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Loose Hierarchies, Strong Networks

Harold Jarche

While a certain amount of hierarchy may be necessary to get work done, networks naturally route around hierarchy. What would education look like?

Design Principles for Complex, Unpredictable, People Oriented Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

An IBM Global CEO Study conducted in 2010 concluded that complexity was the primary challenge emerging out of its conversations with 1,500 CEOs and senior government officials. CEOs told us they operate in a world that is substantially more volatile, uncertain and complex. CEOs now realize that creativity trumps other leadership characteristics.

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When the Learner is the Teacher, Do We Need Instructional Designers?


It’s a new world out there for the Instructional Designer. It’s an entirely different canvas, with new colors on the pallet. It’s no longer about producing 3-ring binders, or monolithic eLearning. It’s about harnessing the new ways of learning that are enabled by a new breed of technology, and a cultural shifts in how we use it. I think not.

Entrepreneurship becomes global: the top 25 startups hubs in the world

Ross Dawson

The Startup Genome project setup a year ago to gather comparative data on startups around the world. Its Startup Compass allows entrepreneurs to compare statistics on their companies with others in their locality and around the world. I was particularly interested in the rankings of startup cities around the world, reproduced below. London. Moscow.

Preparing for the future of work with PKM

Harold Jarche

Image: New media literacy. Virtual collaboration. Cognitive load management. Novel and adaptive thinking. Social intelligence. Tweet.

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How to move people with two irrational questions

Dan Pink

Unless you’re a hermit in a cave somewhere (and if so, how are you reading this blog?), you’re probably in a position to influence someone in your circle – children, a significant other, your co-workers, your boss – several times a day. Buy it at Amazon , , or IndieBound ). Make sure she gives you a number. too busy). Motivation Reading

The Mysterium Tremendum Leader

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: They are the weak, the bullies, the ruthless. Thanks for reading.

City flow

Mind Hacks

Who knows what this social hiccup does to the overall efficiency? It’s an interesting problem that has a parallel with thermodyanmics.

Le Crowdsourcing en France: une opportunité de créer le futur

Ross Dawson

Je suis enchanté de faire une présentation à Paris 3 mai avec Boostzone Institute. Dominique Turcq de l’institut et moi avons discuté depuis longtemps de notre intérêt commun qui est le futur du travail et des organisations. Je vais parler du “Crowdsourcing”. Tous les details sur ce petit-déjeuner sont sur le site de l’Institut Boostzone.

Data Nerd Alert: Social Networking Benchmark Report 2012

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: This is a banner week for data nerds! Frank Barry shares this guest post summarizing results. Tweet It!]. Tweet It!]. Tweet It!].

Mirroring society

Harold Jarche

Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared via Twitter this past week. Vint Cerf” via @quinnorton. Tweet. Friday's Finds

Sound trip

Mind Hacks

In general, auditory pitch is perceived as lower than normal, and harmonious sounds lose their resonance with one another. Link to book details.

Addressing Social Networking Gripes with Shared Value

Luis Suarez

No doubt! Calling it rather revealing, thought-provoking, mind-bloggling and sobering would probably fall short altogether. Ready? Spot on!

The Mysterium Tremendum Leader

Dan Pontefract

They are the weak, the bullies, the ruthless. They ascend to positions of power through matador like precision.

No reputation measures is the critical flaw in the JOBS crowdfunding bill

Ross Dawson

The JOBS crowdfunding Act is a great step forward, but the potential of the entire scheme is undermined by the lack of reputation measures. This is my first opportunity to write about the historic passing on Thursday of the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act that allows equity crowdfunding in the US. Yet that can be overcome.

Final Exam: Design the Ideal Organization. Use Course Concepts to Defend Your Answer

Bob Sutton

That is the final exam question that I've been using for about a decade in my graduate class "Organizational Behavior:An Evidence-Based Approach" in our Department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford.    Students get 3000 words to answer the question.    Then, the same thing happens every year. 

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Artificial Legs in Thailand

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responding to Harvard Business Review blogs, wherein it is stated, "Doctors in India and Rwanda do not know anything more about the science of eye care or cardiac surgery or treating HIV/AIDS patients. But they do know how to deliver quality care at lower cost. and much to learn from poor countries." The same work in Thailand will cost $10.

