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The Connection Between Narrative and Purpose

John Hagel

Narrative and purpose. These are two widely used words in business and life, yet they’re often loosely used. They’re really important words, so I want to at least clarify how I use them, because I think meaning matters. Defining terms. I’ve been exploring narrative for years, but I have a very specific meaning for the word. As those who have followed me know, I make a key distinction between stories and narratives that I’ve explored  here and  here.

Get the most out of your daily work (30 day learning challenge)

Jane Hart

Most of what you learn at work takes place as you do your job; it’s just that most people are not aware of the learning that comes from daily work experiences. This Challenge will help you get the most out of your day job so that you can benefit from … Social learning

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Who supports non-designed learning experiences?

Jane Hart

But who supports the non-designed learning experiences? They clearly don’t need to be designed or developed. Nor do they need to be managed in a learning platform or LMS. They simply need to be encouraged and enabled.

The Growing Value of a Dual-Track Education

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I read a very interesting article in The Chronicle of Higher Education , - Why Colleges Need to Embrace the Apprenticeship.

beta conversation 2017-07-20

Harold Jarche

I will be hosting the next Beta Conversation this Thursday, July 20th at 14:00 UTC [07:00 PDT, 10:00 EDT, 15:00 BST, 16:00 CEDT]. The subject will be Personal Knowledge Mastery ( PKM ) and leadership.

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On the Governance of Blockchain: Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Independence Day

John Hagel

Today is the day that Americans celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence that marked our intent to establish our own nation, free from British colonial rule. Like many holidays, I believe it's an opportunity to reflect on our history as a better way to understand where we might head in the future. Agency versus passivity.

Liminal Cynefin: first revision

Dave Snowden

I posted an early version of the liminal variant to Cynefin a few days ago, then presented it a few times. Last week in Tallin I ran through it in a masterclass and realised I had over complicated things. If you look at the learlier post I had added liminal boundary zones everywhere.

A Bad Tart

Clark Quinn

Good learning requires a basis for intrinsic interest. The topic should be of interest to the learner, a priori or after the introduction. If the learner doesn’t ‘get’ why this learning is relevant to them, it doesn’t stick as well. And this isn’t what gamification does. So tarting up content is counter-productive. It’s a bad (s)tart! Ok, to be clear, there’re two types of gamification.

our simply complex world

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight (or thereabouts) I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. ScottSantens : “Our problem is not that jobs are going away thanks to technology.

What I Learned About Philanthropy, Fundraising, and Social Impact at IFCAsia in Bangkok

Beth Kanter

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Resonance in meaning

Dave Snowden

Many moons ago in the early days of knowledge management I argued that the ubiquitous DIKW pyramid was both flawed and dangerous. At one event I even satirised it by adding a layer above Wisdom namely eschatological realisation.

Announcing the Jay Cross Memorial Award for 2017

Jane Hart

The Internet Time Alliance Jay Cross Memorial Award is presented to a workplace learning professional who has contributed in positive ways to the field of Real Learning and is reflective of Jay’s lifetime of work.

Augmented Reality Lives!

Clark Quinn

Augmented Reality (AR) is on the upswing, and I think this is a good thing. I think AR makes sense, and it’s nice to see both solid tool support and real use cases emerging. Here’s the news, but first, a brief overview of why I like AR.

filter failure is not acceptable

Harold Jarche

Fake news. PR hype. Content marketing. Advertorials. Click bait. Propaganda. Doublespeak. Newspeak. Yellow journalism. Shock jocks. Post-truth. Phishing. Digital information comes from all directions, and much of it from dubious sources or with the intent to misinform.

The Enigma of Reason (review)

Mind Hacks

The Enigma of Reason: A New Theory of Human Understanding , by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber was published in April, and I have a review in this week’s Times Higher Education. The books follows on and expands on their landmark ‘ Why do humans reason?

Turning Empathy Inward at Nonprofit Organizations

Beth Kanter

In my book with Aliza Sherman, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact Without Burnout , we offer a framework for practicing self-care and creating a culture of well-being in the nonprofit workplace.

