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Confused or Strong Beliefs?

Harold Jarche

Complex, as defined by Cynefyn is a state in which the relationship between cause and effect can only be perceived in retrospect, but not in advance.

PR’s problems, 20 years later

Doc Searls

The magazine Upside has been erased. Some bits of it still persist on the Internet Archive , but nothing before 1996. Among the many things therefore no longer in circulation is a piece I wrote in late 1991 that ran in the January 1992 issue of Upside , exactly twenty years ago this month. Here goes: T HE P ROBLEM W ITH PR. By Doc Searls.

Learning with people, not technology

Jay Cross

New Seasons exemplifies taking a non-training alternative to workplace learning. Is customer service key to your success? But at a copper mine?

“I can’t teach at Stanford again”

George Siemens

Open online courses really mess things up. The force educators/funders/learners to question the value point of traditional education. I have a long running question that influences my vision of education: If we were to design education today, without the legacy baggage of the existing system, what would it look like? ”

Do you need to be managed?

Harold Jarche

Tweet These days it’s more productive to think of organizations as organisms. Managers become stewards of the living. Living systems thrive on values that go far beyond the machine era’s dogged pursuit of efficiency through control. Living systems are networks. Jay Cross. Do we really need managers? Flipping management.

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Thoughts on public education

Harold Jarche

Tweet Everything I know, I did not learn in kindergarten. I didn’t go to kindergarten. It could have made for a stressful year. Learning

European Parliament has official look into ACTA. He then resigns in disgust.

David Weinberger

From Techdirt : Kader Arif, the “rapporteur” for ACTA, has quit that role in disgust over the process behind getting the EU to sign onto ACTA. A rapporteur is a person “appointed by a deliberative body to investigate an issue.” Except ACTA is real.

Advice to Teachers on Online Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Here are the answers to your questions: The EdgeX website says this on your page"This to me is a society where knowledge and learning are public goods,freely created and shared, not hoarded or withheld in order to extract wealthor influence. This is what I aspire toward, this is what I work toward." Yes, of course there are concerns.

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Introducing the Social Learning Centre

Jane Hart

I’d like to introduce you to my latest venture, which I’ve been working on over the last few weeks with a number of early users: the Social Learning Centre. Become … Read the rest. Social learning

Consumerization in 2012: Cloud and mobile blurs into other people's IT

Dion Hinchcliffe

We are not far from a tipping point in IT where the majority of business solutions come from workers and the lines of business via the cloud and newer mobile platforms. While this is a sea change in the way we look at software and data ownership and management, it’s clearly under way.

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What Comes First, Content Creation or Curation?

Beth Kanter

Flickr Photo by Carissa Marie. This is definitely not a chicken and egg question! Source: via Beth on Pinterest.


Charles Jennings

This is the third and final of three posts adapted from articles I’ve written for Inside Learning Technologies & Skills magazine. It was published and distributed in the magazine for the Learning Technologies Conference and Exhibition in London 25-26 January 2012. It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,” says the White Queen to Alice.

Why It's Hard to Listen to Two People Talking at One Time

Eide Neurolearning

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon show us why it's hard for us to listen to two people talking at one time. Eide Neurolearning Blog.

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Red or Blue?

Harold Jarche

Tweet Here are some of the insights and observations that were shared via Twitter this past week. “If Paulo Freire” – via @surreallyno.

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What Does Facebook’s New Timeline Apps Mean for Nonprofits?

Beth Kanter

Source: via Beth on Pinterest. ” You can read more about how it works from the Facebook developer notes.

Looking for crowdsourcing workshop/ event partners: Europe, North America, Asia

Ross Dawson

A book can be a very good way to distill and present useful information and guidance. View more presentations from Ross Dawsn. Crowd Business Models.

Can Normal Companies Provide Good Jobs? Yes.

