best finds of 2019

Harold Jarche

Here are some of the best for 2019. Ultimately, it’s my belief that social networks are systems that can be intentionally designed, and intelligently managed, to ensure that their primary impact is a positive one for the people who use them, and for the world. Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. Word of the Year.

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Blockchain - the Networked Ecosystem is the Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The essence of blockchain, notes the report , is that the unit of competition is the networked ecosystem , no longer a single enterprise. “As blockchain adoption continues to gather momentum, organizations must approach their blockchain strategies with the same rigor and commitment as any other new and transformative strategies. In search of value - From “The Network is the Computer” to “The Ecosystem is the Business”.

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The 2019 Artificial Intelligence Index

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Now in its third year, the 2019 AI Index Report was released this past December. So was the associated 2019 AI Index Data , which includes three times as many data sets as the 2018 edition. This is largely due to the development of a variety of AI accelerators , - such as GPUs and TPUs , - specifically designed to boost the performance of the algorithms used in machine learning, convolutional neural networks , machine vision and other AI applications.

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… from little acorns grow

Dave Snowden

She and I also ran a session in the afternoon using Future Backwards for a packed room of UNEP staff and their network in the afternoon. We will be asking members of the Cynefin Centre network to volunteer to help train campaigning groups and organisations to go deeper into the data and making those names avialable in a month or so’s time.

Liminal Cynefin & ‘control’

Dave Snowden

I always emphasis that Cynefin was designed as a conflict resolution framework as much as for understanding decision making – all aspects of sense-making. Something that MassSense was designed to handle on a near real time basis by shifting to the liminal aspect of the chaotic domain. . I’ve been arguing for years that we need to create networks for ordinary purpose in times of stability that we can activate for extraordinary need in times of instability and rapid change.

The Transformative Power of Blockchain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The second camp, - best characterized by Hyperledger , - is mostly interested in business applications, and is based on the use of private or public permissioned blockchains networks to handle interactions between institutions that are known each other. Network members are known and identified by cryptographic membership keys with assigned access permissions by business role.” Such accountability is necessary to comply with regulations like HIPAA and GDPR.

Trends for 2019?

Clark Quinn

What, on your opinion, are the main Digital Learning (DL) trends for 2019? I think the main trends will be an increasing exploration of alternatives to ‘courses’ This will include performance support, and social networks. When we don’t really understand learning, we can be swayed by well-designed distractors. I think our design discipline needs to be smart about when to use each, and how they complement each other. Your advice to the market for 2019.

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The Social Network Is the Computer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This ecosystem has been designed to stimulate and manipulate the human psyche, “to draw us in and persuade us to change how we shop, vote, and exercise, and even who we love.” The Social Network Is the Computer. It simply said The Social Network Is the Computer.

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. But production networks are not immutable; they continue to evolve.” To better understand the nature of this evolution, the report analyzed 23 global value chains spanning 43 countries as well as both proprietary industry data and national accounts data, and interviewed industry experts from around the world.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2019, it will start to become mundane… After the Great Crypto Bull Run of 2017 and the monumental crash of 2018, blockchain technology won’t make as much noise in 2019. A few months ago Walmart announced that by September of 2019, all suppliers of leafy green vegetables to its Sam’s and Walmart stores are required to input detailed information about their food into a blockchain database, so it can better keep track of its massive distribution network for fresh produce.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Surveillance and data systems are primarily designed for efficiency, profit and control. These systems are globally networked and not easy to regulate or rein in… Who decides what about people’s code-defined lives, when, where, why and how?”. Finally, thought leaders warned that our e xpanding reliance on technological systems will only go well "if close attention is paid to how these tools, platforms and networks are engineered, distributed and updated.”.

