social learning for complex work
MARCH 20, 2016
It’s a question of complexity. Complicated systems and the training for them can be controlled and information organized for reference. Complex systems and learning how to work with them cannot be controlled. Complexity SocialLearning
FEBRUARY 12, 2014
Last week I spent several hours each day, for four consecutive days, trying to share complex knowledge. Sharing information and viewing it through our individual filters is the best that we can hope for in terms of knowledge transfer. complexity Learning Wirearchy
Coherence in complexity
NOVEMBER 26, 2012
Anecdote reports that John Kotter, leadership guru , is accepting that methods like his 8-step process for leading change may not be effective in the face of complexity. Complexity, driven by global networked communications, is the main factor. complexity InternetTime SocialBusiness
Build trust, embrace networks, manage complexity
JULY 24, 2014
They work well when information flows mostly in one direction: down. We have known for quite a while that hierarchies are ineffective when things get complex. Most organizations still deal with complexity through reorganization. Complexity. Complexity ConnectedEnterprise
Networks thrive in complexity
MAY 28, 2012
In complex environments, weak hierarchies and strong networks are the best organizing principle. One good example of complexity that we can try to fathom is nature itself. complexity Wirearchy
improvise for complexity
MAY 24, 2016
The five principles are: Assume complexity and only control process choices, not the outcome. 4) Add information. ComplexityThe premise of A Useful Idea is that improvisation acting principles can help with the creation of something new, and perhaps innovative.
Complex Systems and the “Rashomon Effect”
MARCH 24, 2015
But part of my fascination with the subject is that I often ask myself similar questions when thinking about the equally mysterious world of highly complex emergent systems, that is, systems where the whole can at times be quite different from the sum of their parts.
Re-wiring for the Complex Workplace
MAY 8, 2014
Complexity is the new normal. Company policies that try to limit information sharing, in case it may be inaccurate, further sabotage organizational learning. Re-wiring for complexity. Organizations need to understand complexity instead of adding more complication.
Pulling informal learning
JUNE 4, 2012
Informal learning is mostly Pull. They are also more in control of who Pushes to them, through social networks and other sources of online information. The pace of change and the level of complexity are outpacing the ability to Push the knowledge artifacts needed for an agile workforce.
Design thinking & complexity pt 1
OCTOBER 3, 2013
I started talking about the differences that complexity theory makes to design thinking some time ago - In Malmo at the XP conference as I remember it - and have now introduced that material in modified form onto day four of our accreditation programme.
hold space for complex problems
APRIL 27, 2015
” Work informs much of our relationship with society. Every one of the major challenges facing us is complex. But our organizations are not designed for complexity. Our education institutions do not teach an understanding of complexity. Complexity Democracy
Social Learning, Complexity and the Enterprise
APRIL 20, 2011
Corporations that understand the value of knowledge sharing, teamwork, informal learning and joint problem solving are investing heavily in collaboration technology and are reaping the early rewards. ~ Our relationship with knowledge is changing as our work becomes more intangible and complex.
Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation
JANUARY 2, 2012
We generally think of large companies as being good at operations and incremental innovations, which require them to excel at management discipline, detailed information analysis and project management. It favors large companies because of their ability to address complex systemic problems, manage the large-scale ecosystems that solving such problems requires, and bring their solutions to market all round the world.
The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation
JUNE 25, 2014
And, the transition to an information-based, service-intensive digital economy truly started when the Internet and World Wide Web took off in the mid 1990s, - a short time ago in historical terms.
Design Principles for Complex, Unpredictable, People Oriented Systems
APRIL 13, 2012
An IBM Global CEO Study conducted in 2010 concluded that complexity was the primary challenge emerging out of its conversations with 1,500 CEOs and senior government officials. CEOs told us they operate in a world that is substantially more volatile, uncertain and complex. Over the past several years, we have seen a rising emphasis on design, creativity and holistic thinking in business to help us deal with an increasingly volatile, unpredictable complex world.