Andy McAfee

In Race Against the Machine , Erik Brynjolfsson and I highlight that median household income in America has actually declined in recent years, even as total US GDP has risen a great deal. Our explanation for this phenomenon is that the average worker is being left behind in our economy, due to technology, trade, and other factors. 39.1%

Rose tinting

Dave Snowden

I had an invitation, but refused it when I was told that who was being invited was secret. So let me start by making my position clear. Reflections

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Peeragogy: Self Organized Peer Learning in Networks

Beth Kanter

Photo by Aussiegal. The term Peeragogy came fluttering through my network, like a butterfly, and it caught my interest. It resonated. Training Desig

2025 in 2012

Doc Searls

Marcel Bullinga is a Dutch futurist and author of Welcome to the Future Cloud. Today I got pointed on Twitter to a Q&A with Bullinga by Aaron Saenz at SingularityHub. Interesting stuff. An excerpt: SH: Welcome to the Future Cloud seems to be very supportive of intellectual property (IP) rights and digital rights managements (DRM).

States banning municipal wifi.

David Weinberger

States are being pushed to pass legislation to prevent cities from offering municipal wifi, in order to preserve the current providers’ de facto monopolies.

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Why The New Yorker's Claim That Brainstorming "Doesn't Work" Is An Overstatement And Possibly Wrong

Bob Sutton

The current version of The New Yorker has a wonderful article by Jonah Lehrer called "Groupthink" (you can see the abstract here ).    I do however have a major quibble.    At one point, Lehrer states flatly that brainstorming doesn't work.  But I am not at all a religious zealot about the method.

The Information Diet: Not Just A Book, A Movement For Conscious Consumption of Information

Beth Kanter

I’ve been curating resources and teaching workshops on the topic of information coping skills for a couple of years. 11-12: Email. 4-5: Email.

Will tablets diverge?

Clark Quinn

After my post trying to characterize the differences between tablets and mobile, Amit Garg similarly posted that tablets are different. I agree. As I’ve suggested, I think the tablet’s not the same as a mobile phone. It’s not always with you, and consequently it’s not ready for any use. So when do you use tablets?

[2b2k] An exabyte of genomics data

David Weinberger

From a post by Derrick Harris at GigaOm: A fully sequenced human genome results in about 100GB of raw data, although DNAnexus Founder and CEO Andreas Sundquist told me that volume increases to about 1TB by the time the genome has been analyzed. He also says we’re on pace to have 1 million genomes sequenced within the next two years.

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More Evidence That Sleep Deprivation Turns Employees Into Assholes (Due to Loss of Self-Control)

Bob Sutton

Those of you who have followed this blog, and especially, Good Boss, Bad Boss will know that a pile of evidence already shows that sleep deprivation turns people grumpy, insensitive, and dulls their cognitive abilities -- in other words it turns them into dumb assholes.   Bosses Evidence-based Management

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Information, Money and Related Subjects

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For a long time, money was embodied in precious metals like gold and silver. The earliest known gold coins were produced in Lydia, in what is now Western Turkey about 2500 years ago. But, with the introduction of banknotes in seventh-century China, money started to decouple from physical objects with intrinsic value. Today. Not by a long shot.

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Surf’s up! Look north

Doc Searls

According to this… … the Aurora is on. The Kp Index has hit 5, and a geomagnetic storm is on. Follow the links there.

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[2b2k] 13 ways the Net is making us smarter

David Weinberger

HuffingtonPost has done a very nice job turning a piece I wrote for them (“13 ways the Net is making us smarter”) into a photo-illustrated slide show


Internet Time Alliance Insights

Harold Jarche

Tweet We can learn a lot from open conversations with trusted colleagues who want to improve their professional expertise. My colleagues have these conversations regularly and I have learned a lot over the past two years that we’ve been together. It’s like an extended business card from all of us. ITA Insights 2012. InternetTime

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Sharing Failure

Clark Quinn

I’ve earlier talked about the importance of failure in learning, and now it’s revealed that Apple’s leadership development program plays that up in a big way. There are risks in sharing, and rewards. And ways to do it better and worse. As a consequence, the company continues to make them, and gets in it’s own way.

Open business: Sharing our group priorities for 2012 – Why not?

Ross Dawson

A year ago I shared a visualization of our AHT Group Business Model. Following that, I am now sharing our group 2012 Priorities.

Is there balm in Giliad?

Dave Snowden

I've always argued that that Margaret Attwood's The Handmaid's Tale should be added to the cannon of key dystopian novels. Polemic

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Internet Time Alliance Insights: the presentation

Jane Hart

ITA Insights 2012. When Mark Britz tweeted about this slideset, he said. mark britz (@britz) January 25, 2012. Social learning