The State of AI Adoption - High Performers Show the Way

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the past few years, the McKinsey Global Institute has been conducting a yearly survey to assess the state of AI adoption. Its 2017 survey of over 3,000 AI-aware executive found that outside the technology sector, AI adoption was at an early, often experimental stage.

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. I love this because Rogers doesn’t look at what sells, but at what actually gets adopted and really, truly used. I’ve found his 5 Factors most useful not near the completion of a program of work, but from the very start to consider onboarding and adoption just as much as a part of the experience as everyday use.


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Complexity and Public Administration

Dave Snowden

Some 10 years ago now when I first became interested in how complexity science might be used in public administration there was a body of thinking but relatively few practical examples of applications. This has brought attention to approaches informed by complexity science for working with intractable problems as well as a way to square the circle of making localization workable and relevant. So what is applying complexity thinking to public policy really all about?

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”.

in an increasingly complex world

Harold Jarche

Robert Warwick - Following a comprehensive literature review, heavily influenced by complexity sciences, we came up with seven essential criteria that are important to consider in an increasingly complex world, these were: Go out of your way to make new connections. Adopt an open, enquiring mind-set, refusing to be constrained by current horizons. Embrace uncertainty and be positive about change – adopt an entrepreneurial attitude. complexity

Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN)

George Siemens

I’m happy to announce the formation of the digital Learning Research Network (dLRN), funded by a $1.6m With dLRN, our goals are to: Increase the impact of existing research in solving complex organizational and systems-level learning challenges. Increase the speed of the research cycle and adoption of effective practices with a particular emphasis on under-represented students. Higher education is digitizing.

Social Learning, Complexity and the Enterprise

Harold Jarche

Our relationship with knowledge is changing as our work becomes more intangible and complex. However, when you look at the modern organization, it is moving to a model of constant change, whether through mergers and acquisitions or as quick-start web-enabled networks. All organizational value is created by teams and networks. Learning really spreads through social networks. Social networks are the primary conduit for effective organizational performance.

On the Complex Evolution toward Mobile Digital Payments

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Apple Pay is embracing a number of industry standards , including NFC (near-field communications) for contact-less payments; Secure Element , a dedicated device chip; and network-based tokenization to protect sensitive financial data. Apple is collaborating with the big credit card networks, several banks and a number of merchants in the development and deployment of Apple Pay.

Complexity in Government

Dave Snowden

To see a whole government start to shift towards complexity theory as a new paradigm of government is mist encouraging. My argument was that we in a phase shift period, between the paradigm of systems dynamics (process, scenario planning, learning organisation) and complexity theory (fragmented sense-making, use of human sensor networks, the inter-connectivity of social computing etc.).

7 guidelines for managing open networks

Harold Jarche

Ed Morrison , Advisor for the Purdue Center for Regional Development, says that many of the familiar approaches to management no longer apply, and goes on to provide 7 keys to guiding an open network. Rule 5: Adopt simple rules to design and implement strategy. complexity ConnectedEnterprise Leadership

Growing Up in a Complex World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The primary challenge emerging out of the CEO conversations was complexity - the fact that CEOs now operate in a world that is substantially more volatile, uncertain and complex. Inheriting a Complex World: Future Leaders Envision Sharing the Planet invited graduate and undergraduate students to participate in a Web-based survey between October 2009 and January 2010. They grew up in a complex world. This generation of students doesn’t need to be told what a network is.

If Your Enterprise Social Network Is a Ghost Town It’s Probably Due To Your Corporate Culture

Dan Pontefract

We deployed our enterprise social network last year, but it’s a ghost town. In part, it’s why enterprise social networks haven’t fully become a crucial component to an organization’s operating practice. Quite frankly, that saddens me because although technology isn’t the answer, enterprise social networks can do so much good for an organization’s culture and engagement. enterprise social networks leadership esn

principles and models for the network era

Harold Jarche

But the age of oil is ending, and markets are being replaced by networks as the dominant organizing model. One theory that has informed my own work is David Ronfeldt’s TIMN (Tribes-Institutions-Markets-Networks) Theory showing that all four of these forms will co-exist as we enter the next evolution of society, but networks will dominate. Subsidiarity can be a founding organizational principle for democratic society in the network era. The End of the Market Era.

The Puzzling Technology Adoption Discrepancy Between Individuals and Institutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Foundation index, measures the fast moving advances in technology performance and adoption, as well as the shifts of global public policy that are reducing the barriers to entry and movement. I was particularly intrigued by The burdens of the past , a report which focuses on the growing gap between individuals and institutions in their adoption of knowledge-sharing technologies. . This discrepancy in technology adoption has been observed for the past few years.

