Notes from 2004
JANUARY 8, 2011
I’ve gone through my 2004 posts, which was my first year of full-time blogging on this site, and here is what still remains interesting. Note that in 2004, blogging was not mainstream yet. In 2004, I posted for the first time, “Learning is business, and business is learning – finally.. More thoughts & comments from 2004: Many companies are trying to find ways to motivate their knowledge workers. Adding management and technology won’t help either.
The Science of Innovation
DECEMBER 17, 2014
“Innovation - identified by MIT economist and Nobel laureate Robert Solow as the driver of long-term, sustainable economic growth and prosperity - has been a hallmark of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since its inception.” The innovation paradigm has changed.
A Growing Backlash Against the Relentless Advances in Technology?
JULY 2, 2014
Few business concepts have been as long and widely used as disruptive innovation. His 1997 bestseller, The Innovator''s Dilemma , further elaborated and popularized the concept. Innovation has played a central role in my long career.
Can Innovation Continue to Drive Long-Term Economic Growth?
JANUARY 23, 2013
The article takes a look at what it calls innovation pessimism , - the notion that we are in a long-term period of slow innovation and growth despite our rapidly advancing technologies and hyperconnected economies. Has the ideas machine broken down?
Education Technology Strategies - Day Two
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
FEBRUARY 4, 2015
innovators of today") Q: are we looking at ways to. So the Achieving Excellents has four major objectives: - achieving excellence - ensuring equity - promoting well-being - competence We''ve also been partnering with the Council of Directors of Educations (CODE - ''superintendants'') - this boosts what we know about technology and enabling innovations. So, we see this huge growth in technology. Also, what technology has blown up the idea of information for us.
Money Doesn't Necessarily Buy Competitive Advantage
MAY 28, 2011
Just about every company will tell you that innovation is one of its highest priorities. We can see if the company is putting its money where its mouth is by measuring how much it spends on innovation relative to other companies in its industry. There is no consensus as to which budget line items to include in measuring innovation spending. Research and development is often used as such a proxy for innovation.
the core competency for network era work
JANUARY 10, 2016
Since first writing about PKM in 2004 , I have continuously worked at improving the model, identifying emergent practices and tools, and promoting the need to let people manage their own learning in the workplace. Adding management and technology won’t help either.
New Technology Supporting Informal Learning
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
APRIL 25, 2009
Abstract We often talk about games, simulations and other events in learning, but these technologies support only episodic learning. Equally important are those technologies that provide a context for these learning episodes, an environment where students and interact and converse among themselves. Context Online learning today is beginning to be dominated by developments in games, simulations and related technologies. Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever.
Yes, A Business CAN Disrupt Itself
MARCH 10, 2011
Disruptive innovation kills businesses. We learned that in 1997 from Clayton Christensen’s brilliant book The Innovator’s Dilemma which starkly depicted the phenomenon. They carefully researched the market and new technologies. They meticulously cultivated innovation.
Smart Homes - Building for America's Bravest
JULY 17, 2013
In the Fall of 2007, I taught a graduate course in MIT - Technology-based Business Transformation. In 2004 he formed the Lt. Smart Homes represent a concrete, compelling examples of the power of technology to empower individuals.
An Amazing Story About a Certified Asshole on This American Life.
NOVEMBER 21, 2010
The ergonomics of innovation -- The McKinsey Quarterly. interview Pixar Brad Bird - Innovation lessons from Pixar Director Brad Bird - Strategy - Innovation - The McKinsey Quarterly. Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP). Center for Work, Technology and Organization. Customer-Focused Innovation. David A Owens: Creative People Must Be Stopped: 6 Ways We Kill Innovation (Without Even Trying). Dorf & Byers: Technology Ventures.
A New Style of Work
JULY 24, 2011
Tom Foremski , a journalist blogger and friend who reports on the business and culture of innovation in Silicon Valley Watcher , wrote an interesting comment in my blog: “In some ways, I see your post-retirement life as being somewhat futuristic, in that it will be the way many people will be working in the future. In particular, I have thought a lot about the role of the Web and related technologies as key enablers of such a distributed style of work. .
“IT Doesn’t Matter” Ten Years Later
MAY 23, 2013
His claims that companies were overspending on IT, because the technology was becoming more commoditized and accessible to everyone “ignited an industry firestorm.” . has entered the post-technology era. It is not that technology itself no longer matters, he explained.
Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Some Thoughts on Multidisciplinary Innovation
NOVEMBER 12, 2007
Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. Home Archives Subscribe « Business Innovation and Storytelling | Main | Becoming an Innovation Leader – Is There More than One Style? " Just about every such study has reached a similar conclusion regarding the multidisciplinary nature of innovation in the 21st Century.
Irving Wladawsky-Berger: GIO 3.0 - The 2007 Global Innovation Outlook
MARCH 19, 2007
Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. Professors Lester and Piore describe two kinds of innovation, which they call analysis and interpretation.
Hidden Wealth: Science, Technology and Services Innovation in the 21st Century
AUGUST 14, 2009
The Royal Society , - the UK’s national academy of science, - recently released a report: Hidden Wealth: the contribution of science to service sector innovation. This excellent report represents the findings of a major study on the role of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to innovation in the services sector. It is one of the most comprehensive investigations of the impact of services innovation in the 21st century.
We Are All New Immigrants to the Hyperconnected World
OCTOBER 6, 2011
He observed that when he started writing That Used to be Us , he went back and looked at The World is Flat , which he had written in 2004. These companies and technologies had not been born or were in their infancy in 2004, yet they are now a major part of our conversations. They have been leveraging the same information technologies propelling us into the hyperconnected world and transforming their organizations in order to become significantly more efficient.
The MIT Forum on Future Cities
APRIL 15, 2011
The Sense able City Lab was founded in 2004 by architect and engineer Carlo Ratti , who is a faculty member in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Its key objective is to bring together the worlds of design and architecture with the worlds of technology and engineering, in order to understand and anticipate how digital technologies are changing the urban environment as well as their impact on people’s lives.
You Are Not Perfect! Live With It
APRIL 27, 2012
or at a time where we see how pervasive work has become with the emergence of social technologies, but, mostly, also, because of the huge impact on the corporate world by mobile altogether. IBM Innovation Learning Life Personal KM Productivity Tools Social Enterprise Work Life Integration
70:20:10 - Beyond the Blend
MAY 5, 2015
However, the incorporation of technology into learning or training delivery has given blended learning a boost. It focuses on the ‘delivery channel’ - integrating technology with traditional face-to-face approaches and stretching the time available to spend learning.
Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Innovation Meeting in Mexico
NOVEMBER 13, 2006
Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. In November of 2004 we published the results of GIO 1.0 , and earlier this year we published the GIO 2.0
Organizations, work, and learning
DECEMBER 23, 2014
They cover the main themes of organizations, work, and learning, that I have been discussing on this blog since 2004. This article was published by UK-based Inside Learning Technologies & Skills magazine.
Education, Technology and Myth
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
AUGUST 27, 2006
Responding to Norm Friesen, E-Learning Myth #2: Technology Drives Educational Change In this post, various propositions have been collected under a single heading. From the text: It is often said or implied that technology or technological change impact education. The assumptions behind such understandings are that technology drives educational change, and that there is generally a direct and one-way relationship between technical innovation and educational transition.
my pkm story
FEBRUARY 27, 2015
I started down the path of personal knowledge mastery in 2004, inspired by Dave Pollard , Denham Gray , and others. “To Organizations are still enamoured with information technology. One critical side is PKM, for this is the source of implicit knowledge, a key to innovation.
Enterprise 2.0 and Social Business are Hollow Shells without Democracy
FEBRUARY 8, 2012
Thomas Malone, in The Future of Work (2004) envisaged four potential organizational models for the network era: Loose hierarchies. Their main premises were that: 1) management models are important social technologies; 2) the current models are out-of-date; and.
Google+ and the Unsettled World of Social Media
JULY 13, 2011
The G+ team evidently worked on the technology for at least a year before releasing a public version of it, and it shows that they’ve done their homework. technologies is not yet anywhere near complete — we’ve not yet seen all the important innovations.
Reflections on the early days of social networking as LinkedIn reaches 100 million users
MARCH 27, 2011
From there, Friendster was founded in 2002, LinkedIn and MySpace in 2003, and Facebook in 2004. In February 2004, the same month that Facebook launched, I gave a presentation on The Rise of Social Networking Technologies (incidentally the second presentation ever at the Innovation Bay network). Last week LinkedIn reached a significant milestone: 100 million users.
