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Building Better Jobs in an Age of Intelligent Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On November 18, the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future released its final report , The Work of the Future: Building Better Jobs in an Age of Intelligent Machines.

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My bit in the Flow Book

Dave Snowden

I’m interrupting the flow of my posts about an anthro-complexity approach to strategy to reference a new book published today from my good friends John, Nigel and Brian.

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“… intire of it selfe”

Dave Snowden

A health warning – this is an exploratory post starting to develop an anthro-complexity theory of organisational change. As such I am working through some of the basic science relating to the constraints within which such a theory can be developed. This is Praxis in action!

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The Future of L&D? A pitch

Clark Quinn

I was talking with a colleague the other day, and got a wee bit dramatic. I also thought it was an important point. So here, for your dining enjoyment, I’ve roughly recreated the pitch (in 3 mins and 30 secs): I hope this makes sense. I welcome your thoughts and feedback.

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Black Friday Sale: LEAD. CARE. WIN. Free Course!

Dan Pontefract

With the launch of the LEAD. Learning Program comes a unique opportunity for you. It’s a Black Friday Free Course opportunity. If you… The post Black Friday Sale: LEAD. Free Course! appeared first on Pontefract Group. lead care win leadership leadership development

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the weights on human resources

Harold Jarche

I will be speaking at the annual conference (online of course) of the CRHA [association of certified human resources professionals of Québec] on Wednesday 4 November this week.

What Is the Social Responsibility of Business?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On September 13, 1970, the NY Times Magazine published an essay by University of Chicago economist and 1976 Nobel Prize recipient Milton Friedman - “ The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits. ” Friedman’s essay turned out to be one of the most influential ever published in the world of business.

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Now Available: LEAD. CARE. WIN. Online Learning Course Outlines

Dan Pontefract

In just a few short days the LEAD. Online Learning Program will be released to the wild. I am super excited to compliment… The post Now Available: LEAD. Online Learning Course Outlines appeared first on Pontefract Group. leadership Lead.

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The Future of Online Learning 2020

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is an edited text transcript from my presentation from April 27, 2020. Presentation page (audio, video, slides): [link] This talk is about change. It's about the change we see individually in our homes and in our workplaces and it's about the larger changes sweeping through society.

AI Technologies Are Fundamentally Changing How Work Gets Done

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

After decades of promise and hype, artificial intelligence is finally becoming one of the most important technologies of our era. AI technologies, like machine learning, are clearly having a major impact on the very nature of work.

Flexuous focus (1)

Dave Snowden

This post (which will be several parts) is an extension of my posts on contextual strategy that started with a post updating my Apex Predator theory entitled Flexuosity untangled which continued on the next two days with The Ystwyth-curve and then Flexuous landscapes.

AI and Meaningful Practice

Clark Quinn

Again, a video of an idea I want to talk about. This time about AI and Meaningful Practice (just around 2 minutes). I welcome your thoughts. By the way, I’m experimenting with video as a blog mechanism.

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My 16-Hour Online Leadership Program Is Now Available

Dan Pontefract

TL/DR: visit the LEAD. Learning Program site. When I began to write LEAD. How to Become a Leader Who Matters… The post My 16-Hour Online Leadership Program Is Now Available appeared first on Pontefract Group. leadership learning Lead. Learning leadership development leadership training

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What is the Zollman effect?

Harold Jarche

In a series of three posts, Jonathan Weisberg explains the Zollman effect. Here are some highlights. What is the Zollman effect? “More information generally means a better chance at discovering the truth, at least from an individual perspective.

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America’s Obsession with Economic Efficiency

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The belief that efficiency is fundamental to competitive advantage has turned management into a science, whose objective is the elimination of waste, - whether of time, materials, or capital, - wrote Roger Martin in “ The High Price of Efficiency ,” a January 2019 article in the Harvard Business Review.

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Flexuosity untangled

Dave Snowden

I’ve always been fond of wolves, something that is probably due to a childhood spent with Kipling’s Jungle Book and the Just So Stories. I’m still proud of the Leaping Wolf Badge I obtained as a cub scout, although reading the link I think standards have dropped over the last few decades!

What is wrong with (higher) education?

Clark Quinn

I was having a conversation with a colleague, sparked by dropping enrollments in unis. Not surprisingly, we ended up talking about flaws in higher education. He suggested that they don’t get it, and I agreed. He was thinking that they get the tech, but not the learning.