PKM is making sense of complexity
DECEMBER 15, 2013
It is in making sense of complexity. The idea is that ideas emerge in the complex domain and are then constrained to shift them into complicated. Managing and sharing information, especially through conversations, are fundamental processes for sense-making in the complex domain.
Social networked learning in complex information environments
FEBRUARY 1, 2012
In mid-January I spent a wonderful day at American University learning about (and presenting on) the changing educational landscape, technology, and the practices and activities of learners. The slides from my presentation are below: Social Networked Learning
Informal rule of thumb
JUNE 13, 2012
Studies show that informal learning accounts for between 70 and 95% of workplace learning [USBLS: 70%; Raybould: 95%; EDC: 70%; CapitalWorks: 75%; OISE: 70%; eLG: 70%; Allen Tough: 80%]. According to Gary, as much as 95% of workplace learning is informal. Informal Learning
Informal learning, the 95% solution
JANUARY 4, 2012
Tweet Informal learning is not better than formal training; there is just a whole lot more of it. Supporting informal learning at work is not as clear-cut as something like ISD. The modern workplace is a complex adaptive system. Informal Learning
Preparing Students for an Increasingly Complex Business World
DECEMBER 23, 2014
Are engineering and management schools adequately preparing students for our fast-changing, highly complex business world? Not quite, say a number of recent studies. A good education should include soft as well as hard competencies.
Informal Learning – the other 80%
APRIL 16, 2013
The start-up stiffed me but the paper morphed into the Informal Learning book. I’ll be leading a series of master classes on informal learning and working smarter in Europe. Informal Learning – the other 80%. Informal learning is effective because it is personal.
Big Data, Complex Systems and Quantum Mechanics
DECEMBER 7, 2012
In thinking about this question over the last few years, I started to notice that a number of subtle, non-intuitive concepts that I learned many years ago as a physics student seem to apply to the world of big data and information-based predictions in highly complex systems. So is the world of highly complex systems , especially those systems whose components and interrelationships are themselves quite complex, as is the case with systems biology and evolution. .
On the Complex Evolution toward Mobile Digital Payments
SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
In addition, by reaching out to financial institutions, merchants, application developers and others, Apple is helping bring together the different players in the payments ecosystem, something that’s absolutely essential to succeed in such a complex undertaking.
Informal learning is a business imperative
SEPTEMBER 13, 2011
see Mapping informal and formal learning strategies to real work ], so the work of the L&D department will be very different in different organisations, depending on the type of workers and work done. complexity Informal Learning Work
Want Results? Champion the Informal
JANUARY 26, 2014
We have an information explosion. The world is becoming more complex. I first heard about informal learning was at a conference in Orlando, Florida, a dozen years ago. The scientists discovered than over 80% of the way people learned their jobs was informal.
Complexity, Information, and Education
NOVEMBER 14, 2011
I’m in Rijeka, Croatia. It’s my first visit hear and it’s a beautiful country. The scenery is spectacular. Unfortunately, most of my time has been spent in a hotel room writing and getting caught up on email/work, etc. Wasn’t traveling fun *before* we could take our work with us?! I’ve uploaded the slides from my presentation this morning: Croatia: CARNET. View more presentations from gsiemens
Networks, Information, and Complex Adaptive Systems
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
MAY 11, 2014
The first part is designed to be very broad, as a "view of the universe as a self-organizing information system that can, in some sense, be seen to have knowledge and to change through co-adaptation of its parts." Let''s look at what is included in this sentence: It''s a ''view of the universe'' that is self-organizing that is an information system that can be seen to. The key turn in this sentence occurs in the next phrase, the one depicting the universe as an information system.
Learning in Complexity
DECEMBER 16, 2011
” @webestime – “Simple rules lead to complex behavior. ” @CharlesJennings – “in a complex world, continuous learning is the only option available to us” – Globalization, Complexity & Change. The challenges of jobs that deal with high levels of complexity and tacit interactions are best addressed through the development of core skills and capabilities, not through trying to teach sets of processes or facts.
