Open Environment Data

These sensors pick up bits of information that cameras and microphones never could: they smell the air, they taste moisture, and they feel the sting of pollution. Though a camera can give you a general sense of how a place looks, these sensors can tell you very precisely about all the complex networks — from weather to social groups — that make a place what it is.

Six weeks from idea to prototype – now we are waiting for Kumbha Mela to start in order to collect for the first time ever environmental data in realtime from a pop-up city in India.

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First time when the data came in from our sensor box

Here is how the entire story started.

Six weeks ago I’ve sent the link of data canvas to a friend in Delhi who is running a data analytics company, a brief note attached: “Do this in Delhi” and the PR will be yours!”. The idea of the data canvas in short: Install sensors all over the city and measure in real time the city’s environmental data (air quality, noise, light, temperature, CO2 ….) and visualize it. It was laid out as an art project. And it was sponsored by Seeed in Shenzen, a company I had just visited. This was actually what caught my attention. Seeed provided the Arduino boards and the sensors for the project.

My friend, M2 and his business partner, immediately got the idea and jumped on it.
And then the story evolved.

I connected M2 with Seeed, they figured out what kind of sensors would be the best for getting an overall idea about the quality of the enironment in a city like Delhi, I went to Shenzen MakerFaire two weeks later and ordered the sensors while I was there. Another week later M2 and Srinivas Kodali (an open data expert) applied for the MIT Kumbhathon, they got accepted and they went. I was there as a mentor.

M2 and Srinivas introduced the idea and immediately four hardware students from Pune joined the team.

With MIT Kumbhathon the focus had changed a bit – we were much more practical and focussed now because all of a sudden we had an ideal test market – the Kumbha Mela – right in front of us. During this huge religious gathering more than 20 million people will come Nashik. This would give us the chance to measure environment data under “regular” circumstances, but also when the city suddenly pops up to 10 or 20 times its size. What would change? Are there any changes at all? How ould environmental data correlate with health data?

For the very first time we will be able to measure this kind of data (we have 9 different sensors) in real time. This will enable authorities and government official to achieve alerts when an alert case occurs and it will provide the baseline for predictions for any future pop-up situation in any Indian city.

During the MIT Khumbathon the newly founded team of volunteers finished the first 6 prototype boxes, we got the datastream running and the very first sensor box is already sending data. There are a few bugs which need to be fixed, but the system is up and running. The website and an app will provide realtime visualization within the next 2 weeks. In mid August the team is planning to return to Nashik and to implement and install another 45 sensor boxes.

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Our first prototype from the inside

During the MIT Kumbhathon we also defined our open data strategy and outlined how we are planning to move forward:

Our goals

  • To achieve a better understanding of how environmental paramenters change during pop-up situations.
  • To gather a sandbox full of data which make pop-up cities more predictable.
  • And – since data is publicly available – to make citizens and its authorities smarter. Smart citizens for a smart city.

Our business modell

  • All data will be published in a well structured format under a creative commons non-commercial share alike licence.
  • Commercial use and specific analysis and visualization will be chargeable.

Our organizational structure

  • Currently we are a loose structure of volunteers committing our time to this project.
  • Midterm ideally the organizational structure is transfered in some kind of trust or society where individuals and companies can become members.
  • We want an advisory board with a diverse range of people (data & environment scientist, MIT Media Lab, authorities, ….)

Our partners

  • Other MIT Kumbhaton projects (cloud steering and epidemic tracker)
  • Nashik officialsand authorities as well as government
  • Outside MIT Kumbhathon: Seeed, juxt smart mandate, Janwar Castle

The plan with “my” Janwar Castle is to assemble the 45 boxes with the kids in Janwar and teach them slowly how to do this. It will be th ebeginning of the first maker space in rural India, right next to the first skateboarding park in rural India;-)  The bamboo house which will be the home of the young makers will be ready by the end of August … another milestone in Janwar. I believe a good way to link urban development with rural India – for the benefit of all!

The entire project is set up as a sandbox – meaning we are providing the data pool, we structure the data and provide it in an easy to use way – all this for free as long as feeds into a non commercial use-case. We lay the ground and open up to the collective intelligence of all how to make sense and use out of this data.

