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Deep Data: a more ethical and transparent form of Big Data?

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The real problem of big data is that we are increasingly outsourcing our capacity to sense and think to algorithms programmed into machines. While this seems very convenient and cool at first and offers access to services that many of us want, it also raises a question about who actually owns big data, about the rights of individuals and citizens to own their personal data and to exercise choices regarding its use.
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Deep data is used to make people and communities see themselves. Deep data functions like a mirror: it makes you see yourself--both as an individual and as a community. Over the past twenty years of my professional life I have been helping teams and organizations go through processes of profound innovation and transformative change across sectors and cultures. The one thing that I have learned from all these projects is that the key to transformative change is to make the system see itself. That's why deep data matters. It matters to the future of our institutions, our societies, and our planet.
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But what happens today with big data often is the opposite: big data is used to manipulate our behavior, to bombard us with commercials that we never asked for. Surface big data is used to outsource human thinking to algorithms, to reduce our level of awareness inside the boundaries of habitual thought.  Deep data, if developed and cultivated in the right way, could help us to enhance the level of awareness and consciousness and to change the system by shifting the consciousness of stakeholders in that system from ego-system awareness (awareness of my own silo) to eco-system awareness (awareness of the whole).

#PositiveLocalImpact   #DriveInnovation   #Globalisation   #HumanResources   #BigData   #Transparency   #Wellbeing  
The journey from science 1.0 to 2.0 is a journey of bending the beam of scientific observation back onto the observing self--both individually and collectively. #nemetics This is a nemetical approach to deep sensing.
From Big Data to Deep Data
From Big Data to Deep Data
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Our postnormal times

An excellent overview of our "postnormal times" written in 2010 by Ziauddin Sardar, a London-based scholar called "Britain's own Muslim polymath" by The Independent newspaper. In these times of ours the power to #AnticipateChange  is essential, but also extremely difficult.

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All that was ‘normal’ has now evaporated; we have entered postnormal times, the in between period where old orthodoxies are dying, new ones have not yet emerged, and nothing really makes sense. To have any notion of a viable future, we must grasp the significance of this period of transition which is characterized by three c’s: complexity, chaos and contradictions. These forces propel and sustain postnormal times leading to uncertainty and different types of ignorance that make decision-making problematic and increase risks to individuals, society and the planet.  / #DecisionMaking  
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Welcome to postnormal times. It’s a time when little out there can be trusted or gives us confidence. The espiritu del tiempo, the spirit of our age, is characterised by uncertainty, rapid change, realignment of power, upheaval and chaotic behaviour. We live in an in-between period where old orthodoxies are dying, new ones have yet to be born, and very few things seem to make sense.  / #TodaysChallenges   #BlackSwanEvents  
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...globalisation enhances complexity not simply by making us interdependent but also by increasing our interconnections. In a globalised world, everything is connected to everything else. / #Globalisation  
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We are more connected and interconnected than any other time in history. The entire globe is a network criss-crossed by networks of individuals, groups, communities, institutions constantly connected to each other by e-mails, e-lists, internet newsgroups, mobile phones, text, video conferencing, blogs, twitter, facebook, myspace, interactive digital television and 24-h news broadcasts. There is hardly a place in the world where we can be alone. The mobile phone in your pocket tells those who want to know exactly where you are and enables you to communicate with any one at any time (almost) anywhere. More and more, communication is becoming instant, all encompassing, and ever present. Indeed, it seems that nowadays we do not communicate to live; but live to communicate. / #Social   #Mobile  
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It is now fashionable to argue that we are going through unprecedented change. Things have\always changed but they have not changed with the accelerating pace we are witnessing nowadays. Take, for example, information technology, which doubles its power, as measured in price, performance and bandwidth capacity, every year. In 25 years, it would have multiplied by a factor of a billion as we move from transistors to more powerful technologies such as nanotechnology or molecular computing.  / #InformationTechnology   #FutureTechnologies  
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In postnormal conditions, flexibility, adaptation and sensitivity to markedly different initial conditions require that we develop our ethical acuity to increase the diversity of our response. We are not looking for one solution but many alternatives which create positive feedback and momentum for common principles. Such an approach demands new thinking, effort and participation by everyone. / #Storytelling  

