Thursday, May 22, 2008

First YouTube result for "leadership learning organization"

maybe "organisation" would get closer to the UK. To be tested later.
Eurekster is still not working so I can't do a screen shot of the ITC swicki or explore dotcoop. Also none of the Swickis are working. Maybe it has to do with "coming out of beta" as reported here.

I am not alone. Others are complaining. Maybe we should just wait a while. The Swicki idea is excellent if it can go just a bit further.

But then again maybe beta is actually safer. Not sure why.
More browsing to find out what else could be happening in Koln. The Digital Culture site seems a bit dormant. Maybe the demoscene has moved somewhere else.

Collective working and co-operation used to be topics but "evaluation" is also a concern. Univation shows some links to conferences. Not sure how much time there will be but I hope to follow this up later. Studying quality and the PDSA cycle, I think the plan or design phase will be of most interest at the IAS conference. But evaluation is significant also.
The papers from the Networked Learning conference are now online. Chris Jones presents a "social practice" perspective and links this to "Web 2", including a selection from YouTube.

There are many different approaches to what should be available online rather than only at an academic conference or in a journal. I have found different sorts of response to requests to photograph or video. Similar range for cultural performance. Musicians during Sidmouth folk week do not mind video at all. Discussion during Animated Exeter is carefully managed. The Apple store in Exeter may turn up on YouTube but not in an approved manner. Anyway back to conferences and academic content.

The Work Foundation hosted a meeting in September last year looking at Changing Forms of Organisation and the Implications for Leadership & Leadership Development. Will Hutton seemed to me to be suggesting that new styles of leadership are required because organisations have already changed in a knowledge economy. The slides are available as PDF. From the homepage you can find video and mp3 also. Stephen Ackroyd was more critical of what he called a "Network Organisation" but the slides include some evidence of significant changes in the UK economy.

In Exeter I took some photos of the day on the Changing Leadership Agenda and asked permission after the event. As nobody else had taken any this was welcomed and a couple from Flickr have been copied for the official site. There are PDFs for download from the official homepage.

In Lancaster for a day about the MA in Management Learning I found that photography was not given permission as there was a video production complete with an external microphone and boom.

My guess is that links to content would work just as well in devekloping interest in MAML. Lancaster Leadership joined YouTube on May 15th, there I learned something while writing this post. Not many comments yet or video responses. The style may change to be more like a conversation, a strong trend as identified by blogger Jeff Jarvis.

Meanwhile my own low quality guide to a route from the Info21 cafe, past the critique zone and connecting to civilian society, has gathered one comment.

fifthdoor99 wrote:

noise from this evil establishment is quite disruptive when trying to listen at academic events in the rooms right below it

Well, some of us just drop by to enjoy the coffee and the design of the building and the general sense that technology can offer something. Whether it works as a real building is not the point.

Meanwhile my impression is that there is some real basis to claims for the existence of a knowledge economy. YouTube is one example of related changes in open content.
Couple of graphics saved from yesterday. The drupa event will be about print in the context of the internet. I have done a couple of stories for OhmyNews about the change in name for the London College of Communications, Print as was. I don't think I can do another one later this year. Something has changed. I have put a topic on Guardian Talk as well as the drupa2008 blog about the apparent lack of an Apple stand at drupa. That was yesterday but so far nobody has commented that this is incorrect. So I am assuming it is so and that Apple research shows that tunes are the future.

Passing through Brussels on the way is a chance to catch up on what is happening with policy ideas. Previously there was a proposal for eTEN, around the possibilities with PDF. At the moment there is still mystery about MARS, the probable future of PDF as "XML friendly", even more friendly than currently. As Apple and Adobe move on to video and animation, the technology around text and flat documents could become commoditised. "Critique" could include reassembling documents from many sources. This ideas is worth returning to but probably won't meet project criteria.

Co-ops relate to participation. Web browsing shows that the dotcoop promotion seems to be at Co-operatives Europe. I intend to update the ITC swicki to include dotcoop but as it appears Eurekster is offline at the moment. So more on this later.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

I have started to travel more as the climate improves. Slightly warmer in May is not too worrying. I have been to Lancaster recently for a meeting about the MA in Management Learning. More on this later. I will be there again in July for the conference on Designing Safety. I am more convinced about data security as a topic. It makes sense as part of the move to a mobile web but mostly as an antidote to other streams of argument. I will get back on topic early in July but meanwhile things come up in various connections. I have been browsing today and found a few images to drop in, remind me of text to include.

This is the logo for the current annual research program at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Lancaster. The conference is on July 10 -12.

There is a summer school about discourse analysis 30 June - 5 July. Hope someone blogs about this. I sometimes think the IAS is more interested in discourse than forms of reality. After three projects it could be time to look at trends. I have yet to find any firm conclusions about the knowledge economy as if some policy is required. Meanwhile in mainland Europe, the Commission is still on the case. Lots of rhetoric of course but worth following.

I am a fan of Psand and Bristol Wireless. They have demonstrated satellite and wifi over a few years. Not sure what will happen over this summer but there is enough of an archive to make a case for how real cultural events can be enhanced. This van is from a set of photos from Extremadura, a region where Open Source is supported. The links are no longer that reliable but here are one, two and three. The EU website has a relevant story. The Riga Document had something to do with the Global Cities project but I cannot remember the detail. The point is that as I remember it there was a discussion about regional identity in terms of aligning with technology, especially open source. Regional identity was the second project, after the knowledge economy and before the new sciences of protection.

My next trip is to the drupa, small "d" but enormous space, the largest print show on the planet. I think that disruption may be obvious this time. As far as I know there is no Apple stand, a bad sign for the future of the printing industry. Maybe everyone is supposed to have a phone with podcasts rather than flat pages. Have you noticed that all the universities on iTunes are in the USA? Swizz or what?