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Gregory Esau
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What Other Context Would You Study Consciousness??!?!?!?!

Anything that has to do with us sapiens and any form of biology that isn't studied in the context of evolution is nothing more than teenage masterbation.

Ever since Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859, evolution has been the grand unifying theory of biology. Yet one of our most important biological traits, consciousness, is rarely studied in the context of evolution. Theories of consciousness come from religion, from philosophy, from cognitive science, but not so much from evolutionary biology. Maybe that’s why so few theories have been able to tackle basic questions such as: What is the adaptive value of consciousness? When did it evolve and what animals have it?

Like what the living fuck.
A neuroscientist on how we came to be aware of ourselves.
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More so an observation of how messed up things are that this actually needs to be stated? 
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GLIA
This Is The Key Premise

The next generation of capitalism is the workers owning the means of production, or having a stakehold.
We call it mesh or network capitalism.
 
A gig co-op?
Stocksy, an online photo stock site, is an example of start-ups that aim to treat their professionals as owners rather than as freelance labor.
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Your first question is one of the more interesting ones, +Firas Hermez .
My view on this are yes, as one of the keys to productive growth is the individual is always try to replace themselves with someone, or something better. If not, stagnation for the individual and organization follows.
Networked Ownership would have to instill this ethos in the organizational DNA.

Your second paragraph is wonderful as well, as I think it is exactly that greater challenge for which this kind of model is best suited.
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Peak
Blockchain

The hype was awesome.
The reality is radically different.
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http://www.truthcoin.info/blog/limits-of-blockchain/

This article is two years old, with an interesting exchange with the author and Vitalik Buterin (among others).
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Schrodinger's
Hierarchy

Most interesting.
Via +John Foster 
But in a modern workplace, people have less-defined jobs and move laterally from project to project, said Deloitte's Josh Bersin, who worked on the study. "We're now operating businesses as networks of teams," he said. Companies that haven't already made this shift are thinking about it—92 percent of those surveyed cited organizational redesign as the top priority.
A majority of organizations have ditched top-down management for a network of teams, a new study finds.
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... and the Thesis of the - Hedonistically - non desirable CEO role could tend to improve the spontaneous organization of the system by Consensual and shareable Effective Values of Production on the dynamic agents/elements from the Organization ...

Then, What drives the Organization is its Potential to Create Integrated Common Value by the Real-time Dynamics from Its elements and not some sort of Cult Of Personality(ies) around a "Totem" that will tends to produce some non transparent competences between non transparent "Totems" and non identifiable "Totems" threatening the Totemic Endeavors ( The Market non Based on Creation of Value on The Service and The Human Excellence ... instead, The Market based on the Hedonistic satisfaction of "The King" and the Pretenders ...)

... Cults of Personalities will not send The Human Specie beyond the Human sphere into a Cosmic Reality and The Truths that are already transcending Our Human Condition ...

... and If We - as humans - desire to expand the boundaries and the limitations imposed by Nature , The Common Objectives must to be aligned on Values of Universal Realities and its related Truths ...

... Conditioned Inertial Apes on paths for local extinction and/or Integrated Humans finding their meaning on the Cosmos ?? ...

Those are the choices ...
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Remembering "The Death of Distance"
And The Rise of The Digital Nomads

Geography still matters.

Free mass communication works well for spreading hate and fear, but when it comes to getting work done, and being part of the action, living in proximity is the choices we mostly make.

Via +John Hagel 
Tech seems to have abolished distance: people are increasingly connected and communication is cheaper than it’s ever been. Armed with an…
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Beauty
Is In The Beholder Of The Eyes

“It’s extremely beautiful just to look at these patterns,” he said. “We were kind of captured by the beauty, and had, purely out of curiosity, the desire to understand the patterns better.” He and his collaborators also hoped to figure out the patterns’ function, and how they were generated. He didn’t know then that these same questions were being asked in numerous other contexts, or that he had found the first biological manifestation of a type of hidden order that has also turned up all over mathematics and physics.

Via +Giorgio Bertini 
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I was trying to unpack the information. Does this mean that the cone and rod distribution pretty much follows the mathmatical concept of Magic Squares? Seems like it would be pretty interesting to figure out what the underlying algorithms are for this distribution? You could apply this to create better cameras or ultimately make edits using crisper on human DNA to catch-up on 170 million years of evolution.
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Dealing With Complexity

This is refreshingly straightforward.
I'll add, knowing how to differentiate between complicated and complex is a necessary skill.
Via +Jeffrey J Davis 
You aren’t doing much if you don’t grapple with uncertainty. Complex issues have many solutions. Thinking otherwise closes minds. Closed minds damage organizations and limit leaders. Av…
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"Closed minds damage organizations and limit leaders." Thanks +Gregory Esau +Jeffrey J Davis I will re-share.

