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Making collaborative work work

Harold Jarche

Tweet Everyone talks about collaboration in the workplace today but what does it really mean? How do you get from here to there?

Learning Without Training

Jay Cross

Here are a few examples of learning before and after instituting the learning infrastructure we call a Workscape. Note what’s happening here.

The death rattles of AM, then FM

Doc Searls

Check the Arbitron   radio listening ratings for Washington DC. You’ll see the same pattern at other cities on this list from

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MOOCs for the win!

George Siemens

Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are getting attention on various blogs and news sites. I’ll try and synthesize the conversation over the last few weeks and describe the role of MOOCs in education. The goal is to ensure a high quality learning experience to anyone with sufficient technical ability and access to the Internet.

Subject matter networks

Harold Jarche

Tweet “I think the singular SME is an antiquated a notion as the solitary game player & our development pipelines need to change.”

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Distributed research needs collaborative researchers

Harold Jarche

Tweet “What Sanofi is doing is reducing its own internal research capacity,” he said. We will do less of our own research. Narration of Work.

[2b2k] Information overload? Not so much. (Part 2)

David Weinberger

Yesterday I tried to explain my sense that we’re not really suffering from information overload, while of course acknowledging that there is vastly more information out there than anyone could ever hope to master. Then a comment from Alex Richter helped me clarify my thinking. We certainly do at times feel overwhelmed.

Checklist: transforming corporate learning

Jay Cross

If you don’t get this, it will get you. Experience has taught us that making over a training department into a business learning function requires these activities: Sell the vision of learning as a value-creating component of social business. articulate the vision and value of Working Smarter to executive management. Make the vision a reality.

Children and Adults Use Different Networks to Solve Problems

Eide Neurolearning

When doing arithmetic problems, Stanford researchers found that children use different brain regions to solve problems. Perhaps salience networks are more important in general for children's problem solving. Last week we had the pleasure of having dinner with Katherine Schantz, Head of the Lab School in Washington DC. Eide Neurolearning Blog.

“Serendipity is too important to be left to chance”

Harold Jarche

Tweet Here are some of the insights and observations that were shared via Twitter this past week. ” via @demingSOS. narrating your work].

Connected Learning: What have they done with Alec, Will, Vicki?

George Siemens

This might be a simple oversight on the part of the organizers – i.e. get the message of a new initiative out quickly. However, the site indicates that a new research group has been formed to explore connected learning. The starting point of almost all research is consideration of what has come before. just sayin’). It’s wrong

The Back Channel and the Rule of Threes

Jay Cross

It’s a law of nature. There are always three things. Trust me on this. Something always comes before and there’s always an aftermath.

Earth to Cable: You don’t control us.

Doc Searls

Just got stopped in my tracks by this passage in Plans for ‘TV Everywhere’ Bog Down in Tangled Pacts , in The Wall Street Journal : Nearly three years after  Time Warner  Inc. and  Comcast  Corp. Say what? Control? Excuse me, but no. Cable doesn’t control us now, and won’t control us in the future, either.

5 Disruptive Trends That Will Alter Your Mobile Strategy


I attended a webinar two week’s ago featuring Stacey Harris of Brandon Hall Group and Mark Hellinger of Xyleme. The topic of conversation was this idea of going mobile with your learning; a hot topic in the learning space no doubt. People haven’t exactly been able to call it by name, but its being felt. Convenience is critical.

Is Manifesto the right word for our times?

Ross Dawson

However one of the questions is what to call these statements. On the face of it ‘Manifesto’ is an admirable description.

February’s Top 50 Posts on Working Smarter

Jay Cross

Best of  Working Smarter Daily. February 1-29, 2012. Working smarter draws upon ideas from design thinking, network optimization, brain science, user experience design, learning theory, organizational development, social business, technology, collaboration, web 2.0 Here’s how we choose the crème de la crème for your enjoyment. In Memoriam: Tim M.

101 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits: A Field Guide

Beth Kanter

Click to view on Amazon. Take this terrific guest post by Melanie over at Frogloop blog about Pinterest, for example. Books

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Tweet Kings & Pretty Things (aka Micro-Blogging Habits)

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: Are you a tweet king or a pretty thing? Limayem, M., Hirt, S.G., Barnes, Stuart J.;

The inexorable rise of work markets

Ross Dawson

The role and prominence of online markets for work have soared dramatically over the last few years, but this is just the beginning. Prominent VC Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures has just written a post The Nature Of The Firm and Work Markets , referencing, as I did in both of these books, the seminal work of Ronald Coase. hotels, car rentals.)

