Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The Starfish and the Spider - The Unstoppable power of leaderless organisations

I had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Ori Brafman the co-author of this book give a PPT presentation of the key concepts of their book. It was also interesting to learn that Tom Barnett was instrumental in helping Ori get connected with his book agent - small world indeed.

I am hopeful I can persuade Ori to upload his presentation to Slideshare so that it can be shared with others who were not present for his talk. If that can be done, I will post it here and provided key exccerpts.

The more I think of the use of slideshare, the more it appeals to me as providing great microcontent leverage for remixing and personal "casting"

Tom Barnett's first best seller, The Pentagon's New Map was greatly influenced by Tom's PPT briefings at the Naval War College and the Pentagon. Perhaps they are still available for sharing on

This is a great read for anyone interested in the Network effects of " leaderless organisations" Click here to buy it : The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations: Books: Ori Brafman,Rod Beckstrom


Anonymous said...

Ed M said...

There is something missing with Slideshare and that is the rest of the presentation. I can go through someone's slides and get some picture of what they are trying to convey but this is a limited picture. Adding the audio recording would be adding a lot of information that is not conveyed with just bullet points.

This problem of missing information also applies to video recordings that leave out the slides. An example of this is Howard Rheingold's speech at the Networks Publics seminar held at the Annenberg Center for Communication. Here is a world renowned expert in communication giving a wonderful lecture about communication at the Annenberg Center for Communication but the video is poorly communicating that. This is because I can't see his slides. Some simple post-production video editing and some web embedded video publishing tools like a video/Slideshare mashup would make this an example of good communication. (Note also in this case, the video should probably be presented in a side-by-sie view with the video since his "slides" are kind-of background material. This is compared to the more widely used slide presentation style where the post-production video might jump from speaker to slide and back to speaker. Thus requiring only a single window showing the video/slides).

papadavo said...

ed m: I think you are right about the need for a mashup of all the key elements of a valuable presentation, combining the audio, video and presentation slide support. this takes a fair amount of post-production work at the present.

I have been working with the audio archives of the Conversations Network and the images of graphic artists who produce realtime images highlighting the key concepts of a speech. The idea is to "break up" the speeches into snippets or soundbites(tagged, searchable microcontent) and use the graphic as a holistic, pictorial user interface to the full speech.

The reason I like Slidehare is that it provides an automatic microcontent "segmenter" that makes possible the selection of key microcontent from the presentation which I can use in the same way Ihave described the graphic user interface to speeches described above.

I am searching for tools that will make the postproduction and user interface process easier - and intend to incorporate all media - audio, video, slides and graphics - where there are available.

I will try to get all the elements of Howard Rheingold's speech mashed together, if I can combine them and will post on this process when I have get something to show you.

In an attention scarce "marketplace" I am trying to find ways to provide user shortcuts to reduce the time necessary to understand the key elements of a valuable presentation in order to help users decide which multimedia presentations they wish to put intheir playlist, and at the same time, offer a quick user's guide to the full text and all media elements of the presentation.

Thanks for your comments

Ed M said...

papadavo: One tool that immediately comes to mind is PodZinger. This tool can be used for searching audio recordings. And example of this tool on work can be found at Rocketboom; try searching for the term "social"

There are other tools out there for post-production work and web deployment/presentation. A good resource for people interested in tools, techniques, etc. is PodCamp. From their website "PodCamp is a FREE BarCamp-style meetup for podcasters and listeners, bloggers and readers, and new media types of all stripes."

Dave, you will find there will be a PodCamp held next weekend in San Francisco. I highly suggest you attend if you get a chance. I attended the first PodCamp in Boston and coincidently I had many conversations about the idea of presenting media snippets to attract viewers to a audio/video piece, due to the over saturation in our viewers. Then once you provided that draw you can provide the full version to give them all the information.



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