Sunday, December 23, 2007

Watch This! The creation of a master muralist!




Take the time to watch Stephanie Crowley, a master graphic interpreter, as she creates this Journey Map mural for the University at Buffalo. Compressing 40 hours into 2.5 minutes via timelapse video is a slick way to present a "state of the art" visioneer. Stephanie hangs out professionally here Welcome!

Click to start the video below and enjoy!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Brainbow-a Hubble telescope for the brain?


Adding Color Untangles the Brain’s Gray Secrets - New York Times

From Stuart Silverstone's link to the New York Times article, a color picture of the brains "tangles"

"I take a view that this is like the Hubble telescope," said Dr. Jeff
Lichtman, a professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard who is
the paper's senior author. "We¹ve never been able to look at the brain this
way before. Why not just start looking and see what we observe?"

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

The Ant Trail - A web research journey using Grazr


I got a query on Facebook from Nancy White about how FB is used by high school and college kids, I remembered that studying teens' use of social networks is Danah Boyd's specialty so I linked to her website, where I found Danah answering Scoble about the condition that I have referred to as Continuous Partial Attention (CPA) or ambient friendship, or AORTA(always on, real time, anywhere)

this post features a use of the Grazr Web Research tool which enables me to "capture" of the Ant Trail by just dragging and dropping links, clips, photos, videos, podcasts from the brower "canvas" to the sidebar.

Shown in the sidebar is the resultant CB widget, which I have called AORTA and which I can edit and embed on any webpage( like this one), and with the widget's Firefox extension, can serve as the AntTrail "collector" as I discovery-surf the web.

This post is really personal exploration and I hope as we launch a ConversationBase version of Grazr in the next few weeks to make good use of the "drag and drop" Web Research the tool offers to bloggers and pass the good news along.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Amazon Kindle Redux - standup comedian Robert Scoble

A bit late but here is Robert's dim view of the Kindle - he actually has one and you will see his trash talk in this 13 minute video. If you don't want to spend 13 minutes watching standup geek comedy - here is Robert's list of the shortcomings of the Kindle.


1. No ability to buy paper goods from Amazon through Kindle.
2. Usability sucks. They didn’t think about how people would hold this device.
3. UI sucks. Menus? Did they hire some out-of-work Microsoft employees?
4. No ability to send electronic goods to anyone else. I know Mike Arrington has one. I wanted to send him a gift through this of Alan Greenspan’s new book. I couldn’t. That’s lame.
5. No social network. Why don’t I have a list of all my friends who also have Kindles and let them see what I’m reading?
6. No touch screen. The iPhone has taught everyone that I’ve shown this to that screens are meant to be touched. Yet we’re stuck with a silly navigation system because the screen isn’t touchable.




Here's what i thought about the Kindle before Scoble blew it up. Pays to wait for the critics.

Thoughts Illustrated: Amazon Kindle - your ideal gift for the readers on your Xmas list

Logic + Emotion: Developing an Experience Strategy in 4 Parts


David is at it again with this crisp review. this couples nicely with the Persuasion Architecture pdf which I read this morning which outlines a similar process in 60 pages. David did it in 1. Who gets the ROA prize today?

Logic Emotion: Developing an Experience Strategy in 4 Parts

Tom Friedman NYT - We are the people we have been waiting for"


Tom Friedman NYT oped links to this heartwarming story:


MIT Vehicle Design Summit 2.0 - Home: "VDS Mission Statement The mission of the Vehicle Design Summit is to catalyze an Energy Space Race: to identify the key characteristics of events like the race to the moon and then transpose this energy, passion, focus and urgency to the multitude of global challenges (and opportunities) facing humanity and the planet in this day and age. To achieve this end, VDS will begin by assembling a global consortium of the world's leading thinkers, dreamers, revolutionaries and change agents to develop the collaborative framework necessary to harness the world's genius, imagination and inspiration. "

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Adobe - Flash on: The fusion of TV and the Internet



Click here Adobe - Flash on to see a powerful interactive mosaic of selected short videos - try the side bar for different genres. This interactive Flash presentation from Adobe offers some really neat ideas for user interfaces to complex video, audio or slide collections.( thanks to Bill Daul of NextNow Collaboratory for the link)

A visual tag cloud? A new way of mapping the social graph? With RSS feeds updating the visualization elements, I could see using this as my live social network dashboard, with the genre sidebar providing a selection of different social net connections based on topic, trust, reputation, recency etc.

