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Relevant Ramblings  PART 1 Add your comment on this item1

Larry Victor  8/11/2005


            INTRODUCTION Add your comment on this item2

·        David, this is a cobbling together of different compositions, some recent, some older, some edited, others rough lists.   Add your comment on this item3

·        I start with some thoughts related to your NES proposal and my comments in the QuickDoc version.   Add your comment on this item4

·        Then I make some rough suggestions for alternative business strategies. I follow with some incidental ideas. Add your comment on this item5

·        I am not in the mood for more polished writing at this time, so want to prepare this for your return from fishing. Add your comment on this item6

·        I wish I could publish this online in its outline form, so you could open and close parts and not be swamped by one long string of characters. Add your comment on this item7

·        I have broken them up into four parts: Relevant Ramblings 1,2,3,4 Add your comment on this item8


            ORGANIZING NETWORKED OUTSOURCING -- THE CHALLENGE Add your comment on this item9
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04:37 PM ET (US)
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Interesting Comments - I will contemplate the thrust and maybe comment specifically if I can contribute any ideas.

            I sense a threshold crossing underway. Big corporations have long had suppliers and supply chains, but the field of suppliers has morphed into a seething network. Technology is SEAFing the emergence of something new/nu.  The concept of the NanoCorp was that all businesses remain small, but are part of large networks, within which large patterns of activity can occur -- like temporary large organizations. SysNets. Add your comment on this item10
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01:21 PM ET (US)
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I was thinking this morning about how cool it would be to have NES in place with millions of Users and draft a script on the generalist perspective and another on whole system design. (Ask me about the turkey leg someday - otherwise I will probably never get around to writing it down).

I think of a network as individuals, who, if they had adequate communication, could come together to design projects and then recombine to implement projects. I agree that the economy is headed in that direction, or maybe two directions. First, smaller and smaller entities that can accept outsources work from the big companies and are not an expense to the big companies when there is no work. Second, bigger and bigger companies that control the market. Walmart representing the shift in market control from the manufacturer to the retailer.

When you say Nanocorp, I immediately think of the first entity. However, a small group of people with certain expertise, could serve a role in the design and implementation of multiple new/nu whole systems. In that way they would be a finite expense to each system rather than each system incurring the expense to develop that expertise.
Larry VictorPerson was signed in when posted
03:20 PM ET (US)
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/m3 I can imagine living in such a world! It is my explicit intention to create that world for myself (and others) ASAP.

Are you familiar with the NanoCorp website? http://sohodojo.com/

It was not seeing much recent action there that led me to O.net.



·        Can David and I, with possibly a few others, form a NanoCorp that could organize a number of interactive temporary organizations via collaborated outsourcing? Add your comment on this item11

·        We can be Platform Owners in some or many; we won't have time for all. Add your comment on this item12

·        What platforms for this already exist, and what are their features, their strengths and their limitations? Add your comment on this item13

·        What is the status of technology to generate new and better platforms?  With what features? What is under development, what is in the pipeline? Add your comment on this item14

·        What are the emergent potentials of Omidyar.Net?  How many like it are there? Add your comment on this item15

·        What is missing that may be holding back enormous synergies? Might we lack a SEAFWEB to mediate emergent NanoCorps and platforms/apps? Add your comment on this item16




            NES -- will be enhanced by a SEAFWEB and Colab Studios.  We, in creating NES need SEAFWEB and Colab Studios. Add your comment on this item18


            SEAFWEB:  SEAFING -- AN EXPEDITION OF GALDEE Add your comment on this item19


            SEAFWEB might be kept SEPARATE from  NU Educational Services (NES) - interacting but autonomous. Add your comment on this item20


            We can view SEAFing as the mediating process in marketing Appropriate Technology, in providing the essential extra for isolated and often alienated individuals and orgs to meet, bond, synergize, and network/organize.  The rationale for the need of SEAFing and SEAFWEB is the acceptance that we can't do it alone; nor can we expect busy others to reach out. Because they deeply recognize they don't have time nor competency to network as they should, they rationalize that there is no need - they can be self sufficient. Add your comment on this item21


            SEAFing adds the personal touch to an impersonal cyberspace.  But SEAFing works both in cyberspace and in F2F human contact space. Add your comment on this item22

            What are the business aspects of setting up SEAFWEB?  Can we partner with some of those working in context of The Support Economy? Add your comment on this item23


            COLAB STUDIOS, as a business, might also be autonomous, involving a large platform of consultants/clients/collaborators for uses beyond NES and SEAFWEB. I know that the traditional interface of keyboard and monitor is a major barrier for many.  Alternatives exist and new I/O interfaces are emerging -- but there lacks the essential SEAFing to bring their potential to actualized REEEE utility.  There are also more tools to interface cyberspace that can be used at single person stations, as well as those stations for teams, which I have called Colab Studios. Add your comment on this item24


            Start some ventures slowly, let them germinate and sprout. Add your comment on this item25


            For some more immediate cash flow, we might attempt to promote our ideas in publications and in organized presentations.  As an example, I imagine creating a system to compete with Ken Wilber around our generalist explorations – “Total Ignorance” -- a bit more than integral. Not that we should directly attack Ken (or Andrew Cohen's WIE) - but present an alternative. We might outsource for logistic and other help in establishing various venues. Add your comment on this item26


            Venues: subscription blogs, workshops and RT/DT conferences, print publications, tapes and CDS, active work sessions on projects setting up NES -- using the creating of NES as an experimental scripting process. Add your comment on this item27




            NES IS A HYBRID: INVOLVING BOTH LEARNING AND WORKING. Add your comment on this item29


            In a traditional educational institution there are two populations and two organizational structures.  There are the students and there are the employees, including faculty. For the students there is the curriculum, the classrooms and courses, homework and tests.  For the others there is work, with a work management system becoming more and more business like.  The role of faculty as learned scholar was rapidly disappearing -- they were no different from other workers in other factories. Add your comment on this item30


            The organizational structure/process of NES will be a hybrid.  The initial design and establishment of NES can be much like a business with workers.  But we will also have to be learning and we may choose to organize ourselves as we plan NES to be organized as we create NES.  Learners learn in the context of performing to scripts, and in doing so they create sems - which are evaluated, and which can become parts of future scripts.   Add your comment on this item31


            The essence of NES will be the creation, flow, and processing of sems -- of scripts, of educational materials, or responses by learners and evaluators.  These flows will somehow be measured and valued. Add your comment on this item32