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The occult insignificance of meaningless numbers

Dave Snowden

I've been in Belgium and Luxembourg for the last two days delivering two half day seminars for the EU. All journeys by train which allowed me to catch up a lot of work, although I will confess that on the journey from Brussels to Luxembourg I dozed and watched the unfolding scenery remembering past trips to the Grand Duchy. So what is wrong?

Spatial Thinkers - Not Visual and Not Verbal

Eide Neurolearning

Rather, thought processing seems to involve space or kinesthetic / bodily sensations or associations.

Study 11

Friday’s Finds #1

Harold Jarche

In an attempt to make my finds on Twitter more explicit, this may be the start of regular post on some of the things I learned this past week. Numbers & Measurement. Every one of those statements is wrong. But business eats it up. And it’s easy to see why. Open Souce. Learning & Working. asked him if he would consider taking me on full time.

The psychology of being scammed

Mind Hacks

I'm just reading a fascinating report on the psychology of why people fall for scams, commissioned by the UK government's Office of Fair Trading and created by Exeter University's psychology department. Here's some of the punchlines grabbed from the executive summary. Scarcity cues. Induction of behavioural commitment. Lack of emotional control.

Unemployment, Job Creation and Education

Kevin Wheeler

Unemployment is an ugly thing.


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When the Game's Up

Charles Jennings

Last month I was asked to give my thoughts on the UK Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) 2009 Annual Learning & Development Survey.

My Spring Online Reading | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

This spring I decided to try and get back into a regular blogging practice. You may have noticed this in February, March and part of April.

A landscape of influences

Harold Jarche

There are a number of key aspects of influence networks that need to be addressed to tap the power of influence.

Cars: How to save auto worker jobs

Nine Shift

I'm visiting my mother at Easter, staying in the historic wonderful Retlaw Hotel.  Sitting in a hot tub. The demand for auto cars is in decline. 

Signposts for the Week Ending May 22

Adaptive Path

Many of us do work that feels more surreal than real. Working in an office, you often find it difficult to see any tangible result from your efforts. What exactly have you accomplished at the end of any given day? Where the chain of cause and effect is opaque and responsibility diffuse, the experience of individual agency can be elusive.

My Spring Online Reading

Nancy White

This spring I decided to try and get back into a regular blogging practice. You may have noticed this in February, March and part of April. On PAPER!

One among any

Doc Searls

On the ProjectVRM blog : A Declaration of Customer Independence.

Is Obama a Socialist?

Nine Shift

There's been a lot of talk about socialism recently. recent poll said that only 53% of Americans favored capitalism over socialism (47%). Here's why.

New Chuck Norris jokes

David Weinberger

Chuck Norris doesn’t have to leap to conclusions. He just sits there and conclusions leap to him. Chuck Norris thinks homosexuality is a choice, but his oiled, bare chest isn’t so sure. You think those jokes are lame? Me too.


Digital Identity Workbook for NPO/NGO Folks | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

The one about “look and feel”

Adaptive Path

I propose that we never use the phrase “look and feel&# again. Visual design is often subjective and can be difficult to describe or judge. Often, people lack the language or understanding of the work to accurately express their opinions. Consequently, we use simple terms of the way an object “looks&# or how it “feels&#.

On curriculum

Harold Jarche

I noticed today something that reinfornced my opinion of education curriculum. As you can see from my last post, there’s a production of My Fair Lady at the high school for the next three nights, plus an in-school presentation this morning. He took a nap and is now preparing for this evening’s performance. vs. Wired.mag, out loud

David Weinberger

There’s a really interesting discussion going on at BoingBoing gadgets about the relationship between Wired Magazine and Chris Anderson, the editor of the mag, who turned it off its path of Rich Nerd Fetishism, and has made it interesting and important again, is diving in.


Digital Identity Workbook for NPO/NGO Folks

Nancy White

thought it would be handing in an upcoming workshop I’m facilitating for the CGIAR starting next week. This Is Me - NGO Version 1.0.

Mobile Literacy Panel Discussion May 28th

Adaptive Path

Earlier this week we announced our latest R&D project: Mobile Literacy , a design and research project created to understand how people in emerging markets use mobile phone technology, and how it could be significantly improved. An estimated 40% of this population can’t read or write. phone with a text driven interface is doomed to fail.