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CSTD Montreal Symposium

Harold Jarche

I will speaking this week in Montréal at CSTD ‘s Symposium. Please note there are two Harolds as keynote presenters! My topic is The Future of the Training Department. Here’s the set up. Most training activity for the past century assumed that you could prepare people for the future by training them in what had worked in the past. Tweet.

Competition! Win free pass to Sydney workshops on how to grow your business using crowdsourcing

Ross Dawson

We are kicking off our global series of crowdsourcing workshops on Monday 16 April in Sydney , with a morning workshop on Getting Results From Crowds and an afternoon workshop on Crowd Business Models. You can answer in two ways: 1. On Twitter using the hashtag #crowdsyd. Winners announced this Thursday evening. The best will win!

Apple and Philippe Starck? I Don’t See It.

Andy McAfee

The speculation is that they’re collaborating on TVs, since Starck has designed them before. Starck’s gear, let’s be frank, does not.

Digital Differences – a Pew survey

David Weinberger

Highlighted results from a new Pew Internet poll (taken directly from their pr email): One in five American adults does not use the internet. Among adults who do not use the internet, almost half have told us that the main reason they don’t go online is because they don’t think the internet is relevant to them. More from Pew’s Lee Rainie here.

Attention Nonprofit Data Nerds: The 2012 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study Is Here

Beth Kanter

Part of the M+R Infographic for Benchmark Study. Download your free copy here. Check out the infographic. Measurement

Personal Knowledge Management Online Workshop

Jane Hart

Online Workshop runs 23 April – 4 May 2012. Hosted by Jane Hart and facilitated by Harold Jarche at the Social Learning Centre. Social learning

Hallucinating fairy tales

Mind Hacks

Two cases of hallucinated fairy tales from the medical literature. She began to hear a voice coming from nowhere telling her that she was Cinderella.


[2b2k] Editorials and echo chambers

David Weinberger

From a New Yorker article (April 9, 2012) by Adam Gopnick on Camus: Good editorial writing has less to do with winning an argument, since the other side is mostely not listening, than with telling the guys on your side how they ought to sound when they’re arguing…Not “Say this!” ” but “Sound this way!”


Reflections from 12NTC Panel on Data Visualization

Beth Kanter

Click Thru to See Larger Image. Documentation of Session. Text Notes: Every session has volunteer note takers writing notes in a google document.

Reserve your seat for my next webinar: In conversation with Mark Britz @britz

Jane Hart

My next guest in my In conversation with … webinar series is Mark Britz. Here’s more information about the webinar and how you can reserve your seat as well as leave your questions for Mark in advance of the webinar itself.…. Social learning

Signposts for the Week Ending April 13

Adaptive Path

AUDI builds a studio and hires a composer to help its silent electric cars generate noise dynamically. The original pitch video for The Muppet Show. Weird and wonderful. Marketplace footage of how an iPad is made. Congrats to former Adaptive Path practitioner Alexa and the team at Foodspotting for being nominated for a Webby Award ! Design is a job. goes open source

David Weinberger

Plus: Open-source software works because it enables people from around the world to share their contributions with each other. The CFPB has benefited tremendously from other people’s efforts, so it’s only right that we give back to the community by sharing our work with others. I like it when government talks — and acts! — this way

Reflections from NTC Plenary Panel on Innovation

Beth Kanter

Flickr Photo by Julia Smith. I had the honored of moderating a free wheeling plenary discussion on Day #3 of NTC on “ Innovation and Nonprofits.”

Reimagined Learning: Activities elaborated

Clark Quinn

I’ve been reflecting on the new learning model I proposed earlier , and want to share some elaborations with you.

Textbook example of emotionally intelligent signage

Dan Pink

Back in the old days, when an international team of Ph.D. But last week Kathleen Curry sent us a sign that meets the classic, original definition.

[2b2k] The power of extreme diversity

David Weinberger

Brian Millar has a brief article in FastCompany about his company’s strategy of consulting “extreme customers” to get insight into existing products and ideas for new ones. He writes, “You can learn a lot about mobile phones by talking to a power user. ” And. I can assure you, we had their full attention.

Packard Foundation OE Launches Their Strategy Refresh Site

Beth Kanter

Flickr Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography. The learning in public (slides and resources here ). Learning in Public Challenges and Actions.