• TED  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2015
    [Information] Life-hacks from Bill Nye, a letter to Mom on the universe, and a graphic novel from the “Aristotle of Comics”
    The book came about through a series of letters to Janna’s mother, which became an informal thesis on whether the universe is finite or infinite, and the double standard that exists in posing this question. 'The TED community has been busy in the past week. Below, a few TEDsters with news to share. Bill Nye’s life hacks. new kind of implant.
  • BETH KANTER  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2015
    [Information] Smarter Nonprofit Networking: Building A Professional Network That Works for You
    People who offer them new information or expertise, who share best practices; and contacts in other industries. He suggest these categories: information and learning. '“You are not ever a genius all by yourself. Your ideas are a function of the people you are connected with…” – Carol Dweck, Author, Mindset.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2015
    [Information] L&D outside the box
    Imagine a research intensive organisation where scientists should be sharing what they learn, and the official company policy is to share information and expertise among public and private partners. 'This article appeared in Inside Learning Technologies & Skills Magazine, January 2015. We had just purchased 100 helicopters.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2015
    [Information] What I do, don’t do, and why
    This crosses formal learning, mobile learning, serious games, performance support, content systems, social and informal learning, and more. 'My background is in learning technology design, leveraging a deep background (read: Ph.D.) in cognition, and long experience with technology. like to think I’m pretty good at it, and I am for hire.
  • DOC SEARLS   |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2015
    [Information] Blogging the #BlizzardOf2015 in #NYC that wasn’t
    As more cords get cut, and more of us inform each other directly, new and better forms of aggregation and intermediation will emerge. Who has the information I want, now? 'The blizzard hit coastal New England, not New York City. In fact, it’s still hitting. Wish I was there, because I love snow. No big deal. At least here.
  • DOC SEARLS   |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2015
    [Information] Giant Snow Fail Link Sale
    brief sketch of the “full stack” (intellectually speaking…) news and information company. Envision a Future Where Your Personal Information Is Digital Currency | WIRED. 'Somebody at The New Yorker calls office junk (the kind you save until you toss because you’re moving) “accretions of intention.”
  • TED  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2015
    [Information] An unusual investment company, inspired by honeybees (and TED)
    He talked about the business case for not hoarding information, and how you could actually have a much better business model by opening up intellectual property instead of closing it off.”. Then the scouts come back and they share the information, very openly,” she says. 'Katherine Collins named her investment firm: Honeybee Capital.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2015
    [Information] 70:20:10 and the Learning Curve
    Note that this  assumes a good formal learning design,  not rote information and knowledge test!) 'My colleague Charles Jennings recently posted on the value of autonomous learning (worth reading!), sparked by a diagram provided by another ITA colleague, Jane Hart (that I also thought was insightful). Hence the revolution. :). itashare.
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2015
    [Information] Skills and Jobs in the Digital Economy
    Computers have significantly complemented and increased the productivity of high-skill, information-intensive jobs, enabling them to address many new kinds of problems.  . 'Few subjects are as important, - or as challenging to predict, - as the future of jobs in our emerging digital economy. or 17.4 million people. 
  • DAN PONTEFRACT  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2015
    [Information] The Strength Of A Leader Comes From The Tree Trunk
    'Employee engagement research recently surfaced by Answers – a company that empowers consumers, brands and organizations by connecting them with the information they need to make better informed decisions – suggests only 27% of employees are engaged at work, whereas 45% of employees find themselves in the middle of the pack of engagement.
  • DAVE SNOWDEN  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2015
    [Information] On fragments and lessons learning
    It also enables peer-to-peer information flow, unmediated by agency which is critical in the development sector. Summarisation into formal documents has value, but only when the use of the core information stabilises. 'A transition through Bonn today to spend time with the German Development Agency before moving onto Zurich.
  • DOC SEARLS   |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2015
    [Information] #Deflategate needs facts
    Presumably that’s an informed opinion, but it’s still just an opinion. 'Check out this map : This isn’t new. Way back in 2008, after the Patriots’ undefeated season ended with a Super Bowl loss to the Giants, The Onion wrote Patriots Season Perfect for Rest of Nation. It’s easy to hate an overdog. No facts there.
  • DAVID WEINBERGER  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2015
    [Information] [2b2k] Inside.com’s updates: A new rhetorical form for journalism?
