Extended metaphors for information flow

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Flow of blood and flow of information share many characteristics. New perspectives on information flow emerge. New terms such as information clotting, information holes, information coagulation and information viscosity emerge as well.

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  • @MattMcWilliams Thanks, Matt and you give us a good lesson. I agree. Why? It is like driving very slowly or very fast and both are risky. There are lanes to control speeds as there are blood veins that control the flow of blood.
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  • Thank you for the dedication Ali!

    You remind me of how, when I was a very young leader, I used to cause information to clot in the heads of others. Because I shot down their ideas so quickly, they stopped sharing. But I learned from it and grew as a leader. Now I love to hear ideas from others!
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  • @JDCusin Jean-Daniel- I appreciate your constructive feedback.
    In my previous presentations I used the title 'new metaphors', but decided to use extended and not new in this case. My first introductory slides refer to literature in which studying information circulation and blood circulation was mentioned.
    So, we do not differ in opinion greatly here.
    Blood circulation is tangible; so we use it to study intangible circulations such as information circulation. In that sense, I used the word 'metaphor', which is consistent with my understanding of what a metaphor is.
    I agree entirely with your suggestions to slideshare. Yes, we need better sorting of key points than is currently practised.

    Thank you again, Jean-Daniel for your constructive comments.
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  • @juaomaya Juao, I do appreciate your comment. Let me reveal a secret. Jean-Daniel sent his comment privately to me. I requested him to share it because he offers different views that are of high caliber. Gladly, he accepted. I wanted readers to read different perspectives.Yes, we need to exchange views and criticize when necessary.
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  • Dear Ali, Thanks for you additional notes which helped me understand your presentation better. Just as good blood circulation is essential for the viability of an organism, information flow is similarly vital for an organization. Your presentation makes an interesting exploration of what that looks like, and some of the places to look to improve same.

    It would be nice if slideshare had a facility to add 'presenter notes' to individual slides to include additional information for the interested reader.

    And if slideshare could preserve the paragraph breaks in these comments to make them more readable!

    Sometimes what appears to be a metaphor isn't one, but rather it is a auxilliary expression of the same invariant or universal law or structure. I'm not convinced that blood is a metaphor for information - in terms of bodies, it may well be the expression of the same underlying phenomenon.

    To illustrate, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, the practitioner can diagnose just from taking the pulse and assessing it's various qualities, the state and distress of virtually every body system. It's as if they use the pulse as the control dashboard for information on the health of the patient. In this case, the blood 'is' the information. As well, the blood circulates many of the hormones and proteins that trigger many of the essential body processes - again, blood acts as information to coordinate complementary body functions.

    Thank you for sharing and for the enlightening conversation.
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Extended metaphors for information flow

  1. 1. Ali Anani, PhD EXTENDED METAPHORS FOR INFORMATION FLOW
  2. 2. I dedicate this presentation to an inspirer of some thoughts that are highlighted in this presentation. Matt McWilliams. Proudly I dedicate this presentation for youThe proof is in the next slide
  3. 3. Ali Anani Matt - I want to record my acknowledgement for the inspiration this post provided me with. I have been thinking for a while about correlating the flow of blood with the flow of information. I wanted to describe the "information clot" that acts as... Now, I may complete this as acts as an information plug. I am preparing a slideshare presentation. Matt, you are an inspirer. http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/leadership-lessons-avoid-crisis/
  4. 4. According to Opara (2003) information is the life blood of modern organizations. That is to say that without information, an organization is bound to collapse. Information is needed to control the day-to-day running of an organization. This means that data are necessary to produce information which in turn is necessary for creating knowledge that is conveyed (e.g. via paper, network, speech, observable action http://unllib.unl.edu/LPP/oyadonghan.htm
  5. 5. Information Flow
  6. 6. Mapping information flow using NodeXL software for a hypothetical company with names substituted for by the first letter of employees.
  7. 7. I introduce the concept of information veins instead of edges to highlight the similarity of blood flow and information flow.Notice also the use of “Information Hubs”.
  8. 8. The next slide shows the strength of ties and whether they are reciprocated or not.Like blood running in veins with different diameters; so is information flow.
  9. 9. The diameter of the blood vessel affects the speed of the flow of blood. Blood flow slows down as it moves from arteries to arterioles and subsequently to the capillaries because the cross-sectional area in the capillary beds is much bigger than the arteries or any part of the circulatory system. And so is information as it runs through the edges (veins)
  10. 10. Information clotting Information circulation Information momentum Information conversion- to produce information which in turn is necessary for creating knowledge that is conveyed Information as a raw material- Information constitutes the raw materials from which options or alternatives emerge. Information duality role Information Coagulation Information Poverty Extrapolating ideas from blood flow to information flow
  11. 11. Blood Flow Blood clotting Blood circulation Blood coagulation Blood Anemia Blood Viscosity Information Flow Information clotting Information circulation Information coagulation Information Anemia Information Viscosity Extrapolation Ideas
  12. 12. Blood has a seemingly difficult job: it must flow continuously and smoothly for an entire lifetime, but quickly form a blood clot when bleeding occurs. This clot serves as a plug to stop bleeding. Stop and Heal
  13. 13. Information has a seemingly difficult job: it must flow continuously and smoothly for an entire lifetime, but quickly form a blood clot when bleeding occurs. This clot serves as a plug to stop bleeding. Information Clotting
  14. 14. Information leakage and bleeding is demonstrated by many activities such as Passwords with different levels of strength
  15. 15. Information leakage and bleeding is demonstrated by many activities such as Two level security codes such as a lengthy 14-character code followed with a shorter 3-4 digits code
  16. 16. Information leakage and bleeding is demonstrated by many activities such as Use of patents as information plugs
  17. 17. Still, we suffer from information leakages such as embedding hidden spying software and the leak of personal information as experienced with six million FaceBook subscribers recently
  18. 18. We need a superior information clottingWhat can we learn from blood flow?
  19. 19. There are 13 blood clotting proteins (coagulation factor) found in the blood. When a blood vessel is damaged, these clotting factors are switched on in a certain order (Blood Clotting Cascade) [link to coagulation page] and work to form a clot. Specifically, these 13 factors normally combine to a clot. http://www.hemophilia-information.com/blood-clotting-proteins.html
  20. 20. May be we need to consider a mechanism whereby a cascading information protecting system may be more effective in controlling information bleed.
  21. 21. Blood viscosity is a measure of the resistance of blood to flow. Viscous blood leads to poor blood circulation
  22. 22. Information viscosity is a measure of the resistance of information to flow. Viscous blood leads to poor blood circulation
  23. 23. The social network structure determines how information flows
  24. 24. When a liquid molecules can slide around each other, a liquid has the ability to flow. The structure of veins and their thicknesses control the sliding of blood molecules
  25. 25. Information to flow has to pass through the veins (edges) of social networks.
  26. 26. Poor information circulation will lead to painful situations in similarity to poor blood circulation. Beware of information holes
  27. 27. Stop the information bleed and then heal it Remove information holes to heal Cascade information protection like blood cascades its healing Care should be made to ensure the safety of the “information hubs; else big information holes shall appear.
  28. 28. I thank Omar AL-Husseini for his great support in making the graphics of the presentation

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