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A digitally-curated exploration of the systems underlying our current community models. Specifically, this emergent model seems to offer specific efficiency where operational responsiveness is concerned, by putting operational responsiveness at the level of "a group of individuals engaging in a collectively-active pusuit of Innovation, as a response to any specific System of Problem". Please NOTE: This exploration is ALWAYS a Work-In-Progress.
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Green light for £89 million Technology and Innovation Centre | News | Scottish Development International

Green light for £89 million Technology and Innovation Centre | News | Scottish Development International | Community of Innovation | Scoop.it

"Work set to begin on state-of-the-art Technology and Innovation centre in Glasgow - the first of its kind in Europe."

 

Looks like an impressive new Temple of Technology and Innovation is being built in Glasgow - I'd love to see first-hand (someday) what they end up doing with that £89 million! Serious development spaces, with enough thought and budget put in at the front end to have been outfitted specifically for the types of activities that will go on there everyday...well, they're needed. Having more space and resource than you need isn't necessarily a good thing, in my own opinion: I feel that having it too easy means that you give yourself licence to enter into "good enough" thinking - which inevitably gives rise to "good enough" planning, which gives rise to a "good enough" performance where any activity is concerned: if the essential activity that we're trying to foster is "innovation" in the first place, then what effect does "good enough" have on the thinking being brought to "innovation" on the ground?


But I digress - my original point was that I would love to walk starry-eyed through a place outfitted with all of the wonderful space and tools and resources needed to focus on the creation of an ongoing innovative design process. The fact that it's a technology-based Innovation Center probably wouldn't be a totally unwelcome bonus: coming from a hardcore networking and telecom background, there's just something about a Tech Space that makes me feel alive!

 

What it all boils down to is that I'm jealous of Glasgow and its £89 million Technology and Innovation Center. There - I said it. I'm jealous that we haven't got an £89 million Technology and Innovation Center in MY town, and I wish I lived just over the hill from whatever street in Glasgow this Disneyland-For-Technology-Eggheads will be built on, just so that I might once in awhile be able to stop by the doors and smell the coffee they would have brewing. Let's move on, shall we?

Every time I read or hear of a place like this being built, I feel these same things - anytime this much will-to-actualize coalesces with this much material resource, there is the potential to create (if executed correctly) a true Community of Innovation around specifically-identified Problems. Quite aside from the resources and quality activity space that this sort commitment represents, any attempt to pull together a Community of Innovators (toward ANY Problem or set of Problems) is where all of our hope for Innovation rests - if that Community can't be planted or built or fostered and facilitated, then there IS no Innovation - certainly less co-ordinated Innovation.


Of course, my immediate Question is this: Do you REALLY need £89 million to jumpstart innovation? I understand that there are considerations at the "space and facilities" level, where projects of a certain size and scope simply need MORE of both; I am wondering, though, how much of this cost is "real" (meaning: relating directly to the actual "space and facilities"-type project needs) versus the cost of building a "center" of Technology and Innovation: where does this project fit into a larger whole? Is this new center something that will be truly positioned to serve as an engine for creating Innovation around it?

Could the same effect be achieved, elsewhere, on a budget much reduced from the £89 million enjoyed by this present Technology and Innovation Center in Glasgow?

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Process optimization - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Process optimization - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | Community of Innovation | Scoop.it

Here's another working definition, for the purpose of the larger conversations that might happen here.

 

I wonder how this term "Process Optimization" might come up in any discussion about designing and implementing a truly Common Community of Practice? Surely it will come to bear at some point. :D

 

(1) What is Process Optimization? Can you describe the concept in your own words, enough so that we have a truly common understanding?

(1a) Can you come up with 1-3 examples of Process Optimization, in the real world (either from your own or someone else's experience)?  

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Anecdote: Places to meet for communities - an important ingredient

I liked some of the conclusive thoughts as guides for immediate community-building "process".

 

Specifically: "Meeting in small clusters for oral storytelling and linking across these clusters for wider knowledge sharing might be a useful pattern to adopt in organisations."

 

Think about the ways the layout of a building shapes the types and kinds of activities that will occur in it? There are such things as conventions, after all. But what question does this raise where availability of adequate space is concerned?

 

What does "Common Space" look like in the specific Community that uses it? Could there be a vacuum of innovation-friendly space available in your local area?

 

What solutions can be implemented immediately (and with a minimum of resource required) in your local community? Can you identify and pursue easier changes toward improving the local innovation environment?

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3D printing method advances electrically small antenna design | Engineering at Illinois

3D printing method advances electrically small antenna design | Engineering at Illinois | Community of Innovation | Scoop.it

Communications technology (the 'built environment') is increasingly ubiquitous, and new small-scale additive manufacturing methods are allowing the production of technology and components that will allow cross-pollenation of manufacturing technology with communities of innovation. 

