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Inuit (or ‘I-knew it’)

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There’s something ‘magic’ about coming full circle – back to a known but forgotten concept. That was my recent experience as I moved from site to site across the web with the intent of finding graphic explanation for a developing (ASK4™) approach for local problem-solving, and cooperation within a global perspective (U-Netted Nations™).

It had occurred to me that the ASK4™ concept was similar to the eskimo blanket toss – each person first holding the edge to give lift to another, and then enjoying their own uplifting experience in turn. I only needed a picture .

That’s when I ran across not only the graphic that I desired – but the full explanation of a – ‘stylistic graphic of an Inuit blanket toss (a game often played at Inuit celebrations) and a circular path (the “Journey of Lifelong Learning”) to portray the Inuit learning journey and its connection to community well-being.’

Enlightened? – YES! Uplifted? – YES! So what’s missing – connection?

As I see it, the Inuit concept has long since been validated (and now by the reflected comparison, so has ASK4™ – as I see it). Whats their status in implementing its practice for collecting and sharing ‘tribal knowledge’? – their website says “Knowledge Exchange page – being developed’. What is my purpose for creating the ASK4™ concept? – to serve EXACTLY that type need. Connected yet? – fortunately we have the web for content sharing and email for initial contact (and, yes I did).

Can we cooperate to serve each other? – We already have, as I see it, from my needs (for ‘just’ a picture) already being met. Can ASK4™ now serve their needs in return? – I hope so. Can their intent (and mine) to cooperatively serve others be enhanced? – I think so.

Are we already ‘U-Netted’ – I KNOW so!

Inuit as they would say !!

(“I knew that” as I might say…

The rest of the story – is up to the universe, you, me, them…

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What’s about YOU? – care to comment?

– dare to COOPERATE?

NOTE: While this website is my personal initiative, the ASK4™ approach is a participant-managed collaboration platform and the U-Netted Nations™ is the result of our ‘Collaboration On Purpose’. My voice becomes one in a million – immediately.

Castles and Wagons

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These are two totally different constructs – like apples and oranges. They also represent the dichotomy between the agile ability to move forward and the fixed position that is guarded and static. Each has a different purpose and each offers a different benefit. Neither is more useful than the other in general, depending on the circumstance. One will get you there, simply and with little ‘baggage’. The other will enable you to stockpile and defend those holdings from a high and lofty vantage, once in position .

What is your circumstance – in life, location?

Except for a few stoic localities, civilization is on the move. Even for those few that ‘have arrived’, changes ‘outside’ create internal pressures – to change inside. The

ability to change – or react well to change is critical – to all.

In their white paper, Creation Nets: Harnessing the Potential of Open Innovation, John Hagel III and John Seely Brown introduce the concept of survival through adaptation, by engaging extended knowledge and extended resources – that comes from creating and extending one’s network of people (‘Creation Nets‘). They note that:

“While larger institutions tend to be in denial about the need
for change or view it as a threat, institutions and individuals on the
periphery see only opportunity. Necessity leads them to adopt a
bootstrapping mindset and to seek out or assemble their own creation
nets to leverage and accelerate their own efforts.
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Increasingly, as we have argued in greater depth in The Only Sustainable Edge, advantage resides in the institutional capacity to get better faster – it is not just about the pace of capability building but the relative pace and the ability to accelerate this pace over time. This in turn depends upon privileged access to the most promising flows of knowledge. Existing stocks of knowledge remain important in terms of earning the right to participate in these flows but…there is also a need to learn how to to leverage and accelerate their own efforts”

They have scouted the territory ahead, and reported back to the camp that “The Only Sustainable Edge, advantage resides in the …capacity to get better faster…”. Whether in personal endeavors, nonprofit initiatives, business ventures, or government oversight – we now all find ourselves on the same ‘edge’ – of vast prairies of opportunity – or vast deserts of doom. We can retreat to our secured positions and defend status quo or recognize the rivers and currents whose flow of change can take us to oceans of abundance. The choice is ours, and the results will follow.

To leverage and accelerate one’s own efforts – it becomes necessary to:

  • “to evaluate available flows,
  • more effectively participate in the flows and
  • more rapidly integrate new knowledge acquired from these flows.”

Castles may no longer be our defense, and it

may be time to circle the wagons, for a moment.

And it’s not just about castles or wagons, it’s also about movement, speed, direction, progress, and arrival. We have to take the time to gather around campfires to exchange information. While the fire may be warm, we will need to hold conversations about what went wrong and what can be better tomorrow. Based on that new insight, we must cooperatively adapt to be ready to set out on the next segment of our continuous journey. We will be surrounded by those who while not our competition are also headed toward the same future. We may even have to encourage those who are afraid.

Our ‘moats’ will not provide momentum. So, those who choose will also saddle up and wave goodbye to those in the castles –


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What’s about YOU? – care to comment?

– dare to COOPERATE?

NOTE: While this website is my personal initiative, the ASK4™ approach is a participant-managed collaboration platform and the U-Netted Nations™ is the result of our ‘Collaboration On Purpose’. My voice becomes one in a million – immediately.

Peering into the STORM

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hurricane-eye-quadrantsThe ultimate thrill and immersion-learning experience appears to come from getting right into the eye of the storm where everything that is going on around you can be reviewed for heightened insight. That’s why some folks chase them.

