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US Politics are not Agile

By JimBenson, 12 years 15 weeks ago.

Change happens. People re-prioritize. Moods shift. The Two Party System is waterfall methodology at its worst.

Today I was listening to an interview with the Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna. I've had the pleasure of having many long cooperative sessions and debates with Rob since the early 90s. I was a transportation planner and he was in the Washington State Legislature and very interested in transportation issues.

In his interview he said two things that really pushed my agile management buttons.

An Emerging Anti-Commons

By JimBenson, 12 years 31 weeks ago.

A commons is, in its most simplistic form, a finite resource shared by a group. The idea of the Tragedy of the Commons, is that members of a group tend to overuse a shared resource when there are no cultural mechanisms to mete out access.

This article in Science magazine shows how a previous existing commons with reasonably adequate controls of use of a shared resource can quickly breakdown when “anti-commons” practices are introduced.

Bush Administration and Disabled Community Cooperation

By JimBenson, 12 years 31 weeks ago.

NPR this morning ran a piece describing the unlikely cooperation between the Bush Administration and a disabled community group that favored direct-action. The group, called ADAPT, seeks attendant care for severely disabled Americans.

The tone of the story is set by this quote.


By JimBenson, 12 years 31 weeks ago.

Jerome Delacroix has a site where he discusses cooperation applied to technology and business. He also discusses cooperative management techniques.

Cooperation for a Better Gaming Commons

By JimBenson, 12 years 31 weeks ago.

Online gaming communities have the same host of issues as other commons - free riding, dishonesty and abuse.

This includes a dynamic called "Grieving" in which people abuse other game players or thwart objectives of groups. In an article entitled Gamers Don't Want Any More Grief, the Guardian reports on on-line gaming community efforts to police their own against Grieving.

Cooperation's Threat To Commerce

By JimBenson, 12 years 31 weeks ago.

Cooperation Through Mastication

By JimBenson, 12 years 31 weeks ago.

Diane Levin posts about the use of food to aid in mediation:

Creation Nets: Getting the most out of open innovation

By JimBenson, 12 years 31 weeks ago.

John Hagel and John Seely Brown published an article in The McKinsey Quarterly (free registration required) discussing the power of various flavors of collaboration play in fostering innovation in an organization.

Hagel also discusses this in a blog post here.

Hagel says:

Crossing the Divide: NPR Looks at Cooperation in US BiPartisan Politics

By JimBenson, 12 years 31 weeks ago.

Over the last month or so, NPR has had an expansive series on US bi-partisan politics called Crossing the Divide.

From the site:

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