Intelligence in the Fields

September 4, 2003

in Knowledge Innovation

Seb’s Kuro5hin observations are picked up by Marc and others below. This is exactly the problem that corporates are having to deal with. As corporations explore these new tools they are forced to rethink how they interact. So the closed garden is a wonderful metaphor for understanding the present and the opportunities that are presenting themselves.

Too often we focus on the tools that may help to make these changes rather than the leadership challenge. Knowledge leaders inspire the behaviors and culture that connects and weaves together ideas from which we draw growth and value.

I believe Seb’s example is wonderful for highlighting what happens when strategic dialogues take place behind closed walls or highly structured environments. At Kuro5hin.. perhaps ( I don’t know) they have lost the capability to dialogue through the tough questions. Organizations that nurture the garden… encourage new life, take time to listen, to heed the calls of nature. Better to go wild rather than let it die.

Escape from Kuro5hin?.

This one strikes a chord with me, being a Kuro5hin expat. Here’s a discussion among k5 users who have come to see the community as a walled garden and realize how the centralized architecture of the site limits the use they can make of it.

“Right now, we’re all constrained by K5 mechanisms and K5 borders. K5 is the AOL of the blogging world.”

As I wrote a while ago, “rigidity and tight coupling is going to be a hindrance to the growth of communities like k5 in the long term. Intelligence and freedom need to be at the ends, not at the center.”

[Corante: Social Software]

I totally agree.  That’s why we’re building a social network based upon FOAF – called the  It’s up – but just barely right now.  Lots of interesting notions built into it – which I’ll be covering – soon.  In the mean time, we can literally watch the erosion of these centralized services – in front of our eyes.

[Marc’s Voice]

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