Networks and Systems

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

It''s worth parsing this into individual points, because this is (I guess) connectivism from Dron''s perspective: all of which adopt a systems view all of which recognize the distributed nature of knowledge all of which embrace the role of mediating artefacts all of which recognize that more is different all of which adopt a systems perspective all of which describe or proscribe ways to engage in this new ecology. To use his own words, he sees at least some networks as systems.

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Network Learning: Working Smarter

Harold Jarche

We need to re-think workplace learning for a networked society. Formal, structured learning plays only a small role in getting things done in the networked workplace. Making sense of information, both personally and in networks, is becoming a key part of work. Social learning is about getting things done in networks. Network Learning. Network learning is an individual, disciplined process by which we make sense of information, observations and ideas.

Innovation through network learning

Harold Jarche

No idea will make a difference without building around it the networks that will support it as it grows, and the network partners with which it will ultimately flourish. Here Thomas Edison’s real genius can be seen … Shifting the central activity of innovation from ‘having an idea’ to seeing and building the networks shifts the attention from thinking to the actions required to build the network that will realize the idea. This requires a network mindset.

What the network saw

Harold Jarche

Social Learning, Complexity and the Enterprise (April) One of my longest posts. As our work environments become more complex due to the speed of information transmission via ubiquitous networks, we need to adopt more flexible and less mechanistic processes to get work done. Network Thinking (December) Network thinking can fundamentally change our view of hierarchical relationships.

The Business Value of Social Networks

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The January 30 issue of The Economist included a special report on social networking. Overall, the special report concludes: “that social networks are more robust than their critics think, though not every site will prosper, and that social-networking technologies are creating considerable benefits for the businesses that embrace them, whatever their size.” There is plenty of doubt about the benefits of online social networking in the office.

The Current State of Cloud Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What’s the current state of cloud computing? “The need for superior speed and agility continues to push companies toward cloud adoption,” said a recent McKinsey article, Debunking seven common myths about cloud. Applications suffer latencies in cloud provider’s networks.

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Workforce collaboration in the network era

Harold Jarche

Tweet Hyperlinks subvert hierarchy, and networks subvert standardization. As jobs are to departments , roles are to networks. Eric Mcluhan states that in the new [network] era; “ jobs disappear under electric conditions and they are replaced by roles. In the 21st century workplace, roles are emergent properties of value networks , not pre-defined by HR. Everyone is struggling to understand the network era, but no one is budging from their observation position.

Fluctuating support networks

Harold Jarche

Judith passed on a couple of papers which I found most interesting, as she has looked deeply into the theory behind the need for what I would describe as social learning networks. Judith uses the term, “fluctuating support networks&#. As an informal response to the formal organization, fluctuating support networks deviate from the conventions of the formal organization and provide network members with a venue for fulfilling unmet social and psychological work-related needs.

A Swiss Army Knife for the Network Era

Harold Jarche

PKM: A Swiss Army knife for the Network Era. It’s beginning to look like the Swiss Army knife of the network era. I am amazed at how personal knowledge mastery [ PKM ] is adapted to so many different situations, which attests to the usefulness of a simple framework to deal with complex problems. Last year the Bangor University School of Psychology adopted the PKM framework and used it as an anchor for its undergraduate students.

Naturalising narrated

Dave Snowden

I should also make clear at this point my gratitude to, and respect for, the work that Mike has put into understanding not only Cynefin but the wider fields of complexity and systems. The fact that Cybernetics had addressed issues of complexity is without question.

Beyond Institutions Personal Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The talk is called "Beyond Institutions Personal Learning in a Networked World" and I want to begin with a story that came across the wires recently and I thought was very appropriate for this venue. There''s the concern that widespread adoption of social media brings shared interactional practices that do not match university arrangements for learning. It''s rather more like a mesh network, in which each starling is reacting only to the seven starlings around it.

AI Is Mostly About Business Value, Not Technology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But it’s much harder to quantify the more complex benefits of AI, such as better insights and decision making. Companies that are slow to adopt these productivity improvements will find themselves at a serious competitive disadvantage.

Ten IT Predictions for the Post-Pandemic New Normal

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Services Innovation Technology and Strategy

Next Generation Evaluation: Embracing Complexity, Connectivity, and Change

Beth Kanter

It struck me, that although we do usually think about measuring and learning to improve campaigns and program that integrate social media and networks, if done correctly it is essential outcome-based evaluation and KD Paine and I briefly touched on this on our book, “ Measuring the Networked Nonprofit.” The guide is useful for those beginners and early adopters alike.

