The Evolution of My Complex Relationship with Blogging
JUNE 3, 2011
In the Spring of 2005 the company was getting ready to launch a major blogging initiative to encourage its employee s to participate in the rapidly growing blogosphere. I posted my first blog on May 16, 2005. At the end of 2005, about seven months into blogging, I wrote : “I did not anticipate how much effort writing this blog would take. I have been blogging now, week-in, week-out, since May of 2005.
Leadership emerges from network culture
OCTOBER 18, 2011
Employers wanted to keep workers on-site, when it made no sense, as this post from 2005 noted: virtual work, but we need you onsite. In a naturalistic redescription of the phenomenon, we might view it as an emergent, self-organising property of complex systems.
Google Plus – One Social Networking Tool to Rule Them All
JULY 5, 2011
ICT ) around the same time; in 2003 I got things started with my first internal corporate blog, followed in 2005 with my first social bookmarking site called Dogear. Hold a simple (Not even complex!)
In Defense of the Evidence
JULY 11, 2011
Artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, known for large scale environmental works of art—most recently the 2005 Central Park Installation The Gates —document every step of the development of the installation, including drawings, collages, prints and movies.
Growing a Bigger Brain with a Larger Social Network
JANUARY 31, 2011
Monday, January 31, 2011 Growing a Bigger Brain with a Larger Social Network The bigger your social network, the bigger your brain - well, at least your amygdala.
Some notes on Bureaucracy
AUGUST 20, 2011
Tweet In 2005 , I wrote - Seth Godin’s quotable Bureaucracy = Death raises a number of issues on why preventive actions are seldom taken by bureaucratic organisations. Old structures are no longer sufficient for new complex challenges. Seth talks about the effects of bureaucracy on marketing, but it also results in inertia in healthcare, education, et al. I doubt that his idea of a Chief No Officer would be embraced by many companies or institutions.
Notes from 2005
JANUARY 15, 2011
This is a continuation of my notes from 2004 … I see that 2005 was the year I started digging deeper into PKM/Networked Learning. From the The Walrus magazine on an uninspiring 2005 McLuhan International Festival of the Future , until the very end: As the last few intellectual thrusts of “Probing McLuhan wound down, a figure rose from the crowd and said a few words.
The Passing of an Era
SEPTEMBER 1, 2011
Having sold its PC business to Lenovo in 2005, IBM itself did not mark the occasion, and as far as I know, neither did Lenovo or the other companies still selling IBM PC’s. It may be odd for me to say this, but I’m also proud IBM decided to leave the personal computer business in 2005, selling our PC division to Lenovo. The IBM Personal Computer was announced on August 12, 1981.
Strata Conference Wrap Up: Big Data, Big Opportunities
FEBRUARY 21, 2011
A complex world with an almost incomprehensible amount of data requires a different response to sensemaking and management than what has been effective in the past (PW Anderson’s term of “more is different is rather appropriate).
Five Key Questions
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
MARCH 17, 2011
What makes systems like Ontario's and Finland's worth emulating is the fact that they produce highly competent graduates, capable of excellence not only on standardized international tests but also of flourishing in a complex technologically advanced environment. 2011. In its 2010 Speech from the Throne , the Government of Ontario, Canada announced its intention to create an Ontario Online Institute (OOI) to support online learning in the province as part of the Open Ontario Plan.
Money Doesn't Necessarily Buy Competitive Advantage
MAY 28, 2011
But, as Michael Schrage , a Research Fellow in MIT’s Center for Digital Business wrote in an FT article in November of 2005: “Any policymaker, chief executive or innovation champion who relies on R&D intensity and R&D budgets as a meaningful or usable metric to assess global competitiveness virtually guarantees shoddy analysis and distorted decisions. Customer demands for special features have generated enormous complexity.
A New Style of Work
JULY 24, 2011
I recently wrote about my complex relationship with blogging and the central role it now plays in my life. But the one constant is my weekly blog, which I have been writing since May of 2005. About a year ago I wrote a blog on the post retirement phase of my life.
The OER Debate, In Full
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
MAY 8, 2011
It is a complex topic which incorporates multiple perspectives and questions in relation to commercial use of OER, for example: Should OER protect the future freedoms of users and creators or the resources themselves? As the Wikipedia stub(Wikipedia, 2011) notes, “Technically, Nightmare 3 was released under a pre-Open Source open source license. Retrieved April 17, 2011, from LPMuds.net: George Reese Stallman, R. Retrieved April 17, 2011, from LPMuds.net: [link] Wikipedia.
195 posts about MOOCs
FEBRUARY 19, 2013
AUGUST 8, 2011. Five Key Questions STEPHEN DOWNES: HALF AN HOUR | THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011. 50 Awesome Posts on Working Smarter, August 2011 INTERNET TIME ALLIANCE | SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2011. Slow Learning – #change11 CLARK QUINN | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2011.
Psychology and its national styles
AUGUST 7, 2011
An interesting paragraph from a 2005 article on the history of psychological concepts. Such generalisations go only so far, but they do make clear the sheer variety and complexity of psychology just at the time when, as convention holds, the modern discipline emerged.
A whiff of madness
SEPTEMBER 11, 2011
In 2005 study claimed that the odour exists but is “complex and cannot be limited to a single compound, but rather to a global variation of the body odor but no replications or further investigations followed.
