• Chris Whitside

    Chris Whitside

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    I've just finished a very successful year at college, upgrading my skills in graphic design. Now, I'm keen to put those new skills and all my experience to work. Give me a chance to show you what I can do for your organization. Large company or small, I have the versatility and knowledge you need to bring about positive change.

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No one counts or appreciates all of history's noble but lost causes, nor the human toll of misery that is the ignored, larger side of competing in any market. Our grasping obsession with winning blinds us to the contributions and, in the end, the wasted resources of the losers. As a society, there may be value in recognizing and even honouring the losers who actually tried to make a positive difference in the world. That would encourage more to try. But, at the personal level, an important question remains. At what point do we know when tenacity in pursuit of…
Over the last couple of years, I've made four small loans of $25 each to people in developing countries. I admit that's not much but I've helped buy a goat herd, helped someone get an education and helped people start a business. It's not charity. The loans have all been paid back and I've learned a lot. You may not get rich but what a good feeling! It only takes about ten minutes to sign up and find someone to invest in. Give it a try. http://www.kiva.org/invitedby/chris6015
I love this short animation and think the message is so important. Matthew Taylor explores the meaning of 21st century enlightenment, how the idea might help us meet the challenges we face today, and the role that can be played by organisations such as the RSA.
I love how this discussion revolved around the idea that there is so little real innovation going on right now because you and I are too afraid to aim really high. The same thought rolled over to fixing the economic mess. As Peter Thiel says, the question should be reframed. "What are you doing to end the recession? And the question about technology is, what are you doing to try to accelerate technology? And as long as it's a problem that's seen as a problem that will be simply solved by other people, it's not going to get done."
Trying to understand alternative visions for government innovation, I was browsing through the blog at mises.org, a libertarian-oriented web site. I was inspired to respond to one post that took issue with Canada. Ideological polarization, I would say, has been less prevalent in Canada than in the States. Yes, perhaps we're complacent about large benign government but, measured by many international metrics of personal well-being, Canadians can see that we're doing better than most, including Americans. And we take some pride in the fact that we have worked together, largely through government, to accomplish that. Obviously, there's room for quibbling…
I was reading: Cloud Computing Will Cause Three IT Revolutions During the next two to five years, you'll see enormous conflict about the technical pros and cons of cloud computing. Three of cloud's key characteristics will create three IT revolutions, each with supporters and detractors. CIO.com's Bernard Golden explains the first of these, involving scalability and IT operations. Read it all, click here This blog post at CIO.com is the first I've seen to actually point out that, with organizations moving to the "cloud", it is not necessarily doom and gloom for all IT departments. Instead it points to new…
There's not much left except the brand, and even that is tattered, but Sir Terry Matthews sees the value in salvaging the remnants of Nortel. More to the point, it is the talent left behind from the bankruptcy and breakup that he wants to put back to work. Matthews sees the former employees of Nortel as a valuable resource that could be lost to Canada if new tech companies don't jump in to fill the breach. The idea certainly fits perfectly with the plan to create the Mobile Process Services market. Here's the story ....   Matthews seeks $100M-$200M to…
clipped from www.cio.co.uk With all the industry hype about Web services, it is easy for CIOs to get the idea that SOA is just another new technology, but taking that attitude means missing a very important strategic point: SOA is first and foremost about your business, not Web services technology. In fact, 38 per cent of Global 2000 SOA users report that SOA is helping them with strategic business transformation.   Good article that makes the point that too many business leaders see service-oriented architecture (SOA) as strictly a software or technology issue. The article follows with a number of…
In his blog post, Harold Jarche provides a high level view of the social learning promise, with a little help from his friends at the Internet Time Alliance. This is the elevator pitch for social learning with some important links for more depth. Read it here: Social Learning in the Enterprise Enterprise Social Learning View more documents from Harold Jarche.
Integration Possible Barrier to Real-Time Enterprise clipped from www.itbusinessedge.com Integration Possible Barrier to Real-Time Enterprise Posted by Loraine Lawson Jan 15, 2010 10:51:04 AM Is now the time for real time? GigaOm analyst Sameer Patel thinks social networking and customer demand for real-time interaction will cause real time to be a priority for enterprises over the next two years.  But the systems running the enterprise are far from ready for real time, and can you guess what one of the major stumbling blocks will be? Anybody?  That's right: Integration!   Social media is changing everything and the question becomes “How…
Innovation is terribly important; it is why we are rich. But how exactly does innovation happen? An awful lot of innovation seems to happen via diffusion, i.e., spreading one at a time via a network of who knows who. A recent AER paper considers three possible diffusion processes: Clipped by: clarionwave Clipped on: 1/17/2010 2:35:27 PM Remarks:  Robin Hanson provides some insight on diffusion of innovation. Social learning, he says is one of three ways but adoption doesn't happen until people have some security that others are adopting. That resistance is fear of being on the bleeding edge. Even so,…
Given the competitive nature of the telecom industry, the benefits of a managed services partnership lend themselves well to creating a strategic advantage, as long as operators are diligent as they choose their partners. Given the risk involved, there is no alternative. Clipped by: clarionwave Clipped on: 1/17/2010 3:24:52 PM Remarks: Erik Linask of Alcatel-Lucent advocates that telecom network operators outsource some or all of their network management to managed service providers. In his blog post he flags some considerations, primarily the provider's track record. In an earlier post Erik outlines a number of business models (and points to a…
From this article, a couple of applications for machine to machine communications and sensors mousetraps in Wembley Stadium being by Rentokil (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07129/784423-294.stm) connected via a wireless sensor network to save the maintenance crew a trip until a mouse is in the trap (truly a killer app!). trash cans in Sommerville, Mass, are able to send an SMS message when they are full and ready to be picked up (http://www.wirelessweek.com/Articles/2009/12/Predictions-2010/ ). clarionwave's clips Result 1 of 4 Clipped by: clarionwave Clipped on: 1/17/2010 3:39:03 PM Remarks:  This posting from Dr. Scott Snyder, author of The New World of Wireless: How to…
Why Canada should open source the government Shane Schick, ITWorldCanada David Eaves has already worked with the City of Vancouver on open data projects. Now he's making the case for a self-emerging, bottom-up approach to delivering public sector services to citizens. A case in point: 911 I was sparked by this lecture at OCAD on Thursday night, as were about two hundred others. Eaves' approach to Government 2.0 seemed eminently sensible and even-handed. Although he was calling for a broader distribution of power and influence in government, he resisted notions from the audience that this, in any way, paralleled pitchfork…