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If you’re looking for sage advice on the value of collaboration, social media and communities of practice, you need look no further than that steaming cup of strong coffee in your hand. Today’s pearl came from a Starbucks cup.
If we really want to understand innovation and collaboration, we have to explore shared space. Consider Watson & Crick: how many experiments did they do to confirm DNA’s double helix?
They built models based on other peoples data. These models were their shared space.Their collaboration in that shared space powered their Nobel Prize- winning breakthrough. If you don’t have a share space, you’re not collaborating.
MIT design researcher and author of Serious Play
Thanks to Sarah and John for passing this on.
danah boyd has written an excellent essay on why Friendster has fallen from grace, while the cheesier MySpace has taken off. A good read for anyone interested in social media and the dynamics of online communities.
For a dynamic comparison of the rise of MySpace vs. Friendster, check out this graph on Alexaholic.
“We are what we do day by day. So excellence is not an action, but a habit.” – Aristotle
Cerado has created a short quiz titled “Web 2.0 or Star Wars?” in which it tests your knowledge of both. You get a list of 43 names — some of them from Web 2.0 companies, the others are Star Wars characters. Stowe Boyd reports that TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington scored a 35. Boyd himself scored 36. I edged them both out with a score of 37, earning me the following sage advice:
31-40: As your doctor, I recommend moving out of your parents’ basement.
Is that a good thing?
How well do you score? Take the test and then leave a comment.
Why am I always the last to know? Perhaps I’m not… did you know that today was National Goof-Off Day?
So tell me, how do you plan to honor this auspicious holiday?
Today I was doing some work on GetGamer and needed some tunes to work by. Coverville hit the spot. Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon was released 30 years ago this month. In honor of the anniversary, Coverville’s Brian Ibbot has produced an excellent podcast of Dark Side covers. Coverville is one of the more interesting podcasts out there, and The Covered Side of the Moon is an excellent introduction.
Oh, and if you enjoy Pink Floyd covers, you might like this blast from the past.