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.”

Social networks and engineering serendipity in the workplace

Trends in the Living Networks

and Google are doing in the space, the article continues: As Yahoo and Google see it, serendipity is largely a byproduct of social networks. was that employees who ate at cafeteria tables designed for 12 were more productive than those at tables for four, thanks to more chance conversations and larger social networks. As brought out in the New York Times article, this relates strongly to the domain of social networks, which I have been studying since the 1990s.

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10 resources that I found valuable in January 2013

Jane Hart

So here is my selection from January 2013. 1 - The dark side of the connected enterprise , Forbes, 9 January 2013. It’s partly a creature of collaborative technologies, such as email, instant messages, Web-based conferencing, internal social networks and so on. ” 2 - Design is hacking how we learn , frog. 3 - Perpetual connectivity will change how we experience the world , Forrester, 8 January 2013. 14 January 2013.

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’. First time I ever got exposed to Heutagogy , as a concept, was back in March 2013, when I was invited to speak at the Welcome Heutagogy conference event in Prague, where Dr. Stewart Hase ( Founder of Heutagogy himself), along with the delightful Lisa Marie Blaschke , were the keynote speakers (Links to the presentations AND recordings can be found here and here , respectively).

eLearning Conferences 2013

Tony Karrer

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 4-6, 2012 International Higher Education Curriculum Design , Academic and Applied Leadership Symposium, Hamilton, New Zealand. link] December 4-7, 2012 International Academic Conference, sponsored by the International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences (IISES), Prague, Czech Republic. Clayton R.

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?

Keys to innovation: Tapping communities of lead users

Trends in the Living Networks

The rise of social media has made it far easier for the most discerning and sophisticated in their fields to discover like-minded people with whom they can share ideas and develop their expertise. Some years ago I consulted to one of the world’s most prominent companies engaged in open innovation, helping them to work out how social networks could be used to support their innovation efforts.

Why your networks and collaboration are at the heart of the value you create

Trends in the Living Networks

I was recently interviewed for an extended article Networked Business: The wealth in your connections written by Nick Saalfeld for the Microsoft Talking Business series. It’s a fallacy to think of networking as a sales tool. Social trends, meanwhile, show that workers have higher expectations of their jobs, workplaces and career options. The article goes on to explore attitudes to intellectual property and information sharing in networks. “We

Keynote slides: Crowds and the future of creativity and innovation

Trends in the Living Networks

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. To remedy that we must allow the sexual life of ideas to flourish, enabling connections and networks to form. Organizational network analysis helps us to design more innovative companies and business ecosystems. Future of business Keynote speaker Social networks Uncategorized

Notes from Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2013, Antalya

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

leads to questions about designing learning for the future - reference to the old ''cranking ifo into students'' heads diagram - claims about the future: - work at own time, place, etc - computers will revolutionize learning - along came MOOCs - investment in MOOCs: $100M - will take time but will have a major impact - why things will change. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, ''Designing Platform Based Design'', EEDesign, Feb.

LinkedIn removes reply before accepting invitations, accelerating the devaluation of connections

Trends in the Living Networks

” Sound advice, yet much of the design of the site suggests LinkedIn’s strategy is in fact to encourage new and in many cases meaningless connections. The post LinkedIn removes reply before accepting invitations, accelerating the devaluation of connections appeared first on Trends in the Living Networks. Business relationships Social media Social networks Uncategorized In 2011 I wrote about The continuing devaluation of LinkedIn connections.

Howard Rheingold #AECT Keynote Mindmap

Clark Quinn

Howard Rheingold gave a fast-paced and inspiring talk on social network skills. design social strategy With great examples and deep insight, he brought home powerful lessons on the power of people. His takeaways provided valuable lessons for individuals, schools, organizations, and society.

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

Supporting self-managed team learning in the organisation

Jane Hart

So it will not involve designing a programme of instruction for a team, but rather will comprise a quite different set of “ scaffolding ” activities undertaken in conjunction with the team, which include: Understanding the sharing practices that are currently taking place - or not. There are an increasing number of examples of how L&D are supporting self-managed learning using new social technologies. Social learning

[liveblog] Noam Chomsky and Bart Gellman at Engaging Data

David Weinberger

I’m at the Engaging Data 2013 conference where Noam Chomsky and Pulitzer Prize winner (twice!) My phone tracks me and my social network. The more we know, the more we can design policies to keep power in place. And now hardware in computers is being designed to detect your every keystroke, leading some Americans to be wary of Chinese-made computers, but the US manufacturers are probably doing it better.

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Enterprise Community Management: “joining up” learning and working

Jane Hart

they have designed, delivered, tracked and managed the whole process), then it is of little relevance or consequence to the L&D department, and view self-organised team learning as a “work” activity, and hence the sole responsibility of line managers. integrating all social and collaborative initiatives into a common platform. helping to model social and collaborative working and learning behaviours as a major part of helping workers use the technology.

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OMG, its culture change time

Dave Snowden

Such cultures are tacit in nature: networked, tribal and fluid. So it follows that cultural change is an evolutionary process from the present, not an idealised future state design. Social Network Stimulation is one of the most important methods I ever created for doing this and it can transform culture both by action and by achieving a network density which solves problems without the need for explicit definition.

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. Know-how (creative skills, social practices, tacit knowing-as-doing, experience). Networking.

Supporting Cognitive Performance

Clark Quinn

We can automate it if we totally understand it, but the best solution is to let technology (and design) do what it can, and let our brains fill in what we do best. We want to design a solution system, not just a course. So the preference should be to design either a really good support system that helps in characterization of the problem, and a dialog that helps determine what of the possible solutions matches up with the situation. design meta-learning strategy technology

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. 50 suggestions for implementing 70-20-10. part 1 of 5. People learn their jobs by doing their jobs. Effective managers make stretch.

