The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2018

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the past several years, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has published an annual list of the Top Ten Emerging Technologies that would be potentially disruptive over the next three to five years while also providing significant benefits to economies and societies.

A Novel Method for Measuring the Value of Free Digital Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Innovation Political Issues Services Innovation Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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Fostering an Innovation Culture: Talent, Discipline and Leadership

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most everyone agrees that such a culture entails five key behaviors: tolerance for failure, willingness to experiment, psychological safety, collaborative, and non-hierarchical. Innovative cultures are paradoxical. Innovation has been a hot topic for the past few decades.

The Third Wave of the Digital Economy - Promises and Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Atkinson is founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a think tank focused on science and technology policy. We need policies that support the positive benefits of digital technologies while addressing their negative impacts.

The Productivity Paradox: Digital Abundance and Scarce Genius

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Despite the relentless advances of digital technologies, productivity growth has been declining over the past decade. While technologies may advance rapidly, humans and our institutions change slowly.

AI and the Evolution of History

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The all-day celebration featured talks and panels on a wide variety of topics, some focused on innovative applications of AI technologies, others on the challenging issues raised by these powerful technologies. The impact of internet technology on politics is particularly pronounced.

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AI and our Social Interactions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This new interdisciplinary College is MIT’s response to the rise of artificial intelligence, - a profoundly powerful technology that will likely reshape our economy, society and personal lives in the decades to come. We have to work on the real world as hard as we work on our technology.

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Once Lumbering, Now Innovative Incumbents Hit Their Stride

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few years ago, many expected that new technologies and business models would lead to major industry upheavals. Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture

Globalization in Transition

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read two interesting reports on the state of globalization in 2019, one by The Economist, the second by the McKinsey Global Institute. They both agree on the facts, - globalization and global trade have been undergoing considerable changes since the 2008 global financial crisis.

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Is Blockchain Now Transitioning to a More Mundane and Useful Era?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most everyone agrees that it’s a truly brilliant architecture, built on decades-old fundamental research in cryptography, distributed data, distributed computing, game theory and other advanced technologies.

The Current State of AI Adoption

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the past few years, the necessary ingredients have finally come together to propel AI beyond early adopters to a broader marketplace: powerful, inexpensive computer technologies; advanced algorithms; and huge amounts of data on almost any subject. AI is seemingly everywhere.

The Business Value of Resilience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Industrial Revolution was “as much about process innovations that reduced waste and increased productivity as it was about the application of new technologies,” wrote Roger Martin in a recent Harvard Business Review (HBR) article, - The High Price of Efficiency.

Despite All the Bad News that Surround Us… Is the World Actually Getting Better?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Data Science and Big Data Diversity Economic Issues Future of Work Healthcare Systems Innovation Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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The New, Interdisciplinary, MIT Schwarzman College of Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The gift is part of a $1 billion commitment to reshape MIT to help it better address the continuing advances in technology in our 21st century digital economy, as well as their many applications , - both the exciting opportunities and the difficult challenges.

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Where public radio rocks

Doc Searls

Santa Barbara is an upscale university town with a bonus population of active older folks who are intellectually and culturally engaged. Santa Barbara is also geographically (and to some degree culturally) isolated from big market influences as well.

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Will Humans Be Better Off in an Increasingly AI-Based Future?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

After decades of promise and hype, artificial intelligence is finally becoming one of the most important technologies of our era. Experts worry that individuals are ceding control over many important decisions to AI-based technologies and tools.

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What Might Work Look Like in 2030?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

McKinsey’s overall conclusion was that a growing technology-based economy will create a significant number of new occupations which will more than offset declines in occupations displaced by automation. For simplicity, the study considered two possible outcomes for each variable: Technological Change. Developments in data science, AI, robotics, IoT, blockchain and other advanced technologies will have a major impact on labor markets over the next 10 - 15 years.

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I’m Raising A 13-Year-Old Boy And It’s F*&^ing Hard

Dan Pontefract

Technology Was Supposed To Save Us. Business Culture fortnite leadership parentingYou're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: I’m only two months into being CEO of The Pontefract Group, but so far it feels as though running a company is far easier than. Dan's Related Posts: Why I’m Currently Only Writing About Gord and the Hip. It Hasn’t. In Honour of Ada Lovelace. Please Don’t Let There Be Anonymity After Death.

connected thinking

Harold Jarche

” —Toni Morrison (2019) T he Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations. Technology often lacks a moral compass. The humanities lack an understanding of technology. They go against hundreds of years of industrial cultural programming.

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the democratization of media

Harold Jarche

I have said that the closest I can get to understanding what it means to be a marginalized person is by cycling in our automobile-centric culture. This year — 2019 — I would encourage everyone using social media to spend some time understanding their inherent nature.

Impact of an Aging Population on Economic Growth and Automation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In Demographics and Automation , published in March, 2019, Acemoglu and Restrepo analyzed the impact of an aging labor force on economic growth and automation based on a simple model of technology adoption and innovation. First, the model predicts that an aging workforce leads to greater automation, especially in production oriented industries that rely more on middle-aged workers and whose tasks are more amenable to automation by robots and related technologies.

beyond the solutions at hand

Harold Jarche

For example, green energy proponents refuse to consider low carbon nuclear power as an option, including new nuclear technologies like molten salt. Use a tool like Twitter to get perspectives from different cultures, industries, countries, genders, and ages.

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Hub or spoke?

