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The Social Network Is the Computer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Human beings have always been a social species,” writes MIT professor Sinan Aral in the opening paragraph of The Hype Machine , his recently published book. “We’ve been communicating, cooperating, and coordinating with one another since we were hunting and gathering.”

How Social Networking Tools Enable Heutagogy in Learning Organisations

Luis Suarez

To quote him: ‘ Let kids learn what they want to learn in curricula design by professionals’. In this respect heutagogy looks to the future in which knowing how to learn will be a fundamental skill given the pace of innovation and the changing structure of communities and workplaces. ’ [Emphasis mine]. our networks) we would want to learn with / from. General Interest Innovation Knowledge Management Learning Open Business Open Leadership Personal KM


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Keys to innovation: Tapping communities of lead users

Trends in the Living Networks

At one point the conversation shifted to how companies could generate the innovation that will meet the soaring expectations of users. Notably through the work of MIT’s Eric von Hippel , companies have grown to recognize the critical importance of co-creation in innovation, and in particular the role of ‘lead users’ Lead users are typically those who find new applications for products, extend their use, and are the most discerning.

Keynote slides: Crowds and the future of creativity and innovation

Trends in the Living Networks

Earlier this month I gave the opening keynote at Crowdsourcing Week on Connecting the Crowd: The Future of Creativity and Innovation. As always, be aware that my slides are intended as visual support to my presentation, and are not designed to be meaningful on their own. Crowdsourcing Week keynote: The Future of Creativity and Innovation from Ross Dawson. At the heart of those human capabilities are creativity and innovation.

eLearning Conferences 2013

Tony Karrer

link] or [link] December 2-4, 2012 Communication and Management in Technological Innovation and Academic Globalization (COMATIA ), 3 rd , Paris, France. link] December 2-5, 2012 Big Ideas Fest: Design, Innovate, Activate, 4 th , conference focused on innovation in education , Half Moon Bay, California, USA. link] December 2-7, 2012 Executive Leadership Institute , sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College, Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

The More We DO, the Less Time We Have to REFLECT – Happy New Year 2013!

Luis Suarez

It makes you reflect on the things you are passionate about, on the things that drive you to work every day, on the many ideas that come through your brain on a daily basis and that you pick up one or two that you would want to share across in order to allow for them to grow further thanks to the wonderful exchanges with people in your (extended) networks. Way way too long since my last blog post on “ The State of Social Business – A State of Maturity?

Social First!

Clark Quinn

And as an extreme version of this, let me start by saying we need to start thinking ‘social’ first. When we’re facing a performance problem in the organization, our first resort should be to ask: “would a social solution solve this”? Social solutions basically suggest that we either tap into user-generated solutions, or reach out to people on the fly. Or it just might be tossing it out to our network. design social strategy

A Kind of Digital “Perfect Storm”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Some of the articles are about the creation of innovative new technologies and applications, while others are about the creative destruction such innovations leave in their wake. We seem to be heading toward a kind of digital perfect storm , where four major IT trends are each gathering speed while interacting with and amplifying each other: mobile devices, cloud computing, social networks and big data and analytics. Cloud is a classic disruptive innovation.

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50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10

Jay Cross

Learning is social. Effective managers encourage their team members to buddy up on projects, to shadow others and to participate in professional social networks. A Community of Practice (CoP) is a social network of people who identify with one another professionally (e.g. designers of logic chips) or have mutual interests (e.g. 702010 Informal Learning Management Innovation Meta-Learning Things should be as simple as possible, but no simpler.

Life Without eMail – 5th Year Progress Report – The Community, The Movement

Luis Suarez

To design a new kind of work, a new mindset of work habits that would inspire each and everyone of us to become much more collaborative and keen on sharing our knowledge out there openly through digital tools, whatever those may well be. However, beyond those three use cases, there isn’t an excuse anymore to move the vast majority of our interactions into more open social, collaborative, knowledge sharing spaces: digital tools. A social computing evangelist at heart.

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OMG, its culture change time

Dave Snowden

Such cultures are tacit in nature: networked, tribal and fluid. They are learning cultures because they are deal with ambiguity and uncertainty originating in the environment, or self generated for innovative purposes. So it follows that cultural change is an evolutionary process from the present, not an idealised future state design. If in doubt, blame the culture seems to be a golden rule in consultancy and management alike.

