Building Communities That Work Together
By DJ Cline
Since the start of the year, Pillsbury Winthrop is hosting a Collaboration SIG in their Palo Alto offices, organized by Eugene Eric Kim, Scott McMullan, Charles Welsh, and Patti Wilson. This new SIG focuses on how people network together to achieve common and individual goals. People at the Collaboration SIG create an interesting mix of technology, business and social skills in one of the more potentially useful networks in Silicon Valley
On January 23, 2006, the topic was â€œHow Hackers Collaborateâ€. The first meeting was remarkable because it showed how digital communities have developed from the 1960â€™s to today. Pioneers Lee Felsenstein of the Homebrew Computer Club and Jim Warren of the West Coast Computer Faire rubbed elbows with the new vanguard of David Weekly and Jim Lindsay of SuperHappyDevHouse. When people voluntarily come together to form a community, great things can happen quickly. No matter what generation, great collaborators know how to party.
On March 27, 2006, the topic was â€œAnalyzing Social Networksâ€. The presentations by Don Steiny of ISNAE and Harald Katzmair of FAS Research echoed the work by Charles Armstrong of Trampoline and Liz Turner of Ephidrina. The moment you define a network, you may limit your findings. The classic example was a salesman who had few contacts inside his company. On a diagram he appeared as an isolated node on the social network, so they let him go. If they had checked, they would have found out he was part of an extraordinary outside sales network. People who network with other networks are very important in making crucial connections and decisions. Itâ€™s not what you node, but who you node. The Collaboration SIG is a great place to start.
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