Sharing is good… especially for thoughts and ideas

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.

I found this nugget when looking for photos to illustrate a post about sharing. I liked it.

Changes to Spotify Free/Open – unlimited might be worth it…

As of May 1st, any user who signed up to the free service on or before November 1st 2010 will be able to play each track for free up to a total of 5 times. Users who signed up after the beginning of November will see these changes applied 6 months after the time they set up their Spotify account.

There’s been a lot of hate shared; see the comments on the announcement quoted.

Recently I got the DSBridge solution to streaming Spotify working again (see http://mini.steveellwood.com/streaming-spotify-through-squeezebox-easily and my final comment) and £4.99 a month for unlimited streaming, with no adverts doesn’t sound bad for my use of Spotify…

Did everyone think free was going to live for ever? I have neither the time nor the inclination to “pirate everything” – and Spotify lets me hear a lot of the music my friends like.

Directors owe their duty to the company itself, including all its members – http://j.mp/hraInY

Shareholders do not own the corporation,’ wrote professors Loizos and Luh Luh Can in Harvard Business Review, no less, last year. Directors owe their duty to the company itself, including all its members. Unbeholden to shareholders, they ‘are to a great extent autonomous.’

‘The corporate interest’ is thus not actually what most corporations, their managers and shareholders think it is. If corporations are persons, and not the property of shareholders (a concept that is anyway incompatible with limited liabibility), the way is cleared for the common-sense but ideologically-obscured view that companies can only thrive in symbiosis with a flourishing broader society in which they are embedded. They have a duty to all their stakeholders.

interesting post from Simon Caulkin, who suggests most corporations would be diagnosed as psychopaths. What’s your company like?

‘Spillionaires’ are the new rich after BP oil spill payouts – The Washington Post

One man who earned $67,000 in 2009, fishing crabs and hunting a swamp rat called nutria, got $100,000 for his six-month claim. That was on top of $90,000 for working on the cleanup and $20,000 he received in initial BP claims. In the eight months after the spill, he made $210,000, more than three times his 2009 income.

… yep, bad ole’ BP.

Little to do with corruption in the claims, and fingerpointing at the guys who weren’t running the rig.

The MUD Archives: It’s About Goddamned Time – interesting view of Wikipedia?

Wikipedia is quickly showing itself to have an unexpected measurement usage: it is an early-warning system for finding out what knowledge is falling out of favor and has a danger of being forgotten or lost. At one point, they started attacking the demoscene pages, anything with groups or events, and desperate attempts to keep the articles about Demoscene-related subjects revealed obvious things, like how Wikipedia Encourages Bureaucratic Assholes, but also less-obvious things, like how there was at best spotty examples of specific demoscene information in a greater social context. If you knew where to look, you could find these artifacts and stories, but since Wikipedia only wants an ever-shifting set of “legitimate” sources for the viability of a subject, a bunch of stuff was deleted.

whatever his views on Wikipedia, Jason Scott’s an interesting guy with a passion for archives and history. … and Wikipedia does delete a whole bunch of stuff 🙂

Great Yarmouth’s paradigm shift in Housing Allocations

The government has described the problem of increasing waiting lists and limited stock as a ‘national crisis’. Great Yarmouth was a perfect example: there were 6,000 people on the waiting list (and it had been forecast to double within 5 years), limited social housing stock and decreasing budgets. Then they decided to study their service from a different perspective. Today there are 164 people on the waiting list.

and see how they did it; and reduced costs, too.

The Perception Gap in Social – an IBM study #btot

So, you think your customers want to interact with you? Nah; they don’t want a relationship with your business, they want the benefits a relationship can bring.

A really interesting post which highlights opinions.
Me? I’m surprised that Customer Service doesn’t rank higher on the consumer side. Twitter certainly has a good rep for that…

via @dahowlett by @mjayliebs

Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work – don’t buy the reward/recognition myth

the RESPECT model, based on seven key drivers of employee engagement that are proven and supported by decades of research and practice:

  1. Recognition and acknowledgment of employees’ contributions
  2. Empowerment via tools, resources, and information that set employees up to succeed
  3. Supportive feedback through ongoing performance coaching and mentoring
  4. Partnering to encourage and foster collaborative working relationships
  5. Expectations that set clear, challenging, and attainable performance goals
  6. Consideration that lets employees know that they are cared about
  7. Trust in your employees’ abilities, skills, and judgment

bit too focused on the contribution of individual rather than system, but I’m pleased @summify and @davidgurteen shared this story.

World Wide Catacombs

The Web is changing from a world wide library with some commercial content to a world wide mall with intellectually interesting publications buried under it, in virtual catacombs. Google’s mission of “organizing all the world’s information” is still satisfied. The problem is that most of that information — at least on the Web — is about selling something.

– and what will be the Better Internet?

Gray brushes off anti-cuts protest after ‘ambush’ at train station – Sean Clarkin the spokesman

Protest group spokesman Sean Clerkin said: “Nine of us went there this morning to ambush Iain Gray, to talk to him about the massive cuts that are being implemented.

“He ran away into a cafe and I chased him. We only wanted to talk to him. We don’t want Labour to just manage the cuts.”

Sean’s a busy wee fella, isn’t he? Anti-cuts, anti-immigration, anti-Glasgow Housing Association (http://j.mp/fEtlUs) … Iain Gray did himself no favours running from a professional protestor.