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Social Physics

Despite having followed online education for awhile, I’d never actually taken a course before. So, last week, I was excited to take my first - ‘Big Data and Social Physics’ - offered through edX.

I’ll be honest, it really wasn’t what I was expecting at all - with it being quite a superficial introduction to the ideas and, throughout, an unashamed attempt to promote the book ‘Social Physics’. On the upside though, it did make me read the book earlier than planned and that, dear reader, is the subject of today’s post.

Let them eat cake!

In a fascinating section in the book on ‘Collective Intelligence’ Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, the books’ author, describes an experiment looking at face-to-face ‘engagement’ and it’s connection to productivity. To keep myself intellectually honest, you should know that ‘engagement’ has a very specific meaning in Prof. Pentlands’ book; and typically refers to

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Exploit vs. Explore

Okay, fine. We’re late, we said we’d commit to one post per week, and then a whole bunch of things intruded and what fell off? That’s right. Contributing a post. Sorry about that …

What were you up to that prevented you from writing a thrilling and compelling blog post, I hear you murmur? I chaired, and presented, at iPharma 2014 in NYC

And what did you present, I hear you dribble?

Well, funny you should mention that - it’s the subject of this post. I spent some time describing the natural tension that exists, at both the individual and organizational levels - regarding how we work. I explored this (pun intended) as a dichotomy: Exploit vs. Explore. Slides can be found here in this snazzy embed, with 10 sexy talking points following below.

What does this all have to Lunch Roulette? Well, I’d have thought that was obvious – Lunch Roulette is a web-based process, that enables the

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In which the authors share what they might, um, share in the future

As you may know, Lunch Roulette is a super simple web-based process for fostering serendipity in the workplace. Over lunch.

The idea for Lunch Roulette is so deceptively simple that it almost appears dumb. Except it really isn’t. And it’s that gap that we’re going to explore over the coming weeks, through words - maybe some video, on this blog.

Initially, posts will either come from myself (David Thompson, @dcthmpsn) or Christopher Tan (@christopherjtan). We’ll most likely talk about serendipity (engineered or otherwise), technology, this thing we call ‘work’, gaming, or sports. We’ll commit to posting at least once a week.

DT

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