Bringing order in a world of chaos

An excellent post from Jeff Jonas on how we bring order in chaos.

He uses the metaphor of solving a jigsaw puzzle.



The first pieces are irrelevant.  Just take one or two.  The most important thing is to take action.  Starting from the border or the extremes may be helpfull though.

For the next pieces, we look for simularities, links, relations.  Our initial choices will now influence how fast we can proceed.

We will cluster similar pieces, without knowing if they really belong together or not. 

By adding more pieces to the puzzle, we start seeing the picture, it starts making sense.

The last piece is the easy one.

This is a similar approach of moving from the chaotic domain to the simple domain in the Cynefin framework.

Picture : romanlily

Cognitive Edge Accreditation

I attended the Cognitive Edge Accreditation this week. 

London Wetland Centre


In the beautiful environment of the London Wetland, we were immerged in complexity, narrative, sensemaking and statistics.

Full details are available on the website of Cognitive Edge.



The Cynefin framework was not new to me.  But I was really impressed by the amount of knowledge one can extract from a set of indexed stories or fragments.

To build a common identity, we broke the world record of knocking over a glass of beer (in speed and style, not in amount).  And another one on the fastest catching of a falling glass.  You get the point, all records were broken in the pub, none during the course 😉

The future of search

The october meeting of SuperCoP, the community of practice of knowledge managers in Belgium was around ‘Search’. We invited Paul Hermans to share with us his thoughts on ‘The future of search’.

Some trends :

-The switch from searching to finding. Data mining will help to find the answers to your questions.

-An improved user experience. Clustering and visualization of the search results will give access to better information than the first 20 hits we normally scan.

-The semantic search. Relations between data will be created automatically. Data finds data.

To e-mail or not to e-mail

I had the chance to meet Luis Suarez on the IBM innovation event ‘Shape your future’. Luis is a social software evangelist, helping people use other tools than only email to communicate and collaborate.

Yes, this story :     hammer


If we only have a hammer, the whole world looks like a nail.

I started using this hammer in my presentations several years ago, convincing people to move from email to shared document systems.  Now it is still relevant, helping people to adopt social software tools : wiki’s, communication forums, blogs, RSS, …

Information R/evolution

A fascinating video by Michael Wesch, illustrating how we (should) change how we look at information.  From shelving to tagging.

Or how metadata (keywords, tags, links) take over from data (the actual content).

Please enjoy and be fascinated.

When to use Best Practices (or when not to)

One of the problems with best practices is that they are created by a group of experts to be used in all circumstances, without thinking. 

"Just follow the instructions."

A typical example of this is when people follow the instructions of their GPS system and drive their car into a historical village center, a pedestrian walk way, …
Each time with the excuse : "I just followed the instructions."

I wanted to make a post about Best Practices, but the guys at xkcd did a far better job … enjoy



How to implement content management

A question on LinkedIn about how companies implement content management made me think about what I see as important.

Here are my top 3 tips :

– accountability : make people personally accountable for what they publish/share.
– business rules : install content life cycle management processes to ensure outdated information is archived and/or deleted.
– promotion : your system should be usefull enough for the users, so they use it without the need for a global marketing campaign