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I Wrote a 90,000 Word Book Entirely in Evernote

Dan Pontefract

Take that Microsoft Word. Sorry Scrivener and Pages. If it were 2007, I might have written the book entirely in Microsoft Word. Just kidding.

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Big Data, Complex Systems and Quantum Mechanics

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Big Data is one of the hottest topics out there.  Big data is a foundational element in IT’s quartet of Next Big Things : Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud.  But, as the real world keeps reminding us, it is possible to make bad predictions and decisions even if you use tons of big data to make them.  Let me explain.  .

A Power of Pull Milestone

John Hagel

Today marks a milestone in The Power of Pull – the release of the paperback edition of the book. It's an opportunity to step back and reflect on the impact that the book has had and explore where there might opportunities to have even great impact. The challenge of timing.   This wasn't exactly what executives wanted to hear.

Creating a better world through apps: the power of mobile in catalyzing networks for good

Ross Dawson

App Aid selected 10 charities who saw the need for a mobile app. The winning teams received prizes to help them complete and launch their apps.

The biggest picture

Doc Searls

I want to plug  something I am very much looking forward to, and encourage you strongly to attend. It’s called The Overview Effect , and it’s the premiere of a film by that title. Here are the details: Friday, December 7, 2012 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm. Askwith Lecture Hall. Longfellow Hall. 13 Appian Way. Harvard University. Cambridge, MA.

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Stanford Learning Analytics Summer Institute

George Siemens

MOOCs have been rather selfish, absorbing all of the attention in the edtech space in 2012. It has been all MOOC all the time. In the background, many initiatives have continued to advance including entrepreneurship in education, participatory pedagogies, the maker movement, and learning analytics.

Are things different? Taleb on the future

David Weinberger

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the author of The Black Swan (a book about modeling that is unlikely to star Natalie Portman) has a new book out — Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder — that has been excerpted by Salon in an article titled “ The future will not be cool.” ” I haven’t read the new book.

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Friday’s Dutch Treat

Harold Jarche

Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared  via social media  during the past week. KM has to be personal to work in the long run.

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Fashions fade, style is eternal

Mind Hacks

In other words, it shows the popularity of different brain areas as reported in cognitive neuroscience publications. Inside the Brain

The Future of Mobile?

Clark Quinn

There was also a question of whether I thought the laptop was dead, and I kind of did. Since then, however, I had a few moments in the middle of the night when I should’ve been sleeping, and I pondered this a bit more. Let me answer in greater depth, thinking through hardware, software, and context. The interfaces may well simplify. mobile

Senge, Learning Organizations and asking a question.

Mark Oehlert

Exactly zero replies though. Either way, it was a point of interest for me. . So I have to ask - why no Senge ? Have we and I've just been missing it?

Does Your Nonprofit Need Some Data Therapy?

Beth Kanter

Lucy Bernholz, who also participated in the meeting, wrote up this great post about the space/movement that is in the center of her research). Visual

Relax ladies, I’m a scientist

Mind Hacks

Remarks were collected in waiting-rooms and hotel lobbies, street-cars, theatres and restaurants. Link to locked 1938 study. Remembering Togetherness

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Pick of the Month: November 2012

Jane Hart

Those things that unfortunately seem to dominate the conversation today and in effect distract from the core of what ultimately enables real learning?”

Tab Rocker – a Chrome utility to return to previous tab

David Weinberger

I get lost in my browser tabs all the time. The place I most often want to go is back to the tab I was just in. On Firefox, there are a few utilities that let me do that. My nephew Joel Weinberger has written one that does that and nothing but that for Chrome. You can grab it (free, of course) here. The source code is on github.).

Renew The Heart & Soul of your Non-Profit for a Chance To Win $10,000

Beth Kanter

Renew The Heart & Soul of your Non-Profit for a Chance To Win $10,000 – Guest Post by John Haydon. We all have twenty-four hour days.”.


The grief problem

Mind Hacks

As well as the individual variations, it also riffs on the massive diversity of cultural grief and mourning practices. Link to article in The Observer.

FiOS is in my street. Can I have some?

Doc Searls

We have a new apartment in Manhattan. Washington Heights. Verizon FiOS is here. FiOS trucks roam the streets. They set up little tables in front of apartments where FiOS is now available, to sign customers up. Our street has it, but we can’t get through to Verizon by the usual means (website, phone number). Checking with those is a dead end.

The Most Wrong Argument about Video Games and Art

Mark Oehlert

I've seen some other arguments about why video games are not "art" but this column from Jonathan Jones is just stupid. There have been lots of comments on the Guardian's own site and on Kotaku and I'm sure, in countless other places and I might not add anything ground-breaking to the discussion but I just had to get a few ideas down here. . Music?

Some Reflections about Social Data in the Cloud from the Social Innovation Summit 2012

Beth Kanter

One example comes from, StethoCloud , which developed a solution to diagnose childhood pneumonia.

54% of blog posts contain pure facts

Martijn Linssen

A post by Dion Hinchcliffe on "social business maturity" made me laugh and cry at the same time. However, it ain't. What are online people ?

Two Keys to Strengthening Families

Nine Shift

Here's the second part to my dialogue with a 'new friend' about families and gay rights.

Dave Brubeck, RIP

David Weinberger


GiveMN 2012 Giving Day by the Numbers

Beth Kanter

GiveMN 2012 by the Numbers by Jeff Achen, GiveMN Digital Strategist. It was an amazing day of giving for our state—$16.3 Check out the webinars here.

On the insignificance of (Re)tweets to a post

Martijn Linssen

In a discussion about blindly ReTweeting yesterday, I remembered that I once did a short analysis on auto-tweets. Use the tools, Luke! FIFTY-TWO!

Why It Is Important to Understand Gay Rights

Nine Shift

This week I had a good email exchange on the topic of families and gay rights. Thanks to everyone who attended. 

Hollywood and Web

David Weinberger

The video from the November 19 Berkman discussion of the intersection of Hollywood and the Web is now up. After the film I led a Q&A with Rob

Update from Europe

Jay Cross

Foreign environments exhilarate me. just got back from Online Educa Berlin and a series of private conversations in Europe. She wished me luck.

Why TwentyFeet is Total Twash

Martijn Linssen

week ago, he tweeted : My week on twitter: 15 retweets received, 9 new followers, 43 mentions. Too volatile and unpredictable? Who knows. Likewise.

Fiscal Cliff Biggest Lie of the Year

Nine Shift

The Fiscal Cliff, borne out of a concern over the national debt, gets our nod as the biggest lie of the year. does not have a big debt problem.

For your convenience…

David Weinberger

No it’s not. From our local Shaw’s grocery store


Tips for using software

Euen Semple

Make the effort to learn it - not by reading the manual but by tinkering. Watch kids - they keep pressing buttons until they get what they want. Always assume it is you who are being stupid rather than the software. If it doesn't work for you it's not personal - move on and find a better app

Vale David Jonassen

Clark Quinn

David Jonassen passed away on Sunday.  He had not only a big impact on the field of computers for learning, but also on learning itself. And he was a truly nice person. I had early on been a fan of his work, his writing on computers as cognitive tools was insightful. also regularly lauded his work on problem-solving.

Gay Rights: "I Voted for Mrs. Baldwin"

Nine Shift

Gay rights have come a long way in just 15 years. Last month she told me, "I voted for Mrs. Baldwin."   . This was just 15 years ago. Things do change.

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