Friday, August 29, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The Serendipity Award draws on the anomaly that most significant discoveries happen by accident but also whilst searching for something else. This interesting pattern could be seen as a risk for an industry engaging in their own R&D, not knowing where the real research could lead. Now maybe I have misdiagnosed this, but I think that this leads to companies not really digging deep and investing in research instead just merely fiddling in the margins.
I believe that the Serendipity Award should be a commercialisation fund available for any company to submit an emerging technology that they have stumbled across. The constraints on this prize would be that the technology is not able to be commercialised by the industry in which it was discovered.
Now the commercialisation fund, could be formed by volunteer companies who have an interest in recieving the IP/technology. So as you might be able to foresee, the real strength in this venture would be in the networking of organisations interested in the development of technologies here in Australia.
I refer to the HECS system in Australia whereby students may defer their tertiary study fees until an income point at which they must repay the debt through the Taxation System. Now there are some important factors in this system, such as the debt is indexed to inflation hence is not subject to interest and is only payable whilst the debtholder is earning above a threshold. This ensures that the individual can pursue whatever career they choose with a reduced upfront cost.
I propose that R&D companies and/or other social good/national need organisations be able to avail themselves of similar loans, which are only repayable via success... I would further challenge government to influence companies to invest in their own R&D through a Serendipity prize... but more on that to come...
Monday, August 25, 2008
Personally, (is there any other kind?) I think this idea should go further... Anything without direct competition gets scratched. Subjective artistic components annoy me, and frankly what is a perfect ten? and what happens when someone does it better?
Don't get me wrong... They are impressive and there is no freaking way that I could do a tenth of that with my body but without direct competition, bias must play a role. Would the world really miss Rhythmic Gymnastics, Synchronised Swimming and Equestrian from the Olympics? For mine, they have a place it is just not the Olympics...
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I found it really hard to keep it down to one album and using the artist once but here is my bash at it...
1981: Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
1982: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 - Midnight Oil
1983: Eliminator - ZZ Top
1984: Too Tough To Die - The Ramones
1985: Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits
1986: On the Beach - Chris Rea
1987: Strangeways, Here We Come - The Smiths
1988: Travelling Wilburys 1 - Travelling Wilburys.
1989: Stone Roses - Stone Roses
1990: Empire - Queensryche
1991: Ten - Pearl Jam
1992: Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against The Machine
1993: Siamese Dream - Smashing Pumpkins
1994: Smash - Offspring
1995: Alice in Chains - Alice in Chains
1996: Hourly, Daily - You Am I
1997: Sehnsucht - Rammstein
1998: John Butler Trio - John Butler Trio
1999: Beautiful Sharks - Something For Kate
2000: Mer de Noms - A Perfect Circle
2001: Lateralus - Tool
2002: Songs for the Deaf - Queens of the Stone Age
2003: Sleeping with Ghosts - Placebo
2004: Antics - Interpol
2005: Silent Alarm -Bloc Party
2006: Orphans: Bawlers, Brawlers & Bastards - Tom Waits
2007: Because of the Times - Kings of Leon
2008: In Silico - Pendulum
Monday, August 18, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
So then what of the counter-culture (I am looking for a better name for it)? We kind of know about this, I mean our anxiety must on average be correct some of the time when we suspect that everything is not fine... That sometimes the attitude at the proverbial watercooler is a little different to the 'Everything is awesome, Boss'... So what of this counter culture?
The current approach is to first try to convert them, picking off the weaker resistors, then claim the remaining Neutral ones and cry VICTORY in the name of Goodness!
I pose that the counterculture is equal in importance and represent some different views, are you so sure that your plan can withstand the critique? If not, then allow the plan to be improved... If so put it to the test... How? Encourage the questions...
To what end? We seem to be comfortable that things find their equilibrium, yet for some reason in organisations we engage in change that is out of balance...
Equilibrium does not mean stagnation, I think if we look around everything is changing and rebalancing thus why should an organisation be different? At any given time a thing may be in balance but over time it responds to its environment, thus change is inevitable...
So my thoughts are to embrace this so-thought darker side, otherwise an equal and opposite force will meet you in a less favourable way.
It is claimed that often the injections is administered by Prison Guards or Executioners with no medical training. The injections are made of three stages, 1st (Sodium Thiopental) to induce Coma, 2nd (Pancuronium) stops muscles including Diaphragm (i.e. This will kill you) and 3rd (Potassium Chloride) stops the heart. You could possibly see that this isn't exactly a layperson activity.
The reason given for this is that for a Doctor to engage in this work would be a violation of the hippocratic oath... Yet most States require a Doctor to be present to certify Death.
Hmmm, one might see something wrong if the qualified people refusing to conduct the procedures...
