Slumped

The real reason for the forty-hour work week

The eight-hour workday developed during the industrial revolution in Britain in the 19th century, as a respite for factory workers who were being exploited with 14- or 16-hour workdays. As technologies and methods advanced, workers in all industries became able to produce much more value in a shorter amount of time. You’d think this would […]

WOL Courses

A new 6-week course to help you Work Out Loud – June/July 2016

I am a great fan of Working Out Loud – John Stepper’s published approach to working in the open, transparently and with authenticity.  As he describes it: Instead of networking to get something, you lead with generosity, investing in relationships that give you access to other people, knowledge, and possibilities. Part of the process is learning […]

Robert Paterson - old culture has to die

The old culture has to die

Most organizations remain bound by the old rules. The power systems all use the old models. Only a handful of organizations have made the move. To make this kind of change, the old culture in the organization has to die. – Robert Paterson It’s so refreshing when I engage with an organisation that views collaboration, productivity […]

New Clues!

The Clue Train is back!

For many in this industry, The Clue Train Manifesto was a seminal work in the evolution of the internet, and in many ways forecast the development of social media and social business. As I noted in my Social Connections session in Stockholm, it’s incredible both how prescient the site was (written back in 1999), and also […]

Esko Kilpi

Learning from open-source developers

I have belatedly come across a fascinating 15-month old post by Esko Kilpi on ‘Emergence and self-organization‘: What takes place in open source projects is typically not the result of choices made by a few (powerful) people that others blindly implement. Instead, what emerges is the consequence of the choices of all involved in the […]

Shift happens

Really enlightening post from Katryna Dow on Ello and the evidence for a major shift in the tech industry: As Ello states, they don’t have an exit strategy. Maybe we are returning to the days when the journey can be as important as the destination?  Were the great inventors and founders of the past only […]