Review: Using Data Sharing to Improve Coordination in Peacebuilding: Report of a Workshop on Technology, Science, and Peacebuilding

4 Star, Civil Affairs, Decision-Making & Decision-Support, Diplomacy, Information Operations, Intelligence (Public), Stabilization & Reconstruction, United Nations & NGOs
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Andrew Robertson and Steve Olson (eds.)

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent First Step, Four Disappointments, January 2, 2013

This is one of the more useful reports to come out of the US Institute of Peace and its collaborative effort with the National Academy of Engineering and I highly recommend it for either free reading online at the National Academies Press (individual) or for library purchase for the information, intelligence, diplomacy, civil-military, stabilization & reconstruction, and decision-support sections.

The goals are worthy but overly scientific & technical (the cultural part always comes first): to apply science and technology to the process of peacebuilding and stabilization; to promote systematic communications among organizations across political and other boundaries; and to apply science and technology to pressing conflict issues. La di dah. I just want to know if there is a dead donkey at the bottom of this particular well.

Secondary and equally ambitious goals that their current staffing model cannot support:
1. Adopt the agricultural extension services model to peacebuilding
2. Use data sharing to improve coordination in peacebuilding
3. Sense emerging conflicts (at least they realize the secret intelligence world does NOT do this)
4. Harness systems methods for delivery of peacebuilding services.

1. Data sharing requires working across a technology-culture divide
2. Information sharing requires building and maintaining trust
3. Information sharing requires linking civilian-military policy discussions to technology
4. Collaboration software needs to be aligned with user needs.

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OSINT Conference veterans will remember 1997 Pinchot (US) Beyond Bureaucracy: The Rise of the Intelligence Organization.  The book, still relevant, is End of Bureaucracy and the Rise of the Intelligent Organization.

Holacracy is new to us, and for that we thank the searcher.  While we are skeptical of any single solution, and have spent the last decade engaging with the co-intelligence, open space, and collective intelligence networks,  this is certainly worth a look, and is credited to Brian J. Robertson.   Here are a few links to bring this concept into Phi Beta Iota.

Holacracy Home Page

Introducing Holacracy

Holacracy: A Complete System for Agile Organizational Governance and Steering (PDF)

On balance we'll stick with Tom Atlee, Jim Rough, Harrison Owen, and Peggy Holman, among others.  Once you get co-evolution and open space right, the specific organization does not matter and neither do the administrators ostensibly in charge at the top.  Epoch B is here, they just have not gotten the memo.