Informal Learning – the other 80%

Jay Cross

People learn to build the right network of associates and the right level of expertise through informal, sometimes even accidental, learning that flies beneath the corporate radar. Learning is social. Today’s teenager] “wants to socialize instead of communicate,” Tammy Savage, group manager of Microsoft’s NetGen division, said in a recent interview. Innovating in the face of change. It’s more practical to think of learning as optimizing our networks.

50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10

Jay Cross

Social networks, both in-person and online, are democratizing the workplace, and workers have an increasing amount of say in what they learn and how they learn it. Traditionally, training departments were designed for mechanical work processes. Instructional designers created curriculum around tried-and-true best practices. People visit the Lab to spark innovation and think fresh thoughts.He 50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10. part 1 of 5.

Five Ways People Adopt And Love Change

Adaptive Path

Luckily, a communications expert named Everett Rogers looked deep and long at how human beings actually look at and choose to adopt something new and innovative. His findings are complied in his tome, Diffusion of Innovations. “…the degree to which an innovation is perceived as better than the idea it supersedes.” In a networked world, this becomes even more crucial. “…the degree to which the results of an innovation are visible to others.”

Ensuring knowledge flow through narration

Harold Jarche

Can the training department, or learning & development, directly contribute to innovation, or are they merely bystanders? As with knowledge artisans , many learners now own their knowledge-sharing networks. Today, content capture and creation tools let people tell their own stories and weave these together to share in their networks. What started as forums and wikis quickly evolved into more robust networks and communities.

The Future of Open Business At Stake

Luis Suarez

and Social Business, the social evangelists, were starting to become rather scarce and very rare to be seen out there on the Social Web. They thought that people would find it difficult to navigate if it didn’t follow the familiar patterns “ I guess nowadays it’s what most people would be calling Collaboration, but this time around happening through social software tools. “ Don’t let people try to tidy up your internal use of social too soon.

Becoming explicit

Harold Jarche

The dominant framework is moving from corporations to networks. As I explained in my presentation, knowledge networks are optimized when they are based on openness, which enables transparency, and in turn fosters diversity, thus reinforcing the basic principle of openness. Openness can be supported through social networks, as they are non-hierarchical by design, allowing anyone to connect to everyone.

14 Articles on MOOCs

Jay Cross

An online phenomenon gathering momentum over the past two years or so, a MOOC integrates the connectivity of social networking, the facilitation of an acknowledged expert in a ?eld link] (see also entire special issue on Emergent Learning, Connections, Designs for Learning: [link]. Paper presented at the Seventh International Conference on Networked Learning, Aalborg, Denmark. Nathan Harden (January/February 2013). Incrementalism is the enemy of innovation.

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First structure the work system

Harold Jarche

Social (TIMN). Tribal + Institutional + Markets + Networks. The tension I see in workplaces today is a direct result of two (almost) opposing principles for organizational design that are necessary in workplaces that deal with complex environments, networks, emergent practices & cooperative work. On the other hand, innovation needs loose ties and a wide network to get diverse points of view. Working Together. Complexity (Cynefin). Practices.

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Seminar on MOOCs, Lyon, France, Day 2

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Result: Open Social Web Apps Case Study - principle innovation of xMOOCs - studented content in 15-minute chunks - cMOOCs and xMOOCs in social media - two student spresenting to each other - group projects - peer evaluation Context Go-Lab - Global Online Science Labs for Inquiry Learning at School - mass access to: - scientific data - virtual experiences & simulations - actual scientific labs and instruments - as a means of access applications - eg.

Sustainability and MOOCs in Historical Perspective

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We also have a more recent theory, constructivism, which has so many varieties I cannot count and won't try, but it's based essentially on the idea of social interaction, negotiation of meeting, finding a common ground, and a model of learning where learners construct their own model. Learning design was an attempt to emulate what was called programmed learning in the course packages, a way of leading the student through the materials one step at a time. They create this network.