A Kind of Digital “Perfect Storm”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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. And while consumer social networks have been thriving for years, their use in business has been slower than expected. .

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Increasing our responsibility

Clark Quinn

And, as I’ve previously noted , what’s considered in/formal changes depending on if you’re the performer or designer.) We can be much more telegraphic to advanced performers, and the value of social networks starts kicking in here too. design strategy I ranted a couple of weeks ago about how we need to move out of our complacency and make a positive change.

Connected leadership is not the status quo

Harold Jarche

As organizations, markets, and society become networked, complexity in all human endeavors increases. The connected workplace is all about understanding networks, modelling networked learning, and strengthening networks. In networks, anyone can show leadership, not just those appointed by management. A guiding principle for connected organizational design is for loose hierarchies and strong networks. Better networks are better for business.

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. Things should be as simple as possible, but no simpler. implementing 70-20-10 is not simple.

The Service Experience Conference Speaker Preview: Dave Gray

Adaptive Path

JH: Why do you think a conference about service design and experience is relevant now? DG: Social networks and mobile devices are dramatically changing what customers expect. Customer expectations are rising exponentially and service design is the only way that companies can meet these high expectations. I’m certain that service design is going to be one of the most important design disciplines in the coming decades. Events Service Design

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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Five Ways People Adopt And Love Change

Adaptive Path

In a networked world, this becomes even more crucial. Compatibility goes beyond data interchange and into aesthetics, environments, social structures, and human psychology. Adaptive Path was involved in the redesign of a prominent social space, and the rollout included a preview that users could opt into when they were ready. Rather than designing the shortest registration process possible, they designed one that helped you find someone of personal interest to follow.

Ensuring knowledge flow through narration

Harold Jarche

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. Since few people work in the same room as all their co-workers, they rely on online networks to offer them a common space to find and offer work narration.

World first!

Clark Quinn

A few weeks ago, I posted that we should think social first. What I’d suggested is that you should go to networks first, if the answer is out there. In some sense that’s the social network, but it might be that the L&D department, in the course of their continual self-learning (hint hint, nudge nudge), would’ve curated a relevant resource, so it could come either from a pointer to a resource, or a question of others. design social strategy

Connected leadership

Harold Jarche

With life in perpetual Beta as a guiding perspective, networked organizations have to learn how to deal with ambiguity and complexity. The 21st century workplace is all about understanding networks, modelling network learning, and strengthening networks. Another guiding principle for modern organizational design is for loose hierarchies and strong networks. Leadership in networks does not come from above, as there is no top.

Keynote slides: The Power of Social Media including 8 shock-and-awe statistics

Trends in the Living Networks

Tomorrow I am giving the closing keynote at Oracle Cloud Day Auckland on The Power of Social Media. The usual disclaimer applies: the slides are designed to accompany my keynote, not to be viewed as stand-alone slides, but may still be of some interest to those who have not attended my presentation. The Power of Social Media – Keynote slides from Ross Dawsn. The Power of Social Media – Keynote slides from Ross Dawsn.

Learning is too important to be left to the professionals

Harold Jarche

In my presentation, from training to performance to social (slides 5-9), I show how the military lets training specialists and schools run individual training, but even more time and effort is put into collective training that emphasizes social and informal learning. I think business is going there as well, if the struggle over control of enterprise social media is an indicator – and the learning function seldom is allowed to run it.

Connectivism and the Primal Scream

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

And it must be flexibly designed for, or we risk failure. Game designers and user experience interface artists know this principles well. There''s nothing more frustrating for me as a learner to find that either (a) the educational designer has thought too little of me, and made the learning too slow and dull, or (b) the designer didn''t think of me at all, and didn''t provide any introductory guides or starter kits. New to Connectivism and social media?

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).

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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.

The new artisans of the network era

Harold Jarche

Are knowledge workers the new artisans of the network era? Today, knowledge artisans of the network era are using the latest information and social tools in an interconnected economy. Look at a web start-up company and you will see it is filled with knowledge artisans, using their own tools and connecting to outside social networks to get work done. They can be programmers, designers, writers, or any other field requiring complex skills and creativity.

Google Plus – Who Owns the Filter Bubble?

Luis Suarez

For a good couple of years I have been a huge fan, and big advocate, of what I think is one of the most empowering and refreshing social networking tools out there: Google Plus. Till a couple of days ago, where I discovered, by pure chance, which is how these things happen usually, I suppose, how it has been hiding away the best part of that social networking tool: the conversations themselves. At least, it is not my design. .

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.

MOOC - The Resurgence of Community in Online Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Hence, a MOOC is to my mind, defined along the following four dimensions: [slide 3 – massive] Massive - here I mean not necessarily the success of the MOOC in attracting many people, but in the design elements that make educating many people possible. In practice, what this means is a system designed so that bottlenecks are not created in any of the four attributes: modeling, demonstration, practice, and reflection. but also to be involved in the design of these.

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Notes on social learning in business

Harold Jarche

We just finished a month-long workshop at the Social Learning Centre which involved over 50 participants from many countries. The workshop was on social learning in business , and followed on from previous ones like the PKM workshop on individual, informal learning, and the Training to Performance Support workshop on tools that can often replace instruction. Social learning can happen in both formal instruction and informally. Getting to social takes time.

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. Group Work.

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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.

Social, Cooperative, Mobile

Harold Jarche

Are we social creatures? Social learning is for human work, I wrote in my last post. Staying connected while we move maintains our social networks. Many developers design first for mobile, and then for the web. The majority of people use social tools at work, to communicate with customers, or for professional development. Cooperation drives the networked enterprise — customers, suppliers, partners, and beyond. Work is an activity, not a place.