You can’t create a craft by committee

Dave Snowden

From time to time in knowledge management circles the cry of standardisation is raised. It's just happened again with a new KM Linked In Group with the banner.accreditation association delegated to make decisions by the global KM community. A brief investigation indicates its a variant on three men and a dog, or in this case two men seeking jobs, a woman and a cat. When challenged on the pretentiousness of the title they say its just aspirational.

Trains: Big news, house committee wants $50 billion!

Nine Shift

T he House transportation committee wants Congress to spend $50 billion on high speed trains, up considerably from the $8 billion now allocated. Big news on high speed trains this month!

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Stephen Colbert on running for president, exploratory committees with actual members, and free speechiness

David Weinberger

Nonprofit Workplace Wellness Initiatives: United Way of Central Ohio

Beth Kanter

Four years ago, the United Way of Central Ohio created a staff committee that focuses on balanced well-being, which also includes healthy eating. She works closely with HR to manage the committee’s work which now consists of 12 staff members who volunteer their time.

Ex psychiatric bible chief slams new secret committee

Mind Hacks

So far, critics have managed to raise little more than smoke signals but the tinderbox may well have just been ignited by an article of scorching criticism penned by the head of the last DSM committee. The article was posted online by psychiatrist Doug Brenner who also described being kicked off the authors list for an academic paper and denounced to members of a DSM sub-committee for criticising conflicts of interest in the committee in an earlier blog post.

Emergence / Recognition

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Emergence Alan Levine writes, "I am looking for a metaphor or a real example of something maybe complex or just larger/valuable that does not arise solely from adding up many small components. The meaning of a sentence does not arise solely from the meanings of the words that make it up.

Happy Giving Tuesday: How Board Members Participate

Beth Kanter

I’ve been on the board over a year and currently chair the Evaluation Committee. The governance committee has done exceptional work and gone much deeper than the typical tasks of by-law wordsmithing or brainstorming lists of potential board members.

stories connect knowledge

Harold Jarche

Decisions were made by a committee on which compound to pursue.

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The revolution starts within

Harold Jarche

An idea that is too early for its time will often get killed, especially if it gets referred to a committee. Do you work in an organization that is slow to adapt? Do you feel constrained by inept IT and HR policies?

Why we need to get better at critiquing psychiatric diagnosis

Mind Hacks

“Psychiatric diagnoses are not valid because they are decided by a committee” I’m sorry to break it to you, but all medical diagnoses are decided by committee. These committees shift the boundaries, revise, reject and resurrect diagnoses across medicine.

The Big Data Era Is Here

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

During the meeting, the TRB Executive Committee held a policy session on the impact of big data on transportation systems. Each of us made a short presentation which was then followed by an extensive discussion between the panel and the Committee.

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The hidden history of lobotomy’s non-inventor

Mind Hacks

A fascinating snippet on the notorious supposed inventor of the frontal lobotomy, Egas Moniz , from an article in the Polish Journal of Neurology and Neurosurgery : Egas Moniz: a genius, unlucky looser or a Nobel Committee error?

OPEN: Using crowdsourced legislation to beat SOPA

Ross Dawson

reports : A vocal opponent of SOPA and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Issa started , a website that allows anyone to contribute to the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act, known as OPEN. Though ultimate authorship will fall to Issa, user markups and comments are expected to make their way to the draft presented to the congressional committee.

The Zeitgeist

Harold Jarche

The possibilities would be greater than any central committee could plan. The Zeitgeist (spirit of the age or spirit of the time) is the intellectual fashion or dominant school of thought that typifies and influences the culture of a particular period in time.

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Ten ways to create a knowledge ecology

Euen Semple

Don't try to manage your ecology by committee but cultivate communication and trust between those who care that it works and have the commitment to do something about it - whoever they are and whatever their role. A tweet yesterday prompted me to remember sage advice from Dave Snowden which I took to heart in my work with social tools at the BBC. You can't manage knowledge but you can create a knowledge ecology".

Metropolitan IQ and Urban metabolism: Great case studies of innovative, collaborative cities

Ross Dawson

Last week I went to the launch of an excellent issues paper created by The Committee for Sydney , titled #wethecity: Collaborating to Compete in the Digital Era.

A literary review of the DSM-5

Mind Hacks

But for those purposes the changes effected from DSM-IV to DSM-5 were not worth the prodigious labour, committee meetings, fierce and sometimes acrimonious debate involved.

Irrational? Decisions and decision making in context

Mind Hacks

Irrational? Decisions and decision making in context

Mind Hacks

Designing the Olympics Participant Experience

Adaptive Path

At our Service Experience Conference, Alex Nisbett will share his story of the first Organizing Committees for the Olympic Games to explicitly design and deliver a spectator experience for the World’s greatest sporting event.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Peace and Entrepreneurship

John Hagel

Last week the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Muhammad Yunus , one of the most prominent evangelists for micro-credit in developing economies, and to the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, the lending institution that Yunus founded.

When Celebrity Trumps Sanity

Dan Pontefract

not to mention thwarting every attempt by the Republican National Committee to kill of their cockroach-like competitor, Trump).

