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Five Learning Moments After a Year Working For Myself

Dan Pontefract

Today in Ottawa I delivered my 33rd and final keynote of 2019. What a thrill it has been to share my thoughts on leadership, purpose, open thinking and employee engagement to roughly … Continue reading "Five Learning Moments After a Year Working For Myself".

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“we have moved to an era of post-ideology”

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. JohnRobb — “Significant philanthropic activity is a good indicator that you live in a dysfunctional society.”

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The Increasing Demand for Hybrid, “T-Shaped” Workers

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A recent article in The Atlantic used the USS Gabrielle Giffords to illustrate the important changes taking place in the US Navy, - and in the world of work in general. After discussing various features of its advanced design, the article noted that the ship’s most futuristic aspect is its crew. “It

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from tweets to the blog

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. When Francis Harwood, anthropologist, asked a Sioux elder why people tell stories, he answered, “In order to become human beings.”

On building trust

Clark Quinn

My post last week was on trust , and it triggered a question on LinkedIn: “Do you have any tips, processes, models, suggestions, etc. for building trust within a team?” ” And while I wrote a short response there, I thought it would be worth it to expand on it.

The Quest for Capabilities

John Hagel

At the Center for the Edge, we’re launching a new research effort and we would welcome suggestions and ideas. Redefining work.

The World is Facing a Period of Digital Disorder

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Geopolitical competition and government regulations are poised to remake the digital economy,” notes the global consulting firm A.T

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mapping stories

Harold Jarche

This past week I have been reading interview transcripts for a client. After reading several of these 20-page documents it became clear what was able to hold my attention — stories, especially first person accounts. I also remember the stories much better than the general discussions or advice given.

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How do you drive yourself?

Clark Quinn

How do I drive myself? I was asked that in a coaching session. The question is asking how I keep learning. There are multiple answers, which I’ve probably talked about before, but I’ll reflect here. I think it’s important to regularly ask: “how do you drive yourself?”

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Evaluation of CL/4291 “Draft text of the Recommendation concerning Open Educational Resources”, UNESCO

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is the analysis of the UNESCO OER resolution I provided to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO prior to the discussion and vote on the resolution concerning Open Educational Resources It is now a matter of historical record that the resolution did pass. Here is the final resolution.

How to Survive and Thrive in a World of Disruption

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Looking back upon my long career , it’s frankly sobering how many once powerful IT companies are no longer around or are shadows of their former selves, e,g, Digital , Wang , Sun Microsystems , BlackBerry.

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Last NineShift Presentation Streamed Live! Thurs Nov 21

Nine Shift

REMEMBER, the last NineShift presentation, the Grand Finale, will be streamed online Live! and Free from Paradise Point Resort in San Diego on Thursday, November 21. No registration needed. Just go to www.lern.org to view it. Noon ET; 11 am CT; 10 am MT; 9 am PT

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power, sex, laws, and empathy

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “ Leadership is a serious meddling in the lives of others.

Passion and Learning

Clark Quinn

My better half recently got a sample of special butter. A gift from a co-worker (an interesting story), and led me to reflect on the link between passion and learning. M’lady’s co-worker is a fan of good butter.

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At Root an Evanescence

Doc Searls

A Route of Evanescence, With a revolving Wheel –. A Resonance of Emerald. A Rush of Cochineal –. And every Blossom on the Bush. Adjusts it’s tumbled Head –. The Mail from Tunis – probably, An easy Morning’s Ride –. Emily Dickinson. ( via The Poetry Foundation ).

Can AI Help Develop and Execute a Competitive Business Strategy?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

#3 Organizational Structures Have Changed

Nine Shift

The Org Chart is dead. Leaders are now befuddled about being inbetween the organizational pyramid of the last century and the organizational network of this century. Organizational structures have been flattened, dispersed, contracted out. The org chart is dead. What business leaders report is that the network is faster, more productive and more profitable than the pyramid. At LERN we have not done an org chart for 25 years, since we went virtual. We predicted this as Shift Three.

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workplace learning — yesterday, today, tomorrow

Harold Jarche

Ten years ago — workplace learning in 10 years — I wrote that in 2019 much of the workforce will be distributed in time & space as well as in engagement. I also projected that work and learning will continue to blend while stand-up training will be challenged by the ever-present back channel.

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Building Trust

Clark Quinn

Some months ago, I talked about I was working virtually in a couple of instances. Using distributed tools, we’re able to coordinate and collaborate. One team got together physically last week to get work done.

