top tools 2017

Harold Jarche

Voting closes on 22 September 2017. 7: Apple Preview: is the productivity tool I use the most, so I can focus on learning, not fighting with applications. Jane Hart compiles a list every year of the Top 100 Tools for learning. This is the 11th year! Here are my top tools this year, with the past five years shown below. It’s interesting to note that my preferred tools have not changed that much over the years. Please add yours!

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friday’s finds 2017

Harold Jarche

Here are what I consider the best of Friday’s Finds for 2017. In this brave new world, power comes not from production, not from distribution, but from controlling consumption: all markets will be demand-driven; the extent to which they already are is a function of how digitized they have become. Every second Friday I review what I’ve noted on social media and post a wrap-up of what caught my eye.

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#5 Story of the Year 2017

Nine Shift

Working from home (wherever you choose 'home' to be) is changing the workplace culture, increasing productivity, allowing organizations to hire specialists, and boosts employee morale, health, mental health, and greater personal leisure time. TELECOMMUTING, THE SILENT REVOLUTION, KEEPS GROWING. Over 40% of workers now telecommute at least part time. Telecommuting has doubled in the last ten years.

Robocalypse Now? Technology, Productivity and Employment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

His presentation was based on a paper co-written with Utrecht University economist Anna Salomons. “Is productivity growth inimical to employment?,” More importantly, technological progress also took the form of product innovation, and thus created entirely new sectors for the economy, a development that was essentially missed in the discussions of economists of this time.”. What’s the impact of productivity growth on employment at the industry level?

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, Scientific American , in collaboration with the World Economic Forum , published a special report on The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017. Here are the 10 technologies comprising the 2017 list , along with the reasons cited in the report for their selection: Blood Tests Allow for Scalpel-Free Biopsies - “Ultrasensitive blood tests known as liquid biopsies promise to improve cancer diagnosis and care”.

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, Scientific American , in collaboration with the World Economic Forum , published a special report on The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017. Here are the 10 technologies comprising the 2017 list , along with the reasons cited in the report for their selection: Blood Tests Allow for Scalpel-Free Biopsies - “Ultrasensitive blood tests known as liquid biopsies promise to improve cancer diagnosis and care”.

The Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Economic growth has two main components, productivity growth and the growth of the labor force. I ncreasing productivity is thus more crucial than ever to promote economic growth. But, in the US and other advanced economies, productivity growth has significantly slowed down over the past few decades. From 1987 to 2004 US labor productivity grew at a 2.1% Since 2011, the productivity rate has further declined to 0.6%. . US labor productivity grew at only 1.5%

Global Arbitrage and the Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about The Productivity Puzzle , - namely that despite our continuing technology advances, the US and other developed economies have experienced a sharp decline in productivity growth over the past 10 to 15 years. So far, though, economists have failed to reach consensus on the causes of the productivity growth slowdown or indeed the relative significance of the various arguments,” wrote McKinsey.

Online Learning Trends Enhancing Employee Productivity in 2017

TOPYX LMS

Corporate Online Learning Trends Can Boost Employee Productivity . 2017 has been no exception. Various eLearning trends have marked 2017 as one of the most influential and evolutionary years in the history of online learning. Online learning enthusiasts as well as corporate leaders are interested in what 2017’s eLearning trends are. They want to know which trends are noteworthy, and which can facilitate a productive workplace. At least, as of 2017 it does.

Global Arbitrage and the Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about The Productivity Puzzle , - namely that despite our continuing technology advances, the US and other developed economies have experienced a sharp decline in productivity growth over the past 10 to 15 years. So far, though, economists have failed to reach consensus on the causes of the productivity growth slowdown or indeed the relative significance of the various arguments,” wrote McKinsey.

Xyleme and Rogers Communications Together Win Brandon Hall’s 2017 Bronze Award in Best Advance in Learning Technology Implementation

Xyleme

Xyleme and Rogers Communications are proud to win the Brandon Hall 2017 Bronze Award in Best Advance in Learning Technology Implementation. The awards were presented by Brandon Hall on September 7th 2017. After four months in production using Xyleme’s LCMS, 8 out of 10 designers felt they could achieve more in less time. Continued productivity gains of 130% are expected over the next three years as course output is projected to go from 377 to 894 learning hours per year.

