation Blog | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
Organizing young people with financial wealth to leverage resources and privilege for social change.
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The Five Dysfunctions of a Digital Team (October 12, 2011) | Opinion Blog | Stanford Social Innovation Review

The Five Dysfunctions of a Digital Team (October 12, 2011) | Opinion Blog | Stanford Social Innovation Review | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
When an organization’s external digital presence is inconsistent or incoherent, this is nearly always a symptom of deeper internal structural problems.

 

This post is the first in a three-part series.

 

The digital function is increasing in importance in nearly all institutions today, yet few are actually managing it in an effective way. While there is no one right way to manage digital, the way most institutions—whether corporate, government, or nonprofit—structure their digital teams greatly limits the outcomes they seek, because every innovation they want to do online will be limited by their own internal capacity to dream, execute, and sustain it over time...

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Design Thinking Demystified - Deloitte's Online Practice

Design thinking is understood as taking a designer’s approach to problem solving. More specifically it is a human-centred and collaborative approach to problem solving that uses a design mindset to solve organisational, business and social problems.
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Return of the Editor: Why Human Filters are the Future of the Web | Sparksheet

Return of the Editor: Why Human Filters are the Future of the Web | Sparksheet | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it
Before news aggregators, content curators, and Google’s omnipotent algorithm, the world’s information was sorted by real human beings. In the web’s next phase, argues The IdeaLists’ Karyn Campbell, the old-fashioned editor is poised for a comeback.
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MediaShift . 8 Ways Tech-Based Foundations Are Changing Philanthropy | PBS

MediaShift . 8 Ways Tech-Based Foundations Are Changing Philanthropy | PBS | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it

Not so long ago, most major U.S. foundations fit the image of the giant East Coast institution, rooted in fortunes made by titans of the manufacturing and extractive industries. For decades, the Ford, Carnegie, and Rockefeller foundations carried out sweeping programs on a scale that rivaled those of governments. Many public reforms and institutions were buoyed by their efforts, including public broadcasting, public libraries, and the Green Revolution.

 

But in recent years that primacy has been challenged by a host of new foundations, rooted in the digital communications and technology sector, that are rewriting the rules of American philanthropy. They don't always march in lockstep or speak with one voice, but they are generating a new philanthropic culture nonetheless.

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Embracing Complexity - Harvard Business Review

Embracing Complexity - Harvard Business Review | From Complexity to Wisdom | Scoop.it

In his job as chief investment strategist at Legg Mason Capital Management, Michael J. Mauboussin has developed a healthy appreciation for complexity. Along the way—through his reports, books, teaching at Columbia Business School, and frequent conference appearances—he has become a leading exponent of how to navigate complex systems in financial markets and other aspects of life. In this edited conversation with HBR senior editor Tim Sullivan, Mauboussin talks about how his views on complexity feed into his daily practices and attitudes.

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