The Infinite Monkey Theorem | The Creativity Post

Very interesting article about the infinite monkey theorem and singularity


The infinite monkey theorem is no longer theoretical. Our machines have begun to surpass us and we don’t have the first idea about what to do about it.

Read the article: The Infinite Monkey Theorem | The Creativity Post.

Leidinggevenden zouden eens wat vaker hun mond moeten houden!

Innoverend leiderschap

In onze dagelijkse communicatie voelen we ons snel ongemakkelijk als er stiltes vallen. Denk maar eens aan een date. Of aan een  gesprek met een kennis over een vervelende persoonlijke gebeurtenis.  Mensen voelen zich snel opgelaten als ze niets meer weten te zeggen. Een stilte die valt op een verjaardag? De gastheer/gastvrouw kijkt vertwijfeld in het rond of hun gasten het soms niet gezellig vinden. Kortom, stilte wordt vaak geassocieerd met ongemakkelijke situaties.

Regelmatig woon ik als coach of als HR-adviseur een gesprek bij van leidinggevenden met een team of individuele medewerker. Zonder stereotyperingen te willen gebruiken gaat het vaak om of beginnende, nog wat onzekere leidinggevenden òf om ervaren leidinggevenden die heel goed weten wat ze willen; de snelle denkers, de goede sprekers met humor die soms wat ongeduldig lijken te zijn. Beiden bereiken met hun medewerkers niet altijd wat zij zouden willen.

Wat ik na…

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Matrix Leadership

Linked 2 Leadership

Matrix Leadership

Research from the Hay Group has long focused on leadership competencies – in both for profit and non-profit settings. Whether leading a church, a company, a private school, or hospital, you are likely to need matrix-type leadership skills.

That’s because all these settings have 2 things in common:

  1. Specific leadership responsibilities within an area of expertise (sales, men’s ministry, customer service)
  2. The need to bring that expertise across the organization in a cross-functional setting.

Working with a complex, 2000-member church I have seen the need for senior leaders to have these skills. Consulting with a $100 million business with 400 employees, and guiding a leadership team at an urban non-profit, I witnessed the same challenges and needs.

So here is the question:

How do we lead people in non-hierarchical structures to accomplish personal and organizational goals?

Four Competencies

The Hay research identifies 4 competencies specifically needed in matrix…

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Internet and the Libraries: Both are here to stay!

I think it’s true: books and libraries will remain.

Blandin on Broadband

libraryWhile I was doing training in Windom last week, one of the students asked if I thought there was a role for libraries as we know them in the future – after all won’t everything be going online. So it was fun later in the week to run into the recent survey from Pew Internet & American Life that demonstrates that libraries are still vital…

Fully 91% of Americans ages 16 and older say public libraries are important to their communities; and 76% say libraries are important to them and their families. And libraries are touchpoints in their communities for the vast majority of Americans: 84% of Americans ages 16 and older have been to a library or bookmobile at some point in their lives and 77% say they remember someone else in their family using public libraries as they were growing up.

Here are the top activities people say they…

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Geweldige bedrijven

Voorbij uitblinken in middelmatigheid

“In geweldige bedrijven werken mensen die gewoon gemiddeld goed zijn.
Het verschil is: de mensen werken er met ziel en zaligheid.
Ze nemen eigenaarschap voor hun werk.”

 Dit is een uitspraak van Niels Willems. En ik kan het niet meer met hem eens zijn.

In veel organisaties is er sprake van goedgeorganiseerde middelmatigheid. De doorbraak van goed naar geweldig wordt vaak gezocht in talentmanagement en High Potential programma’s. Daar ligt de oplossing niet. Het is de context die de organisatie gemiddeld maakt.

Het verschilt zit in of mensen eigenaarschap nemen voor hun werk. Dan werken ze met ziel en zaligheid. Onze ervaring is: de eenvoudigste manier om ervoor te zorgen dat mensen eigenaarschap nemen, is als ze het eigendom hebben. Stel je voor dat werknemers het bedrijf overnemen. Dat de organisatiestructuur zo wordt aangepast dat mensen echt afrekenbare verantwoordelijkheid gaan dragen. Dan ontstaan er geweldige bedrijven die nog jaren…

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Get inspired by the B4RN Story

So it can be done. Now it’s time to start this kind of initiatives all over the world!

Blandin on Broadband

I have written about B4RN before– they are the farmers in Lancashire England who have built their own fiber network. BBC News reports…

After deciding that they were never likely to get a fast broadband connection from one of the major suppliers, a group of local people across this sparsely populated area decided that sitting around moaning about it was not an option. Instead they began a DIY effort, digging channels across the fields and laying fibre optic cables.

It’s an inspirational stone soup sort of story…

They have exploited all sorts of local expertise – from the Lancaster University professor who is an expert in computer networks to the farmer’s wife who has just retired from a career in IT support. The cooperation of local landowners has been vital – free access to fields has made it much cheaper to roll out the network. BT and other companies which…

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Global Unionism: The Peer-to-Peer Model | New Unionism Network


Social Network Unionism


draft3The transnationalisation of production, along with the rise of global supply chains, informalisation, financialisation, and connecting of world markets through informationalisation have all hit hard on workers. It seems to have become impossible to overcome the resulting divisions among working classes, who have been so radically abused by capital. These new structural forces have created an immense need for connected self-organisations of workers, built from the bottom up, and operating simultaneously at local, national and international levels. This article argues for a new global unionism that goes beyond the IWW experience and allows workers to connect local, national, regional and international struggles by aligning with other struggles in life.

distributed_networkPeter Waterman calls this model “Social Movement Unionism”[1]. In order to develop enough strength to turn the tide globally, we need to redistribute power to the nodes involved in collective subjectivity and action. This cannot happen without dismantling the giant hierarchies…

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The evolution of coworking spaces | Deskmag | Coworking

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Today over 100,000 people are working in coworking spaces, that’s more than in the offices of Apple, Google or Facebook. Yet, coworking spaces work more decentralized and align their rooms to the wishes of their members – and not vice versa, since most users pay for their own place to work. Therefore coworking spaces are more subject to constant changes than offices found in most large companies. A steady increase in coworkers leads to the creation of more (and bigger) coworking spaces. But how do we see these work stations in the future? We spoke with architect Kim Wang, who focuses on coworking spaces that you should look out for.

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