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iWitness Aims to Aggregate News By Time and Place

Adaptive Path

Let's face it: The great promise of citizen media has not really been fulfilled. News organizations have struggled to find ways to supplement their coverage of news events with contributions from citizens. And finding citizen media related to a news event is currently difficult at best. That's where we come in. With funding from the John S.

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How To Create A Terrific Facebook Cover Image If You Don’t Have Resources To Hire A Designer

Beth Kanter

But what if you don’t have the resources to hire a graphic designer and need to do it in-house? Nonprofit Techie Ash Shepherd to the rescue!

The Power of Habit: Quick Review

Bob Sutton

The Power of Habit has been sitting on my desk for a couple months, as the publisher sent me an advance copy.    What a compelling read! 

Reimagining Learning

Clark Quinn

On the way to the recent Up To All Of Us un conference  (#utaou), I hadn’t planned an agenda. An interview could produce an audio recording.

Destructive criticism

Euen Semple

"Destructive criticism is the biggest single enemy of human potential. It is worse than cancer or heart disease. While those diseases can ultimately lead to the deterioration and death of an individual, destructive criticism kills the soul of the person but leaves the body walking around." - Brian Tracy


Message It: How to Make the Most of Your New Facebook Page

Beth Kanter

Ash Shepherd wrote a guest post earlier this week that offered fabulous templates and steps for developing the graphic images for your Facebook Page.

The Rise of a Culture of Contempt and the Demise of UCLA Men's Basketball

Bob Sutton

Work Matters reader and fellow blogger, Chris Yeh , sent me a link to a Sport's Illustrated story about the discouraging downfall of the UCLA basketball program.    Chris summed it all up well: It’s terrible.    Thank goodness John Wooden isn’t alive, or this would have killed him.  What behavior do you model? 

Availability in Europe for keynotes/ workshops/ consulting late April to late May

Ross Dawson

I will spending a month in Europe from late April to late May, with a busy but not yet full schedule, so I’m open to offers on possible work in that period. That has already resulted in them confirming a series of keynote engagements in early to mid-May in locations including Luxembourg, Italy, and Moscow. Keynote speaker Uncategorized

Blogging and Personal Feelings

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Logs, in this sense, were a form of human self-correction.  They amended for hindsight, for the ways in which human beings order and tidy and construct the story of their lives as they look back on them.  For bloggers, the deadline is always now.  As I fully expected, I really enjoy my university affiliations. 

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KONY, Networked Nonprofits, and Transparency

Beth Kanter

What was your source?   He answered, “KONY Youtube Video.” The Kony campaign is actually bigger than even its highly noble mission.

Great Piece on Narcissistic CEOs in The New York Times

Bob Sutton

Steve Davidoff has a well-researched piece on the antics and impact of narcissistic CEOs in The New York Times.    The allegations of deeply selfish and unlawful actions by chief executive of Delphi Financial, Robert Rosenkranz, appear to have motivated the piece. In real life, it is probably some of both. 

Friday Fun: You Don’t Have an Office?

Dan Pontefract

Is this true? dp: Is bald the new black? Reporter: Ok, ummm. Why haven’t you used an office over the past 10 years? dp: Offices get in the way.

Reserve a seat for my webinar: In conversation with Harold Jarche

Jane Hart

My guest in my next  In conversation with … webinar is my Internet Time Alliance colleague, Harold Jarche. Reserve your seat for the webinar.

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Catching the krokodil

Mind Hacks

Over the last few months somewhat sensational media reports have appeared discussing a cheap Russian heroin-like drug nicknamed ‘krokodil’ due to it causing scaly lesions at the site of injection. The main part of the article is reproduced below edited to remove the references. The drug is administered intravenously or intramuscularly.

FUBAR, SNAFU, Fast Company, and Good Bosses

Bob Sutton

My late father, Lewis Sutton, was a World II veteran.    Like many of his generation, the things he learned and experiences he had -- from the terrors of the Battle of the Bulge to the joys of chasing French women -- profoundly shaped the course of his life.  Stories about past triumphs fuel this predilection.