    It’s an interesting exercise: If you had the opportunity to design a new rhetorical form that will fit news onto a mobile device — that’s where people will read most of their news, Jason is convinced — and will do the best job possible of conveying information without sensationalizing it, what would you come up with? But does it work?
  • DAVE SNOWDEN  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2015
    [Information] The evolution of culture
    Now there is nothing new in the idea that the informal culture of an organisation is important. 'One of the tasks I have to complete over the next day or so is supporting material for a range of Cognitive Edge employee engagement tools and offerings. So culture is a lot more nuanced that implied by the stock taking idea.
  • BETH KANTER  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2015
    [Information] Talking Shop with Network Designers and Weavers for Social Change
    Flisrand , who is a network weaver for sustainability networks, was in town and he was organizing an informal gathering. 'We learn so much about professional practice from having honest and candid conversations. So, when he sent around an email that Janne K. Next, Eugene facilitated a fishbowl conversation with Janne.
  • TED  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2015
    [Information] How a TED Fellow’s mobile triage app could save lives around the world
    The paper-based version of the SATS offers no additional information, whereas a mobile app can. So digitizing systems offers more information as prompts for medical care depending on the score. At the moment, entering such information has to be manually based because we can’t afford the technology in our public hospitals.
  • MIND HACKS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2015
    [Information] pwned by a self-learning AI
    It’s an AI that worked out its environment, its actions, and what it needs to do to ‘survive’, without any prior information. The key here is ‘without any prior training’ as the system was not ‘told’ anything about the games. It worked out how to play them, and how to win them, entirely on its own.
  • TED  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2015
    [Information] Could comets explain why there’s life on Earth? A lesson in chalk
    So it’s cool to pick these topics that have information in them that nobody has ever known before. 'When Justin Dowd worked as a food runner at a restaurant, he would sometimes doodle on the chalkboard in the kitchen. He had no idea that this skill — coupled with his ability to explain physics — would one day win him a trip to space.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2015
    [Information] Wearables?
    I am accustomed to having information on my wrist, and while I wear glasses, I want them to be invisible to me. Of course, the real issue is whether there’s sufficient information available through the watch that it makes a value proposition. I’m contemplating the iWatch but don’t have enough information as of yet.
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2015
    [Information] As Big Data and AI Take Hold, What Will It Take to Be an Effective Executive?
    Many of these jobs, - which include blue-collar production activities as well as information-based white-collar ones, - are based on well understood procedures that can be described by a set of rules that machines can then follow.  . 'Big data , powerful analytics and AI are everywhere.  Mid-skill jobs have been particularly threatened. 
  • DAVE SNOWDEN  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2015
    [Information] Some thinking about decisions
    One thing I want to tackle in more depth (which I didn't mention in yesterday's post) is the difference between design thinking as it is popularly understood and complexity informed design thinking. 'I'm still working through possible material for next weeks training programme in Zurich. Remember that no action is also a decision.
  • TED  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2015
    [Information] 40 brilliant idioms that simply can’t be translated literally
    What it means : “You are not well informed, and it shows.”. 'What does it mean to “have tomatoes on your eyes?” ” Find out below… By Helene Batt and Kate Torgovnick May. It’s a piece of cake. You can’t put lipstick on a pig. Why add fuel to the fire? The results are laugh-out-loud funny. If that were possible.”.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2015
    [Information] Getting strategic means getting scientific
    And it occurs to me that getting our processes structured to align with how we work is part of a bigger picture of how our strategies have to similarly be informed. And performance support similarly needs to reflect how we process information, and, importantly, things we don’t do well and need support for. Time to get to work.
  • CHARLES JENNINGS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2015
    [Information] 70:20:10 – Above All Else It’s a Change Agent
    In other words, ‘informally’. Research over the past 40 years has shown that informal and workplace learning is increasingly pervasive and central to learning in organisations. '“Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” In other words, they’re rocket scientists. itashare
  • JAY CROSS  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 2015
    [Information] Ebbinghaus was a pessimist
    wonder what the forgetting curve for tacit information looks like. 'More than a hundred years ago , Hermann Ebbinghaus formulated the forgetting curve, which describes the relationship between memory and time. But Ebbinghaus’s findings don’t really apply to most learning situations. This is explicit knowledge. Brain Science
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 2015
    [Information] a simpler approach to content management
    Referrals can be pushed, through something like a subscription service, or pulled from knowledge networks when there is an immediate need for information. People with more diverse and deep knowledge networks get better information. The best example of a CMS is the Web. There is relevant and irrelevant content. Not much.