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workplace learning — yesterday, today, tomorrow

Harold Jarche

Ten years ago — workplace learning in 10 years — I wrote that in 2019 much of the workforce will be distributed in time & space as well as in engagement. Anyway, PKM — introduced to me by Lilia Efimova in 2004 — became my sensemaking framework in order to stay professionally current and to connect with a global knowledge network. As social networks lose their utility due to spam, bots, and gaming the algorithms, safe spaces for learning will become essential.

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What is innovation?

Harold Jarche

Innovation is dependent on learning in networks. Social learning is about getting things done in networks. Effective working in networks requires cooperation, meaning there is no fixed plan, structure, or direct feedback. Innovation is inextricably linked to both networks and learning. ” Effective knowledge networks are composed of unique individuals working on common challenges, together for a discrete period of time before the network shifts its focus again.

The Business Value of Resilience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

At the same time, the Internet’s universal reach has led to increasingly powerful network effects and to a new kind of platform business dynamics. Moreover, the larger the network, the more data is available to customize offerings to user preferences and better match supply and demand, further increasing the platform’s global reach and overall efficiency. Companies underinvest in training and skill development,… what if we designed [jobs] to be productive and valuable?…

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from enlightenment to entanglement

Harold Jarche

This is the great societal learning challenge today — sensemaking in a networked world. Our existing education and training systems are not designed for this task. We may discern some patterns from the past but our current challenges — as we shift to an electric-digital-networked age — are unique. There are three major differences between our networked age and the era that followed the advent of European printing.

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filter success

Harold Jarche

The search engine optimization field is basically designed to game Google search. Knowledge in trusted networks flows faster. External knowledge filters are available in our social networks and communities. These are not the same — a network is not a community. Social networks, especially online platforms, are excellent places to connect with people we do not know. These social networks are also places where we can learn from others who are not like us.

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PKM in action. Part 1

Harold Jarche

An essential element of PKM is to do ‘something’ As Tim Kastelle says, “the biggest gap is between those doing nothing and those doing something” While it’s good to have a trusted knowledge network, Jane Hart recommends — “Although I trust my network to feed me valid resources, it is always important to check any resources personally to ensure they meet my own high ‘quality control’ standards.”

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solving problems together

Harold Jarche

Exception-handling is becoming more important in the networked workplace. The challenge for organizational design is to make it easy to move new problems into the knowable space. Social tools, like enterprise social networks, enable us to be transparent in our work. This is where the main value of the networked business is created. Most situations at work can be considered from the perspective of — is this a known problem or not?

Once Lumbering, Now Innovative Incumbents Hit Their Stride

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But they stand in close agreement on two areas: 68% of executives said that their organizations will emphasize customer experience over products, and 63% said that they will continue to expand their networks of business partners. They have a broad network of ecosystem partners, and are ahead of all others in co-creation and collaboration with customers and partners. Network effects drive the business models of successful platform companies.

Swarm ‘intelligence’ 2 of 2

Dave Snowden

Please emember these were designed or came to me as rhetorical devices rather than considered academic statements, but I stand by them anyway! Just as a company monitors its cash flow, so it should monitor the flow of virtue within its employees and networks. Yesterday I talked about wikipedia as a technology mediated form of collective intelligence.

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co-learning is better than marketing

Harold Jarche

As the Cluetrain Manifesto (1999) began with its first of 95 theses, “Markets are conversations” Cluetrain continued with thesis #11 — “People in networked markets have figured out that they get far better information and support from one another than from vendors. If I were an instructional designer in a moribund training department, I’d polish up my resume and head over to marketing. But in today’s networked world, sales are much more complex than that.

free cities attract creative individuals

Harold Jarche

“Architectural models address built environments, emphasizing both interior and exterior features of building design that allow, encourage, prohibit, or inhibit various behaviors. I have noted before that the emerging network era is an opportunity for cities. Cities can be designed on open human structures, enabled by a principle of subsidiarity that allows decisions to be made at the lowest possible level. network learning cities.

