Johnnie Moore

The power of community

Earlier today I was writing about passion brands and the power of community. I got a small but interesting example of this principle in action when I visited Ton Zijltra's blog to find that he's opened a separate blog on his planned abandonment of Microsoft.
Johnnie Moore

Johnnie Moore

I’m Johnnie Moore, and I help people work better together

Earlier today I was writing about passion brands and the unacknowledged value of community.

I got a small but interesting example of this principle in action when I visited Ton Zijlstra’s blog to find that he’s opened a separate blog on his planned abandonment of Microsoft.

“Do I want to get rid of Microsoft on my system that functions as a server? Yes it’s high time. I’m tired of patching security holes that should not have been there to begin with.

I’m also not looking forward to continue paying hefty prices for licenses to software that seems to make decisions I never asked for because it ‘knows best’ and never lets me see exactly what it does.

Tired of error messages that offer no explanation nor a route to solve it yourself, only the possibility to send a report to the vendor. Tired of dozens of errors and entries in the registry that should not be there, and are only there because the system makes them and then reports them back to me (if I’m lucky).”

Within a few hours, Ton gets 7 comments from around the net offering encouragement and practical help with the trials of converting.

If I put to one side the pros and cons of Microsoft, I think it’s very interesting how quickly the Open Source community rallies to help Ton make the change.

And as I blogged earlier, the real value being created in these exchanges does not show up at the stock market.

Share Post

More Posts

Blogging for Ourhouse

Welcome to the Ourhouse Weblog. Blogging is something I’ve become increasingly interested in. Earlier this month I set up the Beyond Branding Blog which is

Collaboration

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking – and worrying – about collaboration. I think the ability to collaborate effectively is becoming ever more essential

Just Undo It?

The AntiBrand: blackSpot sneakers, a project by Adbusters attacks Nike directly. In doing so they take on what has become one of the great icons

Trust and NGOs

My friend Olaf Brugman has invited me to take part in a workshop in Brussels on October 29th. It looks set to be an interesting

SharpReader

I’ve finally started paying attention to RSS and all this stuff about “Blog Aggregators”. The final shove was wanting to get Martin Roell’s English feed.

Comment spam solution

Like many others I’ve been getting more and more bogus comments from Spammers promoting their sites. So, having delayed for a while, I’ve just installed

More Updates

Emotional debt

Releasing the hidden costs of pent up frustrations

Aliveness

Finding the aliveness below the surface of stuck

Johnnie Moore

Not upgrading

I don’t know about you (for all I know you’re an Apple or Linux person) but the more I read, the more I think I’ll not be upgrading to Office

Johnnie Moore

Film financing crowdsourced

I liked this: Buyacredit.com. Three British teenagers crowdsource the funding of a film of a little know Jules Verne novel. Hat tip: Neil Perkin’s recent slideshare.

Johnnie Moore

Organisational culture and its pitfalls

Keith Sawyer says you should avoid recruiting people who “fit your culture” if you want to support innovation. We know from creativity research that the most innovative teams have cognitive diversity.

Johnnie Moore

Tim Brown on play

I really liked this TED video by Tim Brown of IDEO on creativity and play. He uses a few practical exercises to liven up the experience, but also to drive