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Diversity Accelerates Innovation

Thoughts on Accelerating Innovation Through Diversity

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Hello, I’m glad to see you here today! Thank you for your patience while I try to get back on track with my blogging habits.  I have been experimenting with putting myself into situations that help me stretch beyond my comfort zone.  Some of these activities include volunteering, attending events that I know nothing about, and also simply starting conversations with people I don’t know.  I find myself learning the most from people that are very different from me and wanted to share three ideas on how Diversity Accelerates Innovation.

Avoiding Group Think

You may of heard the phrase “Birds of a feather flock together”.  I recommend spreading your wings and fly with some new birds to new places.  You may also want to swap your wings for gills.  This is so easy today with the power of Social Networks in the Enterprise and around the globe.  It’s also super easy to invite new friends to share lunch or coffee.

Discovering Your Passion

We live in an age of “information overload”, so it’s good to find some quiet time to process the information you learned during the course of the day.  Taking the time to evaluate how information, your connections and environment align with your values can help you discover new ways to fuel your passions.  This time can also help you discover new passions.

Standing Up and Standing Out

What value does the “yes man/woman” add to anything?  The “yes man” can easily be replaced and at very little cost.  Blending in is a method of being invisible.  The greatest change we see in the world comes form people that Stand Up and Stand Out.  A certain liberation occurs when we reach deep within ourselves to find the courage to share new ideas in a collaborative manner.

Fav Five Faces

Here are just a few new friends that have connected me to new people and new ideas this week.  You might be familiar with “Fantasy Football Teams” and such, well this is my “Fantasy Innovation Team” this week.  I bet we would see some very innovative solutions, if this team worked together.

Who would be on your Fantasy Innovation Team this week?

twitter-2morrowknight Blogger for @Huffingtonpost & OpinionEditorial, Children’s Book Author (1st book coming in late 2010), Marketing Strategist, Activist, Master Surfer!
twitter-sanchezjb Make a difference in gov, biz, & cmtys. Focused on leadership, strategy, communications, marketing, performance management, & IT. Cycling & sports enthusiast.
twitter-corbett3000 Interactive strategist and producer. Makin’ it happen since 1980. CEO of iStrategyLabs. Co-Creator of #DCWEEK. Fmr TV exec.
twitter-IdeaGov Gov 2.0 Innovator. CEO. Founder, Silberberg Innovations and Gov20LA. Think Fast. Don’t be afraid.
twitter-2cre8 eMarketing trends and technology enthusiast. Believes in balance and simplicity of design + form + function. Mompreneur. Foodie. Art. Music. ♥ iPhone. MAC/PC.

Fav Five Places

O’Reilly’s 2010 Open Source Convention (OSCON) Videos

OSCON is the place to be inspired and challenged, renew bonds to community, make new connections, and find ways to give back to the open source movement. OSCON has also become one of the most important places to make open source related announcements, and to unveil projects and products. As open source becomes fully integrated into the corporate environment, OSCON helps to define, maintain, and extend the identity of what it means to be open source.

Getting Real About Enterprise 2.0

The web has become social Home E- Social pages commerce Media 1.0 One-way & static 1.X Dynamic & interactive 2.0 Two-way & social E-mail Dynamic Websites Blogs Social Software Static Websites Portals Wikis Discussion forums Communities RSS Instant Messaging Agents Mashups Chat Rooms Video Conferencing Pod- & webcasts Web services Social Networks Collaborative filtering Social Bookmarking VOIP Folksonomies Social search Micro-blogging Video sharing …and much more

Flipboard’s Crazy Launch And Its Plan To Save Media

Flipboard is a beautiful iPad app that looks at the content your friends are sharing on Twitter and Facebook and reformats it into a digital, interactive magazine.  The consumer reaction to the app since its launch last week has been nothing short of completely nuts.

The Four Phases of Design Thinking

What can people in business learn from studying the ways successful designers solve problems and innovate? On the most basic level, they can learn to question, care, connect, and commit — four of the most important things successful designers do to achieve significant breakthroughs.

The Subtle Art of Provoking Serendipity

A teacher of ours at the GreenMBA, Julianne Maurseth, likes to say, “People gather and things happen.”  And what is the most wonderful thing that can happen when people gather? That would be serendipity.

Serendipity is the emergence of desirable novelty from a chance encounter, the discovery of something wonderful, unknown and unpredictable. It is the act of unexpected cross-pollination, the seed of something new.

Drupal, the Open Source #PHP CMS, in the White House! Now What? #gov20

Government 2.0: The Use of Drupal and Open Source Technologies

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The web and other news sources have been buzzing about the White House site using open source technology, Drupal. Many influential people have shared their thoughts on this subject, but I like this post by Tim O’Reilly the best.  He makes a good point about how the Government has been using open source, but it’s adoption by should improve the government adoption rate.  The New York Times also published an article titled “Drupal Moves into the White House”, which you can find here.  I recommend you review these two articles, because they are packed with related resources.

