Unconferencing: A Recursive Conversation: My friends Rob Paterson and Chris Corrigan have a podcast conversation with the UK’s Johnny Moore about ‘unconferencing’ — running a conference without speakers, using conversation facilitators instead. It’s an enlightening conversation, involving three very intelligent people, and if you haven’t listened to podcasts this is a great first listening experience and model (and Johnny’s ‘show notes’ of the highlights are excellent). But ironically, given the subject, I got frustrated just listening — I wanted to jump in and participate in the conversation, but because of the medium, I couldn’t.
Ray Ozzie on the Inflexibility of Large Corporations: Ray Ozzie, now bogged down in the bureaucracy of Microsoft, talks with Wendy Kellogg on a variety of subjects. Thanks to Innovation Weekly for the link. A teaser:
Sadly, I think [large corporations] have a lot of issues going on inside them that make it very difficult to embrace some of these innovations. Frankly, the path that weíre on leads one to believe that a lot of the benefits of these innovations are accruing to small businesses and individuals much more readily than [large corporations]. The reason: [large corporations] are really different from the public Internet in that they have fairly substantial compliance issues. They have control hierarchies related to technology acquisition and enablement of end users. They mandate the use of certain technologies and mandate that others not be used. They control the upgrade tempo. Iíve never seen the technology environment as divergent as it is right now between whatís going on outside and whatís going on inside [large corporations].
There are other issues as well. For example, the search technologies that work on the outside of [large corporations] are completely different from the ones that work on the inside because, at least in todayís Internet, people like to make things public. They tag things, they write things on blogs, and post pictures to Flickr, whereas within [large corporations], there are many well-entrenched things related to hoarding, hiding, and securing information that results in information being siloed. So some of the core ways that relevance is determined on the open Internet, such as references, donít work on the insideóyou donít have people writing in a public forum within a corporate network talking about and pointing at other things, because everything is in these little compartments.
Socially & Environmentally Responsible Housing in Three Days: Necessity Housing is creating inexpensive, well-made housing using local materials in a responsible manner, where it is most desperately needed, and putting them up in three days. Watch the time exposure video.
Bush Impeachment Timeline Still Tracking Nixon’s: Even conservative pundits now admit that Bush’s secret law permitting spying on Americans without warrants is against the law, and grounds for impeachment.
Guide to Phishing: As a follow-up to my earlier article on phishing, here’s a complete paper on the subject, with examples of all the tricks. Thanks to Rudy Breda for the link.
GTD Procrastination Process: 43Folders has another way of Getting Things Done for procrastinators. Try it, and tell me if it works for you.
Great African Music Video: Malian musician Salif Keita’s wonderful song Yamore is now available online as a video. Watch it here.
Instead of a quote this week, here are the Hanover Principles, written by Bill McDonough and adopted for the 2000 World’s Fair, as a framework for a sustainable world (thanks to Kenny Ausubel for pointing these out):
Merry Christmas, everyone. No post tomorrow. Talk with you again on Boxing Day.
Image: The astonishing cover from last week’s New Yorker by Anita Kunz. The right-wing bloggers are up in arms about this cover.