A tech revolution that changes the way we organize work & the danger of digital serfdom

The old style company, that is the company circa 1880-2000, had firm boundaries and fixed hierarchies in order to function efficiently. But with the advent of digital technology and the consumer social computing revolution there is a seismic shift in how technology is used within companies. There are also significant changes in worker expectations and, as a corollary, companies are changing their demands upon workers. … Continue reading A tech revolution that changes the way we organize work & the danger of digital serfdom

Friction, hypereconomics, and social intercourse

Friction is one of the more important concepts in the world. Many things are either made possible or impeded by friction. Strike a match and the friction creates a flame. Yet that same kind of friction stops other things from flowing smoothly. Perhaps the best description of the challenges that arise from friction is from the well known military strategist, Clausewitz: “Everything is very simple … Continue reading Friction, hypereconomics, and social intercourse

Navigating the New World of Hyperconnectivity

This week I spoke at the Recruitment Technology Evaluation Convention in Sydney. The topic was navigating the hyperconnected world from a recruitment and human resources perspective. The key issues facing businesses now include: Hyperconnectivity and the digital revolution New rules for engagement and recruitment Why community matters more than ever The proliferation of social computing and huge growth in smart phones means that the communication … Continue reading Navigating the New World of Hyperconnectivity

When robots rule the world – the future of jobs in a hyperconnected world

Steve Hopkins was telling me recently about an interesting law firm he’d come across in San Francisco – it’s called Robot. Where lawyer and junior partner Tim Hwang and his senior partners, Apollo Cluster and “Daria” XR-1029, work to merge legal and technical systems. It was this law firm, and an interesting conversation Steve had with Tim Hwang, that sparked the idea for Steve’s session … Continue reading When robots rule the world – the future of jobs in a hyperconnected world

Welcome to the panopticon

Tonia Ries has just published an article titled Privacy Fail: Klout Has Gone Too Far, which outlines how Klout is indexing social networks and creating/measuring user profiles, even if they have never registered with Klout. About the same time Facebook was accused of creating ‘shadow profiles’ on users and nonusers. As I said recently, welcome to the panopticon. When Jeremy Bentham originally came up with the … Continue reading Welcome to the panopticon

Social media, radical transparency, insights, and klout

One of the various social media influence scoring platforms – Klout – has just changed its algorithm and overnight many people’s Klout scores have dropped. This has caused one of several reactions: complete indifference refutation of the importance of social media influence measurement howls of pain at the destruction of hard work in achieving high Klout scores humour like that of @jason_a_w even an #occupyklout … Continue reading Social media, radical transparency, insights, and klout

Riots, desire, consumerism, community and values.

Want is a funny word. It can mean different things, such as: “absence or deficiency of something desirable or requisite” or “to be lacking or absent, as a part or thing necessary to completeness”, or “to feel a need or a desire for; wish for”, or “to wish, need, crave, demand, or desire” (Source Dictionary.com) The scenes in the UK of rioters and looting were … Continue reading Riots, desire, consumerism, community and values.

Protecting babies: whooping cough vaccination boosters for adults

Many people who were vaccinated as children do not realise that by the time we’re all grown up some of our protection no longer works. In the case of whooping cough, or pertussis, the protection can wane in as little as six to ten years. This means that many of us are wandering around at risk of catching whooping cough ourselves or asympomatically transmitting it … Continue reading Protecting babies: whooping cough vaccination boosters for adults

Truth, transparency and consequences

Truth is said to be a double edged sword. Yet truth is only a problem if one is trying to hide something. The Wikileaks saga shows how difficult is has become to keep secrets in our hyperconnected world. In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. – George Orwell Amusingly I noted a newspaper article announcing that governments around Australia … Continue reading Truth, transparency and consequences