The social Web before social networks: a report from 2003

David Weinberger

In 2003 it was becoming clear that we needed?—?and That was the theme of Clay Shirky ’s 2003 keynote at the ETech conference, the most important gathering of Web developers of its time. Clay’s 2003 analysis of the situation is awesome. ” The Web was getting very very big by 2003 and Clay points says that “we blew past” the “interesting scale of small groups.” ” But now (2003) we’re fully into the fully social web.

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Before Facebook, there was DeanSpace

David Weinberger

Here’s a four-minute video from July 13, 2003, of Zack Rosen describing the social networking tool he and his group were building for the Howard Dean campaign. The talk itself was part of iLaw 2003, an event put on every couple of years or so by the Berkman Center and Harvard Law. (I DeanSpace let Dean supporters connect with one another on topics, form groups, and organize action. This was before Facebook, remember. This comes from Lisa Rein’s archive.

workplace learning — yesterday, today, tomorrow

Harold Jarche

When I became a freelancer in 2003, remote work was not the norm but being located in rural Atlantic Canada I had little choice unless I wanted to move to a metropolitan area. My situation in 2003 has become the norm. Ten years ago — workplace learning in 10 years — I wrote that in 2019 much of the workforce will be distributed in time & space as well as in engagement.

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The Transformative Power of Analytics - The Houston Astros: a Case Study

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Oakland then began to achieve success, reaching the playoffs from 2000 to 2003. In 2003, only four or five clubs had analytics people on their staff, and they weren’t always listened to.

Even When Plans Are Useless, Planning Is Indispensable

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

While learning from historical precedents is always a good idea, recent supply chain disruptions - the 2003 outbreak of SARS in Asia, the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, or the 2011 Thailand floods, - were very different from our current pandemic.

keep it simple

Harold Jarche

It is informative to have your work reflected back by others who have interpreted it in their own ways. This feedback gets integrated into my own continuing development of my sensemaking frameworks.

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Reserve your place for the webinar: Jane Hart in conversation with Jane Bozarth

Jane Hart

Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server. Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2012. Time: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM GMT | 1.30-2.30 PM ET | 10.30-11.30 AM PT. Reserve your seat for the webinar now – there are 100 places available - After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. System Requirements. PC-based attendees. Macintosh®-based attendees. Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer.

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The Current State of Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

He’s credited with coining the term open innovation in his 2003 book of the same title. A quick search for ‘open innovation’ yields over 600 million page links, compared to about 200 when his first book came out in 2003; on LinkedIn, there are now tens of thousands of jobs with ‘Open Innovation’ in their title, compared to hardly any back then.

Have social networks replaced groups?

David Weinberger

Maxim Weinstein responded in an email to my post about what the social structure of the Internet looked like before Facebook, making the insightful point that Facebook meets the four criteria Clay Shirky listed for social software in his 2003 keynote at eTech. For example, Clay’s post from 2003 marvels at a “broadband conversation” in which the participants communicated simultaneously by conference call, through a wiki, and through a chat, each from a different source.

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working smarter

Harold Jarche

strong interpersonal relationships that allowed discussion, questions, and feedback were an essential aspect of the transfer of complex knowledge” — Hinds & Pfeffer (2003). For the past several centuries we have used human labour to do what machines cannot.

non-violence + 3.5%

Harold Jarche

Besides the People Power movement, that included the Singing Revolution in Estonia in the late 1980s and the Rose Revolution in Georgia in the early 2003 … Chenoweth points out that nonviolent protests also have fewer physical barriers to participation. How many people does it take to change an organization or a society? Minority groups need 25% to influence the majority in a society. But it only takes 10% if the group is committed with unshakeable belief.

Today Historic Day for America and Trains in the 21st Century

Nine Shift

We predicted this day in our NineShift book in 2003. Today is an historic day for America in the 21st Century. Today is groundbreaking day for the California High Speed Rail System. Now it has come true. . The high speed train, which will go 220 mph, will bring people and jobs and economic prosperity not only to Los Angeles and San Francisco, but every city with a train stop along the way.

Confirmed: Business Investment in Gear is Higher Than Ever

Andy McAfee

She found a vintage series that tracked investment in gear through 2003, using a somewhat different calculation than the current series does. In an earlier post I showed data indicating that US corporate investment in gear — in equipment and software – was at an all-time high, contrary to some reports to the contrary.