Rather than build this visual UI into the OS as Apple has done with their new Leopard visual stack and grid interfaces, this could be a cross platform browser-based UI.

I will talk with Bill Daul to see if we can prototype such an interface.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Amazon Kindle - your ideal gift for the readers on your Xmas list

Amazon "kindles" a new fire in electronic book reading. This 6 minute video shows how you will use this new portable, 10.3ounce, paperback size device. Download your reading library via a wireless connection just like calling on your cell phone. This device and the kindle service will revolutionize the book, magazine,newspaper and blog publishing media space.

It's already sold out at Amazon, so you will have to stand in line to get one for your Xmas list. I want one too.


Amazon.com : Entertainment : A Video Demonstration of Amazon Kindle

Thursday, November 08, 2007

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Defragging the Defrag conference - Dan Farber on Identity disclosure -

Looks like a lot of the key Social Networking folks at the Defrag conference are concerned about the potential Trojan Whores in Open Social APIs. Dan Farber of ZDNet reports on what EstherDyson, Ross Mayfield, Doc Searls and Dick Hardt had to say about user profile protection. Good to see the A List dealing with this problem.
� Defragging identity, disclosures and vendor relationship management | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com


Thanks to Adam Green of Grazr who provided the reading list widget below from the Defrag conference. There's a lot more to Defrag from the Defrag conference than just this one

Monday, November 05, 2007

OpenSocial Trojan Whores? Cisco has an answer


In yesterday's post on OpenSocial, I expressed concern over the potential for personal profile misuse.

In contrast to the potential Trojan Horses of OpenSocial, to provide greater security for users of unified collaboration and communication tools for enterprise, Cisco has announced the acquisition of Securent Cisco Acquires Securent for $100 Million to provide security for enterprise knowledge pools and social networking profile data.

Here is a related reading list from the web today.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Open Social -Trojan Whores?

Open Social hit the net last week and gave google and partners a legup over Facebook in the exploding field of social networking. But the value of the open social networking APIs embodied in Open Social may be nullified by the potential for misuse of open user profiles by OS app developers who could mine the data gathered from OpenSocial profiles for their own purposes without user permission.

Anyone who can provide users a way to prevent application developers from gathering, mining and selling end-user profile, activity and clickstream data without their opt-in permission
could have a killer app.

If you have an hour to waste click on the YouTube video below to view the announcement by google's Vic Gundotra and the first group of OpenSocial Partners.

What's your take on OpenSocial?

Thursday, November 01, 2007

The Outsourced Brain - New York Times


OM! by David Brooks

The Outsourced Brain - New York Times-
"you may wonder if in the process of outsourcing my thinking I am losing my individuality. Not so. My preferences are more narrow and individualistic than ever. It’s merely my autonomy that I’m losing .... Personal information? I’ve externalized it. I’m no longer clear on where I end and my BlackBerry begins."

The entire article is about a 1 minute read -- humor with a really sharp point - you will be glad you did!


Sunday, October 21, 2007

Nokia's twango - multimedia sharing for mobiles



Here's a new media sharing site just acquired by Nokia. Features like flickr, but includes audio and video as well. Twango - Media Sharing and Hosting: Photos, Video, Audio and More

The image is from the twango/google mashup. Twango also features a process for organizing the media in "channels" which can be used for editing and for embedding in blogs or websites.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Innovation-What's Luck got to do with it?