After the Kumbh we will think how to move forward.

The learnings will help us a lot – I am sure.

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These are the parameters we measure:

Temperature
Humidity
Pressure
Oxygen
Carbon Dioxide
Air Quality
Dust (PPM)
Multi Gas (Ammonia, NO2, CO)
UV
Sound

 

 

Empathie. Experiment. Provokation.

Für den 5.ten Online Geburtstag von Oubey – Mindkiss-Projekt – durfte ich mal wieder Prof. Peter Kruse interviewen. Er war einer der ersten, der mit seinem Encounter diesem ungewöhnlichen Kunstprojekt einen grösseren Rahmen verschaffte. Ich war damals dabei als er das Bild, das Dagmar Woyde-Koehler ihm mitbrachte, sozusagen “auspackte” und auf sich wirken liess. Die erste Reaktion damals – er stellte es weg von dem ursprünglichen Platz unter einem Olivenbaum im Schuppen 2 (nextpractice Büro) und platzierte es direkt vor der Computerwand. “Da passt es besser hin”, meinte er.

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Prof. Peter Kruse, Schuppen 2, Encounter with Oubey, 2010

Mindkiss ist für mich ein aussergewöhnliches Projekt. Ich würde es nicht unbedingt als Kunstprojekt bezeichnen – es ist für mich vielmehr ein interaktives Experiment, das anders als man es gewöhnlich kennt, mit Kunst umgeht. Die Geschichte von Oubey in wenige Worte zu fassen ist schwer. Oubey ist bei einem tragischen Verkehrsunfall ums Leben gekommen und hat ein umfassendes Kunstwerk hinterlassen. Bis zu seinem Tode hatte er erst eine Ausstellung gemacht und hatte sich nach dieser dann ganz bewusst aus dem traditionellen Kunstbetrieb zurückgezogen. Er hat geschaffen, nicht mehr ausgestellt. Als er nach Jahren der Distanz wieder für eine Ausstellung bereit war, starb er. Dagmar Woyde-Koehler trägt seinem Wunsch, wieder in die Öffentlichkeit zu gehen und doch dem traditionellen Kunstbetrieb fern zu bleiben mit dem Mindkiss Projekt in höchstem Maße Rechnung. Sie hat einen lebendigen Interaktions- und Erlebnisraum für Oubeys Kunst geschaffen, in dem sie mit besonderen Formaten wie Encoutern und ungewöhnlichen Events wie Oubeys Online Geburtstag im ZKM seine Bilder zu echten Begegnungen mit seinen Betrachtern werden lässt. Frei von irgendwelchen auferlegten Zwängen und Interpretationen. Frei von dem Zwang verkaufen zu wollen.

Die Menschen, die in einer ersten Runde von Woyde-Koehler zu einem Encounter eingeladen wurden, sind alle ja man könnte sagen “artverwandt” mit Oubey. Sie stehen für die Themen, die ihn interessierten, und zeigen die Vielfalt von Oubeys Gedankenwelt auf. Und wie es scheint, “sprechen” die Bilder in ihren Begegnungen mit den betrachtenden Menschen. Peter Kruse machte diese Erfahrung vor 5 Jahren. Er wurde förmlich in das Bild hineingezogen, das er damals als unverschämt bezeichnete, und er war erstaunt, welche Tiefen das Bild aufwies. Es nahm ihn mit auf eine Erkundungstour, an deren Ende Kruse das Gefühl hatte, in Oubey einen Seelenverwandten zu haben, jemanden der einen sehr ähnlichen Blick auf ein Thema hat, jedoch dieses aus einem vollkommen anderen Blickwinkel betrachtet. Empathie.

Über die Jahre betrachtete Kruse das Projekt aus der Distanz. Manchmal war er bei einem Event zu Gast. Er sah wie sich Oubeys Kunstwerk weltweit und online einen Raum zum Experimentieren schaffte – ein Experiment, das anders als man es für gewöhnlich kennt, mit Kunst umgeht. Und er sah wie eine “Community” rund um Oubey und Mindkiss entstand. Menschen setzten sich mit Oubeys Bildern auseinander, trafen sich real und virtuell und tauschten sich aus – in einem vorgegebenen Rahmen, aber innerhalb dessen vollkommen frei. Eine Spielwiese. Ein Sandkasten. Eine Plattform. Lebendig. Erfrischend. Und vielleicht gerade deshalb provozierend.

