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Unfreezing the Corporate Mind

Unfreezing the Corporate Mind
John Seely Brown

If you want to change a corporation, you need to change the conversations happening within it. That was the recommendation from John Seely Brown in his address to Real Time participants.
In a good conversation, the whole is more important than the parts, Brown said. A focused conversation is a self-scaffolding structure that has a dynamic aspect to it . Therefore, if you change the conversations of a corporation, you change the corporation.
“All learning starts with focused conversations,” Brown says. “The only kind of learning you want to think about is collaborative learning. But how do you structure conversations to become self-scaffolding conversations?”

Expertise lies as much in the social mind as in the individual mind, Brown said. Knowledge is distributed across people and across artifacts. So the ability to interpret each other — read what is really happening — is tacit knowledge possessed by the group as a whole. That knowledge is brought together when groups share tasks over a substantial period of time, he said.

This of course is from the author of The Social Life of Information interesting to discover that he wrote that key article (see below) in the first issue of The Fast Company back in 1995.

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Community of practice

Communities of Practice – TCM.com DEAD LINK – Saturday, May 8, 2010

In 1997, the Ottawa Organizational Effectiveness Interest Group (OEIG) Book Study Group discussed the article, “The People are the Company” from Fast Company – Handbook of the Revolution. “Communities of Practice” are a central theme in the article. We’ve created a permanent reference for OEIG with the article and some other sources of related information for anyone interested in the subject.
Communities of Practice – References
Communities of Practice
Communities of Practice: Learning as a Social System
CoPs eGroup – Discussion forum – Drafts, working papers, links, and other goodies are shared here.
Collective learning and collective memory
What Should Collaborative Technology Be? A Perspective From Dewey and Situated Learning
Metro Insight: Softwork
Communispace.com
Participate.com
More Communities of Practices Links

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Privacy vs the need for connection – to live & learn.

The Psychological Meaning of Internet Privacy

Some news clips and then some musings from me.

Groups Criticize Amazon Policy
By D. IAN HOPPER, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP)

“Consumer groups say a change in Amazon.com’s privacy policy could leave customers of the Internet retailing giant no recourse if they don’t want personal information such as credit card numbers and home addresses passed on to some other company.

Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc., which sells a wide range of products, including books, toys and hardware, posted a revised privacy policy on its Web site Thursday telling customers the information they give is considered a company asset that can be sold. A company spokeswoman, Patty Smith, said the new policy is actually more restrictive in some cases, and better explains what Amazon can and cannot do with customer data.

“As we continue to develop our business, we might sell or buy stores or assets,” the new policy reads. “In such transactions, customer information generally is one of the transferred business assets.”

No. 3.6 . The Filter. 9.08.00 from Harvard at has a section on this… they say:

“Now, in the wake of a decision by the Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court overseeing the ToysMart case not to consider its agreement with the FTC in the absence of a buyer for ToysMart’s assets, leading e-tailer Amazon.com has introduced modifications to its privacy policy making it clear that Amazon customers’ personal data is considered a company asset and can therefore legitimately be shared with Amazon’s growing cadre of corporate partners�or, if need be,sold.”

The question of privacy is and will be debated from a legal, political and social perspective. From a psychological perspective what is happening as Amazon changes policy? A lot.

First Some thoughts about Amazon . This is a super Alexandria – and an Amazon customer is a scholar in the greatest library ever, so what happens as we access this database of books in print? It is not only a library it is a huge many-to-many discussion about books. Yet the networks of people here is not social – “I learn that people who bought this also bought this” – that is a psychometric or psychological revelation. I can look at reviewers and their profiles, meet them, see what is on their wish list and in their “purchase circle” and move to the website of fan clubs and authors. This is not like meeting people in a physical bookstore – here we read their minds – we enter into a mind-space. We find books without the help of librarians, but with each other in systems of automated and non-automated collaboration that runs deep. Because this library will work best if there is only *one* people flock to the biggest, where they find the most. Perhaps it is sad that this is a store, and a commercial, corporate, capitalist place – that is not unlike many universities – there is no class neutrality when it comes to learning. With immunity to the Orwellian nightmare inherent in the inherent impact of the words: knowledge about the customers is called an asset.

