Seed Salon: Albert-László Barabási + James Fowler

“Barabási mathematically describes networks in the World Wide Web, the internet, the human body, and society at large. Fowler seeks to identify the social and biological links that define us as humans. In this video Salon, Barabási and Fowler discuss contagion and the Obama campaign, debate the natural selection of robustness, and ask: Is society turning inward?”

The “Is society turning inward?” question is misleading in my opinion.  That headline does not really point towards the discussion that the scientists are having towards the end of this piece.  That question makes me think of xenophobes and isolationist trade policies.  In fact, the scientists are talking about the emergence of networking thinking as a dominant form in the 21st century.  They believe that our best minds are increasingly focused on our interconnectedness rather unlike the last century of learning which was primarily focused on learning about particles from quarks to the galaxies & beyond.

Hat tip to Valdis Krebs for sharing this and these related links:

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Seedmagazine.com The Seed Salon

The transcript is here.

Ideas Need People to Spread #2: Incentive

UPDATE: SCVA has been selected as a finalist in the Power of  Us competition! Thanks!  Make sure you let me know when you rate!

UPDATE2, Feb. 10, 2008: Toronto Community Leader, David Walsh was the winner of the ticket to the lecture & concert tonight.  He has a board meeting, so gave his ticket to singer/songwriter Michael Cavanaugh.

In Ideas Need People to Spread #1, I asked you to support a couple of initiatives … one being advanced by some friends and my submission to Ashoka’s changemaker.net The Power of Us: Reimagine Media competition.

When I received an invitation yesterday to the Martin Prosperity Institute’s upcoming “Markets Making Music” lecture & concert event featuring a lecture about the market for ideas by the Peter Munk Professor of Entrepreneurship, Ajay Agrawal followed by a Q&A session with Sellaband CEO and Co-Founder Johan Vosmeijer as well as an album debut concert performance by Sellaband recording artist Angie Arsenault a few ideas aligned …

– The Power of Us.

– Reimagine Media.

– Market for Ideas.

– “Arsenault turned to another Internet innovation and raised $50,000 from 531 “believers” spread across 34 countries”

– what goes around, comes around.

So I felt inspired to innovate a little.  I ordered an extra seat for the event in Toronto and it could be yours (or you can always give to a friend of yours in Toronto if you win).

You learn about emerging trends in the music industry, markets for ideas, see a concert and get a free copy of Angie’s CD.

All that I ask is that you go right now to this link and comment on or rate or nominate Social Capital Value Add.

Let me know once you have made that little extra digital effort.  Ideally via Twitter @memeticbrand or through a post or comment either here or anywhere on the web which it will show up in a google alert (tag #PowerofUs) or email me at michael at socialcapitalvalueadd dot com.

I have already asked a lot of people to support the idea of Social Capital Value Add.  As a result it was released by ChangeThis.  Many have supported with blog posts and tweets.

This is the most important outreach that I have done, but it is also time to get some financing.  Social Capital Value Add maybe too early to help me support my family.  The incentives, I think, are in the right places.

On February 9th, I will randomly draw the name of one digital evangelist to join in the February 10th event at Rotman.

I think a few of us from the Optimizing Business Performance event at MaRs during the day on Feb. 10th will be along for the ride.  It should be fun.

David Ticoll @ Optimizing Business Performance @ MaRs

If you are in Toronto or can make it in, I hope that you will join me in attending the Optimizing Business Performance Workshop being presented by San Francisco based Value Networks on Feb.10th.  I hope that you caught all the details about why & where in this previous post.

UPDATE, Jan. 19th from John Maloney, VP of ValueNetworks.com ..

Because of the demand and popularity of the VNA Workshop, it has been decide to configure it into a worldwide ‘road show’ versus separate, ‘one-off’ events. This will allow us to win sponsorship, leverage marketing and conduct a better series of distributed events overall for the whole of 2009.

We are still coming to Toronto, but the date needs to slip a bit to allow the pre-work to take place. We are looking at 20 March 2009 for your event. Note from MC: I guess this puts the event back into the tentative column until otherwise confirmed.

Also, if you have any local enterprise sponsor prospects for the event, let us know.

Another great reason to attend will be the lunch time presentation at the event by David Ticoll.  David will help us focus on addressing the risks of adopting collaborative network management methods …

“Collaborative business networks seem increasingly critical to success. But managers are justifiably cautious about opening their doors a new wave of fads. Wikipedia, a touted example of collaboration, is rife with errors, omissions, and internal politics. Nearly 20 years old, Linux, a  product of an army of volunteers, is only now breaking into consumer markets. And what is the subprime crisis if not a failure of mass collaboration?

Managers need two things. First, a coherent taxonomy of choices – new and old – for business design. Second, we need a risk management and mitigation framework. It’s all well and good to engage in collaborative innovation. But how do you set up your participation to minimize failure and maximize success?”

Here is a mini-bio for David ..

