Organizing for Collaboration

It’s on everyone’s lips, with collaboration closely following innovation.  We’ve come to recognize that command-and-control decision-making and siloed hierarchies are not the way forward.  We talk a good game about collaboration within the organization, but do we provide a supportive culture? You cannot collaborate within a psychologically unsafe culture.  You cannot collaborate in a culture…

Digital Literacy

Here is a useful resource, the Digital Literacy portal: The Digital Literacy portal is an initiative of the Obama Administration to serve as a valuable resource to practitioners who are delivering digital literacy training and services in their communities. As more and more jobs and educational offerings are available online, the ability to navigate the…

Drucker’s Source of Innovation and Social Media

Peter Drucker’s 7 Sources of Innovation as described in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2006) provide a framework for understanding the current environment. The core effect of the internet since becoming widely available in the home and workplace has been disruption. The consumer-producer gap in information has narrowed, scores of middlemen have found their businesses irrelevant, and…

Social impact of media

Irving Fang’s six information revolutions (1997) were often accompanied social change. These changes might have occurred quickly via revolution or slowly via gradual societal change, but where there was a desire, new mediums often became the tool for change. The history of media is also embedded within the context of the period’s politics, economics, and…

Interregenum

Author Jonathan Taplin refers to the beginning of the 21st Century as an “intergennum” (2008): We are, I argue, in what Gramsci called an interregnum.  Gramsci said “The old is dying and the new cannot be born.  In this interregnum there arises a great diversity of morbid symptoms.” The first interregnum was the English Civil War, the…