Provokation. Das ist der wesentliche Punkt, den Kruse fünf Jahre später dem Mindkiss Projekt zuschreibt. Die Provokation mit Kunst anders als rein profit- und anlageorientiert umzugehen. Für ihn skizzieren die drei Layer des Mindkiss Projektes Empathie, Experiment und Provokation ein mögliches Modell, Kunst als eine bedeutende Kraft für das Entstehen von kulturellen Werten wiederzubeleben und nicht Kunst als Anlageobjekte in der Finanzwelt des Kapitalismus untergehen zu sehen. Mindkiss als Modellversuch für ein neues System “Kunstmarkt”. Ein System dritter Ordnung – wie Kruse sagt. Ein System, das NEU ist und nicht versucht, das Alte besser zu machen oder auf dem Alten neu aufzusetzen. Das findet Kruse spannend. Und er nimmt es zum Anlass, uns alle aufzufordern, ganz grundlegend über Fragen wie “In welcher Gesellschaft wollen wir leben?, “Müssen wir nicht den Begriff des Kapitals neu definieren?” “Was passiert mit einem System, wenn ihm das Feindbild abhanden kommt?” “Brauchen wir Räume, die frei von kommerziellen Marktmechanismen sind?” nachzudenken …

In dieser Hinsicht findet Kruse das Mindkiss Projekt sehr provokativ – es regt zum Nachdenken an und zeigt dabei einen neuen Weg bereits auf …

An interview version with English subtitles you can find here.  And here is the written English interview:

Plant A Tree

Two days ago I sat down with Mantu, the guy who owns the land where we built the skatepark and we’ve had a chat about our up-coming summer camp. Almost en passant he mentioned that he and Vini (my landlord where I stay at Ken River Lodge) will plant small trees around the park. For environmental reasons and for some shade – in a few years. And – when the trees are ready to be commercialized – we take the money and re-invest it in girls’ education.

Some trees will be Teak trees – they are prohibited trees in Madhya Pradesh, you are not allowed to plant and cut them unless you have government permission. All done! And they only can be cut off after 15 years. They probably bring a return of 15.000-20.000 INR per tree. We only use indigenous trees and we will look for some diversity – we will have some fruit trees (much earlier to use), maybe eucalyptus and bamboo.

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I really liked this idea and immediately jumped into it.

We need around 300 trees to surround almost the entire park.
And we have almost 300 childeren in Janwar.

So I thought – why not planting a tree for every child in Janwar and get the funding from all of my friends from around the world.

One tree cost 100 INR.
To dig the hole where it is planted costs 20 INR.
And to make a fence to protect the baby tree costs another 80 INR.

So all in all it is 200 INR per tree (approximately 4.2 Euros or 5 USD).

My goal is to reach out to at least 100 friends in 100 countries.
Who ever donates a tree can name the tree! Many of my friends have chosen to name the tree after their children.

I checked the resonance – and people loved it!
I started yesterday and asked a few friends.
By now I have collected tree-donors from 11 countries!

The Netherlands, Lebanon, China, Pakistan, India, Germany, France, UK, US, Greece and Austria.

89 more to go!

We will plant them during our summer camp in June.

So please join us in this endevour. Spread the word!!! On facebook, twitter … wherever.

Just drop me an email if you are in:

we (at) we-magazine (dot) net

Thank you!

China: From copy cat to innovation

China has come a long way – in a very short time. And they are moving on as if nothing can stop them. From being the mecca for copying brand name products and pushing them into the markets, they have established their own brands in any price range in the field of electronics (Lenovo, Huawei, Xiome – just to name a few) and now they are ready for the next step: innovating. And the magic word around it is MAKERS.

