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Systems thinking & complexity

Dave Snowden

A recent post by Sonja caused some reaction in social media and I promised to write something to clarify my position the subject. Now I should say up front that a lot of this is finding labels for things that are different, not the denigration of other methods and tools.

look for disconfirming data

Harold Jarche

Adam Kahane hosted a webcast this week to discuss his new book, Collaborating with the Enemy. I thought his first book, Solving Tough Problems , was an excellent read so I attended. What follows are from my notes. The quotes are as I wrote them down and may not be Kahane’s exact words.

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organizing for the network era

Harold Jarche

In my last post I noted that many organizations today are nothing more than attractive prisons. The current organizational tyranny was a response to a linear, print-based world.

The Big Shift From Engagement to Passion

John Hagel

For decades now, companies have been relentlessly tracking levels of employee engagement. Every large company I know has an employee engagement survey it regularly administers. Is it possible that they’re tracking the wrong thing? I’ve come to believe that engagement is a distraction from the real issue – the lack of worker passion. Let me explain. Employee engagement. Employee engagement is a concept that is used widely and somewhat loosely.

Modern Professional Learning: Guidelines & Resources

Jane Hart

New article in the MWL Magazine. Modern Professional Learning: Guidelines and Resources to survive and thrive in the modern workplace. Social learning

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[liveblog] metaLab

David Weinberger

Harvard metaLab is giving an informal Berkman Klein talk about their work on designing for ethical AI. Jeffrey Schnapp introduces metaLab as “an idea foundry, a knowledge-design lab, and a production studio experimenting in the networked arts and humanities.” ” The discussion today will be about metaLab’s various involvements in the Berkman Klein – MIT MediaLab project on ethics and governance of AI.

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The 10 most important work skills for 2020

Jane Hart

This infographic was produced by and shows the 6 drivers for change as well as the 10 most important work skills for 2020. Social learning

Mobile Payments - a Long, Relentless War of Attrition

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Apple Pay was launched in September of 2014. It was positioned as a relatively easy, secure way to pay for purchases in physical stores as well as online using a variety of supported Apple devices including iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watch.

3 Design Thinking Facilitation Resources for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

Almost four years ago, I wrote my experience as a participant n a design-thinking lab to give input on a digital strategy for a philanthropy. The design lab was facilitated by Pete Maher, founder of Luma Institute.

Liza Donnelly #FocusOnLearn Keynote Mindmap

Clark Quinn

Liza Donnelly opened the FocusOn Learn conference with stories from her career as a cartoonist. With a very personal and compelling story illustrated by her cartoons and some live drawing, she unpacked creativity and innovation.

On Experts, expertise and power

Dave Snowden

Remember Nurse Ratched in One Flew over the Cookoo’s Nest ? Louise Fletcher won the Oscar for a brilliant portrayal of the emotionally and empathetically unconnected expert who always knows best.

Open Learning, Open Networks

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Open online learning entered the mainstream with the growth and popularity of MOOCs, but while interest in open online courses has never been greater MOOCs represent only the first step in a broader open learning infrastructure.

network learning cities

Harold Jarche

“According to my review of history and theory, four forms of organization — and evidently only four — lie behind the governance and evolution of all societies across the ages: The tribal form was the first to emerge and mature, beginning thousands of years ago.

Nonprofits in the Autonomous World: Will the Bots Take Over?

Beth Kanter

Click to Check Out Beth Bot. What is the “autonomous world?” As Jeremiah Owyang , founder of Crowd Companies , describes it as drones, robots, chat bots, and AI. He should know, having tracked and observed the disruption caused by online technology over the past decade.

Evil design?

Clark Quinn

This is a rant, but it’s coupled with lessons. . I’ve been away, and one side effect was a lack of internet bandwidth at the residence. In the first day I’d used up a fifth of the allocation for the whole time (> 5 days)! So, I determined to do all I could to cut my internet usage while away from the office.

Liminal Cynefin

Dave Snowden

The Cynefin framework tends to be used in the main to categories situations within the four main domains (and for more advanced use all five). I’ve never had a problem with that but the dynamics are as important as the domains and they are too often neglected.

