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Writing For Designers: Be Like Papa

Adaptive Path

"All our words from loose using have lost their edge.". Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon. I’m not Hemingway. Get used to it. Get better.

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Research: The acceleration of Australian banks’ use of social media

Ross Dawson

While financial services and banking were traditionally highly relationship-based, the shift to online has significantly eroded those relationships.

It’s not about the content

Jay Cross

Things had to be tip-top quality, for the program’s tuition will be $60,000 a year. It shouldn’t be too challenging to. What did I think?

Making sense of our world

Harold Jarche

It’s sense making + getting things done. When someone connects it in some manner, it becomes knowledge. We can use human (e.g. blogging).

Steve Jobs’s Legacy: The Best Answers to the Most Important Question

Andy McAfee

Remember all the predictions from members of the technorati that the iPad would fail ? It didn’t have a file system, or a camera, or a USB port, or lots of other things apparently critical to the success of a tablet computer. It didn’t do enough. It was a toy, suitable only for kids or passive, bovine consumers.

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Google Plus and The Enterprise – What’s The Deal?

Luis Suarez

(I was hoping to be able to share this blog post while I was on vacation with my family in León, mainland Spain, but apparently lack of reliable (NOT!!)

Google Books contract with the British Library

David Weinberger

Thanks to the persistence of Javier Ruiz of the British Open Rights Group , you can now read [ pdf ] the contract between the British Library and Google Books. Google has shrouded its book digitization contracts in non-disclosures wrapped in lead sheathing that is then buried in collapsed portions of the Wieliczka salt mines.

Keynote: Creating the future of retail shopping precincts: The Power of Community and Uniqueness

Ross Dawson

Tomorrow morning I will give the keynote at Mainstreet Australia conference on the topic of Creating the Future of Business. My slides are below.

Lead, follow or get out of the way

Harold Jarche

However, it’s not really about social media, as they’re just the current manifestation of the Internet. Corporations stayed in charge.

Vacation Is A State Of Mind

Luis Suarez

But I am now back and my state of mind is “ back to work, back the social grid!&#. Fully re-energised, batteries charged all the way up!,

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Obama’s circular firing squad

Doc Searls

I normally avoid talking politics here, but it’s hard to stay quiet while partisans on the left help with the demolition project that partisans on the right started the moment Barack Obama arrived in the White House. One example:  Hillary Told You So in The Daily Beast. Another is Obama in the Valley , by Charles Blow in the New York Times.

Qantas Business Radio: why crowdsourcing will drive the future of organizations

Ross Dawson

This month’s Qantas Business Radio has a technology focus, including interviews with Nick Leeder , Managing Director of Google Australia, Simon Hackett , Managing Director of Internode, Peter Williams , CEO of Deloitte Digital, Charis Palmer , Editor of Technology Spectator, Ian Hogg , CEO of FremantleMedia Australia, as well as myself.

The unframed Net

David Weinberger

It’s clear that we don’t know how to explain the Internet. Is it a medium? Is it a culture, a subworld, or a parallel world? Is it a communication system? We bounce around, and we disagree. Nevertheless, I am not as worried about our lacking the right framing for the Net as are some of my friends and colleagues. Everything is a network.

Will the iPad continue its tablet domination? A look at the market landscape

Dawn of Learning

This is the first in a series of articles about the tablet market and the impact of this new device on education and training. iPad vs Android.

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The 20th Anniversary of Linux

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In mid-August I traveled to Vancouver to attend LinuxCon , the industry’s premier Linux conference.  The conference is organized by the Linux Foundation , which is the nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Linux, which made the conference particularly special.  Why is that? 

Why Steve Jobs’ resignation is a (relative) non-event as Apple becomes a living company

Ross Dawson

I was just interviewed by ABC TV for tonight’s 7pm news about Steve Jobs’ resignation as CEO of Apple. My initial reaction is that is as close to a non-event as it could be. . It was absolutely major news when Jobs announced his first medical leave for a life-threatening disease. design Technology trends Uncategorized

How to understand regret ? and 2 ways to avoid it | Daniel Pink

Dan Pink

Sometimes when I'm stuck on a course of action, I use two techniques to help me decide. One is what I call the 90-year-old me Test.

