July 5, 2009 at 10:07 pm 13 comments


What is the name of that game/quiz again?

I especially liked our uber fun activity (i. e. group quiz) last meeting. And it’s not just because we won and gained a flat 1.0–yes, I intentionally highlighted that part–for the first quiz, but also because it was non-conventional.

I have to admit that I read the Wikinomics, but not entirely. Before the class started, I asked someone from the morning class if I have to read the whole two chapters, and I was told that yes, I MUST READ IT. That person didn’t say anything about a quiz. Another person said something about shouting and blaming someone about something. I was really confused. So much for fishing information from the morning class. HAHA

Friday night, I overslept that I missed a Twitter night and yeah, I failed to finish reading Wikinomics. I opened my TweetDeck to see what happened while I was off the cyberspace. Twitter-mates were talking about a quiz. I didn’t bother asking what quiz they were tweeting about. We never had quizzes in 142 and 105 anyway. Again, so much for feeling confident that we will not be having any quiz in the future.

So imagine my shock at the quiz announcement. Just as my tummy was welcoming all the butterflies in the planet, it was announced that it’s a group quiz. I must tell you, it was a MAJOR RELIEF. Also,  most of the questions were from Ch1, which I read COMPLETELY. So it’s not like it was a total social loafing event. And no, I’m not being defensive.


So how was the activity related to the premise of Wikinomics?

The answer is MASS COLLABORATION. We were divided into two groups, and subdivided into smaller groups. We strategized by distributing the letters to each other. The energy–and also tension–was very high due to the driving force i. e.  a grade of flat 1.0. Silence during the reading of the question and chaos as the competing groups try to find the letters (this is probably the shouting that was mentioned by the earlier class) and form the word being asked. Despite the amok, teamwork and participation prevailed; thus earning our group a 1.0 for the activity.

Several times, we didn’t know the answer that we tried some two other words before we finally got the right one. It’s because with each question, we have different ideas or possible words in mind.


Before I read Wikinomics, I actually thought it will be about Wiki and how it’s beneficial to the growing economy 😐 So I’m wrong. Sooo wrong, actually. In my defense, I’ve never heard the term “Wikinomics” before.

Wikinomics is based on four premises: Openness, Peering, Sharing, and Acting globally.

The idea is simple. Open-up your organization to the world. Allow outsiders to participate. Let them know your secrets, but leave some details to yourself. Use all these generated ideas to improve and develop your service or product but add a personal touch to it.

BUT OF COURSE, no matter how simple the idea may seem, the execution isn’t. It’s a frightening idea for organizations to let outsiders in and learn their secrets. Moreover,  the idea that a horizontal organization is emerging, and is gradually eliminating the hierarchy is unsettling especially for the top management.

Organizations must weigh the threats and potentials–the promises and perils–as Wikinomics puts it, carefully. By doing so, they will see that Wikinomics provides them with fewer risks yet huge potentials.

The people NOW are different. They are more knowledgeable than before. A collaboration between them would result to brilliant solutions and probably formerly unthinkable ideas that organizations can use.

More, more, and more indeed! The more you become open and the more you share, the more ideas are generated and the more the possibilities of winning in the global competition.


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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. acommismo  |  July 7, 2009 at 2:28 am

    wow, congrats sa UNO paula! hehe. it really is hard for orgs to open up, especially when IP is highly valued in the society. and if i were in the shoes of these orgs, i would find it difficult as well. but just like what we learned in our class discussions, change is constant, and if we keep on resisting it, sure we’ll get left behind, and we don’t want that to happen definitely.

    • 2. littlemissstraightbangs  |  July 8, 2009 at 5:01 pm

      indeed, it would be really difficult for industries that values IP to really loosen up. if it was easy for them to do so, there’s probably no problem as regards piracy. :))

  • 3. barrycade  |  July 7, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    hahaha. funny that line on thinking wikinomics was about wiki. just proves the point that you didn’t really read the first two chapters! 😉 this is also the reason why you guys didn’t know the answer several times. hahaha.

    palusot, paula! or paula palusot? 😀

    • 4. littlemissstraightbangs  |  July 8, 2009 at 5:06 pm

      no sir. that was before I read Wikinomics. I read the 1st chapter, although I admit that I only skimmed the second chapter. eep. HAHA

      Despite not knowing the answer several times, what’s important is that we worked as a team, and every one participated. That’s what wikinomics is about, right? HAHA

      palusot, paula! or paula palusot??? NEITHER. Haha

      • 5. Lou Ortiz  |  July 13, 2009 at 12:41 am

        Right-o Paula. And I think we proved that point by winning the grade. 😛

        “BUT of course, no matter how simple the idea may look, it’s execution isn’t.”
        Because sometimes the hindrance isn’t some tangible wall we can break down with modern heavy machinery. It’s “modern ideas” versus supposed tried and tested traditions. That’s why, how ever simple the idea is, it still falls short of winning their corporate hearts. But hopefully as future OrCom practitioners, we can win them over, too.

        Just like how we did in the game. Haha. Yay. 🙂

  • 6. mostlynerdy  |  July 11, 2009 at 1:56 am

    1. Yay we won!
    2. You missed Twitter night, and you haven’t been v active since! Boo.
    3. Agree. Executing wikinomics principles can be v difficult in the corporate world, what with the existing structures and rules set in stone–long-standing beliefs will inevitably clash with the new principles, and that can be a v messy situation. I do hope that we can overcome such challenges in the future (for a better org, of course!). 🙂

    • 7. littlemissstraightbangs  |  July 12, 2009 at 10:09 am

      There’s something wrong with my Tweetdeck kasi. It’s tiring to refresh the Twitter page every now and then.

      • 8. Lou Ortiz  |  July 13, 2009 at 12:42 am

        I don’t have tweetdeck nga e. Haha. But maybe I’ll get one soon. When you become active on twitter na uli 😛

  • 9. arvinrazon  |  July 12, 2009 at 1:54 am

    Hahaha. The four principles are easy in theory… but acting it out–that’s the hard part. :/ Yay uno! >:P

    • 10. littlemissstraightbangs  |  July 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm

      It wasn’t just a game for fun. Not when it’s a fight over a flat 1.0. Haha

      True. Organizations may understand all four premises easily. They may even realize instantly how beneficial it would be for them if they’ll exercise those principles. However, actually putting everything into practice will not be easy. I doubt it was for any organization who embraced wikinomics.

  • 11. mydiamondring  |  July 12, 2009 at 2:54 am

    no wonder you think my short posts don’t contain anything. yours is too long. hahaha. no offense meant, ‘anak’.

    more than being open, i think orgs must still be critical since not all ideas that outsiders share with them are really helpful. trust must be established first. but yes, opening up is definitely a first step.

    • 12. littlemissstraightbangs  |  July 12, 2009 at 10:13 am

      Ei, I didn’t say your posts don’t contain anything. Have you forgotten how fond I was of your writing style??? Ouch. HAHA

      ‘Nay, I just said they’re short. And that I’m not really used to that. Haha

      Of course they have to be critical. Collaboration does generate a lot of ideas. BUT they still have to weigh each.

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