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IBM’s Trip to Become A Socially Integrated Enterprise

Luis Suarez

A journey that started back in 2001, but that it had its main roots well substantiated within the company for much longer. Are we there yet? SIE ).

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The role of informal social networks in building organizational creativity and innovation

Ross Dawson

However this is often difficult in large, complex organizations. Source : IBM Creative Leadership Report. Unleash and scale organizational creativity.

The Smart Worker : recognises she learns to do her job as she does her job

Jane Hart

This post looks at L&D’s approach to the wider concepts of informal and social learning in the organisation. Smart Worker

Review: The Edupunks' Guide, by Anya Kamenetz

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I have now had the chance to read The Edupunks' Guide and can now form some opinions based on what I've seen. And if I were forced to summarize my critique in a nutshell, it would be this. Edupunk, as described by the putative subculture, is the idea of 'learning by doing it yourself'. Let me explain. Suppose a person wanted to learn Thai cooking.

Those hard soft-skills

Harold Jarche

Tweet Soft skills , especially collaboration and networking, will become more important than traditional hard skills. Smart employers have always focused more on attitude than any specific skill-set because they know they can train for a lack of skills and knowledge. Soft skills require time, mentoring, informal learning and management support.

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[2b2k] Tim O’Reilly on the end of paper books

David Weinberger

My interview of Tim O’Reilly for the Harvard Library Innovation Lab podcast series is up. Tim begins by arguing that paper books will go away before our culture is entirely ready for it because the disappearance will be driven by the publishers, not by demand. Good point. The conversation ranges wider than that…

Slides for Opening Keynote at Gartner Application Architecture, Development and Integration Summit

Ross Dawson

Here are my slides for the keynote. Keynote: The Future of Living Networks and Organizations. View more presentations from rossdawson.

Five years of editing Wikipedia

Dave Snowden

At 1401 on the 12th August back in 2006 I made my first edit to the Wikipedia, all to the knowledge management article. Knol never stood a chance.

Why progress matters: 6 questions for Harvard's Teresa Amabile.

Dan Pink

Here's a tip for rounding out your summer reading.

Succeed in business: mimic sardines

Jay Cross

It’s not easy being a business leader these days. The rules changed at the turn of the century. The 21st Century is a totally new deal. Information.

Exploring new formats for music (and revenue): Björk releases inspiring “app album”

Ross Dawson

The music industry has struggled for over a decade as it tried to push back against inevitable change and maintain the status quo. to purchase.

Bruce Elving, professor of FM radio

Doc Searls

I just learned from Dan Kelly that Bruce Elving passed away last month. A facebook “public figure&# page. Bruce’s own Facebook page.

The “New” Recruiter

Kevin Wheeler

Over the past twenty years or so, corporations worldwide have focused on a variety of initiatives. The bulk of these were aimed at improving efficiency, increasing profit, and ensuring quality. These initiatives have changed our expectations. We also expect products to be priced very low relative to how they were priced for our parents.

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The point of Web 2.0 is its problem

David Weinberger

I liked this post by in the Guardian by John Naughton about the future of Web 2.0, and I’m always delighted to be mention in the same paragraph as Paul Graham , but I want to keep insisting that Web 2.0 was not the moment when the Web moved from publishing platform to social platform. Now, it is certainly true that with Web 2.0,

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Applying scenario planning to portfolio and financial risk: 6 steps to better risk management

Ross Dawson

Back in the late 1990s I did considerable work applying scenario planning to financial risk management, using qualitative approaches to managing risk as a complement to quantitative methodologies such as Value at Risk. I wonder if the finance industry is now more ready for these kinds of approaches. Did You Forecast Asia?

The web at twenty

Jay Cross

This is the NeXT machine on which. Tim Berners-Lee invented the web. It was twenty years ago today, Sir Tim taught the band to play. Twenty years?

Sorting things

Euen Semple

I keep mulling over what is happening with the riots, the financial system, and the apparent collapsing of an old world under its own weight. Like many I keep thinking of ways to "sort it". Each time I fall into the trap of coming up with some system or ideology or framework - all the grown up stuff that is meant to be how we fix things.

