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Each Knowledge Federation event brings together a multidisciplinary team of knowledge media researchers, field experts, entrepreneurs and other professionals and stakeholders. Knowledge Federation provides a way to serve a common goal—systemic innovation in one or several specific domains—through a synergy of everyone's goals and interests. For illustration, here is an ad-hoc or quasi-random selection of ten participants of our second international workshop Knowledge Federation 2010 in Dubrovnik, titled "Self-Organizing Collective Mind":

Tanja Aitamurto is a Finnish journalist turned journalism designer, a winner of the best article award at last year's Stanford University Innovation Journalism conference. Contemporary journalism is lacking a business model that would make it sustainable in competition with abundant free information. Is traditional journalism still able to fulfill its pivotal role in the social organism? Tanja realizes that journalism design requires expertise beyond journalism to do it right: new media technology, business planning, knowledge organization, collective sensemaking... Tanja finds the necessary experts and expertise in Knowledge Federation, and also more — a possibility to federate good journalism, i.e. to implement it as part of a larger knowledge-work ecosystem.
Yuzuru Tanaka is Professor and Knowledge Media Laboratory leader at the University of Hokaido. Tanaka is the creator of 'meme media' and the Webbles. Like Topic Maps and Cohere and Semantic Web and Zotero, Webbles is a technology that enables a specific way of combining knowledge artifacts across professional and disciplinary boundaries or 'silos.' And yet Tanaka realizes that also those technologies are in danger of remaining in their own silos! The next step must be the development of real-life knowledge work practices that employ the new technology, in areas like academic communication, education, journalism... But those practices cannot be developed by technology experts alone. Tanaka is one of the progenitors of knowledge federation.
Mei Lin Fung is a business woman living in Palo Alto, California. As a specialist in business organization, Mei Lin is aware of the potential of the Web and the new media to empower decentralized and innovative organizational patterns. Mei Lin is one of the founders and leaders of Program for the Future — an initiative to realize Doug Engelbart's vision where networked computers enable 'collectively intelligent' social systems. Knowledge Federation being a strategy to realize Engelbart's vision, Mei Lin decided to join us and contribute.
Jack Park is a Silicon Valley researcher and innovator, presently developing knowledge gardens and deploying them in South Korea, Kuwait, and Malaysia under the auspices of the Millennium Project. Jack realizes that socio-technical design of this kind needs a research community. He is one of the founders of Knowledge Federation.
Marco Quagiotto is a researcher at Politecnico di Milano, where he developed an approach to knowledge organization and sensemaking called 'knowledge cartography.' Marco describes knowledge cartography as a way to "extend the cartographic metaphor beyond visual analogy, and to expose it as a narrative model and tool to intervene in complex, heterogeneous, dynamic realities (...). The map (...) is not only a passive representation of reality but a tool for the production of meaning." In Knowledge Federation Marco finds a venue for bringing knowledge cartography into actual knowledge work practices.
Carolina Rossini is a Brazilian attorney specializing in intellectual property and innovation policy, now working in the US as legal advisor to Creative Commons. Although the Web enabled world-wide cocreation and reuse and sharing of knowledge, legal obstacles still remain from the era of the printing press. In Knowledge Federation Carol finds an opportunity to apply her expertise to the change of practice in key areas.
Alf Martin Johansen is the Chairman and Founder of Induct Software. On a visit to UC Berkeley, Alf heard a lecture about Open Innovation by Henry Chesbrough, and decided to develop a Web platform to support it. Today Induct Software is a fast-growing global business. In Knowledge Federation, Induct finds a way to test and improve its platform through applications, and to integrate it into real-life systemic solutions. Induct Software is a Corporate Stakeholder in Knowledge Federation.
Sinan Mašović is a business adviser and prospective entrepreneur from Zagreb, Croatia. Although he already won an award in a Croatian business plan competition, Sinan is still searching for his venture idea. Aware that fortunes are made in the zone where new technology meets new business organization (just as the case was once upon a time in Detroit), Sinan finds in Knowledge Federation an opportunity to work at the creative frontier where new media technology enables new ways of orchestrating knowledge work.
Dejan Raković is a quantum physicist and Professor at the University of Belgrade. Through his research Dejan reached an insight that has potential to lead to methodological advancement in disciplines distant from his own, and to impact general culture. Although he has already authored more than 200 research articles and 35 books, Dejan realizes that conventional publishing will not be sufficient; if his results should have the impact they can and need to have, they will need to be federated.
Dino Karabeg is a theoretical computer scientist/algorithm designer at the University of Oslo. In Knowledge Federation he applies his skills to socio-technical system designs. In Knowledge Federation Dino finds a way to pursue a fundamental academic interest: Enabling self-organization in knowledge work.
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