  • STEPHEN DOWNES: HALF AN HOUR  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2015
    [Information] I Am Not That Guy
    That''s why I wrote in my original post as follows: “There’s a certain cynicism informing this list, which I think is unavoidable if you stay in the business of covering the field long enough. This week, though, I said there was "a certain cynicism" in a recent list of articles by her and suddenly became one of those people. Emotional?
  • THE SMART WORK COMPANY  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2015
    [Information] Brave new world in a (long) nutshell
    And that required mutually supportive systems like physical workplace, IT (performance information), HR (particularly leadership and learning sewn into everything an enterprise does), governance and structures. couple of things became clear as I began to write. in the South East of England. It hasn’t been easy. Here goes. What to do?
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2015
    [Information] It’s the process, silly!
    Another issue, to me, is to structure the format for your intermediate representations so that make it hard to do aught but come up with useful information. 'So yesterday, I went off on some of the subtleties in elearning that are being missed. This is tied to last weeks posts about how we’re not treating elearning seriously enough.
  • DAVID WEINBERGER  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2015
    [Information] Software that makes us freer
    People like Doc and me and you ought to be informing one another and the entire ecosystem about the freedom-increasing software we use. 'Dave Winer has a couple of related posts up, one addressed to Doc Searls and me, and the other broadening the point: we need to be doing more to support software that makes us, and the Internet, freer.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2015
    [Information] The subtleties
    They are about information or knowledge, not skill. People are expected to give a hoot about this information, but no one helps them understand why it’s important? Information focused or arbitrary content presentations. Yet too often I see arbitrary lists of information accompanied by a rote knowledge test. design
  • DONALD CLARK PLAN B  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2015
    [Information] Homework – 7 teacher & 7 learner strategies
    This is how you should store information as it makes it easier to recall. 'Homework (horrible industrial word) has long been an educational lightening rod. Teachers are suspicious and don’t like the marking, parents get stressed and learners have to endure what are sometimes dull, repetitive, even meaningless tasks. Don’t mark - encorage 6.
  • ROSS DAWSON  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2015
    [Information] Can Facebook-informed algorithms know you better than your mother?
    The post Can Facebook-informed algorithms know you better than your mother? 'This morning I was interviewed on the national breakfast program Sunrise about whether algorithms can assess our personality better than those who are closest to us. Click on the image below to view the segment. ” The potential implications are profound.
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2015
    [Information] “Soft” AI Is Suddenly Everywhere
    These are generally statistically oriented, computational intelligence methods for addressing complex problems based on the analysis of vast amounts of information using powerful computers and sophisticated algorithms, whose results exhibit qualities we tend to associate with human intelligence. It’s still what the experts call soft A.I.
  • DAVE SNOWDEN  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2015
    [Information] Systems? Day 1
    This is the practice v theory informed practice divide. 'An odd sort of day today, the first of two in a small session discussing system thinking, complexity and the like with people from very different traditions. friend in the US had started the process trying to get a diverse group of people together to secure funding for something.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2015
    [Information] the exposure economy
    But it seems we are entering a time when people expect to get whatever information they need for free and feel no obligation to support the people who create it. 'I wrote in the post, knowledge is personal , that pretty well everything  I have achieved professionally is a result of my sharing online, especially through this blog.
  • TED  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2015
    [Information] Are you being tracked? How law enforcement follows your movements, and why you should care
    You end up with what is essentially a massive tracking database that gathers information about innocent people. Allowing the government to collect massive quantities of information about everyone opens the door to abuse. But what could anyone really do with that information that would hurt us? ”). mounted on the trunk.
  • MIND HACKS  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2015
    [Information] Is public opinion rational?
    This looks like a problem for democracy, which supposes a rational and informed public opinion. 'There is no shortage of misconceptions. The British public believes that for every £100 spent on benefits, £24 is claimed fraudulently (the actual figure is £0.70). We think that 31% of the population are immigrants (actually its 13%). Reasoning
  • TED  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2015
    [Information] As libraries become cultural hubs, TEDx events bring the community in
    They are open to everyone and provide services that support formal and informal learning,” he says. To Lehnan, libraries exist to provide informational and recreational content, and the formats those come in are evolving rapidly. Libraries have long been that place for civic dialogue and access to information,” she says.
