A blog on social software, collaboration, trust, security, privacy, and internet tools by Christopher Allen.
Last May I did an abbreviated version of my Dunbar Number talk at MeshForum 2006. A MP3 podcast of that talk is now available at IT Conversations or can be downloaded here (10mb).
If you'd like to follow along, here is a pdf copy of my presentation sides (10mb).
Biggest addition to what I've written about before is some discussion about different kinds of social software and what what size groups they seem to be appropriate for.
I've been working on an ambitious list of topics that I'd like to cover over the next year. I offer them to you here so you can have some idea the areas that I am thinking about.
Office Architecture for Innovation -- Over the years I've built or converted three offices to my specifications. From this I have learned a number of things about about how to create a productive environment innovation-oriented businesses.
In my post about the Dunbar Number I offered some evidence on the levels of satisfaction of various group sizes based on some empirical data from online games. There I was able to show that even though the Dunbar Number might predict a mean group size of 150 for humans, that in fact for non-survival oriented groups the mean was significantly less, probably between 60 to 90.
I also offered a second hypothesis, that there is a dip in satisfaction level of groups at around the size of 15.