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Attention Span 2009.05.03

What caught my attention today:

Globalism Goes Viral

David Brooks column on organizational approaches to threat & crisis. Great final sentence (but I'm not publishing the spoiler). (HT to John Hagel)

The bottom line is that the swine flu crisis is two emergent problems piled on top of one another. At bottom, there is the dynamic network of the outbreak. It is fueled by complex feedback loops consisting of the virus itself, human mobility to spread it and environmental factors to make it potent. On top, there is the psychology of fear caused by the disease. It emerges from rumors, news reports, Tweets and expert warnings.

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