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What David Li (native Taiwanese) and two others started 2010 in Shanghai is almost history: China’s first hacker/maker space XinCheJian. On their website they define a hackerspace as “community-operated physical places all around the world, where people can meet and have fun on their projects. XinCheJian, the first of many Hackerspaces in China, is one of the many hundreds Hackerspaces all around the world. Each Hackerspace is an autonomous entity, but they all share the same philosophy of having fun building things. An hackerspace is an environment where people can learn and tinker with technology, work in teams, participate in international competitions where many new opportunities can be found and created for all.”

I remember the difficulties David was facing in the beginning. For many Chinese – the government included – these kind of working spaces were rather suspicious. Today they are seen as THE nest for innovation. Very officially and with a big bang Li Keqiang, the Chinese Premier, announced in Shenzen, the heart of Made in China, that the Chinese government will implemet the Maker philosophy on a huge scale. Li Keqiang himself visited the Chaihuo Hackerspace in Shenzen which is also the cell and first office of Seeed Studio.

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Seeed has everything what is needed for the innovation process: from the perfect environment of generating ideas to prototyping to getting the products ready to market. Seeed is a hardware innovation platform for makers – no matter if the makers are self-employed or employers of companies – no matter how big or small they are. For the makers Seeed provides access to technologies, supply chain knowledge and literally the ability to produce prototypes. In an iterative process pieces from 1-1000 can be easily and quickly produced. The manufacturing is manged by an agile manufacture team of Seeed. And the manufacturing conditions are good! I visited the manufacturing floor, short video will follow soon). Seeed also teams up with incubators, the Chinese tech ecosystem and investors and distributors to broaden the maker’s market. All the products which come out of Seeed are open source!

Seeed started in 2008 as a two men show. Eric Pan, whom I met yesterday, was one of them. Meanwhile he has grown Seeed into a profitable company with more than 200 employers. Seeed is also the host of the ShenzenMakerFaire which was promoted at the NasDaq screen at Times Square, New York.

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The Maker Faire will take place in the third week of June 2015 and they aim for the first time for international outreach. By the number of foreign visitors in the electronic markets of Huaqiangbei I have no doubt that they will succeed.

These days Eric and David are both heavily frequented by government officials. From all government levels (local, regional, central) officers come and inspect and learn about the maker culture. They seek the maker’s advice to scale the innovation movement. The decision is made. Makers are riding on a huge wage – the remaining question is will they stay on top of the wave or will they be overrun?

The idea of implementing what they call maker libraries – accessible for everybody – all over China and to encourage companies to do the same inside is something the Chinese are very good at. But where do all the makers come from? What David and Marc are practicing in their environment is a completely different working culture and cannot be simply multiplied. It has to grow. It’s an open process – and if the Chinese government gets this right, then I am sure we will soon see a new generation of innovators and entrepreneurs reaching out to international markets with products innovated AND made in China.

Makers and Open Source in China

In the process of setting up the right software and hardware for our learning environment in Panna which we build right next to our skatepark I of course looked into open source and the maker scene. In India the maker’s movement isn’t very strong and it’s just in its beginnings. Same holds true for open data. In both cases China is much more advanced. This is why I turn to China in this case – I will go “shopping” for my kids in the village of Janwahr in Shenzen, the heart of the maker scene in China. And I am very happy to have David at my side …

Four years ago I’ve met David Li in Shanghai. It was then when I conducted the interview at the end of this blogpost. David was among the first in China to promote hacker/maker culture and open source hardware. He co-founded XinCheJian the first Chinese hackerspace just for this reason. He has been contributing to open source since 1990. Over the past 20 years, David has started several open source software projects and contributed to many others. He also developed Ardublock, the most popular visual programming environment for Arduino. We worked with Arduino a year ago in a rural village south of Delhi. In the past two years, he has become interested in urban farming and is an enthusiastic proponent of aquaponics, which brings the spirit of open source to farming and gardening.

The following short interview with David and the included links will give you an introdution into China’s maker scene.


Please give us a short overview how the maker scene in china started and how it evolved.

