How do we ensure that we tap into the most relevant flows?
We have a growing realization that stocks of knowledge are diminishing in value relative to flows of knowledge, but what is required for effective participation in the highest value flows of knowledge? How do we avoid drowning in proliferating flows of knowledge while ensuring that we tap into the most relevant flows?
I think this is a pretty boring way of looking at life. Finding and exploiting high value knowledge flows is like giving your self over to the numbers side, a less well known cousin of the dark side. Be interested in something and be interesting and then you don't have to work so hard.
son of parnas
July 10th, 2007 10:52am
What is your fascination with this guy? This is at least the third time you've posted from this essay. I'm beginning to suspect that you are doing SEO for him.
Anyways, he's not discussing "tapping into flows" as a life strategy. This is a business idea, and one in a vein of thought that's trendy right now. It's good that people are thinking about it, sort of like it's good that there is art. Think of this as art or philosophy in the business domain. It's an experiment, he's trying to poke around and see if there is some earth shattering revelation in how to run a large company that can somehow capture the mojo.
But I think it is fundamentally flawed. Folks like this guy see the recently insane buyouts of YouTube, MySpace, and etc and think "If only there was some way that a large company could structure itself to develop valuable new entities like this without having to buy them on the open market."
It sounds doable, right? I mean, Google practically owns the internet and most of the hot shit programmers. So why did they have to buy YouTube? Why couldn't they just have thought of it themselves and captured that value internally without having to pay for it?
My main problem with this is that these valuations have more to do with the company buying them than the company being bought. It's sort of like quantum mechanics, the observer affects the outcome. If these products had been developed internally, their value would never have been declared on the open market, and further, I think it's really possible that their owners would not even know what they have. A developing YouTube would have withered in the culture of any large organisation.
Oh, and large companies just don't have mojo. They are structurally incapable of it.
July 10th, 2007 11:27am
I gotta say, your infatuation with this guy is a little unhealthy SoP. Please don't confuse his high flown management-consultant-speak writing with actual intelligence. I don't doubt that he's a reasonably smart guy, but he isn't smart in the way you seem to be thinking. His brilliance lies in getting people to buy into this crap, not in his ability to think it up. Learn his technique for getting buy-in and you'll get ahead. Buy in and all you'll get is poorer.
> What is your fascination with this guy? This is at
> least the third time you've posted from this essay.
Explained earlier. Interesting questions. So please go back to how overweight you've become in Dallas.
> I'm beginning to suspect that you are doing SEO for him.
I've never had SEO with that man.
son of parnas
July 10th, 2007 1:40pm
>I've never had SEO with that man.
Who you trying to kid, sop? Show us some pics!
Who you trying to kid?
July 10th, 2007 1:42pm
Clay, I like your idea that it's not that he is incapable of crystalizing his thoughts but that he is reaching to sound more intelligent.
July 10th, 2007 1:55pm
I think Rupert demonstrated the answer to the posted ruminations when he married Wendy Deng.
July 10th, 2007 7:51pm
"Be interested in something and be interesting and then you don't have to work so hard."
What's the something you're interested in SoP?
one man shopper
July 10th, 2007 9:15pm
> What's the something you're interested in SoP?
I am still try to work something out. I would love to have a passion, like lactic acid, but I don't. Still searching.
son of parnas
July 11th, 2007 1:22am
Start here ...
Don't bother pitting the cherries - the stones add to the flavour.
We have monstrous cherries imported from the States on sale up High Street for $A15/kg - I'm tempted.
July 11th, 2007 3:34am
Blueberries are in season now. Cherries were a few weeks ago.
son of parnas
July 11th, 2007 1:46pm