Become a More Productive, Empathetic, Creative Person With the Help of AI-Based Tools

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Despite dramatic advances in technology, most of the world’s economies have been stuck in a long period of slow growth and slow productivity. In a recent article in the MIT Sloan Management Review , MIT Research Fellow Michael Schrage proposed a provocative and counterintuitive approach for enhancing innovation and productivity through man-machine collaborations. We’ve long been leveraging technology to help increase productivity.

Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2018

John Hagel

My colleague Sarah, a software designer, says that good design is the difference between a product that is just easy and a delight to use, and something that just clearly wasn’t thought all the way through. On productivity. Jayna says that one of the best takeaways here is that when you’re trying to sell your product or just generally increase brand awareness, “Share a story, not a lecture. Don’t tell them about your product.

Authenticity in Cynefin

Dave Snowden

The picture here is of Michael Bryant as Mathieu Delarue in the BBC production of Sartre’s The Roads to Freedom. Thought lost but then shown in full at the BFI in 2012 it has never been shown again and, despite demand, had not been released on DVD. Watching it back in 1970 was one of the seminal moments of my teenage years and one of the motivations to read Philosophy at University.

Five emerging technologies for rapid digital transformation

Dion Hinchcliffe

Here are some representative examples of new enabling products for faster digital change The enterprise world of technology is finally catching up with the consumer world.

The Future of the Gig Economy

John Hagel

It starts in the consumer space where customers are evolving away from acceptance of highly standardized, mass market products and services and instead increasingly seeking, and even expecting, highly tailored products and services that meet their unique needs. This trend is being accelerated by the growth of online platforms that can help connect producers of creative and highly tailored products and services with relevant customers, wherever they reside in the world.

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Learning as Artifact Creation

George Siemens

Yet, change is happening, often under the radar of enthusiasts because it’s harder to sell a technology product or draw clicks to a website when being nuanced and contextual. Digitization is deceptive in that the deep impact isn’t readily observable. Remember when MOOCs were going to transform higher education? Or when personalized learning was going to do away with instructors? Going back about a century ago, audio, then video, was also going to disrupt education.

Stop Days: The Secret To Nonprofit Productivity

Beth Kanter

The video chat provided a nice opportunity to have conversation in real-time about the relationship between self-care and workplace productivity. discussed the issue in relation to remote working staff and how to address some of the common issues that hinder group and individual staff productivity. Workplace Productivity and Well Being . The chart above comes from a recent study on the link between well being and workplace productivity and the impact of office design.

The Big Shift From Engagement to Passion

John Hagel

It’s because more and more research suggests that engaged employees are substantially more productive than employees who are not engaged in their work. One widely quoted study showed a 21% increase in productivity if employees are engaged in their work. There’s a significant bump in productivity that can be fostering by creating more employee engagement. A more productive workforce can be a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Initial working on identity

Dave Snowden

One of my best ever Opera experiences was back in 1986 when I went to what looks to have been the only production of Harrison Birtwhistle’s brilliant Mask of Orpheus. It really needs to be revived, and in the original production as the stage made it, each area seeing a different part of the story which was examined from multi-perspectives in parallel rather than in sequence.

How True Advertising Can Save Journalism From Drowning in a Sea of Content

Doc Searls

Walt concludes, It’s no easy task to either make money online as a publisher or to advertise your product in a world where attention is so fleeting and divided. … The original version of this post was published in Medium on 23 January 2017. adtech advertising Business Journalism problems publishing Technology civilization content content generation content producers content production journals

Innovation on the cusp: symbiosis

Dave Snowden

Part of that (and this goes back to Data Sciences days) is to find ways to sell products on the other side of the chasm, avoiding the early adopter phase moving into early majority to get first mover advantage. Teaching intelligent people with real world problems is always one of the great pleasures of life and also a chance to develop and refine both theory and practice.

