Toes touches and jumping jacks

“The future is a gimmick” by David Weinberger (KM World, 1 Jan 1 2010). The parties are over and it’s back to reality – cold, non-stop reality. But let’s not be foolish and try to break into a full sprint from a dead stop. It’s always smart to loosen up a bit. As you sip your coffee and gear up for 2010, consider this article toe touches and jumping jacks. Enjoy!

Jam on it

Start here: “Building a collaboration strategy” by Rob Koplowitz (, 28 October 2009).

And you’ll be glad you ended up here: “Wiki tools are not all the same” by Tony Byrne (, 28 October 2009).

The power to simplicity ratio of wikis is amazing. When it comes to true collaboration on a project a wiki beats email just about every time. By their very nature wikis  keep eveyone on the same page, literally.

To Mr Byrne’s list (at the end of his article) we’d like to add the offerings from PB Works ( and Zoho ( These might not be the perfect fit for all projects but in terms of quickness in getting up and running, as well as simple ease of use, they’re both quite efficient.

Survival of the capable

“Interview: Andrew McAfee — Writing the book on Enterprise 2.0″ by Hugh McKellar (, September 2009). The book might not be due until December (from Harvard Business School Press) but this interview should help you to warm up to Mr. McAfee’s ideas now. Here’s a free sample:

HM: So, you’re quite confident that the Enterprise 2.0 movement is a fundamental shift in the way that organizations can share knowledge and gain collective intelligence and ultimately increase the bottom line?
McAfee: I am very convinced of that. I am also convinced that not all organizations are going to share that view. Even if they do, not all of them are going to be equally capable at deploying the new technologies and the new styles of collaboration and getting people to change the way they work. However, for the ones that actually can get through that process, I think some brilliant capabilities await them.

So either you’ll have it, or you won’t. And if you don’t then don’t expect your struggle to get any easier. What’s it going to take? Read the interview.

Trading your privacy for Google freebies

Goggle this… Goggle that… Google. Google. Google. There is no doubt the new evil empire has a lot to offer. Here are two thorough articles to help you slash your way through the Goggle jungle. But be warned, you could end up traversing down a link to link to link blackhole.

“Learning about Google via Google” by Steve Arnold (KMWorld Magazine, February 2009,

“State of the Art: Geniuses at Play, on the Job” by David Pogue (New York Times, Thursday 26 February 2009)

If it’s so easy why isn’t everyone doing it?

What is “it”? “It” is innovation. Why do we care? Because alchemy is AU’s take on innovation.

Let’s cut right to the chase:

1) Innovation for many people is a nebulous concept. Yes, so is love but no one is writing poems or pop songs that help us share and define the collective experience of innovation. Fortunately, the concept of alchemy – straw into gold, etc. – is in fact more clearly defined.

2) Even so it’s still subjective. One person’s innovation is someone else’s dumb idea. So while two people/groups might both be innovating it’s likely that they might as well just agree to disagree.

3) That said, egos as well as the human condition are probably the biggest deterrents to change and progress. Most people don’t like change. Even for the people who do appreciate innovation there’s often a knee jerk, small minded reaction to squash any great/better idea that isn’t their own. Unfortunately, we all know the type.

That said, KMWorld magazine’s ( interview with John Kao, author of “Innovation Nation”, is damn good stuff.