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The One Hour Wiki

I've had wiki's on the mind recently, having installed more than one PurpleWiki based on the UseModWiki.  They are still all work in progress.  However the happening I've just been in is just like a "OneHourWiki on steroids

In the last few weeks Charles Savage has again kicked off some Mini-Dialogues / How-to's on the Entovation net.  They use the Metalayer platform which I've covered in earlier posts.  Sessions are confined to an hour.  Imagine the silent whiteboard with some starting points and a collective free-for-all. 

The topic today was “Knowledge Leadership” and the challenges of creating open collaborative cultures. The tool today was the Hall-Tonna  values approach and a broader discussion to uncover new models, approaches and skills for leadership in the knowledge economy. 

Participation has some side benefits.  While remaining quiet blogging wise for the last few weeks the hours at the PC have been hidden.  One element I've been working around is "trust" which is really a central leadership value (truth - wisdom). So in the back of my mind I was interested in inserting "trust engines" into the conversation.  After being stimulated by the challenge of a new leadership model I finished a comment with:

"....Leaders that can connect "hidden" social capital are likely to spiral learning and innovation. So will the leaders of tomorrow be "Trust Engines"?" 

Until that moment I'd never used the phrase "leaders as trust engines".  What was neat was how this meme took off.  Appears there's a notion in it that resonates with knowledge leaders. 

The discussion was great.  All over in one hour.  No words exchanged - everyone working on the board at the same time.  There's a lot to be learned from a OneHourWiki. If you google it... WikiDom already has it and minute etc.  That should be of no surprise. 

Summary: Can a OneHourWiki be productive?  You bet it can if fueled by metalayer and the right facilitation.  Metalayer won't want be defined this way I'm sure.  Still if you invest an hour and come away with a new sense of wonder, insight or new ideas to implement then it's a pretty good investment.  Get the right colleagues together and ..... bingo "leaders as trust engines". 

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Jon Husband:

It seems to me that Wikis are an interesting online "mirror-image" of a consensus-building, future-focused action planning process known as Open Space (which I'll guess you know about).

In Open Space, participants create the agenda, working from a central question, and then self-organize into dialogue groups. It's of course up to these groups, and the "whole" group,, to answer the question, and then take whatever action they believe to be necessary.

In meatspace it has never been easy to convince conventional organizations to use the Open Space concept and process, because the powers that be - the hierarchs - must let go of predetermined outcomes. They must trust the wisdom of the consensus (ses) that will emerge.

Wonderful processes for our times. It's a wonder they (wikis and OS) haven't been enthusiastically taken up, because they work. I guess the conventional game is more about power and control than effectiveness.

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