Viewing public waves without a wave account

Via the Googlewave development blog, we now can get “anonymous, read-only access to public waves” and embed them in our blogs – collaborative editing wonderland (liveblogging on steroids, huh?) or free lunch invitation to a new breed of spammers? We’ll see …

Upcoming: Lotusphere 2010, part 2 : conferencing

OK, one more thing before I rush to the airport. You know, I’ve said it’s about the networking when going to conferences – both on site and virtually.

For the latter documenting and live-blogging & -tweeting an event is essential as it gives the people who are remote a chance to participate in the event. Here, an etiquette needs to be followed when live tweeting (avoid noisy keyboards, add suitable and clever hashtags, keep the signal-noise-ratio sensible while still filling the back-channel with (first hand) information and valuable front-line impressions, don’t tweet behind the back of the presenters).

Overall the rule seems to be – don’t waste the time of your audience. Keep it short, that’s why it’s over and out for now.

Gated communities and necessary conversations

leweb logoMymy, I’ve missed Danah Boyd‘s talk because of mingling with some fellow bloggers in the lounge area – that’s both a shame and a peek into the social effects and the nature of great conferences.

Luckily Stephanie jotted down some live notes, check them out – I earmarked Danah’s take on the Internet as “bringing diverse people together mechanism”, by enhancing visibility overall. Indeed platforms like Twitter are potentially “demasking mechanisms” – exposing prejudices, narrow-mindedness and :

People move to gated communities to get away from different people and not have to deal with them but the internet is bringing all these people together. We might not want to be in such a mixed space.


We’re making all sorts of parts of society visible, parts we like and others we don’t.

Yes, there’s a number of necessary conversations that we need to have: from questions of online privacy and security, to how we deal with the visibility of hurtful and harmful things on social networks. Lots of real web issues indeed …

Knowledge worker workplaces, toolsets and configurations

This entry is part of Thorsten Zörner’s christmas calendar blog carnival – my task is to add something interesting for Dec 8. Thought this is an opportunity to write about something more general than usual. Still there’s collaboration and knowledge-worker content in here, stand by.

Let’s see, we all know toolsets they are fascinating, and as I’ve just set up my new travelling machine, ie. an ultra-portable 10,1″ screen laptop, it’s time to do a write-up for my other machines as well. These include home office workstations, ranging from desktop machines and servers to the notebook and the netbooks. So below you will find my short list of collaboration and communication tools and set-ups. For consultants this seems to be easy only at first sight (yes, of course mobile and on-site work is an important element), but my tools comprise much more than a mobile phone, a laptop with Powerpoint and a dark suit.

Now, fascinating tools aren’t the only reason for this post, there are at least two more: some time ago Ute linked to a survey by Dirk on what is the ideal IT-workers workplace, and last week I’ve been to the first meeting in the planned Stuttgart CoWorking space. As we’ve been dicussing what one needs for a likeable and efficient workplace (from coffee corners, open office spaces vs. silent single rooms, meeting rooms and a library) some other recent posts I earmarked lately were creeping up. And these are shining a little light on the trends and future of distributed knowledge work, and maybe even on the nature of work on the web …

Lilia Efimova wonders what happens when “[…] we move from a physical space into a digital one. […] First is about understanding what is missing when the work becomes distributed […] The second one is about emergent solutions – articulating how exactly tools facilitate things ‘around work’ that enable it.”. Here I think that she touches base with the CoWorking idea: “name […] those things – those that provide us with time, space, opportunities and excuses to engage into informal and non-goal oriented interactions. Are they spaces? activities? contexts? structures?”. I can live happily with the notion of coworking space, but it’s of course also about adaptive contexts that allow for the emergence of structures and coordinated activities.

Then Domic Basulto identified 5 top trends for the new way to work (“creativity and innovation are more valued by employers people than ever before and the traditional notion of work as merely an economic activity is being supplemented by ideas about happiness and well-being”). Obviously it’s been me who deleted employers and replaced it with people.

Yes, and I think that toolsets and work configurations are essential to living and working happily and productively. Even more for a collaboration and Enterprise 2.0 consultant who should test and evaluate the future of work first-hand …

So here’s how a productive and happy workspace looks for me:

frogpond workplace

This is my home office setup, three screens, two computers (server and desktop), a large desk, decent lighting (ergonomics is important, there’s a window to the left but on a winter’s morning it’s of little use). You don’t see the coffee machine, you don’t see the packed bookshelves to my right and you don’t hear the music playing in the background.

Then there’s the (software) technology configuration, ie. all the tools I use and employ (like Nancy I wonder if by looking at one person’s personal technology configuration, you can get a sense of what a community’s tech configuration might be). Well, here’s my microcosm:

  • my blogs are the centerpieces of my online world (both are running WordPress, besides frogpond there’s BMID)
  • Personal and business wikis – both are running Dokuwiki – this is my intranet and extranet
  • Gmail (two accounts, one private one, another one on Google Apps for everything business related), together with Google Docs, Google Reader, Google Sites and Google Wave
  • Skype and Pidgin on the machines below Ubuntu 9.10, Empathy on the 9.10 desktop. For IRC, Google Talk and Jabber stuff.
  • Twitter and
  • Posterous
  • Tumblr
  • delicious
  • friendfeed
  • Xing, LinkedIn, Facebook and a myriad of other webservices
  • and last not least some P2-themed WordPress-powered blogs at various points both in the intranet and the extranet (for communication and collaboration with a range of individuals from a range of networks)

All this is managed and accessed by

  • GNU/Linux machines (I have XP dual boot set-up on the laptops, alas), Ubuntu Server 8.04 LTS, Desktop 9.04 and 9.10. Gnome mostly.
  • a nice selection of browsers (Firefox, Chromium, Opera, Midori)
  • and Adobe AIR powered Tweetdeck and Seesmic Desktop – still installed, but hardly used, sorry Loic
  • plus – and obviously because these are GNU/linux machines – there are some other tools that make up my configuration – mostly the standard desktop stuff like Filezilla, Gimp, Open Office or Inkscape, but also more consultant’s work tools like OpenProj, Dia and Freemind.

