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Levels of Organizational Alignment

Clark Quinn

Several years ago, I was pushing the notion of the Coherent Organization. While I still feel it’s relevant, perhaps the time wasn’t right or I wasn’t convincing enough.

learning in the complex domain

Harold Jarche

Personal knowledge mastery (PKM) can be a lens to examine how knowledge flows in organizations and human systems, especially from a perspective beyond formal training and education. “A

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Learning: an anthro-complexity perspective

Dave Snowden

If you go back in time then two books could be considered to have laid the foundation for what I have termed the ‘systems thinking’ era which runs from the 1990s and is now (hopefully) starting to run out of steam while leaving much of value.

Complexity in Learning Design

Clark Quinn

I recently mentioned that one of the problems with research is that things are more interconnected than we think. This is particularly true with cognitive research. While we can make distinctions that simplify things in useful ways (e.g.

Why Do We Work So Damn Much?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago, I listened to a very interesting podcast, Why Do We Work So Damn Much? where podcast host, NY Times columnist Ezra Klein , interviewed anthropologist James Suzman.

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the energy to refute

Harold Jarche

On the last Friday of each month I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “One day historians will view ant-vaxxers the same way they viewed climate deniers and those who drowned women because they were witches.”

Learning and teaching and pandemic opportunities, challenges and lessons learned

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is an unedited automated transcription by [link] my talk given at Nottingham Trent University (online via Teams) Trent Institute for Teaching and Learning (TILT). The full presentation page is here and includes audio, video, slides and a link to this transcript. Thank you very much.

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Higher-education Myths

Clark Quinn

I’ve been in a variety of higher education roles in several ways: as a victim, er, student; as a grad student; post-doc; tenured/promoted faculty member; textbook publishing consulting; strategic elearning consulting… Further, in general, I’m a supporter.

Rethinking Digital Strategy for the Post-Pandemic Era

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

aligning before learning

Harold Jarche

This week I took Alastair Somerville’s workshop on Network Thinking. The format is based on a podcast, followed by a discussion on Zoom, supported by a card designed by Alastair. I must say it was quite effective.

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Case Studies in MOOCs

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Right, I've never used one in a MOOC. So how I would set one up is a bit speculative, though based on some examples (references completely forgotten) I've seen in the past. There are different types of things called 'case studies'.

Ralph Stacey 10/9/1942 – 4/9/2021

Dave Snowden

I can’t imagine that anyone interested in complexity in organisations will not know the work of Ralph Stacy, or not be saddened to learn of his death earlier this month.

The Supply Chain Economy - A New Categorization of the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I attended The Supply Chain Economy: Understanding Innovation in Services, a virtual seminar sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations with economists Mercedes Delgado and Karen Mills discussing their recent paper A New Categorization of the U.S. Economy.

facebook is not a trusted space

Harold Jarche

The time has come. Facebook is in the news today and not as the tech media darling it likes to portray itself as. “Former Facebook (FB.O) employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen will urge the U.S.

Xyleme 2021 Virtual Customer Summit Recap

Xyleme

Xyleme's 2021 Virtual Customer Summit brought together hundreds of leaders, strategists, technologists and learning experience designers representing more than 80% of our customer base.

Prevarication by platitude

Dave Snowden

The road to hell, they say is paved with good intentions and nothing is more frustrating in the general field of sense-making and complexity work than when you encounter said practice.

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Iterating and evaluating

Clark Quinn

I’ve argued before about the need for evaluation in our work. This occurs summatively, where we’re looking beyond smile sheets to actually determine the impact of our efforts. However, it also should work formatively, where we’re seeing if we’re getting closer.

A Pandemic Is Fundamentally an Information Problem

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I attended a very interesting online seminar, Economics in the Age of Covid-19, by University of Toronto professor Joshua Gans.

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filtering out the crap

Harold Jarche

“ninety percent of everything is crap” — Sturgeon’s Revelation. “Twitter is often derided as a forum for gossip and nonsense, which it also is.

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Is there a way out of password hell?

