Doing What You're Passionate About
Tue, Oct 30th 2012 10:16a Mike Gotta If you’re lucky, there is some aspect of your professional
life that your passionate about – something that sparks your intellectual
curiosity, something that compels you to advocate for something or someone –
something that actually inspires you.
While I’ve truly enjoyed my last two years working at Cisco,
I could never quite shake the sense that my passion, as described here, was
best found by being in an inter-disciplinary role that combined different types
of research (related [read] Keywords: collaboration
Can Ethnography Save Enterprise Social Networking
Thu, Sep 20th 2012 11:09a Mike Gotta To read the full article: Can Ethnography Save Enterprise Social Networking (guest blog post on Ethnography Matters)
Editor’s note: Enterprise software systems. Sounds a bit boring and inhuman. But they’re not! This month, Mike Gotta from Cisco Systems, makes the case for bringing the human back into enterprise software design and development, starting out with enterprise social networking (ESN). Recently, Cisco’s collaboration blog featured an essay by Mike Gotta, Design [read] Keywords: collaboration
Abstract: Social Capital (Key Ideas)
Sat, Dec 31st 2011 1:11p Mike Gotta Field, J. (2008). Social Capital (2nd ed.). Routledge.
John Field is Director of the Division of Academic Innovation and Continuing Education at the University of Stirling. His book, Social Capital, is part of a complimentary collection of essays to the series, Key Sociologists. The author continues to focus on the topic of social capital as it apples to lifelong learning. In this publication, Field adopts a social networking centric view of social capital. The connections people es [read] Keywords: collaboration
Youth & Privacy: Research Shows That They Do Care
Thu, Dec 22nd 2011 11:11a Mike Gotta There’s an unfortunate myth that persists when it comes to youth and privac (at least in my opinion, based on research and findings I've read). While it’s fashionable to make broad claims that “youth don’t care about privacy”, there are credible studies that have been conducted by reputable researchers that show that youth do indeed care about privacy. Such findings do not mean that youth do not make the same careless mistakes that we all do and it's not too difficult to find exampl [read] Keywords: policies
Abstract: Modern Social Imaginaries
Mon, Oct 10th 2011 12:08p Mike Gotta Source:
Taylor, Charles. Modern Social Imaginaries. Durham: Duke University Press, 2004.
Abstract (594 words)
In Modern Social Imaginaries, Taylor provides a theoretical and philosophical perspective on the evolution of Western modernity that interweaves issues related to economics, politics, religion, science, and societal life. Taylor argues that Western modernity cannot be rationalized as a singular phenomenon. Instead, it needs to acknowledge modernization of non-Western cultures and be [read] Keywords: community
Enterprise 2.0 Workshop: Organization Next (Screencast Overview)
Thu, Jun 16th 2011 3:11p Mike Gotta The Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston next week will include a workshop on Monday afternoon titled "Organization Next". In this screencast (see link below), I provide some background context to the workshop and outline some of the issues we'll be tackling. I also highlight the agenda, introduce our thourght leaders who will facilitate the session, and highlight the practitioners joining us to share their stories and learnings from the day.
Enterprise 2.0 Workshop: Organization Next (Scre [read] Keywords: collaboration
Enterprise 2.0 Five Years Later: From Tools To Platforms To Ecosystems
Mon, Jun 6th 2011 1:11p Mike Gotta In 2006, Andrew McAfee’s article on Enterprise 2.0, along with subsequent works, helped organizations think about how people use social software to more effectively share information and connect with one another. With an initial focus on tools (e.g., blogs, wikis), organizations undertaking “E2.0” initiatives began a long journey to improve the way employees build communities and collaborate on business activities. In parallel, early success stories highlighted the need for organizations t [read] Keywords: collaboration
Adding Social Context To Enterprise Architecture
Tue, Apr 5th 2011 9:09a Mike Gotta Social networking is redefining the workforce and creating a new frontier for enterprise architects. Increased mobility, generational shifts, new tools, and the changing digital lifestyle of workers bring an opportunity to embrace borderless relationships and foster collaboration in an open environment.
I recently recorded a three-part video series that summarizes some of my thinking in this area. To view the series, visit Social Networking in the Enterprise.
Design for a New Social Dynam [read] Keywords: collaboration
Organization Next: Managing the Networked Workspace
Fri, Mar 11th 2011 11:10a Mike Gotta The Human Capital Institute is offering a webinar sponsored by Cisco that will air on April 26, 2011; details below:
Organization Next: Managing The Networked Workspace
Social, economic, environmental, and technological forces continuously transform the relationship between organizations and employees. The traditional “workplace” is disappearing, courtesy of globalization, communications, the consumerization of IT, and recent market upheavals. In its place is a “workspace” [read] Keywords: development
Participation Models: Observations On The Future Of Civic Engagement
Wed, Feb 23rd 2011 1:10p Mike Gotta Interesting study worth reading. Long-range "food for thought" as generational shifts change the nature of participation in the workplace as well. What engagement models transfer, etc.
