Saturday, April 27, 2002

Coaching : Coach Universe : "is a global virtual learning organization of by and for executive coaches, organizational coaches, business coaches, corporate coaches, mentors, facilitators, trainers, organizational effectiveness consultants, business transformation management consultants and related areas … Our global virtual social network exists to share knowledge, ideas, resources, insights and passion about business coaching, corporate coaching and personal and professional development, modeling the networked organizations of the future." Offerings include: Articles, Business Links, Business Resources, Coaches, Featured Resources, Newsletters/Ezines, Profiler/Assessment Tools, Reference Tools, Training and Virtual Communities. You can also become a Member of their virtual community – it’s free. (Go to Coach Universe)
Community : Meta KM : "The knowledge management portal for practitioners, researchers, and solution providers." Offerings include: KM Facts, KM Links, KM Quick Reference, Recommended KM Books, Surveys and a broad range of KM-specific Topics. Subscribe to their newsletter. If you register – “you have some advantages like theme manager, comments configuration and post[ing] comments with your name.” (Go to Meta KM)
Personal Mastery (Instincts) : The Kolbe Concept/System : "A step-by-step program that enables individuals to unleash the boundless power of their own natural instincts". They also have an organizational development application called WAREwithal, which provides “a set of highly unique algorithms to help you with Selection/Retention, Team Building/Coaching and Strategic Analysis.” (Go to The Kolbe Concept/System). Source: Originally seen on Coach Universe [See above].
Report (Technology Forecast) : 2002 Ten-Year Forecast : Published by the Institute for the Future and comprised of “three sections: Key Forecasts of the Business Landscape, Issues, and Strategic Directions … Our Key Forecasts this year focus on economics, politics, labor, and energy … In the Issues section, we explore this year's important issues: the communication of product and marketing information in new ways, the challenges of intellectual property protection and new R&D findings, the intersection of environmentalism and economics, and the importance of infrastructure and network security … In the Strategic Directions section we offer ideas on how companies can think strategically about managing innovation and increasing corporate responsibility" The Introduction section is downloadable for free (9 pages, PDF format, 189 KB). The full report “and all IFTF reports, memos, and workshops are available exclusively to IFTF members.” (Go to the 2002 Ten-Year Forecast at the Institute for the Future)
Tool (Internet Archives) : The Wayback Machine : "is a [free] service that allows people to visit archived versions of Web sites. Visitors to the Wayback Machine can type in a URL, select a date range, and then begin surfing on an archived version of the Web." This is an amazing resource for anyone (everyone) who has a ‘broken link’ they would like to revisit. You can also access Archival Movies, Arpanet, and Usenet. The size of the archive is a staggering 100+ terabytes – that’s about 10 billion web pages. (Go to The Internet Archive) Source: Originally seen on Infoliage on April 27 2002 – Thanks Pete Harbeson and Rick Klau