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Anticipatory Management: Tools for Better Decision Making

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One way to understand what's going on outside the organization and use that understanding to make better decisions and plans is to follow the Anticipatory Management Decision Process Model (Figure 1). This "outside-in" intelligence flow chart has been used with great success in a variety of corporate settings. / #DecisionMaking  
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The first step is to identify emerging issues before they strike, much like earthquake forecasters scan fault lines for signs of abnormal activity. Because significant issues may emerge from unexpected places, it is important to scan the macroenvironment for social, technological, economic, environmental, and political developments. / #AnticipateChange   #BlackSwanEvents   

Anything can happen in any of these sectors to change the future, such as an oil embargo, a wave of immigration, or a new zoning ordinance. Trends and events converge to create issues, such as environmental protection, product liability, energy availability, and technostress. / #Globalisation  

A signal may be a demographic trend, such as a "baby bust," which may mean a severe dearth of entry-level workers in the future, or an environmental trend, such as a buildup of greenhouse gases, which portends global warming. As signals like these get louder, your action options narrow and your potential liabilities increase. Therefore, the sooner you can identify emerging issues, the more options you will have. You can use the following tools to identify emerging issues and where they are in their life cycle: / #Demographics  

Scanning, monitoring, and forecasting. Scanning identifies signals of change and monitoring follows these signals. [...] Next comes forecasting, which estimates the duration, direction, acceleration, and amplitude of the signals.

Challenging assumptions. We all have certain assumptions about our organization and the world. These assumptions develop over time and become filters, keeping out information that doesn't fit. For example, members of a school board may believe that "the Internet is just a fad." A few of the critical implicit assumptions held by the U.S. automobile industry in the 1970s included: "The American car market is isolated from the rest of the world," "Energy will always be cheap and abundant," and "The consumer movement does not represent the concerns of a significant portion of the American public." By the mid-1970s, such assumptions were beginning to lose their validity, but it took the Big Three 20 years to recognize it. That school board could face a similar lesson regarding the Internet.

Conducting issue vulnerability audits. What are the subtle, overlooked opportunities or threats that fall outside your organization's normal sphere of activity? Audit your organization's vulnerability to change and disruption that may result from new competitors, new regulations, special-interest-group initiatives, scientific discoveries, or media disclosures. Such an audit will increase your awareness of and sensitivity to external forces. It can assist you in surfacing strategic issues before they become critical and your opportunities for acting are constrained. 

Writing scenarios. The purpose of scenarios is to illuminate uncertainty. Scenarios help determine the ramifications of an issue's development along several alternative paths, which enables you to examine an issue's implications over time.

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London calling: U.K. pulls in record investments — led by U.S. investors

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Research by UK Trade & Investment has revealed that 1,773 projects were established using ‘inward investment’ in 2013/14 – a rise of 14% on the previous year.

The investment created over 65,000 jobs, which is the highest total since 2001.
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The U.K. was the largest recipient of investment in Europe. Almost 20 percent of all capital investments destined for Europe was U.K. bound.
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While London has been the main benefactor of foreign investment, the UKTI report shows that the benefits are spread throughout the U.K.

England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland all recorded increases in the number of investment projects landing and new jobs created.

#UK   #Globalisation   #Entrepreneurs  

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Value nets: 21C #SupplyChain
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=872787

Citation: A value net is a dynamic network of customer/supplier partnerships and information flows. It is activated by real customer demand and is capable of responding rapidly and reliably to customer preferences. A value net is so named because it creates value for all of its participants – company, suppliers, and customers – and because these participants operate within a collaborative, digitally linked network.

For companies that design their businesses around it, a value net is a practical strategy for providing what so many Internet-age consumers and business customers now demand: customized products, fast order fulfillment, and products bundled with services they value. Customers’ expectations are growing relentlessly, fueled by the Internet’s “click it and get it” proposition in industries as diverse as prescription drugs, custom-built furniture, pick-your-tunes music, and home-delivered groceries. Yet the performance of many companies, both dot-com start-ups and traditional incumbents alike, falls far short of expectations.

