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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.

more than mere digital transformation

Harold Jarche

Is the automation of what has traditionally been human work inevitable?

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Systems thinking & complexity

Dave Snowden

A recent post by Sonja caused some reaction in social media and I promised to write something to clarify my position the subject. Now I should say up front that a lot of this is finding labels for things that are different, not the denigration of other methods and tools.

soft skills are permanent skills

Harold Jarche

Are soft skills the new hard skills? I asked this question six years ago. I would suggest that hard skills are really temporary skills. They come and go according to the economy and the state of technology. Today, we need very few people who know how to shoe a horse. Soft skills are permanent ones.

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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.

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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

Designing, delivering and managing modern learning experiences

Jane Hart

In other articles here I have written about the new work of L&D that is about supporting modern professional learning, as I call it.

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.

On cryptocurrencies, blockchain and all that

Doc Searls

Take a look at this chart : CryptoCurrency Market Capitalizations. As Neo said , Whoa. To help me get my head fully around all that’s going on behind that surge, or mania, or whatever it is, I’ve composed a lexicon-in-process that I’m publishing here so I can find it again.

the discerning mind

Harold Jarche

“I find that discussing an idea out loud is often the way to kill it stone dead.” ” —J.K. Rowling (attrib.). In the PKM framework of Seek > Sense > Share , the latter may seem easy but it does not always equate to helping others make sense.

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Is Blockchain the Major Next Step in the Evolution of the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the Fall of 1995, IBM made the decision to embrace the Internet and make it the centerpiece of its strategic directions. As the general manager of the newly formed IBM Internet Division , I spent a lot of time thinking how to best articulate the promise of the Internet.

An objective request

Clark Quinn

So, I’d like to ask a favor of you. I would like to improve my thinking about elearning design, and where this starts are objectives. Or outcomes. Now, they can be easy, or challenging. I’d like to see some of the latter. When the goal is fairly obvious, it’s simple to address.

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.

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

look for disconfirming data

Harold Jarche

Adam Kahane hosted a webcast this week to discuss his new book, Collaborating with the Enemy. I thought his first book, Solving Tough Problems , was an excellent read so I attended. What follows are from my notes. The quotes are as I wrote them down and may not be Kahane’s exact words.

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Serious AI Challenges that Require Our Attention

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Several weeks ago Vanity Fair published and article by NY Times columnist Maureen Dowd , - Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the AI Apocalypse. Elon Musk is famous for his futuristic gambles, but Silicon Valley’s latest rush to embrace artificial intelligence scares him,” noted Dowd. “And

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.

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.

The 10 most important work skills for 2020

Jane Hart

This infographic was produced by and shows the 6 drivers for change as well as the 10 most important work skills for 2020. Social learning

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.

How Much Is Nonprofit Workplace Stress Self-Inflicted?

Beth Kanter

Last week I facilitated a workshop on the Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Linking Nonprofit High Performance to Wellbeing in Santa Cruz hosted by the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County. Part of the workshop includes an assessment and reflection about the causes of stress in the nonprofit workplace.

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FocusOn Learning reflections

Clark Quinn

If you follow this blog (and you should :), it was pretty obvious that I was at the FocusOn Learning conference in San Diego last week (previous 2 posts were mindmaps of the keynotes). And it was fun as always. Here are my reflections on what happened a bit more, as an exercise in meta-learning. There were three themes to the conference: mobile, games, and video.

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On Experts, expertise and power

Dave Snowden

Remember Nurse Ratched in One Flew over the Cookoo’s Nest ? Louise Fletcher won the Oscar for a brilliant portrayal of the emotionally and empathetically unconnected expert who always knows best.

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.

a liquid stream of facts

Harold Jarche

“Ironically, in an age of instant global connection, my certainty about anything has decreased. Rather than receiving truth from an authority, I am reduced to assembling my own certainty from the liquid stream of facts flowing through the web. Truth, with a capital T, becomes truths, plural.

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How Nonprofit Professionals Can Manage Workplace Stress Triggers

Beth Kanter

Flickr Photo by Brittney Bush.

Liza Donnelly #FocusOnLearn Keynote Mindmap

Clark Quinn

Liza Donnelly opened the FocusOn Learn conference with stories from her career as a cartoonist. With a very personal and compelling story illustrated by her cartoons and some live drawing, she unpacked creativity and innovation.

Liminal Cynefin

Dave Snowden

The Cynefin framework tends to be used in the main to categories situations within the four main domains (and for more advanced use all five). I’ve never had a problem with that but the dynamics are as important as the domains and they are too often neglected.

Jane’s Personal Top 10 Tools for Learning in 2017

Jane Hart

My 2017 (11th annual) survey of Top tools for Learning is open for voting here, and there have already been a few hundred entries, so I thought I’d share my personal top 10 tools for this year. If you’d like to share your own 10 favourite learning tools here, then please … Social learning

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

Beth Kanter

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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.

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?

Here we go again, or why I resigned from Ethos

Dave Snowden

Way back in my DataSciences days before the IBM takeover I worked on a new approach to providing services based consultancy. There idea was to create a common methods centre that would be owned and used by a network of small companies across Europe. Ourselves, Unilog in France and several others.