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What are Cybernetics and Systems Science?

What are Cybernetics and Systems Science? | Community of Innovation | Scoop.it

Here's a nicely-written entry point for a starting definition for Systems Science!

 

If you don't find this stuff immediately interesting, don't waste your time trying to ask me anything about pretty much... well, everything.

 

For the rest of you dedicated systems folks, this should be mostly "intro-type" reading.

 

(As always, the author's points of view and scholarship are his own - I just liked the link, and figured it fit the tone our potential conversations here).

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Definition: Cybernetics

Cybernetics studies organization, communication and control in complex systems by focusing on circular (feedback) mechanisms.

 

Another intro-level article describing the essentials of the discipline.

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Chapter 1 Protocol Requirements for Self-organizing Artifacts: Towards an Ambient Intelligence

Chapter 1 Protocol Requirements for Self-organizing Artifacts: Towards an Ambient Intelligence | Community of Innovation | Scoop.it

http://pespmc1.vub.ac.be/Papers/SO-Artifacts.pdf

 

Dogmatic Institutional Protocol seems to demand that I occasionally put some effort into finding papers written by other people if I'm going to be reading through lots of it anyway.

For whatever it's worth, I enjoyed reading through this because it illustrates the truly ubiquitous nature of the Information Environment. 

The Information Environment is all around you, and this brings a new perspective of consideration for Community Builders and Planters. Communities are well-designed if their facilitation services are enhanced to their fullest extent by utilizing the ubiquitous network of social technology.

 

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Definition: Process

Definition: Process | Community of Innovation | Scoop.it

What does the term "Process" actually mean? When someone (a "systems guy", for instance), starts yapping about "Process", what is the word actually supposed to mean?

 

This Principia Cybernetica article is our staring point for a conversation about what the term "Process" is held to mean. Might then lead to other conversations about other "Processes" in particular.

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Elements of Community - Capital C

Elements of Community - Capital C | Community of Innovation | Scoop.it

What are the Essential Elements of Community Formation? What are the necessary conditions for planting a New Community, of any type? This article contains some ideas. 

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What is Self-Organization?

What is Self-Organization? | Community of Innovation | Scoop.it

A definition of the term (Thoughts? Alternatives?):

"Self-organization is a process where the organization (constraint, redundancy) of a system spontaneously increases, i.e. without this increase being controlled by the environment or an encompassing or otherwise external system."

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Shawn's Old Bookmarks - "Open Innovation"

Shawn's Old Bookmarks - "Open Innovation" | Community of Innovation | Scoop.it

So - as I'm going through my massive collection of "professional" bookmarks (checking to make sure they're useful and still working), I figure I'll post one or two in here, if it seems like it might be interesting / relevant.

This one gives a nice starting point for a conversation about defining "Innovation".

 

(Q1) What is the author's definition of the terms: Innovation, Open Innovation, and Closed Innovation?

(Q2) What is the author's central point in this article?

(Q3) Could the Commons not "...form their own internal venture groups to power their own innovation process"?

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Operational responsiveness - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Operational responsiveness - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | Community of Innovation | Scoop.it

While I'm not one to ascribe intellectual authority to any one information source, Wikipedia definitions (like this currrent one, for the phrase "operational responsiveness") provide enough of the informational playing field to get started with some conversations.

 

I like the notion of being able to more effectively leverage the wealth of operational knowledge, expertise, and perspectives that are just walking around out there, virtually untapped. No pun intended.

 

People are their knowledge, their skills, and their expertise. These are some of the many raw materials that they bring to their daily being, whatever the specific context life throws at them. It's this dynamic that drives the thing we're pointing at when we say 'Operational Responsiveness'; we're talking about that Knowledge, and Experience, and Understanding that exists in the fingertips of those who encounter the everyday world where these qualities are applied.

 

The way I see it, as far as raw material for knowledge management is concerned, there is no replacement for Experience. 

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Anecdote: The relationship between projects and communities of practice—redux

Anecdote: The relationship between projects and communities of practice—redux | Community of Innovation | Scoop.it
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Improvisation Blog: Interactive Whiteboards, Personal Technologies and the Cybernetics of Classroom Engagement

Improvisation Blog: Interactive Whiteboards, Personal Technologies and the Cybernetics of Classroom Engagement | Community of Innovation | Scoop.it

A good read - my favorite line:

 

"Learners are curious, want access to employment, personal development and empowerment. Teachers have knowledge, expertise, experience and understanding. The VARIETY (i.e. the collective complexity of something, or the number of possible states it can exist in) of the learners is greater than the VARIETY of a teacher."