Does the Internet make for more engaged citizens? For many youth, the answer is yes, according to a new study by civic learning scholars.
Posted February 23, 2011
IRVINE, Calif. –Youth who pursue their interests on the Internet are more likely to be engaged in civic and political issues, according to a [read] Keywords: collaboration
Getting Ready For Enterprise Connect
Thu, Feb 17th 2011 8:12a Mike Gotta I will be heading to Enterprise Connect - looking forward to someplace warm without 80+ inches of snow! - the post below sets the stage for what I'll be doing (Cisco Quad):
One of the new themes at this year’s Enterprise Connect conference is “The Social Enterprise”. The topic should be viewed as a welcome addition to the event. Until now, the Enterprise 2.0 conference has been the primary community gathering for those interested in collaboration, communities, and social networking. [read] Keywords: collaboration
Browse, Build and Share Real-time Streams with DataSift
Mon, Jan 17th 2011 8:15a Mike Gotta An interesting read given my post today on Activity Streams:
A core feature of the real-time web is the continuously updating real-time streams of information. These streams are commonly generated by social networks and with the continued uptake of social networking the amount of information is only going to increase. This will continue to introduce opportunities for companies to create products and services that extract value from that vast amount of data. Some of the most common services bu [read] Keywords: facebook
Tue, Jan 4th 2011 12:24p Mike Gotta Just a quick note - I turned on moderation for comments just to reduce the amount of spam I have been getting lately on blog posts. For comments that have a normal looking name and are "on topic", you can expect those comments to show up, regardless of whether you agree with me or not - I'm just looking to reduce the noise. So if you are not something named "cheap calls", "excel training", "free essays" - then you pass the first test. If any link is to something relevant (not promoting [read] Keywords:
Collaboration: It's Not About The Tools
Thu, Oct 21st 2010 9:30a Mike Gotta A few of my recent blog posts have started a bit of a debate - with is great! Peter O'Kelly (former Burton Group analyst and now at Microsoft) responded to my points with this post. Peter remains committed to a framework we all contributed to that he has since refined. His post is worth reading. Craig Roth at Gartner (my old boss), has weighed in as well with this post "The Collaboration Spaces vs. Communication Channels Argument Continues". Craig's post is also worth reading.
Below was t [read] Keywords: collaboration
Stigmergic Collaboration: Environments Matter
Wed, Oct 13th 2010 11:28a Mike Gotta Another interesting article (2006) - key points I think are relevant but overlooked when it comes to the concept of stigmergy and its influence on collaboration: the role of communication to enable effective collaboration, and the influence of "social negotiation" to guide the collaboration process of small teams.
Most concepts of collaboration are unfortunately very document and workspace centric. We tend to think of communication as something divorced from "joint work". We tend to thi [read] Keywords: collaboration
W3C Social Web Report
Tue, Oct 12th 2010 10:28a Mike Gotta Interesting read covering many different issues. Key topics include: Identity (OAuth, XAuth), Profile (XRD, VCard, OpenSocial), Graph (Open Graph Protocol, semantics), Activity (XMPP, AtomPub, Activity Streams, Salmon) and decentralized social networks (OpenLink data spaces).
Abstract This document is the final report of the W3C Social Web Incubator Group. This report presents systems and technologies that are working towards enabling a Social Web, and is followed by a strategy for standardizin [read] Keywords: collaboration
Collaboration: The Long Journey
Mon, Oct 11th 2010 8:27a Mike Gotta Over the next several weeks, Cisco is presenting a series of blogs on collaboration trends that we are seeing in the enterprise. Below is my contribution to these observations:
On the surface, improving “collaboration” sounds like a fairly straight-forward strategy: “provide the means for people to coordinate and share information while working together to attain business results that exceed current practices”. To support this goal, organizations have deployed a long list of tools ove [read] Keywords: collaboration
Immersive Collaboration: "Design We Can All Live With"
Wed, Sep 29th 2010 9:29a Mike Gotta Very interesting to watch - and showcases the impact immersive collaborative experiences can have on transforming design practices. We tend to be stuck in the document-centric, workspace-centric notion of collaboration - but as the video illustrates - people are at the center of collaboration re: interaction, story-telling, relationship-building - building a shared context of a situation and ways to resolve it. The video also shows the need for us to think much more broadly about the role networ [read] Keywords: collaboration
The Human Network: Adding Social Context To EA
Fri, Aug 27th 2010 3:33a Mike Gotta If you are involved in enterprise architecture, collabortion, or Enterprise 2.0 initiatives, I will be presenting at the IASAWorld Summit 2010 in September. I'm looking forward to the conference - on Day 2 George Paras and Tim Westbrock (former Meta Group colleagues, now at EAdirections) will present "Variations on the Architecture Theme: Solutions, IT and Enterprise Architecture".The Human Network: Adding Social Context To EA The role of Enterprise Architecture has evolved over many years as [read] Keywords: collaboration