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In an email that Rahul Dewanjee sent to a few people yesterday he wrote:

"The fact that it is week 2 of EVOKE and yet I could not help but admire the massive level of new ideas in terms of what each one of us view change and see themselves as part of a new ecosystem of information, inspiration and innovation."

Ecosystem of information, inspiration and innovation!

Ok, let's look at ecosystems.

Here is a typical example of an ecosystem in nature:


How would, then, an ecosystem of information be?

This one was interesting:

[source] (this is actually a good blog post from msdn)

How then about ecosystems of inspiration and innovation? How would they be? What do you think?

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Comment by Emma Marie on March 16, 2010 at 8:45am
I think evoke is an ecosystem in itself. I mean, you have proved it just now by quoting someone, and taking that quote further by expanding on it, and I by commenting. It is not necessarily our individual ideas that will make the most impact, but our interactions and cultivation of information we each provide that will create an empowered vision for the future. (I am blabbing on so I hope this makes sense to you!) =)
Comment by Raymond M. Kristiansen on March 16, 2010 at 8:55am
It sure makes sense! So question is: How do we enhance the amount of links?

I mean, if we think in terms of the ecosystem more often, instead of the individual 'dots'. The leaderboard, the individual blog posts, the discussion on That blog post.

I want this huge pool of information to be more of a pool to swim in, not just a pool's worth of gla**** of water. I wrote about something like that here.
Comment by Brian Ballsun-Stanton on March 16, 2010 at 1:54pm
... aaargh. This actually touches on my research work. Burn your latter graphics. BURN THEM.

As we know, intelligence isn't the ability to create/percieve data, but the ability to filter/winnow. Describing infosystems using an ecosystem metaphor makes so many assumptions about the philosophy that... well, that's why I'm doing my Ph.D.

Rant aside (and book on "Metaphors we live by", good book, aside) The important thing for continuing creative growth is validation and pruning. We need to be better at validating the stuff we want posted (on comments and whatnot) by relative unknowns, and to get tools to prune the stuff we don't want posted. By guiding and shaping our infosystem, and by providing positive and negative feedback, we might be able to achieve a "bowtie".

Comment by Raymond M. Kristiansen on March 17, 2010 at 2:25pm
@Brian: Consider my post a huge *tag it* to you. You got it, thanks.

So, well, I would like you to explain your Philosophy of Data. If the ecosystem metaphor isn't good - then what is?

Give us a few metaphors. Not some link to a 100+ page pdf with text. Nah.

Metaphors. The power of metaphors.
Comment by Per Jonsson on March 19, 2010 at 1:00pm
This topic is close related to this TED talk, an interesting new way of looking and browsing through information.

Comment by Patricio Buenrostro-Gilhuys on March 20, 2010 at 5:51pm
Fascinating links from everyone!!! I´ll be immersing myself, diving into this ecosystem of information.
Comment by Rahul Dewanjee on March 23, 2010 at 6:22am
I am fascinated by Brian Ballsun-Stanton's philosophy and as much as I get opportunity to understand his ideas, they do inspire me further. So good luck with your PhD Brian:)

Thank you Raymond for distilling my keywords: ecosystem of information, inspiration and innovation.and making this incredible effort to show how ideas can indeed take shape from collaborative efforts when we can truly be inspired by something. It is heartwarming to see how succinctly Emma Marie has said that at the outset of the discussion and helped us to reflect the role that EVOKE as a platform can become if and only if we can take it positively.

Definitely worth +1 for promoting the cause of collaboration and showing everyone around that indeed it is possible to leverage creative conflict and still endorse that (in Brian's words): the important thing for continuing creative growth is validation and pruning


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