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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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    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.

    Daniel Mezick's new book due out soon. He was so kind to share a preview, from which I quote.

    Everything is changing, and changing more rapidly than ever before.
    The rate of this change is increasing like never before.
    In 1978, Chris Argyris & Donald Schön published Organizational Learning.
    In 1990, Peter Senge published The Fifth Discipline.
    In 2001, a tribe of pioneering people in software wrote The Agile Manifesto.
    In 2008, Dave Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright wrote Tribal Leadership.
    The Culture Game, first published in 2012, builds on the shoulders of these giants.
    The Culture Game is a how-to manual containing specific practices and principles for increasing group learning inside tribes, groups of about 20 to 150 people. It is a concise how-to manual of sixteen essential learning practices that you can use right now to encourage a greater ability to respond to change inside your teams, inside your personal network, and within your entire organization.
    What is next is up to you.

    Ok, as I have not read much of the book yet, let me skip close to the end and see if there is some value for Polytopia. Intuition at work...

    Here is one for meetings, (preview page 44)

    Working agreements are exactly that - agreements. Establish working agreements by discussing the following when every meeting starts:
    Core working agreements. Are there any previously established, core working agreements we are no longer honoring? See below for a description of how to develop core working agreements. These are the default for each meeting with this group of people. Discuss any amendments.
    Who must leave. Discuss who in the room must exit before the meeting ends.
    Start and stop time. Explicitly state these times.
    Cell phone usage. Use of cell phones during meetings reduces engagement. Discuss acceptable cell phone use during this meeting.
    Use of laptops. Use of laptops during meetings dramatically reduces engagement. Discuss acceptable laptop use (if any) for this meeting.
    Breaks. After 45 minutes, people tend to “check out” as their focus drops. Provide a break of 7 to 12 minutes for every 45 to 50 minutes of sit-down meeting time.
    Punctuality. Discuss the end-of-break boundary. Consider agreeing that the instant that the door closes, the agreed-upon break is over.
    One conversation. Try to establish the rule that when one person talks, everyone else must listen. Discuss prohibition of side conversations and over-talking.
    Anything else. Ask the group if there is anything else that makes sense to agree to, before we start.
    Write down the understandings on a white board or flip chart paper on the wall. Make these agreements very visible.

    Ah, this synapses with two recent findings in my universe:

    1. The Modern Meeting Standard as a framework from a quick'n'easy how-to book

    2. What I heard about effects of attention span from a trainer for automotive service technicians. Qualification tests pass rate after a day of 90-minute sessions around 40%, after a day of 45-minute sessions usually above 70%.
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    Categories: learning, collaboration, agile, scrum, organization
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    A year has passed since I passed my own test for being a knowmad. Like many, I have acquired a scattered digital identity. Was just piecing together a few of the links to my digital presence at When I added the link to spacecollective, it reminded me I have not posted here for a long time. And I want to thank you all. So there.

    Occasionally I google myself, no, sorry, the self is not googleable. I google my pen name, nah, the products of the pen or typewriter at best are not googleable either. Once again, occasionally I google my pseudonym (yess, that word works) and here are the current results. (Click at your own risk, I hope it's all about me and all good. ;-) Probing my niche here, image courtesy of Ebon Fisher.

    Update 2011-05-12:
    Image of a concept map that reflects aspects of knowmadism

    End of update.

    What is a better digital knowmad equivalent word for name, pen name, pseudonym?
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    Hans Rosling, genius of data visualization at Gapminder leads us to grasp surprising big data and aim for adequate context. One of his key messages for me: what we can do to effectively help people in one place and condition would not necessarily work well elsewhere. That is why I feel complex adaptive people networks have a growing role in improving the world.
    Image credit: Gapminder World

    Hans Rosling: No more boring data 20 minutes TED talk - 2006

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