Clark Quinn

You don’t get driven as much by differing team cultures and can maintain a bastion of quality. However, I was pondering how we can use technology to help break through the tradeoffs. Thus, L&D should be practicing the principles of a learning culture.

learning in complexity and chaos

Harold Jarche

While all levels of complexity exist in our world, more and more of our work deals with real complex problems — in which the relationship between cause and effect can only be perceived in retrospect — whether they be social, technological, or economic.

Activating A Culture of Resilience in the Nonprofit Workplace

Beth Kanter

I’m excited to co-presenting a session at this year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference called “ Activating A Culture of Resilience for Sustainable Impact ,” with fellow NTEN board members, Ananda Leeke & Meico Whitlock as well as Carrie Rice.

movements and rackets

Harold Jarche

Technology can potentially improve education, dramatically widen access, and promote greater human creativity and wellbeing. Many people rightly sense that they stand in some liminal cultural space, on the threshold of great change.


Doc Searls

Culture Digital Life Fun Ideas Internet new york Technology #RectangleBingoThis is a game for our time. I play it on New York and Boston subways, but you can play it anywhere everybody in a crowd is staring at their personal rectangle. I call it Rectangle Bingo.

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The True Value of a Good Education: Adaptability to a Changing Environment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Their job was to push the frontiers of knowledge by conducting both basic and applied research, which would hopefully lead to innovative technologies and products. Education and Talent Future of Work Political Issues Society and Culture


Clark Quinn

I created a (non-existent) island, and set the story in the myths of the voodoo culture on it. The goal was a research environment for analogical reasoning; the puzzles in the game required making inferences from the culture. design meta-learning social technology

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gaining insight at work

Harold Jarche

Social technologies can provide up to date job aids. We often have the technology but lack the culture of a real learning organization. With increasing complexity in most aspects of a network society, the way that we support organizational learning must change.

Isn’t CEO Activism Simply Doing What’s Right?

Dan Pontefract

Collaboration Is Not Just A Technology. Apple CEO Tim Cook and his Moment of Open Culture. You're reading fresh content from Dan Pontefract at Brave New Org: Merriam-Webster defines the word activism as “a doctrine or practice that emphasizes direct vigorous action especially in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial. Dan's Related Posts: My Employee Engagement Advice to a Stranger. It’s A Behavior. $6

Burnout, Resilience and Nonprofits: The Latest Research, Trend, and Insights

Beth Kanter

Here’s what to watch in 2019: Building a culture of wellbeing in the nonprofit workplace is more popular than ever: Organizational culture has become your nonprofit’s brand and it really matters more than ever when it comes to sustaining high performance.

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What is the Value of OLDaily?

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

But in 2019 there's no community that encompasses all of these things. Indeed, each one of these topics has not only blossomed its own community, but each one of these communities is at least as complex as the entire field of education technology was some twenty years ago.

Can AI & Bots Help Create A More Positive Nonprofit Workplace Culture?

Beth Kanter

I’ve been facilitating nonprofit workshops and staff retreats focused on creating a culture of wellbeing in the workplace. It is one of many HR & Culture Slack Apps. Is your organization using AI driven software or other technology to shift or support organizational culture?

Why and How Rituals Build Resilience in the Nonprofit Workplace

Beth Kanter

Last week I presented a session at the Nonprofit Technology Conference called “ Activating A Culture of Resilience for Sustainable Impact ,” with fellow NTEN board members, Ananda Leeke & Meico Whitlock as well as Carrie Rice. Organizational Culture Resilience

3 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofit Professionals to Build Resilience

Beth Kanter

I wish you a very happy and healthy 2019! I’ve continued to do conference keynotes, workshops and facilitate staff retreats about activating a culture of wellbeing. Watch for more from us in 2019 about the age of automation and its implications for the sector.

Digital Ethics

Euen Semple

But I think it is important that we hold onto the idea that technology amplifies our human characteristics, both good and bad, and literally hard wires them into the tools that increasingly shape our world. It is as much the fault of the rest of the world who still too often stand back and say "I don't do technology". These groups need to educate and inform themselves enough about technology to fight back, to put a brake on the rampant march of the digitisation of everything.

New Issues for OERs

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

OERs and cloud technology (eg. The difference between previous iterations of learning technology, which are authority-based and centralized, and that which we are experiencing with modern web technologies where learning is based on creative activities that are distributed and democratized. This is based on my contribution to the new Creative Commons 'Education Platform' discussion of issues related to open educational resources (OERs).

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Skating to where L&D needs to be

Clark Quinn

The practice may be antithetical to your culture. I argue for comprehending the affordances of new technology to leapfrog the stage of replicating what was done in the old. “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” ” – Wayne Gretsky. This quote, over-used to the point of being a cliché, is still relevant.

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Culture 6 of 7: Adjustments

Dave Snowden

In any art work the final adjustments mean that we are nearing completion, in cultural change I want to argue, it is the sign that the process is only just starting. Culture is more like an estuary with strong and weak currents and constantly shifting sandbanks, assuming stability is a danger.

Design, value & constraint

Dave Snowden

This theme will be picked up in more detail in the 2019 retreats so this is a chance to get in on the start. An architect, writer, and educator whose work explores the interchange between culture, environment, and technology.

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Ten Books for Every Nonprofit Professional’s Reading List

Beth Kanter

The thesis of the book is that as technology becomes more pervasive in our work and personal lives, interpersonal skills become more essential. The book provides many research based insights about how to create a high performing workplace culture.

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