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Gender Pay Discrimination: Point A

Nine Shift

There's complex, tough and so-far unresolved issues regarding gender pay. And then there's outright no-good unethical, hopefully illegal, gender pay discrimination against women. . Claire Miller, in a NYTimes article about nursing , screams bloody discrimination about nurses. But is it?

Making sense of what happened to Montecito

Doc Searls

Note the date on this map : That was more than a month before huge rains revised to red the colors in the mountains above Montecito. The LA Times also ran a story a week before last, warning about debris flows , which are like mud slides, but with lots of rocks.

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Blockchain and the Music Industry: Turning Pennies into Dollars

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Just about every industry has been significantly transformed in the past few decades. But few have been as disrupted as the music industry. Everything seems to be changing at once, from the way content is produced and delivered, to the sources of revenue and profits.

Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2018

John Hagel

This 2018, take some time out to refresh and recharge. For me, that often means stealing a few quiet moments with my book, hiding out…er…I mean, hanging out on my couch, or comfortably wedged into a window seat listening to an audiobook on a long flight.

Acting at your own level of competence

Dave Snowden

One of the most common, and the most irritating aspect of change workshops is the number of times they end up with broad statements about how people need to change their culture, change their attitude etc.

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Twitter for Nonprofits in 2018: Rebirth or Retire?

Beth Kanter

The past year, Twitter has been widely criticized for its role in spreading misinformation , being a Petri dish for hate speech , and how it approaches world leaders use of the platform.

Identity

Dave Snowden

One of the more fascinating aspects of human systems, and one of the most significant differences with the wider field of complexity is that of identity. Humans beings rarely have single agency. Not only that our identities can flex and change instantly and in context.

Resolve To Do Your New Year's Resolutions Differently

John Hagel

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Be careful. For many, these resolutions are at risk of becoming a sorry joke. The cynics say that these are useless exercises that make us feel good for a few months, but that no one really has the intention or fortitude to follow them beyond that. We've all heard the statistics about how gym memberships spike early in the New Year but that the crowds quickly thin out and the gym is empty again by the end of February. Does it have to be this way?

collaborating with the enemy

Harold Jarche

Collaborating with the Enemy by Adam Kahane gives a framework of how to work with people you don’t agree with, like, or trust. Kahane developed it through his years of conducting collaboration workshops such as the Mont Fleur sessions to prepare for a post-apartheid South Africa.

AI and the Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

AI is being successfully applied to tasks that not long ago were viewed as the exclusive domain of humans, matching or surpassing human level performance in more and more domains.

Reflections on 2017

Clark Quinn

The end of the calendar year, although arbitrary, becomes a time for reflection. I looked back at my calendar to see what I’d done this past year, and it was an interesting review. Places I’ve been and things I’ve done point to some common themes. Such are the nature of reflections. One of the things I did was speak at a number of events. My messages have been pretty consistent along two core themes: doing learning better, and going beyond the course.

Inherent uncertainty is our natural habitat

Dave Snowden

Yesterday I used Paul Cilliers list of characteristics of a complex adaptive systems to introduce the idea that complexity in human systems – anthro-complexity – has many distinguishing characteristics.

AI and Nonprofits: Will Bots Make Transition from Functional to Friendship?

Beth Kanter

The next disruptive technology phase is already upon here and it includes a technology designed to emulate human conversation – chatbots programmed with artificial intelligence.

the coffee club

Harold Jarche

Last October I suggested that subscribers to this blog could buy me a monthly cup of coffee to support my writing. Several of you have done so: thank you!

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The backfire effect is elusive

Mind Hacks

The backfire effect is when correcting misinformation hardens, rather than corrects, someone’s mistaken belief.

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The Quinnov 8: An online course

Clark Quinn

Ok, so I told you the story of the video course I was creating on what I call the Quinnov 8, and now I’ll point to it. It’s available through Udemy, and I’ve tried to keep the price low. With their usual discounts, it should be darn near free ;). Certainly no more than a few cups of coffee. It’s about an hour of video of me talking, with a few diagrams and text placeholders. I’ve included quizzes for each of the content sections.

Proximity in time, space & truth

Dave Snowden

The next aspect of uniqueness in human systems that I want to address is that of proximity. In ‘standard’ complexity agents receive signals from other agents in close proximity but don’t have knowledge of the wider system. Now this is true and no true of human systems.

constantly learning nodes

Harold Jarche

Here are some thoughts about learning that I developed on this blog the past year. We lack good models for organizing in a networked society. Many people are turning back to older, and outdated organizational models like nationalism and tribalism in an attempt to gain some stability.

