Wiki collaboration leads to happiness (updated and revisited!)

Category: Media & Technology
Published on Mar 29, 2008

  Earlier in the week I posted Manny Wilson’s creative depiction of the merits of wiki collaboration. I noted then how a participant at a recent talk I gave at Nokia had pointed out that the happy faces on the left of Manny’s diagram probably ought to be frowning. Chris then alerted me to an updated version of the diagram that reflects the personal and organizational pain that email so often inflicts (click on the thumbnail!)   […]

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Virtual Alabama

Category: NGOs & Government
Published on Mar 28, 2008

Google Earth has become a platform for revealing atrocities in Dafur, tracking the spread of the avian flu, and analyzing the effect of climate change on sea levels, among dozens of other great applications. Recently the State of Alabama’s Homeland Security department opted to use Google Earth as a platform for emergency management. The site threads together thousands of pieces of information from across the state – including maps, photos, traffic cameras, current weather and […]

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The changing role of public sector CIOs

Category: NGOs & Government
Published on Mar 27, 2008

Some time ago I was asked by the U.S. General Services Administration to write an article describing how I envision the role of public sector CIOs. The article has now been published (Role of the Public Sector CIO) along side articles by Karen Evans, John Suffolk, Bill Vajda, Teri Takai, P.K. Agarwal, Jerry Mechling, Ken Cochrane and other influential leaders in government. I highlighted four priorities: infusing web 2.0 principles into government service delivery strategies, […]

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Wiki collaboration leads to happiness

Category: Media & Technology
Published on Mar 26, 2008

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and I think this one sums up the power of wiki collaboration better than any 1,000 word essay ever could (Click here for a better view). The model was developed by Manny Wilson of U.S. Central Command and was shared with me by Chris Rasmussen at US National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. I presented this slide during a talk I gave at Nokia today and someone pointed out that the happy […]

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NGO 2.0: wikinomics and the future of the non-profit sector

Category: NGOs & Government
Published on Mar 17, 2008

Last week I gave a speech to a group of leaders from some of the world’s largest non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) including World Vision, Oxfam, CARE, The Nature Conservancy, Red Cross, and others. The group was assembled to assess the possibility of putting together an industry standard for project design, monitoring and evaluation (DM&E) that could increase the transparency and effectiveness of the sector. My role was to provoke debate about what the future of the […]

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Getting out of email jail

Category: Media & Technology
Published on Mar 07, 2008

I caught the BBC’s article on email overload this morning. The article points out that two million e-mails are sent every minute in the UK. That is almost three billion each day. But what is the real cost of this information overload, they ask? Apparently one UK-based firm estimated that dealing with pointless e-mails cost it £39m a year. Everyone knows it’s a problem. Everyone hates trying to filter through hundreds of emails a day. […]

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Youth participation in poilitics on the rise

Category: NGOs & Government
Published on Mar 07, 2008

Recent data from the presidential primaries in the US suggests that youth participation has risen sharply. In some states the proportion of young people who turned out to vote has tripled and even quadrupled in comparison the primaries in 2000. All told, more than 3 million youth participated in the Super Tuesday primaries and 61% of young people polled said “they will definitely be voting” in the Presidential elections this year. The data contradicts the […]

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