Steve Paxhia of Gilmore Group, posted these thoughts after hearing Jimmy Wales speak at the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference: “Wikipedia represents the “perfect storm” for a collaborative work or “peering”. According to Wikinomics by Tapscott and Williams, there are three factors necessary to make peering effective: 1) the object of production is information or culture which keeps the cost of participation low for contributors; 2) Tasks can be chunked out into bite-sized pieces that individuals can contribute in small increments and independent of other producers. This makes their overall investment of time and energy minimal in relation to the benefits they receive in return; 3) The costs of integrating those pieces into a finished end product, including the leadership and quality control mechanisms must be low.”

So, collaboration will likely occur where people:

– want (particular/useful) information; that they can

– assemble incrementally and independently; and can from it

– produce a compendium of reasonable quality at little if any cost.

Sound like the perfect enterprise – good/fast/cheap?.. Also sounds like knowledge-management. The gentle breeze of information available from diversely remote areas is now being drawn into the ‘whirlwind’ of global users via the neural network of the internet, and its ‘cloud computing’ repositories. That takes care of the ‘tropical storm’ of content availability. What can take that tracking data content and synthesize it into a predictable storm-path projection – so we can prepare -and at least avoid danger.

How can that content be transferred into an effective tool for social network collaboration – on purpose – and ending with beneficial results?

What type process easily collects information, automatically aggregates it, objectively improves it, and equitably presents only the best of it for consumption, or for re-evaluation and any needed upgrade? It also sounds like problem-solving, 24/7, complete with planning, navigation, mid-course correction. Where is our gyroscope to keep us oriented – our compass to keep us on course?

We may have the makings for a ‘perfect storm’ but some energy must come together and an eye must form. When it does that will become the center of excitement where that information can become well organized by purposeful collaboration and integrated into the ‘gale force’ power needed for solving real problems. Dare to become a chaser of that ‘storm’?

What will it take for ‘us’ to get our ‘clouds’ together…

to grow from the ‘tropical’ strength of ‘content’

to the hurricane force of CHANGE ?

While several options may exist, one comes quickly to mind…

are you ready to ASK4™ it?

Are you ready to ‘peer in’…? You could get caught in

the perfect storm of ‘cooperation’.

You could help make possible ‘one internet, under control, of liberty and justice, BY all’…for those who dare to participate in – and benefit from – their U-Netted Nations™.

What’s about YOU? – care to comment?

– dare to COOPERATE?

NOTE: While this website is my personal initiative, the ASK4™ approach is a participant-managed collaboration platform and the U-Netted Nations™ is the result of our ‘Collaboration On Purpose’. My voice becomes one in a million – immediately.

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eMail or ourMail

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The following is a REAL email exchange and something that can be:

– a reason to abandon email as a means to collaborate

– a reason to consider new social networking tools

– a reason to avoid some smart_ssed consultants

– a moment of reflection, or mirth

– a case study, or

– all (none?) of the above


TO: Tom (fellow-shareholder of cccCompany)

SUBJECT: Fwd: Re: (let me repeat…?)

– am I too blunt? (<- or is that a rhetorical statement?)

– are you as tired as I am of not having input (as a stockholder)?

I copied you on my reply to Joe’s email (see below)

George <cccc@yahoo.com> wrote:

Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2007 12:17:34 -0700 (PDT)
From: George cccc@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: (let me repeat…?)
To: Joe <vvvvv@vvvv.com>

Some time ago I suggested that you might consider an approach that let you ‘write-once’ – and they could ‘read-many’ (without you having to repeat it or re-send it), etc, etc. (i.e.,-online discussion forum where info could be posted once and accessed 24/7 thereafter).

Since you saw no value in that (then), I had to use this email system (of your choice) to comment on your (re)comments (which I was already clear on..).

But since we are trying to fill time while we wait for opportunity, I guess it may not matter (that I already offered you another option, once before…).

For those that are creating opportunity (while we wait?) – this is their discussion:
http://Challenges-and-Opportunities.. by Lee Bryant
Might be interesting – or at least fill some time – but then I repeat myself 😉

Maybe it’s at least as inspiring as some of the FWD_FWD_FWD vids we all receive(?). Perhaps it’s something fun we can consider when we’re finally funded.

Keep the faith…

Joe @vvvvCOMPANY.com> wrote:

Dear vvCOMPANY Associates and Founding Shareholders,
Some have asked with understandable anxiety if I had heard anything since last week’s update. But I really didn’t expect to hear anything until after the meetings scheduled through the week ending Dec 17th (See excerpt below from prior email report). Given the positive content of the entire report received last week, it would seem there is reason to be optimistic regarding vvvvvvv’s long awaited funding. I keep a guarded heart, however, until it becomes a reality………
  • The corresponding documentation indicated a desire and readiness to move toward the next step in the funding process, which included their setting of the date and schedule for multiple meetings in <some city>throughout the week of DEC 13th thru 17th. The meetings are expected to span the entire week to work through the multiple projects, and will involve the banking institution and its broker- dealer representatives and the projects’ funding and collateral constituents.

I will continue to keep you apprised of any and all communications pertinent to our mutual objectives for vvvvvvv.COMPANY In the interim, I am always glad to receive your calls if you want to chat.



eMail may never die out

but we could die FROM it meanwhile…GSB

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What’s about YOU? – care to comment?

– dare to COOPERATE?

NOTE: While this website is my personal initiative, the ASK4™ approach is a participant-managed collaboration platform and the U-Netted Nations™ is the result of our ‘Collaboration On Purpose’. My voice becomes one in a million – immediately.
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