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leadership is helping make the network smarter

Harold Jarche

Organizations face more complexity in the type of work they do, the problems they face, and the markets they interact with. This is due to increasing connections between everyone and everything. To deal with this complexity, organizations should loosen hierarchies and strengthen networks.

The Evolution Toward Digital Supply Chains

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Two years ago, a group of leading CEOs from around the world met in China to discuss the major issues facing their companies in the global marketplace.

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Disruption Debate: Be open with change

Jane Hart

As part of Totara’s ongoing Disruption Debate series, Lars Hyland has been speaking to thought leaders and experts from the L&D world. A few weeks ago he talked to me, and this is the summary of that conversation that appears on their website. Social learning

The True State of Globalization

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The July-August issue of the Harvard Business Review features an article by NYU and IESE professor Pankaj Ghemawat , - Globalization in the Age of Trump : Protectionism Will Change How Companies Do Business - But Not in the Ways You Think.

What's really holding back today's CIO from digital transformation?

Dion Hinchcliffe

A new generation of IT leader has been arriving on the scene, more in-tune with the business, more collaborative, and with better soft skills, but a legacy tangle of tech stands in the way of moving towards the future

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cities and the future of work

Harold Jarche

Note: This post is based on several earlier ones.

Simple Insufficiency

Clark Quinn

As things get more complex, organizations are looking to get more agile. And they’re looking at a wide variety of approaches in different areas. It can be agile, digital transformation, design thinking, and more. And, by and large, these are all good things. And all of them are quite simply insufficient. Why do I suggest this insufficiency? Because the solution is complex. Organizations are complex organisms.

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The Perils of Fake News, Coordinated Misinformation, and Social Media Addiction

Beth Kanter

There have been many news articles recently about social media for evil: How Facebook, Twitter, Google, and even Instagram have been abused for coordinated misinformation paid social media or advertising to influence our political system.

What are the most popular tools for …?

Jane Hart

This is a growing list of links to pages where you can find the most popular tools in different categories in 2017. Social learning

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Gender Diversity, Empathy and Technology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What’s the value of gender diversity in technology-based disciplines? Is gender diversity an asset for technology-based companies? Are men inherently better than women at technology-based jobs? These are questions that have long been discussed.

distributing power for the network era

Harold Jarche

A certain amount of command and control, exercised through a hierarchy is often necessary to get work done. I suggest temporary, negotiated hierarchies so that teams can form and re-form depending on what needs to be done.

Radical Coherency

Clark Quinn

Tied to my last post about insufficient approaches, I was thinking again about the Coherent Organization . Coherency is powerful, but it could be a limiting metaphor. So I want to explore it a bit further. First, coherency is powerful. Lasers, for example, are just light, the same as comes from your lightbulbs. Except that the wavelengths are aligned and focused. When they’re at the same frequency, in the same direction, suddenly you can cut steel!

Happy Healthy Nonprofit Workplaces: How To Kick the Sit Out It

Beth Kanter

Last week, I was honored to do the keynote workshop at the Peel Leadership Center’s TimeOut Conference in Toronto, Canada. This conference is an opportunity for executive directors to build skills in resilience as part of a day-long seminar.

Teaching in the Digital Age: Guidelines for Designing Teaching and Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary notes from the Tony Bates presentation at the World Conference on Online Learning , Toronto. Building an Effective Learning Environment What is knowledge, and how does learning occur. Analogy: coal.

the future of work is perpetual beta

Harold Jarche

Automation is a force that is continuously changing the nature of human work. First it replaced brute force with powerful machines, changing the nature of agriculture, mining, construction, and other fields of human activity.

Two good books on learning

Clark Quinn

In addition to the existing good books out there (Julie Dirksen’s Design for How People Learn , Patti Schank’s new series, e.g. her book on Practice & Feedback , & Brown, et al’s Make it Stick ), I was pointed to two others. One I’d heard about but hadn’t gotten to yet, the other was new to me. And now that I’ve finished them, both are worth recommending and adding to your reading list.

Three Ways To Help Support Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

Beth Kanter

It has been ten days since Hurricane Maria has devastated the Island of Puerto Rico. We have read the harrowing news reports about a lack of food, electricity, and water and people dying.

Elements of a Successful Panel

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Congrats, you have an all male panel ! Follow the #allmalepanel hashtag on Twitter and you'll find that there's no end to the creation of bad panels and the commentators that justifiably criticize them.

