Consulting Counterculture Conversation

I didn’t really feel like responding to this today, but Stowe took the time to respond and covered what I wanted to point out, especially the misunderstand about why the big consulting companies won’t get it (not that they can’t try).

Alan Patrick has posted a thoughtful response to the discussion started by Jevon McDonald, and joined by Euan Semple, about a new model for consulting, which Jevon (gasp) dares to call Consulting 2.0. Read the Rest Here »

2 thoughts on “Consulting Counterculture Conversation

  1. For some reason I couldn’t get past the spam filter on, so I thought I’d post my comment here:

    I remember reading Jevon’s post last year and for the most part agreed with him. I happen to work for a large, global consulting firm and thought my colleagues would not understand or be willing to embrace Enterprise 2.0.

    But man was I wrong. And here’s how wrong I was. Our global Information Management lead is pushing Enterprise 2.0 as a very significant initiative both for internal use and as a solution to clients. For the most part we advocate using open source technologies in any Enterprise 2.0 rollout.

    In fact we’re such fans of open source, we’ve opened up our Information Management intellectual property, which can be viewed and edited by anyone at There are many strategic advantages to opening IP which I won’t get into here, but we’re seeing a larger community embrace this effort.

    Internally we use wikis for lots of things. A couple of weeks ago we put together a proposal in a wiki (“we” representing people in Australia, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Iraq, Washington D.C.) with each person contributing according to his domain expertise.

    So, I’d say at least within my company, we get it.

  2. Hi…apologies for broadstuff’s captcha system, it still seems to let the spammers through 😦

    But I think your reply was pretty much what I believe, I’ve worked for two of the big consultancies in the past and there are always very sharp people in them, so dismissing them as unable to “get it” is in my view a very risky approach

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