The Internet is also a thing

David Weinberger

A list I am on is counseling that a particular writer not to be taken in by a tour of a data center or network operations center. These tours are typically given by PR guides and can leave the impression that the Internet is a set of writes owned by a corporation. I certainly agree with both concerns.

Accountability and Safety

Clark Quinn

In much of the discussion about tapping into the power of people via networks and communities, we hear about the learning culture we need. Items like psychological safety, valuing diversity, openness, and time for reflection are up front. And I’m as guilty of this as anyone!

freedom inc. review

Harold Jarche

In these times, can you afford to continue stifling the vast majority of your people instead of giving them a chance to help your business? Freedom Inc. If you liked the book Reinventing Organizations (2014) then you will like Freedom Inc. written in 2009.

Robocalypse Now? Technology, Productivity and Employment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Is the Robocalypse upon us?, asked MIT economist David Autor in his presentation at a recent Forum of European central bankers. His presentation was based on a paper co-written with Utrecht University economist Anna Salomons. “Is productivity growth inimical to employment?,”

Creating A Global Network of Capacity Builders for Social Change

Beth Kanter

I’ve always benefited from learning from colleagues who do nonprofit technology training and capacity but often we come from the same perspective.

"The World is Moving On"

Nine Shift

That was a quote from the NYTimes covering a story on the U.S. getting left behind as Europe and Japan just concluded a big trade agreement. But could it be said in general about the U.S. being left behind in the 21st Century? .

Reflection ‘out loud’

Clark Quinn

I am a fan of Show Your Work and Work Out Loud , but I’m wondering about whether they could mislead. Not that that’s the intent, of course, but they don’t necessarily include reflection, a critical component. I believe they care about it, but the phrase don’t implicitly require annotating your thoughts. And I think it’s important. The original phrase that resonated for me was ‘narrate your work’, which to me was more than just showing it.

Jay Cross Memorial Award 2017

Harold Jarche

The Internet Time Alliance Jay Cross Memorial Award is presented to a workplace learning professional who has contributed in positive ways to the field of Real Learning and is reflective of Jay’s lifetime of work.

The first Cynefin retreat

Dave Snowden

I debated using images of a medaeval religious retreat to open this post, but then moved on to the Chapter House where disputes took place and matters were resolved. But then I realised there was a better image, using one aspect of Welsh Culture which has always intreagued me.

An Ingenious Texting Bot from @SFMOMA

Beth Kanter

As we enter the age of automation, more and more nonprofits are using bots. If bots are designed well, they can have impact.

The Top News Article of 2017 - - So Far

Nine Shift

Here's the best news article of 2017 so far. lauren Herstik's NYTimes story on Los Angeles, "A City Famous for Sprawl Chooses to Fill in the Gaps," has at least these five reasons to make it my choice for the best story of the year, so far. Number 5. "A A pedestrian culture."

Jay Cross Memorial Award - 2017

Charles Jennings

The Internet Time Alliance Jay Cross Memorial Award is presented to a workplace learning professional who has contributed in positive ways to the field of Real Learning and is reflective of Jay’s lifetime of work.

understanding systems

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “We build our computer (systems) the way we build our cities: over time, without a plan, on top of ruins.” ” —Ellen Ullman, via @CodeWisdom.

Hope

Dave Snowden

To Longborough Festival Opera today for the final performance of Fidelio, Beethoven’s only opera and one of a handful of operas which I have never managed to watch without tears.

Does Your Nonprofit Suffer from Fire Drill Culture?

Beth Kanter

Flickr Photo by Gavin St. Last week, I was honored to do several workshops hosted by the Fund for Santa Barbara on how nonprofits can link a culture of well being to outcomes based on my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.

Fun With River Otters

Nine Shift

This is why go canoeing: to see river otters. They have several 'looks.' The best is when they crawl on top of a log. Took this last month, so a good summer already with wildlife: swans, bear swimming, otters. Try to listen and see if you can hear their snorting. That's another fun feature. Enjoy.

Heavy (but brief) weather

Doc Searls

Here’s what flying in and out of Newark looks like right now: That storm is very heavy, but narrow. It’s going to wash over New York like a big wave. Hat tip to Flightaware. Aviation Travel weather