David Ticoll is a leading strategist, seasoned thought leadership research executive, in demand speaker, and policy advisor. His clients include senior executives of Canada’s and the world’s biggest organizations.

David is a Research Fellow at the Knowledge Media Design Institute, University of Toronto.

David’s consulting, research and policy focus is on globalization, open and innovative business models, collaboration, the changing workforce, outsourcing and offshoring, productivity, transparency, corporate social responsibility, labour market strategy, and national competitiveness. He has authored several bestselling business books, including Digital Capital: Harnessing the Power of Business Webs, and The Naked Corporation: How the Age of Transparency will Revolutionize Business.

In November 2008 David was appointed Executive Director of the Canadian Coalition for Tomorrow’s ICT Skills. Founded in 2007 by Bell Canada, the CCICT is an industry-led, multi-stakeholder initiative. Its mission is to ensure that Canadian organizations can engage information and communications technology professionals with knowledge, skills and talents to meet the evolving and diverse needs of this field. From 2003 to 2008, David chaired the Expert Panel of the Information & Communications Technology Council.

Optimizing Business Performance Workshop – Toronto

On February 10th, I am attending and acting as the local champion for the Optimizing Business Performance Workshop being presented by San Francisco based Value Networks.

UPDATE: Best selling author David Ticoll will be presenting on mitigating the risks of adopting network management methods.

UPDATE2:  On the evening of the 10th, a few of us are registered to attend the “Markets Making Music” concert & lecture being presented by the Martin Prosperity Institute at Rotman.  You should register for this event too if you plan on hanging in there for the evening.  Note MC: I am still going to this.

UPDATE, Jan. 19th from John Maloney, VP of ValueNetworks.com ..

Because of the demand and popularity of the VNA Workshop, it has been decide to configure it into a worldwide ‘road show’ versus separate, ‘one-off’ events. This will allow us to win sponsorship, leverage marketing and conduct a better series of distributed events overall for the whole of 2009.

We are still coming to Toronto, but the date needs to slip a bit to allow the pre-work to take place. We are looking at 20 March 2009 for your event. Note from MC: I guess this puts the event back into the tentative column until otherwise confirmed.

Also, if you have any local enterprise sponsor prospects for the event, let us know.

The event is being held at the MaRS Collaboration Centre, South Tower, 101 College Street, Suite 100, Toronto, ON Canada M5G 1L7.

Early bird registration is available through Jan. 9th.  All the details and links are available here.

The workshop leader will be value network pioneer Verna Allee.  Please click though to discover more about her 20 years of experience in value networks, knowledge management, intellectual capital, and new business models, Verna has been a trusted advisor to more than 100 Fortune 1000  companies, leading government agencies, civil society organizations, and entrepreneurial startups — including Cisco Systems, the Boeing Company, HP, Telenor, AgResearch, PwC, and Mayo Clinic.

Please pass on this notice to everyone who should attend or send someone from their organisation:

  • Executives, directors, managers and leaders;

  • Entrepreneurs, scholars, academics and students;

  • Consultants, practitioners and subject matter experts;

  • Business collaboration evangelists and community managers.

Abstract and Benefits

The Value Network Analysis Workshop themes are value networks and value network analysis (VNA).

Over the last decade networks and analysis have exploded onto the business scene. Widespread, fundamental advancements in productivity, innovation and collaboration are being achieved with value networks and VNA.

VNA Professional Edition is leading new, innovative practices in network analysis. The Value Network Analysis Workshop equips you with the following benefits and advantages.

  • Develop skills in value networks;

  • Gain hands-on practical experience with VNA;

  • Understand social, organizational and value network analysis;

  • Identify value networks, process engineering and system dynamics synergies;

  • Understand how to plan and apply value network analysis for business improvement;

  • Describe value network users organizations and their advantages;

  • Expand your visualization and analysis capability with VNA technology;

  • Elaborate how value networks and VNA expands and improves current methods such as Lean, TQM, 6-Sigma, Hoshin, ISO-9000, OD/OL, System Dynamics, Baldridge, etc.

  • Generate multi-faceted, cross-industries insights and dialogue in value networks.

This special, low-cost workshop includes a 90-day, fully functional licenses to VNA Professional Edition Workshop with your registration.

Special thanks to John Maloney & Sarah Jones who reached out to get me involved in this event.

Ideas Need People to Spread

Hey, Happy New Year.  All the best for 2009.

If you are reading this, you have been a great source of support as I have tried to bring attention & resources to Social Capital Value Add over the past seven months.  THANK YOU!

I would be grateful if you & your networks would consider two new initiatives.

Firstly, please click through and vote for my friends on Triiibes who have been great contributors to that network and are competing for an opportunity to head to the global TED conference in Oxford.

Next, I have submitted Social Capital Value Add to Ashoka’s ChangeMakers.net competition The Power of Us: Re-Imagine Media.  You can comment on and rate the submission now and vote for it after January 21st. http://www.changemakers.net/en-us/node/14479

What goes around, comes around.