Black box or stepping stones?

Dave Snowden

A couple of decades ago I was developing two product ranges, one for decision support and the other for stock forecasting and inventory management. For a software products business this is a key turning point as you can now invest licence and implementation fees in the next generation of products. We were an application software business within a division of Datasolve. We had got the critical point where maintenance fees matched fixed costs.

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The Connection Between Narrative and Purpose

John Hagel

And, equally importantly, the narrative wasn’t just about Apple products and services – it went far beyond that. The opportunity was something that everyone could and should do, even if they weren’t using Apple products. Of course, Apple believed its products could be key enablers of the opportunity but, if you look at how the narrative was communicated, Apple products were far in the background – the focus was on you and the opportunity you had. Narrative and purpose.

Seeking Strategic Advantage? Break Down Walls and Cultivate Networks

John Hagel

For example, with contract manufacturing, a new entrant can leverage a promising new product by relying on the scale manufacturing capabilities of others. I have suggested in other venues that most companies today are an unnatural bundle of three very different business types: infrastructure management, product innovation and commercialization and customer relationship businesses. Where’s the advantage? In traditional business strategy, the answer was easy: build a wall.

The CluePlane Manifesto

David Weinberger

Think of it like this: Boarding a airplane is like opening a shrink-wrapped product, an act that involuntarily voids all your rights. ( An unauthorized, unapproved homage to The Cluetrain Manifesto ). A powerful global reaccommodation has begun. Corporations are rediscovering themselves in their muscular masculinity. For we are the makers, the takers, and above all else, we are the winners. Customers, employees, the needy, the vulnerable are, by definition, the losers.

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The Big Shift in Platform Business Models

John Hagel

After all, customers will benefit if vendors become more effective in tailoring their products and services to the evolving needs of their customers. The net effect of business platforms will be to accelerate the potential for fragmentation as each of the product and service vendors seeks to focus on the areas of greatest differentiation. Everywhere you look today, platform businesses are in the news. Most of the stories focus on what platforms do.

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Sensemaking and the power of the humanities

Harold Jarche

Ignorance is bliss — “[IDEO] might appear innovative to the world of designers, but how will they have any resonance without knowledge of the actual social contexts in which these products and services will be used?”. What is Sensemaking? Christian Madsbjerg, in Sensemaking: The Power of the Humanities in the Age of the Algorithm , describes sensemaking as an interaction with fellow humans in the real world. Sensemaking is practical wisdom grounded in the humanities.

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Cymbeline: Shakespeare’s worst play (Or: Lordy, I hope there’s a tape)

David Weinberger

But when Posthumus comes before the King at the end, bemoaning the death of his beloved Imogen, I would not be surprised if Shakespeare were to nod in appreciation as in this production the audience bursts into loud laughter because Imogen, still in disguise as a boy, is scrambling towards Posthumus, gesticulating ever more wildly that she is in fact she for whom he mourns. The hosts of the BardCast podcast consider Cymbeline to probably be Shakespeare’s worst play.

distributing power for the network era

Harold Jarche

There may be teamwork on a theatre production but the cast is not a team. In a creative economy, the unity of hierarchical teams is counter-productive, as it shuts off opportunities for serendipity and innovation. A certain amount of command and control, exercised through a hierarchy is often necessary to get work done. I suggest temporary, negotiated hierarchies so that teams can form and re-form depending on what needs to be done.

Where Are You Headed? What's Your Narrative and Purpose?

John Hagel

Has that view of the future been a productive one, a view that has helped us focus on the things that really matter to us? In my last blog post , I explored the distinction between purpose and narrative in the context of institutions. I’m going to shift here to explore how these concepts operate at the level of the individual. There are some similarities, but there are also some differences. For those who haven't read my previous posts, let me start with some definitions.

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Platforms, Blockchains, and the Evolution of Trust

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

All kinds of on-demand products and services are now coming to market. The more products or services a platform offers, the more users it will attract, helping it then attract more offerings, which in turn brings in more users. “In primitive economies, people traded mostly with members of their village and community,” wrote David Brooks in a June, 2014 NY Times OpEd, - The Evolution of Trust. “Trust was face to face.