From Erica Driver at Forrester Research - a fine article on how serendipity(LUCK) may be more important than all the other keys to innovation.

Forrester Information and Knowledge Management: Serendipity: A Critical Innovation Success Factor

Here is a clip from Erica's article:

"As part of the run-up to the Business Innovation Factory summit (BIF-3) currently going on in Providence, Rhode Island, attendees participated in an online social network.On the social networking site, the most common one-word answers to the question “What are 5 keys to innovation?” were rolled up into a tag cloud (see figure). Words that rose to the top of the list included creativity, collaboration, and passion.

But as I sit in the back of the theater listening to the storytellers (they each get 15 minutes of stage time to share experiences they’ve had with innovation or to participate in a short interview) I realize we missed something big: serendipity — fed by sheer dumb luck. According to the Merriam Webster online dictionary, serendipity is the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought after. And luck is a force that brings good fortune or adversity, or the events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual."
While I liked Erica's article, I take issue with her characterization of serendipity as "fed by sheer dumb luck". Louis Pasteur is quoted as saying in a lecture in 1854 "Chance favors only the prepared mind". From my own experiences in founding and managing innovative startups, having a prepared mind enabled me to recognize my luck when it knocked on my door.

Erica's article also features a link to Icosystems founder and Chief Scientist Eric Bonabeau whose company applies complex adapative systems technology to help clients prepare their minds - and create their own luck. Might be worth checking Icosytems out to improve your luck. Icosystem Company Overview

Friday, October 12, 2007

fact checking - a 5,000 year error - Lascaux



When I posted yesterday about the Reuters story of the "world's oldest painting" I was reminded by a commentor about Lascaux and the cave paintings which predated the Aleppo paintings by 5,000 years.

It seems that Thoughts Illustrated commenced a lot earlier - in the caves at Lascaux and at Altamira in Spain - 5000 years before the "world's oldest painting"

It amazes me that a person in the blogosphere would care enough to set the record straight and that I could correct the error of the Reuter's "headline" story about the world's oldest painting.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

From 9000 BC - the world's oldest painting?


This 2 square-meter painting, in red, black and white, was found at the Neolithic settlement of Djade al-Mughara on the Euphrates, northeast of the city of Aleppo, team leader Eric Coqueugniot told Reuters.

"It looks like a modernist painting. Some of those who saw it have likened it to work by (Paul) Klee. Through carbon dating we established it is from around 9,000 B.C.," Coqueugniot said.

Looks like thoughts were being illustrated 11,000 years ago. Quite a legacy.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Friday, October 05, 2007

Evolution of Communication: From Email to Twitter and Beyond



This diagram leads a very provocative post by Alex Iskold from Read/Write Web (1) which reinforces my own prior point about Twitter versus Blogger. (2)



(1) http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/evolution_of_communication.php

(2)Thoughts Illustrated: A Brief Message - twitter vs blogger?


Amy Jussel commented to my Twitter post as follows:

"I actually appreciate Twitter's free form spontaneity, and can see how I might use it as almost a "Jott" style app to reach thought leaders under severe time crunches who seem to be living on the short form tools. (David's a case in point, eh?)

That said, your database filtering idea is a 'value-add' that would put it off the charts in my book...

To me, that would be the 'killer app' of relevance that would truly give Twitter the chops to be a 'collective knowledge depository' with value far beyond its current uses as mental floss....
The widget below may just be Amy's "killer app".









Sunday, September 23, 2007

What goes around, comes around!

In the the fall of 1978 I sat in this comfortable Eames lounge chair, and with the same thumb controls that I now have on my laptop, "flew" through the amazing information spaces that Richard Bolt and Nick Negroponte had built at the MIT Architecture Machine Group. A full report on this visionary innovation is contained in the MIT archives as a downloadable pdf. You can get a copy of the full report here. (1) Scroll down until you see this image and select the download.



