Cool Radio Experience and Synchronous Learning

I’m one of many people having a blast listening to and helping to program Radio ds106 (widget on the sidebar)… While at first glance it is something that seems superfluous and even gratuitous (“…a course with its own radio station?”) its provided a fun means for people to collaborate in a loose yet integrated way, connect in real time, and I suspect it will provide a fine platform for the synchronous elements of the course as it proceeds (live events are being planned).

Had a cool experience in the wee hours last night. None other than UBC learning media maven, Brian Lamb and company, rang me up via Skype and treated me to an impromptu real-time interview, via Radio ds106. Chatted up with Jason (SFU), a significant other, and more – even got treated to a new theme song / diddly created on the fly. Pity it wasn’t recorded.

It had a distinctly different feeling and energy as compared to a Webinar. Grassrootsy yes – but there was a lively feel, a coziness and connectedness, as if I was truly in their living room, and they, in mine. Now it was about 2 am – and had the makings of a truly excellent dream….but I know it was no dream at all. It was, a great experience.


Espians » Board of Mentors

There will be a special “Board of Mentors” to mentor the Espian Executive Council. The wisdom of Elders is something to be sought and valued — especially since the valuable experiences of those who’ve gone before us is all too often neglected in modern society.

What is Expected of Mentors

The specific nature and level of engagement will be up to each individual Mentor. But they will all be expected to:

  • Advise and guide us from the depths of their experiences.
  • Be frank and open with any feedback they might have.
  • Believe in us as individuals.
  • Push us to be the best that we can be.

The Board

The following amazing individuals have graced us by joining the Board of Mentors:

Cool idea – every organization should have a “Board of Mentors” – thanks Tav!

How Not To Do SEO | Backbone Magazine

Like the comment about blending SEO with other social media – so that they support and reinforce each other. Kinda like a collaborative engagement at a technical level.

Also: regarding developing SEO strategy before the website is built is definitely the way to go. The world – and by extension – your customers’ worlds are changing so rapidly, it makes sense to develop an iterative strategy – that’s flexible enough to accommodate what will change, and your customers’ response to the changes.

Open source givers and takers – O’Reilly Radar

Open source givers and takers

Taking without giving isn’t the problem. We need better open source contribution metrics.

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Dana Blankenhorn’s recent ZDNet blog points to Accenture’s “hockey stick for open source” and notes that while 69 percent of the companies Accenture surveyed plan to increase their open source investment in the next year, only 29 percent plan to contribute back to the open source community. That sounds very plausible. But is it a problem? I’m not so sure.

The author’s commentary makes sense to me. Even if only 1/3 of companies plan to give back to the community – and do so with energy, commitment and imagination, that gives considerable oomph to the 29%. It’s always motivating to be connected with the people that ‘do’, vs. the people that ‘don’t’. And, focusing on the metrics that make sense, while doing the work.

Use Cases for Collaborative Networks

rather than focusing on socialization, one-to-one interactions and individual enrichment, businesses must be concerned with creating an information fabric within their organizations. An information fabric is a federation of content (and behavior) from the multiplicity of data and application silos within the enterprise; such as, ERP, CRM, file servers, email, databases, web-services infrastructures, etc.

By making this information fabric easily editable across groups in a dynamic, secure, auditable, governed and real-time manner individuals can access and organize data into actionable formats that enable decision making, collaboration and reuse.

I foresee these Collaborative Networks being used across entire organizations, but also for specific use cases.

Now, if there were a way, or a place to gather these use cases, and have some dialogue about them – that would be most helpful.

The Importance of Context: Why Enterprise 2.0 Still Fails to Deliver Value

Enterprise 2.0 adoption is being driven by the need to accelerate how we collaborate, by reducing the friction between our systems, applications and human assets. But most vendors have focused almost entirely on improving human to human collaboration with short term fixes, by merely adding more application silos — silos that entirely lack context for the end-user, the business and the stated goals of a given deployment.

Ahh, silos – if there’s not enough in the workplace, add the Enterprise 2.0 component, and create more of them electronically! So, under the guise of greater communication, the ‘solution’ is often one of misalignment and miscommunication.

The author goes on to point out that there’s a move towards “Collaborative Networks” to solve this problem -.

Artbound: New nonprofit initiative launches to create sustainable change through the arts | Markets | CNW GROUP | Canadian Business Online

Artbound: New nonprofit initiative launches to create sustainable change through the arts

Creating a new school is great, but hopefully they’ll be developing content that is free and open, so that it can be used and repurposed in other locations – my pet OER project comes to mind. Also, why limit it to developing countries….how about depressed regions of inner cities in developed countries – and how about sharing practices that work in one area or more, to strengthen and build the whole!….

Hair soaks up oil spills

Informative video and great music (Via Con Me, by Pablo Conte), imploring folks to get involved by donating their hair and pet fur – which does a great job of cleaning up oil. The actual demo mobilizes your heart to action – wonder if there’s a charity in Canada doing the same thing, or if Canadians want to participate, can they simply send their hair over to the US?

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Wikinomics – Lessons in collaboration from B.B. King’s

A blues or jazz band—or any ‘jam band’ for that matter—operates using many of the design principles we’d like to see from a collaborative enterprise. Unlike an orchestra, a band is much more fluid in their interpretation of the music. They are able to improvise on the spot, blend sounds, and often play to the mood of the audience. In other words, they innovate, create mash-ups, and are responsive to users.

The metaphor of a jazz or blues ensemble to evoke a collaborative group. Cool. Nice lingo, and a raft of memorable images come to mind.

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