The problem lies in the traditional supply chain. Being linear, slow, and rigid, the supply chain can only guess at customer demand and then attempt to satisfy it with standardized products and average service. Materials move sequentially down the chain, where hand-offs, bottlenecks, and buffer stocks are commonplace. Information moves erratically, and customers are seldom in the loop. Speed and performance improvements are possible within this rigid, sequential system, but only at the margins. And because they are driven by forecasted demand, not real demand, inventories build up at every link in the chain (see Exhibit 2).
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A value net unlocks this rusty old supply chain. Based on a 1999 Mercer Management Consulting study of 30 companies in North America, Europe, and Asia, we find that value net companies share five characteristics:

(1) Customer-aligned. Customer choice triggers sourcing, building, and delivery activities within the company and its supplier network.
(2) Collaborative. Companies engage suppliers and customers in networks of value-creating relationships. Each activity is assigned to the partner best able to perform it.
(3) Agile and scalable. Responsiveness to change is assured through flexible production, distribution, and information flows. Brick-and-mortar restraints and capital requirements are minimized. By design, the enterprise can easily be scaled to meet shifts in demand.
(4) Fast flow. Order-to-delivery cycles are compressed. Inventories are negligible. Delivery dates are extremely reliable. The finished-goods stock room is an express delivery truck.
(5) Digital. Information systems form the neural backbone of the net, connecting customers, suppliers, and value-adding activities.

#Collaboration   #Partnerships   #Globalisation   #BusinessIntelligence   #BuildResilience   #Retail  

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Global flows have reached previously unimagined levels

Citation: Flows of goods, services, and finance reached $26 trillion in 2012, or 36 percent of global GDP, 1.5 times the level in 1990. _
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Our scenarios show that global flows could reach $54 trillion to $85 trillion by 2025, more than double or triple their current scale.
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The network of global flows is expanding rapidly as emerging economies join in. Rising incomes in the developing world are creating enormous new centers of consumer demand, global production, and commodities trade, as well as sending more people across borders for business and leisure. Existing routes of flows are broadening and deepening and new ones emerging as more countries participate. Developing economies now account for 38 percent of global flows, nearly triple their share in 1990. South–South goods flows between developing countries have grown from roughly $200 billion (6 percent of goods flows) in 1990 to $4.2 trillion (24 percent) in 2012. 
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But today, digital technologies enable even the smallest company or solo entrepreneur to be a “micromultinational,” selling and sourcing products, services, and ideas across borders. Individuals can work remotely through online platforms, creating a virtual people flow. Microfinance platforms enable entrepreneurs and social innovators to raise money globally in ever-smaller amounts.

#Globalisation   #Entrepreneurs  

Thanks to +Michael Josefowicz and +TINI (The International Nemetics Institute) for the find.

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The Disruption Debate - What's Missing?

John Hagel steps beyond the debate between Lepore and Christensen to offer us a broader view of #DisruptiveInnovation .

Citation: We all know the iconic cases of disruption casualties, including such large and well-known leaders as Kodak, Borders, Digital Equipment Corporation. But those are just the tip of the iceberg. There’s mounting evidence that disruption is spreading.

Re: #AnticipateChange   
One of the issues with a case study approach is that it obscures the more fundamental and systemic trends and patterns that are playing out around us. When we pull back from individual stories and scan the world around us, it becomes clear that something very profound is happening - and it's largely escaped notice.
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Re: #MarketIntelligence  
As Joseph Schumpeter famously observed, markets are a powerful engine for "creative destruction" - they invite competitors with a better idea or a better approach to come in and challenge incumbents. It happens all the time. But the key question on the table from this more systemic view of disruption is: why is it increasing so dramatically over a long period of decades?
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Re: #FutureTechnologies  
This exponentially improving digital technology is spilling over into adjacent technologies, catalyzing similar waves of disruption in diverse arenas like 3D printing of physical objects, biosynthesis of living tissue, robotics and automobiles, just to name a few. The advent of exponentially improving technologies in an expanding array of markets and industries only increases the potential for disruption. We’ve explored this expansion of exponential technologies in a working paper here. http://goo.gl/2jwDbX

Re: #Globalisation  
And this is just one of the forces at work.  There’s a second force at work as well – a long-term shift in public policy on a global basis towards freer movement of people, goods, money and ideas across geographic and industry boundaries.  Certainly this has unfolded at a different pace in different geographies and industries, but if one steps back and looks at the period from World War II to today, the trend is clear and significant.

