Gangster social

From Wired, we learn about how gang members in Chicago are using social networks as part of their methods of intimidation, organisation and self-aggrandisement, with seemingly little regard for the public nature of these spaces. We naturally associate criminal activity with secrecy, with conspiracies hatched in alleyways or back rooms. Today, though, foolish as it…… Continue reading Gangster social

Smells like social media meaning

Falsche freunde. False friends. You hear a phrase that sounds like one you already know and misinterpret it… As I’ve said before this happens all the time with the word “networks”. We’re so used to hearing it, prefaced by social-, computer-, broadcast, etc. that we think we know what it means. Read the “five rules…… Continue reading Smells like social media meaning

Networks and complexity – a feedback loop

Just posted a review of Grouped on the Brilliant Noise blog. It is such a fascinating book, I think I could happily blog about it all week – in fact I may do… One of the insights which tickled me, was the idea that increasing amounts of information and complexity could make us more reliant on…… Continue reading Networks and complexity – a feedback loop

Milieus of interest in Amazon recommendations

Networks are an abiding obsession for me. So I love this… This data visualisation video illustrates how Amazon applies the power of networks to selling more books (and everything else) – by tapping into the networks of purchases of books to offer more. The visualisation was created with a tool from Christopher Warnow, which is…… Continue reading Milieus of interest in Amazon recommendations

Simultaneous inventions and ideas (and headlines)

In Kevin Kelly’s What Technology Wants, he talks about the phenomenon of simultaneous invention. What tends to happen throughout the history of technological innovation is that several inventors, rather than one, get the same idea or breakthrough at the same time. The telephone, the television, even the theory of evolution are examples of simultaneous invention…… Continue reading Simultaneous inventions and ideas (and headlines)

Networks Thinking: Adapting for Complexity

Networks Thinking: Adapting for Complexity – Antony Mayfield View more presentations from Antony Mayfield. These are the notes, slides and suggested further reading for the lecture I’m giving today at Warwick Business School as part of its Complexity, Management & Network Thinking business module entitled Networks Thinking: Adapting for Complexity. Introduction Networks became a focus…… Continue reading Networks Thinking: Adapting for Complexity

The big lie of always-on, multi-tasking culture: “We think we’re thinking faster, but actually we’re slowing down.”

“We think we’re thinking faster, but actually we’re slowing down.” Caroline Webb, Partner at McKinsey & Co. Following on from my last post, where I mentioned the brilliant “For Your Information” episode of Peter Day’s BBC series In Business in the context of advertising business models, I’d like to look at the other strand of the…… Continue reading The big lie of always-on, multi-tasking culture: “We think we’re thinking faster, but actually we’re slowing down.”

Uncertainty (and the certainty of Wikileaks coming to your organisation soon)

The introduction to a blog post by Charlie Beckett about the US State Department’s dilemmas and dealings with the Wikileaks affair more or less articulates something I’ve been mulling recently: how can organisations respond to some of the more extreme effects of the web: Authority hates uncertainty. Big business and government feel safest when life…… Continue reading Uncertainty (and the certainty of Wikileaks coming to your organisation soon)

SuperSkills talk at TEDxBrighton

The video of my SuperSkills talk a couple of weeks ago is up on the TEDx Brighton site and YouTube now. The SuperSkills idea was one which I was airing for the first time, and am continuing to work on. The notes and links are all in the post – TEDx Brighton notes on my…… Continue reading SuperSkills talk at TEDxBrighton

On revolutions: two blog posts that stopped me in my tracks

Two blog posts – one notes for a Newsnight feature that never got made, the other an academic paper – made a deep impression on me when I read them last week, and have stayed with me since. I’ve recommended them on Twitter and to anyone whose will listen. For me they together mark a…… Continue reading On revolutions: two blog posts that stopped me in my tracks