Digital Learning 4.0: How to Guarantee Measurable Learner Impact Where Others Have Failed

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

There are four types of nudge: - knowledge nudge - where you receive fresh and relevant learning nuggets - empathy nudge - we reach proactively to people anticipating their pain points implementing changes back at work - reminder nudge - highlighting deadlines and commitment points - network nudge - staying in touch with the network in the ourse We don't send these out in the two weeks after the course. Respect the holy trinity of virtual learning: design, production and delivery.

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cracking the chambers

Harold Jarche

Cooperate and give to your networks and communities. If we design physical and virtual spaces for human-to-human conversations, we might start chipping away at the echo chambers. Thi Nguyen, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Utah Valley University describes two related but distinct phenomena of collective human behaviour — bubbles and chambers. An epistemic bubble is what happens when insiders aren’t exposed to people from the opposite side.

gaining insight at work

Harold Jarche

With increasing complexity in most aspects of a network society, the way that we support organizational learning must change. The network era is creating a historic reversal of education, as discourse replaces institutions, and social learning in knowledge networks obsolesces many aspects of organizational training. Social learning can give us more and better feedback if we engage our networks in order to develop emergent work practices.

Little Whinging

Clark Quinn

Who says it’s in the network, not the local connections and other techs will work on it, and I don’t have to be present, and they work 24/7 and it should be fixed in a couple of days. Look, you should be designing products so the affordances (yeah, I said the ‘a’ word ;) work for consumers. At core it’s about aligning product and service design with how we think, work, and learn. I used to teach interface design, having had a Ph.D.

organizations as media

Harold Jarche

In discussing organizational models and metaphors, Naomi Stanford refers to Gareth Morgan and his influence on organizational design. Understanding the metaphors that influence organizational design can help us understand when they are no longer suitable for society. A new form is emerging — Networks ‚ and hence the T+I+M+N model.

embrace the snowflakes

Harold Jarche

Back in 1998, on leaving the Army, I felt that global digital networks would change everything — they have. I have more recently noted that the future is networked & feminine and that we need to retrieve gender balance to adapt to new societal and economic realities. A networked society is not an industrial society. Why in the age of the internet does the British army need the ‘snowflake generation’ more than ever?

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A foolish inconsistency

Clark Quinn

It’s a useful augment for business networking. Good design says consistency is a good thing, generally; certainly aligning with user expectations and best interests. It’s bad design to do something that’s unnecessarily wasteful. Has this irritated you, or what other silly designs bedevil you? design meta-learningHere, a foolish in consistency is the hobgoblin of my little mind.

mycorrhiza: Introduction

Dave Snowden

You probably have to be British and of a certain age to get that but it was a reference to Frank Muir’s designation of Joan Blakewell as “ the thinking man’s crumpet ”; a highly sexist designation but she refused to denounce him saying he was “ such a sweetheart, he would have dissolved in shame ”. I have been using the idea of a mycorrhiza in a few presentations lately to talk about the need to manage the informal networks in an organisation.

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adding value with teams

Harold Jarche

In working collaboratively & learning cooperatively I noted that team collaboration requires the transparent sharing of knowledge — using enterprise social networks and other technologies — so that everyone on a team knows what is going on and why. For example, I worked with a design chemistry department that was responsible for identifying potential new pharmaceutical compounds. For instance, Curtis Ogden shares 25 behaviours that support network learning among educators.

PKM in Action. Part 2

Harold Jarche

The active practice of PKM results in helping make the network smarter. In describing how Apple designs its products, Jony Ive likened it to a balancing act. In PKM in Action Part 1 I gave a few examples of how people practice personal knowledge mastery. A good way of looking at PKM is as a method to improve serendipity, or fortuitous chance encounters. Anne Adrian shared her journey of going online to seek, make sense, and to share knowledge.

