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A sense of direction (4)

Dave Snowden

Taking the A5 route Anglesea late in the afternoon is normally a delight as the mountains of Snowdon start to emerge on the horizon. But tonight the exposure produced periods of radically reduced visibility and slippery road surfaces.

Survey: L&D in the Modern Workplace

Jane Hart

In 2011 I ran a short anonymous survey to find out what people thought about the role of L&D in the workplace. I thought I’d run it again 7 years later to find out how things had changed. Here it is below. I’ll share the results in a couple of … Social learning

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Blockchain and the Music Industry: Turning Pennies into Dollars

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Just about every industry has been significantly transformed in the past few decades. But few have been as disrupted as the music industry. Everything seems to be changing at once, from the way content is produced and delivered, to the sources of revenue and profits.

Making sense of what happened to Montecito

Doc Searls

Note the date on this map : That was more than a month before huge rains revised to red the colors in the mountains above Montecito. The LA Times also ran a story a week before last, warning about debris flows , which are like mud slides, but with lots of rocks.

Books I Read In 2018

David Gurteen

Not gonna lie. All those “Books of 2017” posts made me kinda wishing I kept a list of my own. No way for me to go back and figure out what I read last year (I give away most books once I’ve completed them) so instead will make this a living post, where I add as I finish. If we generously start 2018 on 12/26/2017, here’s what I’ve read so far in reverse-chron order: 4) Finding Flow – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi [non-fiction].

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collaborating with the enemy

Harold Jarche

Collaborating with the Enemy by Adam Kahane gives a framework of how to work with people you don’t agree with, like, or trust. Kahane developed it through his years of conducting collaboration workshops such as the Mont Fleur sessions to prepare for a post-apartheid South Africa.

Resolve To Do Your New Year's Resolutions Differently

John Hagel

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Be careful. For many, these resolutions are at risk of becoming a sorry joke. The cynics say that these are useless exercises that make us feel good for a few months, but that no one really has the intention or fortitude to follow them beyond that. We've all heard the statistics about how gym memberships spike early in the New Year but that the crowds quickly thin out and the gym is empty again by the end of February. Does it have to be this way?

The quiddity of Cynefin

Dave Snowden

For those not familiar with it, quiddity is not about games played by wizards (although for all I know it may be the origin of Rawlings imagination) but a term from scholastic philosophy meaning ‘what it is’.

Cloud Computing and the Supply Chain of Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2008 I gave a talk at a conference on The Promise and Reality of Cloud Computing.

Twitter for Nonprofits in 2018: Rebirth or Retire?

Beth Kanter

The past year, Twitter has been widely criticized for its role in spreading misinformation , being a Petri dish for hate speech , and how it approaches world leaders use of the platform.

a vision for learning

Harold Jarche

Harvard Business Review described The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge, as one of the seminal management books of the previous 75 years. The five disciplines necessary for a learning organisation are: Personal Mastery. Mental Models. Shared Vision. Team Learning.

Reflections on 2017

Clark Quinn

The end of the calendar year, although arbitrary, becomes a time for reflection. I looked back at my calendar to see what I’d done this past year, and it was an interesting review. Places I’ve been and things I’ve done point to some common themes. Such are the nature of reflections. One of the things I did was speak at a number of events. My messages have been pretty consistent along two core themes: doing learning better, and going beyond the course.

Identity

Dave Snowden

One of the more fascinating aspects of human systems, and one of the most significant differences with the wider field of complexity is that of identity. Humans beings rarely have single agency. Not only that our identities can flex and change instantly and in context.

The backfire effect is elusive

Mind Hacks

The backfire effect is when correcting misinformation hardens, rather than corrects, someone’s mistaken belief.

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Nonprofit Book Review: Social Startup Success – A Must Read for 2018

Beth Kanter

One of my favorite activities is to do a networking walk on The Dish trail, a five mile somewhat challenging hike adjacent to the Stanford University campus, a location where Silicon Valley start up entrepreneurs have famously walked and made deals or come up with great ideas.

coffee, communities, and condescension

Harold Jarche

Last month I started a coffee club so that subscribers to this blog could purchase the equivalent of a cup of coffee for me each month. This week we had our first online video conference with five participants.

Developing Decisions

Clark Quinn

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that one thing I do in getting objectives is focus on decisions. And, simple ones will get automated; we can train AI to handle these. What will make the difference between ordinary and extraordinary organizations is the ability to make decisions in this new VUCA environment (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous). And it made me wonder how you develop the ability to make better choices.