Italy’s Declaration of Internet Rights

David Weinberger

thanks to the initiative of the presidency of the Chamber of Deputies, a dedicated Committee of experts and members of the Parliament from the Committee on Internet Rights and Duties. An ad hoc study commission of the Italian Chamber of Deputies has published a draft “Declaration of Internet Rights” that should be cause for cheers and cheer. It’s currently open for public comment at the Civici Platform — which by itself is pretty cool.

#mygivingstory: Resources and Best Practices for @GivingTuesday Nonprofit Storytelling

Beth Kanter

One of the most amazing nonprofit storytellers I ever heard in my life is Alberto Cairo (International Committee of the Red Cross) who delivered a truly inspirational speech during the International Fundraising Congress closing plenary. Storytelling is an essential fundraising skill for nonprofits.

Authenticity in Cynefin

Dave Snowden

One interested related experience was when a student rep on the Philosophy Department Committee. The picture here is of Michael Bryant as Mathieu Delarue in the BBC production of Sartre’s The Roads to Freedom.

DPLA looking for an executive director

David Weinberger

The search committee is pretty fabulous, so I have confidence that this is going to be an amazing hire. The Digital Public Library of America is looking for an executive director. This is an incredible opportunity to make a difference. I think it’d be fantastic if this person were to come out of the large, community-based Web collaboration space, but there are many other ways for the DPLA to go right.

Why Creating Space for Creative Time in the Nonprofit Workplace Improves Productivity

Beth Kanter

Random fun from the IFYC “giddy committee.”. Flickr Photo by AstridWestvang. I’ve been busy interviewing people who work for nonprofits for my next book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout , with Aliza Sherman.

The Study, and Other Stuff

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Who selected the review committee? All of this was set in motion by the committee I named in my previous post. It is true that I was badly treated by my PhD committee. But this is not a case of "today affirming that the Stephen in front of the phd committee made the right decision – that there are multiple paths to research, that institutions can be circumvented and that individuals, in a networked age, have control and autonomy."

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Knowledge Management for Decision Memories

Harold Jarche

Decisions were made by a committee on which compound to pursue. Institutional decision memories can describe how and why we, as an organization, chose one course of action over another.

The DSM-5 has been finalised

Mind Hacks

And finally, the chairman of the DSM-5 committee will begin the traditional process of becoming disillusioned and publicly denouncing each step in the development of the DSM-6. It’s arcane, contradictory and talks about invisible entities which no-one can really prove.

White House: Innovation in Higher Education

George Siemens

Any university that doesn’t yet have some department or committee focused on “responding systemically to innovations and change pressures” is missing an important opportunity. A few weeks ago, I received an invitation to the White House. The invitation was somewhat cryptic, but basically stated that the focus on the meeting was on quality and innovation.

What the Internet actually is: A reminder for policy-makers

David Weinberger

According to Wikipdia, the FNC was “was chartered by the US National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Computing, Information and Communications (CCIC) to act as a forum for networking collaborations among US federal agencies…” It was dissolved in 1997.

The web at twenty

Jay Cross

The only reason Tim Berners-Lee has yet to be awarded a Nobel Prize is that the prize committee has yet to establish a category for his sort of genius. This is the NeXT machine on which. Tim Berners-Lee invented the web. It was twenty years ago today, Sir Tim taught the band to play.

Will the Respect Network enable us to take back control of our data and our lives?

Ross Dawson

Founder Drummond Reed has co-chaired the committees for the OASIS XDI protocol that underlies the protected sharing of identity and relationship data, though he emphasizes that the legal infrastructure of agreements is in fact an even more important enabler.

The resilient organisation: introduction

Dave Snowden

Disintermediation which means enabling the direct contact between decision maker (which can be a ritualised collective identity as well as an individual or committee) and raw material without interpretative layers.

Learning is social, Design is not

Harold Jarche

NYT: The Auteur vs. the Committee – via @petervan. Not committee consensus-builders. Tweet Here are some of the things that were shared via Twitter this past week. jonhusband – “Noticed in office … article titled “ Learning Is Social, Training Is Irrelevant &#. from Training Magazine, November 1997 … yes, 1997 &#.

Aaron Swartz was not a hacker. He was a builder.

David Weinberger

Aaron founded Demand Progress and helped found the Progressive Change Campaign Committee , pioneering grassroots political groups. Of course Aaron was a legendary prodigy of a hacker in the sense of someone who can build anything out of anything. But that’s not what the media mean when they call him a hacker.

Starting on the platform for the Digital Public Library of America

David Weinberger

We’ll do this as openly as possible, relying upon the community to help at every phase, but this will be our core work during the first phase of the platform’s development, leading up to an April 26 DPLA Steering Committee meeting. For the past 1.5 years or so, I’ve been co-director, along with Kim Dulin, of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. Among the projects we’ve been working on is LibraryCloud, a multi library metadata server.

Automation For The People

Dan Pontefract

In Australia, a recent report by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) suggests 40 percent of all jobs — more than 5 million— face the likelihood of being replaced by computers in the next 10 to 15 years.

Wilful blindness

Dave Snowden

Medical and academic research requires proposals to be first approved by an ethics committee. Now this is an adventuresome proposal but imagine a company that set up such a committee composed of the worthy but pragmatic; ideally from outside of the organisation.