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mycorrhiza: abstraction & codification

Dave Snowden

High abstraction, high tacit is where the informal networks thrive. So we can now map team size over the domains: <5, <15, <150, >150 and that helps with organisational design. In 2002 I published Complex Acts of Knowing , the first major article to include Cynefin in its near current form; if we ignore the words the only difference with the current version is the lack of liminality.

the knowledge artisan

Harold Jarche

Knowledge artisans not only design the work but they can do the work. Augmented by technology, they rely on their networks and skills to solve complex problems and test new ideas. An artisan is skilled in a craft and uses specialized tools or machinery. Artisans were the dominant producers of goods before the Industrial Revolution. Knowledge artisans are similar to their pre-industrial counterparts, especially when it comes to tools.

changing structures

Harold Jarche

But we now have many examples of organizations that are fully functioning in an entirely new way — that is, new ideas about how the organization is designed, about how work gets done, how people relate to each other.” Networked structure —. “For the first time since the industrial revolution, organizations are changing at a fundamental level. The change is very much a work in progress in most organizations.

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The Spinner’s hack on journalism

Doc Searls

The Spinner* is also a hack on journalism, designed like a magic trick to misdirect moral outrage toward The Spinner’s obviously shitty business, and away from the shitty business called adtech, which not only makes The Spinner possible, but pays for most of online journalism as well. The Spinner* (with the asterisk) is “a service that enables you to subconsciously influence a specific person, by controlling the content on the websites he or she usually visits.”

technology, economics, and behaviour

Harold Jarche

Ultimately, it’s my belief that social networks are systems that can be intentionally designed, and intelligently managed, to ensure that their primary impact is a positive one for the people who use them, and for the world. Chetty is currently working with data from Facebook and other social-media platforms to quantify the links between opportunity and our social networks. Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media.

Here’s a cool project: completely revolutionize shopping online

Doc Searls

This was to be my September column for the subscriber edition of Linux Journal, which was terminated last week after 25 years in business. The theme for that month’s issue was to be Cool Projects. The website is still up, however, so now the coolest project for its owner is to save it, so none of that long and valuable history gets 404’d.

Shaping (As Opposed to Stumbling Into It!) – The Future of Online Learning and Training

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Shaping (As Opposed to Stumbling Into It!) – The Future of Online Learning and Training Stephen Murgatroyd, PhD, Chief Innovation Officer Contact North | Contact Nord These are summary notes of the talk, taken by me, “I’m here because I’m old….

Evaluation of CL/4291 “Draft text of the Recommendation concerning Open Educational Resources”, UNESCO

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

19 September 2019. In addition, the judicious application of OER, in combination with appropriate pedagogical methodologies, well-designed learning objects and the diversity of learning activities, can provide a broader range of innovative pedagogical options to engage both educators and learners to become more active participants in educational processes and creators of content as members of diverse and inclusive Knowledge Societies.

“normal is the bias”

Harold Jarche

“Every decade, in other words, has essentially seen the reign of a different technique: neural networks in the late ’50s and ’60s, various symbolic approaches in the ’70s, knowledge-based systems in the ’80s, Bayesian networks in the ’90s, support vector machines in the ’00s, and neural networks again in the ’10s. ” @Acuity_Design : Normal is the bias. Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media.

New Issues for OERs

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

the use of content-addressable networks such as Interplanetary File System (IPFS) - is licensing relevant when certain forms of publication are permanently open? The true issue here is: how can we design OERs so they can't be enclosed in this way? This is based on my contribution to the new Creative Commons 'Education Platform' discussion of issues related to open educational resources (OERs). This is the next step following the development of a set of principles for the Platform.

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Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Courses Offering online courses allows me to test my ideas in the real world, both in terms of the course design and software itself, as well as in terms of the ideas presented through the course. I have a rough plan to offer three courses in 2019: Connectivism and Learning , reprising the content of the course I developed in Naples a couple years ago, but modified for delivery via gRSShopper in a cMOOC format. Photography I have already started the 2019 Photo a Day project.