Category Archives: Collective Web

Sourcing It

Together with Rien Dijkstra and Pieter van der Ploeg, I have launched a new book project: The Sourcing Initiative: Enabling Collaboration. Read more about it on the new website, sourcing-it.org. The idea is that there are a lot of issues at stake in modern enterprises:

Our proposition is that the modern enterprise must fundamentally rethink its sourcing equation (Organization, Economics and Technology) to become or remain viable. We have dubbed this Right Sourcing.

This is a non-profit project, and the book will be published under a Creative Commons licence and be freely available online. We will use an agile approach and release iterations as we go along.

We seek contributors who have something to wise/clever/interesting to say about the theme(s). If you think you have and want to join us, please let us know.

Book 2.0

I am pleased to announce that the book, State of the eUnion: Government 2.0 and Onwards, is now in production and will be available for ordering in your favorite bookshop very soon.

But wait, there’s more: On 18 November, the free, online version will be available from 21gov.net.

Read the press release.

Follow the book @gov20book on Twitter. The book’s twitter hashtag is #gov20book. Also, follow the list of contributors.

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Next Book: Government 2.0 and Onwards

Now the Coherency Management book is out, my next book project has ben launched. With the working title “State of the eUnion – Government 2.0 and Onwards”, the book will be published in min-November this year (reason), so it needs to be written in a rush. I have already invited a number of contributors, but now take the Call for Participation open for a couple of days for anyone to submit an abstract.

We will accept legitimate and relevant remixes and reuses of stuff that deserves to be in a book. But we have pretty high standards, so do not be offended if we reject your proposal. In general, we want thoughtful, wellwritten contributions, shorter or longer, that discuss new business models for government and democracy. Contributions about technical matters are not likely to make it into the book, unless they are really wellwritten and ‘important’. I realise I personally will even have to struggle to build bridges over to, say, Coherency Management, but you just wait and see :-)

As co-editor, I have teamed up with Christian Bering Pedersen, a young professional and digital native, who I supervised in his Master thesis project a few years ago. Christian has a sharp eye and tongue, and will be great to work with.

Confirmed contributors to the book are:

  • Don Tapscott, Canada
  • Mark Drapeau, USA
  • Alexandra Samuel, USA
  • Olov Östberg, Sweden
  • Tommy Dejbjerg Pedersen, Denmark
  • Tim O’Reilly, USA
  • David Weinberger, USA
  • Chris Potts, UK
  • and several others, whose names will be published in the near future.

The book will not be a heavyweight like the coherency managment book (540 pages). It will probably have nearly as many collaborators and contributors though, but typically with shorter chapters (essays).

Follow the book project via its infopage/website.

Next: Canada, US, and Iceland

As indicated in a 140 char note on Twitter, I’m leaving Europe. For a month, that is. I am going on a flight/roadtrip, part work, part vacation. Locationwise roughly as follows:

  • Toronto from July 17th to 25th.
  • Washington, DC from July 26th to 31st.
  • Ottawa from July 31st to August 6th.
  • Boston from August 7th to 14th.
    oh, and then a stopover in Iceland:
  • Reykjavík from August 14th to 18th.

Along the way I will attend The Open Group’s 23rd Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference in Toronto, where I have three contributions: Particapant in Panel Discussion and podcast on Architecture’s Scope Extends Beyond the Enterprise, my lecture Coherency Management and the Future of Enterprise Architecture, and participant in Panel Discussion: Enterprise-Centric Architecture and the Role of “Business”.

I will probably sneak in a bunch of meetings around the Coherency Management book, which is now with the printer, and with a bit of luck, will be able to announce a few events around the book as I travel on. And then I’m planning some meetings around a new book project I plan to announce shortly. Which reminds me: allow me to introduce two new tags: Government 2.0 and Open Government.

If you are located – or happen to be – in one of the locations I visit, and are interested in any of the tags to this post, and want to meet, get in touch.