X : Is mapping a cult where you pay to get access to hidden knowledge of the inner circle?
Me : My work is research. I use mapping. I occassionaly teach it. Mapping is all creative commons. #MapCamp is as low cost as we can make it (this year we managed to make it free) ...
... mapping doesn't help everyone, I emphasise how it's imperfect, it's a model and hence it's wrong but it seems to be useful. I've spent a lot of time helping others. Yes,I charge for workshops because that takes me away from research but I do an awful lot of community work ...
... I think it's not unreasonable to say that the value the community has gained from mapping vastly exceeds the few workshops I might have given to large corporate by factors of hundred of thousands or more ...
... so by all means call me a cult leader, that's fine. Just remember at the heart of this cult is an ethics of care - care for others, helping others and creative commons. It's not a transactional culture trying to squeeze money out of anyone - UK Gov or otherwise ...
... and I've seen cults in tech, the tyranny of Agile - it wasn't appropriate, it didn't help.

Mapping may not be your thing, and that's fine because nothing is universally useful. There's no dogma with maps ... there is doctrine but that's my lousy word choices.
So, if there is a motto I have then it's give vastly more than you take. I feel that I have lived that my whole life. I suppose that's why I feel hurt being described as a cult leader of some extractive community ... that's not mapping, never was, never will be.
But, I won't shy away from the fact that it could become that. This is a reasonable challenge. Which is why, after talking with @jacquitaylorfb (and thank you for that) ... I need to move mapping itself into some form of open source and community driven foundation.
So even thought the comments caused hurt, it indirectly lead to a conversation with others (e.g. Jacqui) which itself has led to something positive.

So, I suppose I should say thank you for calling me an extractive cult leader. It has lead to what I consider a positive outcome.
X : Would the foundation govern standards of maps?
Me : No. I'm not considering that. I'm looking at a way of consolidating and promoting the values i.e. the community nature, the sharing etc.
What I am concerned over is the potential for an extractive nature to emerge, for it to become an orthodoxy ... I would like to further embed sharing, challenge and learning in the heart of mapping. This is why the cult leader challenge was important and timely.
I suppose this will also be another experiment. A first outing in anger for my map of culture ... how to use what I know to enable and reinforce values of sharing, of learning, of community, of challenge within a collective. We will need to start that "Me" vs "We" discussion ...
... because any foundation needs to come from the community, to be owned by the community, to represent the values within the community.
Some have said, shouldn't you be the beneficial dictator ... to which the answer is no. That just reinforces any cult like aspect either now or in the future (if the collective survives). I'll start this journey by a more radical path, sortition will govern.

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16 Oct
The complete index for #MapCamp2020 ... slides and videos included. Some is still going up but this will be the source for it all - leadingedgeforum.com/research/map-c… ... thank you to the speakers and @lefep for making this happen.
X : Is #MapCamp going to be virtual going forward?
Me : Yes. We've started that transition. We will grow from here. There are many lessons to learn and may additional things that we can do to turn it into a truly global festival of mapping. This was the beginning of that journey.
But as important as learning about the new world, there are also many things we need to unlearn. As with three perspectives on one topic, because of the timezones then we will need three community driven mapcamps merging into one. Each with its own perspective but shared values.
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15 Oct
X : Are those #MapCamp2020 talks recorded?
Me : Oh yes and they are all going online - youtube.com/playlist?list=… ... you can watch the whole event.
12 talks, 36 speakers ... help yourself - youtube.com/playlist?list=…. Huge thanks to @lefep for getting this up there.
So each of the 12 session has three speakers covering the same topic. Three perspectives to every talk. I cannot emphasise enough how grateful I am to our wonderful community and speakers for giving up the time to make this happen. Thank you all for making #MapCamp2020.
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15 Oct
X : What do you think about remote monitoring of staff?
Me : Micromanagement in a distributed setting might not end well.
X : Why?
Me : With reduced physical barriers to work as companies adapt, you do realise that many can now work for anyone, anywhere in the world from home.
... i.e. shifting jobs was once cumbersome, you might have to move home, move to a different area, kids to different schools. It all creates barriers. In this new world, that stuff is going. You really don't want to be getting on the wrong side of your talent at this time.
... that's why there are companies out there "hunting" staff. When the economy starts to kick in, you might suddenly find a huge transfer of people if you've been less than supportive. I would be really careful with micromanagement, you're creating potential future problems.
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15 Oct
Why aren’t Lean and Agile Collaborating? - medium.com/humanorganisin… ... soon to be followed by "Why aren't Lean and Six Sigma collaborating" annd the ever fruitful "Why aren't Agile and Six Sigma collaborating" and ... hell, here's the map. Yes they work together.
To get them to work together you have to realise

1) They are different
2) They have context
3) There is no such thing as one size fits all
4) You have to see the context to apply them

Expect shouts on how [Agile | Lean | Six Sigma] work everywhere whilst the others don't.
P.S. Before you do decide to tell me how one or the other works everywhere, I've been having this argument with all sides for fifteen years and no, I've not heard a single justification for a one size fits all approach which works.
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14 Oct
The modern ideas of philanthropy are just a perpetuation of the ethics of individual choice, a reinforcement of the transactional nature of our society ... at some point, we're going to need hat conversation of Me vs We, to consider the ethics of care and our duty to others ...
... alas not only does our Western education tend to drive individualism but it may also get baked into our neutral structures - psypost.org/2018/01/study-… ... that's a difficult cross generational mess to unpick if we can't even think in the right way.
I have to say a huge thank you to @marcusguest for that paper. It has never occurred to me before, after a decade of saying that we need to learn from China that some may not even have the necessary neural structures to do so but then why do I (and others) seem to see this ...
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14 Oct
Beyond misinformation on matters of public health, the support of fanatical ideology that threatens to cause a huge loss of life should be a matter for national security ->
X : Are you referring to the Great Barrington Declaration?
Me : Yes
X : As domestic terrorism?
Me : I have no idea whether it's state sponsored or domestic but I would hope that Government takes an interest for reasons of national security.
X : State sponsored?
Me : We live in a post truth world of statecraft and misinformation. We're talking about a declaration which if followed could cause huge loss of life and destabilisation. Yes, I would be taking an interest in the origin, the supporters and its funding.
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