The post-productive economy

Kevin Kelly makes some great points about a “post-productive economy”. This really scratches lots of itches for me. Even if you don’t agree with him I think it’s a great attempt to get fish to see water: challenging some deep assumptions about what productivity is, and what choices people will make. So the 3rd Industrial […]

Will the net disintermediate a whole class?

Harold Jarche reflects on Jaron Lanier’s prediction that The people who are perhaps the most screwed by open culture are the middle classes of intellectual and cultural creation. The freelance studio musician the stringer selling reports to newspapers from warzones are both crucial contributors to culture. Each pays dues and devotes years to honing a […]

Emergence and onlyness

Tim Kastelle has tweeted two great spots recently: Experimentation is the new planning a Fast Company article contrasting conventional with emergent strategising. I think a lot of managers might find this thought a bit scary: Let’s be honest: You have no idea what’s going to happen to your industry. That’s why you build your organization […]

Chiefs, indians and networks

Eariler this week I went to the Cambridge Pitch & Mix. There was a great mix of people and lots of ideas stuck in my mind. One in particular was a comment made that the tech scene in Cambridge suffered because there were to admit the cliché too many chiefs and not enough indians. I […]

A rocket aimed at conventional education?

Kevin Carey has a fascinating article looking at the growing number of startups challenging conventional universities with cheap online services. I’ve felt for a long time that education would eventually suffer the kind of disruptive change that has hit the music and publishing industries. Carey takes a close and not totally wide-eyed look at some […]

Against big-is-best banking

In One Man Against Wall St, Simon Johnson introduces us to Jeff Connaughton. He’s a Wall Street pro who now spends his time debunking the arguments for big-is-best megabanks. It makes a lot of sense to me. I think that finance is just as amenable to a much less monolithic, much more networked infrastructure. Hat […]

Talk about agile…

Shinsato spotted this remarkable TED talk by Joe Justice on using agile processes to develop a legal (and amazing looking) car with exceptional fuel efficiency in three months. He highlights how slow improvements are in conventional cars because their manufacturing processes are so expensive to change. One hybrid increases fuel efficiency by just 2 mpg […]

Savage clarity

I like Jay Rosen’s perspective on journalism in a time of wicked problems. (Thanks to Harold Jarche for the link) Near the end Rosen calls for “savage clarity” in journalism. Harold picks up on that phrase and I like it too. What appeals to me is that it’s paradoxical. People like their clarity hygienic and […]

Central currencies vs peer-to-peer

Doug Rushkoff believes central currencies and big corporations were invented to repress peer-to-peer production. And their time is now up. It’s not the 99% who need to retrain themselves in order to get jobs. It’s the 1% who need to face the fact that their 600-year workaround of the value creation has reached the very […]

It’s the network, baby

Harold Jarche has written a good succinct post on the shift managers have to make from hierarchy to network. It makes lots of sense to me, and it’s a challenge I’m seeing lots of organisations wrestle with. Harold challenges the “learning delivery” model, which is something I often run up against. It’s quite a culture […]