Calling a Friend with a Coconut

The right tool for the job is important!  Can you make a phone from a coconut?  You probably could, if you were a professor stranded on a desert island with the Skipper and crew.  Would you hang a picture with a shovel? Would you cook a meal in the dishwasher?  These ideas may seem silly, but most jobs are easier with the right strategy and correct tools.  The mission is better served when more options are available.  Drupal is not going to be the “magic bullet” that kills all overspending in Government IT, but it is good to see more tools available in the Government 2.0 toolbox.

What is this “Drupal, Open Source PHP CMS” Thing?

Drupal is a free software package that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. Tens of thousands of people and organizations are using Drupal to power scores of different web sites for Enterprise 2.0 solutions, Government 2.0 platforms, Social Networking portals, and much more.

The built-in functionality, combined with dozens of freely available add-on modules, will enable features such as: Collaborative authoring environments, Collaborative authoring environments, Blogs, Discussion Forms, Podcasts, and much more.

Drupal is open-source software distributed under the GPL (“GNU General Public License”) and is maintained and developed by a community of thousands of users and developers. Please visit for additional information.


Drupal (#OpenSource CMS): Tutorials & Webinars for Beginners

5+2 Webcasts About Drupal

These “how to” Drupal webcasts are part of my favorite Drupal collection.  You will find five presentations to help you quickly understand what Drupal is and what it can do.  I have also included the important “Drupal Security” presentation, a quick overview before you buy the book.  I added the “Drupal Garden” video, because it allows you to see how simple & cool content management can be.  You should also listen to the “JackBe” video “Developer Community Ignites Customer Engagement, Reduces Costs and Delivers Measurable ROI with Drupal”, he uses some very interesting words to describe Drupal.  You can review other Drupal presentations here.

The Future Gov 2.0 Toolbox Will Hopefully Also Contain Tools Like  Zend Framework

Extending the art & spirit of PHP, Zend Framework is based on simplicity, object-oriented best practices, corporate friendly licensing, and a rigorously tested agile codebase. Zend Framework is focused on building more secure, reliable, and modern Web 2.0 applications & web services, and consuming widely available APIs from leading vendors like Google, Amazon, Yahoo!, Flickr, as well as API providers and cataloguers like StrikeIron and ProgrammableWeb. Learn more at

Zend Framework

Social Media, Widgets, & Gadgets with OpenSocial?

How about Government web sites with customizable widgets, like the iGoogle dashboard?  Apache Shindig is an OpenSocial container and helps you to start hosting OpenSocial apps quickly by providing the code to render gadgets, proxy requests, and handle REST and RPC requests.  Apache Shindig’s goal is to allow new sites to start hosting social apps in under an hour’s worth of work. Learn more here

Apache Shindig

What about Open Source Training and Education?

Drupal does not offer any type of “Developer Certification” at this time.  It just does not seem to be part of their business model.  You can become “Third Party Drupal Certified”.  Will Government 2.0 Developers really need certification?  There are a few places you can get an “open source” type of certificaiton. Zend offers Training and Certification Programs.  You may want to take a look at O’Reilly Technology School. O’Reilly has been spreading the knowledge of innovators for close to 30 years. With an academic approach to publishing, trend spotting, research, and conferences, O’Reilly has gathered and distributed the information needed for innovation, helping to drive the development of the Internet as seen today.

OReilly School

Moving Forward with Government 2.0

Discover, Participate, & Engage with

The purpose of is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Learn more at

Government Data

Sunlight Foundation: Opening America’s Government

Sunlight Labs held a contest (Apps for America) and offered prizes to people for developing applications with Government data.  You can see the winners here

Apps For America

Apps for Democracy: An iStrategy Experience

Take a look at these Government data related apps from brilliant people around the world.  See them here

Apps for Democracy

Government 2.0: Whats Next?

The 2010 Gov 2.0 Expo is where you can find out more about the future of Government 2.0. Learn more here

Gov 2.0 Expo 2010

What Do You See in the Future For Government 2.0?

Web 2.0 Summit 2009 on Mobile, Google, Twitter, Bing, Facebook, & More – Web Squared

The Amazing Web 2.0 Summit 2009 – O’Reilly Media #w2s

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Web 2.0 Summit 2009

The Web 2.0 Summit conversation is no longer just about the Web. Now is the time to put the power of the Web to work—its technologies, its business models, and perhaps most importantly, its philosophies of openness, collective intelligence, and transparency.