I Learned A Lot At My First-Ever F Up Nights
FEBRUARY 15, 2016
I recently attended the first-ever F Up Nights in Victoria, British Columbia, hosted by the fine folks at the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology & Entrepreneurship Council, or by its much cooler acronym, VIATEC. Don’t shoot the messenger!
An Irish Wake for the PC
AUGUST 17, 2011
The PC forever changed how knowledge work is carried out; was instrumental in reinvigorating American industrial productivity; generated huge amounts of entrepreneurship, innovation, and wealth; and served as the initial access point to the Internet for most of us.
Open Education, MOOCs, and Opportunities
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
DECEMBER 12, 2014
Reusable Learning Resources The initial development of online learning technology began at scale with the development of the learning management system (LMS) in the mid-1990s. Technological systems based on these designs were first developed by the aviation industry, in the form of the AICC specification (Aviation Industry Computer Based Training (CBT) Committee). Additional technologies to support resource discovery and reuse have been developed since then.
Indifference, Hostility, Isolation and Other Obstacles to a Healthy Innovation Environment
AUGUST 11, 2008
In most companies, just about all the cards are stacked against the nurturing of innovation, especially the kinds of new ideas and disruptive innovations that generally lead to major changes in the marketplace and within the business. Let me discuss some of the behaviors I have observed through the years in various companies, which have convinced me how difficult it is to create the proper environment for innovation to flourish. Collaborative innovation is not for them.
Shifting responsibility by taking responsibility
OCTOBER 21, 2013
Where will the diversity of ideas needed to drive innovation come from? – Lilia Efimova 2004. It is a technology-neutral framework to promote common understanding through ongoing conversations.
Harold Jarche » Big Consulting Companies Jumping on Bandwagon 2.0
DECEMBER 17, 2008
ralphmercer: committees are place to lure great ideas to be killed while absolving everyone of the blame hjarche: innovation is something you create from thinking & doesn’t usually come from existing practices that others are following [link] hjarche: Our Future: Security, Consumption, Participation and/or Green? technology ?
Guest Post: Adejare Amoo on an Industrialist’s Role in eLearning in Africa
JUNE 24, 2011
Adejare’s role was to illuminate how business can be part of innovating in eLearning in Africa. I think Adejare is my FIRST guest post since I started this blog May 26, 2004. I am an e-learning entrepreneur, a highly innovation promoted and real time evolving industry.
Non-Research Citations in the Siemens Research Study
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
APRIL 30, 2015
2004). US Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology. Fall of the wall: Capital flows to education innovation. Defending himself against my criticism of his recently released research study on distance and online learning, George Siemens tweets: Au contraire mon frère. There are many non-research articles cites, with a particular preference toward foundations, consultants, a few blogs and news and magazine articles.
AUGUST 3, 2012
As a term, “micro-learning” has been around since about 2004, when it was put forward in a PhD thesis by Gerhard Gassler. I was introduced recently to a new buzz word making its way across the learning & development industry: Micro-learning.
Harold Jarche » Learning is Conversation
DECEMBER 18, 2008
ralphmercer: committees are place to lure great ideas to be killed while absolving everyone of the blame hjarche: innovation is something you create from thinking & doesn’t usually come from existing practices that others are following [link] hjarche: Our Future: Security, Consumption, Participation and/or Green?
Free-agents and enlightened despots
JULY 26, 2011
Tweet A recent NYT article on The Auteur vs. The Committee compares Apple and Google, describing Steve Jobs as an “auteur : Two years ago, the technology blogger John Gruber presented a talk , “The Auteur Theory of Design,” at the Macworld Expo. As I wrote in 2004 - I’ve heard and discussed the film crew metaphor many times over the past five or so years.
SEPTEMBER 9, 2010
Once upon a time, new technologies were first deployed in large institutions - enterprises, universities and research labs, the military and civilian government agencies, - from which they eventually trickled down to the rest of the economy as their prices and complexity dropped. But, this trickle-down approach to technology diffusion dramatically reversed itself with the advent of inexpensive technologies, especially digital technologies.
Our aggressively intelligent citizenry
APRIL 20, 2010
In 2004 I commented on an article by Peter Levesque calling for new leadership for the information revolution. Having this data in XML, an open interchange format, means it’ll be far easier for this and other sites to use Parliamentary data, and will really lower the barrier to creating new and innovative ways of sharing information on our democratic system. Tags: Communities Technology