Vic’s Blog

Here’s Where the Idea of ‘Collaboration’ is Going

Collaboration is redefining what it means to be busy. It is becoming the vehicle for formulating new forms of innovation – sustainable innovation. More and more, you will find it in your work place to get things done more efficiently, and for establishing a new c0llective world-wide governing system – something even beyond the idea of democracy. This short video does a good job at hitting this home.

A Practical Theory On Leadership & Collaboration – ‘The Shirtless Dancing Guy’

I got this video off of Charles Lemos’ site and was referred to it by Ben Roberts’ Facebook conversation. Derek Sivers gave this presentation at the TED Conference this week and got a standing ovation. It’s pretty brilliant in its takeaway. The video below is a healthy perspective on the collective’s role in leadership, especially the ‘first follower’. Watch how this natural form of taking the lead seeds the beginning of collaboration.

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Communication: Differentiating Debate, Discussion, & Dialogue

debatediscussiondialogueI have been asked to clarify the difference between ‘debates‘, ‘discussions‘, and ‘dialogues‘ (note wikipedia incorrectly clumps discussion into the same definition as ‘debate’). Below is a first attempt at trying to evolve our understanding of these three primary communication processes. I ask for your feedback, and also for your own insights on this matter. The intent here

Fukushima Radiation and the End of Life as We Know It

OMG … What have we done to ourselves and our children’s future?! Most of us think the nightmare of Fukushima’s nuclear power towers is over, but it has only just begun. Do not feed your family Pacific Ocean fish, ever again. The blindness of our so-called intelligent experts, and the complacency of us as citizens, has now placed humanity in an accelerated breakdown of the planet’s life system. And

Religion is the Unseen Barrier to Effective Collaboration

Religion? A barrier to collaboration? Who’da thought? One must stop for a moment to deeply consider why I have placed this subject here in the category of ‘barriers to collaboration’. Read on … Religious positioning may in fact be the essential obstacle that stands in between a healthy human(e) collaboration. If there is a

Web Technology as Sacred

I want you to take your business hat off for a minute to read what’s below. I am about to enter the twilight zone and attempt to bring in what some may consider ridiculous or impossible. For me, what I am about to say touches on the profound, and believe it is a critical subject for our times. READY ?! The Web has reached a level of maturity where it can be viewed as an

Innovation and the future of socialism and capitalism

image0011“You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it”, says an economics professor at a local college. He made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had once failed an ENTIRE class. That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said,

How We Create Meaning Together

Understanding how we create and enrich meaning …

can help us to determine and implement collaboration tools that help us generate valued outcomes, such as business products and services. Watch this video to learn how group design and understanding process is enhanced when three key parts of the brain are working in coordination: 1-the ‘ventral stream’ part of the brain uses images to

Is Sustainable Commerce an Oxymoron?

cygx1_spectrum_115Being sustainable has everything to do with being innovative. In fact, it is beginning to generate the next generation of creative products and services on (and for) this planet. Yet, with all of our amazing efforts, something seems to be drastically missing. There’s a BIG BLACK HOLE that the subject of sustainable commerce seems to be orbiting.

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Vic on Creative Learning

Let’s set the stage for what will be discussed here: What does this subject have to do with anything outside of a school environment? Well allow me to elaborate … The world has changed. Noooo, the world is not ‘about’ to change, it HAS changed. And the way we learn no longer fits into the slot of go-to-school, get a degree, then go apply what we learned. No, learning has become a frequent set of

Collective Intelligence and Collective Wisdom

Change” has been the big topic of conversation for some time now. For the most part, the change that everyone writes about and talks about is economic change. There has been much written about the change from a manufacturing economy to a service economy and there has been much written about the movement of manufacturing jobs off shore, but I want to concentrate on another kind of change. Willis Harman wrote a whole book about

Vic on Organizational Learning

Let’s set the stage for what this section of Discovery Fuel’s blog on organizational learning is all about. Companies that fall into this category often describe themselves as learning organizations. It is one of the first recognized concepts that the corporate world has successfully used to bridge the previously huge gap between education and business. Interesting to note that the value of this concept

Online Learning To Reshape Our World ?