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The Three Ps
And Learning from Failure

Anyone can start a business. Remarkably few can do it successfully.

Bill Gates once said that “It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

It doesn’t matter if it is an tech-related problem that involves making an app or a piece of software; or a local environmental problem where you solve California’s water crisis; or a global problem as to finding a cure for cancer. As long as you have a balanced amount of obsession, a fantastic diverse interdisciplinary team coupled with great execution of your ideas and a great problem to solve – you will be successful. Just as importantly, to add to this mix, you will also always need the three Ps – Passion, Patience and Perseverance.

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Developing a deep and broad understanding of the problem you're solving, and/or the value you are creating.
Not working closely enough with whole support your goods/services is a direct relationship to a lack of understanding.
Entrepreneurs should think things through before taking on a new venture.
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Is The Billion Dollar Brand
Stll A Business Model

Probably. New entrants to specific markets are chipping away though.
Others are gloomier. EY, a consultancy, recently surveyed CPG executives. Eight in ten doubted their company could adapt to customer demand. Kristina Rogers of EY posits that firms may need to rethink their business, not just trim costs and sign deals. “Is the billion-dollar brand,” she wonders, “still a robust model?”

Via +John Hagel 
Smaller rivals are assaulting the world’s biggest brands
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Blockchain
And The Enterprise

There was a period, for about six months (or less) back in the fall of 2014 where the lofty thought of the blockchain technology had a whisper of hope of disrupting (lol) the status quo.
That's not going to happen now. Not that this piece was any kind of definitive indication of that, but rather the more sober realization that enterprise applications will predominate.

That's one angle, the other is the idea of self-organization amongst the masses is almost laughable. We're incapable. Technology can not solve that.
There will be diversity, a somewhat more "leveling" of the strata, through the worlds of small business. Community platforms will offer hope to those with the skills and philosophy.
But lets not get caught up in any delusions of the end of capitalism, and the rise of some new kind of "decentralized power".
We had the chance in 1995, and completely missed the mark by a ridiculously wide margin. 2015 offered another kick at the cat, we've missed that too. Such is the fate of the masses.

IBM’s new service lets supply chain customers build and test blockchains in a secure cloud using a version of the company’s LinuxOne system. The service is aimed at companies that need to track high-value items through complex supply chains.
IBM’s new service will help companies test online ledger technology to track high-value goods as they move through supply chains
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Anti-Fragile?
How Resilient Are Our Systems?

This isn't about cascade failure.
With the advent of Stuxnet, the weapons of mass destruction no longer need bombs to disable a nation's infrastructure.
Technology is also likely to be at the center of the next major geopolitical battle. The anti-immigration, anti-one percent, anti-capitalism and anti-everything else we’re seeing right now isn’t just going to go away in a society where people feel their voices are not being heard. They’re going to continue to try to affect change, and increasingly, they will rely on technology. And it’s that same technology that is likely to ensure that all future wars bear little resemblance to previous ones.

Via +Nick Benik 
It’s a battle unlike any we’ve ever seen before.
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Very thought provoking, +Nadine Hack .
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Autonomous
Bureaucracy?

I've never been a fan of "Holacracy". I like "Teal" better, but not by much. (I am trying to like Teal, but it's a struggle).
Maybe because I am the consummate outsider. I get that at some point the informal needs to be formalized somehow, yet......yet...dogma is hard to avoid.

I favour the ad hoc learning approach as individuals and loose collectives, while understanding formalized organizations with their spectrums of bureaucracies would find that difficult.

The challenge is, and always, understanding the principles of distributed (decentralized?) networked style organizations, bureaucracies, and power. For me, I'm not so much worried about bureaucracy (those crossers of Ts and dotters of Is that are a necessary functionality of business) as I am about fiefdoms and silos, that concentrate power at the expense of the organization's ability to move adaptively through the landscape.

I've used the surgery metaphor often, so I'll highlight it here from the article:
While there’s much to learn from these and other vanguards, any bureaucracy-bound organization that wants to overhaul its management model will have to invent its own map. The challenge is not unlike that faced by the first surgeons who attempted to transplant human organs: the stakes were high and the protocols few.

This is very useful for understanding what's necessary more than "Holacracies" and "Teals": Explorers.
New maps, new ways of seeing the territory, new ways of seeing your people, along with new ways of comprehending new value creation (bureaucracies emerge to manage established value exploitation [AKA Rainforests and Plantations]) in this new(-ish) world Products as a Service and all the Grand Etcetera that entails.
We'll leave aside for now the spectrum of "mass customisation" to "luxury customisation".
Only emergent, collaborative, and iterative approaches will.
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