The March 2008 Carnival of Trust

I’m delighted to be hosting this month’s Carnival of Trust. Thanks again, Charlie Green for the invitation.
For those who aren’t familiar with Blog Carnivals, my job was to pick my ‘top 10’ posts and give you a little intro into each. I’ve obviously looked for posts which are more relevant to intellectual property – but haven’t let that be the only criterion.

There’s some great stuff this month, so please do let me know what you think.

Does your lawyer trust you? Do you care? Should you? Check out Brett Trouts controversial post at BlawgIT on this topic and see why he takes issue with ‘untrustworthy’ clients. Brett also hosted last week’s Blawg review, and as it happens, Charlie Green will host next week’s over at Trust Matters.

Do you have to had cancer to treat cancer? Do you have to be an artist to understand creativity? Check out Greg Dillon’s recent great post which sets aside the need to be an ‘expert’ in faviour of being human in gaining trust and working with (and helping) people.

Juries are an all-important part of many (IP) disputes. Does the general public trust them more than they trust the judges? Well yes, according to a recent Harris poll in the USA. Check out the post and a link to the results at Ronald V Miller’s Maryland Injury Lawyer Blog.

JC at Securing Innovation posted another nice example of some of the common mistakes made by people about intellectual property. In ‘Don’t trust IP to the Post Office‘ he tells consumers that they can’t prove first to invent simply by sending a copy of the specification through the post to get the post mark… Just as well, too.

The ever incisive Jeremy Phillips has posted a great article (at IPFinance) by Dr Roya Ghafele which takes a serious look at online exchanges for intellectual property rights. Online IP Exchanges have traditionally not fared as well as many would have hoped. Dr Ghafele looks at the many questions faced by those looking to set one up – including (in light of history) the ever important – ‘how can trust be built up’ [in another of these sites]?

How many people actually ‘buy it’ when a government says ‘just trust us’? What about when it comes to legislated content filtering by ISPs, especially when the level of filtering and the blocked sites can be automatically altered without consultation or notice? Techdirt had a great post recently on this very topic and developments in Australia and Finland.

It’s a courageous manager that will liken his or her team to waste water going through a treatment plant. But, Ali Anani and Bas de Baar at Project Shrink make a credible attempt at using the analogy to explain the ‘purifying’ effects of trust on the pool of talent as it circulates inside and outside the organization. See ‘Filter and drainage – trust running through the team‘. Maybe there’s a business method patent in there somewhere??

Can you actually build trust in a group of people, rather than on a one on one environment? If so, how can you facilitate this in a meaningful way? Have a look at Andrea’s recent post at Bossablog.

How do we create and sustain trust in today’s global, networked economy? Have a look at Tim Cummins’ recent post over at Commitment Matters "Maintaining Balance Building Trust". Tim argues that relationships are key and that lawyers and risk experts, although important shouldn’t be given too much control.

And finally, Zachary Siddons writes a brief and useful reminder of the value of trust in selling. If you’re keen on this topic, then read Trust Matters as often as you can.

3 Comments on “The March 2008 Carnival of Trust

  1. Duncan,What a great job hosting the Carnival you have done.  I just finished reading your comments, and then following through on each link you listed.  Without exception they were, as promised, interesting and provocative.This is really a service to anyone reading blogs.  The subject matter varies widely, with a center around trust and IP, but more important than a narrow focus on content, I find, is a consistently dependable filter on stuff that is interesting by someone whose judgment seems sound.  That’s good commentary, and good carnival hosting.To anyone reading this–click through and enjoy!Thanks,Charlie Green

  2. Online IP Exchanges have traditionally not fared as well as many would
    have hoped. Dr Ghafele looks at the many questions faced by those
    looking to set one up – including (in light of history) the ever

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