Be part of Ubuntu Edge and the history

Be part of Ubuntu Edge…You show the world we can move “mountains” together. It makes a new mark in history of online connected and better society. Like Wikipedia was collaborative effort (never thought possible). This is the same thing (just different). Be part of history, of better society — share,buy,donate,talk about it,support it.. everything counts!

— originally posted on my FB feed , by me 

With…— The impact web culture collaboration brings to society

I’m on my new research path about the Internet potential to change our society trough collaboration as a central hub. And I want to share this with you..

I’m a true believer in positive impact collaboration brings and the idea of With… which has transformative potential. It’s a design principal of the culture web is creating.

The web invites us to think and act With… people rather than for them. It’s an invitation to connect with other people whom we can share, exchange and create new knowledge and ideas.

So what questions I hope to get answers to?

  • How everything With… started and collaborative web culture started in the first place
  • What motivates dozens, thousands, even millions of people to come together on the Internet and commit their time to a project for free?
  • How do we get from mass production to mass innovation?
  • What is the key to making a successful collaboration work?
  • Why does wikipedia work?
  • Can You crowdsource without even knowing it?
  • Is Too Much Collaboration a Bad Thing?
  • How far can this With… concept of collaboration spread?
  • Why is the transition of With… collaboration from web to real life happening so (re)volutionary rather than (e)volutionary?
  • etc.

If you want one very simple way of thinking your way into the world the web is creating, think With…

 

Which one are you—fragile, Phoenix or Hydra?

Being an entrepreneur and all that requires one to take great deal of hits in its head, stomach and elsewhere—if I use k1 wording. In my 5 year entrepreneurship I saw people come and go. They couldn’t or wouldn’t handle the startup presshure—but every single one of them left in different personal condition.

I could classify them in three main categories:

  1. fragile
  2. robust—just like Phoenix
  3. indestructable—just like Hydra

Fragile

These folks are like a vase made from glass. They are negatively affected by volatility. When something bad happens they get broken. They are left worse off then when they started. They are definitely NOT the type of person you should hire on your startup.

Robust (Phoenix)

These folks aren’t negatively impacted by volatility; they’re resilient! Just like mythological bird, the Phoenix. If the Phoenix is killed, it rises again from the ashes. It is not harmed by a negative event—but it isn’t made any better, either.

Indestructible (Hydra)

These folks are positively affected by volatility. When something bad happens, they actually grow stronger! Just like mythological creature Hydra! When you cut off one of Hydra’s heads, two more heads spring up to replace it. By hurting it, you are actually increasing its power. This is the folk you want in your startup!

In Hydra example I don’t imply you should hurt anybody by purpose—like ever! Bad events are typical in startup environment when one person does few things.

So try to recognize Hydra(s)—or any other type for that matter— on your next future employees interview.

Use checklist(s) on daily basis

I’m a true believer of checklists! I have them for everything(well almost). If you have clear goals then you can further systematize them by creating a checklist(s). You also should have a checklist in your job (not all of them but at least the ones that require team work)

A checklist is useful for 3 reasons:

  1. It helps take action
  2. It communicates you know how to get things done
  3. It motivates

It helps take action

With a list, there’s a plan, and a plan focuses people on doing, not deciding what to do. Also note that on goals that span more than few(lets say for example 10) checkpoints, it’s better not to rush into checklist, but decide which tasks(checkpoints) are priority—create right order first.

It communicates you know how to get things done

In a world of incompetent time wasters it communicates you’ve got your act together and builds certain level of trust (of course goal achievement is the ultimate trust factor).

It motivates

Checklist motivates you because it enables you to see the progress you are making and feel a sense of accomplishment. This sense of accomplishment encourages you to do even more.

Also note that checklist doesn’t need to be made in some fancy software (Not true for collaborating teams—use Trello for that occasion, it’s free). It’s enough they are written with a pencil on a piece of paper. I’ve got those as well (actually whole notebooks of them).

Now go make your checklist.

Bono’s good news on poverty

Talk is based on facts backed by data over the years and has nice predictions in it. Definitely worth your time:


Human beings have been campaigning against inequality and poverty for 3,000 years. But this journey is accelerating. Bono “embraces his inner nerd” and shares inspiring data that shows the end of poverty is in sight … if we can harness the momentum.