21st Century Soup-Spilling

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[post_intro]There’s a lot of talk about 21st century education. There are the skills that children need, the jobs that don’t exist yet, the access to learning anywhere and all the wonderful things the internet enables us to do. All of this is valuable, I think, but I wonder how much it is side-stepping the real issue?[/post_intro] When I first started … Read More

Twitter vs. the Dunbar Number, and the Rise of Weak Ties

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the fact that new social technology is allowing us to grow the ranks of our weak ties and passively tracked relationships should not be glossed over as an aside, or also-ran, or less than exciting and amazing development… It should be embossed, stuffed, mounted, lacquered, bronzed, and put up on a pedestal for all to admire in perpetuity. Word. Source: … Read More

Mainstream vs Underground

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This made me think. “The concepts of a ‘mainstream’ and an ‘underground’ are laid to rest by networked culture. There are only open and closed networks. Everything is flat.” – via the very bright Anil Bawa Hmm … instinctively like the idea, but I’m afraid I don’t believe it.


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“Nonlinear dynamics is central to the future of science. Chaos theory revealed that simple nonlinear systems could behave in extremely complicated ways, and showed us how to understand them with pictures instead of equations. Complexity theory taight us that many simple units interacting according to simple rules could generate unexpected order. But where complexity theory has largely failed is in … Read More

The truth “out there” is different

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A couple of curiosities have come up recently concerning national identity and how it distorts (rightly or wrongly) one’s view of things. First was a map of national stereotypes based on Google searches for e.g. “what the English are known for“. [via Mike] Not sure what “aristocratic kitchens” are – kitchens that the owners never enter? – and I really … Read More

Mapping your blog mind revisited

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A while ago I posted some thoughts about creating a mindmap of your blog. I’ve spent the last couple of evenings fiddling around with tags, a little easy php and Ucinet, some SNA software. I thought I’d post the rough and ready pics now, and do some more explaining when I’ve more time tomorrow. A 3d visualisation of my blog … Read More

You say profession, I say passion

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Missed this while on my travels. Anjo, Lilia and Stephanie have been doing some interesting things analysing blog communities through terminology rather than links. [Anjo writes it up here, here and here.] One of the upshots of it all is a map of a number of blogs organised by terminological similarity rather than links. (The key to the colours is: … Read More


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Looks like Martin Visser is doing some interesting work on grid thinking over at http://www.gridthinking.org – and there’s a blog about it here.

Network Enabled Capability: Promise and Practise

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There’s a great, short article hereRUSI- Network Centric Operations Today: Between the Promise and the Practice that looks at some of the findings the US military (and others) are making trying to put Network Enabled Operations into practice. A coupe of things caught my eye. (Emphasis mine) In Afghanistan, improved headquarters performance was reported (after a period of adjustment and … Read More