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The Costs of Reliability - LessWrong 2.0
"A question that used to puzzle me is “Why can people be so much better at doing a thing for fun, or to help their friends and family, than they are at doing the exact same thing as a job?”"
organization  fun  work  reliability  business 
11 days ago by tsuomela
Code for Science and Society
"Supporting public technology infrastructure through software development, education and outreach. "
organization  science  programming  public-interest 
march 2017 by tsuomela
Partisans and Partners: The Politics of the Post-Keynesian Society, Pacewicz
"There’s no question that Americans are bitterly divided by politics. But in Partisans and Partners, Josh Pacewicz finds that our traditional understanding of red/blue, right/left, urban/rural division is too simplistic. Wheels-down in Iowa—that most important of primary states—Pacewicz looks to two cities, one traditionally Democratic, the other traditionally Republican, and finds that younger voters are rejecting older-timers’ strict political affiliations. A paradox is emerging—as the dividing lines between America’s political parties have sharpened, Americans are at the same time growing distrustful of traditional party politics in favor of becoming apolitical or embracing outside-the-beltway candidates. Pacewicz sees this change coming not from politicians and voters, but from the fundamental reorganization of the community institutions in which political parties have traditionally been rooted. Weaving together major themes in American political history—including globalization, the decline of organized labor, loss of locally owned industries, uneven economic development, and the emergence of grassroots populist movements—Partisans and Partners is a timely and comprehensive analysis of American politics as it happens on the ground."
book  publisher  political-science  partisanship  history  20c  community  organization  business 
september 2016 by tsuomela
Home - Portage Network
"THE PORTAGE NETWORK is dedicated to the shared stewardship of research data in Canada through: Developing a national research data culture Fostering a community of practice for research data Building national research data services and infrastructure"
research  research-data  country(Canada)  organization  professional-association  libraries 
may 2016 by tsuomela
Home | The OpenGov FoundationThe OpenGov Foundation
"The opengov foundation is dedicated to developing and deploying technologies that support every citizen's ability to participate in their government, and hold it accountable."
open-government  organization  associations 
october 2014 by tsuomela
Virginia Master Naturalist Program Home
"Virginia Master Naturalists are volunteer educators, citizen scientists, and stewards helping Virginia conserve and manage natural resources and public lands. The process for becoming a certified Virginia Master Naturalist typically takes 6 to 12 months. One starts by completing a 40-hour basic training course offered by a local chapter of the program. An additional 8 hours of advanced training are also required. An important part of the certification process is the required 40 hours of volunteer service."
nature  environment  volunteer  organization  citizen-science  expertise  certification 
march 2014 by tsuomela
Nature Abounds Home
"Nature Abounds™, a national 501c3 non-profit organization, brings people together for a healthy planet.  Nature Abounds™ serves as a center where people can connect with like-minded people interested in protecting the environment and in taking action for a healthier planet. To do so, we:"
nature  environment  volunteer  organization  citizen-science 
march 2014 by tsuomela
Life in a Networked Age - Global Guerrillas
"In the last thirty years, we've seen a shift in the technological substrate.  This new susbstrate is increasingly a family of technologies related to information networks. As this new substrate begins to take control, we're going to need new management forms.  Both bureaucratic and market systems are proving insuffient solutions to the challenges of a networked age."
technology  organization  networks 
march 2013 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Organizational failure as a meso cause
"This is a good example of an effort to explain concrete and complex historical outcomes using the theoretical resources of organizational sociology. And the language of causation is woven throughout the narrative. The authors make a credible case for the view that the organizational features they identify caused (or contributed to the cause) of the large instances of military failure they identify." Annotated link http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http://understandingsociety.blogspot.com/2012/06/organizational-failure-as-meso-cause.html
organization  military  failure  micro-meso-macro  causation 
july 2012 by tsuomela
“Unable”
"But just because something is possible doesn’t make it reasonable, or smart, or sustainable. It also may have a hidden or long-term cost that is actually more negative than any benefit that will accrue from doing the requested task. It also, by the way, sets a bad expectation and precedent."
gtd  organization  productivity 
may 2012 by tsuomela
PebbleRoad: Organizing digital information for others
"When we interact with web and intranet teams, we find many struggling to move beyond conceptual-level discussions on information organization. Hours on end are spent on discussing the meaning of "metadata", "controlled vocabulary" and "taxonomy" without any strategic understanding of how everything fits together. Being so bogged down at this level they fail to look beyond to the main reason for their pursuit—organizing information for others (the end users) so that they can find the information easily."
information-science  organization  other  people  digital 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » Distraction is a Symptom of a Deeper Problem: The Convenience Principle and the Destruction of American Productivity
"Consider, to give a more general example, e-mail. There are no shortage of strong arguments that living your day in your inbox prevents long, uninterrupted thought, which in turn greatly reduces the value of what you produce and the rate at which your skills improve.