Friday, April 26, 2002

eJournal : International Journal of Design Computing (Special Issue on Designing Virtual Worlds – Volume 4, 2002) : "articles … consider the following topics: 1. how people make sense of spatiality in 3D virtual worlds, 2. how 3D virtual worlds provide a new way of understanding architecture and archaelogocial restoration, 3. new paradigms for designing virtual worlds such as a user-centric dynamic representation of place, 4. how to make virtual cities dynamic through the use of automatically generated VRML files, 5. how user interfaces for virtual environments can evolve and respond dynamically to the user, 6. how people are able to understand and navigate using current tools for 3D virtual worlds, and 7. how games engines are influencing and providing a basis for understanding architectural designs.” NOTE: To facilitate ‘interaction’ with an article, you may be required to approve the installation of a browser add-on. (Go to Designing Virtual Worlds)
Information Design : Symbols.com : "contains more than 2,500 Western signs, arranged into 54 groups according to their graphic characteristics. In 1,600 articles their histories, uses, and meanings are thoroughly discussed. The signs range from ideograms carved in mammoth teeth by Cro-Magnon men, to hobo signs and subway graffiti." (Go to Symbols.com)
Report : Taxonomy and Content Classification : "Quiver, a leader in categorization and taxonomy software for enterprise and online content, has made Delphi's [2002] ‘Taxonomy and Content Classification: Market Milestone Report’ white paper available at its site, free of charge. The report covers the approaches and tools an enterprise can use to organize and manage internal and external information." NOTE: After registering – the Report (a 28 page PDF file - 685 KB) is e-mailed to you. (Go to Taxonomy and Content Classification). The Delphi Group “delivers strategic advantage at the intersection of business and IT … [Their] core competencies are in the emerging technologies of collaborative commerce, portals, content and knowledge management, enterprise wireless, and e-Learning … [and they] deliver that insight and expertise through four distinct channels … Insight Research Service, Events, Consulting Services, and Vendor Services.”. Checkout Delphi’s Taxonomy, Knowledge Management, and other sections.
Social Networks : The International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA) : "Social network analysis is focused on uncovering the patterning of people's interaction … INSNA is the professional association for researchers interested in social network analysis." Offerings include: General Information, New Stuff, People and Places, Publications, and On-line Resources. Checkout Connections, “a bulletin containing news, scholarly articles, technical columns, and abstracts and book reviews.“ (Go to INSNA)
Tool (Simulation - Business Learning) : Leadership in Action : Try running this simulation. "Imagine that you lead a small development team responsible for creating a pocket-sized, high-resolution digital camera. Your company owns a patent on the technology necessary to build the camera. You need to make sure that your team has completed a high-quality camera design within six months, but if you get it done sooner, that's even better … As both a manager and an expert on camera design, you have a lot of skills that you can share with your team. You are responsible for setting goals, coaching your team, holding meetings, and hiring or layoffs. You can even delegate some of your personal tasks to your team, if you like." Checkout other simulations and resources in Forio’s Forum. (Go to Leadership in Action). Source: Originally posted in OLDaily on April 25, 2002 – Thanks Stephen Downes

Thursday, April 25, 2002

Article : The Challenge of Knowledge Loss : / By Alice Haytmanek, Published by the APQC April 2002 / "Organizations today face a looming wave of knowledge attrition. And some industries and sectors are at particularly high risk." (Go to The Challenge of Knowledge Loss)
Conference (Reports) : Knowledge Management in R&D : / Held April 11-12, 2002 - Reported April 23, 2002 / Three items: 1] "You can lead a horse to water, but can you get him to use your KM tools - In the presentations, roundtables, and nearly every off-line discussion at the conference there was consensus on one thing: the technological challenges are easy compared to getting folks to use them. But there also was a lot of good insight into how to make that happen." 2] “Pfizer: Knowledge management – more than half the battle is behavioral change - change management hurdles can be the biggest obstacle to successful implementation of KM projects.” 3] “KM and the role of senior management - Based on his global fast cycle team research conducted in conjunction with Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Narayanan believes a stronger role for senior management is crucial to the success of any capability building effort, including KM.”(Reported by eyeforpharma, which “gives you analysis of cutting edge pharmaceutical business strategies in the form of an online forum and off-line conferences. eyeforpharma offers you up-to-the-minute e-business information, news, Q&A, reviews, reports, full transcripts of past conferences, and in-depth analysis of the latest industry trends.”)
eZine : strategy+business : The companion to the print version. "… a thought-leadership business magazine for senior business executives and the people who influence them … its mission is to provide executives with commentary, research, and practical ideas that bridge the gap between theory and practice in contemporary global business ..." Sections include: All Consuming Behavior, Briefs, Breakthrough Thoughts, Culture and Change, Knowledge Review, Management, Operating Strategies, Research Notes, Strategy & Competition, The Creative Mind, Thought Leader, and Zealot Profile. Examples from the Second Quarter 2002 edition include: Core Group Therapy, The Co-Creation Connection, Who Profits from Brainpower?, and Why Know-Who Trumps Know-How. NOTE: Free registration is required to access the material. (Go to strategy+business)
Report (eGovernment) : 2002 eGovernment Leadership—Realizing the Vision : "the full report of findings from Accenture’s April 2002 eGovernment study of 23 countries, including details on progress since last year’s study and numerous examples of best practices in several government service sectors." The Report is downloadable in PDF format - 939 KB. You can also watch a video of Vivienne Jupp, Managing Partner, announcing the Report. (Go to 2002 eGovernment Leadership)
Tool (Mind Mapping) : Buzan Centres : Mind mapping "is a powerful graphic technique which provides a universal key to unlock the potential of the brain. It harnesses the full range of cortical skills – word, image, number, logic, rhythm, colour and spatial awareness – in a single, uniquely powerful manner. In so doing, it gives you the freedom to roam the infinite expanses of your brain. The Mind Map can be applied to every aspect of life where improved learning and clearer thinking will enhance human performance … Originated in the late 1960s by Tony Buzan" Offerings include: Centres (Background, Contact, FAQs, Principles, and Vision), News (eGroup, Hot News, Products, Projects, and Register), Mind Maps (Applications, Definition, Gallery, History, and How To), People (Buzan Family, Co-authors, Co-founders, and Global Training), and more. You can also become a member of the Buzan BrainFriendly club. (Go to Buzan Centres)

