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  • Andrius Kulikauskas
    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
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      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 thinkingpowerfully-subscribe@yahoogroups.com to subscribe.



      Andrius Kulikauskas
      Minciu Sodas
      +370 (5) 2645950
      Vilnius, Lithuania

      > 1) What is a group of people in which I want to invest myself differently
      > (and my time, energy, warmth, gifts, money, connections)?

      I don't quite understand this question, so I'll answer what I think
      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
      membership subscription.

      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?
      > _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):

      I'm less and less confident that I answered the above questions
      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?
      > ___ 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):

      In general, groups need to be aware of others doing similar work, and
      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 all
      > 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 an
      > email address? (If you do, we'll credit you as the author.)

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