XinCheJian was the first “maker space” in China. We started in 2010. This marked somehow the beginning of the maker movement in China, at least we’ve had an “institution” where we could point at! However, the main growth of maker spaces in China started from 2012 onwards, after the publishing of Chris Anderson’s book “Makers: New Industrial Revolution.”

Currently there are 76 makerspaces in China covering major cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen,r cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Chengdu and others. Here are a few articles which cover them more or less intensively …

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Wall Street Journal
The Economist

It can be argued that the “makers” never ever have stopped in China. Clay Shirky has recently wrote a good article on that “There is no Maker Movement in China”.

We (Silvia Lindtner, Anna Greespan and I) have also been working on this about Makers and China under the Hacked Matter think tank we co-founded in 2011.

See also a good read in The Atlantic.

If we would have to define the makers movement globally as the catalyst of a collaborative and open ecosystem, China already has it and its name is Shanzhai.


What kind of people are involved … ?

The maker movement symbolized by XinCheJian usually is all about white collars working in the cities curious to build stuff.

What kind of products are the makers/hackers working on and do these products have any significant market shares?

Makers are all about niche and long tails products globally. But the niche can have a strong impact on an industry. Just look at how Shanzhai has disrupted the mobile phone industries and caused the downfall of Nokia and Motorola.

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Shanzhai an open platform for innovation
Conference paper

Shenzhen somehow seems to be a “headquarter” – what is Shenzhen about, a city which 20 years ago didn’t exist? Is it the home of make or made in China?

Shenzhen is the manufacture hub in China and now responsible for majority of global electronics productions.
Read more in The Economist about it. Very interesting read!

Recently the Chinese government embraced the maker scene – any implications on the makers work?

See here to articles of the Chinese government ….
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The support by the highest level of Chinese government came as a big surprise. Not the fact that it happened but how fast it happened! The Premier’s surprise visit to Chaihuo Makerspace on Jan 4th and the State Council announcement on Jan 28 to support “Mass Makerspace” and to encourage startups was a huge step.

What is your take on the European/US maker culture/scene?

The makers movement there was driven by the fast growing availability of affordable embedded electronics such as Arduino at $50 and the nostalgia of “making goods” of the past. Clay Shirky has a good take on this.

Do the maker products intend to solve any societal problems such as environment, pollution?

Makers represent a grassroot innovation force that might lead one day to real solution for environment and pollution issues. Currently those social problems are tackled by large corporations and nation-state actors.

Is there any link between making and sustainability?

Currently, not. Sustainability is a very hot marketing word for paddling expensive products rather then real intention.

We are going to make a major push for this link! The current electronics (PCB) are closed source and can’t be reused easily. The standard process is either the crude extraction of the chips – high economic value but very toxic, just see these picts (pict 1, pict 2, pict 3) or the melting of the products to gain some precious metals like gold. This process is less toxic, but economically it’s of very low value. Watch this video to understand.

We will propose open hardware as a third alternative. Our idea is to make the circuit information available and hackable so that the whole PCB can be recycled and repurposed. As Internet of Things will grow significantly in the next few years, the PCB recycle problem becomes very real!

Do we need global player in this market or will it be a complete decentralised market?

There will be a mix of global players and local players with a new ecosystem of large manufacturers and small brands.

To end with here is the interview I conducted with David 4 years ago – when no one was talking about a maker scene in China.

Was zeichnet NEUE Führung aus ?

Sorry, once in a while I have to add blog posts in my mother tongue. The following post is about “What defines new leadership” in the enterprise world, a project I’ve been working on as a freelancer for the last year. And it’s focus is Germany only.
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Ich habe im vergangenen Jahr immer wieder für das Projekt “Forum Gute Führung” gearbeitet, unter der Federführung von nextpractice in Bremen. Ich habe Interviews mit Führungskräften und Experten gemacht, Texte geschrieben und beim Relaunch der Website mitgeholfen. Die Arbeit hat Spass gemacht und auch ein paar graue Haare mehr gebracht. Das Projekt ist eines von vielen sog. INQA-Projekten (Initiative Neue Qualität der Arbeit) die vom Bundesminiterium für Arbeit und Soziales gefördert werden. nextpractice hat die Projektleitung übernommen und arbeitet mit anderen Unternehmen zusammen. Für mich war der Prozess der vergangenen 15 Monate selbst ein Paradebeispiel dafür, wie facettenreich das Thema Führung ist und wie groß die Spannungsfelder sein können, die sich hin und wieder auftun. Die unterschiedlichsten Arbeitsweisen und Führungstile von Ministerium, Inhaber geführten Unternehmen und freelancern verdeutlichten gewissermassen die Aktualität und Relevanz der Studienergebnisse – es waren immer wieder Aushandlungsprozesse notwendig und der Bedarf an einer gemeinschaftlichen Verständnisgrundlage war groß.

