Clear goal, simple rules

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Simple, clear purpose and principles give rise to complex and intelligent behavior.
Complex rules and regulations give rise to simple and stupid behavior.
—Dee Hock, CEO Emeritus VISA International

From team charter:

  • Team—A group of people or animals linked in a unity of purpose.
  • Self-organization—The tendency of an open system to generate new structures and patterns based on its own internal dynamics. Organization design emerges from the interactions of the agents in the system; it is not imposed from above or outside. Facilitating Organization Change: Lessons from Complexity Science

Three factors influence the patterns that emerge:

  1. The container sets the bounds for the self-organizing system. It defines the “self” that organizes.
  2. Significant differences determine the primary patterns that emerges (power, level of expertise, gender, …).
  3. Transforming exchanges form the connections between system agents.

Just as a person needs time and space to incubate thoughts before a new Idea can emerge, a system needs a bounded space for the emergence of new patterns. Patterns imply structure, organization. Self-organizations gives you order for free. Effortless organization? don’t just do something, stand there!

Life is a serious game. life is a broccoli.

Howard Rheingold: Way-new collaboration

Transcript of Howard Rheingold’s TED-2005 talk about the coming world of collaboration, participatory media and collective action—and how Wikipedia is really an outgrowth of our natural human instinct to work as a group. As he points out, humans have been banding together to work collectively since our days of hunting mastodons.

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Decentrale organisaties zijn onverslaanbaar

Wat hebben Geronimo, Skype, Wikipedia, Open Coffee, Al Qaida en Youtube met elkaar gemeen? Het zijn allemaal gedecentraliseerde netwerken. Rod Beckstrom en Ori Brafman gebruiken deze voorbeelden om een nieuw management systeem te modelleren. De toekomst van de organisatie is een gedecentraliseerde organisatie in plaats van een top down gecentraliseerde bedrijfsstructuur.

Het boek beschrijft de kracht van gedecentraliseerde organisaties aan de hand van de analogie ‘Starfish en Spider’, waarbij de Starfish voor een gedecentraliseerde organisatie staat en een Spider vergeleken wordt met een gecentraliseerde organisatie.

Via Sprout.

SixApart: Opening the Social Graph

SixApart: Opening the Social Graph:

We think that the best way for you to manage your network is to stop thinking about all of the little pieces and to start focusing on the big picture: you and the people who matter to you. We think relationships mean more than email addresses or which service you’re signed on to at the moment. So we’ve created an experimental demo based upon open technologies OpenID, the Microformats hCard and XFN, and FOAF that allow you to see your entire network of relationships in one place – across services, across platforms, across the entire Web.

How wonderful! I’ve been wanting this for ages! Even started the Campfire experiment a couple of years ago to address exactly this issue. I fully endorse opening the social graph.

(Via Semantic Wave.)

SwarmOS Demonstrated at Idea Festival

SwarmOS Demonstrated at Idea Festival: “PacoCheezdom writes ‘Intelligent Life has short summary of a demonstration by MIT professor James McLurkin of his new group-minded robots, which run an operating system called ‘Swarm OS’.

The robots are able to work together as a group not by communicating with all members of the group at once, but by talking only to their neighbors, and model other similar behaviors performed by bees and ants. ‘Read more of this story at Slashdot.

(Via Slashdot.)

The Future of Bridges: Self-Replicating, Irregular Designs

Harry van der Velde will like this one…

The Future of Bridges: Self-Replicating, Irregular Designs: “Self-replicating bridges might be more robust, but also weirder looking, than the nearly magical pieces of civil engineering that human beings come up with.

(Via Wired News.)

Briljante Programmeurs Netwerk

Sanne Roemen en Daan Kortenbach doen een oproep om een coöp van briljante programmeurs op te zetten. Wat mij betreft breiden ze dat uit naar briljante ontwerpers, designers, architecten en projectleiders. En dan lekker agile aan de slag.

Als we dat nou eens naadloos kunnen samenvoegen met grote bedrijven op dit gebied. Een organisatievorm vinden waarbij beiden elkaar versterken. De groten zijn zeldzaam, veerkrachtig, geworteld en enorm. De eenpitters, tweepitters en gasstellen zijn met velen, klein, wendbaar en innovatief. Hoe kunnen ze elkaar versterken?!

Hey Sanne, Daan, Ik wil meedoen! Gaan we in augsutus om de tafel om dit verder vorm te geven?

Mijn gedicht “Wanneer Dan” vat het geheel samen.

Conscious Computing

Now that the world is heating up, so are the discussions and debates on reducing resources required for computing. Reduced power, reduced heating, sleeping and suspending processors and processes.

Effective and efficient handling of our computing needs at minimal resource consumption in the complete life cycle of a network of computers has become the focus of attention. I call this conscious computing across the board—and my dream is to have a Conscious Computing Award for those solutions, projects and companies that will startle our view in this area and provide unprecedented breakthroughs in the area of smart spiritual software.

I will start tracking ideas, initiatives, programs, projects and inspirational sources on this topic. Here are the first two:

  1. Power Plays: How power consumption will shape the future of computing on how Intel is using smart self-organizing principles on chip-level to maximize the performance/power ratio in favour of green or conscious computing.
  2. Sun’s Jonathan Schwartz on Switching Subjects to drastically simplify cabling and reducing power and cooling requirements in massive data centers in their Project Magnum and Constellation System. Good that Sun has Andy Bechtolsheim back on board. Do you know that Andy missed his plane and changed his name?

Cambrian House, Home of Crowdsourcing

Cambrian House, Home of Crowdsourcing

Harry van der Velde tipped me on Cambrian House some time ago. What a wonderful holacratic way of turning thoughts into things. Community-owned—so “Dee Hock” in its chaorganization. So co-creative.

While preparing a proposal for Andarr this morning, I decided to sign up. Looking forward to participation.

Continuous Partial Attention

My son Martijn recently started working for Q42. One of his new colleagues pointed him to Continuous Partial Attention on whether or not to unplug from the ever increasing flow of interruptions of the grid and focus on getting some work done.

Becoming ever more agile—do some yoga.

Thanks Martijn & colleague!