The Future of Learning Management Systems: Development, Innovation and Change

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We’re in an inflection point, where we have mainstream adoption, different platform designs, and moving beyond digitizing the traditional classroom. And the core design of the LMS is based on an old model. Feldstein’s law: over time any ed tech application adds features and looks like a poorly designed LMS. Also, when LMSs were initially designed, they were the only app out there with any kind of scale. They were initially designed that way; nothing gets in or out.

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50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10 (3)

Jay Cross

Learning is social. Effective managers encourage their team members to buddy up on projects, to shadow others and to participate in professional social networks. Companies need to take advantage of the social nature of learning. A Community of Practice (CoP) is a social network of people who identify with one another professionally (e.g. designers of logic chips) or have mutual interests (e.g. 50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10.

Determinism, Best Practice, and the ‘Training Solution’

Charles Jennings

If a chemical engineer is looking to design a new process or parameters for distillation in a chemical plant she may be able to identify the volumes and sequences that produce the highest amount of pure distillate. In other words, we can design, develop and deliver training to help people address future situations with the confidence that similar actions will produce similar results. Training maintains status quo – Development catalyzes innovation 12.

50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10 (2)

Jay Cross

Reverse-mentor a senior person on social networking or technology. Be active in social networks in the workplace and in the industry. As part of its social responsibility, the Forum supports projects at Sreepur Village, a refuge in rural Bangladesh for destitute women as well as trafficked or abandoned children. Jay has challenged conventional wisdom about how adults learn since designing the first business degree program offered by the University of Phoenix.

The Writing Life and Scaling Up Excellence: You are What You Do

Bob Sutton

  The specific point was that although Steve is an engineering professor and his doctorate is from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, because of the intellectual tools he uses day after day in his research – things like social network theory, ethnographic methods, and theories of the sociology of work and technology – he sees himself as a sociologist (and most other scholars do too).

The Puzzling Technology Adoption Discrepancy Between Individuals and Institutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the 2013 edition, Deloitte chose to break up its findings into five separate reports, each focused on a different topic. In the case of the 2013 Shift Index, the story centers on the puzzling discrepancy in technology adoption between individuals and organizations. The business environment is changing in a more fundamental way than short-term, boom-and-gloom market and employment numbers show,” observes the 2013 Deloitte report.

Best of Working Smarter Daily this year

Jay Cross

Working smarter embraces the spirit of agile software, action learning, social networks, and parallel developments in many disciplines. Every day, Working Smarter Daily uses social signals to select the top articles from blogs in these fields. MARCH 10, 2013. The most valuable aspect of MOOCs is that the large number of learners enables the formation of sub-networks based on interested, geography, language, or some other attribute that draws individuals together.

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The Impact of Connectivity in the Future: Everything Is Connected, Cows will Tweet

Beth Kanter

I just spent two amazing days at the Social Innovation Summit 2013 , a cross disciplinary crowd of people who work on social good in the areas of technology, investment, philanthropy, international development, and business. O’Reilly took us through some examples of designing with citizens in mind can radically change the trust equation. Tweeting Cow (@Cow1321443) November 20, 2013. With Dave Evans - Futurist At Cisco.

Happy New Year: What’s Your Theme for the Year?

Beth Kanter

International Training Work: Most of my work is designing and delivering capacity building projects for nonprofits literally all over the world. This past year I had the honor of facilitating an intense training in Tunisia in January for Women Entrepreneurs that included leadership, entrepreneurship, business planning, and communications. I also designed and facilitated a nonprofit leadership institute at Pepperdine University.

Some thoughts I've had.

Mark Oehlert

Don''t silence your cell phone"/Hierarchies of expertise/Narrate your work/Fear Control Trust/Saying the wrong thing/Saying "bad" things/Fog of systems/All learning is socially-mediated/Transmission Loss/Inevitability/Consumerization/Blurring line between work/life/Intuitive situational awareness/No more courses.

From the Kids’ Table to the Adults’ Table: Taking Relationships Seriously in a World of Networks

Beth Kanter

One of the themes that bubbled up in our conversation was the relationship between a start up and a VC funder which has many parallels to the relationship between philanthropic funders and nonprofits. One the points that Eric made about this was that nonprofits should change what they promise to funders when asking for funding for innovative programs. The article makes a compelling case for funders to focus on relationships rather than networks. Flickr Photo by Banana Custard.