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#C2Xmas Day 2: Samuel Pepys Diary

Jane Hart

The diary entries were published on this site daily, in real time, from January 2003 until May 2012, with readers discussing events each day. Day 2 of my Countdown to Xmas #C2Xmas continues here. Samuel Pepys lived in London in the 17th century and is most famous for the diary he kept for a decade as a young man which is considered to be one of the most important sources about the English Restoration period. THE DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS.

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The Internet is an agreement

David Weinberger

It links out to the World of Ends post that Doc Searls and I wrote in 2003, which was aimed at explaining the Internet to legislators. Jaap van Till has posted an aggregation of thoughts and links to remind us of what it seems we have so much trouble remembering: The Internet is not a thing but an agreement. An internet, network of networks, is a voluntary agreement among network operators to exchange traffic for their mutual benefit. The Internet is a prototype internet.)

Origins of the Term 'Personal Learning Network'

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

link] Milton Ramirez (tonnet) uses the term on June 10, 2003. link] The first reference from George Siemens I find is September 30, 2003. link] He follows up October 17, 2003. "A I intended this to be a comment to Dave Warlick's post on the subject, but his comment system won't accept my submission. I think that this post shows the futility of anyone trying to claim credit for the term.

One of the Best

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

He was inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 2003 as an Expo. Gary Edmund Carter (April 8, 1954 – February 16, 2012) (nickname "The Kid" ) was an American former Major League Baseball catcher. During a 19-year baseball career, mostly with the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets , Carter was a premier catcher in the National League , winning three Gold Glove awards and five Silver Slugger awards.


finding community

Harold Jarche

Being motivated to share what you know with others requires trust — not only trusting those others (something that is diminished with competition), but also trusting the larger institution within which the sharing of expertise is occurring.” — Hinds & Pfeffer (2003).

Learning in a connected enterprise

Harold Jarche

In 2003 I was suddenly unemployed, jettisoned shortly before the learning technology company where I was CLO went bankrupt. My network in 2003 was quite small and mostly Canadian. Look where I live, in Sackville. So how did I get to Sydney, NSW today? How did I learn to do what I now do? The same way everyone will be learning as the network era emerges. I learned by doing; but mostly through sharing, especially on this blog.

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The Transformative Power of Analytics - The Houston Astros: a Case Study

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Oakland then began to achieve success, reaching the playoffs from 2000 to 2003. Beane’s use of sabermetrics was popularized by Michael Lewis in his 2003 bestseller Moneyball , - later turned into a film in 2011, - which helped explain the growing importance of data analytics to a wide, non-technical audience. In 2003, only four or five clubs had analytics people on their staff, and they weren’t always listened to.

Innovation and National Security in the 21st Century

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The costs of sequencing the human genome have declined from hundreds of millions of dollars when the genome was first sequenced in 2003 to under $1,000 now.

Nailed! How managers develop proficiency

Jay Cross

4, Winter 2003) . Informal Learning and the Transfer of Learning: How Managers Develop Proficiency. “Our study suggested that managers learn mostly from informal learning, that proficiency is the product of informal learning, and that metacognitive knowledge and self-regulation skills moderate informal learning and the transfer process.

Work Shift

Harold Jarche

It’s the result of a study by the research group at the Dallas Fed in 2003, entitled, The Evolution of Work.&#. This should have been a wake-up call to our training and education institutions in 2003.

Future: Another Nine Shift prediction comes true!

Nine Shift

When we wrote NineShift in 2003, some 6 years ago, we predicted the rich would become poorer. Yes, yes yes! Another Nine Shift prediction has come true. Shift Number Six.

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zoom is not the problem — meetings are

Harold Jarche

I have been working remotely since 2003. When all you have is Zoom, every work-from-home office looks like an endless face-to-face video call. Video calls have been a regular part of my work and I have used pretty well every platform available. In the early days my favourite platform was Marratech , until they were bought by Google and some of the technology created Hangouts. But video communication was only part of my work.


Harold Jarche

In 2003 I started freelancing, working from here in Sackville , New Brunswick, Canada — population 5,000. In 2003 my professional network was comprised of my ex-military connections, a few university ones, and some professionals in our rural region.

Revenge is not sweet

Mind Hacks

Empirical research by Crombag, Rassin, and Horselenberg (2003) showed that most people do not actually take revenge but merely have thoughts, feelings, and fantasies about it (see also Crombag, 2003). An interesting paper in the snappily titled International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology examines what we know about the psychology of revenge.


