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Emergent day to you. 2010-04-22 is my knowmad birthday. Think I understood the word. More to emerge.
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    Gunther Sonnenfeld:
    "The realities of knowledge acquisition, distribution and retention are very different in a world in which the past, present and future are constantly being rewritten. Look no further than the Internet and the social web for overwhelming evidence of the shifts in how we acquire, distribute and retain information, or what we construe as knowledge."


    "What if we could all accept the precept that what we actually know is dwarfed by what we don’t know, and that’s actually a good thing?

    To build from the example of an Internet economy, we are conductors of information that shifts the idea of control away from what’s ‘ownable’ and towards a dynamic of shared distribution and responsibility. To take it further, the idea isn’t necessarily to stake claim to a domain, but to unpack it such that the next best inferences and outcomes can occur.

    As the graphic above implies, there are some interesting alignments — human attributes, to be more specific — with all that we don’t know.

    While what you know is considered knowledge, what you don’t know is or can be a heightened form of awareness. It’s analogous to knowing what not to do. It’s the kind of foundational learning that enables us to make better choices and create better options for ourselves.

    What you think you know or what you might know, take on forms of reason, imagination, and sometimes, outright delusion. In the same way we might intuit a scenario or imagine an outcome, we can also delude ourselves into thinking that a present reality doesn’t exist (such as a failing business). Whether it does or doesn’t is also tied to the awareness of why what we might know actually matters.

    What you want to know and what you don’t know that you don’t know (the unknown unknowns) take on forms of curiosity and discovery. Wanting, doing and seeing or understanding become critical factors in shaping a new reality around what we don’t know. As such, we become wiser as we learn about what we didn’t know before, or what we still might not know going forward.

    Seem obvious? It probably isn’t, considering how often we repeat the same mistakes based on what we think we know."

    Experience The Power of Not Knowing
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    Why No Straight Lines

    By Alan Moore

    We are now living in what many people now call the Networked Society, where we are creating, collaborating, in ways that defy the logic of our industrial era.

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    A Vision for Lady Justice.001a

    Brian Robertson wrote the Rule of Individual Action:

    No matter how clearly we’ve defined the rules, policies, and processes,
    we will occasionally see a need for action which doesn’t fit within the defined system. In most organizations we're tempted to hide such Individual Action for fear of blame, but doing so costs the organization a critical learning opportunity.

    ... the rule of Individual Action tells you to do exactly what people will do anyway: Consider the information available, including the existing rules, and take whatever action you believe makes the most sense using the best judgment available to you. However, when that action falls outside or against existing governance, the rule of Individual Action adds two further steps you must also be prepared to take:

  • Call out your Individual Action, and be prepared to “restore the balance” from any harm or injustice caused (this represents a shift to a restorative justice system rather than a punitive one); and

  • If the action becomes a pattern, bring it up at a governance meeting so that the circle can learn and adapt – thus Individual Action triggers organizational learning.

  • Operating outside the rules or even breaking the rules is thus within the rules, as long as you've genuinely acted using your best judgment, for the sake of the organization, and followed these two corollary steps afterwards. This isn't suggesting anyone should break the rules any more than already happens, it's rather recognizing the reality that it
    does happen and working with it.

    This is one of the concepts so workable (like this big idea) that I find myself wondering why no one has proposed that before. Maybe they have, but it had not found me. Thanks to @mgusek555 for sharing the link. Thanks @technoshaman for the research proposal he added to a prior post on this blog.

    Ethics and Compliance

    To me, this Rule of Individual Action belongs into the toolkit of Ethics and Compliance professionals. And the legal profession, too. Here is why:

    It is future-oriented as much as its counterpart is looking to the past. Like two sides of Justitia's scales, both the rear-view mirror and the windshield are useful if you are on your way forward. We all know which is safer to devote most of our attention to.

    In essence, the precedent seems to be justified by following logic: We are convinced as a society we survive better if we acknowledge the work and wisdom that led to a well-researched, well-documented decision, presumably just to the best of our knowledge at the time. This is efficient and effective because it keeps us from having to repeat history once again. We can identify similarities and differences, read up about it and leapfrog to the conclusion. Time saved, case closed, let's move on. A safe path to guide us in future.

    Until it isn't any more. 

    Ethics and Compliance need a Vision

    Present problem is, invitations or cases to decide whether to rely on precedent or review the rules are coming at us not in a few year's time as it used to be. Changes in rules and context may fly at us every few days, and may be coming up in hours. Despite powerful text storage and search engines, the justification for decision-making must fit into ever smaller windows of opportunity.

    In an exponential future, the rules and language of the past do not hold much water any more. Language is a bizzarre problem requiring new scientific approaches, model-free being one of them (explained in this video).

    Meaning changes with context. With our minds we can process it, to a degree. As a community, we can talk it over, much of meeting time used up to agree on what we really mean and build mutual understanding.

    Emerge The Conversation

    Pictures and video conversation (as in Junto) would help, because they enable learning by watching talk or actions. Especially video helps to confer tacit knowledge, essential to grow collective understanding. Culture, actually. How about working on a more rigorous use of language - augmented language, maybe, so as to not go the legalese way? Balanced with modern media to enable ease of understanding and, naturally, encompassing individual action, how about that?

    Image credit: pacmikey on flickr

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    Categories: Future, collective intelligence, justice
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