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.

Using Social Networking Tools to Write a Book

Interesting… especially in the context of Aloha, and also potentially in the context of Baobab.

Using Social Networking Tools to Write a Book: “WikiTiki writes ‘Safari Books Online has a new interview with Barry Libert, one of the authors of ‘We are Smarter Than Me: How to Unleash the Power of Crowds in Your Business.’ Barry and his coauthors decided to create a wiki and invite the community to help build this book which aims to give advice on using social networking tools like blogs and wikis to businesses.

Barry has some interesting comments about both the challenges and payoffs in using social networking tools to create a book about social networking tools.’

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Nieuwe zakelijke modellen voor de transitieperiode

Michel Bauwens tipte me gisteren op een artikel in 6 minutes business:

Eindeloze groei in ons beperkt natuurlijk systeem is onmogelijk. Wij bevinden ons nu in een transitiefase waarin nieuwe peer-productiegemeenschappen zoeken naar ideale samenwerkingsvormen. En die zijn er in het internet, nu al, en ze hebben succes.

Lees meer over Nieuwe zakelijke modellen voor de transitieperiode waar open source, crowd sourcing en peer-to-peer het kompas zijn.

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.)

Groovy Actors

Refreshed my link with Gerald “tensegrity” de Jong, triggered by a blog entry from TED titled Creatures on the beach from the Dutch sculptor Theo Jansen which instantly reminded me of Gerald’s Fluidiom and Darwin at Home projects.

Gerald’s email signature also mentioned Groovy Actors:

In a nutshell it’s a natural next step, building further on object-oriented programming (OOP), where objects become active talkative peers.
Imagine running thousands of concurrent programs on one computer where each program instance represents something or someone in the real world. Some things are passive and only react to events but lots of real world things also take initiative.
That’s why parts of this kind of system can better be represented in software by “autonomous agents” or “actors” which frequently interact with each other.

And built using the Groovy language.

Just wondering why Groovy Actors are limited to a single computer rather than autonomous peers distributed across thousands of computers. Love to have concepts from Erlang and JavaSpaces built in.

Love to see the Groovy Actors’ Hello Storage example implement the story of The Wizard, The Rabbit, and The Treasurer.

Erlang distributed concurrent programming

A new programming language? Well, at least one I never heard of until today. It’s called Erlang and one of the interesting aspects are that it eases concurrent programming and distributed processes.

Erlang is a programming language designed at the Ericsson Computer Science Laboratory. Open-source Erlang is being released to help encourage the spread of Erlang outside Ericsson.

The language syntax reminds me a bit of Prolog. And I wonder what the power would be if something like Erlang is combined with the elegant concepts of JavaSpaces.

I’m still longing for an elegant platform neutral programming language that has mechanisms for “effortless” peer-to-peer built in. In fact, our new social and wisdom fabric cries out for a new “programming” language (and perhaps OS) that catalyses p2p development on all layers, from information to human to social to wisdom and that fuels the noosphere.

One of the first things I’d do with it is create an evolutionary prototype of Armillaria with The Wizard, The Rabbit and The Treasurer as an example. Stigmergence.

LiveJournal Creator Maps the Long Road to Open Social Networks

LiveJournal Creator Maps the Long Road to Open Social Networks: “People are growing weary of registering and re-declaring their friends on every new social networking site. But Brad Fitzpatrick, creator of LiveJournal and OpenID, says that the tools to build a decentralized social network don’t yet exist. (Source: Wired)

Wow. About time. Since long I cherish the desire for a scale-free distributed social network. Both Campfire and Cheetah work in that direction, the latter for diabetics.

When will we have opened up our databases so you can update your personal information in a single action and everyone you want to are up to date too?

Talk about trust. Armillaria can help to grow a fully distributed social reputation system to do just that. The Wizard Rabbit Treasurer tells a small story of how this might work for the underlying data.

Love to work on a project like this. I’ll keep an eye on

(Via [http://www.wired.com/rss/index.xml“>Wired News].)

How to create Hot Crowds

How to create Hot Crowds: Hot Groups are high performing teams with six characteristics:

  1. Hot teams are highly dedicated to end results and are enthusiastic
  2. They thrive on ridiculous deadlines and high hurdles to take
  3. They are irreverent and non-hierarchical, playing around and having fun
  4. They are made up of widely divergent disciplines and abilities
  5. They use an open and eclectic workspace
  6. Hot teams connect to the outside world and look for solutions outside themselves

(Via CrowdsourcingDirectory.)

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.

Freeman Dyson On Open Source Biology

Freeman Dyson, I love you!

…the rules of Open Source sharing will be extended from the exchange of software to the exchange of genes. Then the evolution of life will once again be communal, as it was in the good old days before separate species and intellectual property were invented.

Read more of this story at Shashdot.

Evolvability

For extremely profitable price/quality ratios, aim to maximize evolvability for all stakeholders by:

  • minimizing the efforts to develop, release and maintain your product;
  • maximizing scalability;
  • maximizing innovation to happen elsewhere—make it open source and use crowd sourcing;
  • maximizing adopting & setting open standards for quality, processes and technology.
  • using a tolerant development process
  • being open and responsive to easy changes as project progresses

The evolvability quality requirement transcends and includes all other “ilities” like performance, scalability, maintanability, reliability, resilience, and security.