In this issue:
Leader to Leader Journal • Fall 2008
Transparency is harder than it looks. The authors point out that, while many organizations pay lip service to the value of transparency, achieving a truly free flow of information is more difficult. But in the hypercritical culture of today's blogosphere, hoarding information can—and does—often backfire.
Fast Company • January 6, 2009
Embracing disruption. Educational entrepreneur Arthur Keiser has built a successful for-profit university by focusing on the educational needs of working adults rather than kids straight out of high school. The article points out that employing an "outthinker" approach to answering the typical "who," "what" and "how" questions opens up thousands of disruptive choices that your competition will choose not to copy.
Silicon Alley Insider • January 3, 2009
Chronic tweakers, that's who. It turns out that, although most articles on Wikipedia are written by "outsiders," editorial control is maintained by a small group (somewhere between 500 and 1,400) of inside volunteers who delete erroneous additions, change formatting, correct typos and generally make the articles more readable.
Business Week • December 28, 2008
Leveraging labors of love. Wikipedia is not unique in its ability to thrive on volunteer labor. Talented people work for all sorts of reasons, most of them totally unrelated to financial reward. Harnessing this energy for reviews, blogs and other contributions is a smart way to inject fresh enthusiasm into your organization.
The Wall Street Journal • January 2, 2009
The power of predictive text. Of the world's nearly 7,000 languages, only 80 can be used for text messaging, greatly aided by technology that "predicts" the word a user is typing and fills it in. Expanding the number of languages with predictive text could help preserve them by encouraging younger people to communicate in their native tongues and allowing non-English speaking populations to benefit from new technologies.
ReadWriteWeb • January 1, 2009
Blogging is here to stay. So we may as well have the tools to find which ones are valuable. And although the Technorati Index is useful, this article offers ideas on other ways to track down the top blogs in any niche.
- Affinity Strings, Personalization and Recommendation
- What's Up with Museum Data Exchange?
- Bibliotherapy at the School of Life
- It's the Economy...
- QOTD: News Futures and Brands of One
- Mission Versus Task
- RLG Programs Meetings at ALA Midwinter, 23–28 January in Denver
- RLG Programs 2009 Annual Partner Meeting, 1–3 June 2009 in Boston