It is worth reading, since a good deal of the interface designs for the original Macintosh and for Microsoft Windows that followed it came from a visit by Bill Atkinson, a key member of the Macintosh team, to MIT after they had already "JOBBED" the design for the Macintosh from their visits to the ALTOS computer lab at Xerox PARC. A bit of history of the evolution of the PC/MAC user interfaces that is not widely known.

The vision of the SDMS persists today in many of the visual interfaces we use to navigate spatially from an image space we have become familiar with, using the image "map" to orient our deeper dive into the data it "contains".

In my first post on this blog (2) I outlined my thoughts about the combination of image maps with multimedia databases using visual maps as a way to compress the time for searching the the Web. google has delivered a great example in google maps, and we now need a way to do this with "non-geographic" maps.

Here is a visual clip from the SDMS document showing how the guys at MIT visualized the "nested" spaces of their remarkable system.



Today, with the experience of 30 years to guide us, we are able to encapsulate the features MIT envisioned in their SDMS labs in an easy to use , "embeddable" browser widget . We can now re-create their vision with simple user tools for "authoring" nested levels of structure ( Frameworks) like those shown in the image above, linking these Frameworks through continously refreshable, syndicated feeds of information from the vast reaches of the Web.

From the perspective of 30 years of living in the increasingly visual and powerful digital world of computers and communications technologies, and now able to enjoy them through the World Wide Web, I can see that the vision the guys at MIT Architecture Machine Group innovated being made available today to anyone with a laptop and a web browser. ( and with a Safari browser widget for iPhone aficcianados)

I will soon be able to share my frameworks and their related image map widgets with anyone on the web, and better yet, through global conversations, enable anyone who wishes to do so to add the collaborative value of the "wisdom of crowds" to our sharable knowledge by passing these widgets around and adding their own 2 cents worth.

Back to the future!!

(1) Speech Interface Group - Papers

(2) Thoughts Illustrated: TI - first example the thoughts of Doug Engelbart

Friday, September 21, 2007

Too many ripples in the pond?

In a previous post I pointed out David Armano's observations about Social Media Fragmentation which David pictured in the graphic shown below.

Thoughts Illustrated: Multiplicity Anyone? Influence Ripples -Social Media Fragmentation [090307+armano.jpg]


This morning, another "friendly" ripple appeared on my screen suggesting that I view the YouTube Battle at Kruger, an amateur video of a combat between a pride of lions, a herd of buffalo and some really honking crocodiles along a muddy stream bank in Africa. The guy who sent me the link is a friend from the "real world" who intrigued me enough with some trick questions that he included in his email that I just had to view the video.

The video, which I have embedded below, has now been the subject of over 2.5 million hours of viewing time by 17 million viewers, and consumed just as many hours of network bandwidth on YouTube.


I did watch it, out of deference to my friend's recommendation, but it got me to thinking about my ROA( Return on Attention)

In these days where attention is a scarce resource, and our social network "friends" send continuous ripples like this 9 minute video our way, how do we manage to gain some control over the cacophony of the online world and yet maintain our social network relationships. How can we "tune" our receivers to filter out important signals from the overwhelming noise of the Web?

With apologies for dropping another pebble in the pond, the Battle at Kruger is on your screen below:




Monday, September 10, 2007

"filtering on the way out"- David Weinberger

Under the "covers" of Blogger, Picasa has been automatically collecting the images I use in the TI blog. Today I reviewed the 120 images collected by Picasa, giving me a "map of cognition" spanning the illustrations I have used to illuminate my posts over the past 14 months.

The review of this map of cognition was triggered by my attempt to understand a key point in David Weinberger's book Everything is Miscellaneous (my acronym E=M)


Step 1 - above - depicts my review of the Picasa image collection using a drawing by Barcelona sketch artist Joan Mas from her sketch book on GTD which I found last year courtesy of Karen Bennett.