That knowledge of the scholars in this modern Alexandria is the very thing that is used to tune the scholars into the information using automated collaborative filtering or psychometry as Moreno would have called it. It would seem a marvelous virtue if it was *one librarian* who had the knowledge about the scholars. This virtue becomes scary in the panopticon.

As individuals we are not able to learn, learning is in relationship with others, always. These relationships are so vital that we will seek them out wherever they work best – even if we have to be humiliated by being seen as a “user, a customer, and an asset”. Can the impulse to seek the purest collaborative knowing be stronger than any companies ability to exploit that need for its own greed? Can our collective spirit and soul transcend the ugliness of some of the culture invading the Net?

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Planning for Online Learning

GroupSense – Planning for Online Learning

“The Internet, on the other hand provides a flexible means of presenting content and also supports interaction between teacher and learners and among learners in groups. This is fuelling an explosion in the delivery of courses online. The September/October 1998 edition of Group Computing reports that in late 1997, there were 7,000,000 students taking distance learning courses from higher-education institutions”

This quote is from an article by Dan – sums up the GS approach to Online learning, and covers the basics – is valuable because it *is* basic.

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GroupSense

GroupSense Online Groups

Home

“Online Groups enable people to work, learn and build shared knowledge-bases together at their own time, their own place and their own pace. Online Groups foster and facilitate innovation, learning, collaboration and knowledge-sharing.
GroupSense partners with organisations to establish self-sustaining Online Groups that achieve specific purposes.

Online Groups use simple technology that requires only standard email. GroupSense provides Planning, Design, Training and Hosting to establish Participation Habits that maximise the value of each Online Group.”

This is my friend & colleague Dan Randow’s site. Business is thriving, and I am pleased to be working with the team as a part time consultant. I have been in on discussions and planning from the start but only this year have I begun to work professionally, as a host. The GroupSense approach makes sense – it is essential to work with *people first*, it is only from knowing people and the organisation that we can design the group structure and format.

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Full Circle Associates: Online Community Resources

Full Circle Associates: Online Community Resources
Nancy White’s list of resources.
Here are the categories:

“Index – see below for specific links.

Online Community – General and Nancy’s Musings – Some of these are just beginnings of ideas, waiting to germinate. – Articles and Events – Online Community Design Resources – Online Facilitation and Hosting – Virtual Teams/Remote Work – Online Community Software and Web Based Platforms – Cyber Activism, Cyber Democracy, Community Networks and Advocacy (I know, odd mix. Things emerge…) – Cyberculture Resources – Cybercommunications Resources – Some of my Community Sites – Online Community-related Listservs and Newsletters – Full Circle BookShelf – always a few related books here. – MORE!! Online Community Links”

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Amy Jo Kim

Community Building on the Web:Companion Siteby Amy Jo Kim

8/29/00 — online seminar by Amy Jo Kim
Click here to see-and-hear the transcript
(requires Windows Media Player)

Later: Saturday, 10 May, 2008

The audio link is dead.

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Jacob Neilson

Jacob Neilson Cookies I thought this was funny! Nice site.

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1998 – 1999

Here is another legacy item.

The original is here

Pasted here so it is part of this blog for search.

Psybernet

Links 1999

 

Resources that inform the quest for

depth and purpose in human interaction
and
the
exploration of the
psyche in cyberspace.

Walter Logeman


Cyberspace Psyche & Life Online  | Technology and Internet

Other Psybernet links

Cyberspace, Psyche & Life Online

“1) Democracy is a not a helpful
goal.

At this point I cringe when I hear the d-word because it doesn’t mean
anything. It’s a vague, rather dubious concept, and those who toss it around
the most seem to have thought least about its implications. Even worse, they
think it has something to do with freedom, as though a democratic majority
couldn’t be as oppressive as any tyrannical individual, even more
so.”