More Hypocrisy with Fearless Girl

Nine Shift

Americans love symbolism, rather than actually doing something constructive. Far easier to yell and scream over a symbol than solve the problem.


creating resilient knowledge networks

Harold Jarche

The personal knowledge mastery framework is a combination of seeking knowledge, making sense of it, and sharing it with others.

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So I was, at least partly, wrong

Clark Quinn

A number of years ago, I wrote that pre-testing learners was user abusive (with a caveat). My argument was sensible, qualified, but apparently wrong. Now that I’ve more of the story, it’s time to rectify my mistake. Of course, there are still remaining questions ;). My claim was that while pre-testing might have some small benefit, forcing users to test on things they don’t know isn’t nice.

The Surprising Truth About Donor Fatigue And What Nonprofits Can Do To Avoid It

Beth Kanter

Photo by Fuel Relief Fund on GlobalGiving. Note from Beth: With the hurricanes, gun violence, and fires, I gave generously, including donations to Global Giving funds. I surpassed my giving budget for disaster relief giving.

Musings On Collaboration, Cooperation and Coordination

Dan Pontefract

I’ve been thinking… Collaborate: working together across teams. Cooperate: working together toward a common goal. Coordinate: working together in an organized way. Put differently… Dan's Related Posts: It’s Not So Hard To Be A Little More Cooperative Collaboration Is Not Just A Technology. It’s A Behavior. The Critical Importance Of Defining Your Purpose Alarming Trends in CIPD Employee Outlook Survey Don’t Be a FOOL: Fear of Open Leadership.

Working Memory and Object Permanence

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is pretty speculative, but it makes sense to me and I'd like to get the idea own on (digital) paper in case I don't get the chance to come back to it. It is well known that we have different types of memory: working memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory.

the medium is the message

Harold Jarche

Hossein Derakhsahn states that with social media platforms like Facebook , “The very idea of knowledge itself is in danger” He goes on to describe how the web started as a text-based medium but has flipped into a new form of broadcast television.

Stay Curious

Clark Quinn

One of my ongoing recommendations to people grew out of a toss-off line, playing off an advertisement.

Four Reasons Nonprofit Should Consider the Authentic Storytelling Method

Beth Kanter

Four Reasons Nonprofit Should Consider the Authentic Storytelling Method. Guest Post by Lewis Haidt. For many nonprofits, taking the “right” photograph or creating the “perfect” video to represent an organization’s mission and work can be an intimidating prospect.


Nature Deficit

Nine Shift

You would think getting out of doors in the city would count. But apparently, being out and about in the city doesn't come close, according to the research I read, to the mental benefits of being in a forest or mountain or (maybe?) isolated beach. . Joggers after their run.

The Future of Learning Management Systems: Development, Innovation and Change

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Phil Hill Summary notes from the presentation at from at the World Conference on Online Learning , Toronto. Slides: [link] We forget about the perspective of time. Let’s look at 2011-2017. Thrun was saying (2012) 50 years from now there will only be ten institutions delivering higher education.

myths, markets, & mistakes

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “Data will lead you wrong if you pay attention to that and don’t pay attention to people. ” — Bozoma St John via @MarkFederman.

In the Tricotocon …

Dave Snowden

Over the years I’ve developed a range of facilitation and workshop techniques based on the underlying principles anthro-complexity. Ritual dissent is probably one of the best known but we also have large group facilitation based on Cynefin, Silent listening and a few others.

Two Examples of Nonprofit Social Media That Will Make You Smile (and learn a best practice or two)

Beth Kanter

Recently, my social media feeds have been anxiety producing, if not downright depressing. The parade of bad news: gun violence, hurricanes, earthquakes, nuclear war, fake news, and more.

100th Anniversary of Being Indoors

Nine Shift

Another NineShift exclusive! This is the 100th anniversary of most people being indoors most of the time. In 1900, most people had jobs working outside. Even half of all women worked outdoors much of the time on the family farm.


Technology, Resources and Innovation

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

David Porter, Lena Patterson, Chris Fernlund eCampus Ontario - Rethinking eCampus Ontario - owned by 45 universities and colleges in Ontario, funded by the provincial government As we move forward, tech and learning will be forever inter-related. You won’t be able to get away from that idea.