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I can't let the opportunity go by to commiserate with Oenone on her Road Race and wish her the best in the Time Trial today. But really, I think I need to comment on the Opening Ceremony. What a fantasticly rich series of metaphors to depict a 5000 year history.
The easy line might be to criticise the closed media or ridicule the one-eyed bias of the show. But instead I will honestly own up to not knowing enough about Asian history and I consider this the motivation to learn more
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I raise this in light of some more myopic Australian Innovation Sponsorship... take our stance on environmental technologies. Once again it appears our government chooses to support the Commercially-favourable technologies over real innovation. Surely government should be investing in potentials and not the R&D budgets of Industry.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
The issue of education of children (and extrapolate as you will) is one that I hold dear. As a child I fought tooth and nail to not be forced to attend Religious Education. Now in retrospect, I was only ever fighting the fact that I was being forced to attend. I had chosen not to attend because the presenters of the material were unable to satisfy my curiousity about inconsistencies.
So how do these tales tie together? My $0.02 would argue that the role of educators is to provide balanced education in as many fields as the professional educators can provide. I think the role of the parent in this is to guide how a child interacts with the knowledge. Surely, no censorship but guided education is far more worthy in the pursuit of excellence?
I think that by providing rounded education de-politicises the curriculum and encourages everyone to their role. Thus religion in education is 'studied' not practiced allowing exposure to the gamit of Dahmic, Abrahamic, atheist and other schools of thought (faith) which would surely assist intuiting tolerance.
Maybe the real fear here is that children may find joy in the multiple moral tales available to them...
Friday, August 8, 2008
But it is a long way from being able to significantly input to Network-Centricity. A move toward being a Defence Capability with a tad of change management project could allow CIOG to drive Defence technology innovation.
If there were a Change Management Project underway somewhere, potentially dropping CIOG a copy of the Guide could help to allow the use of freeware in locally supervised sandboxes.
Help us if they think we are ready for this
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
I really liked Brad's list but I modified it slighly to a list of thought fragments inspired by the course:
- Politicians intuitively get complexity but expect Categorisation and Analysis from Public Servants
- Communities of Practice need to emerge not be formed
- Treat Data like a Crime Scene
- Formulate the hypothesis from the data
- Don't Pareto-ise
- Thoughts are stored as fragments but through telling and re-telling of experiences links
(tags) grow with other fragments - leading to retrospective coherence.
- Training Stories form the ID of the organisation
- Replicate the Starting Conditions not the End
- Encourage positive trends and dampen the negative
- Manage the workplace not the work
- Consider the Roles (Crews) in an organisation (Loki, Journeyman, Master, Apprentice, White & Black Knights)
And finally, to vehemently agree with Brad (paraphrased):
my favourite line, “cynics are the people who care about the organisation”, since they are the ones looking for a better way to improve their organisations (ere, ere!).
'... we were out at a crash scene and this was after we had change our rank insignia to all look the same. It seemed that people would go up to the oldest looking member of the team to ask questions but in fact he was only qualified as a driver and not really able to help with the queries.'
I think that hierarchies are a natural thing that we rely on and are probably linked to our idea of family that in case of emergency head toward the grey hair. But there are always exceptions known experts (medicine men), known Confidence men (Charlatans), Dominant types (Alpha) and influencers (the King's Physician). I think that these roles tie into crews but I will await Dave's thoughts to fully emerge before I come back to my application. I think that these roles run deep... and can be used in many and varied ways
With all of this in mind, I was told by a friend that when I see anything to do with the Public Sector (particularly the Military) I just zone out thinking it is not relevant? I would really like to hear some thoughts on matrix organisations and hidden hierarchies formation?
Mind you I don't think that all of the archetypes are brought out in the open when the hierarchy is ritualised it just gives you a map.
Thus we have centered stories on a co-emergence for as long as Hero stories have been told... and even in Newtonian physics forces were described in this fashion. So why then do we engage in behaviours and expect it to asymmetrical benefits in the long term? If Lean is the Hero, who is the Villain?
And then there is from Villian to Hero
To draw on my observations... During a tender for outsourcing, a service provider may be able to underbid the incumbent which is a fantastic proposition (unless it is your job, but you will probably work for the outsource company anyway). But once the tenderer is selected what then occurs? the environmental constraints have changed and thus a lack of competition ensues and the performance adjusts the old environment and you run out of TP. So surely one might be able to see that the state of competition is in fact the better option and not the selection of the winner. I think that an attitude closer to this might allow us to avoid prescriptive recipe books like six stigma (Sorry Dave, I had to steal that... You can have Pathological Deconstruction)
I take this as not a mere coincidence but a fault of replicating the end conditions.
Or am I being too yin & yang?