Heartland Pride: Winner of the #npfail Little Bets Contest

Beth Kanter

It’s an affordable loss that leads to innovation. Case Foundation (@CaseFoundation) April 13, 2013. Social Media. Dr. Mani Children Heart Foundation : To raise money using social media as part of your strategy, you need a group of champions with tight connections to your mission and voluntary opt-in email works well for this.

The Writing Life And Scaling Up Excellence: You Are What You Do

Bob Sutton

  The specific point was that, although Steve is an engineering professor and his doctorate is from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, because of the intellectual tools he uses day after day in his research – things like social network theory, ethnographic methods, and theories of the sociology of work and technology – he sees himself as a sociologist (and most other scholars do too).

My 25 Years of Ed Tech

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

My contributions included this effort in learning design. s easy to forget the importance of the early instant messaging services, because they played such a significant role in developing a lot of the thinking that would eventually result on social networks and more.

Rejected: On being disappointed, sorta

George Siemens

In each of the last five years, I’ve traveled at least 100,000 miles (160k last year – never again) and have been very blessed to form a global network of contacts – former students, colleagues, and policy/gov’t folks. However, the focus of this research chair on learning innovation and analytics captured my interest and I decided to apply (obviously informing my colleagues at Athabasca University of my intent. My current role is slated to expire in 2013).

On cryptocurrencies, blockchain and all that

Doc Searls

These transactions are verified by network nodes and recorded in a public distributed ledger called a blockchain. “A digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange using cryptography to secure the transactions and to control the creation of additional units of the currency. “A cryptocurrency system is a network that utilizes cryptography to secure transactions in a verifiable database that cannot be changed without being noticed.”

Research and Evidence

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

university, the focus was on innovation and experimentation in a cautious though typically exuberant attitude. It's the biggest innovation to happen in education for 200 years." Here's what Siemens says about these colleagues in his recent blog post on the debate: One approach is to emphasize loosely coupled networks organized by ideals through social media.

Happy New Year: What’s Your Theme for the Year?

Beth Kanter

Facilitator for Learning Network: Most of my work is designing and delivering capacity building projects for nonprofits literally all over the world and here in the US. I keynoted at the Grant Manager’s Network Conference and was on a panel with Alex Samuel and Jeremiah Owyang at SXSW. In addition, I presented a webinar on training design and facilitated a session on nonprofit technology training design at NTC. The Sun Sets on 2014.

Beyond Free ? Open Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

They are however designed to be standalone talks as well so hopefully you will not be as unfulfilled after the talk as you might be afraid of being. I want to talk to you about the concept of free, the concept of open learning, the concept of networked learning in a networked world and the concept of the institution. What I want to examine in this talk, is not the problem MOOCs solve at the moment but the problem MOOCs were designed to solve. Mesh Networks of People.

Publication Day For Scaling Up Excellence -- and Facebook's 10th Anniversary!

Bob Sutton

  Indeed, the controversial Facebook film The Social Network reinforces this view.   Zuckerberg’s team launched one battle after another to design the site and marketing strategy to vanquish competitors and conquer one school at a time.   That is what Claudia Kotchka did during her seven-year effort to spread innovation practices at Procter & Gamble.  Today is Facebook’s 10 th Anniversary.

Coming for your job.or at least the way you do it now.

Mark Oehlert

The hardest thing in the world - re-conceptualize everything from incentives to strategic objectives to make the best use of these emerging technologies and innovations - not in a faddish, short-term way though; create a process for evaluating and integrating these changes in a way that makes sense from a business perspective - the most important thing though is the starting point - don't start from a place that says "how little can we allow through and still keep going?"

Hot List - April 1, 2009 to April 11, 2009

Tony Karrer

Top Posts The following are the top posts from featured sources based on social signals. Read on for notes from a webinar today, April 9, 2009: Building Better Learning Games: Leveraging Game Design and User Testing for Results Our hosts today: Enspire Learning (Ben Katz) Doorways to Dreams D2D -- financial entertainment. in Technology, Innovation and Education, where she studied how new media and emerging technologies can be used to effectively educate children.

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