 

What does YOUR Community-Based Learner want you to Facilitate for them? Anyone? Anyone?

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Cybernetics - A Definition

Cybernetics - A Definition | Community of Innovation | Scoop.it

And here's another great intro-level read for a fundamental definition of the term 'Cybernetics'. 

 

I thought that this did a fairly good job of carrying out what it set itself out to do. 

 

Could make a nice reading assignment supplement to some of the more bookish participants in an Active Learning Workshop about the field of Cybernetics?

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Definition: Agent

Definition: Agent | Community of Innovation | Scoop.it

For the purposes of whatever conversations might arise after a reading of this article providing a contextual definition of the term (and concept of) "Agent".

 

Agents, in User-Centered Design for Knowledge products, might be your "Audience".

 

The Individual is the lowest level of possible acuity in the continuum of scales for the measure of Community - the Individual is typically the level where the highest concentrated amounts of Agency are to be found.

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Consciously Self-reflexive Global Initiatives: Renaissance zones, complex adaptive systems, and third order organizations

Consciously Self-reflexive Global Initiatives: Renaissance zones, complex adaptive systems, and third order organizations | Community of Innovation | Scoop.it

This is an article written more specifically within the Cybernetics context, but illustrates a certain measurable dynamic at play in the formation of fledgling Communities (which are designed as Solutions ..."to the complex of challenges foreseen for the 21st century - and the decades immediately to come.")

 

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The Need for Principia Cybernetica

The Need for Principia Cybernetica | Community of Innovation | Scoop.it

I love the Principia Cybernetica, yes, because I'm just that freaky. But did you know that, in addition to the Pricipia Cybernetica being Just Awesome, its very existence illustrates the need for a whole line of interesting conversation around the fundamental requirements for building Community at all.

 

Examples(?):
 

(1) The Necessity for 'Common Sense of Meaning' as a Foundation of Real Community.

(2) The Necessity for 'Common Cause' as a Foundation of Real Community.

(3) The Necessity for 'Common Practice, and Partnerships' in the attainment of synergy between Community Members with Common Self-Interest.

(3.a) The Requirement of Trust as the Most Essential Element of Partnership and Community.

(3.a.a) ...and for Communication,

(3.a.b) ...and for the Establishment of Common Senses of Meaning, Recursive to (1).

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An Ingenious Way to Financially Bootstrap a Resilient Community - Global Guerrillas

An Ingenious Way to Financially Bootstrap a Resilient Community - Global Guerrillas | Community of Innovation | Scoop.it
Here's Marcin, a farmer scientist (not many left). In this video (click the link above if you can't see it embedded below), Marcin used Kicksarter to ask for $40,000 in support of his global village construction set project.

Via Rob Paterson
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Shawn Bowman's comment, December 3, 2011 2:14 PM
From the article:

"Final Note: Soon, it may be possible to actually get crowdfinancing (the sale of equity instead of crowdfunded donations/charity/sales) for a resilient community development effort or open source ventures. A new bill that just passed the US House will allow companies to raise up to $2 m in funds from individual investors that put in less than $10k each. IF this bill survives intatct, it will allow you to become a micro-public company, overnight. Think about it."

I'm curious, Rob - do you know the current relative status Canada has in the way of creating a "micro-public company", overnight or otherwise?

I am thinking about it, as John Robb instructed. Seems like a natural next-step in the evolution of an economic model that needs to become more responsive on the ground - large is unwieldy, and we are living in a context of rapid fundamental change. Smaller is more responsive, and closer "to-the-ground" in both their scale and operations - maybe this is the way to fill the current Gaps best?

Do you happen to know (offhand, or otherwise) how large an initial offering needs to be in Canada for it to be an public offering at all? Can you name any specific considerations a 'micro-public company' would have to make before deciding to raise an offering like Marcin's Kit?

In the interest of true local resiliency, what are the necessary mechanics of creating a "small stock exchange" - a kind of Local Venture Exchange?

How can we take the dynamic of something like a Kickstart and put it into play at the level of the specifically local, in support of local micro-public-comapnies?

Isn't that something like a Local Venture Exchange be an avenue the direct "creation of work" for the transitionally unemployed? Isn't "support" the first requirement for anything entirely new to happen in the first place?
Rob Paterson's comment, December 3, 2011 2:25 PM
I don't know - but CSI have done this in Toronto - we need to look at that - have a look at their site
Rob Paterson's comment, December 3, 2011 2:31 PM
Here is the CSI deal Alterna Credit Union has the first 2 tranches that have 4 year delay on paying interest - neat deal
http://s.socialinnovation.ca/files/CSI_InvestmentPkg_Nov2010_0.pdf