Saturday, May 31, 2008

Since I started looking at the Lancaster Management videos on YouTube I have been thinking of how a sequence could be put together. The Lancaster campus is a suitable site for a sequence as it is linear and reaches a conclusion. Maybe that is just what makes sense for me. I like a walk in central Exeter as it is a loop and there need not be a conclusion. anyway, back on topic.

I have already done one post about this and a sequence on a Bailrigg channel for WorldTV. My current idea is to concentrate on the knowledge economy and the implications for organisation and leadership. There is enough material from events at the Work Foundation, Exeter and Lancaster. People may be prepared to contribute who remember what was said or repeat sections on camera.

The story tension is about maintaining motivation for a group offering a web service between sensing an outline possibility at Info21 and meeting a client at the Spicy Hut. The hurdles are the forms of critique offered by the shapeshifters known as management academics. Episode 2 could be more detail about security for mobile devices ( could relate to current IAS project) but this proposal is about the Knowledge Economy as material exists.

A device could be a DVD player or similar to show existing video. Otherwise the sets are coffee places. At Info21 Will Hutton or virtual equivalent to talk about ‘Contemporary Trends in Work and Organisation’ as at the Inter Logics website. Moving to the George Fox Building for Steve Ackroyd to talk about "Network Organisation". This building is where I heard Chris Grey talk about "relevance" so I associate it with "critique". The take on "Network Organisation" accepts that something is happening but questions the claims on benefits.

Mike Pedlar was not recorded talking about "New Organisations?" but he could be invited to repeat this at the Management School. Alternatively others could remember what was said or comment on it. Discussion here could be more detailed, the George Fox Building is a site for shocks.

Through the Wikipedia description for "critical discourse" I have found an online free text from Norman Fairclough. I have loadedthis into Google docs with a highlight around the approach to the Knowledge Economy. This would be enough for a talk at the IAS cafe and possibly there could be recording at the Summer School.

So what will the final scene be at the Spicy Hut. will the group manage to make any positive claims for the technology in general or the economic benefits of knowledge? Will they come back next time for the detailed discussion on mobile security? Who knows? Let us just shoot loads of stuff and present it to an editor. The advantage of YouTube and components is that there can be many versions so a script stays in draft indefinitely.

By the way, in Exeter we have Adobe video editing at Life Bytes on Sidwell Street and a couple of reasonable cameras. Some of the buildings on the Exeter campus could be much the same as at Lancaster so we may shoot some tests or bits to edit in.

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