Nicholas Carr almost won a Pulitzer last year for his book on this phenomenon, The Shallows, which was based on his earlier Atlantic article, titled “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”.

So why hasn’t there been any major changes to how American organizations use e-mail? The convenience principle stops them.

If you subscribe to this principle, all it takes to argue back against a critic like Carr is a list of examples where restricting e-mail in any way would lead to inconvenience."
habit  information-overload  email  organization  convenience 
march 2012 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Left vs right: out of date
"In other words, the issue is not one of “markets vs. state” - “free” markets vs. “sand in the wheel” transactions taxes. It is: how can banks be better organized? And not just banks. The issue of NHS or schools reform poses the same questions.

In this sense, the traditional statist left and free market right are both wrong." Annotated link http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http://stumblingandmumbling.typepad.com/stumbling_and_mumbling/2012/03/left-vs-right-out-of-date.html
organization  organizations  sociology  banking  business  management 
march 2012 by tsuomela
COMPASS Online
COMPASS is dedicated to helping ocean scientists connect themselves and their science to the wider world. By giving scientists the communication tools they need, and by bridging the worlds of science, journalism and policy, COMPASS works to ensure that ocean science is better understood and used by society.
oceanography  science  communication  organization 
february 2012 by tsuomela
Chris Hedges: The Myth of The New York Times, in Documentary Form - Film Review - Truthdig
"When you allow an institution to provide you with your identity and sense of self-worth you become an obsequious pawn, no matter how much talent you possess. You live in perpetual fear of what those in authority think of you and might do to you. This mechanism of internalized control—for you always need them more than they need you—is effective. "
media  journalism  norms  behavior  organization  institutions  self-definition  self 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Toward a Communication Model for the Socialization of Voluntary Members - Communication Monographs
"Because most socialization/assimilation research focuses on employment as the primary membership role in groups and organizations, the accompanying models have failed to consider the unique characteristics of voluntary membership. In addition, those models have been criticized for being too linear and based on concepts of organizations as containers. Using principles of the bona fide group perspective and a case study, this paper develops a model that emphasizes the unique characteristics of the socialization of voluntary members. The multilevel model also examines how membership in various other groups, such as work and family, influence and interact with individuals' voluntary memberships. With a focus on communication, the model emphasizes the fluid process of voluntary associations in organizations with ambiguous boundaries. "
communication  volunteer  amateur  group  membership  socialization  organization 
may 2011 by tsuomela
Coworker Relationships and Informal Communication in High-Intensity Telecommuting - Journal of Applied Communication Research
"Given that high-intensity telecommuters report feeling socially isolated, this study uses structuration and constructivist theories to examine the role of coworker relationships and informal communication in the context of high-intensity telecommuting."
communication  organization  telecommuting  telecommunications  research 
may 2011 by tsuomela
SpringerLink - Computational
"This paper develops the concepts and methods of a process we will call ldquoalignment of computational modelsrdquo or ldquodockingrdquo for short. Alignment is needed to determine whether two models can produce the same results, which in turn is the basis for critical experiments and for tests of whether one model can subsume another. We illustrate our concepts and methods using as a target a model of cultural transmission built by Axelrod. For comparison we use the Sugarscape model developed by Epstein and Axtell."
simulation  computer  agent-based-model  modeling  computational-science  organization 
march 2011 by tsuomela
ISKO: International Society for Knowledge Organization
"This is the official website for ISKO – the premier international scholarly society devoted to the theory and practice of knowledge organization."
professional-association  knowledge  knowledge-management  organization  information-science 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Julian Assange and the journalists | WikiLeaked
"But for all its radicalism, WikiLeaks ultimately rests on the same economic assumption as the media: that information is valuable. Assange's bottom line may not be so directly tied to that value as the Guardian's, but it is tied to his exclusivity, or at least notoriety, as a spiller of secrets."
wikileaks  media  journalism  organization  secrecy  whistleblowing  distributed 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Wikileaks again — Crooked Timber
"Taken together, these suggest that Wikileaks-type phenomena are nowhere near as invulnerable to concerted state action as some of the more glib commentators have suggested. It needs money and proper organizational structures to work. The piece hints that the current version of Wikileaks – which seems an awkward amalgam of open source style volunteerism and personality cult – is on the brink of collapse. It also needs to be able to build and maintain connections with external organizations, both to get resources in, and to get information out. These present obvious vulnerabilities. They also suggest that it will be far more difficult to create a multitude of mini-Wikileaks than it appears at first sight. You need more than a secure connection and a website to make this model work. At a minimum, you need enough of an organization to be able to build and retain links with bigger media."
wikileaks  media  journalism  organization  secrecy  whistleblowing  distributed  anarchism 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Organization and Management Theory
"As of today, the Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division has over 4,100 members, making it one of the largest divisions within the Academy of Management. "
professional-association  organization  management  theory  business 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Analyzing Effective Leaders: Why Extraverts Are Not Always the Most Successful Bosses - Knowledge@Wharton
In fact, introverted leaders can be more effective than extraverts in certain circumstances. The determining factor is who leaders are managing, according to Grant and co-authors Francesca Gino of Harvard Business School and David Hofmann of the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School. Their paper, forthcoming in the Academy of Management Journal, is titled "Reversing the Extraverted Leadership Advantage: The Role of Employee Proactivity."
work  management  leadership  personality  introvert  extravert  teamwork  organization  psychology 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research
Scholars who study groups and teams are scattered across many social scientific disciplines. INGRoup (a) promotes communication about group research across fields and nations, (b) advances understanding about group dynamics through research, (c) advances theory and methods for understanding groups, and (d) promotes interdisciplinary research.
professional-association  groups  organization  cognition  distributed  interdisciplinary 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Stout, J.: Blessed Are the Organized: Grassroots Democracy in America.
In an America where the rich and fortunate have free rein to do as they please, can the ideal of liberty and justice for all be anything but an empty slogan? Many Americans are doubtful, and have withdrawn into apathy and cynicism. But thousands of others are not ready to give up on democracy just yet. Working outside the notice of the national media, ordinary citizens across the nation are meeting in living rooms, church basements, synagogues, and schools to identify shared concerns, select and cultivate leaders, and take action. Their goal is to hold big government and big business accountable. In this important new book, Jeffrey Stout bears witness to the successes and failures of progressive grassroots organizing, and the daunting forces now arrayed against it.
book  publisher  politics  political-science  organization  grass-roots  power  books:noted 
november 2010 by tsuomela
ULI Minnesota
Urban Land Institute - Minnesota engages public and private sector leaders to foster collaboration, share knowledge and join in meaningful strategic action to create thriving, sustainable communities. Initiatives: housing, environment, jobs, and transportation.
urbanism  minnesota  professional-association  organization  activism  minneapolis 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Worldwatch Institute | Vision for a Sustainable World
Worldwatch Institute delivers the insights and ideas that empower decision makers to create an environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs. Worldwatch focuses on the 21st-century challenges of climate change, resource degradation, population growth, and poverty by developing and disseminating solid data and innovative strategies for achieving a sustainable society.
non-profit  civil-society  organization  environment  sustainability  ecology  politics  globalization  poverty  global-warming  climate  population  science 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Get Ready To Be a Changemaker - The Conversation - Harvard Business Review
To be effective in this new world, you will need to master the skills of empathy and teamwork, as well as leadership and driving change. You will need to know how to function in a world that is not a hierarchy but a kaleidoscopic global team of teams, with no boundaries between sectors and change that happens at an escalating pace.

