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Programming Note: New Tummel-time

In an effort NOT to put our east coast hostess and our east coasts guests into sleep deprivation, we are moving Tummelvision to a NEW TIME.  Starting June 24th we will be LIVE two hours earlier.  Join Us!

NEW TUMMELVISION TIME


5pm pst / 8pm est

We hope this new time is better for you – the participants as well!

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Follow me, oh follow me: Ep. 9 w/Brian Oberkirch


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We had a great chat with Brian Oberkirch on  the implicit and explicit  impact of the social and geo-loco services rippling through our lives.  Brian is a ‘multi-lingual’ understated tummler and marketing guy who speaks geek and non geek alike.  He looks at the web from a uniquely human place. We focused a bit on the need for web services and sites to do a better job educating their users on the implications of the data they are sharing in plain english as well as discussing  how the features we choose to include on sites set the tone for the community – i.e. ratings systems, game mechanics, “number of followers” etc.

Links we discussed this week:

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This week’s guest will be Elizabeth Churchill

We thought it might be smart to give you folks some background on our guests prior to the show.  Hopefully,  this will spark and encourage and create a greater participation vibe, questions or comments.

This week’s amazing guest is Elizabeth Churchill.  Check out her recent research and writing .   Let us know if there is anything in particular you want us to discuss or ask Elizabeth on Thursday nite.

Some background on Elizabeth in her own words:

Elizabeth Churchill

In my professional life, I am a researcher, designer and observer of communication technologies. Originally a psychologist by training, for the past several years I have drawn on diverse areas to consider how to design effective communication situations—both face to face and technologically mediated. At the centre of my work is a fascination with people’s passions, proclivities and practices.

I have studied and written about mobility and mobile work, distributed collaboration, interaction in graphical and textual virtual spaces, and the augmentation of public spaces with digital artifacts. Applications designed and/or evaluated include cell phone interfaces, textual and 3d graphical environments, interactive digital posterboards and animated interface personas.

I currently work at Yahoo! Research, and am based in Santa Clara, CA. Formerly, I worked at PARC, the Palo Alto Research Center in Palo Alto, California in the Computing Science Lab (CSL). Prior to that I was the project lead of the Social Computing Group at FX Palo Laboratory, Fuji Xerox’s research lab in Palo Alto.

My physical instantiation is usually in San Francisco.

That last line gives you a good indication of how much fun this week’s show will be. Elizabeth is also a friend to your Tummelvision host – we have discussed the art of Tummeling and social engagement a lot.  We expect this to result in some good in depth discussions on Thursday nite!

Here are some related links: Professional stuffDay Job , Publications, Interactions magazine

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‘Controlled Serendipity’ Liberates the Web – Bits Blog – NYTimes.com

What they are talking about here is the art of Tummeling information!

‘Controlled Serendipity’ Liberates the Web – Bits Blog – NYTimes.com.

We are no longer just consumers of content, we have become curators of it too…….

Another purveyor of fine content is Maria Popova, who calls this curating “controlled serendipity,” explaining that she filters interesting links to thousands of strangers out of her thirst for curiosity.

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Soul, Baby

Recrently it seems that everywhere I turn there are people discussing the Human Side of life – or as we here at TUmmelvision refer to it – the art of social engagement.   So I was pleasantly surprised to see this recent article from Gary Hamel in his WSJ blog.  Gary discussed the  need for bringing soul back to business in this article entitled “The Hole in the Soul of Business”

A noble purpose inspires sacrifice, stimulates innovation and encourages perseverance. In so doing, it transforms great talent into exceptional accomplishment. That’s a fact—and it leaves me wondering: Why are words like “love,” “devotion” and “honor” so seldom heard within the halls of corporate-dom? Why are the ideals that matter most to human beings the ones that are most notably absent in managerial discourse?

This article brought back to mind one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite movies – Dead Poet Society.

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

The nature of our networked world in which we now have the power and ability to participate is pretty darn exciting.  We just have to remember to not strip technology from it’s human essence.

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