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Forces of History: Between hierarchies and networks
Read in full: www.the-american-interest.com/articles/2014/06/09/networks-and-hierarchies/

Author Niall Ferguson asks, Has political hierarchy in the form of the state met its match in today’s networked world? / #AnticipateChange   #CentralGovernment   #Globalisation  

In this piece, Ferguson sets the scene with Fritz Lang’s silent movie classic Metropolis (1927), -- "modernity mythologized" in that it transcends the political ideologies of the mid-20th century. http://youtu.be/7j8Ba9rWhUg

Citation Re:   #DisruptiveInnovation  
"To all the world’s states, democratic and undemocratic alike, the new informational, commercial, and social networks of the internet age pose a profound challenge, the scale of which is only gradually becoming apparent. First email achieved a dramatic improvement in the ability of ordinary citizens to communicate with one another. Then the internet came to have an even greater impact on the ability of citizens to access information. The emergence of search engines marked a quantum leap in this process. The advent of laptops, smartphones, and other portable devices then emancipated electronic communication from the desktop. With the explosive growth of social networks came another great leap, this time in the ability of citizens to share information and ideas."
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"The PC has empowered the individual the way the book did after the 15th-century breakthrough in printing. Indeed, the trajectories for the production and price of PCs in the United States between 1977 and 2004 are remarkably similar to the trajectories for the production and price of printed books in England from 1490 to 1630. The differences are that our networking revolution is much faster and that it is global." / #BlackSwanEvents  

Re: #DriveInnovation  
"Note that the environment is not wholly a given; it can be shaped by, as well as shape, humanity. It may well be that, in the foreseeable future, our species’ impact on the earth’s climate will become the dominant driver of history, but that is not yet the case. For now, the interactions of networks and hierarchies are more important. Networks are not planned by a single authority; they are the main source of innovation but are relatively fragile. Hierarchies exist primarily because of economies of scale and scope, beginning with the imperative of self-defense. To that end, but for other reasons too, hierarchies seek to exploit the positive externalities of networks. States need networks, for no political hierarchy, no matter how powerful, can plan all the clever things that networks spontaneously generate. But if the hierarchy comes to control the networks so much as to compromise their benign self-organizing capacities, then innovation is bound to wane."

Ferguson points to the efforts of Anonymous, Wikileaks and Edward Snowden as disrupting the system of official secrecy. / #Transparency  

He gives a nod to #bitcoin , wondering, "how big a challenge Bitcoin poses to the system of national fiat currencies that has evolved since the 1970s and, in particular, how big a challenge it poses to the “exorbitant privilege” enjoyed by the United States as the issuer of the world’s dominant reserve (and transaction) currency." #USA

Re:   #Debt
"Most economists nevertheless take for granted the U.S. government’s ability to print its own currency without limit. Many assume that this offers some relatively easy way out of trouble if rising interest rates threaten to make debt service intolerably burdensome. But this assumption may be wrong."

He suggests that the course of history can be thought of as "the net result of human interactions along four axes."
The first of these is .time.
The second is nature.
The third is networks.
And the fourth is hierarchies.

He provides historical examples that reveal the interplay of these four axes in the whole piece worth reading.

Re: #TodaysChallenges   #Transparency  
"The challenge these new networks pose to established hierarchies is threefold. First, they vastly increase the volume of information to which citizens can have access, as well as the speed with which they can have access to it. Second, they empower individual citizens to publicize things that might otherwise remain secret or known only to a few. Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg did the same thing by making public classified documents, but Snowden has already revealed much more than Ellsberg and to vastly more people, while Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has far out-scooped Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward (even if he has not yet helped to bring down an American President). Third, and perhaps most importantly, the networks expose by their very performance the inefficiency of hierarchical government."