Make This the Best Year Ever

John Hagel

By adopting the approach that I’ve outlined above, we may find that New Year’s Day can be the launch pad of a much more productive and fulfilling New Year. As we approach the New Year, it’s an opportunity to step back and reflect on our journey. Are we headed in the right direction? Are we making the kind of progress that we would like to see?

Follow the Data to Find the Money

John Hagel

The most productive way to think of data and its economic value is as a flow, not a fixed stock, and it’s a flow that refreshes over time. How much do we know about how they are actually using our products and services? Even more importantly, how much do we know about whether they are achieving what they wanted to achieve when they first sought out our products and services? The perennial question here in Silicon Valley is: where’s the money?

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Learning and eLearning Conferences to Attend in 2018

Xyleme

2018 is upon us, and with the learning and eLearning conferences you will attend to further your education, evaluate products, and find out what will change in the coming year. June 15 – 16, 2017. June 20 – 22, 2017. DevLearn 2017. In the meantime, click on any conference below to view 2017. Learning & Leadership Development 2017 Conference.

trust emerges

Harold Jarche

The return on investment is more energy and greater productivity. Paul Zak discovered eight key factors, or principles, in promoting trust in the workplace. In The Neuroscience of Trust he describes the research over several years that yielded these insights and gives examples of companies who implement these principles. “Ultimately, you cultivate trust by setting a clear direction, giving people what they need to see it through, and getting out of their way.

Exploring Business Types and Business Models

John Hagel

Let’s focus on the three business types – infrastructure management businesses, product innovation and commercialization businesses and customer relationship businesses – as a context for discussing business model choices. Product innovation and commercialization businesses. This business type is all about coming up with creative new products and services, bringing them to market quickly and accelerating their adoption. OK, I’ve created some confusion.

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Crafting Corporate Narratives: Zoom Out, Zoom In

John Hagel

But, if we do this right, we now have the makings of a long-term opportunity that could be a powerful call to action to many others outside the company, ranging from customers to third parties that have the ability to offer complementary products and services to augment whatever the company can offer to customers. I’ve been writing a lot about the significant missed opportunity to craft a compelling corporate narrative here and here.

[liveblog] Ed tech hackathon

David Weinberger

” It gives teachers the ability to choose the best products. I’m at an education technology hackathon — “Shaping the Future” — put on by MindCET , an ed tech accelerator created by the Center for Educational Technology in Israel. MindCET’s headquarters are in Yeruham in the Negev, a small-ish town that’s been growing as tech companies migrate there. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information.

8 Fantastic Facilitation Playbooks for Designing Productive Nonprofit Meetings

Beth Kanter

Many times our meetings are highly productive, but sometimes meetings can be boring, frustrating, and a complete waste of time. What if you tried different processes to increase engagement or productivity? MindTools Team Management Tools -Mindtools is a robust collection of resources to increase productivity, improve management and leadership skills, and support organizational development initiatives.

AI and the Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, at the same time, productivity growth has significantly declined over the past decade, and income has continued to stagnate for the majority of Americans. This puzzling contradiction is addressed in Artificial Intelligences and the Modern Productivity Paradox , a working paper recently published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Economists have proposed competing explanations for declining productivity growth and so far have failed to reach a consensus.” .

AI and the Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, at the same time, productivity growth has significantly declined over the past decade, and income has continued to stagnate for the majority of Americans. This puzzling contradiction is addressed in Artificial Intelligences and the Modern Productivity Paradox , a working paper recently published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Economists have proposed competing explanations for declining productivity growth and so far have failed to reach a consensus.” .

If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

When he has worked toward the production of OERs, it was to produce textbooks. And I see no good reason why we should require the production of educators and students to be fair game for resellers who want to pluck it for free out of the commons and charge money for it to those not lucky enough to be a part of our community. David Wiley offers a provocative perspective titled If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER: The Cost Trap and Inclusive Access.

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