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Ross Dawson
Futurist, Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker, Author and contributor to global brain. Always exploring new things.
Futurist, Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker, Author and contributor to global brain. Always exploring new things.

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Just a reminder that I'm no longer using this G+ account, so if you're interested please move over to my new one! :-)

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Very nice synthesis indeed! Autopoiesis at the heart of living systems. Thanks John.
Collaborative Sensemaking: Knowledge

The 21st C Optimization Challenge
"What if we designed tools and frameworks that enabled us to find a combination of shared narratives and progress that would yield optimal conviviality and thrivability?"
-- +John Kellden 

Shared and shareable narratives with inherent generativity and conviviality momentum. Knowledge is often shared through story and (inside) narrative.

Sufficiently rich, diverse and interdependent data sets enabling multiple pathways through a fitness space. Knowledge can sometimes be captured, represented and shared through data, or, rather, curated sets of data.

Intersections of Story and Data
Optimally, three outcomes coexisting in a living dynamic balance:
1. Autopoiesis and autopoietic lift - +Ross Dawson
2. Reinforcing loops, ie, progress, eg answering +Kevin Kelly's question:
"What does technology want?"
3. Control loops, ie, convexity, antifragility, resilience, infinite games, serious play, play-sense-respond, OODA, CECA, option theory, cybernetics, homeostasis...
3.1. Closing Loops
3.2. 21st C Innovation - adding new loops.

Optimization and Convexity
"At the same conference, however, MIT Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Pablo Parrilo and his graduate student Amir Ali Ahmadi, two of the first paper’s four authors, showed that in many cases, a property that can be determined efficiently, known as sum-of-squares convexity, is a viable substitute for convexity. Moreover, they provide an algorithm for determining whether an arbitrary function has that property."

All Together Now
To be able to learn how to understand these new intersections, let alone find new equilibria, whether local minima or converging around convexity, requires a new set of tools and frameworks, designed to accomodate three logical levels: data, sensemaking (collaborative, abductive, evolving, ...) and narrative.

Contextual Intelligence as one of the deliverables
Joseph Nye: Contextual Intelligence
"Contextual intelligence, a long-standing strength of leaders and organizations. Missing from Nye's take? Narrative and how story transforms circumstance. Hugely important, if not critical, to intrinsic and extrinsic value creation, and perspectives rooted in archetype (referring specifically to the Churchill example)."
-- +Gunther Sonnenfeld

Collaborative Sensemaking, part 80: Situational Leadership

"If you combine situational leadership with collaborative sensemaking you get contextual intelligence."
-- +John Kellden 

21st C: A reweaving of multiple guiding narratives
Power is deeply interwoven with needs of control, with desire to influence, with the will and ambition to reach certain goals, with choices. Our old hierarchical notions of power, our power narratives - eg finance and politics, are in need of an update. They need to be redesigned to make better sense, given the rapid evolution and change emerging from distributed agency, awareness, technology and the social sphere, combined with a growing collective realization of us being part of the larger weave of the planet.

+ConversationLab Leadership Tea House Sequence:
Situational leadership literacies and practices
1. Defining
The ability of a leader or a group having power, to define the purpose for a larger group, and being able to influence this larger group to agree with the merit and meaning of the purpose.
2. Enabling
The ability of a leader to enable the larger group to engage, commit and act towards achieving this purpose.
3. Aligning
The ability of a leader to align the individual and collective actions.
4. Constraining
The ability of a leader to say yes and to say no, to make decisions weighing together all of the above with an eye of charting a path towards achieving the purpose.
5. Transforming
The ability of a leader to listen to the larger group, towards shared understanding when to start, when to continue and when to let go.

Nodes, Edges & Holons as building blocks of contextual intelligence
The above five dimensions builds on existing theories of leadership, power, decisionmaking and sensemaking, and are written from a point of view of being meaningful and useful in a social, networked, interdependent context.

Convivial rhizomes, meshworks, leadingship, narratives plural
Situational leadership if you will. The structure around these five dimensions of power, I see as being holarchic. The situational dimension is what informs a leader when to lead, when to follow and when to get the hell out of the way and allow for self-organizing.

+Dan R.D.:
Autopoietic Knowledge
One better-developed explanation is that of von Krogh et al. (1996), who described knowledge in terms of autopoietic (self-making or self-organizing) systems. In their view, “components of [an] autopoietic system are used to produce new components and their relations so as to recreate the system” (p. 161).


Thus no exchange with a system environment is required; knowledge is reproduced within the organization itself as “members reach agreement on interpretations of their individual and shared common experiences” (p. 170) through what is called “languaging,” the making, sharing, and social negotiation of distinctions.

The concept of autopoiesis suggests that knowledge simply happens, that the elements within a system somehow fashion themselves into new wholes, which either recreate–sustain the system or adapt to changes in an environment.

Knowledge travels on language
On the one hand, knowledge itself can be thought of in these terms as a “complex self-organizing system which needs [the] right environment to support its growth” (Allee, 1997). But if the right environment is required for self-organization, what constitutes the system? What are the parts and how do they relate? How does their relationship cause new knowledge to come to be? Allee responded only with suggestions, such as knowledge is messy, contextualized, seeks community, and travels on language.

 Rowland G.  Educational Technology Research and Development, ISSN 1042-1629, 01/2004, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp. 33 - 48

Image source: +Marc Ngui

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A vision needs to be something that people can ‘see’ in a way that makes them want to move towards it.

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Airbnb's operational success can be traced to a three-pronged strategy: Creation for the supply side; focus the behaviors on the demand side; and architecting a strong curation system. Brilliant!

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Giving numerical values to future economic or market data can easily shut down useful thinking about the reality of uncertainty and the range of possibilities that may transpire.

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This is a great way to provide legal representation to those who would normally not be able to afford it.  Hopefully it goes mainstream.    

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I am just about to initiate a Google Takeout to merge my Google+ account with my 'real' name and account. This was forced by Google ridiculously launching a product that did not allow people using its Enterprise product to use it.

Anyway, wish me luck - I hope I don't lose any of my network along the way :-/

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InSight aims to help users find their friends and be spotted themselves in busy places like shopping centres, stadiums and airports.

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