  • DOC SEARLS   |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2015
    [Information] Tabbing along late on a Monday
    long, somewhat informative volley of tweets follows. 'I’m not ready to tell you what I was working on today (There’s a tease, huh?), but I can share the tabs I had open: Andy Carvin (@acarvin) on Twitter: “Twitter will be @reportedly’s home base. We’re also on reddit at [link] FB at [link] medium @ reported.ly.”
  • JAY CROSS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2015
    [Information] Future of Conferences: Why People Attend
    Gather information about products, techniques, trends. Form opinions on Big Data, informal learning, LMS, Open API, MOOCs, and other buzz-topics. 'I’m investigating the future of f2f conferences. Will conferences be disrupted à la newspaper business? Will successful events become communities instead of one-shot deals? Have fun!
  • BETH KANTER  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2015
    [Information] What Nonprofits Need To Do More in 2015: Embrace Stillness
    However, we live in a connected world where we have gotten so go at being in touch, informed, and connected, that we don’t know how to be alone and step away more regularly. 'The new year is always a popular time for all of us to take stock and see the big picture. It can drain your passion. Do practice stillness?
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2015
    [Information] The Startup Version of the Wealth Gap
    Because of the fast spread of information, technology users come to understand that a problem (bad taxi service) can be solved with a new service (Uber).  'Entrepreneurship has never been easier, but entrepreneurship is on the decline.  I first heard this surprising paradox a few months ago in a talk by MITs’s Andy McAfee. What’s going on? 
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2015
    [Information] are you prepared?
    As with agriculture last century, fewer people are needed to do manufacturing, information, or service work today. 'Major technological advances, like the printing press or the Internet, create economic volatility. This in turn changes the existing social contract. This is no longer the norm. We are entering a post-job economy.
  • STEPHEN DOWNES: HALF AN HOUR  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2015
    [Information] A Year in Photos
    They’re still focused on their own organizational information systems and traditional institutional networks. -- William H. In the MOOC part I outlined the history of our work with MOOCs, and then appealed to connectivism to inform the design principle underlying them. More on that as we progress. But there is no camera. Ah yes.
  • TED  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2015
    [Information] How to make a tabletop telepresence robot to beam yourself into meetings
    If you are planning to start building, please check out my GitHub repo, with more information and project files ». 'I manage TED’s online community from my home on the West Coast, and while many of my interactions are with people based all over the world, the majority of my colleagues are based across the country at TED HQ in New York City.
  • DAN PONTEFRACT  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2015
    [Information] Conation: The Word of 2015
    Cognition , as you know, deals with the “ what “ It’s when we interpret, process and understand the gazillion number of data points and information strands that enter our mind each day. 'How words lose their luster boggles the mind. At least it boggles my mind. Ok maybe now we know why some words lose their luster.
  • DOC SEARLS   |  MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2015
    [Information] Some tabs to start the week
    Open data: Unlocking innovation and performance with liquid information | McKinsey & Company Why open data is necessary and cool. 'Here ya go: Hats Off to Mozilla My column for the January issue of Linux Journal. Firefox — Notes (34.0.5) — Mozilla More changes since I wrote the above. Stay tuned.) We are legion. But use it anyway.
  • DAVE SNOWDEN  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2015
    [Information] Announcing the first SenseMaker®-specific courses - sign up now!
    We also realise that some organisations may want the skills provided by these courses, but applied in a specific environment dealing with sensitive or confidential information. Without experience, it’s difficult to convince potential sponsors and yet without willing sponsors, it’s impossible to get experience. Who are these for?
  • DAVE SNOWDEN  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 4, 2015
    [Information] Roots determine routes?
    More details via the diabetes category on this blog but the point is that I took an informed multi-disciplinary approach. '10: Trying to get to a single causal line of reasoning. The picture is from Avebury just around the corner from where I live. My reason for starting with this picture is the root system itself. You get prescribed statins.
  • BETH KANTER  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2015
    [Information] Happy New Year: What’s Your Theme for the Year?
