Twitter analysis: Development organizations and their listening skills

27-04-2010 – Filed under communicationlisteningorganizationtwitterweb2fordev

Everybody wants to be on Twitter and development organizations are no exception. But what do they really want to gain from Twitter? Do they really want to use Twitter to interact through a two-way conversation with their audience? I was curious, so I did a small analysis. I have chosen…

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Organization 2.0 - what you should avoid saying

04-12-2009 – Filed under knowledge-managementchange-managementhumourorganization

This is for all of you, who share the daily burden to convince people for open knowledge sharing through the Internet for the benefit of all. That outdated hierarchies contradict potentials free flows of ideas and creative work in self-responsible teams and the persistence to follow-top down work styles and…

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Micro-voluntarism a new form of international cooperation

02-04-2009 – Filed under knowledge-managementdevelopmentdonationinternational-cooperationorganizationpeer-to-peervolunteering

One of the greatest things about the Internet is that you can get in touch with people worldwide. I remember that back on the day I chatted for the first time and read from bluemoon11 that the sun was shining in Sidney. Twelve years ago that seemed breathtaking, but today…

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From A-Z to Organization2.0: F - Flexible staff and members

20-02-2009 – Filed under knowledge-managementcollaborationfuturenetworknonprofitorganizationproject-managementstakeholderwork

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Will organizations and companies still be running in the future by 9-5 working schemes? Can the members’ or stakeholders’ relationship still be organized in…

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From A-Z to Organization2.0: Q - Quality takes time

31-12-2008 – Filed under knowledge-managementbloggingemailorganizationproductivityqualitysocial-media

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Writing blog posts, commenting on them and adding Wiki-pages does take time if you want to achieve good quality – meaning writing consistent, easy…

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Web2fordev one year after – a critical review

09-09-2008 – Filed under ICT4Ddevelopmentinnovationlocal-knowledgemashupnetworkorganizationweb2fordevwisdom-of-crowd

Most of my readers know how enthusiastic I am about the potential that Internet has; being this either social web, social media, web2.0 or however you want to name it. But if I look back at what has happened in the development field during the last year, I have to…

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From A-Z to Organization2.0: U - Usability = Higher Motiviation

08-08-2008 – Filed under knowledge-managementmotivationorganizationsocial-mediasocial-softwareusabilitywiki

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z No doubt in recent years web application has been improving significantly in terms of usability. Particularly, the beta mode approach often involves users to…

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From A-Z to Organization2.0: B - Blogging examples and success factors

02-07-2008 – Filed under knowledge-managementbloggingculturenetworkorganizationparticipationproject-managementpublic-relation

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Blogging, next to Wikis, is the most popular instrument of new social software in an organization. A blog itself is quite a simple application….

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From A-Z to Organization2.0: C - Cafeteria — catching the informal

05-06-2008 – Filed under communicationknowledge-managementinnovationorganizationproductivitysocial-bookmarkingsocial-networktaggingwork

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Let’s face it, when you deal with knowledge sharing in an organization, it becomes quickly obvious that most knowledge is shared personally, face-to-face over…

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A - Adaptation: From A-Z — the long trail of web2.0 in an organization

25-05-2008 – Filed under communicationknowledge-managementcultureorganizationsocial-mediawikiwork

Three years ago I started experimenting for the first time with web2.0 at my organization (GTZ). In Egypt, we implemented a blog to link different projects of GTZ. Since then, I have been taking part in several initiatives and joined many discussions with the IT, communication, knowledge management and other…

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Wisdom of crowd: Bottom up measuring of development results

19-05-2008 – Filed under activismICT4Ddevelopmentkenyamobileopennessorganizationweb2fordevwisdom-of-crowd

Some days ago, I had a talk with a colleague from another development organization about web2fordev. We were asking whether web2.0 can really make a difference in development work? We both agreed it can, but we were unsure whether the organizational culture has to change first or the external pressure…

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Metrics: What is the impact of social media on organizations?

02-04-2008 – Filed under knowledge-managementimpactorganizationsocial-media

Getting social media or web2.0 into an organization is still not an easy task. The skepticism is often as high as the enthusiasm. If you can prove the benefit of social media in an organization, then you have better cards to go forward. I have been experimenting for a while…

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NGO2.0 -- the end of the organization? (1)

19-03-2008 – Filed under activismcivil-societycollaborationnetworkorganizationparticipation

Michael Gilbert wrote an article called “The End of the Organization?” in which he wonders how civil society organizations, such as NGOs, can continue working the way they do? Whether the organization as we know it survives or not, it is by studying the changing patterns of communication that we…

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Organizations can be democratic, flat and passionate

09-03-2008 – Filed under communicationcreativitynonprofitorganizationproductivitywork

The web is full of thoughts and discussion around open, democratic and flat organizations. Most of this discussions and concepts are connected to web2.0, but that is not necessarily new, as Ricardo Semler proofs it in his book: The seven-day weekend. For more than twenty years, he has been experimenting…

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