Knowledge Federation – an enabler of systemic innovation

Imagine that you are a journalist; and that one day you wake up thinking: “It really makes no sense to be a journalist while the things are as they are. It is not clear that journalism can still make money (in a world with abundant free information). And it is not clear that journalism can …

Knowledge Federation seen through the metaphor of bridge building

Is it true that problems such as war, unemployment, poverty, economic and environmental non-sustainability – and a vast amount of injustice that affects you and me and all of us directly – are built into the very mechanism of the global monetary system? This is what the Zeitgeist movement is claiming. “Money must go!” they …

Ode to self-organization – Part Two

“In our quest for knowledge, an undertaking as old as the humankind, we have reached the point where we just have to continue through self-organization” is the claim I made at the end of Ode to Self Organization – Part One, and I promised to explain why in Part Two. A motivation for taking up …

Boldly creating a world that works for all

“Boldly creating a world that works for all” is the motto of the San Francisco Bay Area Future Salon, where I gave my last lecture before leaving the United States, on May 26th, the evening before my flight back to Norway. “I will invite the Future Salon members to a bit of meta-thinking and meta-design,” …

Knowledge Federation Act Two

The  invitation flyer for the Dubrovnik workshop and the new Knowledge Federation website having been completed,  Act Two of Knowledge Federation development is about to begin. You may think of a knowledge federation as a new way of orchestrating knowledge work, which suits the interactive, networked media technology as astutely as the conventional organization suited the …

Ode to self-organization – Part One

What I want to tell you about is self-organization in knowledge work. That will, namely, be the lead theme of the Knowledge Federation 2010 workshop, which I will be facilitating this fall.  But before I do that, I would like to say just a few words about how I think a sustainable course of development …

Knowledge federation elevator pitches

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, the key task that remains for knowledge federation is to begin doing it. My key task then is to bring together a suitable creative mix of people and organizations who will be the first members, co-creators and stake holders in the first federation. Every time I talk to …

Knowledge Federation Act One

With the publication of the Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Knowledge Federation, Act One of Knowledge Federation development has been completed. We have good reasons to be satisfied: Knowledge federation as an idea and as a way of  working together has been designed and profiled. We have  developed an embryo of a community. …

Doug Engelbart and the Information Age

Having arrived to the SRI a half hour early, I was sitting in the lobby and reading their 50th anniversary report; an article that attempted to explain why Doug Engelbart failed to receive understanding and support while he worked there early in his career. I met Doug in June 2004 when he gave an invited talk at …