2017

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networked knowledge creates value

Harold Jarche

As we enter the network era, the dominant technology is the internet and working knowledge is distributed through professional communities.

AI, Automation and the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

AI research has been around since the early days of IT, - having gone through ups and downs over the past several decades. Not so with AI. economy.

How True Advertising Can Save Journalism From Drowning in a Sea of Content

Doc Searls

Journalism is in a world of hurt because it has been marginalized by a new business model that requires maximizing “content” instead.

Why I Will Never Use Uber Ever Again

Dan Pontefract

As early as 2014 I had heard the rumblings of male chauvinism at Uber headquarters. There were even whispers of misogyny.

The Future of the Gig Economy

John Hagel

The “gig economy” has become an ever-expanding meme, clocking over 500,000 citations on Google. It’s also become an interesting barometer of sentiment. Some people, especially techies, love the concept and can’t wait until the gig economy frees everyone from working as employees for large, bureaucratic organizations. So, what is the “gig economy”?

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Revisiting the Ecosystem

Clark Quinn

I’ve tried to represent and share my thinking via diagrams (including here , here , and here ). That’s what I’ve captured here.

SAP's platform strategy doubles down on cloud, IoT, AI, and user experience

Dion Hinchcliffe

A series of strategic communications this month demonstrates that SAP is not just serious about cloud, but is betting the business that it can create the most contemporary, compelling, and capable enterprise cloud platform

SUNY Initiatives Supporting Online Learning Panel

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Live notes from the SUNY OpenCOTE Conterence, Syracuse, NY. The intent was follow up on a previously successful mentor-campus format.

networked knowledge triad

Harold Jarche

This is the thesis that Niels Pflaeging puts forth in Organizational Physics. Formal Structure – Hierarchy – Compliance Leadership.

The Competitive Value of Data: From Analytics to Machine Learning

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A recent article by NY Times reporter Steve Lohr discussed the rising importance of data as a major competitive differentiator.

Brands need to fire adtech

Doc Searls

Two days ago, the New York Times said AT&T and Johnson & Johnson are pulling their ads from YouTube. They’re concerned that “Google is not doing enough to prevent brands from appearing next to offensive material, like hate speech.” Agencies placing those ads on YouTube are shocked, shocked! Simple as that.

Rotman Management Magazine Interview

Dan Pontefract

I was recently interviewed by Rotman Management Magazine and the very talented Editor-in-Chief, Karen Christensen.

The Big Shift in Platform Business Models

John Hagel

Everywhere you look today, platform businesses are in the news. Most of the stories focus on what platforms do. Some highlight the value they provide in terms of ease and convenience in connecting with needed resources. Relatively few look beneath the surface to try to understand the business models that drive platform businesses. I’m skeptical.

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Top down implementation of social learning doesn’t work! (New article in the MWL Magazine)

Jane Hart

Now that social learning is a hot topic, many organizations are beginning to consider how they can implement or operationalize it. However, “social learning” is a very different type of learning from traditional training, because it is natural phenomenon (that takes place when people share and collaborate with one another) … Social learning

One Simple Tip To Shift Your Nonprofit’s Workplace Culture from Outrage to Well Being

Beth Kanter

We’ve just finished two weeks on the road of book events for my new book, Happy Healthy Nonprofit , co-authored with Aliza Sherman.

In uncertainty lies resilience

Dave Snowden

Ironically the search which produced this also throw up Rodin’s Le Penseur which has greater solidity. Now don’t get me wrong, this has utility.

Learning Design Insights

Clark Quinn

I attended a recent Meetup of the Bay Area Learning Design & Technology, and it led to some insights. Are you doing good learning design? design

Heading towards high performance

Charles Jennings

This article was initially published on the Totara website on 4th January 2017. However, we can’t even begin to think like that in today’s world.

The Social Priming Studies in “Thinking Fast and Slow” are not very replicable

Mind Hacks

In that book, published in 2011, Kahneman writes “disbelief is not an option” about these results. Is it a paper? Is it a blogpost?

beta conversation 2017-03-01

Harold Jarche

I will be hosting the next Beta Conversation on Wednesday, March 1st at 16:00 GMT/UTC (08:00 Pacific, 11:00 Eastern, 17:00 CET). Open discussion.

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The Future of the Globally Integrated Enterprise

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“In Retreat: Global companies in the era of protectionism,” reads the cover of the January 28 issue of The Economist. It was a golden age.”.

We Are Not Agreed

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A few days ago University Ventures authored a piece in response to a post from the New America Foundation comparing Republicans who defend for-profit colleges to climate change deniers. The unattributed University Ventures article argues "this piece re-fights yesterday’s war. Bipartisanship is of course a U.S. phenomenon. Nonsense. Of course not.

Why I Removed A Recent Post

Dan Pontefract

On March 9, 2017, I wrote and published a post that outlined various missteps, difficulties and issues that had recently taken over a particular American.

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Make This the Best Year Ever

John Hagel

As we approach the New Year, it’s an opportunity to step back and reflect on our journey. Are we headed in the right direction? Are we making the kind of progress that we would like to see? For most of us, we approach this opportunity in a relatively granular and ad hoc way – we craft a set of resolutions for how we’re going to act in the New Year.

The Modern Workplace Learning Professional Programme

Jane Hart

What Does Resiliency Really Mean for Nonprofit Leaders and Their Organizations?

Beth Kanter

Flickr Photo by J Ronald Lee. It is a metaphor for the inability or unwillingness of people to react to or be aware of threats that arise gradually.

Boundary conditions

Dave Snowden

That includes the co-authors of Essential Kanban Condensed , namely David Anderson and Andy Carmichael. Now I’m not trying to over complicate Cynefin.

The change is here

Clark Quinn

For a number of years now (at least six ), I’ve been beating the drum about the need for organizations to be prepared to address change.

The written word

Euen Semple

For all its faults, and its inclination to distract us with images and memes, Facebook allows us to share words on a scale and at a speed as never before. This joined up writing has a power we are only now playing with. The power of connection and shared meaning. My knowledge of you comes through the words you choose and the order you place them in.

Sex differences in brain size

Mind Hacks

Next time someone asks you “Are men and women’s brains different?”, But is this difference in brain volume a lot? of women. gender

immunize for complexity

Harold Jarche

Have you heard the term VUCA ? Volatility. Uncertainty. Complexity. Ambiguity. Velocity. Agility. Creativity. Innovation. Network. Experimentation.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution - Risks and Benefits

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Dr. Schwab positions the 4IR within the historical context of three previous industrial revolutions. Let me summarize some recent such efforts.

An Ethics Primer

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Many readers will find this section unnecessary, but for many others the range and variety of ethical theories extant may be new to them. It is my objective here to show that a significant number of questions and assumptions in dialogue around ethics are open for discussion. But what is a virtue? It’s self-indulgent, at the very least. Stevenson.

Four Key Actions To Change Your Organization’s Purpose

Dan Pontefract

Purpose is more than a cause. It is a wholesome way of being and operating for any organization. As I argue in my book, The Purpose. Purpose Marc Benioff purpose Salesforce Unilever