If you’ve ever done a workshop or an awayday with me, it’s highly likely that you’ll have played “Same or Different” It’s a generic classification game we play about all sorts of subjects to clarify how people think about a particular question.
Same or Different is at the base of all sorts of things we do in the knowledge economy. We’re always asking, is this thing the same as this other thing or is it different? And the answers is usually, it’s both, they’re the same in these ways and they’re different in others.
In restructuring an organisation or setting up a project, which bits go together and which bits are apart? How is that sameness actually manifested in people’s day to day activities? What does it mean to be different? Under what circumstances might it change?
What happens when people disagree about sameness or difference? What happens when I think I’m the same as you but you think we’re different? How might I convince you of my point of view? Do I need to? Is it important? Should I just accept that we differ on this point?
I blog. Perhaps you do too. You may consider my blog to be the same as yours. I might agree. Or disagree. Other people might lump us together – we might be the only ones who perceive sufficient difference for it to matter.
I podcast. Perhaps you do too. You may consider my podcast to be the same as yours. I might agree. Or disagree. Other people might lump us together – we might be the only ones who perceive sufficient difference for it to matter.
So you might say, “What does it matter? We’re similar – isn’t that enough? Surely that’s a much better way of putting it?”
To me settling for saying “similar” avoids asking (and answering) the important questions, it’s hiding in vagueness. It might be the best and most accurate answer in the end, but it’s not nearly as productive as delving deeper in to sameness and difference.
It’s Friday, thank God, and I get to talk about playground stuff, social etiquette and global acceptance. Bonus question: who are you? – yes you, at the back, the quiet ones.
A return for the audioblog after a short hiatus. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a cable in my bag yesterday to get this uploaded. Another one coming later.
As I temporarily don’t have broadband access outside of office hours, and because by brain has been very focused on Public Service Conversations I haven’t been here since Friday and although I have an audioblog in the can for today I have come out without the necessary cables to upload. Ah me.
A rainy start to this morning as I make my way through puddles with a damp left arm.
Talking about umbrella loss and other irrelevant minutiae, an update on Public Service Conversations and my decision to move it over to Movable Type and start to tell you about my syndication idea but leave you hanging as I have to sprint to leap aboard the 08:22 to Waterloo.
Update: ooops just found my umbrella at the bottom of my bag sorry family for defaming you.
That’s what Thomas believes and I think it’s certainly worth a try. But then as one of the early contributors, I would wouldn’t I?
Meet the sushradio gang – they’re German, Geeky (in a Good way) and errr… they’re…. a Gang (and they’re all so good looking). I’m really looking forward to hearing something from bicyclemark there but it’s really easy to make something suitable, it just has to be 3-6 minutes long and have interesting information about someplace anywhere in the world – how hard can that be? Go on, have a go yourself – you can send links to your 3 minute tidbits for the ears to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve resolved to make my next contribution shorter and louder (well my voice, anyway) but no less informative. I’ll let you know when it’s done.
After the most frustrating will they? won’t they? since the Gold Blend couple, Helen Keegan talks with me (behind Franklin D Roosevelt’s back) about how she got where she is today and what’s up in the world of mobile marketing including what she’s doing to make sure it’s more about the user experience than the size of your server. Features an excellent example of Helen’s outstanding CV and client-list recitation skills and a snatch of the theme tune to Bod.
tags: mobile marketing
Slow to wake up this morning 19th May 2005 but able to squeeze out news that the BeepMarketing podcast is just around the corner and my first submission to sushiradio is up. Bonus rant: the state of Epsom station and the suburban railway system generally.
This is a test of Ecto a desktop blogging client, I’m trying out. I want something that helps me to switch easily between this blog and Public Service Conversations