Step2 -From the miscellaneous(but remixable/reconstructable) Thoughts Illustrated image collection in Picasa, I selected the one below also drawn by Joan Mas, which I then linked backThoughts Illustrated: GTD -Because getting organized should be fun.

Now there must be a way to connect the "pipes" of Picasa and Blogger to enable me to grok my TI archives visually - and engage with David in conversation about his filtering concept (p 103 Everything is Miscellaneous - E=M) using images to express my thoughts and to enable this while I am "IN" blogger! ( As of May 3, 2008 this function is not yet enabled and may take a google API hacker to create it)

It would show the power of E= M more effectively if I could make the link to p 103 while I was posting this - and even more effective a "reconstruction" of my TI archive if I could link to this post on CPA automatically.Thoughts Illustrated: The Creative Tension of CPA

I wonder if this RSS-able collection of links could be dragged and dropped onto a Grazr Widget and serve as a conversation "platform" for asking David - what do you mean by that statement? Is my excursion through my own archival material filtering on the way out- or as I am led to conclude - is it like this......?

Step 1 - Panning - Scan the image collection from TI posts
Step 2 - Zooming- Find the Joan Pas image I posted on GTD and Conversation
Step 3 - Linking - Reconstructing from the TI reverse chronological archive ( blogsearch)
Step 4 - Posting - Creating this new blog post - starting the conversation
Step 5 - Notifying - Sending David a notice of this post
Step 6 - Waiting - Hoping that David will respond and comment (conversation)

If E=M text was digital and searchable, it would begin to make the concept of networking David's book much more useful. because the conversations that can be stimulated and peer produced from E=M readers can add significant value in helping David's central memes survive and find utility in our complex world. (This would also be true if David Allen's GTD was distibuted in ebook form for linkage and mashups)

Finally, to give thanks to the original connection to Joan Mas images, the original link was from Karen Bennett Picture It Solved - a visual approach to thinking
I was pleased to see Karen and her new husband at the Vizthink conference in January.

Note:Misspelling of Joan Mas in this post has been corrected from "Pas" to "Mas" wherever the misspelling occured in the original post Sorry Joan.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

A Brief Message - twitter vs blogger?



Although this image is from a new blog on design, it could certainly apply to the dilemma of continuous partial attention (CPA) and from the punch line "short is in", it would appear that microblogging as in Twitter meets the criteria outlined above.

My take is that Return on Attention (ROA) thrives on "short is in" and that pithy text and powerful images deliver content in the most effective way, but my experience to date with Twitter is very mixed.


I need is a way to filter the incoming flood so that it raises the signal above the noise. Maybe my conversation with Adam Green of Grazr this afternoon will shed some light on how to manage microblogs along with all the other social networking stuff.

PS this post would have exceeded the Twitter 140 character limit by the second sentence. If short is in, maybe I'm out!

A Brief Message

Monday, September 03, 2007

Multiplicity Anyone? Influence Ripples -Social Media Fragmentation

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If Thoughts Illustrated had a "pulitzer prize", David Armano would be the winner. He has a mental grasp of the social networking space from blogs, to twitters, to wikis to MSM that bespeaks not only a metalevel understanding of the web-enabled conversational space, but a visual mind that lets us See what he means. Don't miss David's verbal complement in this post to this great visual - you need to absorb both to understand how David really gets it.

His visuals help you "get it " too. Here's his viewpoint in a selection from his post:

"But what's becoming increasingly clear to most of us—is that like the original media fragmentation, the social version of it will be no less challenging to initiate, maintain and nurture. We're all going to have to get used to multiplicity—or simply having a few more pebbles in the pond"

Logic Emotion: Influence Ripples Social Media Fragmentation:

Friday, August 31, 2007

Paul Saffo - Mapping the Cone of Uncertainty

I started this week attending a small event at the Institute for the Future (IFTF) where Dr.Bob Johansen presented the themes from his just released book Get There Early(1)

