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Gregory Esau
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Holistic Value Creation
The Orchestrated Ecosystem

There are going to be very unique ways to create value, as hybrid approaches towards shared ownership models, and third party vendors develop additional value services to the transportation experience. 
As +John Hagel notes, it will be those who capture the most integrated, holistic approach to individual and collective mobility patterns, and who can generate value for the individual, the collective, and the cities, that will be the likely winner in this new game of urban auto transportation.  
 
Technology is shifting the basis of competition in automotive industry from products to relationships - my interview (need to click through to pdf to get the full interview) 
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This is a real advancement for the construction industry. 

Via +Peter Feltham 
 
SkillsPlanner project director and Ethos partner Rebecca Lovelace talks about the construction skills gap and how linked and open data will help http://ow.ly/XQ3Eo
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It was very helpful in knowing more of what the good folks at +Ethos - The Future of Work. Now are up to, +Peter Feltham . 
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Glia as a Platform--The Basics
Artificial Neural Networks What is Glia? Glia is a distributed platform concept designed to bring public and private enterprise along with citizens and public/private leaders together to “design, develop and deliver the future of urban auto transportation”....
Artificial Neural Networks What is Glia? Glia is a distributed platform concept designed to bring public and private enterprise along with citizens and public/private leaders together to “design, develop and deliver the f...
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Ethereum
Blockchain
P2P Ride-Sharing

+Ethereum  continues to give us the building blocks of the future. 
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"Blurring The Lines Between Public and Private"
Ecosystems over Ego-Systems

I am going to keep hammering home this point, that in order for cities and urban centres to get the kind of transportation systems we want, and deserve, we'll need much different forms of formal cooperation and collaboration than that of what the Detroit/BigAuto/Corporation, or Silicon Valley techno-libertarian models are likely to provide. 

I've shared this in part before. I'm sharing it again, because it is so damn good, and highlights who is talking about these models, the levels of cooperative collaboration needed, the issues, and what is possible. 

As some of you may know, I am feverishly working towards getting a working model platform started here in the Greater Vancouver Regional District, and anything I can find and bring to the table to help people see and understand what is possible, and how they can be a part of it, helps a lot.  
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The Organization
As A Complex Adaptive System

“Some business thinkers have argued that companies are like biological species and have tried to extract business lessons from biology, with uneven success,” note the authors.  “We stress that companies are identical to biological species in an important respect: Both are what’s known as complex adaptive systems.  Therefore, the principles that confer robustness in these systems, whether natural or manmade, are directly applicable to business.”

I've read remarkable few people that actually understand what this means. 
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When It Comes To High Performance
Be Careful Not To Overpay The Superstars

Market psychology is mostly absent from this piece, where superstar's pay is determined as much by the cost of not signing them, as it possibly over paying them. Anyone who has followed professional sports over the last two decades understands this folly all too well. 

That said, this is a good piece on fairness, or the perception of it, within a group, which can be poisoned by overpaying someone more than the group perceives as fair.
This is critical where group performance counts, as in football.  
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Great piece.
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What Is Blockchain?

A pretty useful Q&A from the good folks at PricewaterhouseCoopers. 

My favourite, used in the piece to illustrate the utility of the blockchain, is MediVault (http://www.coindesk.com/medvault-wins-e5000-at-deloitte-sponsored-blockchain-hackathon/), where people can store their own medical information, and control who can access it given any situation.

"[We're] giving the patients control over their own medical records and the decision to make certain aspects public or private, while still being stored in a distributed global manner."
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The Cryptocurrency Evolution

This is a very even handed, non-hype look at what needs to happen for cryptocurrenices to go mainstream, along with the blockchain technology. 
(I feel the authors too often conflate Bitcoin with cryprocurrencies, but this is a minor nit)
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The Sharing Economy
Should Be The Distributed Economy

Uber opened the door to a new way to think about our transportation future, but it needn't be the dominant model as to who owns that transportation future. 

Via +John Kellden 
A policy framework for dealing with the social and civic impacts of network platforms that enable new sorts of micro-rentals and piecemeal work.
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Much nodding in agreement here, +Peter Feltham and +John Kellden . I think the collective We can build upon what Uber (etc) have seeded, towards something that really is the "sharing economy". 
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Networks, Networks, Networks
Yes, It is ALL About the Networks

In the year 2016, it leaves me floored that a majority of companies don't employ advanced social network analytical software, in the league that Alex (Sandy) Pentland develops. Or Valdis Krebs, for that matter. 
 
In our experience, companies that invest time and energy to understand their networks and collaborative relationships greatly improve their chances of making successful organizational changes. Sophisticated approaches can map networks and identify the key points of connectivity where value is created or destroyed.1 A network approach can help companies to make change stick by working through influential employees, to focus on points in the network where relationships should be expanded or reduced, and to measure the effectiveness of major initiatives.
Companies shouldn’t focus so much on formal structures that they ignore the informal ones. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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Ecosystems
Not Ego Systems

While some think the game and players for the future of transportation is already set, others think things are just beginning, with cities being the managing centre of gravity. 
Do you remember when phones were only for making calls? Soon we will be asking the same question about connected cars: Do you remember when cars were just for driving?
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