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Open Science Essentials: Reproducibility

Mind Hacks

Open science essentials in 2 minutes, part 3. Let’s define it this way: reproducibility is when your experiment or data analysis can be reliably repeated. It isn’t replicability , which we can define as reproducing an experiment and subsequent analysis and getting qualitatively similar results with the new data. These aren’t universally accepted definitions, but they are common, and enough to get us started).

2018 Trajectories

Clark Quinn

Given my reflections on the past year, it’s worth thinking about the implications. What trajectories can we expect if the trends are extended? These are not predictions (as has been said, “never predict anything, particularly the future”). Instead, these are musings, and perhaps wishes for what could (even should ) occur. I mentioned an interest in AR and VR. I think these are definitely on the upswing.

Conflict

Dave Snowden

You see conflict and care in all systems but humans are pretty unique in allowing both to exist outside kinship growth and for abstract ideas and values. Not only that we create rituals around both, we train people in rhetoric, we see conflict as an essential part of a good story.

Cloud Computing and the Supply Chain of Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2008 I gave a talk at a conference on The Promise and Reality of Cloud Computing.

China's Top Scientific Advance in 2017: Train Simulator

Nine Shift

The top scientific advance for 2017 in China's universities was named last week. It is a high speed train simulator.

Pernicious problems

Clark Quinn

I’m using a standard for organizational learning quality in the process of another task. Why or for whom doesn’t matter. What does matter is that there are two problems in their standard that indicate we still haven’t overcome some pernicious problems. And we need to! So, for the first one, this is in their standard for developing learning solutions: Uses blended models that appeal to a variety of learning styles. Do you see the problem here? Learning styles are debunked!

Scale

Dave Snowden

The third aspect of anthro-complexity I want to discuss is the complex and problematic issue of scaling. Now this is something I have written a lot of posts on (one extended 2014 series here ), but I am still refining the message and my own understanding.

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David Gurteen

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Like two friends

Euen Semple

The internet could be like this if we wanted. “We We are like two friends sitting in the park on a lovely day talking about life, talking about our problems, investigating the very nature of our existence, and asking ourselves seriously why life has become such a great problem, why, though intellectually we are very sophisticated, yet our daily life is such a grind, without any meaning, except survival—which again is rather doubtful. Why has life, everyday existence, become such a torture?

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#1 Story of the Year 2017

Nine Shift

CITIES REBUILD FOR THE 21st CENTURY. Toronto is building an area ‘from the Internet up.’ (top top drawings in the image below).

And Listen

Clark Quinn

Listening is a vital skill. It’s something that made my mother very popular, because she listened, remembered, and asked about whatever you said the next time you saw her. She cared, and it showed. I wish I was as good a listener! But it’s critical to really listen (or as some have it, not just listen, but hear ). It’s part of a skillset necessary to innovate. Innovation can be about problem-solving, and design thinking has it that it’s really about problem- finding.

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Inclinations & dispositions

Dave Snowden

One of the most important things to grasp about a complex adaptive system is that, at a system level, we have no linear material cause but instead we have a dispositional state, a set of possibilities and plausibilities in which a future state cannot be predicted.

MWL Newsletter No 47

Jane Hart

Here are posts, articles and news about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 7-13 January 2018. Social learning

Conversations not content

Euen Semple

The internet still holds so much potential to helps us understand and improve ourselves and the world around us. Sadly much of it has been turned into one big content farm. It doesn't need to be this way. It is not too late. Each of us can ask our selves every time we share, like, or write something: Will this post trigger people to think more deeply about its topic? Have I written it in a way that is more likely to open up debate than close it down?

#2 Story of the Year 2017

Nine Shift

GEN Y ANXIETY EPIDEMIC. NineShift co-author Julie Coates discovers this major crisis in post industrial societies. Our post on it got the biggest response from both Gen Yers and their parents this year, confirming the situation.

Let’s talk

Clark Quinn

“Conversations are the stem cells of learning.” ” – Jay Cross. I recently read something that intrigued me. I couldn’t find it again, so I’ll paraphrase the message. As context, the author was talking about how someone with a different world view was opining about the views of the author. And his simple message was “if you want to know what I, or an X, thinks, ask me or an X. Don’t ask the anti-X.”