What's Coming Out of the Wall?

Andy McAfee

I've spent the past three days drinking from the geek (remember, that's a term of praise) firehose at MIT. Monday was a Center for Digital Business workshop on IT-fueled business experimentation organized by Michael Schrage and Erik

Timegliding the Rosenberg case

David Weinberger

The Rosenberg spy case, which was a touchstone for the left and the right — or the pinkos and the McCarthyites, as it’s thought of in the Culture Wars — has been made more understandable by the Cold War International History Project by the creation of a Timeglide time line. But it’s got lots of links to sources.

Webheads in Action Online unConvergence

Nancy White

You can find all the details on the organizational Wiki: [link]. Participation is FREE, but they encourage people to register on their Ning site.  link]. All organizers and presenters are volunteers.


Tony Karrer

I just got through reading Jay's post and article (with Clark Quinn) around Become a chief meta-learning officer – one of the hot list items from two weeks ago. It's a great article, definitely worth a read. It discusses the needed transition in focus of a CLO The scope of the job of the CLO is mushrooming. Close the training department.

Congratuations all you Graduates

Ellen Wagner

This is the beginning of graduation season. We've all been reading about Obama at Notre Dame, and about Eric Schmidt at UPenn. My favorite story comes from UC-Merced where the first graduating class of the brand new UC system campus.

The White House wants comments on open government

David Weinberger

The White House is looking for help formulating a directive on open government: Executive Office of the President. Office of Science and Technology Policy. Transparency and Open Government. DATES: Comments must be received by June 19, 2009. ADDRESSES: Submit comments by one of the following methods: [link]. mail: More here.

Tools for Catalyzing Collaboration

Nancy White

Eugene Eric Kim of Blue Oxen Associates pinged me today about an offering coming up that looks really juicy. It resonates a bit with some of the workshops I’ve been doing with clients. The workshop starts next week, and the application deadline is Monday, so if this looks interesting, jump in! How do you know which ones are right for you?

Managing emergent practice

Harold Jarche

What would happen if you called for closing your training department in favor of a new function?  Imagine telling senior management that you were shuttering the classrooms in favor of peer-to-peer learning. You’re going to shift the focus to creativity, innovation, and helping people perform better, faster, cheaper. You might want to give it a try. 

Save Local What Now?

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Editor, Times & Transcript, CTV might have a case to make in some of the communities it serves, but it has a lot of gall asking people in Moncton to join in its "save local television" campaign. Its political commentators know little about the New Brunswick environment and appear to care less.

Vegetarian whine

David Weinberger

A fancy restaurant that assures a diner that it can take care of vegetarians and then serves a plate of side-dish vegetables as the main course: 1. Has an incompetent chef. 2. Ought to be ashamed of its lack of imagination. 3. Note that this is not a multiple choice question.

Education: Solution to boys' bad grades works!

Nine Shift

We are excited to announce we have the first evidence that the solution to boys' bad grades works. LERN Board member David Reilly had a high school teacher who does not penalize students for late work send us the GPAs for her students.  The data proves that when there is no penalty for late work, the gender gap disappears.

Twitter TechSmith LinkedIn Learning Strategy

Tony Karrer

Hot List - May 8, 2009 to May 15, 2009 Once again, used eLearning Learning to generate a list of the best from last week. The following are the top posts from featured sources based on social signals. Tools - Don't Waste Your Time , May 10, 2009

Open day on Narrative

Dave Snowden

An opportunity for all on the 2nd June. I am going to run two half day sessions at the RIBA in London which will provide a prequel of the new version ofSenseMaker™ and will focus on describing current projects. The plan is to take a practice focused approach, demonstrating those projects and then talking about how they were created.

“The Daily Show”: a fanboy’s notes from the audience

David Weinberger

Our thoughtful and inventive children gave us tickets to “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart&# for Chanukah. Yesterday was the day. We had an easy ride from Boston to NYC on the MegaBus , which was clean and on time. But, although they promised free wifi, it was actually wifi-free once we left Boston. Word order makes such a difference!) Nooooo!