What Will Life Be Like in an AI Future?
MARCH 3, 2015
I believe that in the end, it comes down to which of two major forces will prevail over time - exponential growth or complexity brake. . The most thoughtful counter-argument I’ve seen is a 2011 MIT Technology Review article, The Singularity Isn’t Near , by Paul Allen.
“Soft” AI Is Suddenly Everywhere
JANUARY 13, 2015
These are generally statistically oriented, computational intelligence methods for addressing complex problems based on the analysis of vast amounts of information using powerful computers and sophisticated algorithms, whose results exhibit qualities we tend to associate with human intelligence.
[berkman] [2b2k] Michae Nielsen on the networking of science
OCTOBER 25, 2011
It was proposed by a grad student in 2005. Afterwards, Michael explained that Google developers use a complex ecology of libraries and services with huge numbers of dependencies.] Michael Nielsen is giving a Berkman talk on the networking of science. (It’s It’s his first talk after his book Reinventing Discovery was published.). NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness.
[dpla] Amsterdam, Monday morning session
MAY 17, 2011
The Semantic Web people seemed to like complex “knowledge representation systems. TBL in 2005 critiqued that, saying tht should instead point to URI’s. But the machine stuff isn;t subtle enough to be able to solve all these complex problems. Europeana is aiming at interoperability through links (connecting resources), through semantics (complex data semantically interoperable with simpler objects), and through re-use of vocabularies (e.g.,
The Changing Nature of Globalization in Our Hyperconnected, Knowledge-Intensive Economy
JUNE 18, 2014
In April, 2005, NY Times columnist Tom Friedman published The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Globalized World in the Twenty-first Century. A few years later, Friedman was a keynote speaker at a 2011 conference commemorating IBM’s Centennial.
The New Center for Global Enterprise
MAY 8, 2013
The world was waking up to the growing economic power of emerging markets and the BRICs in particular, especially with the publication of The World is Flat in April of 2005, Tom Friedman’s best-seller that did so much to explain the transformative powers of globalization and digital technologies.
Saving tigers, social business and science
JANUARY 21, 2011
SEED Magazine] “Critical slowing” as a threshold approaches could be a signal for collapses in complex systems. When I worked with NPR back in 2005 the question was “How will social media affect us and what should we do?. Here are some of things I learned via Twitter this past week [ Friday's Finds ]. We need to save our tigers [follow link for ways to help] by @Sumeet_Moghe. “Do
Rejected: On being disappointed, sorta
FEBRUARY 17, 2012
In October 2011, a colleague sent me a link to this Canada Research Chair position at Royal Roads University. Several prominent researchers and organizations are now exploring next-generation online and hybrid learning models based social networked technologies: Goodyear (2011); SocialLearn (The Open University) 2011; and OpenClass (Pearson, n.d.). In particular, how do people learn and solve complex problems in social, global networks in climates of information abundance?
From Outputs To Outcomes: Part 5: Measuring Customer Delight in Real Time: Social Media
MARCH 20, 2011
In 2005, the examples cited above could not have happened. Social media give us the possibility of conducting controlled experiments to tackle the complex challenge of delighting customers. Image via CrunchBase. This article is the fifth and final part in a series of posts on measuring what matters in organizations: the shift from outputs to outcomes. Today the focus is on measuring customer delight in real time: social media.
Reflections on the Future of TV
AUGUST 26, 2014
I’m also a (very minor) content producer, given the weekly blogs I’ve been posting since 2005 and my 2-year guest columnist affiliation with the WSJ’s CIO Journal . With complex films or series, I often rely on comments and reviews to better understand their storylines and characters.
Entrepreneurship and Job Creation
NOVEMBER 5, 2014
The book references a study based on US Census Bureau data that shows that between 1980 and 2005, all net new job creation in the US came from young businesses less than 5 years old. In 2011, for example, 47.5 The second problem is the complexity and cost of government.
Open Education, MOOCs, and Opportunities
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
DECEMBER 12, 2014
Working with George Siemens in 2004 and 2005, the learning theory known as Connectivism was developed, with the idea that learning takes place not just in an individual person but across a network of connections. Change 2011 - this was the longest course, at 30 weeks, running through the fall of 2011 and the spring of 2012. These early learning materials, which could be complex and engaging, were packaged and distributed through learning management systems.
The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: WIKILEAKS: President.
DECEMBER 13, 2010
The fact that established organizations between 1980 and 2005 produced no new net jobs for the US economy. I don’t expect you at this meeting to come up with an action plan to deal with problems of the scale and complexity that are represented by these numbers.
The future State?
JULY 18, 2013
One is on complexity and is in the main academic papers, the other is a Chatham House rules event (so what I can say is limited) on the future of governance. Govenernmenta that learn to manage complexity will gain strategic advantage.
[2b2k] Erik Martin on Reddit and journalism
OCTOBER 10, 2013
JE: Reddit was purchased by Conde Nast and then spun off in 2011. EM: We started in 2005. When you start doing a more professional and complex design, you suddenly needing 10x more people, and then you need 10x the money…But subreddits can monkey with the CSS. Erik Martin is giving a talk at the Nieman Foundation. He’s the general manager of Reddit.com. Disclosure: We’re friendly.)