Open the walls connects directly to Dr Sugata Mitra’s bright idea to put a computer into a hole in a wall in New Dehli slums.
Have companies and persons (even me) really understood all the consequences of this hole in the wall?
- All informations are there, under your fingertips on the keyboard of
your computer, no scarcity
- Copy-paste beyond the legal battle is a fabulous source of creativity (remix, re-creation)
- Everyone can connect with everyone on this planet (even the barrier
of different languages is no more so high)
- Sharing data drives to collaboration and collaboration to knowledge
and added value.
Controls of the use of Internet inside the company is certainly done with
the best intentions but the result is a restriction in knowledge and data
information with the side-effect of a decrease in creativity (no exchange
More and more businesses across all sectors of the economy move to the web and here are the Customers. The Internet gives a great opportunity to collaborate, to attend, to reward for …nuts. Are we really obliged to put a wall between the departments of a company or even worst between the company and its customers?
Example in Marketing (source:
“Social networks are providing a new source of demographic data that,
combined with Facebook’s Open Graph, offer marketers a new treasure trove of information.”
More : it is time to give a kick-off to the work made inside companies,
sweapping away “process” and focusing on data. Process are for machines, the real treasure is the persons linked to these data. Social networks, social plateforms, Apps , all connected electronic devices are collecting these personalized data. Are we ready to compute-analize them to deliver the right service at the right moment?»
As a wiki-early adopter I am looking at blogs with wariness. On my point of view Blogs (Posterous included…) are not collaborative tools (even with the comments part) and are linear content silos.
Linear content silo means:
- posts and comments are stocked like a sky-crapper building with only
one lift to go from one floor to another one.
- the vast majority of the posts are links free. Some clever guys are
linking their new posts with old ones, to increase SEO…
For whom are you writing flat content? Is linear content written for the
web, for the “social-web ” or for
Is your brain a rhyzome or a “sky-crapper building”? Is your brain more
effective than a strutured data base? Are you printing contents before
What if we try to write for the “social-web”, for all the persons who are
sharing knowledge, practices and howto, adding value to information. How we
will achieve this? Linking all what we can because it is the easyest thing
to do to enrich contents and start the rhyzome which can leverage
creativity. Wiki is a great booster to link everything because:
- you need to make a “link” to create content at the very beginning of
- as soon as your write in a wiki you are able to transform every word
in link and this link becomes a new content if you want.
- all the links in a wiki are like “tags” that accelerate all your
searches and this is what the desperate worker1.0 is dreaming for: no more
directories and folders just key words to go straight to the point of
What is your benefits to link information:
1. you will free you from flat archiving which drives to a complete
mess in your personal computer and in the offices.
2. you will use “key words” and search engines which will increase your
productivity and your creativity.
3. you will be in tune with your brain which will free space for your
More: How may of you are using Tomboy on a daily basis?
*Are you ready to link everything you can? The next step to be 2.0 is : Open the walls*
*Engaged in the Enterprise 2.0 debate, taking part of the
E20Summit> in 2010 and 2012, I was surprised how the discussions were about concepts,designs and processes instead of personal attitudes. Are people in charge of designing the Enterprise 2.0 themselves 2.0? Are they acting in a 2.0 manner? How is it to be 2.0? So I will try to define 3 basic attitudes which for me are essential to behave in a 2.0 manner. Hope you will add some more!
Improving administration productivity into organisations is often (too
often) getting rid of duplicated data.
Duplicated data are evil: error in the duplicate process, lost of time
duplicating, people working on slightly different data, bad
performance…Wait: are these arguments from nowadays or from the last century when paper and pencils where the only tools in administrations?
In 2012 organisations have plenty of computers. What represent for
you, knowledge worker , to copy and paste?
- you need a nanosecond of work on your proper device to copy-paste the data you have selected (not the whole data base supported
by IT departement)
- data are copied and pasted with no error, the computer is stupid
- your proper device is under your control: you are responsible of the
data you use and how you manage them.
- you will cope with the performance of your device if it happens to
have too heavy data.
What are your benefits to manage your data on your proper device (or in the clouds, doesn’t matter because it is still under your responsability)
1. you add what ever you want to the basic data, you know what you need
2. you rely on…you and this is a big booster to manage the data as
well as you can.
3. redundancy is key for creativity and serendipity (see
the fashion industry >
4. you signed a contract with your company in which you agree to use
all the company data for the sake of your company business. This is the
rule of your game, you are playing it to be rewarded.
So in my opinion : Duplication of data inside organisation is not a
productivity issue. It is a “security issue” which drives us to “how to
design a non-controlled organisation, a fenceless organisation?”
*More about “appification of enterprise services” *
*Next to come : Link-link-link or How to be 2.0 - Part Two *