    I didn’t do a complete unplug, as we’re so dependent on the Internet for information in navigate our daily lives, which is a huge change since I first got online in 1993.    And, now with those beautiful sunsets behind me, I look ahead to 2015. 'The Sun Sets on 2014. Year in Review. My Theme for the Year: Learning. My Three Words.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 2015
    [Information] A new way to work
    America has hit peak jobs  TechCrunch informs us. 'Corporations were created to give limited liability to organizations that were taking on large, capital-intensive projects, like building railways. Today, most corporations have little physical capital and instead derive their value from intangible goods and services. There are alternatives.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2014
    [Information] Reflections on 15 years
    We have information age understandings that illustrate why industrial age methods are not appropriate. Finally, our approaches to learning are better informed now. It is not news that information dump and knowledge test do not lead to meaningful skill acquisition, and it is increasingly clear that meaningful practice can.
  • THE SMART WORK COMPANY  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2014
    [Information] Brave new world: Uncover value
    The following two posts are Uncover value and Nurture informal networks. 'I’m writing a series of posts, under the collective title of Brave New World, which summarise ten patterns underpinning new ways of working and learning for complex contexts. The themes are linked. see one as (partly) an emergent property of the other. Let’s
  • DAVE SNOWDEN  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2014
    [Information] Industrialisation of the craft
    Expect more on this by the way, just before Christmas I passed the first draft of an article on complexity informed design thinking to Mary Boone (My co-author on the HBR Cynefin article) for her to weave her magic. '5: Taking something of value, but then seeking to industrialise it. Finally you achieve mastery. Polemic
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2014
    [Information] Leadership for the Network Era
    Consider also that as knowledge expands and new information is constantly added, who has the base knowledge to do the shaping anyway? 'Power and Leadership. The TIMN [Tribes + Institutions + Markets + Networks] model shows how society grew from a collection of tribes, added institutions, and later developed markets. building compliance.
  • DAVE SNOWDEN  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2014
    [Information] Statistical tails waging the dogs of truth
    They include, but are not limited to: Reliance on self-reported data from responsible managers who have a vested interest in reporting success, or may (and this is oh so common) genuinely think that things are fine as the informal networks make things work despite management action and design. Polemic
  • DOC SEARLS   |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2014
    [Information] Giant Christmas Eve Used Tab Closing Sale
    The Information not-so-super Highway. Information Fiduciary: Solution to Facebook digital gerrymandering | New Republic. Balkinization: Information Fiduciaries in the Digital Age. https://medium.com/backchannel/the-definitive-story-of-information-wants-to-be-free-a8d95427641c. 'Here ya go, all free. Wind Animation. link].
  • IRVING WLADAWSKY-BERGER  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2014
    [Information] Preparing Students for an Increasingly Complex Business World
    By combining qualitative and quantative information the study confirmed that companies indeed require skills beyond what engineering, MBA programs and communication schools are currently teaching. . 'Are engineering and management schools adequately preparing students for our fast-changing, highly complex business world? 
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2014
    [Information] Organizations, work, and learning
    Key point: The mainstream application of knowledge management and learning management over the past few decades is mostly wrong; we over-managed information, knowledge, and learning, because it was easy to do so. 'The five most-viewed posts here this past year provide a good synopsis of the over 150 articles I have written since January.
  • BETH KANTER  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2014
    [Information] 5 Book Recommendations for Nonprofit Networking and Data Nerds
    This book is how to create a data-informed culture in your organization that values outcome based measurement. 'There’s lots to enjoy during the holiday season – from gathering with friends and family to the festivities and fun. The Digital Mystique by Sarah Granger. Show Your Work by Jane Bozarth. Evergreen. Books
  • STEPHEN DOWNES: HALF AN HOUR  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2014
    [Information] The OOC
    'I posted this : The conundrum of creating an open course in a closed site – Storyboard OOC update Gabi Witthaus , Art of e-learning , Dec 22, 2014 So this, I think, is the opposite of a MOOC: "We chose to use a platform that requires people to have accounts and sign in, in order to be able to set up and manage the groups effectively." True enough.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2014
    [Information] Hierarchies in perpetual beta
    As I have said before, hierarchies work well when information flows mostly in one direction: down. 'I have said many times that teamwork is over-rated. It can be a smoke screen for office bullies to coerce fellow workers. The economic stick often hangs over the team: be a team player or lose your job , is the implication in many workplaces.