Conflict

Dave Snowden

You see conflict and care in all systems but humans are pretty unique in allowing both to exist outside kinship growth and for abstract ideas and values. Not only that we create rituals around both, we train people in rhetoric, we see conflict as an essential part of a good story.

Open Science Essentials: Reproducibility

Mind Hacks

Open science essentials in 2 minutes, part 3. Let’s define it this way: reproducibility is when your experiment or data analysis can be reliably repeated. It isn’t replicability , which we can define as reproducing an experiment and subsequent analysis and getting qualitatively similar results with the new data. These aren’t universally accepted definitions, but they are common, and enough to get us started).

Facebook Announces Overhaul of Newsfeed: What Does It Mean for Nonprofits?

Beth Kanter

Yesterday was my birthday. And the one great thing about social media, particularly Facebook, is that you get to hear from many people wishing you a happy day because the platform alerts them. This year I had a tsunami of birthday wishes.

the coffee club

Harold Jarche

Last October I suggested that subscribers to this blog could buy me a monthly cup of coffee to support my writing. Several of you have done so: thank you!

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2018 Trajectories

Clark Quinn

Given my reflections on the past year, it’s worth thinking about the implications. What trajectories can we expect if the trends are extended? These are not predictions (as has been said, “never predict anything, particularly the future”). Instead, these are musings, and perhaps wishes for what could (even should ) occur. I mentioned an interest in AR and VR. I think these are definitely on the upswing.

Inclinations & dispositions

Dave Snowden

One of the most important things to grasp about a complex adaptive system is that, at a system level, we have no linear material cause but instead we have a dispositional state, a set of possibilities and plausibilities in which a future state cannot be predicted.

MWL Newsletter No 47

Jane Hart

Here are posts, articles and news about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 7-13 January 2018. Social learning

A Few Thoughts About Nonprofits and Digital Transformation in 2018

Beth Kanter

Over the past year, I have felt less optimistic than ever about the power of connectivity and networks for social good. And, if the truth be told, almost to the point of wanting to crawl up on a fetal position and never another look at a screen again.

some thoughts on thinking

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” ” —Ray Bradbury, via @holdengraber.

Listening

Clark Quinn

Listening, as I mentioned, in this case to Guy Wallace. As one of the premier promoters of evidence-based design, he responded to my question about what to post on with: Any “How Tos” using methods, tools and techniques that you’ve found to work in L&D and Performance Improvement. Since I am a fan of Guy’s work, I thought I should answer! Now, obviously I don’t work in a typical L&D environment, so this list is somewhat biased.

Requisite conflict …

Dave Snowden

Probably the key phrase in my post yesterday was “ Start not with what things should be, not how they came to be, but instead take a deeply realist perspective on describing how things are and where we can act for change.

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Gender Pay Discrimination: Point B

Nine Shift

There's outright unethical and illegal gender pay discrimination against women that has to be stopped. But then there is Point B: complex, unresolved issues about gender and pay. . Claire Miller and the NYTimes like to scream 'discrimination' wherever they can, or can't, including nursing.

AI and Nonprofits: Will Bots Make Transition from Functional to Friendship?

Beth Kanter

The next disruptive technology phase is already upon here and it includes a technology designed to emulate human conversation – chatbots programmed with artificial intelligence.

Awash in a sea of truth

Euen Semple

It is so easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of information that we are bombarded with these days. I still maintain that a well managed combination of social networks can help to filter this incoming information but within those networks people can slog it out between polarised views and working out "the truth" about the various complex issues affecting us these days doesn't get easier.

And Listen

Clark Quinn

Listening is a vital skill. It’s something that made my mother very popular, because she listened, remembered, and asked about whatever you said the next time you saw her. She cared, and it showed. I wish I was as good a listener! But it’s critical to really listen (or as some have it, not just listen, but hear ). It’s part of a skillset necessary to innovate. Innovation can be about problem-solving, and design thinking has it that it’s really about problem- finding.

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Synderesis in Cynefin

Dave Snowden

I probably shouldn’t have brought an ancient scholastic text book with me but I still have a fondness for it, in part in memory of an early mentor Herbert McCabe OP who I first met when I was still a student.

Gender Pay Discrimination: Point A

Nine Shift

There's complex, tough and so-far unresolved issues regarding gender pay. And then there's outright no-good unethical, hopefully illegal, gender pay discrimination against women. . Claire Miller, in a NYTimes article about nursing , screams bloody discrimination about nurses. But is it?