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July Hot List: Mobile Learning Content

Nancy White

Best of Mobile Learning. July 1, 2011 to July 31, 2011 Featured Sources The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals.

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US equities: zero gains over the last 12 years, how about the next 12 years?

Ross Dawson

In my misspent youth I worked in international equities sales for Merrill Lynch. Click on the image for full size. Source : Google Finance.

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Riot psychology

Mind Hacks

This belies the fact that we crowd behaviour is a complex area that is surprisingly poorly researched. Imagine you’ve just got on a bus.

New Study: Helpful and Friendly Co-Workers Can Keep You Alive.

Bob Sutton

Tiffany West from the World Economic Forum just alerted me to an intriguing new study that suggests having the right co-workers can help us live longer, while having the wrong ones might kill us. The article was published by

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Findings Is Hiring

Steven Berlin Johnson

As some of you know, I've been collaborating with the brilliant folks over at Betaworks for a while now on a new service for capturing, managing, and sharing quotations -- in a sense, a digital-age version of the commonplace book that I wrote about in Where Good Ideas Come From. If you're interested, more details are available here

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The debate over informal learning

Jay Cross

Today eLearn Magazine published a story on the debate at Oxford on whether informal learning is more style than substance. More on the debate.

Inner visions of seven dimensional space

Mind Hacks

I’ve just found an amazing 2002 article [ pdf ] from the American Mathematical Society about blind mathematicians. Integrating Reasoning Seeing

“Hierarchy is a prosthesis for trust”

Harold Jarche

Tweet Here are some interesting things that were shared via Twitter these past two weeks. I was called a Bandwidth enhancer by @WallyBock – I like that term! “Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich.&# ~Peter Ustinov – via @CBurell. Performance is the managers job.&# – @BillCush.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Large Metropolitan Areas

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For several years now I have been thinking about the differences between various models of innovation and entrepreneurship. The Silicon Valley model has become the most prominent example of what it means to be a successful innovation hub. Most such efforts have fallen short of their goals, - a number ending in outright failure. . Why is that?

Hats and handoffs

Jay Cross

The 21C Leader plays several roles simultaneously. It’s a job that involves the whole person. It’s a role most corporations need to fill.

When explaining becomes a sin

Mind Hacks

As the cacophony of politicians and commentators replaces that of the police sirens, look out for the particularly shrill voice of those who condemn as evil anyone with an alternative explanation for the looting than theirs. For an example, take the Daily Mail headline for Tuesday, which reads “To blame the cuts is immoral and cynical. 2003).

It’s about networks

Harold Jarche

Tweet Rob Paterson writes at FastForward Blog on how the UK riots show us that everyone needs to be plugged into the Web to get things done; for good and for bad: The Police and the community are learning also in real time how to help each other – by also using social media. Networks are in perpetual Beta too. or “What are you learning?&#

Being kind

Euen Semple

Three things triggered this post. First a blog post from Doc about the very sad story of a young lad killed during a fraternity hazing event. The institutionally acceptable nastiness struck me. Lastly the riots in London. I'm not inclined to read more into them than bad lads using the excuse to behave badly, but that is the point.

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How to move text in iMovie ’09

David Weinberger

I dare you. Aarrrgggh. No matter how you try to grab the little bugger, it won’t work.

Psychology and its national styles

Mind Hacks

An interesting paragraph from a 2005 article on the history of psychological concepts. The result was a psychology intimately bound up with statistics.

On the short good life George Desdunes

Doc Searls

I didn’t know George Desdunes , though now I wish I’d had the privilege. Those emails were among many others I barely noticed at the time.

My Twitter Weekly Links Digest for 2011-08-07

Jane Hart

RT @ bigthink : Is 16th Century Teaching the Future of Education? link] #. The limits to what you can learn online or alone [link] (HT @ GautamGhosh ) #. Sharepocalypse Now [link] via @ mashable <Exactly! #. RT @ mashable Chrome Overtakes Firefox to Become UK’s Second Most Popular Browser [link] #. link] #. link] #. Find out here [link] #.