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Appreciative Inquiry : Appreciative Inquiry Commons : "Appreciative Inquiry [AI] is about the coevolutionary search for the best in people, their organizations, and the relevant world around them. In its broadest focus, it involves systematic discovery of what gives 'life' to a living system when it is most alive, most effective, and most constructively capable in economic, ecological, and human terms. AI involves, in a central way, the art and practice of asking questions that strengthen a system’s capacity to apprehend, anticipate, and heighten positive potential. It centrally involves the mobilization of inquiry through the crafting of the 'unconditional positive question' often-involving hundreds or sometimes thousands of people" Offerings include: Intro to AI (Vision, What is AI?, AI Timeline, Outstanding Cases, Classic Articles, Voices of AI, AI Conference, and Current Book Reviews/Commentary), Research (AI Theory and Research, Annotated Bibliography, Research Programs, and a Research Database), Practice and Management (AI Tools, A Note to Executives, Bibliographies, and a Practitioner Database), Artifacts (Images, Quotes, Audio, Video, and Stories), News and Events, Community, and Learning Opportunities. Subscribe to their mail list - AiList. (Go to the Appreciative Inquiry Commons)
Article : Do You Know Where Your Intellectual Capital Is? : / by Jennifer Bussell and Julie Holter (Viant) / "While many corporate executives recognize that managing their companies' intellectual capital is the key to building competitive advantage, several recent economic and social trends are making this task more difficult than ever. This paper describes those trends and offers ideas for connecting dispersed employees and better cultivating organizational knowledge." The complete article is downloadable in PDF format. (Go to the Intellectual Capital article)
While you are there, checkout the ITtoolbox Knowledge Management portal and their General KM and Knowledge Transfer sections. ITtoolbox has an interesting KM Index, a composite of 27 KM company stocks. There are 4 KM-related newsletters available for subscription: KM-Decision-Makers, KM-Doers, KM-Jobs, and KM-Select
Article : A KM Initiative is Unlikely to Succeed Without a Knowledge Audit : / by Dr. Ann Hylton (Hylton Associates) / "Much of the mistakes of both the early and more recent adopters of knowledge management can be traced to the serious oversight of not including the knowledge audit in their overall knowledge management strategy and initiatives. The knowledge audit is the indisputable first step in a knowledge management initiative yet it has not been sufficiently recognised as being of paramount importance to any and every knowledge management undertaking." The complete article is downloadable in PDF format. (Go to the Knowledge Audit article) Also from ITtoolbox Knowledge Management - See links above.
Article : What Have You Done for Me Lately? Release of Information and Strategic Manipulation of Memories : / by Yianis Sarafidis / "Building on research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, he formulates a model of memory, then explores its economic consequences by addressing the issue of how one should time a sequence of informative events in order to manipulate the memories of a forgetful assessor … The general framework developed in this paper can be applied to almost any setting where products or people undergo periodic assessment, from executives managing the release of news prior to an IPO to lobbying groups seeking to shape public opinion to students timing their class contribution prior to the end of term." The complete article is downloadable in PDF format. Provided by INSEAD. (Go to the Memories article)
Storytelling : Center for Digital Storytelling : "Digital Storytelling begins with the notion that in the not distant future, sharing one's story through the multiple mediums of digital imagery, text, voice, sound, music, video and animation will be the principle hobby of the world's people." Offerings include: Clubhouse (“how communities are being grown through sharing stories and crossing the digital divide together”), Cookbook (“shares our experience, some recipes and some humour to help you get started with your own storytelling experience.”), Digital Diner (“conversations with the Digital Storytelling Community”), Memory Box (“an essay on the development of the memory appliance“), and Story Place (“people and places where the ancient art of telling is being explored in the information age”). Go to the Center for Digital Storytelling. Source: This site was referenced by Jay Cross - who publishes a number of interesting blogs - in his article on Blogs in Learning Circuits

