A question that seems to crop up a lot at the Cisco Public Services Summit is how civic leaders can improve the competitiveness of communities. Stockholm is not a bad place to look for clues, as it frequently occupies the higher echelons of European and global league tables and earlier this year was named as one of Europe’s top 15 international knowledge hubs. To find out how IT can help improve the competitiveness of communities, and find out more about Stockholm’s success in particular, we spoke to Kristina Alvendal, vice mayor of the city, and Geoff Mulgan, a director of the U.K.’s Young Foundation and expert on public sector transformation.
At C-Scape today, Dan Scheinman talks about the connection between Web 2.0 and video. Dan heads up our Cisco Media Solutions Group and in this video he talks about the network’s role in delivering the next-generation entertainment experience, Cisco Eos (TM) and our first “alpha customers” in this space.He answers the following questions:1. Why is Social Networking relevant to Cisco? Are we hoping to evolve into another Myspace or Facebook?2. What is your view of the current state of Social Networking? And where is it going?3. What kind of traction are you seeing with your customers?
The last two days have seen more than 300 of the world’s top public sector IT decision makers gathered for Cisco’s 2007 Public Services Summit. The invite-only annual event, co-hosted by the City of Stockholm and now in its sixth year, is seen as a major networking opportunity because it brings together senior government, education and healthcare officials from around the globe in a forum which encourages open dialogue. In this video, Yvon Le Roux, Cisco vice president for the Public Sector in Europe, and Simon Willis, vice president of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group, provide an overview of the summit.
At Educause ’07 in Seattle, WA in late October, Adam Hochman of UC-Berkeley’s Education Technology Services, sat down with Jeffrey Young of The Chronicle of Higher Education to chat about the school’s recently launched YouTube channel for its courses. Cisco worked with Berkeley to enable its networks for video and podcast storage and distribution via YouTube as well as Apple iTunes U. Berkeley’s open content initiative, webcast.berkeley.edu, required a scalable network to meet the needs of its university population in the age of Web 2.0.View the video here…hosted on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s site.
Albert Einstein once said, “Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” I knew my desk is messy for a reason. Yesterday, Web Worker Daily (a GigaOM property) wrote on the good psychological effects of having a messy desk. Anne Zelenka writes that “a slavish devotion to perfection can be psychologically unhealthy” quoting a New York Times article this week. Zelenka writes: “Spend too much time worrying about getting your desk perfectly clean and your work perfectly excellent and you might put yourself at risk for psychological problems.”Now, don’t get me wrong I’m all about doing a good job, I just don’t think that having a clean desk necessarily facilitates that. And, to those who have immaculate desks, that’s fine and dandy with me too. My colleagues are constantly giving me grief about my messy desk and maybe it is my not so subconscious way to “mess” with them by refusing to clean it up. I’m not looking for attention, but I also don’t know what the big deal is about having paper and napkins and water bottles and business cards and other shrapnel strewn amongst my workspace. I often say I only need enough desk space for my computer to fit on…and it’s true. And, I’ve never said to someone, “What’s up with your clean, neat, well-organized desk?”Here’s what my desk looks like as I post this blog.Clearly, I’m psychologically balanced.More support for messy desks at CNN.com.