Pulling Back The Curtain: Radical Transparency Pioneers – Profile #1 Walt Disney

Posted on December 3, 2007. Filed under: My Musings, Radical Transparency Pioneers, transparency, Walt Disney |

So you’re trying to increase capital and resources for your fledgling company, cultivate lucrative partnerships, the whole exciting hot mess that is entrepreneurship, but are hesitant to expose the personal side of your business. How much info is too much info? Perhaps peeps would be willing to offer more support – if they had a better idea of what was going on beyond the bottom line.

“What else am I supposed to do?” you may be wondering. Do you have a blog? check. You even uploaded that zany company picnic video to YouTube. You thought it demonstrated how creative and fun spirited your team was, but really it just looks like a lot of boring crap intermixed with people eating. What you’re thinking is right – transparency for transparency’s sake (without strategy) is lame. What methods of disclosure can help you/your business? What are your options and how do you measure what works?


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I love Wired, but don’t like getting Fired.

Posted on January 20, 2007. Filed under: transparency, Wired Magazine |

I read in my bloglines account that Wired Magazine is asking readers to participate in an article on radical transparency.

The thesis:

“In today’s ultranetworked online world, you can accomplish more by being insanely open about everything you’re doing. Indeed, in many cases it’s a superbad idea to operate in highly secret mode — because secrets get leaked anyway, looking like a paranoid freak is a bad thing, and most importantly, you’re missing out on opportunities to harness the deeply creative power of an open world.”

The three areas of research will be:

he three ideas I’m researching are:

Secrecy Is Dead:

Tap The Hivemind:

Reputation Is Everything …The point that a lot of commenters made was that with so much information being put out there about you already without your consent via your friend’s/coworkers/enemies blogs was – is it in your best interest to be as public and open about yourself online as possible?

I guess in a way I am toying with the idea of personal transparency through this blog. In the past few years, I have been way more public about personal details of my life than I ever have been in the past. When I first started actively using the internet, around fifteen years old, I wouldn’t have dreamed of sharing my real name, background info, or photos. As I met people online and formed relationships with them, only then did I do those things. Nowadays, people use their real names in profile pics, blog about intimate details of their lives, post photos of their close family members – all for the world to see. It’s changed the way people interact with eachother. We google people in advance for information, find out about their interests before they share them, and form a perception of their personalities even before they offer their own world view.

I have noticed that in the last few entries where I have mentioned my work, I have had to filter myself. I want to figure out a way to talk about my work experiences in digital production for news without compromising my job security, because I think what I do is interesting and a good representation of how all these changes in new media are affecting young workers like me, who juggle production/digital skills and who’s job descriptions change on a daily basis, depending on need.

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