Re: #Social  
"Most people do not go online to participate in flash mobs. Most women seem to prefer shopping and gossiping; most men prefer sports and pornography. All those neural quirks produced by evolution make us complete suckers for the cascading stimuli of tweets, Instagrams, and Facebook pokes from members of our electronic kinship group. The networks cater to our solipsism (selfies), our short attention spans (140 characters), and our seemingly insatiable appetite for 'news' about 'celebrities.'"
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"Today, the combination of technological innovation and international economic integration has created entirely new forms of organization—vast, privately owned networks—that were scarcely dreamt of by Keynes and Kennan. We must ask ourselves: Are these new networks really emancipating us from the tyranny of the hierarchical empire-states? Or will the hierarchies ultimately take over the networks as they did a century ago, in 1914, successfully subordinating them to the priorities of the national security state?" / #Security  

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Ex-CIA spy calls for an open source revolution
a  re-invention of intelligence to re-engineer Earth

Citation: In 1992, despite opposition from the CIA, [Steele] obtained Marine Corps permission to organise a landmark international conference on open source intelligence – the paradigm of deriving information to support policy decisions not through secret activities, but from open public sources available to all. The conference was such a success it brought in over 620 attendees from the intelligence world.
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Last month, Steele presented a startling paper at the Libtech conference in New York, sponsored by the Internet Society and Reclaim. Drawing on principles set out in his latest book, The Open-Source Everything Manifesto: Transparency, Truth and Trust, he told the audience that all the major preconditions for revolution – set out in his 1976 graduate thesis – were now present in the United States and Britain. 
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The goal, he concludes, is to reject:

"... concentrated illicitly aggregated and largely phantom wealth in favor of community wealth defined by community knowledge, community sharing of information, and community definition of truth derived in transparency and authenticity, the latter being the ultimate arbiter of shared wealth." / #Analytics  
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"Properly educated people always appreciate holistic approaches to any challenge. This means that they understand both cause and effect, and intertwined complexities," he said. "A major part of our problem in the public policy arena is the decline in intelligence with integrity among key politicians and staff at the same time that think tanks and universities and non-governmental organisations have also suffered a similar intellectual diminishment. / #CentralGovernment   #Education   #HumanResources  
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Re: #BlackSwanEvents  
Steele: "I see five major overlapping threats on the immediate horizon," he continues. "They are all related: the collapse of complex societies, the acceleration of the Earth's demise with changes that used to take 10,000 years now taking three or less, predatory or shock capitalism and financial crime out of the City of London and Wall Street, and political corruption at scale, to include the west supporting 42 of 44 dictators. We are close to multiple mass catastrophes." 
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"The public will endure great repression, especially when most media outlets and schools are actively aiding the repressive meme of 'you are helpless, this is the order of things.' When we have a scandal so powerful that it cannot be ignored by the average Briton or American, we will have a revolution that overturns the corrupt political systems in both countries, and perhaps puts many banks out of business. Vaclav Havel calls this 'The Power of the Powerless.' One spark, one massive fire." / #USA   #UK  
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"Secrecy enables corruption. So also does an inattentive public enable corruption." / #Social  
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"What we need is a system that fully accounts for all costs. Whether we call that capitalism or not is irrelevant to me. But doing so would fundamentally transform the dynamic of present day capitalism, by making capital open source." / #OpenStandards  

Re: #Transparency  
"Open government demands open cloud and open spectrum, or money will dominate feeds and speeds." / #Cloud  
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Open source everything pretty much undermines everything the national security state stands for. Why bother even asking vice president Biden to consider it? "The national security state is rooted in secrecy as a means of avoiding accountability." 
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"The whole point of Open Source Everything is to restore public agency. Open Source is the only form of information and information technology that is affordable to the majority, interoperable across all boundaries, and rapidly scalable from local to global without the curse of overhead that proprietary corporations impose." / #OpenStandards   #Globalisation  
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Re: #AnticipateChange  / #Storytelling  
The national security state works for the City of London and Wall Street – both are about to be toppled by a combination of Eastern alternative banking and alternative international development capabilities, and individuals who recognise that they have the power to pull their money out of the banks and not buy the consumer goods that subsidise corruption and the concentration of wealth. The opportunity to take back the commons for the benefit of humanity as a whole is open – here and now."
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For Steele, the open source revolution is inevitable, simply because the demise of the system presided over by the 1% cannot be stopped – and because the alternatives to reclaiming the commons are too dismal to contemplate. We have no choice but to step up.

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Number of graduates from UK institutions employed by subject

Helpful research on the #Demographics  of #Education  in the #EU  and #UK . There's some especially useful data here for understanding the #Globalisation  of #HumanResources .

Posted by +Dan Durrant 

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