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Ergonomics : Ergoweb : "According to Ergoweb: [ergonomics is] the science of work. Ergonomics removes barriers to quality, productivity, and safe human performance by fitting products, tasks and environments to people". Offerings include: News (Headline News, Searchable Archives, and Upcoming Events), Resources (Case Studies; Introduction to Ergonomics; Questions, Answers, and Discussions; Reference Materials; and The Ergonomics Report™), Software Solutions (Computer Based Ergonomics Training, Industrial Analysis Software, and Office Assessment and Training Software). Ergoweb also provides Consulting Solutions, Training Services, and a Buyer’s Guide. Subscribe to Ergonomics Today, the free weekly e-mail newsletter. (Go to Ergoweb)
Fun : Internet Anagram Server : An Anagram is a "word or phrase formed by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase." For example – from 'tacit' you can derive ‘act it’. Enjoy! (Go to the Internet Anagram Server)
Ideas : Ideonomy : "… the pure and applied science of ideas and their laws, and of the use of same to describe, generate, investigate, or otherwise treat all possible ideas related to any subject, problem, thing, or other idea." Offerings include: An Introduction to Ideonomy, Essays, Ideonomy Divisions, and Pointers to Internet Resources. Be sure to checkout the MDS Maps. (Go to Ideonomy)
Technology (Nanotechnology) : Foresight Institute : The Institute's goal is to "guide emerging technologies to improve the human condition. Foresight focuses its efforts upon nanotechnology, the coming ability to build materials and products with atomic precision, and upon systems that will enhance knowledge exchange and critical discussion, thus improving public and private policy decisions. " (Go to the Foresight Institute and checkout its community space - Nanodot)
Tool (Privacy Intrusion Detector) : Bugnosis : ”Find out who's tracking you on the Web ... A Web bug is a graphic on a Web page or in an e-mail message designed to monitor who is reading the page or message … Web bugs are placed on Web pages by third parties interested in collecting data about visitors to those pages.“ Offerings include: Documentation/FAQ, Stop Bugging Me, Privacy Policy, Web Bug Gallery, and Web Bug News. Bugnosis was developed by the Privacy Foundation. NOTE: To install Bugnosis, you may have to temporarily disable your virus protection and firewall. You’ll be happy to know that SynapShots is 'bug-free'. (Go to Bugnosis)

