Saving tigers, social business and science

Here are some of things I learned via Twitter this past week [Friday's Finds].

We need to save our tigers [follow link for ways to help] by @Sumeet_Moghe

“Do not cut down the  forest with its tigers and do not banish the tigers from the forest; the tiger perishes without the forest and the forest perishes without its tigers”  – Mahabharata, 400 BCE

C’est avec la logique que nous prouvons mais c’est avec l’intuition que nous trouvons. [Henri Poincaré]” via @MichelleBlanc

@jmcgee “‘diligent laziness’ = DRY – don’t repeat yourself, = take advantage of what others know and share, = take/make time for reflection”

@snowded “Never try to excite a conservative with something novel or interesting (note to self)”

From information to conversation by @EskoKilpi

People often need to act and make decisions in situations in which causality is poorly understood, where there is considerable uncertainty and people hold different beliefs and have personal biases. However, people very reluctantly acknowledge that they face ambiguity at work. Problems in organizations tend to get labeled as lack of information. It feels more professional to try to solve a knowledge management problem that is called lack of information than a problem that is called confusion.

[SEED Magazine] “Critical slowing” as a threshold approaches could be a signal for collapses in complex systems. via @ViRAms

The practice of science has always been grounded in predicting outcomes. The hypothetico-deductive method—the due process of scientific inquiry—can be summed up by four basic steps: review data, make prediction, test, repeat. Now the ways in which we as a society are extracting information from large-scale events and systems, identifying patterns, and making predictions are clear examples of the analytical logic of science—what might be referred to as scientific thinking—transferring to the organizational principles of the public at large. In this way, scientific thinking is a nascent tool for policymaking, governance, and problem solving in general.

Foreign Policy: the “nation that out-educates us today is going to out-compete us tomorrow”. via @ValdisKrebs

The first generations of Indian startups focused on selling IT services, and the Chinese developed copycat web technologies such as Baidu, China’s Google rival, and Sina, its Twitter clone. But they are going beyond that now. They are gaining the knowledge — and developing the confidence — to create innovative products, not only for domestic markets, but also for global ones.

Social Business planning: set up a process of discovery by @robpatrob

When I worked with NPR back in 2005 the question was “How will social media affect us and what should we do?”

The great thing then was that No One could know the answer to that question. And if by chance one of us did, no one else would just accept that answer.

So what we did was to set up a process of discovery where it was agreed at the outset that no one knew.

We then set off, nearly 1,000 people, on a number of test journeys where groups “Played” with creating stories about what the future might be.

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