[LINK] NBN and Thinking Outside the Box

Tom Koltai tomk at unwired.com.au
Thu Feb 24 09:10:04 AEDT 2011

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> [mailto:link-bounces at mailman.anu.edu.au] On Behalf Of Stilgherrian
> Sent: Thursday, 24 February 2011 7:46 AM
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> Subject: Re: [LINK] NBN and Batteries
> > On 23/02/11 9:39 PM, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
> >> This battery thing suggests to me that the original NBN solution 
> >> didn't think it all the way through.
> Um, in any project planning exercise it's only "thought all 
> the way through" at the end, not the beginning.
> Surely the series of drafts, public discussions and revisions 
> we've seen over the past couple of years are just the normal 
> process of planning a big project with lots and lots of stakeholders?
> [Whether this specific series of processes is the best is 
> another question, of course. Maybe it's been flawed. Maybe 
> not. I am not a project engineer so I can't tell the 
> difference. But then neither can most commentators.]
> I've come into this thread 85% of the way in, but that 
> comment just caught me eye, so forgive me if it's being taken 
> out of context. It's a hot-button issue for me, this idea -- 
> which I think is misguided -- that because a plan is changed 
> as the whole thing is gradually better understood, that 
> somehow it's a failure.

Quote/ [Dave Grey
Although we tend to design companies like machines, we instinctively and
intuitively understand that companies are not made of cogs, levers and
gears. In the end, they are made out of people. For top management, it
would be wonderful if we could put our business strategy into the
machine, push a button and wait for the results. But it doesn't work
that way. You have to put your strategy into people if you want to get
And today, thanks to social technologies, we finally have the tools to
manage companies like the complex organisms they are. 

I guess Link would count as a Social Technology...


"I think historically where we [venture capitalists] fail is when we
back technology. Where we succeed is when we back new business models." 
Bob Higgins, founder and managing general partner of Highland Capital
Partners (Harvard Business Review )

(Sorry misplaced the url...

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