Monday, April 22, 2002

Attention : The Attention Economy : Companion website to the book. "the scarcest resource for today's business leaders is no longer just land, capital, or human labor, and it certainly isn't information. Attention is what's in short supply." Offerings include: Attention and Strategy, Attention Mentions, and Attention Types. ‘Discuss’ is a space to “Share your thoughts and get hands on feedback from our attention community.” ‘Measure’ introduces you to a “patent pending diagnostic tool, AttentionScape. This online tool will help you measure and assess how you [or your group] divides your attention.” NOTE: You must register before using AttentionScape. (Go to The Attention Economy)
Intellectual Capital : topICs : A compendium of links to: articles, best practices, books, communities, exchanges, e-zines, government, methods, online tools, research, services, simulations, software, and thought leadership. NOTE: Portions of the content are written in Dutch. (Go to topICs)
Skepticism : Skeptic.com : Home of The Skeptics Society and Skeptics Magazine. "The Skeptics Society is a scientific and educational organization of scholars, scientists, historians, magicians, professors and teachers, and anyone curious about controversial ideas, extraordinary claims, revolutionary ideas and the promotion of science. Our mission is to serve as an educational tool for those seeking clarification and viewpoints on those controversial ideas and claims." (Go to Skeptic.com)
The Internet : Cerf's UP : "Vinton G. Cerf is widely known as a ‘Father of the Internet’ … At Cerf’s UP we will try to keep you current on developments in the Internet, networking technologies and related regulatory and policy issues affecting the Internet's evolution." Offerings include: Internet History; Interplanetary Internet; Personal Perspective; Presentations; Social, Economic, and Regulatory Issues; Technical Writing and more. (Go to Cerf's UP)
Thought Leaders : Edge : "The mandate of Edge Foundation is to promote inquiry into and discussion of intellectual, philosophical, artistic, and literary issues, as well as to work for the intellectual and social achievement of society … Edge can be read in the form of a Web publication from the home page or chronologically as editions" Each month, a thought leader presents an idea or concept and receives feedback from ‘members’ of The Reality Club. Other content of note: Digerati (“the doers, thinkers, and writers who have tremendous influence on the emerging communication revolution”), The Reality Club (“individuals who create their own reality and do not accept an ersatz, appropriated reality”) and The Third Culture (“those scientists and other thinkers in the empirical world who, through their work and expository writing, are taking the place of the traditional intellectual in rendering visible the deeper meanings of our lives, redefining who and what we are”) Go to the Edge

Sunday, April 21, 2002

Community : The KNOW Network : "A community of leading knowledge-based organizations dedicated to networking, benchmarking and sharing best knowledge practices." Visitors have access to: Knowledge Library (Events, Links, News, Resources), MAKE (Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises – Survey Summaries). Subscribers also have access to: Best Practice Knowledge Processes, Case Studies, Discussion Group/Forum, KES Directory, MAKE Reports, Market Research, Surveys, Trends. (Go to The KNOW Network)
Complexity : The Chaordic Commons : "Chaordic [means] anything simultaneously orderly and chaotic … The Chaordic Commons is committed to creating the conditions for the formation of practical, innovative organizations that blend competition and cooperation to address critical societal issues. We believe there is a way to welcome the emerging complexity of a technologically sophisticated world as we build enduring, highly adaptive institutions." (Go to The Chaordic Commons)
eJournal : KnowMap (The Knowledge Management, Auditing and Mapping Magazine) : "is a bimonthly web-based journal targeted to the needs expressed by knowledge management practitioners for tangible tools and methods to ensure successful strategies and implementation of knowledge management initiatives." Visitors have access to a selection of articles; Subscribers have full access. (Go to KnowMap)
Scenarios : Global Business Network : "Scenarios are tools for ordering one's perceptions about alternative future environments in which today's decisions might be played out ... As a worldwide membership organization, GBN engages in a collaborative exploration of the future, discovering the frontiers of knowledge and creating innovative tools for strategic action." The Public Area provides access to basic orientation materials. The Members Area provides access to: Ideas (New Competencies, New Economy, New Knowledge, New Models, New Society), Network Members, and Talk (Online Conferencing).Go to the Global Business Network
The Dark Side (The Digital Divide) : Digital Divide Network: "We use the term ‘digital divide' to refer to [the] gap between those who can effectively use new information and communication tools, such as the Internet, and those who cannot. While a consensus does not exist on the extent of the divide (and whether the divide is growing or narrowing), researchers are nearly unanimous in acknowledging that some sort of divide exists at this point in time … There has always been a gap between those people and communities who can make effective use of information technology and those who cannot. Now, more than ever, unequal adoption of technology excludes many from reaping the fruits of the economy." (Go to the Digital Divide Network)