  • TED  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2014
    [Information] Eye phone: How a TED Fellow’s new app could help restore sight to millions
    That’s the great thing with Peek — you can share that information immediately, so that a remote expert can analyze any anomalies. Part 'Andrew Bastawrous shares the idea behind Peek at TED2014. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED. Peek makes eye tests affordable and easy to administer, bypassing the need for expensive, fragile equipment.
  • THE SMART WORK COMPANY  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2014
    [Information] Brave new world: Organise for customer focus
    Some, like the importance of our informal social relationships to how we experience work, go as far back as the Hawthorne studies in the 1920s and 1930s. 'This is the third post in the Brave New World series, which explores ten patterns I see underpinning new ways of working and learning for complex work contexts. Customer focus.
  • TED  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014
    [Information] Why the eff didn’t you watch these TED Talks? The 2014 edition
    Just watch: it’s an informative, surprising talk. 'At the end of every December, we at the office get a little indignant that some of our favorite TED Talks from the year didn’t seem to do as well as we’d hoped. Below, my picks for the top 10 great talks you might have missed this year, with mild to medium spiciness. But 1.2
  • TED  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014
    [Information] At TEDxPlaceDesNations, talks from those who dedicate their lives to the global good
    It turned into quite an exchange—he was so well-informed on refugee issues,” says Fleming. But at the same time, she started pursuing the idea of organizing a TEDx event with Corinne Momal-Vanian, the Director of UN Information Centres. 'TEDxPlaceDesNations took place inside the UN’s General Assembly Hall. The two met for lunch.
  • BOB SUTTON  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2014
    [Information] 12 Books That Every Leader Should Read: Updated
    have read it three times and, in my view, it is -- by far -- the best book ever written about what it takes to build an organization where people share information, cooperate, and help each other succeed. 'I have been maintaining – and occasionally updating -- a list of “Books Every Leader Should Read” on this Work Matters blog since 2011.
  • TED  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2014
    [Information] Meet the 2015 class of TED Fellows and Senior Fellows
    An investigative journalist who reports on the FBI’s misuse of informants in counterterrorism operations, Trevor asks the question: Is the United States catching terrorists or creating them? 'We are thrilled to announce the new class of Fellows for TED2015. They work across disciplines, at the forefront of their fields. Camille A.
  • THE SMART WORK COMPANY  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2014
    [Information] Of patterns and progress
    said in the  Brave New World post  that I recently took time out to try to make sense of how past insight can inform present action. Some like the importance of our informal social relationships to how we experience work go back as far as the  Hawthorne studies  in the 1920s and 1930s. One of the articles in particular interested me. 
  • CLARK QUINN  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2014
    [Information] Challenges in engaging learning
    Getting the models is hard when the resources provided don’t include that information. 'I’ve been working on moving a team to deeper learning design. The goal is to practice what I preach, and make sure that the learning design is competency-aligned, activity-based, and model-driven. Yet, doing it in a pragmatic way.
  • ELLEN WAGNER  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2014
    [Information] The #OEB14 Debate: Is Data Corrupting Education?
    Is the invasive extensive profiling and rigorous achievement test, backed by for-profit organizations, skewing the means of gathering information and determining relevance? However, data WITH context is information. Information is power. The house motion for 2014 was "Data is Corrputing Education". Absolutely. Absolutely.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2014
    [Information] knowledge is personal
    big conceit of the knowledge management (KM) field is that knowledge can be transferred, but unlike information or data, it cannot. Data and information may be gathered by the organization, but knowledge and stories are personal. Individually we can manage information flows, make sense of them, and share with others. My story.
  • PSYBLOG  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2014
    [Information] A Foolproof Way To Use Forgetting To Help You Remember, Study Reveals
    'When you save information digitally, your real memory for that information is worse, but a new study reveals a positive flipside. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick". How to Take Notes You Will Remember.
  • ELLEN WAGNER  |  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2014
    [Information] Who Owns Your Data?
    Most of us accept some exposure in exchange for the convenience that data sharing affords us; but most of us also get very uncomfortable at the prospect of a bunch of code jockeys deciding to hack a cloud service hosting our digital stuff and sharing our private information with the world. 'Who actually owns your data? But do we, really?