Google Plus – One Social Networking Tool to Rule Them All

Luis Suarez

Like I have mentioned yesterday, it’s been a few days already since I jumped the shark and joined the bunch of early adopters who have been hammering down, and taking for a spin, the latest iteration of Google to get social with Google Plus , right after Google Wave and Google Buzz. Either way, the result was phenomenal since it gave a few thousands of us a unique opportunity where we could explore the potential of social networking for the enterprise, and still going strong!,

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How Can Blockchain Become a Truly Transformative Technology?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As firms increasingly rely on supply chain partners for many of the functions once done in-house, managing their increasingly complex operations across a network of interconnected institutions has become major challenge.

New Directions for Government in the Digital Age

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A month later, McKinsey & Company added , “We have vaulted five years forward in consumer and business digital adoption in a matter of around eight weeks.”. It is about adopting appropriate digital technologies to change how we work and deliver public value in the digital economy. …

Have Online Social Networks Become Boring?

Beth Kanter

I love this new video from the Case Foundation about the power of social media for social change. The numbers illustrate how far the field has come in adopting social media, although not 100% adoption. The video reminded me of the classic video, “ The Machine is US/ing Us.” ” In 2012, while I still encounter a few skeptics, there is more often curiosity and questions about “How can we use a networked approach with more impact.”

The Urgent Need to Strengthen the Nation’s Resilience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

ARPANET was supported by the Department of Defense to significantly enhance the resilience of the country following a nuclear attack by enabling computers to communicate with each other using a flexible packet-switching digital network. Digitization and AI adoption.

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Content Delivery Networks

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

There are 1450 points of presence (POPs), 950 networks or ISPs in 67 countries. Where the content is not served by an ‘Akamai Accelerated Network Partner’ the request is subjected to a more general ‘core point analysis’. The photos below show the network before and after the inauguration (yellow is slow, and red is dead). There are two major approaches: First, network topology. The network kernel is optimized for short transactions.

Principles of Networked Unmanagement

Harold Jarche

In networks, cooperation trumps collaboration. As we shift to a networked economy, our organizational frameworks have to change. While collaboration inside the company and with partners may have worked in a market economy, cooperation amongst a greater variety of network actors is now necessary. Cooperation in our work is needed so that we can continuously develop emergent practices demanded by increased complexity. It is more like a social network. Networks.

The Real Business of Blockchain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Blockchain encrypts all the data stored in the ledger as well as the data flowing over the network using public and private keys technologies. It has yet to cross the chasm from a market dominated by early adopters to a wider mainstream market.

Networks, Power and Ethics

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

but rather, the degree to which they are entrenched - how stuubornly autonomous individual entities are by nature or temperament, how 'power-wielding' form of contact or interaction are available through the connections in a given network, the nature and inclination of given entities to wield power, etc., This gives us a way of describing different types of networks in term of the degree to which power may be wielded in those networks. The network gradually becomes inert.

[berkman] [2b2k] Michae Nielsen on the networking of science

David Weinberger

Michael Nielsen is giving a Berkman talk on the networking of science. (It’s ” Likewise many scientific social networks are ghost towns. In April 2000, Clinton and Blair urged all countries to adopt similar principles. How does scientific knowledge change when it becomes a type of networking? Afterwards, Michael explained that Google developers use a complex ecology of libraries and services with huge numbers of dependencies.]

[berkman] Beth Kanter and Allison Fine on networked nonprofits

David Weinberger

Beth Kanter and Allison Fine are giving a Berkman lunchtime talk on their book The Networked Nonprofit. But the complexity of social problems is outpacing the capacity of any single organization to solve them. How could non-profits working through networks solve these problems? Non-networked non-profits work in silos, behind non-porous firewalls. Networked non-profits work up their professional networks within the organization.

Looking back at the Acorn Study; Part 5: Looking backwards, looking forwards

Dave Snowden

However, some unexpected things are what’s getting in the way of broader adoption. Dear Reader, while we have your attention: we are on a determined drive to expand our network around the world. Consider joining the Cynefin Network by clicking on the banner below.

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Could AI Reshape the Global Balance of Power?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

serious mistakes and unintended consequences if public and private sector institutions adopt powerful AI technologies before they’re ready.

Is Blockchain Ready to “Cross the Chasm”? Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, IBM conducted the largest study to date on the state of adoption of blockchain. These survey results are not surprising for a technology as new and complex as blockchain. With such technologies, you typically have a relatively small number of early adopters. A larger number of followers are waiting to learn from the early adopters’ experiences, while the laggards are not yet sure what the technology is about or if it applies to them.

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.