And today John Maloney of Colabria emailed a post on Johansen's colleague Paul Saffo's HBR article(2) which provides this map of The Cone of Uncertainty that the FTF folks use to provide foresight and gain insight as the basis for their strategy consulting practice. Here's Paul's map:
Reading Bob Johansen's book and seeing Paul's map led me to thinking about the 3rd element of the IFTF mantra of Foresight-Insight-Action, and about the significant role innovators and venture investors play in Crossing the Chasm from early adoption of innovations to the promised land of mainstream markets.( The Action step)

So I mashed up the Chasm map by Geoff Moore's Chasm Group (below)

with the Cone of Uncertainty by shifting the Chasm on the Time baseline to start where the Cone begins to open up and where the process of early adoption shifts gears and launches itself across the chasm.


Shifting the Chasm further to the right or widening the chasm as the timeline progresses signals danger for the innovator trying to move his concept from idea to mass market adoption. Many innovations fail to cross the chasm - and thus bring the certainty of failure to the forecaster's cone of uncertainty. Forecasting the adoption of innovations depends significantly on what happens as the innovator and venture investors try to bring innovative products across the chasm from early adoption to mainstream markets. The Action Step!

(1)Amazon.com: Get There Early: Sensing the Future to Co

(2) Six Rules for Effective Forecasting.


Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Death and Taxes - a visual guide to the Federal Budget


Edward Tufte would be proud. From a link at Death and Taxes 2008 Poster - $24.95 : Zen Cart!, The Art of E-commerce

Probably worth the price to get this poster - but the interactive version is much more valuable as a spatial data management map.

got this from Pistachio on twitter. Maybe i can begin to see the value of this weirdo IM flow after all.
http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid713271701/bclid713073346/bctid709364416

Monday, August 27, 2007

Logic+Emotion: Lifestreaming - a way to manage CPA






David Armano really "gets" the flow of social networking. Lifestreaming is his vision of the way to "manage" the dilemma of continuous partial attention (CPA). Lifestreaming Consultants? take a look......


Logic Emotion: Lifestreams

Monday, August 06, 2007

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Twitter ROA? a continuing inquiry into the value of Social Networking tools

Introductory comment: I find that posting links within my writing interrupts the flow of the post. If readers are interested in the link references they will be footnoted at the end of the post.


I have recently been nagged by my colleagues to sign up for Twitter - a microblogging sensation that is sweeping the social network world. You will see a boring segment of my recent twitters on the sidebar of this blog.

In a conversation with Adam Green of Grazr, I asked the question : "what is the Return on Attention(ROA) on the use of twitter?". He hasn't yet given me a sufficient answer.

This led me to inquire of Jerry Michalski whether Twitter could be filtered and connected to his now famous online Brain. (1). where I found this blog post on Breakthrough by Terry Frazer (2) describing the work of Lisa Haneberg. This 2x2 is Lisa's, and provides a good way to think about ROA.

Here is Lisa's comment on Breakthrough:
"My point it that breakthroughs generally happen in conversation.

To generate breakthroughs, introverts - or extroverts - or anyone needs to be in conversation about their goals and ideas.

Even if we look at science, the individual work we do is important, but it is the sharing and collaboration that usually catalyzes bigger advancements.

I am a proud introvert myself. I have learned that to generate more breakthroughs, I need to engage others in my work, listen more, and share more."

Here is how I position Twitter on Lisa's chart:


I currently position Twitter in the "unfocused" side of the chart. A peak performer ( upper right hand corner of the chart) generates a high ROA from his or her activities in social networking and I have not yet found the ROA in Twitter. It may be a useful "engagement" tool, but for me, I need some way to manage the Twitter flow in order to move it toward the upper right hand corner of the chart where peak performers can integrate into their daily practice. Until that occurs - I won't be happy with Twitter.



(1) Welcome to Sociate - Jerry Michalski's home on the Web .

(2) Breakthroughs Happen in a Social Context:

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Slidshare + Audio - Now you're talking!