  • THE SMART WORK COMPANY  |  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2014
    [Information] Brave new world
    Coinciding with a significant life change, moving to live in another country, I recently took time out to try to make sense of how past insight can inform present action – and the future of work emerges from that. They let us discover people and information, and connect us to others inside and outside our workplaces. On we go
  • STEPHEN DOWNES: HALF AN HOUR  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2014
    [Information] Open Education, MOOCs, and Opportunities
    While it is true that informal learning groups, such as in-person meetings, online conversations, Facebook and Twitter groups, and other social networks form around the xMOOC, they are not integrated into the structure of the course itself (this lack of integration is so profound it has led some to propose the MOOC 2.0, CCK11.
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2014
    [Information] Sharing some ideas
    For example, Sparse networks are useful for efficiently gathering and disseminating information. NielsPflaeging – Every organization knows 3 types of power: hierarchy (formal), influence (informal) and reputation (value). 'Here are some observations and insights that were shared on social media this past fortnight.
  • JAY CROSS  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2014
    [Information] Peeragogy
    If a group doesn’t exist for facilitate your informal learning, make one. Formal learning takes place in classrooms; informal learning happens in workscapes. Developing a platform to support informal learning is analogous to landscaping a garden. Esteemed co-learners, your job is to create new co-learning communities.
  • BETH KANTER  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2014
    [Information] The ALS Ice Bucket Donor Retention Challenge
    They also sent out information to and got feedback from chapters, board, and relevant stakeholders.    ”We were deluged with media interviews. ALS Association and discuss the Ice Bucket Challenge. Says Barb, “All of sudden it went crazy! And, our entire organization kicked into high gear.” What are you takeaways?
  • TED  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2014
    [Information] The TED Gift Guide
    If you go to TheLifeYouCanSave.org , you’ll find more information on my favorite charities — all of which have been shown by rigorous research to be highly effective.”. Not only will your friend be better informed about the world in which we live, you’ll be helping to keep serious journalism alive and well in the internet age.”.
  • NIGEL PAINE  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2014
    [Information] Context is Everything
    got my information shortly afterwards from other sources, but the hopeless image from the screen stayed with me for a long time. 'Cross posting Inkling.Com. was flying from Australia recently. awoke in the darkened plane not realising whether I had been asleep for five hours or five minutes. It is a very disorientating. This was not helpful!
  • DAVE SNOWDEN  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014
    [Information] Between the ideal and real?
    The divide is also is linked to the difference between those of us who use science to inform practice and those who seek to define ideal practices from cases. 'An interesting extended weekend in an Agile Alliance think tank I joined last year. I'm not sure even now if the hotel is an eyesore or an example of architectural genius.
  • TED  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014
    [Information] 10 signs you should be at TEDActive next March
    At TEDActive, you’ll find brainstorm sessions — both organized and informal — on topics that range from education interventions to the future of transportation. You love stimulating your mind with new information. 'A bonus of TEDActive? It’s held in stunning Whistler, BC. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED. On the fence?
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014
    [Information] We are the media, now what?
    And why are they not taught that the essence of so much of what’s called the mainstream media is not information, but power? If we, the citizenry, give up our capability to inform each other, we have no one to blame but ourselves. Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? We are all together in our global village.
  • MIND HACKS  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014
    [Information] A simple trick to improve your memory
    Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information. 'Want to enhance your memory for facts? If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong. “Who wrote the first computer programs?”/”Ada
  • DAVE SNOWDEN  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2014
    [Information] Upcoming Cognitive Edge Courses in 2015
    specific environment dealing with sensitive or confidential information. 'There's a change coming in the Cognitive Edge training courses. Starting in 2015, the courses will be expanding with two new series of courses for practitioners and consultants. Cynefin and Sense-Making courses. The initial courses we will be running include.
  • PSYBLOG  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2014
    [Information] Left-Handers or Right-Handers: Whose Brains Work Faster?
    Intense World: Autistic Brains Create 42% More Information at Rest. 'Is it righties or lefties who earn 10-12% higher salaries? Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick". Related articles: Male or Female Bosses? Like to Stay Up Late?
  • DAVID WEINBERGER  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2014
    [Information] Organic Net Neutrality
    The Internet is an inter-network: local networks agree to pass data (divided into packets) without discriminating among them, so that no matter what participating network you’re plugged into, you can always get and send information anywhere else on the Net. I’ll tell you why in a moment. Thanks, Seth! Now, why I like Ting. Someday!