  • Generic Psychotherapy

    “Philosophy & Structure
    This is the place to start for a general
    overview of the ideas central to generic
    psychotherapy:
    Theories of Development
    Theories of Illness
    Theories of Therapeutic Action


    Basic Orientation
    Concepts
    are a set ideas which have been developed to untangle some of the
    confusions that are sometimes found in discussions of psychotherapy. The basic
    concepts are ways of ordering ones thinking about ideas that are commonly found
    in psychotherapy:
    Meta
    Concepts

    Mental Operators
    Logical Levels and Levels of
    Explanation
    Map vs.
    Territory

    Metaphor,
    Mediation, and Mechanism

    Servo Systems and
    Feedback

  • Dee W. Hock, Founder and CEO Emeritus: VISA
    Founder and President: The Chaordic AlliancePosted: October 27, 1998

    The Birth of the Chaordic Century: Out of Control and
    Into Order
    (Part 1 of 2)

    Editor’s Note: Dee Hock is responsible for the
    chaordic” organizational structure of VISA, which
    propelled it into the largest credit card company in the world. He has since
    become both a student and mentor of this organizational architecture, and is
    one of 30 living laureates of the Business Hall of Fame. Part one discusses
    the nature of the VISA organizational structure and the background behind
    its creation.
    Part
    two
    next month will discusses the
    implications for the future.

  • http://www.dreamtree.com/

    “The Dream Tree is an online and offline resource center, designed to assist dreamers in exploring their dreams and in connecting to others within a shared dream community. “

  • “NewsScan”
    <newsscan@newsscan.com>
    NewsScan Daily, 18 October 1999 (“Above The Fold”)
    Mon, 18 Oct 1999 08:01:03 -0700

    GOD IS IN THE PROGRAMMING DETAILS
    Anne Foerst, resident theologian at MIT’s
    Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, says: “I think that computer
    science, and especially artificial intelligence, is THE field for
    religious inquiry.” Foerst, an ordained minister who holds advanced
    degrees in theology, computer science, and philosophy adds: “At
    some point, cog-like robots will be part of our community,” and
    suggests that we widen up the criteria of what it means to be human to
    include chimps and some smart robots.” Foerst work has been
    attacked as “evangelical” by the founder of the Artificial
    Intelligence Laboratory, Marvin Minsky, who charges: “The act of
    appearing to take such a subject seriously makes it look as though our
    community regards it as a respectable contender among serious theories.
    Like creationism and other faith-based doctrines, I suspect it is bad
    for young students.” Foerst says she understands Minsky’s
    skepticism: “Some theologians are very anti-technology. The first
    reaction they always have is fear: ‘These robots are different from us.
    Humans were created in the image of God.’ They are not even willing to
    consider those questions.” (San Jose Mercury News 16 Oct
    99)

    http://www.sjmercury.com/svtech/news/breaking/merc/docs/075884.htm

  • The Voice of the
    Shuttle
    The world is a strange place when we make links pages,
    and link them to other links pages ad infinitum.  This is a cyber link page
    to end them all!

    What the Allusion
    [to the Voice of the Shuttle]
    Means:

    (The cross-weave of interior hyperlinks on this page is designed to
    provide an interlinear commentary–a commentary with no voice other than the
    pattern of the links themselves. The best way to read this page is in Lynx or
    some other browser that uses a highlight or other indicator to show which of
    several closely-clustered interior target-links one has jumped to. Netscape
    shows where one has jumped by placing the target-link on the top line of the
    screen–which is adequate except when there is more than one possible
    target-link on a line. Note: there is no “Back to Voice of the Shuttle Home
    Page” link here; instead one of the links in the quotations–the obvious
    one–serves that function.)
    (This page last revised 11/16/96)

    Hmmm, a little out of date.

  • Robert Bosnak’s
    http://www.cyberdreamwork.com/

    Approach to Cyberdreamwork

    “Welcome To Cyberdreamwork. The site where together
    we drill for dreams and
    probe the depths.

    Dreams are lands of pure imagination. They are the
    life we
    live beyond the day. Cyberspace is created by imagination

    as well.
    Dreams and cyberspace are a perfect match.