This is a rare moment in history. Are you ready to be a changemaker in the private sector, the citizen sector, or both? Do you and your employees have the necessary skills? How will you and your organization fit in this new world?
business  organization  business-model  citizenship  change  social-responsibility 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Why your boss is incompetent - life - 17 December 2009 - New Scientist
Economist Edward Lazear, also of Stanford, is one person who has tried to pin down why. His suggestion is that it is down to chance. People mostly get promoted because they have performed a particular task unusually well. That could be because they are generally competent, but equally they might just by fluke have been well-suited to that one job.
business  organization  promotion  talent  skills  success 
january 2010 by tsuomela
Sociotechnical systems - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sociotechnical systems (or STS) in organizational development is an approach to complex organizational work design that recognizes the interaction between people and technology in workplaces. The term also refers to the interaction between society's complex infrastructures and human behaviour. In this sense, society itself, and most of its substructures, are complex sociotechnical systems. The term sociotechnical systems was coined in the 1960s by Eric Trist and Fred Emery, who were working as consultants at the Tavistock Institute in London.
sts  sociology  social  technology  organization  development 
september 2009 by tsuomela
TheBrain.com - Welcome to TheBrain
Simply type in your ideas. Drag and drop files and web pages. Any idea can be linked to anything else. Using your digital Brain is like cruising through a Web of your thinking. See new relationships. Discover connections. Go from the big picture of everything to a specific detail in seconds.
software  macintosh  windows  mindmapping  productivity  organization 
august 2009 by tsuomela
AN END TO MOVEMENTS by Douglas Rushkoff | ARTHUR MAGAZINE - WE FOUND THE OTHERS
Mass organization may just have been a twentieth century thing: collective actions of all sorts—good and bad—were responses to the corporatization of government and industy. As such, they took the form of the entities with whom they sought to do battle. But—like the top-heavy, highly abstracted creatures they were created to counter —they are proving utterly incapable of providing an alternative to what they would replace.
protests  mass  activism  politics  organization 
august 2009 by tsuomela
B Corporation
B Corporations are a new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corporations are unlike traditional responsible businesses because they:
business  business-model  corporation  organization  law  via:vaguery 
july 2009 by tsuomela
American Society for Quality - ASQ
ASQ is the world's leading membership organization devoted to quality.
professional-association  quality  business  organization 
july 2009 by tsuomela
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