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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.

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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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

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.

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?

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The Legend of Apple and Xerox PARC and the Truth About Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Every December for the last few years, NY Times OpEd columnist David Brooks picks the best magazine essays of the year. He describes his choices in two of his columns , with links to the essays in their online version. I generally really like his selections. Gladwell is a great storyteller. After much discussion, Xerox agreed.

Interlocutor: The Word of 2012

Dan Pontefract

Interlocu-what? Let’s first start with the definition. Let’s face it, the shift to a virtual operating model is on. The goal for 2012?

Harley-Davidson goes direct to the crowd after initial success with creative crowdsourcing

Ross Dawson

[This article first appeared on the Getting Results From Crowds book website ]. Crowdsourcing Social media

Want to Trust Your Employees? Give Them All Unlimited Vacation Days

Luis Suarez

Why are we not doing it in today’s corporate world on a wider scale?” Surprise, surprise. Well, not really. Why should it? On the contrary.

Learning is the main driver for productivity

Harold Jarche

Tweet Here are some of the insights and observations that were shared via Twitter this past week. ” by @snowded. It matters who you teach.

Leveraging Hal

Doc Searls

Hal Crowther remains my favorite essayist, regardless of whether or not I agree with him. And on some things I don’t.) Like Hunter S. Thompson , Hal’s writing is beyond enviable and his characterizations often over the top. My sympathies are obvious. What you in the tents can accomplish remains to be seen. Here’s the archive.

The Argument from Theft

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The argument from theft once again rears its ugly head, this time in an OER discussion forum. On 01/11/2012 6:44 PM, Jacky Hood wrote: There is an alternative: stop forcing people to pay for research, education, etc. How good is something that requires jail sentences and fines to get people to pay for it? That's correct.

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3 equations that can change your life | Daniel Pink

Dan Pink

Chip Conley is a rare bird. He's a successful entrepreneur, a provocative thinker, and -- get this -- a nice guy.

The Joy of Choice

Luis Suarez

Or not. You know how it goes. But is it really so? And, most importantly, can we do anything about it at all? What do you think? Well, wonder no more.

Pinterest: A Tool To Curate Relevant Visual Content for Your Audience

Beth Kanter

My Pinboards on Pinterest. Pinterest is a virtual pinboard where you can organize and share images and videos you discover on the web. The Big Picture.

Made me laugh

David Weinberger

This photo ( via Reddit ) made me laugh: (Here’s some context.).



Euen Semple

There is something testing about putting your thoughts in writing, especially in public. The discipline of being forced to consider “Is this really what I think? What will people’s response be when they see what I think? What will the consequences be when they see what I think? Will I be OK with that?” This self scrutiny is a good thing.

Stop creating, selling, and buying garbage!

Clark Quinn

I was thinking today (on my plod around the neighborhood) about how come we’re still seeing so much garbage elearning (and frankly, I had a stronger term in mind). And it occurred to me that their are multitudinous explanations, but it’s got to stop. One of the causes is unenlightened designers. The vendors don’t help.

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In the global talent economy over 50% will be mobile workers

Ross Dawson

[This post first appeared on the Getting Results From Crowds book website]. Research firm IDC has forecast that there will be 1.3 billion ‘mobile workers’ in the world by 2015, representing 37.2% of the global workforce. Europe, Middle East, and Africa is expected to have 244 million mobile workers, up 58 million.

Going dark for SOPA

David Weinberger

Reddit is going to go dark for 12 hours to protest SOPA. The community is going to decide what will be on the page. Well done, Reddit! I hope other sites join in. Reddit is claiming some credit for moving Paul Ryan from neutral to anti-SOPA. It’s fascinating to watch what Reddit is becoming.). They also let you remove it once we’ve won

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Knowledge and Recognition

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responding to x28, ' Lower Levels of Connectivism ' First, it is probably more accurate to speak of 'domains' of connectivity rather than layers. The use of 'layers' suggests some sort of ordering (from, eg., small to large) that isn't really a defining characteristic. I used 'people' because it's more concrete, but it was a loose usage.

Why Bosses Who are Civilized and Caring, But Incompetent, can be.

Bob Sutton

How Facebook Changes Are Impacting Engagement on Brand Pages and What Nonprofits Should Do About It

Beth Kanter

Measure Networked Nonprofit. View more presentations from Beth Kanter. Commenting on the posts in other aligned partner’s Facebook pages.


Dave Snowden

It's not often a month goes by without one Gaping Void's cartoons providing cause for thought. I teach on a variety of academic programmes.

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Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responding to Cooperative Catalyst, Metrics and "Success" I think data is important (it's the only evidence we have!) but I think that people take a very narrow view of data, which is unfortunate. Instead of attacking the data - which leaves you with no ground to stand upon - it makes more sense to attack the simple-mindedness. Change the grounds!

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Does Google’s use of ‘social signals’ break the Web?

David Weinberger

There’s a fascinating post at ReadwriteWeb by Scott M. Fulton III about the effect “social signals” such as posts by people within your Google+ Circles, has on search results. This may have a counter-balancing effect on the popularity of any article…

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Metrics for Building, Scaling, and Funding Social Movements

Beth Kanter

Investing in movements or networks for social change is a strategy that some funders are using. But, how do you measure the results? Civic engagement.

Books do furnish a room

Dave Snowden

The title of this post is drawn from the tenth novel, and the first of the fourth movement of Anthony Powell masterpiece A Dance to the Music of Time.

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A medical study of the Haitian zombie

Mind Hacks

We hear a lot about zombies these days – in films, in music and even in philosophy – but many are unaware that in 1997 The Lancet published a medical study of three genuine Haitian zombies. WD died at the age of 18 shortly after his “eyes turned yellow” and his body “swelled up” and was buried in a family tomb.

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The olympic spirit

Euen Semple

The olympic games communications team have rightly been being criticised for imposing constraints on the use of social media by volunteers for the duration of the games. This is naïve on so many levels. It is a missed opportunity. Any official use of the tools is likely to be stilted and ineffective in comparison. They are not alone.

Level of ‘levels’

Clark Quinn

I was defending Kirkpatrick’s levels the other day, and after being excoriated by my ITA colleagues, I realized there was not only a discrepancy between principle and practice, but between my interpretation and as it’s espoused. Perhaps I’ve been too generous. whether the intervention is being applied in the workplace, and.

Learning in NB

Harold Jarche

Tweet The government is asking how New Brunswick can be the learning province of Canada. Similar questions have been asked before, so I’m just going to amalgamate some of my responses. Learning at School. Public Education : The problem is not that we don’t teach enough math or science or English. The problem is the structure itself. Learnin

The manual that must not be named

Mind Hacks

On January 3rd the website owner reported receiving two cease and desist letters from the APA ordering the removal of all reference to the ‘DSM5 trademark’ from the site’s domain would suffice. Imagine the disappointment. Link to post on APA legal threats.

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Taking People With You By David Novak: Great Read and Most.

Bob Sutton

Most books by sitting CEOs seem like they are pure fluff pieces, or worse, pure vanity projects. Brands about his