Führung ist ein spannendes Thema und wie sie sich verändert im Zeitalter der Vernetzung noch ein viel spannenderes. Wir hatten diesem Thema bereits vor 4 Jahren ein ganzes we-magazine gewidmet – mit internationalem Fokus.

 

In dieser Ausgabe waren auch Peter Kruse (GF nextpractice GmbH) und Thomas Sattelberger (ehemaliger Personalvorstand der Deutschen Telekom AG) vertreten. Beide sind heute die “öffentlichen Gesichter” wenn es darum geht, das “Forum Gute Führung” nach aussen zu vertreten. Beide werden auch am 15 Oktober 2014 auf der Zukunft Personal in Köln in eimem Gespräch das Projekt vorstellen, die Ergebnisse der Studie diskutieren und einen Ausblick geben, wo die Reise denn hin gehen soll. Begleitet wird der Auftritt der beiden von dem FutureLab HR, in dem ganz gezielt zu einzelnen Führungsthemen vernetzt in Gruppen gearbeitet wird.

Doch first things first;-)

Der Internetplattform “Forum Gute Führung” liegt eine nextexpertizer Studie von nextpractice zugrunde. 400 Führungskräfte wurden dazu befragt. Ein Querschnitt durch die Führungslandschaft in Deutschland: Dax-Unternehmen und KMUs aus allen Regionen der Republik und vielen Branchen.

Die Ergebnisse in Kurzfassung

In dem aus den Interviews errechneten Werteraum “Gute Führung” wird erkennbar, welche Aspekte des Führungshandelns noch akzeptiert, welche in Frage gestellt oder bereits klar abgelehnt werden. Darüber hinaus zeigen die Daten, wohin sich „gute Führung“ in Zukunft nach Einschätzung der Erfahrungsexperten entwickeln wird und was den handelnden Personen auf dem Weg dahin besonders wichtig ist. Eine detaillierte Darstellung finden Sie hier auf der Projektseite selbst.

Es wurden 10 Kernaussagen beonders heraus gestellt:

1. Flexibilität und Diversität sind weitgehend akzeptierte Erfolgsfaktoren.
2. Prozesskompetenz ist für alle das aktuell wichtigste Entwicklungsziel.
3. Selbst organisierende Netzwerke sind das favorisierte Zukunftsmodell.
4. Hierarchisch steuerndem Management wird mehrheitlich eine Absage erteilt.
5. Kooperationsfähigkeit hat Vorrang vor alleiniger Renditefixierung.
6. Persönliches Coaching ist ein unverzichtbares Werkzeug für Führung.
7. Motivation wird an Selbstbestimmung und Wertschätzung gekoppelt.
8. Gesellschaftliche Themen rücken in den Fokus der Aufmerksamkeit.
9. Führungskräfte wünschen sich Paradigmenwechsel in der Führungskultur.
10. Führungskultur wird kontrovers diskutiert.

Der Werteraum “gute Führung” steht allen, die mehr erfahren wollen, zur Verfügung. Es besteht sogar die Möglichkeit, dass Sie die “Daten fragen” – sprich sich selbst durch den Raum navigieren und wichtige Resonanzfelder von Führung erkennen und besser verstehen lernen. Sollten Sie im Datenraum verloren gehen, können sie via Twitter oder als Kommentar auf der Plattform ihre Fragen stellen.

