Social network analysis needn’t be complicated

Category: Media & Technology
Published on Jan 19, 2009

In an age of highly-complex and often highly-expensive social network mapping and analysis tools, it’s good to know that some people still appreciate the value of getting back to basics. Net-Map, a simple network analysis tool, was developed by Eva Schiffer while at the International Food Policy Research Institute to help farmers in rural Africa better understand the complex realities in which they work and make most of their influence networks. As pictured above, the […]


PolicyWiki invites input on the forthcoming Canadian budget

Category: NGOs & Government
Published on Jan 15, 2009

Here’s a breath of fresh air: The Globe and Mail and the Dominion Institute have taken a page out of our Wikinomics playbook by opening up a Policy Wiki where Canadians are invited to contribute their ideas as to what Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty (pictured below) should include in his forthcoming budget. Given that the Conservative Government has appeared utterly clueless in this regard, they could certainly use the help. Here’s a clip from […]


The Large Hadron rap

Category: Health, Science & Education
Published on Jan 08, 2009

No longer to content to lay claim to being the world’s largest scientific collaboration, it seems CERN, which operates the Large Hadron Collider, is now flexing its viral marketing muscles. I had a good laugh at this and can barely wait to share it with my son in the morning.      


Will the spirit of Wikinomics survive in harsher times?

Category: NGOs & Government
Published on Jan 07, 2009 recently posted a collection of 151 thoughts from leading thinkers on the “game-changing scientific ideas or developments” they think will “change everything” within their lifetimes. Having co-authored a book about how mass collaboration will change everything I was particularly intrigued by their answers. There are many good entries, but artist, composer and producer Brian Eno’s short piece caught my attention, mostly because itchallenges some of the fundamental assumptions underlying our assertion that mass collaboration is […]