Welcome, Eugene Eric Kim!
- I'm very happy welcome a new member to our laboratory, Eugene Eric Kim,
a founder of Blue Oxen Associates, http://www.blueoxen.org
His interests are: patterns of collaboration, tool coevolution,
measuring collective intelligence, collaborative tools, knowledge
management, community-building, collaborating on collaboration
I encourage us to visit and frequent the Blue Oxen website, especially
the "Collaboration collaboratory"
They've created PurpleWiki, a version of UseMod:UseModWiki that they
modified to support PurpleNumbers (an idea of Doug Engelbart at his
Bootstrap Alliance http://www.bootstrap.org). They are little reference
numbers automatically generated and maintained so that you could use
them in a URL to identify a paragraph in an HTML page.
I'm very interested how we might encourage collaboration across such
spaces, and Eugene is very supportive.
Eugene, I've set up a page for you at our interactive wiki with your
contact information, interests, etc:
I awarded Eugene membership at our laboratory for his answers to one of
our questionnaires which Peter Kaminski and I put together last year.
You're our first one to answer that, (thank you!), the purpose was to
learn more how to have good relationships with investors.
Eugene, I encourage you to visit http://www.socialtext.com started up by
Peter Kaminksi, Ed Vielmetti, Adina Levin and Ross Mayfield. It's
social software. I'm very keen on how collaboration might work across
spaces. I think it has to, because value comes from multiple networks,
and if so then we can't have value if we wall ourselves in. We simply
suffocate. But what does cross-collaboration require? (These are my
Eugene, thank you for joining us! I've signed you up for Thinking
Relevantly, which is devoted to foster "thinking out loud", business
ecosystems, collaborative systems and workspaces, etc. You're also
welcome to join our other working groups. In particular, I recommend
Thinking Powerfully http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thinkingpowerfully/
for "tools for thinking" and interconnecting them, send a blank message
to firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe.
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> 1) What is a group of people in which I want to invest myself differentlyI don't quite understand this question, so I'll answer what I think
> (and my time, energy, warmth, gifts, money, connections)?
you're asking. If this isn't what you're looking for, let me know,
and I'll give it another shot.
In general, I want to create opportunities for those who are curious
and motivated, but who have access to limited resources. I've pursued
this goal in many ways. I've volunteered as a tutor for various
institutions for the past several years. I also recently founded an
organization, Blue Oxen Associates, devoted to exploring and improving
collaboration and community-building, and sharing that knowledge to
those who could most use it.
> 2) How would I like to invest myself in this group?There seems to be a commonality of purpose between Blue Oxen
Associates and your lab, and even a commonality in organizational
structure. For example, we have established collaboratories, where
the content is free and open to all, but participation requires
In the spirit of "building bridges, not walls," I'd like to explore
this commonality and identify ways we can work together and help each
other. I'm ecstatic to see like-minded folks pursuing initiatives
such as these.
> 3) What needs to change for me to invest myself differently?I'm less and less confident that I answered the above questions
> _X_ the group's good or bad will?
> ___ the group's aim?
> ___ the group's clarity of vision?
> ___ the group's honesty or hypocrisy?
> ___ the group's chances for success in the world?
> ___ the group's existing resources?
> _X_ the group's closedness or openness?
> ___ the group's appreciation of my talents or contributions?
> ___ my own understanding of what I might offer the group?
> ___ my having more or less at stake in the success of the group?
> ___ my having more or less at stake in my own success?
> ___ the constraints on time or space or money?
> ___ my freedom outside the group?
> ___ my freedom inside the group?
> ___ my mentor?
> ___ my maturity?
> ___ my direction?
> ___ my intent?
> ___ other
> (Mark any that apply above, but then please explain here):
correctly. Nevertheless, I march on.
Regarding good and bad will: When we talk about improvement, we
generally start with what's wrong. I think that's a legitimate
approach, but it's only one piece of the puzzle. The thing we need to
start doing more of is identifying what's right, and figuring out how
to amplify that.
Regarding openness: Many groups pursuing improvement are fairly open,
which is the first step towards emergent collaboration. Now, we need
to build systems that take advantage of and further encourage this
openness. When I say "systems", I mean both technological and
> 4) How might I or others affect such changes?In general, groups need to be aware of others doing similar work, and
> ___ accepting the group as it is
> _X_ participating with a different attitude or goal
> ___ offering and applying my gifts in new ways
> ___ positioning myself differently within the group
> ___ clarifying my contribution
> ___ participating in a different time or place
> ___ rebudgeting my resources to belong and participate
> _X_ changing the group's relationship with the world
> ___ helping address the group's needs
> ___ starting a new group activity
> ___ ending an existing group activity
> ___ changing the group's rules or policies
> ___ structuring the group differently
> ___ changing the composition of the group
> ___ clarifying the group's purpose
> ___ changing the group's values
> ___ leaving the group
> ___ other
> (Mark any that apply above, and then please explain here):
work together to leverage combined resources. This is a lot easier
said than done.
> 5) Do I agree to place my answers in the public domain, so that allYes.
> may copy and share them without asking for my permission? (If you do,
> we'll share them.)
> 6) Would I like to give my name? And a way to contact me, such as anYes.
> email address? (If you do, we'll credit you as the author.)