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The collapse of complicated business models

Harold Jarche

Clay Shirky, in the collapse of complex business models , notes: Bureaucracies temporarily reverse the Second Law of Thermodynamics. In a bureaucracy, it’s easier to make a process more complex than to make it simpler, and easier to create a new burden than kill an old one. I’m not sure if complexity is the issue.

Origins of Cynefin: By any other name would (it) smell as sweet?

Dave Snowden

A very confusing thing happened today. Google alert and a few friends pointed to this interesting post by Harold Jarche. Cynefin’? Really, now.

Social Learning Tools Should Not be Separate from Enterprise 2.0

Tony Karrer

With the recent launch of InGenius by SkillSoft, I believe it’s time again to raise a pretty important question: Where do Social Learning Tools belong?

DNA is information, not intellectual property

George Siemens

Intellectual property considerations in biology are one of the more worrying trends currently being negotiated in business and in the legal system. A court recently ruled that DNA is information, not intellectual property. Whether this holds as it moves through the court system in the US is unclear.

Five Barriers to Effective Learning in Organisations

Charles Jennings

Even in organisations where L&D priorities are closely aligned with business priorities there’s plenty of head-room for improvement.

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Personal Knowledge: Transmission or Induction?

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I'm going to use an oversimplified example from electricity to make a point. Let me see if I can tease it out with the following discussion. Would it?

All models are flawed but some are useful

Harold Jarche

I like its simplicity and the way it shows the flows. Knowledge is an an emergent property of the entire system, in my opinion.


May 6th, Red fly the banners oh

Dave Snowden

The first General Election that I remember is in 1964 when I was the Labour Party candidate in the mock election at Ysgol Bryn Coch. Depressing really.

Helicopter Parents Revisited - LD Students in College and Graduate School

Eide Neurolearning

The College Board even published a 'Quiz' to encourage parents to "rethink" their helping habits. Now there seems to be a change in the winds.

Centennial Park

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Andrea and I went for a nice walk in Centennial Park today, where everything was coming back to life. Enjoy our visit


Hacker Attack (Help!)

Jay Cross

For support, I rely on the kindness of strangers. That may be you. Hackers are polluting this blog and Running the latest version.

Abrogation not assumption

Dave Snowden

In a comment to that entry Dylan suggested that the phrase needed unstitching so I thought I would get the process started.

Informal learning: the real deal. Free.

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

I nformal Learning has been getting a lot of buzz lately. Read this scathing commentary by Peter Casebow , Jane Hart , and Harold Jarche. series.

Dan Gillmor on what’s wrong with the iPad

David Weinberger

Dan Gillmor has a terrific piece that looks at what’s worrisome about the iPad and its fawning embrace by the very media that hope to be saved by it


Coloring Outside the Wireframe: 3 Tips to Integrating Visual Design in the UX Field

Adaptive Path

When I interviewed at Adaptive Path a few months ago I was asked a barrage of tough questions. But when the tables turned and I got to ask AP-ers my questions I was interested in one thing in particular: “What do you see as the role of a visual designer at a UX company?” I got a variety of answers and a few very long pauses.

On learning and responsibility

Harold Jarche

Absorbing uncertainty: “ much HR practice seems focused on abrogation rather than assumption of responsibility &# by @snowded. tonykarrer social learning tools should have 1) obvious value & 2) be the same tools as your work tools [because work is learning & learning is the work]. Barrier 2: Inertia. Barrier 3: Convenience.

Learning in the wild

George Siemens

I have a love/hate relationship with my brain. I’m rarely ever clear on an issue as context always messes up what exists. Something can be useful in one context, and completely useless in another. An idea can make sense in one discussion and yet be confusing in another. For example, I work in a formal higher education environment.

[2b2k] Mr. Denham’s defense of child chimney sweeps

David Weinberger

From the summary of the remarks in 1819 of a Mr. Denham during the British House of Commons debate of a bill that would have limited the use of young boys as chimney sweeps — as young as four years old, stuck into chimneys 7″ square for up to six hours at a time [ source ]. How many modern arguments can you spot?

Architecture not application

Dave Snowden

I've been thinking and reading around the subjects of architecture and design recently. I have been arguing for some time in the context of software that we need to focus on broad architectures into which objects (people and software) and be placed, evolve, mutate and form time to time die. As in software, so in organisations.