Webinar: 3 Ways a “Building Block” Approach Supports Content Personalization at Scale


Content personalization is no longer an option—it’s an expectation. But when serving large volumes of content to diverse audiences, effective personalization is almost impossible (let alone sustainable) without the right strategy and tools in place. What if it was streamlined and simplified?

schooling unbound

Harold Jarche

“I know not what answer to give you, but this, that Power always Sincerely, conscientiously, de très bon Foi, believes itself Right.

Online Workshop: Supporting Social Learning in the Workplace

Jane Hart

Social learning is not a new training trend; it’s the way we have always learned from one another. However, it is something that managers and individual will need to understand and value and recognise as an integral part of their daily work.

Transcend I: cadence and control

Dave Snowden

This is the first of two posts that deal with existing from a crisis, the final stage of Assess – Adapt – Exapt – Transcend. Part two tomorrow will handle the learning and ritualisation of the transition back to normal. Part one is about cadence and control.

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Clark Quinn

I’ve talked before about the power of ritual, but while powerful, it also seemed piecemeal. That is, there were lots of hints, but not a coherent theory. That has now changed.

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Webinar: Achieving Personalization at Scale with Xyleme’s LCMS


Content personalization is no longer an option—it’s an expectation. Whether you’re serving content to internal or external audiences, learners expect content to be personalized to them and their unique needs.

blocking the trackers

Harold Jarche

It’s hard to stay clean in a dirty world. I have been trying to keep my site clean and not help the surveillance capitalists (e.g. Google, Facebook, etc.) to extract data about visitors to this site. I started by getting rid of Google Analytics.

The Public Face of Science - Implications of the Covid Crisis

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Public Face of Science was launched four years ago by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to better understand the complex relationship between scientists and the American public. The initiative has now published three reports. The first, Perceptions of Science in America , was published in 2018. It found that a majority of Americans have expressed a great deal of confidence in the scientific community, a confidence which has remained stable over the past thirty years.

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Keeping the faith?

Dave Snowden

Just as a warning, this is a rather rambling post. The overall theme is about constraints and is another theme I will be posting about over the next month or so. You might want to do a search on ‘Mending Walls’ both on this blog and the wider internet if you want more of the background.

In Defense of Science

Clark Quinn

I previously wrote in defense of cog psych. Here, I want to go broader. Not my usual topic, but… I feel the need to rail in defense of science. When I’m talking about science, I’m talking about the systematic exploration of how things work.

Meet Xyleme [Video]: Solving Complex Content Management Challenges at Scale


When personalizing and localizing content at scale, a single document can multiply exponentially. Xyleme’s content management solutions alleviate the resulting maintenance burden, making it easy for organizations to personalize, reuse and maintain even the most complex content libraries.

put on your dance shoes

Harold Jarche

(Let’s dance) for fear your grace should fall. Let’s dance) for fear tonight is all. David Bowie (1983) Let’s Dance.

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Reflections on the Futures of Education

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

On the Futures This post is a series of short comments on the just-released document from the Canadian UNESCO chairs on the future of education.

Transcend II: Learning and ritual

Dave Snowden

I’ve never really been a player of games. I dabbled in chess when young and the family rituals on wet days on summer holidays involved Monopoly, Buccaneer, Sum-it, and the like. To be honest, I was more interested in reading, debating, sailing, or walking.

How the once mighty fall

Doc Searls

For many decades, one of the landmark radio stations in Washington, DC was WMAL-AM (now re-branded WSPN ), at 630 on (what in pre-digital times we called) the dial. As AM listening faded, so did WMAL, which moved its talk format to 105.9

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Webinar: Personalizing Content at Scale? 3 Reasons an LCMS is Essential for Success


What if, instead, we created content in flexible, reusable chunks that we could essentially use as independent building blocks? Content personalization is no longer an option–it’s an expectation.

cynefin and pkm

Harold Jarche

I am following up from thoughts on the cynefin framework and how it has informed my own work since 2009.

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Reimaging Open Educational Resources

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is an edited transcript of my presentation 'Reimaging Open Educational Resources' presented November 10 2020 to the Open Education 2020 Conferemce. link] So what I want to talk to you today talked about with you today is open education resources.

Homo Narrans: preface

Dave Snowden

The Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling were a key part of my formative years and I still refer to them on a regular basis. The name comes from the fact that they had to be told just so by Kipling to his daughter.

Why we must have faith in humanity, now more than ever

Trends in the Living Networks

One of the deepest questions we can ask is: Are humans fundamentally good or bad? Of course the answer is neither and both. Yet day by day how we feel about this question fluctuates with our moods and what we observe in the world. Certainly the more we watch the news the more evil we see.