For my inaugural blog on Jivespace I've chosen the subject of Chaos & Order - dichotomy which I believe Clearspace has the potential to fulfil.


I come from a structured world of comprehensive metamodels and complex information management systems. It may seem strange to embrace the world of unstructured information - the enemy for so long. However, to reject is to deny humanity and miss the potential to foster, harvest, and support knowledge sharing and transfer.


<span style="font-weight: bold">I like Clearspace because</span> .... it seeks to embrace having conversations, but with a 21st century twist. By this I mean that few of us have the time luxury of synchronous face-to-face conversations, but we can have asynchronous conversations with like, similar, or dislike minded people anywhere in the world.


Buried in theses conversations are treasures. The trick is to foster these conversations and be able to find, collate, and help achieve a better order of things. In business terms this can translate to fixing bugs, getting better features, solving problems, selling more, .... and even enjoying the process! One should never underestimate the power of encouragement, recognition, and support one can get from others.


The rise and potential for social software and in particular its use within a business context has been well blogged by the Jive team. In many ways my stress on chaos & order echo this.


I look forward to continuing the journey and in particular helping to nudge things along. Thank-you Dawn for making this blog possible.