The Web 2.0 Event of the Year – Web 2.0 Summit – Web Squared #w2s

There were so many great events in the past few days. The big events that caught my eye were: Web 2.0 Summit 2009 #w2s , Blog World – New Media Expo 2009 #bwe09, and TWTRCON DC 09 #twtrcon. The Summit was outstanding and easy to follow online.  John Battelle, Tim O’Reilly, and all the people supporting this event did an outstanding job!  There was an avalanche of news released about all levels of technology, including Twitter, Google, Bing, Facebook, and so much more.  This event was like an intellectual amusement park with thrill after thrill.  Thanks to @JohnBattelle, @timoreilly, and the crew at @web2summit for another thrilling event. Thanks to all the guests, attendees, and fans for sharing #w2s

5 Web 2.0 Summit Resources to Help Plan Your 2010 Strategy

Economy + Internet Trends Presentation by Mary Meeker

You can get Mary Meeker’s Economy + Internet Trends Presentation here.

Internet Trends Presentation - Web 2.0 Summit 2009

Web 2.0 Summit Videos on

Web 2.0 Summit 2009 Videos on YouTube

Web 2.0 Summit (formerly named Web 2.0 Conference) brings the intelligence, innovation, and leadership of the Internet industry together in one place at one time. Through incisive plenary sessions, frank onstage conversations, rapid-fire “high order bits,” and Launch Pad, visionaries and executives from Internet businesses present their unique perspective on the Web’s future-in-flux. Web 2.0 Summit is brought to you in partnership with O’Reilly Media, Inc. and TechWeb and moderated by John Battelle, Program Chair, and O’Reilly CEO and founder, Tim O’Reilly.

Web 2.0 Summit 2009 Photos on Flickr by O’Reilly Conferences

Web 2.0 Summit 09: Aneesh Chopra and Tim O’Reilly

Aneesh Chopra (Federal Office of Science and Technology Policy), Tim O’Reilly (O’Reilly Media, Inc.), “A Conversation with Aneesh Chopra”

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Collaboration with Web 2.0 & Social Media

How to Use Social Media & Web 2.0 for Collaboration

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Social Media & Web 2.0 Tools for Collaboration

You may be aware of the trends about “doing more with less”, especially during these tough economic times.  We are also becoming more involved with keeping our planet healthy.  More people and organizations are adopting “green technology”.  More people are working from home and more organizations are moving towards dispersed work environments.  This is a “Win Win Win” trend that supports healthy lifestyles, lower costs, and a greener planet.  More meetings can be done in virtual environments, which leads to less travel, saves time, and reduces our ecological footprint.  More productivity can take place in these virtual environments for the same reasons.  Most work-product and communications can be captured in a centralized location other than our inboxes.  Processes and Products will improve through Collective Intelligence and Crowd Sourcing.

The Business Value of Web 2.0 for Governments & Organizations

Organizations and individuals are involved with Web 2.0 and Social Media for different reasons at different times.  These tools can be used as communication channels to support brand awareness, customer communications, collaboration, staying in touch with mom, and countless other needs.  Web 2.0 is not just for collaboration or marketing, it’s a part of our culture.

5 Web 2.0 Tools for Social Media Collaboration


Google provides what seems to be an infinite amount of tools and services.  You can sign up with Google absolutely free. Take a look at some of these tools and services Google provides


Upload and share your PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Adobe PDF Portfolios on SlideShare. Share publicly or privately. Add audio to make a webinar.


Share and discover what’s happening right now, anywhere in the world.

More than 48,000 independently produced Web shows use to reach more than 22,000,000 people. They distribute more than 2.4 million episodes from these shows across the entire video Internet and onto television screens across the country. allows users to shorten, share, and track links (URLs). Reducing the URL length makes sharing easier. can be accessed through their website, bookmarklets and a robust and open API.

What is Your Favorite Web 2.0/Collaboration Tool?

Join Discussion On The Differences Between Enterprise 2.0 & Social Media

Mixing Social Media Tools in Enterprise 2.0

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Enterprise 1.0

I love social media, but I work on Enterprise 2.0 solutions.  I have worked with government and commercial clients developing collaboration and knowledge management tools long before the cool “Enterprise 2.0” term was coined.  The Enterprise 1.0 approach was a small team making decisions on tools with a rigid taxonomy that had  little or no regard to workflows and existing business processes.  Have you been around long enough to remember the early push for repeatable processes in government agencies?  You may remember the big push for Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) and then Six Sigma to help improve business processes in government agencies.  Fun times right?  A lot of people were pushing tools down the chain and it felt we had a process for our process .

Enterprise 2.0

Enterprise 2.0 is more than blogs, wikis, forums, bookmarking and other web-based technologies.  Continue reading Join Discussion On The Differences Between Enterprise 2.0 & Social Media