Holacracy and chaorganization on votes

As a member of the Identity Commons mailing list for several years now I find many of the organizational conversations very interesting. Especially the dialogs on principles, articles, bylaws, organization, etc.

I feel compelled to contribute in some way, but force myself not to for the simple reason that I know that I cannot sustain the level of contribution that the IC needs. And I must set and keep these expectations right in order not to disappoint either of us. Please forgive me for that.

Anyway, Eugene’s (again excellent) summary on last week’s (3/28/2007) call mentioned the subject of voting again. This triggered me to send them this article on Holacracy from Drian J. Robertson from the Cutter Consortium. You probably already know about it, but I just want to make sure you wouldn’t miss it.

Please allow me to quote from page 12:

On votes
Another common question is about the “possible votes” in integrative decision making. At first it can sound like there are two possible votes on a proposed decision—”consent” or “object”—though that’s missing a key point. Consent isn’t about “votes”at all; the idea of a vote doesn’t make sense in the context of consent. There are no votes, and people do not vote.
People do say whether they know of a reason why the proposed decision is outside the limits of tolerance of any aspect of the system, and then decision making continues to integrate that new information. This isn’t the same as most consensus-based processes—either in theory or in practice—although it does sound similar at first, especially before an actual meeting that seeks consent is witnessed.


Martin Majoor and his literary typeface

I’ve got something with fonts. Especially sans fonts. A couple of months ago, I got a small booklet handed out by Premsela titled “Morf 4“. Martin Majoor writes about the correct use of typography in is article Did the French king have shoe size 49?. Nice and clean piece of work on emdashes, endashes, single qoutes and apostrophes among other things.

Can’t find a home page on Majoor or any other good source to contact him. Any help is appreciated.

Call for a Blogger’s Code of Conduct

Tim O’Reilly’s Call for a Blogger’s Code of Conduct heeft een paar rake punten:

  1. Neem verantwoordelijkheid, niet alleen voor je eigen woorden, maar ook voor de commentaren die je toestaat op je blog.
  2. Label je tolerantie voor offensieve en beledigend commentaar.
  3. Overweeg anoniem commentaar te elimineren.
  4. Negeer de trollen.
  5. Zet het gesprek offline voort en spreek openhartig of vind een intermediair die dat kan en wil.
  6. Zeg het degeen van wie je zijn of haar gedrag afkeurt.
  7. Zeg online niets wat je in persoon ook niet zou zeggen.

The end of the affair

Vanavond naar The end of the affair geweest. Georganiseerd door de Filmliga Heuvelrug.

Een nogal slome film die zich voortsleept rond de tweede wereldoorlog in London. Sarah is getrouwd met Henry. Henry is meer met z’n werk bezig en ziet Sarah niet of nauwelijks staan. Sarah ontmoet Maurice en de liefde vlamt op.

Sarah gelooft niet in God of andere krachten. Doet wel de hartewens dat Maurice weer tot leven komt nadat een V2 Maurice dodelijk heeft getroffen. Doet tevens de belofte dat als dat gebeurt ze Maurice nooit meer zal ontmoeten. De wens komt uit… Ze draait om als een blad van een boom en geloofd vanaf dat moment wel in God. Maurice haat alleen maar zichzelf en al het andere en wordt geleefd door jaloezie.

Heeft veel ‘Law of Attraction‘ en ‘Intention Experiment’ als je er voor open staat.

Mooi gefilmd. Wel “heel oud”, echt jaren 40.

Fair money distribution game

Quickly jotted down a few inspirational sources for fair money distribution games:

Based on these sources as well as input from Gaston Vilé, Stanley van Maaren en Harry van der Velde, I wrote up oprechte deelgeving (Dutch).


Joost—free TV with a peer-to-peer community

From http://www.joost.com/about.html:

What’s Joost? It’s free TV, with the choice to watch alone or with friends. Joost is packed with internet tools such as instant messaging and channel chat, allowing people to really share the TV experience.
It’s a completely secure platform for content owners that respects their rights, while protecting and enhancing their brands. And it’s an incredibly flexible way for advertisers to reach a truly global audience, in ways that really work. Joost isn’t just video on the internet – it’s the next generation of television for viewers, content owners and advertisers everywhere.

Grown from a handful of people in a small office outside Amsterdam. Niklas Zennstrøm and Janus Friis—KaZaa, Skype. Peer-to-peer. Community. Promising. I wish them a lot of succes!

TextBender—Web 3.0 distributed Wiki-like text writing

Interesting new way of distributed collaboration…

TextBender is a system of collaborative writing based on recombinant text,
textbender has these characteristics:

  • Your text belongs to a population, one text per author.
  • Quality bits of text are swapped among authors, peer to peer.
  • Individual authorship is retained and traceable throughout.

Textbender is currently aimed at creative writing, particularly at short verse. A demonstration is being prepared.

Recombinant text is a medium of collaborative design and composition, with a basis in biological theory. In computer science, it belongs to the subfield of human-based genetic algorithms. In biological terms, it is analogous to population genetic engineering; but with populations that consist of texts.

The texts are Web documents. Intercommunication is by Web protocols, and the result is the collaborative production of Web content. Recombinant text is therefore comparable to a Wiki. But it differs in its distributed architecture and peer-to-peer communication pattern (populations), formalized data units (genes), and semantic labels (loci). These place it in the arena of Web 3.0.

Several design approaches to recombinant text have been investigated to date. The ultimate approach (below top) would rely on a mechanism of gene complexing to transfer variations of plot, character, and other patterns from text to text. This approach would have a range of groupware applications in general design, as well as literary and musical composition. It would also be difficult to realize, and remains a vision for the future.

Read more on TextBender or try the TextBender demo.

Reputation: net promoter score (NPS)

Yet another reputation system—a Net Promoter Score (NPS) is the result of a customer satisfaction survey in which customers are asked only one so-called “Ultimate” question:

How likely are you to recommend Company or Product X to a friend or colleague?

Does this work for communities and personal reputation as well?

Sparkle from http://www.expertlog.nl/2007/03/meer_winst_make.html#more