(Re)discovering communities

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Over the past couple of years I have spent a fair amount of time thinking about innovation and creativity. Much of that circled around the power of collaboration, and the benefits of homogeneous and heterogenous teams, something that I also spent time thinking about during my MBA, when reading about (corporate) organisational structures.

Since then I’ve developed some of these thoughts, to contemplate ‘communities’.  The drivers of that have been situations where I have seen very passionate communities achieve incredible things, often without formal leaders (though informal ‘leaders’ often become apparent), as well as situations where communities have not formed,  but were they to do so, I believe, might have incredible power that might not be possible through more formal efforts (teams, leadership, extrinsic incentivisation, etc.).

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Google’s “Project 10 to the 100th” – will you vote for something worthwhile?

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One of the things that I like to think that my blog can achieve is to share/broaden awareness of topics that interest me, which I come across and believe that are not so well known. A good example of that is “Project 10 to the 100th”, a Google sponsored initiative to collate “ideas to change the world, in the hope of helping as many people as possible”.  Google has committed to invest $10 million to support this.

Now that I’ve come across this initiative, I’m surprised that the project seems to be so ‘low key’.  I also consider the name to be surprisingly ‘techie’ for something that is ultimately aimed at delivering global social/environmental improvements (and hence risking lack of attention from people who might not have come across Google’s blogs).

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