January, 2012

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Serious Service Sag

Adaptive Path

Has a commercial ever brought you to tears? I think we've all seen some wet eyes resulting from a well crafted 30-second ad spot. The Imbalance.

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Top 20 Tools 2007-2011

Jane Hart

I’ve just noticed that in the subsequent two months it has been viewed over 200,000 times! Social learning

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Top 10 posts on the future of media

Ross Dawson

Another quick selection of my most popular posts from 2011, this time on the topic of the future of media: 1. Predictions for media industry in 2011.

Democratization of the workplace

Harold Jarche

Tweet There was a most interesting thread on Twitter today. Hierarchy kills all learning. Our social systems are not designed to cope with complexity.

Recent Trends in Labor Intensity. Or, the History (and Future?) of Steady Work in the US

Andy McAfee

Instead of looking at productivity as output per hour worked (the usual measure) I instead looked at output per worker. This surprises me a bit.

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The decade ahead for media

Ross Dawson

The latest issue of the annual publication Media Trends + Strategy magazine kicks off with a feature article I wrote titled The Decade Ahead for Media.

Informal learning, the 95% solution

Harold Jarche

Tweet Informal learning is not better than formal training; there is just a whole lot more of it. The modern workplace is a complex adaptive system.

PR’s problems, 20 years later

Doc Searls

The magazine Upside has been erased. Some bits of it still persist on the Internet Archive , but nothing before 1996. Among the many things therefore no longer in circulation is a piece I wrote in late 1991 that ran in the January 1992 issue of Upside , exactly twenty years ago this month. Here goes: T HE P ROBLEM W ITH PR. By Doc Searls.

Finite and Infinite Games - Which Game Shall We Play in the New Year?

John Hagel

Are there limits? Limits to potential and possibility? This may be the defining question of this century. Our answer will likely determine our views on a broad range of other issues and our actions. As we head into a New Year, it may a good time to step back and reflect on our answer to that question. A book worth reading. Strength is paradoxical.

Reflections from 2011 – Is Employee Engagement Still a Myth?

Luis Suarez

Probably, because we are not done with it yet, but, most possibly, because we need to shift gears with it. Quite the opposite. Indeed, that simple!

The Rebound that Stayed Flat

Andy McAfee

I set the January 1995 value for each of these equal to 100 to allow comparisons across them over the years. If anything, I think it’ll decrease.

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Learning with people, not technology

Jay Cross

New Seasons exemplifies taking a non-training alternative to workplace learning. Is customer service key to your success? But at a copper mine?

Narration of Work

Harold Jarche

Tweet I see three major principles for working smarter in networked organizations : Transparency. Narration of Work. Distribution of Power.

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Workplace Performance Services: more than just Training

Jane Hart

Since the latter half of the 20th century, we have gone through a period … Read the rest. Social learning

“I can’t teach at Stanford again”

George Siemens

Open online courses really mess things up. The force educators/funders/learners to question the value point of traditional education. I have a long running question that influences my vision of education: If we were to design education today, without the legacy baggage of the existing system, what would it look like? ”


Doc Searls

I made my case in If you hate big government, fight SOPA. A vigorous dialog followed in the comments under that. This is the pro-business case.

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The year end issue of The Economist includes a provocative column - Big and clever: Why large firms are often more inventive than small ones. The column addresses a fundamental question that those studying innovation have been wrestling with for years: “Are big companies the best catalysts of innovation, or are small ones better?” So, which is it?

Steer Clear of Organizational Leadership Turbulence

Dan Pontefract

Originally published to the January, 2012 Edition of T+D Magazine. Reprinted here with permission. by Dan Pontefract. Sound familiar? Fitting in.

A world without bosses

Harold Jarche

Tweet Can your organization work without bosses? A mass society, thousands, then millions strong, confers immense advantages on its members.

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No more business as usual

Jay Cross

“This is business.” — Vito Corleone, The Godfather. Business is changing, and the learning function must change along with it. How bad is it?

My Top Ten Top Ten Top Ten list

David Weinberger

Here’s my top ten list of top ten lists of top ten lists: The Top Ten Top Ten Lists of All Time. TopTenz Miscellaneous. MetaCritic music lists. Smosh’s Top Ten Top Ten Lists of 2011. Top Ten 2011 Top Ten Lists about CleanTech. Top Ten of top ten horror movie lists. NYT Top Ten Top Ten Lists for 2011. Top Ten Top Ten Video Lists of 2011.

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Remembering Judith

Doc Searls

I got to know Judith Burton when she was still Judith Clarke and Senior VP Corporate Marketing for Novell, in 1987. And it worked. It was sad to watch.

Lots of free learnin’ going on

George Siemens

2012 is shaping up to be a good year for open online learning experiences (Sanford is actively promoting open courses , David Wiley is running an openness in education course , Alec Couros will likely be doing his EC&I831 again, etc.). I’m involved in several open online learning projects this year: 1. Ongoing from 2011: Change MOOC.

Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Through the years, I have been intrigued by the number of once powerful companies that are no longer around. Darwinian principles seem to apply in business as much as in biology. Companies that are unable or unwilling to adapt to the changes in such a Darwinian climate will become marginalized or extinct. Services , not just Products (or platforms).

Real organizational transformation is structural

Harold Jarche

For example, the authors state that the average modern organization expends about 20% of its energy on value creation, while the best may spend 50%.

Data Trumps Opinion: 4 Smart Services that Deploy and Learn

Adaptive Path

Tired of going with the design that will survive the organization's political gauntlet? A quick story of how I got hooked. No guessing. tax market.

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[2b2k] [berkman] Alison Head on how students seek information

David Weinberger

” (I did a podcast interview with her a couple of months ago.). NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Paraphrasing badly.

Time is speeding up

Jay Cross

The metronome that measures the pace of human progress ticks ever faster. You can feel it, can’t you? Membership is snowballing. Just Jay

Online University Education in Canada

George Siemens

There is more activity in online learning (or, at minimum blended learning) in higher education than most universities realize. When I was at University of Manitoba, we tried to get a sense of what faculty were doing with technology in their courses, particularly with what was then called web 2.0 you know, like bell bottoms?). We found very little.

Realizing social business: Enterprise 2.0 success stories

Dion Hinchcliffe

Social business is proving to be a strategic win inside the enterprise firewall. Dion Hinchcliffe highlights some success stories from the trenches

Confused or Strong Beliefs?

Harold Jarche

Complex, as defined by Cynefyn is a state in which the relationship between cause and effect can only be perceived in retrospect, but not in advance.

Data Trumps Opinion: 4 Smart Services that Deploy and Learn

Adaptive Path

Tired of going with the design that will survive the organization's political gauntlet? A quick story of how I got hooked. No guessing. tax market.

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Four messages from the dark

David Weinberger

The black that covered so many sites yesterday spoke well. I think there were four messages. First, This is our Internet. We built it. We built it for us, not for you. We get to turn off the lights, not you. Second, we are better custodians of culture than are culture’s merchants because we understand that culture is what we have in common.

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Meaning and truth

Dave Snowden

I have always rated Yiannis Gabriel's writing and the various conversations I have had with him over the years. Reflections

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