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The Paradox of Connection

John Hagel

We are becoming more connected with each other and less connected with each other at the same time. The Big Shift that we're experiencing on a global scale is full of paradox – this is just one of many, but a particularly important paradox to acknowledge and address.

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Is the Digital Revolution At Last Shaking Up Banking?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Digital transformations have generally followed three distinct stages. First comes the use of IT to improve the productivity and quality of back- and front-end processes.

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Cynefin & Theory of Constraints – Webinar II

Dave Snowden

This week CE hosted an open webinar on the topic of Cynefin & Theory of Constraints. This webinar featured CE practitioners and TOC experts, Steve Holt, Jabe Bloom, Greg Brougham, and Hilbert Robinson.

The Economic Value of Digital Identity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Identity plays a major role in our everyday life. It’s the key that determines the particular transactions in which we can rightfully participate as well as the information we’re entitled to access.

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10 reasons why you don’t need “learning technologies” to enable learning at work

Jane Hart

Here are 10 reasons why you don’t need dedicated learning technologies to enable and support learning at work. Modern Workplace Learning

The Untapped Potential Of The Middle Manager

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: How would you feel if your publicly traded organization were able to improve its stock market returns by 7.6% annually? And what if it came. Dan's Related Posts: Purpose-Driven Companies Outperform The Financial Markets By 42 Percent.

Three Chaotic podcasts

David Weinberger

My book Everyday Chaos launched last week. As part of the launch, I gave some talks and interviews. Here are three of the conversations, three three great interviewers: Leonard Lopate, WBAI Hidden Forces podcast Berkman Klein book talk, and conversation with Joi Ito

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status update on society

Harold Jarche

Many of the changes we face today are similar to a time when a new communications technology came along and changed the face of Europe — print. The Protestant Reformation saw the rise of religious wars, which were later followed by the scientific revolution and the Enlightenment.

Climate Change, Waste & Festivals: a collective fight needing a common understanding

Dave Snowden

Social media feeds in Summer 2018 here in the UK were, for those of us who work in the festival industry, awash with turtles trapped in plastic and discarded tents on no man’s land-esque muddy festival fields on a Monday morning. It was emotionally overwhelming and we were all fearful of how our own actions might be contributing, but not always sure how to help in a meaningful way, beyond giving a story a “like” or pleading with someone not to leave their tent behind. .

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Whence the Virtue of Open

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The word 'whence' means " from what place, source, or cause", and that is the question I would like to address with respect to the virtue of 'open'. The question is raised in the context of Heather Morrison's recent comments on The Dialectic of Open.

Labels for what we do

Clark Quinn

Of late there’s been a resurrection of a long term problem. While it’s true for our field as a whole, it’s also true for the specific job of those who design formal learning. I opined about the problem of labels for what we do half a year ago, but it has raised its head again.

hybrid sailors

Harold Jarche

According to The Atlantic 2019-07 , the US Navy has been piloting a new way of manning its Littoral Combat class ships, which are modular by design. The crew are all multi-purpose, with several roles onboard and always learning new tasks. They operate with one-fifth the crew size of a regular ship.

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How to promote daily self-learning in the workplace

Jane Hart

There is, rightly, a lot of talk nowadays about “lifelong learning” and “continuous learning” but more often than not, articles focus on “lifelong education” or “continuous training”. In other words, they emphasise the need for continuous formal learning, and, in organisational terms, this implies providing more and more training or access to online course libraries. […]. Modern Workplace Learning

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Dan Pontefract May 2019 Playlist (for the 80’s weirdos)

Dan Pontefract

You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: I was 8 years old when the 1980s started and I was 18 when they ended. To say I was a child of the 80s. Dan's Related Posts: Dan Pontefract April 2019 Playlist (for the weirdos). Dan Pontefract February 2019 Playlist (for the lovers). Dan Pontefract March 2019 Playlist (for Claire and Cate). Dan Pontefract April 2018 Playlist. Dan Pontefract January 2019 Playlist (homage to Peaky Blinders). Thanks for reading.

A very insightful framework

Clark Quinn

Jane Hart has just come up with something new and, to me, intriguing. Ok, so she’s a colleague from the Internet Time Alliance , and I’ve been a fan of her work for a while, but I think this is particularly good.

A Novel Method for Measuring the Value of Free Digital Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Gross domestic product (GDP) is the basic measure of a country’s overall economic output, based on the market value of all the goods and services the country produces. Most measures of economic performance used by government officials to inform their policies and decisions are based on GDP figures.

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the status quo

Harold Jarche

In understanding the shift , I wrote that as we make this transition — from a market-dominated to a network-dominated society — the confusion of post-modernism clouds our vision of a positive future.

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The Failure of Reason

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

During yesterday's Future Trends Forum conversation featuring Kathleen Fitzpatrick - the author of Generous Thinking and proponent of reasoned debate between opposing parties - I asked a question that went roughly along the following lines: What if reason is what's at fault here?

