People will give up their personal info if you give them a good reason

Privacy? Don’t bother. No one’s interested.


We face a constant barrage of requests for our personal information everyday, and more often than not our first concern is who has access to that information and how will it be used. At GigaOM’s Structure:Data conference on Wednesday, a panel of experts from the worlds of biology, location analytics and data science talked about how the concepts of personalization and privacy concerns don’t have to be at odds with each other. People will give up their personal information if you give them something they find personally valuable, Ken Chahine of, Naveen Jain of Inome and David Shim of Placed agreed.

Just like people used to be afraid of browser cookies and their implications for privacy and now accept them as standard, Shim, Placed’s founder and CEO, said he believes our attitudes toward our location data will undergo the same transition once people understand the inherent value of what…

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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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Leading by Omission

Ricardo Semler

Dit is een opname van een presentatie die Ricardo Semler in 2005 heeft gegeven voor het M.I.T instituut. Hij beschrijft hierin hoe hij tegenover het leiden van zijn organisatie Semco staat, en dat deze manier van leiden en organiseren zeer succesvol is.
Kernwoorden daarbij zijn: loslaten, zelfsturing, zelforganisatie, omdenken, structuurloos, geen hiërachie, betrokkenheid, inzet en motivatie. Precies het tegenovergestelde dus van de strak georganiseerde bedrijfsculturen die wij als normaal beschouwen maar, zo is het laatste decennium gebleken, zelfs als dit voor even erg succesvol is, geen lang leven beschoren zijn. In ieder geval meestal niet langer dan 25 jaar bestaan. Semco bestaat al 30 jaar inmiddels en heeft nog steeds een jaarlijkse groei van zo’n 27%.