2003 Archive

December 31, 2003 » Knowledge Management as Information Brokering

David Gilmour, CEO of Tacit Knowledge Systems, wrote an excellent (and short) essay in the October issue of Harvard Business Review entitled, “How to Fix Knowledge Management.” The gist of the article:    (P3) The problem is that most organized corporate information sharing is based on a failed paradigm: publishing. In the publishing model, someone […]

December 31, 2003 » IT as Commodity and its Contribution to Productivity

There were two interesting articles about IT and productivity in the Harvard Business Review this past year: Nicholas Carr’s “IT Doesn’t Matter” (May) and Diana Farrell’s “The Real New Economy” (October).    (OK) Carr’s title is a bit misleading. It’s not that IT no longer matters at all; it’s that IT is less important (for […]

December 31, 2003 » George Soros: “The Bubble of American Supremacy”

George Soros has an excellent article in this month’s The Atlantic Monthly entitled, “The Bubble of American Supremacy,” where he decries the neoconservative Bush doctrine and proposes an alternative. Soros compares the Bush doctrine to a financial bubble:    (OE) The quest for American supremacy qualifies as a bubble. The dominant position the United States […]

December 22, 2003 » Church of Purple: The IDs the Thing

Some interesting posts in the blogosphere today that are relevant to Purple Numbers. First, Seb Paquet pointed to Matt Mower‘s recent “Show Anchors” bookmarklet, which displays named anchors on an HTML page. It’s a good hack, and it will hopefully encourage people to do more fine-grained linking, which is one reason for Purple Numbers.    […]

December 22, 2003 » December GivingSpace Workshop

There were several interesting presentations at Tom Munnecke‘s December 11 GivingSpace workshop, as well as some worthwhile discussion. Some quick thoughts and tidbits:    (NA) The workshop began with one of Paul Andrews‘s Improbable Pairs videos. This one told the story of Yitzhak Frankenthal, an Israeli whose son was killed by Palestinians, and Jawad Tibi, […]

December 22, 2003 » A Walk with Howard Rheingold: Collaboration as Craft

I had the great pleasure of walking and talking with Howard Rheingold last Thursday. Howard lives in Mill Valley, a few blocks away from some of the many trailheads leading up to Mount Tamalpais. We had exchanged emails a few times and had met briefly after his talk at Stanford in October. I had invited […]

December 16, 2003 » Culture Clash, Shared Language, and Story Telling

Speaking of names, a recent Newsday article on Viggo Mortensen, who plays Aragorn in the Lord of the Ring trilogy, notes that Danish people find his name:    (KK) “Corny?” he says. “Yeah, I know. It would be like being called Oscar. Or Otto. It’s an old name. A really, really old name. And a […]

December 16, 2003 » Why I Have Three Names

One thing that the articles cited in my two previous entries is that they both mispelled or misarranged my name. This is actually a relatively common phenomenon.    (K9) For the first dozen years of my life, I went by my middle name, “Eric.” Using one’s middle name is also a relatively common phenomenon. What’s […]

December 16, 2003 » WikiWhiteboard

Many moons ago, Danny Ayers reported the successful prototype of WikiWhiteboard, a simple tool for creating editable SVG images on Wikis. Motivated by the simplicity of the design and a little subtle prodding by Danny, I ported it to PurpleWiki. (See PurpleWiki:WikiWhiteboard.) Danny’s writeup on WikiWhiteboard, “Creating an SVG Wiki”, appeared last month at XML.com. […]

December 16, 2003 » Ross Mayfield on Coevolution

A few weeks ago, I posted some comments about Ross Mayfield‘s talk at the Bay Area Futurists Salon. Ross recently posted a good response at Many 2 Many.    (K3)

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