About face

Doc Searls

We can know more than we can tell. That one-liner from Michael Polanyi has been waiting half a century for a proper controversy, which it now has with facial recognition.

How to Transform a “Big, Old” Company into an Agile Digital Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“As consumers, we take digital technologies for granted… We don’t wonder why these things are possible; we simply expect them,” said Designed for Digital a recently published book by Jeanne Ross , Cynthia Beath , and Martin Mocker in its Preface.

#2 Virtual Office Tools Everywhere

Nine Shift

You probably don’t realize just how many ‘virtual office’ tools you use. Dispersed workers are just about in every large organization these days. They communicate and work together with others from a distance using online tools and software that just keeps getting better, with more of them. You can think of GotoMeeting as one popular tool. Just in our LERN organization, we use over 10 virtual office tools.

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solving problems together

Harold Jarche

Most situations at work can be considered from the perspective of — is this a known problem or not? If it’s known, then the answer can be looked up or the best person can be found to deal with it. The answer may even have been automated or outsourced.

Cultural Comment Shift

Clark Quinn

I’ve been blogging now for over a decade, and one thing has changed. The phenomena is that we’re seeing a cultural comment shift; comments are now coming from shared platforms, not directly on the site.

The Electricity of Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary of a talk at eLearning Africa given by Jef Staes. I'm going to tell a story of why education is failing. We have a design error. This is a battle of two groups of people. There was an information shortage. So industry started schools. But today everything has changed.

Impact of AI on Government - Opportunities and Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I wrote about Leveraging AI to Transform Government based on a 2018 report by the Partnership for Public Service and the IBM Center for the Business of Government. The report illustrates how government is using AI by describing four use cases being pursued by different agencies.

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#1 Telecommuting Keeps Growing

Nine Shift

The numbers on people and companies and hours spent working from home all keep growing. There’s no sign telecommuting will stop or even plateau. This is the silent revolution driving the changes in work, life and education in society right now. Not everyone will work from home, but 25% to 50% of people will. And those people are the ones most likely to be most productive and generating income for their work organizations.

the workflow of learning

Harold Jarche

I was asked today about my sensemaking routine. I try not to talk too much about how I do things because I believe that a practice — like personal knowledge mastery — has to be personal, or it will not last. But perhaps I can give some details to help others find there own way.

Unpacking some nuances

Clark Quinn

In my book Engaging Learning , I had a suite of elements for both effective education practice and engaging experiences. Of course, the point was that they perfectly aligned.

Mahid Abdulkarim at eLearning Africa.

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary of a talk by Mahid Abdulkarim at eLearning Africa. I want to tell you a story. We ll learn from stories. I hope it will show why technology means so much for a student like me. My country, Sudan, went through a revolution. We overthrew a president of 30 years. I got to witness this.

Leveraging AI to Transform Government

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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Top Stories of October 2019

Nine Shift

NEWS: the last NineShift presentation, the Grand Finale, will be streamed online LIVE! and FREE from San Diego on Thursday, November 21. No registration needed. Just go to www.lern.org to view it. Noon ET; 11 am CT; 10 am MT; 9 am PT. Now here’s the top 3 stories for October 2019.

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Templates for good

Clark Quinn

In terms of the various ways in which we can support the gaps in our cognition, one of the terms is ‘templates’ And it’s worth discussing what a template is, and considering them at a variety of levels. I want to suggest we should have templates for good. What is a template?

Linda Nanan Vallee at eLearning Africa

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary of a talk by Linda Nanan Vallee at eLearning Africa. I felt close to something Jef said earlier, about the mission we have on Earth. So I just wanted to share some very personal things, because I fel like we are a family. When I was young I wanted to become a fighter pilot.

Expanding Our Horizons

John Hagel

I’ve written about the paradox of the Big Shift – the forces reshaping our global economy are simultaneously creating exponentially expanding opportunity and mounting performance pressure. Here’s the challenge.

Here’s hoping our Age of Ageism is a brief one

Doc Searls

A few days ago a Twitter exchange contained an “OK Boomer” response to one of my tweets. At the time I laughed it off, tweeting back a pointer to Report: Burying, Cremating Baby Boomers To Generate $200 Trillion In GDP , which ran five years ago in The Onion. But it got me thinking that “OK Boomer” might be more—and worse—than a mere meme. Still, I wasn’t moved to say anything, because I had better stuff to do.

we are the internet

Harold Jarche

I read the The Cluetrain Manifesto online in 1999, and later purchased the book. Even though the authors stated that it was not a business book, it provided a good lens though which to view our networked world at the time. I did not agree with all the theses but the book was still worth it.