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Gregory Esau
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In Vancouver

An ode to the clash of nature and city. 
Only a few blocks from my place, I'll have to go check it out. 
At an intersection where roadway meets SkyTrain, bike path and waterway, a Vancouver artist has raised a monument to a consumer culture on the move.
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Berwyn Illinois used to have an iconic display like this
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Glia, Is It Catching On With Corporations?

Some of the concepts behind the Glia Organizational OS are catching on. 
This is a very good piece for making them work. 
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For even more context, add in this beauty from IBM, +Gideon Rosenblatt , regarding the Internet of Things:
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Tying Threads
Pieces of the Puzzle

Great share from +Rick Heil that ties a lot of threads together. 

Key concept:
"Power in the IoT, shifts from the centre to the edge"

Winners will:
• Enable decentralized peer-to-peer systems that allow for
very low cost, privacy and long term sustainability in
exchange for less direct control of data
• Prepare for highly efficient, real-time digital marketplaces
built on physical assets and services with new measures of
credit and risk
• Design for meaningful user experiences, rather than try to
build large ecosystems or complex network solutions.
Losers will:
• Continue to invest in and support high-cost infrastructure,
and be unmindful of security and privacy that can lead to
decades of balance sheet overhead
• Fight for control of ecosystems and data, even when they
have no measure of what its value will be
• Attempt to build ecosystems but lose sight of the value
created, probably slowing adoption and limiting the usage of
their solutions.
Mentioned in the Scientific American article is IBM's ADEPT project. Here is a very good slide show overviewing the potential of IoT, the technical and business hurdles facing IoT and a good primer on how blockchain (using Ethereum's open source model - IBM forked the current Ethereum code with support of the team).

In essence it looks at the potential of IoT being restrained, or requiring, three core elements:
   • Trustless peer-to-peer messaging
   • Secure distributed data sharing
   • A robust and scalable form of device coordination

It can be argued these core requirements are necessary as well for the Internet itself and even day-to-day computing going forward.
Worth a read.
As the number of connected devices grows from billions to hundreds of billions, and as governments and corporations race to take control of devices and data, we need to save the Internet of Things (IoT). Successfully scaling the IoT means executives must rethink the technology strategy, bu
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I agree, +Rick Heil , 100%. Unquestionably, this will also be messy, with a lot of mangled attempts. But I also firmly believe, the genie is out of the bottle, and it's not going back in. 

I'm like you, I am now intensely focused on my own point of entry. 
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And Publishing

With no small irony, what +Gideon Rosenblatt publishes here is knowledge, to a social sphere, and with a reputation. And in doing so, with a lot of investigative journalism, packages knowledge in distinguishing between that and publishing. 
While the facts and figures are fascinating, I like the ending:
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin referred to what’s now emerging as the noosphere. Andy Clark and David Chalmers describe it as an extended mind. Whatever you call it, we are entering a new phase in human intelligence, where more and more of our cognitive capacity is embedded in machines – a great big, collective brain in the cloud. Wikipedia and other sites are its vast stores of knowledge, Google Search our primary method for information recall. The streams of information flowing through news outlets and social media services could similarly be said to constitute a kind of collective stream of consciousness; the filtering algorithms of Facebook and other social networks our methods for focusing attention within that stream.

Once we are able to layer these pools and streams of information with the kind of machine understanding outlined above, we will unleash a huge boon to humanity. Where there is light, there is also darkness, however, and so we should expect these same systems to also bring us many new problems. The one I will close with relates to how much of our humanity remains in the future of our automated publishing and knowledge systems
The Automation of the Publishing Industry

This is a new piece, a super in-depth look at the impact that automation has had on the publishing industry. There's lots of research in this one, as I dug into the actual impact that automation has had on newspaper, magazine and book publishers, as well as employment amongst writers, editors and other people in this industry. The results actually surprised me;  it's a more nuanced story than what I'd imagined. 

The other thing this piece does is look at what the automation of publishing is doing to the packaging of human knowledge, and how we are starting to see the early signs of a very new type of publishing, a wrapping of our information in a layer of artificial intelligence along the lines of Google Now and other virtual personal assistants. 

