Umair Haque on the Network Economy, as triggered by Credit Crisis 2008. In the 20th century, Innovation was about processes, products, and services: that's why most boardrooms are still investing in lower-order innovation. At the Lab, we've found that higher-order innovation - Business Model, strategic, and Management innovation - is associated with significantly more powerful and durable value creation. Think Apple (reinforcing simple product innovations, like the IPod and IPhone, with Disruptive new Value Chain designs, via ITunes and the AppStore). (more)

David Brin on Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings (and abridged Salon version). This yearning makes sense if you remember that arbitrary lords and chiefs did rule us for 99.44 percent of human existence. It's only been 200 years or so - an eye blink - that "scientific Enlightenment" began waging its rebellion against the nearly universal pattern called feudalism, a hierarchic system that ruled our ancestors in every culture that developed both metallurgy and agriculture... Only something exceptional started happening. Bit by bit, the elements began taking shape for a new social and intellectual movement, one finally capable of challenging the alliance of warrior lords, priests, bards and secretive magicians... And yet, almost from its birth, the Enlightenment Movement was confronted by an ironic counterrevolution, rejecting the very notion of progress. The Romantic Movement erupted as a rebellion against the rebellion. In fairness, it didn't start out that way... In this conflict, J.R.R. Tolkien stood firmly for the past... Try as he might, and even confronted with the blatant Romantic excesses of Nazism, Tolkien could not escape his own deep conviction that democratic enlightenment and Modernity made up the greater Evil... And remember this too: Enlightenment, Science, Democracy and Equal Opportunity are still the true rebels, reigning for just a few generations (and still imperfectly) in one or two corners of the Earth, after elite chiefs, romantic bards and magicians dominated our ancestors for maybe half a million years. Don't you think a little pride in that rebellion - a radical revolution-in-progress, still fresh and incomplete - might be called for?... You are heirs of the world's first true Civilization, arising out of the first true revolution. Take some pride in it. (more)

Vietnamese restaurant in NYC China Town. (more)

Martin Cagan: Product vs. Feature Teams. In the tech world, there are really three distinct types of, loosely speaking, “product teams. (more)

Jason Fried: Is group chat (Group Messaging) making you sweat? What we’ve learned is that group chat used sparingly in a few very specific situations makes a lot of sense. What makes a lot less sense is chat as the primary, default method of communication inside an organization. (more)

DropBox CoEditing app, acquired as HackPad

Evernote's Desire To Be The Workplace's Virtual War Room For Projects. The company is taking its next step from giving an individual a professional digital Moleskine, to giving teams a virtual war room where they can “gather” to work on projects. (more)

Sam Schillace, creator of WriteLy, is working on Collaboration Ware at BoxNet. (more)

Tired of Today’s Platforms? Run Your Own Social Media Network. Mozilla Fellow Darius Kazemi has published a DIY playbook for those disenchanted with Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms. (more)

Federated OpenMicroBlogging/OStatus app/network. (more)

Sarah Constantin: How to Make A Memex. Arguably the Internet forms one big memex today. But Vannevar Bush imagined the memex as a private (though shareable) record, not a communal one. Each person should have their own memex. This matters because people need complex private thought. (more)

John Bell: People who are having fun on the internet. Which brings us to online communities and the silos we self-select into. (more)

John Holdun of Postlight: Back to HTML: Introducing Trimmings. For most of my career I’ve advocated for an HTML-first approach to building websites. To me, an ideal web project leaves client-side JavaScript as a final touch, progressively enhancing a site that already functions desirably without it. (more)

Darius Kazemi: Some thoughts on documentation. My big news from this month is that I finally formally launched Hometown, my fork (aka modification) of the social network software called Mastodon. (more)

ThinkingTool by Conor White-Sullivan (and others?). A Note Taking Tool for Networked Thought. Inspired by the Zettelkasten.


This is the publicly-readable WikiLog Thinking Space (est 2002) of Bill Seitz (a Product Manager and CTO) (also a Wiki-Junkie).

My Calling: Reality Hacking to accelerate Evolution by increasing Freedom, Agency, and Leverage of Free Agents and smaller groups (SmallWorld) via D And D of Thinking Tools (software and Games To Play).

See Intro Page for space-related goals, status, etc.; or Wiki Node for more terse summary info.

Beware the War On The Net!