Office 2.0 Conference Day Zero: Rules and Rhythms of Business

By September 03, 2008

Wednesday marked the first portion of the Office 2.0 Conference at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco. This unconference is "a collective experiment organized every year" aimed at "discovering the future of online productivity & collaboration." Keynotes will be given by visionaries and experts in the areas of online services and workflow. The first section started somewhat late, but that's okay, because as one of the rules of the conference states, "It starts when it starts and it ends when it ends." Riffing off of that tautology, the other rules are that if "you are here, you are meant to be here," and the "Two Feet Law." The Two Feet Law states that if a talk or presentation is not meeting your expectations, it is your responsibility to do something about it - getting up on your own two feet and making it happen.

The session began with round table style introductions, which was not too unbearable since there were only perhaps 40 people at this point of the morning. Individuals were asked to give names and companies, as well as defining tags. Themes took shape around "collaboration" and "enterprise." Volunteer given categories and specific talks were formed, such as User Interface design, Business Processes, and International Adoption Processes.

Learning Processes in Business consisted of a collaborative talk focusing on different styles of learning system implementation in the workplace. All jobs involve daily learning (ideally), whether formal or informal, and the methods affect individuals in drastically different ways. A favorite quote from the speaker: "Formal versus informal learning is equivalent to riding the bus versus riding a bike." With the bus its methodical, an emphasis on where's and when's. On a bicycle, you go when you want to go, stop when you want to stop. If someone falls off his bike, the person behind him can stop and help.

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