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2014
    [Information] Friday’s favourites
    It was an attempt to make my finds on Twitter more explicit, as I noticed I was sharing and viewing a lot of information on Twitter but not doing anything with it. It is obvious many others have similar issues with retrieving information from social media platforms like Twitter. 'I wrote my first Friday Find in May, 2009.
  • STEPHEN DOWNES: HALF AN HOUR  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2014
    [Information] #OEB14 - Does Data Corrupt Education
    This house believes that data is corrupting education For: Ellen Wagner - Data as the meme - It bothers me that I leave this trail of data everywhere we do - Data without context is really without value - data with context is information, and information is power, and power corrupts. 'Summary of a debate at Online Educa Berlin. Enjoy.
  • CLARK QUINN  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2014
    [Information] Getting Models
    We need a coherent foundation upon which to base foundations, and arbitrary information doesn’t help. If I see a ‘click to learn more’, for instance, I have good clue  that someone’s presenting arbitrary information. Presenting arbitrary information isn’t going to do that. Take, for example, models.
  • STEPHEN DOWNES: HALF AN HOUR  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2014
    [Information] #OEB14 Rheingold, Lewin, Stevenson
    If we could create brain-informed teaching and learning strategies, that might bet us to the next level. 'These are summary notes of the presentations at Online Educa Berlin, 2014. If the text uses the first person, it is the presenter speaking, not me. Aida Opoku-Mensah E-Learning Africa I''ve seen the impact of e-learning. billion in 2018.
  • STEPHEN DOWNES: HALF AN HOUR  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2014
    [Information] EPortfolios and Badges Workshop - #OEB14
    We designed badges that have a lot of space to include as much information as possible - we created a cube, with information in three areas (and colour indicates module). 'E-Portfolio Workshop, Online Educa Berlin: These are content summaries; if written in the first person it is the speaker speaking, not me. How did we produce them?
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2014
    [Information] the future will be distributed
    Indeed, given the primary importance and power of True Information to a well functioning Abundance Society, we might well expect that providing honest and thoughtful evaluation of experiences will become one of the principal activities in the future. 'Is this the journalism of the future? ” – Reinvent Everything. We made the news!
  • DAVID WEINBERGER  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2014
    [Information] Micah Sifry: Why the Net’s effect on politics has disappointed us
    When I was a lad and you wanted to get information from your congressperson, you had to go and get a one-page mimeographed copy of their position paper, on maybe a dozen topics. Our ability to get information now is amazing. It is not a perfect transcript of the event. and me. Kate Krontiris: Why did you write this book? Is that right?
  • HAROLD JARCHE  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2014
    [Information] books in perpetual beta
    Today, knowledge-based work is replacing manufacturing and information processing jobs. They work well when information flows mostly in one direction: down. 'Finding Perpetual Beta is now in production. It is a series of reflections on the themes presented in Seeking Perpetual Beta , published in April 2014. PKM Tips.
  • STEPHEN DOWNES: HALF AN HOUR  |  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2014
    [Information] Knowledge as Recognition
    The evidence and information we receive from the senses, he argues, is insufficient to justify the knowledge we have. Our understanding of language and meaning led to the development of computer science, which in turn led to the information revolution. 'This is an assignment for a grade 12 philosophy course. We can''t! Descartes, René.
  • DOC SEARLS   |  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2014
    [Information] Huge Black Friday Tab Sale
    https://medium.com/backchannel/the-definitive-story-of-information-wants-to-be-free-a8d95427641c. 'I’ll compress, copy edit and annotate after I drive to Los Angeles today. Meanwhile, dig. With Big Data Comes Big Responsibility.     Dave: How to rebuild journalism. Understanding New Power. Spotify in 2013: revenues of €746.9m and a €93.1m
  • DAN PONTEFRACT  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2014
    [Information] What Should The Title Of My Next Book Be?
    Any thoughts on an appropriate title at this point, despite not having any further information to go on? 'It hasn’t been through any editing yet. It’s 12 chapters in total. It’s approaching 90,000 words. again). There are two sections. Chapter 2 – What is Work? Chapter 3 – The Pursuit of Workplace Disengagement.
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