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Dan Pontefract June 2019 Playlist (for myself, it’s my birthday!)

Dan Pontefract

I am in the midst of a social media break. It’s so weird. Ever since Twitter, Facebook and its ilk came into the picture more than a decade ago I … Continue reading "Dan Pontefract June 2019 Playlist (for myself, it’s my birthday!)". The post Dan Pontefract June 2019 Playlist (for myself, it’s my birthday!) appeared first on Dan Pontefract. Music Dan's Music Playlist

Cognitions By Contexts

Clark Quinn

I have, in the past, talked about the three cognitions: situated , distributed , and social. Similarly, I talk about aligning with the contexts: how we think, work, and learn. I then wondered about how they interacted. Naturally, I diagrammed it (surprise, right?).

The Puzzling Personal Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The past 10-15 years have seen a number of technology advances, from smartphones to machine learning. Yet, despite these impressive advances, for most of this period economies around the world have been stuck in an era of slow productivity growth.

our mediated lives

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. Can we all please stop using Medium now? “Just so we are clear. Medium takes your content, rolls it up into a pretty SEO friendly package for themselves and sells it.

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Seeking strategic niches in the cloud

Dion Hinchcliffe

While the market and many vendors continue to focus on public cloud infrastructure as the end-all, be-all of the future of computing, other companies are finding selective niches in vital areas that may have even more long term advantage

Other May News:

Nine Shift

Other May news: * The year 2019 continues to look and feel just like 1919, dull, full of strife, inequality, and just plain awful to experience on a societal level. Brexit hit a new low, and the parallels with the U.S. seem to grow. Neither nation is able to turn the clock back to the last century, try as both nations are doing. Infrastructure postponed. The U.S. continues to slip into decline. Infrastructure going nowhere. No universal Internet; no big funding for trains.

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Social Silliness

Clark Quinn

It’s that time again. Someone pointed me to a post that touted the benefits of social learning. And I’m a fan ! However, as I perused it, I saw that was a bit of social silliness. So, let me be clear about why.

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The Evolution of Work in Urban Labor Markets

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I heard a very interesting keynote by MIT economist David Autor at the annual conference of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy. The talk was based on his recently published paper Work of the Past, Work of the Future.

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sixteen years

Harold Jarche

You load sixteen tons, what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt. Saint Peter, don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go. I owe my soul to the company store. Sixteen Tons. Last week marked sixteen years as a freelancer.

Fake news, harassment, and the robot threat: Some numbers

David Weinberger

Lee Rainie, of Pew Research, is giving a talk at a small pre-conference event I’m at. I’m a Lee Rainie and Pew Lifetime Fan. DISCLAIMERS: These are just some points Lee made. I undoubtedly left out important qualifiers. I’m sure I got things wrong, too. If I were on a connection that got more than […

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Top Story of May 2019

Nine Shift

#1 EVERYONE'S BEING BITCHY WITH YOU. You are trying to hold your organization together, plus learn the latest new software. People are retiring and leaving you with more to do, not even thanking you for continuing to contribute to their retirement and social security. The national news is bad, no matter what TV channel you try (or what political persuasion you hold). You are exhausted emotionally dealing with all the uncertainty about where your organization and even society is going.

The ARG experience

Clark Quinn

In preparing a couple of presentation for the Realities 360 conference coming up late this month, I got thinking about ARGs again. ARGs (alternate reality games) were going to be the thing, but some colleagues suggest that the costs were problematic.

5 Defining Characteristics of a “Next Gen” LCMS

Xyleme

Learning organizations understand that they must evolve with the rapidly changing modern learning ecosystem.

mindful finds

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “A A writer ought not to be an opinion-machine … The job of the writer is to make us see the world as it is, full of many different claims and parts and experiences.” — Susan Sontag.

test. please ignore

David Weinberger

this is a test

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#2 Minneapolis First City To Eliminate Single Family Zoning

Nine Shift

Your children may not be able to live in a single family home 20 years from now. That’s because multiple residence zoning lessens inequality, helps renters, creates more dense communities, promotes light rail, is better for the environment, and more. Single family zoning was essential and mandatory for the now-fading suburbs. But now there’s a new movement: YIMBY. You know NIMBY, Not In My BackYard. Now people are saying Yes In My BackYard to the 21 st century.

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Cognition external

Clark Quinn

I was thinking a bit about distributed cognition, and recognized that there as a potentially important way to tease that apart. And I’ll talk it out first here, and maybe a diagram will emerge. Or not. The point is to think about how external tools can augment our thinking.

Wittgenstein and Connectivism

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

NB This is only a very preliminary sketch of what should really be a longer treatment. I was asked: 1) Today I found a great idea in your work that I've been thinking about a lot recently.

What fundraisers Need To Know About Next Era of Digital Technology

Beth Kanter

Credit: Festival del Fundraising.