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Business Collaboration - Rod Beckstrom

Track: BoFs (Birds of a Feather)
Date: Wednesday, July 25
Time: 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: F150

Moderator: Rod Beckstrom, CEO/Author/Catalyst/Co-author of The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

It's a starfish world and people don't even realize it. Powerful new human networks like MySpace, Wikipedia, craigslist, and al Qaeda are turning the business and political worlds upside down. Free and Open Source Software operates like a starfish organization and it has forever changed how software teams are organized. Rod Beckstrom looks at how distributed communities thrive in the face of concerted efforts to challenge them, and actually grow stronger through these challenges. In his new book, “Passion Networking”, Rod shows how distributed communities have overcome great challenges in numerous fields because dedicated, passionate people became involved and were empowered by the very distributed nature of the organization to become leaders and accomplish great things. What are your passions? What are those of the people you work with or encounter? People can perform miracles when they are organized in small circles or groups around their passions. Why do some circles and networks thrive while others die? What are some of the traits of successful circles and networks? Rod explores these topics in his new book, “Passion Networking”. Rod will also share his vision for team collaboration with a discussion of the new offerings for enterprise wiki users from TWIKI.Net – a newly formed software company providing commercially supported versions of Twiki – one of the most popular wiki’s in use today with an estimated 70K installations WW. In addition to being a sought-after speaker and author, Rod is CEO of