Was mich persönlich am meisten an den Ergebnissen fasziniert hat, ist die Tatsache, wie “verloren” sich anscheinend viele Manager fühlen und wie ohnmächtig sie als Einzelpersonen zu sein scheinen, um den Herausforderungen, denen sie in den Unternehmen gegenüber stehen, alleine entgegen zu treten. Die Sehnsucht nach einem kollektiven Vorgehen ist gross und wie es Peter Kruse formuliert auch notwendig. Er sagt, dass Führung im Unternehmen nicht losgelöst von der Gesellschaft betrachtet werden kann. Führung ist zu einem gesamtgesellschaftlichen Thema geworden und hat nun auch die Mangementetagen der Unternehmen erreicht. Ausführlich erklärt Peter Kruse dies in dem folgenden Interview, das ich mit ihm gemacht habe:

Die Studie und auch das Video geben den Startschuss für einen bundesweiten Diskursprozess zum Thema „gute Führung“ – also dem von den Managern gewünschten gesamtgesellschaftlichen Aushandlungsprozess. Das Projekt endet nicht mit der Ergebnispräsentation, sondern fängt jetzt erst richtig an. Leider geht dies in dem sehr lebendigen Artikel in der ZEIT zu der Studie etwas unter.

Wie sieht dieser Aushandlungsprozess aus und wie und wann findet er statt?

Dieser Aushandlungsprozess findet online und offline statt. In beiden Situationen wird das Großgruppen-Moderationstool nextmoderator eingesetzt. Der nextmoderator erlaubt einem strukturierten zielführenden Diskurs, in dem die Teilnehmer zu im Vorfeld definierten Fragestellungen gemeinsam Ideenansätze und/oder Empfehlungen entwickeln. Dank der durchgängigen Transparenz sind Doppelungen bei der Eingabe von Gedanken, Ideen oder Bewertungen deutlich reduziert und dadurch erhöht sich die Effizienz. Die entstehende Inhaltsdynamik fördert ein einheitliches Verständnis welches für einen konstruktiven durchaus kritischen Austausch notwendig ist. Durch mehrfache iterative Wechsel zwischen dem Generieren von Ideen (jeder sieht alles) und ihrer Bewertung (jeder kann alles bewerten), kristallisieren sich sehr schnell die WIRKLICH relevanten Ansätze heraus. Sogar eventuelle Ambivalenzen sind sofort sichtbar und im Diskurs aufklärbar. Auf der Zukunft Personal werden im FutureLab HR die ersten Workshops zum Thema “Gute Führung” in dieser Form durchgeführt. Geplant sind dann ab November weitere online Workshops auf der Plattform selbst. Und als besonderes Highlight sozusagen ist ein grosses Live-Event in Vorbereitung, welches 500 Führungskräfte an vier Standorten vernetzt und gemeinsam an dem “Führungsleitbild für Deutschland” arbeiten lässt.

Ich denke, dieser Aushandlungsprozess ist der ganz entscheidende Mehrwert den dieses Projekt bietet.

Ich bin gespannt, wieviele der Führungskräfte, die sich diesen “Austauschprozess so gewünscht” haben, nun auch tatsächlich bereit sind, Zeit und Gedanken dafür herzugeben und gemeinsam in diesen Prozess einzutreten. Es ist Arbeit und es ist nicht “for free”. Die Manager selbst müssen etwas dafür tun. Es ist immer eine Sache “Studien zu konsumieren”, es ist eine andere Sache, dann aktiv auch für die Veränderung einzutreten. Dies macht man in der Regel nur, wenn man an diese Veränderung wirklich glaubt und diese will. Walk your talk liebe Führungskräfte!

Peer-to-peer infrastructure and thinking applied for an entire country: Ecuador

FLOK: Free/Libre Open Knowledge
Also known as the social knowledge economy project.

Ecuador is exploring how the principle of open knowledge might reshape its economic and social development.

Michel Bauwens, founder of the P2P Foundation, was heading the research department of FLOK. His direct involvement ended June 2014.

I know Michel from the early days of our we-magazine. He contacted us after the launch of the first volume and contributed to the second one: “The Emergence of Open Design and Open Manufacturing.”