This piece was a lot of work and I'd like to get it to people in the publishing sector who might find it useful. If you know someone in that industry, and you find this piece interesting, please consider helping me get this to them. 

#automation   #publishing   #media   #ai  
An in-depth look at the automation of the publishing industry.
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I have to imagine that was a pretty neat experience, +Gideon Rosenblatt ! (I thought you looked appropriately dapper for the times!)

In all my years of tracking socially networked knowledge, the evidence just continually piles up for value creation for the organization. I really think the peeps at +Synereo need to adjust their target market, and go after the organizational network potential. 
See my post from a McKinsey & Company article, Digital Hives, where I think Synereo is really well designed for:
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The Leadership of You
And Leading in the 21st Century Society
#leadership   #societybuilding   #opportunity   #Glia  

Do you know what excites me about this world we now live in? Unprecedented opportunity. No, no, this isn't like a twenty dollar bill you just find lying on the sidewalk, and it's all like, "Eureeka!! Opportunity!"
It's hard work. Really hard work. The difference between, "Meh, good enough". And Greatness. 

With technology, and social networks, where we can find our like minded travellers on the path to greatness, and the kinds of organizational models and systems that technologies and networks can create, we can leverage our passions, our skills, our drive towards doing great things, like never before. 
I know, because every single day, I wake up with my Glia model, and the abundance of opportunity. My greatest challenge was sorting through opportunity. 

This is more than just being the best you can be. Or building great companies, with great culture and great people. This is so much more than that. This is about the opportunity to rebuild great societies. And communities. And neighbourhoods. Greatness and leadership can be directed where ever your passions lead you. 

Of course, the only way we can create such an atmosphere in our workplaces and communities is if we first be open and honest with ourselves about where we are today. About the real challenges we face and the genuine opportunities that exist for us to not only overcome these obstacles, but to strengthen our resolve and abilities to keep pressing ahead despite them.

Such conversations are naturally difficult, as they should be because they challenge us to question both ourselves, and how we see and understand the world around us.

But this is what successful leaders excel at – they inspire us to embrace this difficulty because we can see what we stand to gain from such conversations and opportunities.

Sure, our brain might prefer the easy route, employing processes like motivated reasoning to reduce the uncertainties and challenges that seem to increase with each passing day.

However, leadership has never been about taking the easy path, of simply relying on our assumptions to guide our decisions, and choosing to accept ‘good enough’ so we can get through our day.

Rather, the hallmark of real leadership is being willing to challenge our assumptions in order to better understand the obstacles our employees face and how we can help to overcome them. In so doing, we can fuel that collective drive to not settle for anything less than being better than we are today.
How our brain's decision-making processes can limit our drive to push for greatness by encouraging us to settle for 'good enough'.
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These Are Great Tips

Great leadership throughout all levels of the organization is fundamental to it's short and long-term success. Keep in mind we're not talking bosses or titles. We're talking leadership. Those that make everyone around them better, inspire performance, and emotional engage and connect with their team and people.
Great leaders empower their employees to lead, not wait for instruction.
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More Clouds Are Coming
With An Increased Risk Of Rain
#metaphors   #disruption  

I like this post a lot, from +Brian Vellmure . What was a key role within the C-Suite, the CIO, is being continually disrupted, often making this role a liability, rather than an asset. It is a tough choice for the CEO. 
But even the nature of the Cloud is going to keep changing, which an adaptive CIO should help guide. 
Cloud providers are quickly becoming static liabilities as each one's business model might not be innovating fast enough to properly service the client. 
And with blockchain technology set to go mainstream in 2015, the Cloud itself is going to see a major shift. 

More so, this same accelerating technological innovation is going to start hitting other members of the C-Suite, like the CFO, for one significant example. 
Are we reaching the days where the very nature of the C-Suite is becoming a liability? I firmly believe it is. 
The cloud. It’s remarkable. The widely available and rapidly growing source of the greatest computing power and storage capability ever known to man continues to unleash the rapid spread of new innovations. It allows unthinkable productivity miracles to happen anywhere at anytime with a nonchalant finger swipe across a 5 inch pane of gorilla glass.… Read More»
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I think this will be of interest here.

Thanks to +Peter Feltham for the nudge. 
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Glia, Is It Catching On With Corporations?