Here is a test presentation of a new slideshare feature I have been waiting for. Combine your slideshare presentations with an audio track and Voila! an audiographic presentation. Voice over PPT - Very effective for rehearsal or for cleaning up and redubbing a previous audio recording of your presentations. Also useful as soundbite creator for selected segments of a presentation. And, all nicely microformatted by Slideshare to support remixing. Could be a new style of podcasting.

Click on the central Listen button to the embedded slideshow below to hear and see the audiographic demo - I can't wait to test it on some of my Slideshare presentations.

Thanks for the Test to Garr Reynolds - otherwise found at Presentation Zen

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Social Media Design Concepts




Here from David Armanos blog are some great diagrams depicting how to design impactful blog-websites You can watch the whole show, but Slides 40 to 45 are the most important for those interested in social media design.



Monday, July 02, 2007

The Creative Tension of CPA

In February I posted this in response to the increasing notice of Linda Stone's meme "Continuous Partial Attention".

Thoughts Illustrated: Who is Linda Stone and why should we listen to her?

Today I will meet with Stowe Boyd who argues with Stone that the Social Presence tools like Twitter and Pownce, and to some degree, Facebook, offer a "flow" experience that we need to accept as a "gift" from our AORTA technologies.

Perhaps Stowe can enlighten me on how he manages his "flow"

Although this is from an article in InfoWeek last February it restates the key issue in designing tools for collaboration for enterprise.

"For the Enterprise 2.0 strategy to work, it's essential that Web collaboration tools be used to streamline communications. If they just add another channel, they'll only make the communication and collaboration problem worse."
Business Tech Pros Wary About Web 2.0 Tools In Business -- InformationWeek Daily --
InformationWeek:

As we consider integrating a social presence tool in our collaboration suite, we need a way to "manage" the multiple channels competing for our attention. I think the solution will be to provide meta-level visualization of the flow so we can comprehend its meaning. David Brin's Holocene vision?





Saturday, June 23, 2007

Congratulations to my son Scott - in the current issue of Wired


Not just because Scott, who is pictured above, is my son and the President of Raydiance, the story is a great multimedia read about the innovative technology of ultrashort pulse lasers and the software platform that Scott and Barry Schuler, Chairman of Raydiance are building.

Barry likens the opening of the Raydiance development platform to the way Microsoft Windows platform developers helped build Microsoft's huge ecosystem and a world dominant information industry leader.

Knowing both Barry and Scott, I have a firm belief that they are creating something truly revolutionary - at the intersection of software and nanotechnology. Raydiance may just be the Next Big Thing!

Although Raydiance was previously featured in a recent Business Week article, this WIRED piece shows how pictures help to tell the story more powerfully. The writer, Danny Dumas provides an expert insight into company and its technology and WIRED's use of visuals and great web design makes this one of my all-time favorite TI stories.

It also helps when you can tell family and friends people what your son does at work.

The Ultrashort Pulse Laser in Action

Trust Metrics for Social Networks

Sam Rose on the Facebook for Business group suggested that trust metrics would be needed to assure that FB social networks in business could be measured providing management or social network members themselves a way to visualize the "strength" of Trust, Reputation and Security in making decisions about how to apply the key principles of Wikinomics in business settings.



In my several eLearning presentations on Wikinomics I used the diagram above to present the key themes of the book and to use it as a template(map) for audience interaction. Audience reactions to the map elicited comments from several in the audience such as the one from the Director of Worldwide Education for Genentech in which he said that at least for his firm issues of legal liability, risk of sharing trade secrets or other IP required a mechanism to control the amount of Open, Peering and Sharing and how broadly Global such a process could be.

This led me to consider the red circle in the diagram as a feedback system in which the visual of the circle would expand or contract( thus add or subtract value from collaboration) through the key elements of successful collaborations shown on the diagram.