Complexity, swiss cheese and failure
OCTOBER 11, 2013
Nearly one-third—31%—of people say they have deserted a particular news outlet because it no longer provides the news and information they had grown accustomed to. How Complex Systems Fai l [PDF] Complexity, swiss cheese and failure.
Complexity and Public Administration
AUGUST 31, 2014
Some 10 years ago now when I first became interested in how complexity science might be used in public administration there was a body of thinking but relatively few practical examples of applications. So what is applying complexity thinking to public policy really all about?
Managing Complex, Disruptive Innovations - Some Lessons Learned
FEBRUARY 6, 2013
The universal reach and connectivity of the Internet were enabling access to information and transactions of all sorts for anyone with a browser and an Internet connection. Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Technology and Strategy
Why is learning and the sharing of information so important?
FEBRUARY 18, 2012
While many of our greatest challenges arise through the interplay of complex problems, so, too, do our greatest advances often occur at the intersections between disciplines. Communities complexity NetworkedLearningTweet The Globe & Mail: The diplomacy of knowledge.
Drug addiction: The complex truth
SEPTEMBER 13, 2013
Rat Park also suggests that when stories about the effects of drugs on the brain are promoted to the neglect of the discussion of the personal and social contexts of addiction, science is servicing our collective anxieties rather than informing us. We’re told studies have proven that drugs like heroin and cocaine instantly hook a user. But it isn’t that simple – little-known experiments over 30 years ago tell a very different tale. Drugs are scary.
Strategy and Execution in an Increasingly Complex World
JULY 12, 2012
Twenty-thirty years ago, the business world was arguably less complex, slower moving and more predictable. The design of products needs to now incorporate the ability to deliver such services efficiently and flexibly by leveraging advances in information technology. . These shifts are unyielding and contribute to the sense of a world growing more uncertain, volatile and complex.” .
The Complex Transition to the Age of the Cloud
APRIL 6, 2012
But, after discussing a number of its benefits to business, - individual productivity, group collaboration, information insights and application development, - McAfee points out that the shift to cloud computing has been slow. For a number of years I’ve been convinced that cloud computing truly represents a major transformation in the way all institutions, from the smallest to the largest, will leverage information technologies.
Complex Sociotechnical Systems: the Case for a New Field of Study
MAY 16, 2012
They generally exhibit a level of complexity that is often beyond our ability to understand and control. Not only do they have to deal with the complexities associated with large scale hardware and software infrastructures, but with the even more complex issues involved in human and organizational behaviors. . A few weeks ago, MIT professor Joseph Sussman addressed these issues in a lecture - Complex Sociotechnical Systems: The Case for a New Field of Study.
Beyond GDP - Measuring Value in a Service-oriented, Information-based, Digital Economy
APRIL 3, 2013
Most measures of economic performance used by government officials to inform their policies and decisions are based on GDP figures. We see the influence of the information age everywhere, except in the GDP statistics. Don’t we have access to more information than ever before?” .
A learning system to meet the needs of a complex knowledge era
JULY 24, 2013
I gave a talk on the type(s) of learning system(s) that are needed to address complex knowledge needs. We gain an understanding of needed learning systems, I argue, by evaluating the attributes of information in digital networks and through focusing on the nature of knowledge needs in complex settings I had the opportunity to stop by edX last. A video the talk is available here.
Information: What am I missing?
MAY 30, 2011
What can we do now with information that we could not do in the past? I’ve abused Kauffman’s concept of the adjacent possible by applying it to the new opportunities, untapped potential, and levels of complexity, that arise with the development of something new. In this case, the “something new is the ways in which new tools allow us to mess around with information. What can we do with information that I’ve overlooked? information.
Solving Big Problems in Our 21st Century Information Society
NOVEMBER 7, 2012
The article reminds me how much our society has changed in the last twenty years, in particular, the different way we solved big problems at the zenith of our 20th century industrial economy versus the way we now do so in the early stages of the 21st century information economy. . The Apollo program represents the kind of highly complex and expensive engineering projects that the US undertook during WWII and the Cold War.