Harold Jarche

My company is called Jarche Consulting , a term I chose in 2003 that would allow me to change my lines of business without requiring a name change. I am a different kind of consultant now than I was in 2003. I have worked as an external ‘consultant’ for the past 20 years.

I need some help

George Siemens

In 2003 I posted a few articles online on open source movements and learning: Open source p.I , Open Source p.II , and Why we should share learning material. On February 8, I’ll be delivering a talk at TEDxEdmonton’s event Rethinking Open Source Culture. I have benefitted enormously from open learning. Open online courses in particular have been among the most significant learning experiences in my life. I’m not a programmer.

I suggest Gitmo

Doc Searls

The sentencing judge has routed five thousand kids to the centers since 2003. In the NYTimes: Judges Plead Guilty in Scheme to Jail Youths for Profit. Specifically, for $2.6 million. The story says the judges are headed for federal prisons. I wonder which ones?

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70:20:10 - Beyond the Blend

Charles Jennings

In 2003 the UK Department of Education and Training defined it as “ learning which combines online and face-to-face approaches ”. The term ‘blended learning’ first appeared in the late-1990s when web-based learning solutions started to become more widely used and were integrated on one way or another with face-to-face methods. Of course the ‘blending’ concept has been around for much longer than the past few years.

The Architecture of Access to Scientific Knowledge

George Siemens

I interviewed him in 2003 as part of the Open Education group Stephen and I were developing at the time. Lawrence Lessig is skilled at taking complex issues and reducing them to their fundamental critical elements. I’ve crossed paths with him at several conferences over the last few years…and just last year, Athabasca University hosted him for an honorary doctorate for his work (most prominent of which is Creative Commons).

I Have Glimpsed the Future of Commercial Aviation. There Were Fewer Workers There.

Andy McAfee

Even though it seems Lufthansa has had its ‘Quick Boarding’ gates up and running since 2003, today was the first time I experienced one. In order to board my flight from Munich to Warsaw I scanned the two-dimensional bar code on my boarding pass (which I’d printed out at home). A subway station-style gate opened, and I walked down the jetway.

we are dependent on human connection

Harold Jarche

strong interpersonal relationships that allowed discussion, questions, and feedback were an essential aspect of the transfer of complex knowledge” — Hinds & Pfeffer (2003). What we do not know. Our networks are great places for serendipitous connections. But they are not safe places to have deeper conversations or to expose our points of view, I noted last year in coffee, communities, and condescension. The difference between an open social network (e.g.

Performance Support

Clark Quinn

Or maybe this is all definitional and we are talking about the next generation of what I called ePerformance back in 2003. Great post by Jay Cross that uses the history of performance support to set up the need for what Jay calls Learnscapes. I've been a long-time believer in EPSS and ePerformance. Jay tells us: Performance support is blossoming in organizations today under the label of Web 2.0.

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Embedding Learning in Work: The Benefits and Challenges

Charles Jennings

An earlier study 2003 by the Corporate Leadership Council identified 15 leader-led activities that improve performance and found that learning through workplace experience was at least three times more effective than simply ensuring that workers had the necessary knowledge and skills to do their jobs.

Learning 2.0 Tetrad Through Marshall McLuhan

Dan Pontefract

Derrick de Kerckhove, Director of the McLuhan Program of Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto since 1983 wrote McLuhan for Managers in 2003. If you haven’t heard of Marshall McLuhan , well you’re simply missing out on one of Canada’s most innovative minds.

ten years

Harold Jarche

On 21 April 2003, went online. In 2003 social media were primarily blogs. In 2003 Twitter did not exist and WordPress was only released in May of that year. It started as a single web page, later upgraded to a Drupal powered site and then changed over to its current WordPress configuration. About 2,350 posts have been published so far, with over 6,500 comments [+1 million comment spam have been blocked]. Many thanks to Chris at

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Who forces Google to remove search results because of copyright claims?

David Weinberger

Here’s an op-ed I wrote in 2003 about this.). According to a post at TechDirt by Riaz K. Tayob, Google has released data on which organizations request certain search results be suppressed because of copyright issues. From TechDirt: It may be a bit surprising, but at the top of the list? Microsoft, who has apparently taken down over 2.5 million URLs from Google’s search results. Most of the the others in the top 10 aren’t too surprising.

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70:20:10 – Above All Else It’s a Change Agent

Charles Jennings

As Jay Cross pointed out back in 2003: “At work we learn more in the break room than in the classroom. “Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw Tom Spiglanin is a senior engineering specialist at the Aerospace Corporation in California and manager of the organisation’s technical training.

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