Some of the concepts behind the Glia Organizational OS are catching on. 
This is a very good piece for making them work. 
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I'd love the opportunity, +Peter Feltham . :)
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This Will Be the Neatest, Most Amazing, Most Ridiculously International, Interwebed Story You Will Read
Maybe Ever

You. Can't. Make' This. Up. 
Proving once again, life is stranger, and neater, than fiction. 
This really weird thing happened to me. Then it got even weirder. Then it turned insane. Do I have a story for you. [This is the epic continuation of "How I Became a Minor Celebrity in China.&...
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There are no words, +Michael Bennett , for just what a neat, wonderfully layered story this is!
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Is That A Computer in Your Pocket?
Or Are You Just Glad To See Me

I'll wait to see what +John Blossom , and other tech savvy Goolge-ites have to say about the Chromebit, which is the size of a cigar, and fits in your pocket. 
The obvious issue is the UI, but for now we'll reserve judgement, and marvel at the shifting landscape that is what can only be loosely referred to as 'computing'. 

Whatever the merits of the Chromebit, the key take away for me lies in this quip here:
But the Chromebit is the most intriguing play—if only because it shows how small and how inexpensive PC hardware has become in recent years, how much the line has blurred between PCs, TVs, and mobile devices such as phones and tablets.

This is only the lead edge. The next frontiers will be the home, and the auto. 
If you plug the stick into an LCD display or a TV, you can run the sort of software you typically run on a personal computer.
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The Bees
And The Python
#GMpython   #platypus   #innovation   #bureaucracy  

This was one of those "ummm, yes", but "ummmm no" type articles. Or, we can say that innovation is relative. To a bureaucratic python like GM, that still makes some of the most repugnant platypus vehicles out there, Jon Lauckner's role as GM's Chief Technology Officer, his initiates would seem like innovation. 

Having just toured the wonderfully delightful Vancouver Auto Show this past week, GM is...ummm...I couldn't get out of their corner of the floor fast enough. Not after having toured the rest of the exhibit, where other auto makers offerings delighted, and amazed. GM, was just polished, lipstick on pigs. 
Such is what a python produces. 

So where Lauckner is right, when he states here:
Instead, he argued, GM is adapting to the changing realities of automotive innovation. Many of the best ideas for cars of the future won’t come from car companies at all, but rather from non-traditional auto suppliers, like Microsoft or Google, and from start-up enterprises that are on the leading edge of fields like advanced materials, telecommunications and green technology. “We no longer rely solely on our in-house expertise, which is a big change from where we’ve been in the past,”

This is true, and a welcoming shift in mental models for a C-Suite exec. 

However, a stifling bureaucratic culture chews up innovation, and instead regurgitates out cars that are approved by bureaucrats and bean counters, not car enthusiasts. 

If the end product is any indication, little has changed with the GM bureaucracy that has been muffling the car company for the last forty years. 

What is needed, is a more swarmed approach, where the brilliance that is within GM can be unleashed, with more risks taken to more daring designs and offerings. Design, and innovation, needs to be pushed ever further out towards, what +John Hagel would call, the edge. 
A look around the auto show was indicative enough that other car companies are doing it better than the python that is GM.
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<bows> Why, thank you, +Brad Esau ! 
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Tech Journalism
The Ultimate Oxymoron
#boosterism   #criticalthinking   #journalism  

Hype is so much easier to do than journalism, and given the click bait culture of modern media, more profitable. Mediocre sensationalism rises to the top, critical thinking journalism languishes at the bottom.

For the attention deficit masses, this is excusable. Let them eat cake, as Marie Antoinette might say.

But for the so-called VCs that threw money at Meerkat?? This isn't even gambling!   Even +Brian Solis was sucked in! I'm not sure if he put down cold hard cash on this dog, but as of last week he was pimping it like it was going to be the biggest thing Ev-hah!!

Even a casual observer like me could see, once Periscope was released by Twitter, Meerkat was done (I called it last week, btw!)

Via +Chris Lang 
About three days after it received a lavish new funding round, Meerkat died an ugly and embarrassing death. It is hard to decide whether the Great Meerkat Debacle that has unfolded over the past we...
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