Seth’s Blog: The Billion-Dollar T-Shirt

Ontological uncertainty exists when, even if you perfectly know and understand the environment you’re in, you still can’t predict the impact of your actions because the system is changing faster than the ripple effects of your actions can play out.  This is the situation Seth Godin faced when, back in 1993-94, he wrote a book…

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When information is not scarce, what does it mean to know?

Another very interesting video here from the folks at Kansas State University that did the Academia 2.0 post and initial response.  (BTW, the first video on the linked page IS the Academia 2.0 video, so be sure scroll down to the second video.)  Similar to the first video, this additional one raises huge and important questions about…

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» The next big thing: User-contributed metadata … and More…

Kind of a “roundup” post.  First, this user-contributed metadata business.  More the evolution of loyalty cards than of user-contributed media online, I think.  . The next big thing: User-contributed metadata | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com .  Will we see it go the other way — with professionally published media voluntarily exchanged for metadata to support…

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Optimizing the consumer value stream

Technorati Tags: systems thinking , lean , consumer experience , web 2.0 , next web , loyalty Are you thinking about your consumers’ personal value stream?  The businesses I generally work with are familiar with the notion of a value chain or a value stream.  Whether you call it business process re-engineering, change management, six…

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Computing Is A Liberal Art, Part 3: Strategies for Reinforcing Loops and the Hive Mind

Technorati Tags: innovation , systems thinking , complexity science , adaptive , change , learning , Popfly , computing is a liberal art , knowledge , cyborg Here’s a conundrum: if knowledge is personal, how do I benefit from what you "know"?  One, if you help me learn you can reduce the transaction costs for…

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Computing Is A Liberal Art, Part 2: Knowledge is personal

Technorati Tags: innovation , systems thinking , complexity science , adaptive , change , learning , Popfly , computing is a liberal art , knowledge , cyborg In the natural world, few (if any) things grow without limits.  In the case of information volume, one of those limits may be our ability to turn information…

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Computing Is A Liberal Art, Part 1: Education Inflation

Technorati Tags: innovation , systems thinking , complexity science , adaptive , change , learning , Popfly , computing is a liberal art , knowledge , cyborg Education Inflation  Most of us are familiar with the rising cost of education/tuition (at least for those of us in the US).  Yes, it’s an uncomfortable reality, but…

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Build to last is dead, speed rules, competency is currency. Resistance is futile.

Technorati Tags: innovation , systems thinking , adaptive , change , decision making , learning , context aware , cyborg An email exchange with a few colleauges last night, including Chris Bernard and Josh Holmes, got me thinking about the network as platform concept.  I went on a bit of rant, and Chris suggested I…

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Learning to thrive in times of accelerating change

Technorati Tags: continuous learning , systems thinking , adaptive , change , learning Over the last couple of years I’ve often heard about the need for a "sense and respond" capability — to sense what’s happening in our businesses and to respond in a timely, effective way.  I believe these capabilities will be increasingly valuable…

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What is Surface?

Well, by now I imagine many folks may have heard a little bit about Surface — Microsoft’s latest computing innovation.  There’s a reason Surface is getting a lot of buzz: it really is ground breaking!  For those who haven’t seen it yet, you owe it to yourself to check it out. See www.microsoft.com/surface for videos that show Surface in…

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