I‘ve been behind the mark in getting some good material out relating to online collaboration tools because I’m actually formulating new potions back in my personal ‘Colab’oratory. I am continuing my search for KISS (keep it stupid simple) online environments that will allow us all to connect online in amazing ways – no matter where we are in the world. And some cool tools are certainly rising to the top. I’ll admit as well that

The 'WE' Part Hasn't Worked Because 'YOU' Are Making 'R'ational Decisions

I watched ‘The Colbert Report’ recently (see below video). He had this guy on named Jonah Lehrer who wrote the book “How We Decide”. Ohhhhh, we are so fooled by our own rational mind. You know, that tough guy part of us who thinks its in control when instead its his sister, the emotional/intuitive part of our brain, that is really running the show. “”Pure reason is a disease”, says Lehrer. Ha! It’s certainly done

Validation Generates Deep Collaboration

picture-2There are some things that do not need explanation. Want to feel real good at your next gathering or meeting? Then take time from your busy schedule and allow yourself to feel good for a couple minutes. Check out these two AWESOME videos. Play one of these at your next meeting or pow wow and watch the difference in the way people connect with each other.

Online Collaboration Boosts Power of the People

This is such exciting times that we live in. The world is cracking and inside is something completely different for us to feast on. Yes, the turmoil part is painful; very very painful. Yet we’ve got to feed off the energy of what is working, of what feels exciting, to get us out of the unsustainable mess we’re in on this planet. Right? Don’t you agree? Take this article

Technology's Influence on Behavior Changes

I watched this interesting video on company and personal branding, which are often one in the same these days. Check it out because it tells an underlying tale of how technology is influencing our behavior. Additionally David Armano tells a story here of how positive interactions with his iPod has changed his ‘dropping’ behavior. This triggered an insight for me that is relevant to collaboration and design. Online collaboration tools are rapidly filling

Defining the Innovation Economy

Podcast from iInnovate http://iinnovate.blogspot.com/ LISTEN UP … Geoffrey Moore – VC, Consultant, and Bestselling Author of Crossing the Chasm … Geoffrey Moore is a VC with Mohr Davidow Ventures, consultant and, most famously, the bestselling author of Crossing the Chasm, Inside the Tornado and Dealing with Darwin. http://iinnovate.blogspot.com/2007/01/geoffrey-moore-bestselling-author-of.html Talks about: -Darwin vs Ecosystems -Competition vs Altruism -Self limiting boundaries -Google as aggressive organism -Patterns of success -Social networks (web 2.0 latest)

The Need For Communicating About Our Communication

Join Abhijit and I in this dialog about the evolution of “communication” … ————————- Dec 24, 2008 AM Vic, I’ve been in the business of mass communication and making efforts to ease the man-to-man communication process. Abhijit Banerjee, 54 Calcutta India ————————- Hello Abhijit, I am curious to learn more about your statement: ” efforts to ease the man-to-man communication “. Kindly, Vic D http://discoveryfuel.com ————————- Abhijit Banerjee Reply Message Hi Vic I was expecting

Who Says It Ain’t Easy Being Green ?! (Sustainable Business Planning Workshop)

How to Create a ‘Sustainable’ Business Plan AN ONLINE WORKSHOP .Join Vic Desotelle from DiscoveryFuel.com for an ONLINE collaborative sustainable business planning workshop series. This session will allow you to preview and inquire about the series, which is for small business social entrepreneurs who have dreamed of owning a sustainable business. Learn how to make a viable business plan that moves your green idea from conception to successful execution. Create a sustainable future

Collaboration: The Dance Between Inner and Outer Realities

So what’s real? And what influences it? Is it all withIN me where the control power lies? Or is it withOUT me? … And what the hec does this have to do with COLLABORATION ? <p style=”text-align:left”><img src=”http://www.mi2g.com/cgi/mi2g/press/images/h_consciousness.jpg”/></p> Some say to themselves; I have no power of my own and I am controlled by the outer world, and by the influence of other people, events, and circumstances – an outer perspective. Yet the guru’s say

Insights on Team Identity and Self Expression

This is a real experience relating to my own personal authenticty awarenesss and development. I encourage you to do the same. Below are insights from John Voris of Authentic Systems after a healthy discussion on personal development and team building. Go ahead and listen in… — “Vic,  It was a pleasure talking with you. We have a great deal in common. In the beginning, you seemed concerned with being boxed in and I

Vic on Team Building

Allow me to set the context for this section of my blog. For me, team building is a highly important aspect of any organization’s development. Very few of you will argue me that. However, I propose that it is rare to see team building as a process that is directly integrated into the work that needs to get done. Instead, team building is done using separate programs, like climbing trees together, or goofy games that

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