These are my shared links for March 15th through March 16th:

  • Perhaps the most valuable conversation you can have… starts with a question – Nick suggests something that I believe is the future of "knowledge work" – it's not about knowing stuff, knowing the answers – it's increasingly about knowing what questions to ask; finding smart questions, because they prompt smart conversations similar to those Nick describes. Therein lies progress …
  • Cometh the hour – JP's message from the web activity around the Japanese earthquake/tsunami:
    . people matter
    . connections help
    . we need to protect the openness of the internet to maintain these possibilities
  • Fowler’s Fools: and musing about open and public and shared – "People need to understand the waste involved in making things private, closed, exclusive when they don’t need to be so."
    JP pointing out that there are sometimes significant costs in shutting off access to things, and that too often not only could those costs be avoided, but additional value could be generated by NOT making "private, closed, exclusive" the default treatment.
  • On public comment and public officials — PJ Crowley, Stanley McChrystal and glass jaws – When I see stories like Crowley's, I can hear Jack Nicholson in "A Few Good Men" yelling "you can't handle the truth!" … I fear that governments that publicly subscribe to openness will find the territory too uncomfortable to deal with for some time – it's very difficult to break generations-old habits, and we will have to keep pushing, and public servants will have to keep risking the reaction if we want to see the desired results.
  • The saga continues: Penfolds Coonawarra Claret Shiraz Cabernet (Magnum) 2009 – The relationship between wine producers and the large retail chains is becoming more and more interesting. The situation described here reinforces my belief that the bulk/private-label/cleanskin category will ultimately be ceded to cheap imports, and the local industry will shrink in size but grow in quality – there's just some readjustment pain to go through to get there.