    Dreamwork makes it possible to
    revisit our nightly
    adventures while being fully awake. This is done
    through
    intense focus.

    Dreamwork is easiest if a few others who care
    about
    dreaming ask you questions to keep your focus
    concentrated and guard
    you from otherwise inevitable
    distractions. With the help of a group the work
    deepens to

    well beyond anything you can do on your own.

    If you like to
    search along the borders and into the depths
    of the unknown please enter.

  • John Sulers extensive Psychology of Cyberspace sitePsychology of Cyberspace
    Article Index

    “Listed below is a list of links to all the articles and
    pages in the hypertext book (web site) The Psychology of Cyberspace.The articles are arranged
    chronologically, with the most recently written or revised ones
    appearing near the top. The most recent date of the article, its version
    number, and its approximate size are indicated. Unless otherwise stated,
    the author of the article is John
    Suler, Ph.D.
    There also is a subject index and search engine for this book. Links on this page will produce
    a “pop-up” window placed on top of this window. “

  • First Monday

    Publishing on the Net : It
    may be late in the piece, but I have just discovered a net native publishing
    venture, with good articles.
  • List of all the articles
  • Waiting for Thomas Kuhn: First Monday and the Evolution of Electronic Journals by Edward J. Valauskas
  • Personal Boundaries/Global Stage by Harold Thimbleby

  • Movie: The Story of Home Page

    Home Page is a documentary about the web. The site of
    the movie is interesting in itself, or at least the story of the author Doug
    Block perhaps more so, here is a taste:

    “As I continue on my
    Web journey, you’ll continue to get a running account of my progress,
    direct links to the people I encounter and, hopefully, some insight into
    the documentary film making process.

    “These pages began as
    an extension of the documentary. Inextricably interwoven. An ongoing
    feedback loop.

    “Now they’re an
    extension of my life.”

    That is what making a web site does to you! wl

  • Culture, Class and Cyberspace
    Art McGee’s thorough email with references to race in cyberspace.
     
  • The Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies

    “The Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies is an online, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to research, study, teach, support, and create diverse and dynamic elements of cyberculture. Collaborative in nature, RCCS seeks to establish and support ongoing conversations about the emerging field, to foster a community of students, scholars, teachers, explorers, and builders of cyberculture, and to showcase various models, works-in-progress, and online projects.”

  • Internet Interviews
    A lot of them are dead, some of them might be found
    with esewhwere with a search, but this one works:
  • Seulemonde Conversation with Gregory Ulmer
  • HOW WE BECAME POSTHUMAN: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics,
    Literature and Informatics
    by N. Katherine Hayles,
    University of Chicago Press, paperback, 364 pages, $18

    A review by
    BY LYNN YARRIS

    “Hayles guides us through the speculations and commentaries of a wide range of authors, including Gregory and Mary Catherine Bateson, Rodney Brooks, Richard Dawkins, Richard Mark Friedhoff, Christopher Langton, Bruno Latour, Margaret Mead, Marshall McLuhan, Marvin Minsky, John Searle, Sherry Turkle and, her favorite, mathematician and cybernetic theorist Norbert Wiener.

    “Hayles contends that, through literature and academic discourse, our culture has been prepped to accept the disembodied information through which posthumans inhabit the cyberworld. She finds the prospect terrifying and exhilarating.

    “Her writing style — she persistently drops
    exotic names with no identification — together with the subject matter
    makes “How We Became Posthuman” a tough read. But her insights into
    the implications of her subject and the literary and scientific writings
    she discusses make it worth the effort. “