For many years I used the Bell-Mason spider diagram ( example below) to visualize the vital signs of startup businesses, and developed an ontology of key elements of business to "populate" the diagram. What this does is to provide a Vital Signs chart similar to the way medical diagnostics pictures key health metrics. This charting approach offers a neat way to map from qualitative, subjective judgments to a quantitative metric that drives the spider on the chart. It can be used for snapshot assessments, or in time series to show trends.



I used these charts as a dashboard approach to venture portfolio project management as a VC and later as an Angel investor, and keeping in mind Korzybbski's dictum "the map is not the territory" I found metrics at this level of abstraction to be very helpful in gettting a quick diagnostic about startup progress, and to make investment or intervention decisions.

Price Waterhouse adopted Bell-Mason diagrams for a number of years to portray "paths to value" in the venture capital arena and I think they can be applied to measuring the vital signs of collaborative ecologies.

The key point here is ranking subjective, qualitative information into numbers-driven quantitative displays for decision-making. I plan to "crowdsource" the development of a vital signs diagnostic for social networks in business with Sam Rose and others in the Business group, and to encourage them to investigate the use of Wikinomics principles in their work.

The Art of the Start -



This beautiful drawing by David Armano should be mashed up with Guy Kawasaki's The Art of the Start handbook for startups. Although David drew it to illustrate his design agencies ecosystem, it also pictures the system elements of new product and early stage company development.

A Thoughts Illustrated favorite!

Logic Emotion: Agency Ecosystems

Friday, June 22, 2007

Facebook Gets Help From Its Friends - WSJ.com


Thanks to my Facebook friend Rodney Rumford and his post on FaceReviews FaceReviews.com :: Facebook Application Reviews, Facebook Widgets and Facebook News. Sharing the Facebook Blog love.

Facebook Gets Help From Its Friends - WSJ.com: "Facebook is actually borrowing a tactic pioneered by Microsoft: Rather than building every piece of technology yourself, let others build on your 'platform,' much the way Adobe Systems Inc., Intuit Inc. and others built software for Microsoft's Windows operating system in the 1980s. Using this strategy, Facebook can nurture an ecosystem of developers who can create services far faster than Facebook could build them on its own."

The Facebook ecosystem now has over 50,000 application developers working to increase the user value of the Facebook platform - a number that is growing by almost 10% per day - and Rodney's Facebookreviews is providing a needed service by scanning this huge source of new applications to locate the "good stuff" for you.

If he can keep up with the rapid growth of Facebook applications to recommend the ones you can use to power your social networks , he will be in the catbird seat - with a 50,000 foot view of this amazing ecosystem, and a significant player in building brand value for Facebook and the applications it selects to review from the burgeoning developer network.

IMHO the launch of the Facebook Platform will be a watershed event in the history of the Web as it grows to become THE social network "for the rest of us". All that's needed to accelerate Facebook into sustainable orbit velocity is to become the user's choice on their mobile devices. Think Facebook on iPhones - social networking on steroids!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Kim Polese and Spike Source - another Wikinomics story




In preparing for a presentation on Wikinomics I wanted to feature SpikeSource and its "rockstar" CEO Kim Polese as a sterling example of Wikinomics principles in action. Kim has been featuring podcasts with Don Tapscott and Wikinomics in her marketing website,sort of closing the loop.

These BW slide shows are really great shortcuts to learning about featured topics and the format for presentation on the web site is the best I have seen.

Thanks to google images, and Business Week I have the content I need for my presentation - which, incidentally will be available for free download from the eLearningForum, my sponsor for my gig this Friday.

The New Wave in Open Source | BusinessWeek

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Ning to Facebook in one click.


Ning is a social networking site started by Mark Andreeson of Netscape fame whose comments on Facebook were in my previous post Thoughts Illustrated: The importance of the Facebook Platform Explained

After realizing the importance of Facebook as a platform it only took Mark 5 days to enable Ning's 65,000 ( his claim) social networking sites to port over to Facebook with one click.

blog.pmarca.com: How to effortlessly inject your content into Facebook, using Ning

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