Brands are boring

Doc Searls

And “social media&# i s a crock. Brands are boring because they’re not human. They’re companies. And, despite recent Supreme Court decisions to the contrary, companies are not human. They are abstractions that make business possible. Businesses are necessary to thriving economies and working civilizations. Is the. One beer to have.

A generation growing up with touch technology

George Siemens

Children interact almost intuitively with touch interfaces. I’m reluctant to ascribe far-reaching educational implication to this, however. While pundits shall come a’runnin’, learning implications are far from clear

Pixels, the movie

David Weinberger

I love this video , by Patrick Jean (via BoingBoing

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The Austin studio is growing

Adaptive Path

About 2 years ago, we opened a studio in Austin, TX. As with many things Adaptive Path does, it was a bit of an experiment and a prototype — we needed to try it out in order to figure out how it would work. We’ve been working quietly and diligently to realize the potential of this new team ever since.

Knowledge work revisited

Harold Jarche

In knowledge work (2004) I commented on how Lilia Efimova described the main uses of blogs for knowledge work: personal knowledge repositories, learning journals, or networking instruments. Many companies are tryng to find ways to motivate their knowledge workers. Yesterday, Jack Vinson asked, Is the term Knowledge Worker no longer useful?

ipad luddites

George Siemens

The best way to draw attention to yourself online is to gain a sense of the way in which a particular topic is trending and then write an extreme opposite view of it. The ipad is getting very different reviews based on the crowd doing the reviewing. Short version: if you’re a techie, you won’t like it.

Reclassifying broadband

David Weinberger

I was less depressed than I would have expected about yesterday’s ruling that the FCC does not have the authority to tell Comcast to let us do what we want with our Internet. In part, that’s because I was expecting to lose. In part it’s because this battle is far, far from over. — which would truly change the game.

The Autumn of Silicon Valley

Kevin Wheeler

This recent video from the PBS NEWSHOUR about Silicon Valley tells the story of how creativity is so hard to hold on to and how what we were is what we want to be. It was in the 1960s that the valley transitioned from “The Valley of

Blog Post: Lectures, lecterns and bullshit

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen Jeff Jarvis does not like the one-way lecture format of the TED conferences. He thinks it is bullshit and of course I totally agree! It reminds him of the classroom and the industrial age educational system where the one and only right answer comes from the lectern which I would like to see burnt !

Five Barriers to Effective Learning in Organizations

George Siemens

Charles Jennings argues that “learning and development activity is sub-optimal to the extent that it provides little value to participants and their organisations&#. He then goes on to detail five barriers leaders need to think about “when starting out to transform their learning operations&#.

[berkman] Christian Sandvig on the future of TV

David Weinberger

Christian Sandvig is giving a Berkman lunchtime talk called “The Television Cannot Be Revolutionized.&# [ NOTE : I am live-blogging, making mistakes, getting things wrong, leaving things out, not spellpchecking. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK and do not assume this is an accurate reflection of Christian's talk. ]. of the US TV market. Is this true?

UX Week 2010 – iPad apps, Information Visualization, Facebook, and more!

Adaptive Path

Hooboy! The UX Week 2010 program is definitely heating up. Here are some people we’ve just lined up, who will be joining us August 24-27 in San Francisco: Michael Wesch. Check out his collection of great YouTube videos. He also won the 2008 Professor of the Year award for Outstanding Doctoral and Research Universities Professor. Sara Öhrvall.

Failure of Creative Commons Licenses

Tony Karrer

As part of last month’s big question Open Content in Workplace Learning? , I’ve been trying to find out more about specific answers to Creative Commons Use in For-Profit Company eLearning. They are there to help set up the licenses. But that said, it also shows a failure of the current licenses. What do I mean by a failure? That’s great news.

Networked Learning: Groups, Networks

George Siemens

The Networked Learning Conference 2010 is hosting another hot seat. This time, Etienne Wenger starts the conversation by asking about the distinction between groups/communities/networks. The ensuing discussion will be a valuable resource for CCK10 this fall…

Shirky’s myth of complexity

David Weinberger

Clay Shirky has given us a surprising number of Internet myths. And by this I mean not falsehoods but the opposite: Broad, illuminating ways of making sense of what’s going on.