  • Let My Software Go.
    Salon
    article commenting on Raymond and Netscape.
  • Andreessen, Kawasaki outline Web revolution
    It may be about software and business but reading between
    the lines this is about life in general … funny and perhaps has some wisdom! I
    enjoyed reading it anyway.
  • Microsoft Buys Firefly
    One of the reasons
    this news gets such a mention here is that the collaborative filtering is very
    *psychological*, at least in principle. Also because a few of us here have
    *dreamt* about its use in groups and also more broadly see the story I wrote about our adventure and links to the dummy pages
    I drafted a few years ago.
  • Torvalds’ Linux Broadened PC Choices
    This article gives a little intro to the in depth material presented in
    the ”The Cathedral and the Bazaar”
  • Instant cultural literacy. By David Pescovitz Ideas
    Fortes.
  • Esther Dyson
  • OMNIZONE
  • AOL, Reaching Out to Teach Someone
  • Generative Art
  • Joseph Campbell Festival
  • PowWow Virtual Community Kit
  • Technorealism: Beyond the Hype
  • Smash the Technorealist State
  • Four More Colleges Join California Virtual University;
    Eighty-One Colleges and Universities Now Participating
  • Communities crop up on the Net
  • Books on the Brain
  • Opera Grows in Cyberspace
     
  •  
    • Once on the GBN Book Club there is plenty to
      explore…
      Try
      Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration
      . for another review by Brand of the book by Warren Bennis. This review probably makes the book redundant!Buy it at Amazon
      there are also a swag of
      reviews there, none have the praise for it that that Stuart Brand has.
    • Collaborative Virtual Environments
      A page with links to many resources and the mailing list description.
      I Joined the list, but have not received posts, I wonder where the problem
      lies? Will check. wl
    • Judith S. Donath
      Assistant Professor of Media Arts And Sciences
      Director of the Sociable Media Group at the MIT Media Lab

      A list of wrings on the human side of the net…
      some relevance to the psyber-explorations.

    • Interview with David Noble Commerce Influences
      Content: The author of the Digital Diploma Mills articles is interviewed by
      The Node.
      A powerful analysis of how private interests determine
      what we read, how education, innovation and health care is under their
      control.

      How
      this influences the psyche is worth pondering especially
      in the light of the Giegerich articles mentioned in January 99 (Psyche
      below).

       

    •  Cyber School. Distance learning makes
      education easy

     

    • Janus
      Head: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature,
      Continental
      Philosophy, Phenomenological Psychology, and the Arts

      http://www.janushead.org/

    • Jinn
    • The Future
      of the Self
      is the title of a book by Walter
      Truett Anderson which is related, at least on the surface to the question we
      have been exploring in Psyber-L… it there something new about the soul
      (related to the Self in some way surely)Article from World Future Society
    • More:
      Evolution of the Psyche
      by David H. Rosen (Editor), M. C. Luebbert (Editor) could be seen as on the same theme, but not really as far as I can tell. More on that one at
      Jungindex .
      I have a sense it is more about the evolution of various social behaviours.
    • Of more interest to me is:
      The New Renaissance : Computers and the Next Level of Civilization
      by Douglas S. Robertson. I hope this reviewer does not mind my quoting this excerpt:

      reasenberg@cfa.harvard.edu from
      Cambridge, MA , November 18, 1998
      An upbeat preview of a world transmuted by computers.
      To live at the beginning of a new era is exciting; to do so and understand what is happening is a rare privilege. Douglas Robertson offers to share this privilege with us by presenting his vision of a world transformed by computers in the not-too-distant future. It is an upbeat peek at the future, devoid of the gloomy forecasts of some “future shock” science fiction adventures. As with all penetrating portrayals of the future, The New Renaissance is provocative and draws controversial conclusions.

      From a
      psychological point of view this book may be relevant, it is about the
      emergence of a new *era* does that imply a new Psyche?

    • This book may take us further:
      Pearly Gates of Cyberspace : A History of Space from Dante to the Internet
      by Margaret Wertheim. It is not available yet at amazon, but I my friend has one from Australia. (look forward to review from Brian! 🙂 I noticed that
      http://buybooks.com does have it, and much cheaper. What does that
      say about the overpriced amazon shares?
       
    • All of these books, as well as the links mentioned in in January 99 on the theme of the Psyche in Cyberspace are relevant to the discussions in
      Psyber-L
      a private mailing list which explores these
      matters and includes our immediate experience in the discussions.

