I am still catching up on my backlog, some findings of late:
Sören Stamer of Coremedia did an interview with Don Tapscott during the Dresden Zukunftsforum. Nice, in the background there’s the relaxed chilly music of the PuroBeach club (mp3, via Ulrike Reinhard). I was there too and I can tell you that it was a superb evening, chilling on the Elbe beaches. Don is a very thoughtful guy and I enjoyed our very own little chat, clutching at Caipirinhas. BTW, here’s a (german language) article on Tapscott and Wikinomics in the FAZ, nothing new but spreading the word is never a bad thing.
„Wir stehen an einem historischen Wendepunkt der Geschäftswelt, an der Schwelle zu dramatischen Veränderungen der Organisation, Innovation und Wertschöpfung. Offene, vernetzte Unternehmen setzen auf Kollaboration als neue Grundlage der Wettbewerbsfähigkeit“
Next thing is an upcoming interview with David Weinberger that is put together by WE magazine. Next Sunday, June 15, 5 -6 pm (MEZ) David will give a short introduction to his book Everything is Miscellaneous and then the Q&A will be open to everybody who joins the virtual interview club here.
Weinberger’s work focuses on how the Internet is changing human relationships, communication, and society.
Great thinking about the web’s underlying trends (and some promises for the future) in this talk by Clay Shirky at the Web 2.0 Expo (here’s the edited transcript, here’s a post by me on his new book). Nice quotes in there, like this one on innovation in the digital economy:
The way you explore complex ecosystems is you just try lots and lots and lots of things, and you hope that everybody who fails fails informatively so that you can at least find a skull on a pikestaff near where you’re going. That’s the phase we’re in now.
A sound observation, well, anyway he also offers sound advice to encourage participation and collaborative work, basically pointing out that wiki participation will flourish when people are bold. I would sum this up as people that have confidence, are knowledgeable, have time to invest. Overall competencies of collaboration, which entail also some other virtues …
“Being bold is necessary advice in wikis: most people aren’t accustomed to editing each other’s sentences. In a wiki participants must be bold because it is only by many iterative edits that mass intelligence can occur and wisdom can triumph over verbosity. If we are bold the content will evolve.”
Implications for enterprise knowledge management with social software are clear: A central success (or failure) factor of KM implementation is people (and organizational culture …), determining the circumstances and preconditions for emergence.
Yes, this comes at no surprise – but it’s always worth recalling!