The spoken word

I've always found the telephone a stressful device. For as long as I have remembered I've generally found the idea of calling someone - particularly someone I don't know - a bit daunting. I know I'm not alone in this. On the other hand, for the most part, the written word - whether in the … Continue reading The spoken word

Failing the Turing Test

Sad news yesterday that Stephen Fry has had enough of the trolling and vitriol that he experiences on Twitter. I've no doubt that for celebrities with large followerships, the bile must be overwhelming. Given Fry's great openness about his own mental health challenges, one can imagine that the social networks, and Twitter in particular, are … Continue reading Failing the Turing Test


There was a short exchange between a Twitter account run by the CBI and Minister for the Digitals Matt Hancock MP last week that in less than 280 characters summed up my concerns for what appears to be currently going on in the UK government: Now I know that it's probably unfair and unkind … Continue reading Technoration

Diversity of thought

Here's an interesting paradox: teams that include people with greater diversity of background (gender, ethnicity, sexuality, nationality, language, academic level, academic subjects...) are likely to have greater diversity of thinking. Greater diversity of thinking is likely to lead to better decision-making, because if the people making the decisions come at things from multiple perspectives they'll … Continue reading Diversity of thought

The wrong tools for the job

There are a couple of articles that have sprung up in the business press in recent weeks that have highlighted challenges with collaboration within organizations that have piqued my interest given my current work with #sharingorg. The first, the cover article in the January/February Harvard Business Review, talks about problems of collaborative overload. Specifically, authors Rob Cross, Reb Rebele … Continue reading The wrong tools for the job

One-speed IT

The Internet, and in particular social networks, for all their wonderfulness, are crammed full of banal aphorisms, insights that aren't insightful, and motivational proclamations that make me want to take a spoon to my own eyeballs. I saw one of the last category last week on one of the many channels I pop into now and … Continue reading One-speed IT

Steam diesels revisited

I've written in the past about the curious evolutionary mutation that happened in the railway industry in the middle of the 20th Century with experiments to develop diesel-fueled steam locomotives. In hindsight the idea of using a different fuel to power an engine that operated using the same propulsion methods as coal-fired steam engines was obviously daft, … Continue reading Steam diesels revisited

Sketch lines

I can't draw. Well, not very well at least. There's one massive psychological block I've got to drawing, and that stems back to when my O Level art teacher, Miss Moon, told me outright just before my exams "You've got a reasonable eye, Matt. The problem is you can't draw." That kind of stuck. But, … Continue reading Sketch lines

#sharingorg bibliography

Over the past few months I've been immersing myself in the world of collaboration and organizational sharing. Here are the books that have been helping me along the way... Danah Boyd It’s Complicated an anthropological investigation of how teenagers use social networks  Peter Checkland & Sue Holwell Information, systems & information systems a primer on … Continue reading #sharingorg bibliography

Living the values

I had a fascinating conversation this morning with the HR Director of a large engineering company as part of my #sharingorg research. He has been helping to foster a change in how his organisation collaborates internally and externally, necessitated by changes in the markets in which the company operates (they're big in mineral commodities, mineral commodities … Continue reading Living the values