Susan Hildreth on libraries in the digital age

David Weinberger

At the Library Innovation Lab blog, there’s a podcast interview I did a couple of weeks ago with Susan Hildreth , director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services , a federal agency that supports libraries and museums. For someone with the embossed U.S.

Job Creation and America's Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This past June, the McKinsey Global Institute published one of the most comprehensive reports I have seen on the high unemployment and jobless recovery the US has been going through for the past few years - An Economy that Works: Job Creation and America’s Future.  But simply employing a nation’s people is not enough. percent CGR and add 22.5

Exposing that which lies below the surface

Harold Jarche

Tweet Ken Carroll calls for leaders to be the miners: You have to dig if you want to find the greatest possibilities within yourself and others.

Social media and its impact on workplace learning OR how the Smart Worker works and learns

Jane Hart

Social media is affecting all our lives –  it has disrupted countries and it is unsettling organisations. The Smart Worker : thrives on autonom

Strong piano at high fruitiness

Mind Hacks

Link to abstract / DOI entry of study. Hearing and Language Integrating

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Kick-starting a corporate social network

Jay Cross

Internal microblogging is a great way for an organization to kick-start social networking. Grainger in this video. Just Jay

Immersion or collaboration?

Clark Quinn

In something I’ve just been involved in, I realized I had a question.  I’m a fan of scenarios (read: serious games), to the point that I’ve written a book about how to design them!  I’m also a fan of social learning, and consequently argue for the benefits of collaborative assignments. How would you design such a practice?

Information fertiliser

Euen Semple

Thought you might enjoy this paragraph from the chapter in my book exhorting people to resist tidying up their information: Finding the good stuff is one of the functions of bloggers. Information rag and bone men who curate the weak signal and the long tail. Seeing patterns in the small, the marginal, the messy. Pulling together the good stuff.

Remembering Hurricane Bob

Doc Searls

Got an interesting email from sister Jan, retired Commander with the U.S. Navy, who was stationed in Newport when Hurricane Bob hit in 1991. When it turned ENE away from  NJ and the I-95 corridor the story died out.  That was on Friday evening.  Funny, the day of Bob was downright weird.  And boy, did we ever.  Pressure change, we were told.

The Dyslexic Advantage is Out! - Dyslexic Inventor James Russell

Eide Neurolearning

It's here! Our book, The Dyslexic Advantage is out! Check out this brief excerpt from our interview with James Russell, inventor of the compact disc.

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Mind the SME (and process)

Clark Quinn

At the recent Distance Teaching & Learning Conference I keynoted at, I met up with Jon Aleckson who, among other things, provided me a copy of his new book MindMeld. As the subtitle tells you, the book is about “micro collaboration between elearning designers and instructor experts&#. Bsed upon Jon’s Ph.D. design

Organization Design

Jay Cross

One person’s constant is another person’s variable. They don’t realized that learning involves a lot more than delivery. Just Jay

Tumultuous times during the Big Shift

Harold Jarche

Tweet Here are some interesting finds that were shared on Twitter this past week. EskoKilpi – “ The big shift : Transformation from status hierarchies to task hierarchies - #networks&# [I think this is a critical differentiation between the industrial/information economy and the creative/knowledge economy we are shifting to.].

What Would You Do If Your Doctor Relied on a Book Like This.

Bob Sutton

As regular readers of this blog will know, I am a strong advocate of evidence-based management. Yes, there are times when sound evidence isn't available, can't be generated fast enough to make a pressing decision


Clark Quinn

What’s In It For Learners? In organizations, we talk about addressing WIIFM (What’s In It For Me).  As a key component of motivation, we want to connect to individuals viscerally. With my focus on engagement in learning, I’ve felt it’s important to address the conative (anxiety, motivation, etc) of learners as well.

Car Week 2011

Jay Cross

In 1950, a car show was started to accompany the Pebble Beach Road Race. Here’s the history. Manufacturers and owners clubs host events.

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Social Media and the Smart Worker

Jane Hart

Social media is affecting all our lives –  it has disrupted countries and it is unsettling organisations. The Smart Worker : thrives on autonom