Doc Searls

Passwords are hell. Worse, to make your hundreds of passwords safe as possible, they should be nearly impossible for others to discover—and for you to remember. Unless you’re a wizard, this all but requires using a password manager.†. Think about how hard that job is.

Of people, roles and ritual (3 of 3)

Dave Snowden

In bringing this three-part series of blog posts to an end I just want to remind readers that they are in effect an extension of the original post on learning which identified seven steps for mapping, three pervasive practices and three things to pay attention to.

Coping with Change: A Book Review of Flux by April Rinne

Clark Quinn

How do we cope with change? There’s a myth that we resist change, but Peter de Jaeger busted that in a talk I heard where he pointed out that we make changes all the time. We get married, take a different job, have kids, all of which are changes.

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Why Our Judgements Are Often Flawed and What to Do About It

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I listened to a very interesting Freakonomics podcast hosted by University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt.

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Considerations on the Framework for Ethical Learning Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

As readers may know, I've been looking a lot recently at ethics related to online learning. In particular, I've studied a number of ethical codes and frameworks, publishing a paper summarizing my work.

The process of strategy 1 of 3

Dave Snowden

This post follows on from the September series which looked at the whole issue of the learning organisation, and I have no intention of getting involved in the debates about who first created that term.

Meta-ethics of learning design

Clark Quinn

I’ve addressed ethics elsewhere , but I’m looking at it a different way now. I”m thinking from the perspective of situated cognition, and recognizing that there are certain things we can do. For better or worse. Further, these choices have ramifications beyond the initial impact.

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Realizing the Economic Promise of Predictive Analytics

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Wikipedia defines predictive analytics as a set of statistical techniques, - such as data mining, business analytics, and machine learning, - “that analyze current and historical facts to make predictions about future or otherwise unknown events.”

A Canadian DARPA?

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This post responds to Alex Usher's article Non-existent Preconditions for DARPA Success , which looks at a promise to implement a Canadian DARPA, and offers reasons why the conditions for success of a DARPA don't exist in Canada.

convening the right people

Harold Jarche

I have often said that a critical role for people in leadership positions today is helping make the network smarter. In a recent recent blog post, the author discusses another critical aspect of leadership — convening the right people — and uses the example of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Of people, roles and ritual (1 of n)

Dave Snowden

From time to time I am invited to speak at The Stoa, a group that got together at the start of the pandemic and has continued since. Always an interesting group although some of their sessions verge on the esoteric end of new-age fluffy bunnydom.

The (Post) Cognitive Perspective

Clark Quinn

I’m deeply steeped in the cognitive sciences, owing to a Ph.D. in cognitive psych. Fortuitively, this was at the time my advisor was creating the cognitive science program (and more). So I’ve a bias.

Revitalizing US Manufacturing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored manufacturing’s role in providing products that are critical to health, safety, national security, and the continuity of multiple industries,” said McKinsey in a recent discussion paper, Building a More Competitive US Manufacturing Sector. “It

Remarks on Interactivity

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I wrote this in response to an inquiry. I am bringing the constructs and principles of Information Systems (IS) with those of Connectivism since the previous studies rarely consider the learning theories’ principals, especially the learning theory for the digital age.

On solving the worldwide shipping crisis

Doc Searls

The worldwide shipping crisis is bad. Here are some reasons: “Just in time” manufacturing, shipping, delivery, and logistics. For several decades, the whole supply system has been optimized for “lean” everything.

The process of strategy 2 of 3

Dave Snowden

Thanks to a sudden slip on greasy rock descending from Red Screes I’m home a couple of days early.

all for nothing

Harold Jarche

My mother, at the age of 14, became one of the 2 million refugees during the evacuation of East Prussia in 1945. Her mother took her six children from Kolberg [ Kolobrzeg ] to Celle, outside Hanover in Western Germany.

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4 Tips for Upskilling Your Workforce

TOPYX LMS

In April of 2021, there were 9 million vacant jobs in the U.S. 1 A s if this weren’t enough of a problem in the midst of a pandemic, there is also a skills shortage in the workplace. This is causing organizations to prioritize upskilling employees post-COVID.

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