The funny thing now is that my setting is both really bound to my home-office physical location (these screens aren’t really mobile), and really virtual at the same time.

Being digital in the configuration of tools (mail, web services and all) makes it easy to be productive on the road and it’s lightweight. See, setting up the new travelling machine comprised nothing more than a clean install of Ubuntu 9.10, the setup of AIR and Tweetdeck and the addition of more geeky browsers (Opera and Chromium). Everything else is sitting happily on various servers, making it really easy for me to kick in an odd day in a coworking space, at the client’s site, at a conference or whereever my knowledge worker life takes me …

I need and enjoy it that way but I also guess that it’s a growing trend with others as well?

Looking back: DNUG Herbstkonferenz und Social Media Guidelines

hugh_blogEin kleines Resumée meiner Beteiligung an der Diskussionsrunde “Bloggen, Zwitschern, Youtube und Co. – das Social Web für Wissensarbeiter” letzte Woche bei der DNUG Herbstkonferenz in Fulda. Mit Lotus-Kunden und -Partnern haben wir, d.h. Thorsten Zörner, Stefan Pfeiffer, Lars Basche und ich am 18. November einen recht interaktiven Workshop gestaltet.

Den ursprünglichen Plan entlang der IBM Social Software Guidelines verschiedene Aspekte anzureißen und in eine interaktive Diskussion zu kanalisieren haben wir kreativ neuinterpretiert und – das Feedback der Zuhörer aufgreifend – etwas modifiziert.

In jedem Fall waren wir authentisch, und das Feedback war positiv. Stefan schreibt von einem “sehr lebhaften und interessanten” Workshop, bei dem es sich lohnen würde ihn auszubauen und zu erweitern. In der Tat, wir könnten mehr Zeit gebrauchen und füllen: Das Thema Social Media in Unternehmen bietet verschiedenste Ansatzpunkte für weiterführende Workshops (oder wenn man so möchte Ansatzpunkte für konzeptionelle Hilfestellung, grundsätzliche Ratschläge und Erfolgsfaktoren), ob man nun den Schwerpunkt eher auf Breite oder Tiefe legt ist nicht so entscheidend, bzw. kann jeweils an das Publikum angepasst werden.

Erfolgversprechend bleibt aus meiner Sicht der (spezielle) Ansatz die (IBM) Social Software Guidelines auf Empfehlungen für das Agieren im Social Web “abzuklopfen” – zum einen weil die interne Kommunikation in Blogs, Social Networks und Intranets ein gutes Übungsfeld für das Agieren im Internet sein kann, zum anderen weil sich die Grenzen zwischen “hier Intranet” und “dort Internet” ohnehin auflösen. Der Dialog im Social Web geschieht quasi auf einem veränderlichen Spielfeld, entsprechend müssen die Social Media Guidelines flexibel und adaptiv gestaltet sein. Sie sind eben weniger feste Regeln, denn Handlungsempfehlungen und -heuristiken.

Interessant in diesem Zusammenhang sind die verschiedenen rechtlichen und kommunikativen Fragen, die sich rund um Social Media Guidelines ergeben. Dr. Carsten Ulbricht von Diem & Partner hat hier zusammen mit Saim Alkan von aexea einen sockeb Leitfaden für das “digitale Miteinander” diskutiert (hier als pdf):

[der] Fachaufsatz „Social-Media-Guidelines für Unternehmen – Regeln für das digitale Miteinander“ zeigt, wie Unternehmen das Verhalten und die Kommunikation ihrer Mitarbeiter auf den neuen Medien regeln können und dürfen.

Technology will allow us to become digital nomads

Technology pundit Mike Elgan says we’re evolving a new paradigm for the workplace as technology makes it easier for white collar workers to engage in location-independent employment. These “digital nomads” will be able to travel the world or go to locations where there are partners or customers for both personal reasons and on behalf of the company.

Found via Experientia (“Technology will allow us to become digital nomads“)

Yes, the online, networked generation, working in geographically dispersed teams must and will make broad use of collaboration tools for work purposes. And as these tools are becoming cheaper it helps too (now, I doubt whether we will really see low-cost web conferencing as soon as Mike Elgan says – yet it’s no problem, teamworking with fellow digital nomads is probably a bit easier than regular corporate collaborative work …)

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Enterprise 2.0 SUMMIT page at Facebook

What is the intention? Well – the whole E2.0 SUMMIT is about bonding the European community around the E2.0 topic. Therefore we are already provide the weblog at as well a newly Posterous blog at All the actions are aggregated on our FB page – with that we hope to provide some value to the E2.0 discussion.

Facebook page to both connect the E20SUMMIT community and collect information and discussions about the conference.

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