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How to Trigger CEO Interest in Social Networking

Featured this month in the Social Business Innovation Hub: McAfee Q&A: What Sells CEOs on Social Networking In 2006, MIT Sloan's Andrew McAfee coined the term "Enterprise 2.0" as a shorthand for what collaboration and sharing tools such as blogging and wikis (and, today, Twitter) would mean for enterprises.

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The Top Five Habits of Effective Network Builders

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“Open-source projects and grassroots collective action are important sources of inspiration for 21st-century civic engagement,” says a new report, “Connected Citizens,” by Monitor Institute and Knight Foundation. The report looked at 70 projects and highlights five patterns for good network building.

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Is Wiki-Style Collaboration Among Nation States Doable?

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“The World Economic Forum is quickly morphing from a once-a-year talkathon into a year-round network of leaders and leading thinkers tackling global problems – from think tank to do tank.” So says Don Tapscott, co-author of Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World (Portfolio Hardcover, September 2010).

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Learn About Internal Knowledge Markets

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How can a large organization address the challenge of locating specialized knowledge that exists somewhere within its boundaries? Internal knowledge markets -- forums within organizations that match knowledge seekers with knowledge sources and that include material or social incentives to encourage information sharing -- are one approach to that problem.

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Collaborative Consumption: Drivers, Systems, Implications

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Are you familiar yet with Rachel Botsman and her book What's Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption (HarperBusiness, September 2010)? Her talk at TEDxSydney last May is featured at the TED website on the subpage about “The Rise of Collaboration” (the 15-minute presentation and a transcript are both

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“Madness of Crowds” or “Wisdom of Groups”?

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Last October, my colleague Martha Mangelsdorf wrote a blog post about a report published in Science on the collective intelligence that emerges when groups work together. Co-authored by MIT’s Thomas W. Malone, Alexander Pentland, and Nada Hashmi, along with Anita Williams Woolley of Carnegie-Mellon and Christopher F.

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The Collaborative Organization: How to Make Employee Networks Really Work

CIOs who learn to balance formal and informal structures can create global IT organizations that are more efficient and innovative than organizations that rely primarily on formal mechanisms. Organizational network analysis provides a useful methodology for helping executives assess broader patterns of informal networks between individuals, teams, functions and organizations, and for identifying targeted steps to align networks with strategic imperatives.

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A Billion Brains are Better Than One

MIT Sloan’s Thomas W. Malone, author of The Future of Work, says that the smartest companies will use emerging technology to tap the power of many. Wikipedia and YouTube are the best-known examples of “collective intelligence,” where many people create a lot of different things independently. “Executives and everybody else knows about the new kinds of technologies that keep popping up,” says Malone. “But there’s a key perspective that a lot of people don’t really get yet, which is that these new technologies change the essence of organizations.”

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