When FLOK started it was announced as the first serious attempt of an entire country to peer-to-peer structure it’s economy and society. It seemed to be backed by the government, so the translation of the theory and already existing practice into legislative (law, government structure, educational institutions ..) was planned to be part of the process! Quote Michel Bauwens: “When we started the FLOK process, it was presented to us as a project that was strategic for the Ecuadorian government, as supported by the Ministry of Knowledge and the Secretariat of Innovation and would systematically move the country to a social knowledge economy, and that would be enthusiastically received by civil organisations.”

Reality turned out to be different – the “old system” was striking back in various forms. Michel describes it here in more details

The research done and made public is very helpful for our further way walking towards – what I call – a “Greater We”. In the following 4 videos Michel explains FLOK itself, the research they’ve done and their suggestions for education, economy (micro and macro) and society. A MUST SEE (20 minutes) for all those who are looking for post-capitalism models which put the concept of the commons in the center of the activities. It’s neither communism nor socialism, yes, it’s rather left than right. It provides meaning and value for the many. It’s trying to find a better balance between the rich and the poor.


What is FLOK?

Knowledge

Michel argues for a “reciprocity based license” which basically says: “If you contribute to our commons, you can use our commons. If you don’t contribute to our commons and you make a profit from it, then you have to share the profit with us.” This avoids piracy – so Michel – escpecially it would help rural areas to be exploited by big multi national corporations.


Value Regimes

Michel says that we’ve been moving from “Cognitive Capitalism” (which he explains in the video) to what he calls “Netarchical (= hierarchy in the Net) Capitalism” in which the creators of the value do NOT benefit from the financial outcome of the value created (examples: FACEBOOK, crowd working). In this system we haven’t democratized the means of monetisation. See the following graphic.

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Michel suggests to move towards a (mature) civic peer-to-peer economy where the value returns to the value creators.

Technological Regimes

Michel is describing this 4 technological frames in which we experience today the commons – his suggestions is to move towards the GLOBAL COMMONS

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Alan Rusbridger on Journalism

I was just flipping through my youtube channel and re-organizing it, when I found this video interview I did 3 years ago with Alan Rusbridger. Alan by then he “only” represented The Guardian – today he is celebrated all over the world as THE idol of honest, sometimes painful investigative, open and “disobedient” journalism. He was deeply involved in the wikileaks reports and is currently a central figure in the Edward Snowden case. Alan was accused of having broken Britain’s terror laws and found himself the subject of extraordinary questioning during a heated session of the Home Affairs Select Committee as MPs probed the circumstances surrounding the newspaper’s disclosure of secret security files leaked by American Edward Snowden.

Skateboarding helps children develop positive behaviour!

Shake is an Indian Skateboarder and one of the founders/owners of The Holy Stoked Skatepark. The park was built within 2 weeks with the help of more than 20 skateboarders from all around the world – sponsored by Levis. Read their story here. The park opened late March this year and it gives pleasure and hope to so many kids in the neighborhood.

I went there to learn more about what you can really achieve when you provide a space for kids where they are free to develop their way. And what I saw made me happy:

  • boys and girls “equally” happy skating together
  • respectful handling
  • great engagement and dedication
  • nice mix of kids with various backgrounds
  • low barriers in approaching “strangers”
  • cool personal hand shaking while saying “hi” and “good-bye” 😉

There was one 13 year old guy, who truly impressed me. For him Holy Stoked Collective is life changing. Instead of hanging out with the wrong crowd and being a big troublemaker for his mother – he is now fully engaged in skateboarding … Still he is refusing to go to school, he dropped out 2 years ago – but with a pretty clear statement he said that he decided to work and earn money to pay for his little brother’s education instead. He feels that his chances of returning to school are gone and he doesn’t want to join classes with kids 2 years younger than him.

He is very strong minded kid and I felt he is smart and a good kid. And he finds his confidence in the skate park. I was so amazed how he is dealing with this board after only 5 month of practicing … I am sure with or without school the floor will be his!

During my visit I’ve got the chance to do ths short interview with Shake, on of the two guys who are running the Holy Stoked. He is telling us what they’ve been achieved so far and what they are up to …

And here are a few kids in action;-)

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