     

    chardin

     

  • PIERRE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN
    Toward a Science Charged with Faith
  •  

    Chapter 3 of God and Science
    by Charles P. Henderson

    “As Karl Marx turned the world of
    philosophy upside down by revealing the foundations in society for every
    human theory, Teilhard tried to accomplish the even more difficult task
    of turning theology downside up. He tried to demonstrate that the
    material world, the world of rocks and trees, stars and planets, plants
    and animals, rather than being the neutral subject of scientific
    investigation, was in fact the soil from which would spring a new vision
    of the holy. The very subject matter of pure science was nothing less
    than a mirror in which one could see reflected the face of
    God.”

    Makes sense to me, it is like the shift
    that Giegerich speaks of, Copernican.  -wl

    • Particular Links on Teilhard de Chardin
      I
      am interested in these old ideas about noosphere, as they tie in with
      Technosis, Giegerich… wish i could get to write it all up, but links are
      enough for now. wl — 2 Feb.
       
    • Teilhard de Chardin and the Noosphere
      by Rev. Phillip J. Cunningham, C.S.P.

      “It was his opinion: “We are,
      at this very moment, passing through a change of age. Beneath a change
      of age lies a change of thought.” (1961, p. 214, 215) That hidden
      change would at first influence only a few but it would continue to
      expand. “I know of no more moving story nor any more revealing of
      the biological reality of a noogenesis than that of intelligence
      struggling step by step from the beginning to overcome the illusion of
      proximity.” (p. 216)”

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    Technology and Internet

    • Why Email Sucks (And How to Fix It)   Jesse Berst, Editorial
      Director ZDNet AnchorDesk
    • Try the *Other* Email Clients
      Jon C.A. DeKeles, Technical Director ZDNet AnchorDesk
      A list of many other clients and where to download them.
      Email is the life blood for
      the psyche in cyberspace. Both the articles focus simply on the *tools* but
      the tools are important… see:
    • WRITING SPACE: The Computer, Hypertext, and the History of WritingJay Bolton
      Reviewed by Stewart Brand.

      “His knowledge of how communication
      forms have changed the world before leads him to anticipate how they are
      about to again. The new forms are, literally, changing our minds.”
      SB

    • faq-o-matic
      A faq that can be
      added to and altered by the user. Thanks Dan.  A cleaner and simpler one, that
      is easily amended by user input as well but via a human:XML
      , thanks
      Miles.
    • Computers By Russell Brown New Zealand Listener
      Russell writes entertaining and insightful comments.
      Comes out once per week, often before the hard copy. A good way to know when
      there is a new one is to use Mind-it….
    • Mind-it
      Will send email
      when things change out there.
    • Computing at Chaos Manor Jerry Pournelle
      Jerry has had a column in Byte for 20 years and has been moved on. He’s
      gone to the web and it is a sight to behold! For those who like to hear
      about the wires and the chips and how Jerry approaches them it is a great
      place to go. He is also a co-author of sci-fi, and sometimes writes about
      how collaborates. Way back he might have been a psychologist as well.
      Interesting how he is seeking subscriptions to his site, a very personal and
      inviting approach!
    • Industrial Logic, Inc.
      I
      thought i’d send it here just because i like this site’s look and feel! Also
      as a company, it’s presentation is inviting to me. -wl.

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About the Psybernet Motif

Below is a post first created in 1994 for my BBS.

http://psybernet.co.nz/motifdoc.htm

Psybernet Motif
Tree of Life fire shield created by William Morris

a rich circle crafted by the human hand.It is inspired by a tapestry on a fire screen (around the turn of the century) which was in turn inspired by William Morris. It was the motif for Psybernet Bulletin Board which operated from April 1993 until about 1995. This image appeals to me and is an inspiration and symbol for the sort of work I do, on and off line. I see fertility, solidity and the organic nature of the tree contained in a rich circle crafted by the human hand. The motif has colour, fine detail and a sense of completion. You will see, I am sure, more ways that the image symbolises all types of work with the soul.

Walter.