Handbook of Learning Analytics (open)

George Siemens

When we started the learning analytics conference in 2011 , we aligned with ACM. We received a fair bit of criticism for not pursuing fully open proceedings. Some came from our sister organization, IEDMS , that has open proceedings. We made a difficult choice to go with the traditional route of quality, indexed proceedings, largely in order to ensure that colleagues from Europe and Latin America could receive funds for their travels.

learning cities

Harold Jarche

Is tribalism a reaction to our concerns about the emerging network era, which is putting into question our existing institutions and markets developed in previous eras?

How Much Is Nonprofit Workplace Stress Self-Inflicted?

Beth Kanter

Last week I facilitated a workshop on the Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Linking Nonprofit High Performance to Wellbeing in Santa Cruz hosted by the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County. Part of the workshop includes an assessment and reflection about the causes of stress in the nonprofit workplace.

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Become a More Productive, Empathetic, Creative Person With the Help of AI-Based Tools

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Despite dramatic advances in technology, most of the world’s economies have been stuck in a long period of slow growth and slow productivity. This is one of the most serious challenges in our 21st century economy.

On cryptocurrencies, blockchain and all that

Doc Searls

Take a look at this chart : CryptoCurrency Market Capitalizations. As Neo said , Whoa. To help me get my head fully around all that’s going on behind that surge, or mania, or whatever it is, I’ve composed a lexicon-in-process that I’m publishing here so I can find it again.

On Rights and Religious Liberty

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Without commenting on the particular events in U.S. politics that give rise to these issues, I want to consider the argument that it is reasonable to allow religiously-based schools to discriminate. Here is the argument advanced in a column from Michael J.

friday’s finds #300

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. My initial post in this series was made in May 2009. The first three years of these posts were weekly. This is my 300th post of my Friday’s Finds.

5 Ways Nonprofit Facebook Messenger Bots Can Deliver Impact

Beth Kanter

My conversation with the Albert Einstein Bot.

Navigation by fell runner …

Dave Snowden

Its been over fifty years since I did my first mountain navigation training in the Lledr Valley. There were about twelve of us ranging from slightly awkward pre-teens (that includes me) and a few boisterous teenagers.

What are the lessons people most often learn too late in life?

Doc Searls

That’s the question asked by Quora here. I’ve camped on our planet for awhile now, so I wrote a few answers. Here they are: I doubt people learn the following lessons “most often” or “too late,” but I still hope they help. The purpose of life is death.

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Advanced Human Technologies is now part of marketing, innovation and ventures group Rh7thm

Ross Dawson

The Advanced Human Technologies Group of companies has been integrated into the newly launched marketing, innovation and ventures group Rh7thm. For background please read the post on my personal blog, Phase transition: I am launching a new group of companies.

beta conversation 2017-06-15

Harold Jarche

I will be hosting the next Beta Conversation on Thursday, June 15th at 14:00 UTC [07:00 Pacific, 10:00 Eastern, 14:00 BST, 16:00 CET]. The subject will be Personal Knowledge Mastery ( PKM ) and leadership.

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Book Review: Nonprofit Storytelling in a Digital Age

Beth Kanter

My colleague, Julia Campbell, has just published a book, “ Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits ” and was kind enough to share an advanced copy.


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Great Coffee vs. Meh Marketing

Doc Searls

My loyalty to Peet’s Coffee is absolute. I have loved Peet’s since it was a single store in Berkeley. I told my wife in 2001 that I wouldn’t move anywhere outside the Bay Area unless there was a Peet’s nearby. That pre-qualified Santa Barbara, where we live now.

A Model of Personal Learning (Take Two)

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour


Senator Baldwin's Office Receives Our Book

Nine Shift

No big deal yet, but at least Senator Tammy Baldwin, who serves on the Education Committee, has access to the research on the gender bias against boys, the resulting economic and social catastrophe, and what to do about implementing Title IX with respect to both females and males.

How Nonprofit Professionals Can Manage Workplace Stress Triggers

Beth Kanter

Flickr Photo by Brittney Bush.