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Nancy White

From Eyebeam OpenLab comes and open source idea for making a cover for those glare-y compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) we are all installing to save energy. Hopefully the open source values continue past their participation in Eyebeam work.

Rethinking conferences

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

It’s a BarCamp, the Open Source Version of a Conference. Giving a presentation is open to anyone, and encouraged! Response 31 high-quality participants with buying authority. Response 27 cut down on opening addresses of powerful, but boring speakers.

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holistic technology

Harold Jarche

But gaming the system means buying into it. For example, the open source community is based on ensuring that code is transparent and is open to forking (changing the direction of development).

Serverless Computing - An Innovative Approach to Software Development

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Cloud is now an integral part of a company’s IT strategy, grounded in the day-to-day nuts and bolts of implementing change. There’s also an open-source serverless platform, Apache OpenWhisk , on which IBM’s offerings are based, as well as those from other vendors.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Tom and I disagree and then I kinda support his argument?

Mark Oehlert

Recently a fairly rare thing occurred and Tom Crawford an I disagreed about something - and it wasnt whos turn it was to buy the round - it was about my post on the Kindle.

Is the Blockchain Now Reaching a Tipping Point?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Blockchain is one of the technologies in this year’s list, selected by the WEF panel of global experts because of its emerging potential to fundamentally change the way markets and governments work. . But while most ledgers are now digital, their underlying structure has not changed.

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The President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Not surprisingly, change comes slowly to such a complex ecosystem. The Internet changed all that. Everyone was using the same standards, including open source implementations of key protocols.

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Could Blockchain Prove to Be “The Next Big Thing”?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In particular, change has come rather slowly to the world’s banking infrastructure. Not surprisingly, change comes slowly to such a complex ecosystem. But sometimes, the emergence of an innovative disruptive technology can help propel change forward.

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learn like a gamer

Harold Jarche

We buy new ones every few years. Operating systems change. Programs change, get replaced, or become obsolete. By not being active learners we lose the agility to react quickly to changing situations. A good community of practice changes our practice.

PKM 206

A Lexicon of Sustainability

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We asked people to develop a lexicon around food sources We started with the word ''sustainability''. Knowing words - learning what they mean - can change the way entire industries work. People talk about GMOs as privatizing seeds, etc - vbut that didn''t happen here; he open-sourced the seeds. There''s an initiative to tag a fish so you know where and how it was sourced. They re-opened the pie shop, and the town began to grow again. It''s people-sourced.

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On cryptocurrencies, blockchain and all that

Doc Searls

It was released as open-source software in 2009. “A cryptocurrency system is a network that utilizes cryptography to secure transactions in a verifiable database that cannot be changed without being noticed.”

gamers, artists, and citizens

Harold Jarche

We buy new ones every few years. Operating systems change. Programs change, get replaced, or become obsolete. By not being active learners we lose the agility to react quickly to changing situations. A good community of practice changes our practice. Gamers.


Harold Jarche

For example, I looked at the emerging practice of commons-based peer production , such as open source software projects, with this perspective and saw that this democratization of work: Extends each individual’s reach worldwide.

cities and the future of work

Harold Jarche

The market form, the third form of organization to take hold, enables people to excel at openly competitive, free, and fair economic exchanges. While teams still need time and space to get things done, they also have to stay connected to the quickly-changing external environment.

We are more than what we eat

Doc Searls

Eating isn’t a bad metaphor for what we do with the products we buy. Here’s what I wrote for my chapter of Open Sources 2.0: If you tell me something I didn’t know before, I am changed by that.

MOOCs for Development - Day 2

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

classes from all over the world - but do they develop the kind of courses specifically targeted to these workers - MOOCs can play a part - the open market concept which aims to break the monopoly on education - broadcast of learning not enough, we need local support - mentors, facilitators, even teachers - eg. is the authorship open or closed - do you want hosted or unhosted etc Maureen McClure - Uni Pittsburgh - who owns development?

Learning in times of economic meltdown

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Here are my notes: Massive, disruptive change is underway. This change is fundamental: the network era is replacing the industrial age. Survivors develop and present agendas for change while things are in flux.

Saving the Internet—and all the commons it makes possible

Doc Searls

As a source of abundance, the Internet’s closest equal is the periodic table. This owes partly to the speed of change in what these centers do, but more to the simple fact that what they do is unknowable, by design. As a walking sum of all I know, I am changed by that. Sources.

Making Software, Making Money

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

And not so far as when he says that open source does not work. I hate to be the one to state the obvious, but: the fact that open source didn't work for Dave Tosh doesn't mean that open source doesn't work. He writes, Having worked on a true open source project for more than three years I am now more convinced than ever that the open source model does not work. LiveJournal, which has been around for ages (and open source, too).

TTI Vanguard Conference Notes - 7

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Firefox, another really successful open source project. Open sources is a success, we all know that, it's nothing new. But how does open source software development work? Almost every open source project uses peer review. I can see the changes made over time, just like Wikipedia. See the changes, the actual diff. What github does is allow your entire open source development is open? 50,000 changes pushed.

The revolution brewing in the world of work: Q&A with Rod Collins

Steve Denning

" We now live and work in a permanently fast forward world where the capacity to keep pace with the speed of accelerating change separates the winners from the losers. This is the remarkable power behind open source platforms.

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Open, Collaborative Trust Frameworks

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

ID³ , - the Institute for Institutional Innovation by Data Driven Design, - is a new multidisciplinary non-profit institution formed to develop architectural frameworks, open source software and educational content for the protection, sharing and monetization of sensitive data. Regulatory and policy practices cannot possibly keep pace with technological change. Not long ago, such open, community-based initiatives were considered pretty revolutionary.


Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Educational Technology and Change, exploring the topics covered in my Contact North paper of a year ago. Online: I'm generally happy to give talks online, especially if the conferences are free or inexpensive and open, and especially if they're organized by students or non-profit groups. My papers are not (and mostly never will be) the sort of paper where I buy or build some technology and then try it out on a class of students and then study the results.

The Rise of Vendor Relationship Management

John Hagel

Most of us think of markets in conventional terms – it is about vendors seeking out customers and persuading them to buy more of their products and services. The few development efforts that ProjectVRM has led itself are all open source to minimize intellectual property barriers and to encourage others to build on the software.  Our world is being turned upside down by the Big Shift.

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ePublishing business models

David Weinberger

The opening session is on business models for supporting the webification of the educational system. While there are many wonderful things about crowd-sourcing, he says, “I’m in favor of expertise. E.g., that humans are responsible for climate change is not in doubt, should not be presented as if it were in doubt, and should not be crowd-sourced, he says. buy anything. I’m at an education conference put on by CET in Tel Aviv.

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Shifting Identities - From Consumer to Networked Creator

John Hagel

Mass marketing programs were all geared to reinforcing the message that our identity depended on a large home, a big car, lots of state of the art appliances and stylish clothing that changed with each new fashion season. That is all changing now – our identities are shifting in ways that we are only beginning to understand. Many of us felt a deep seated need to achieve our potential, not by buying even more, but by discovering and developing our unique talents. Who are you? 

Earth to Mozilla: Come back home

Doc Searls

Some links: IAB Accuses Mozilla of Undermining American Small Business & Consumers’ Control of Their Privacy with Proposed Changes to Firefox . That last item — an extensive bill of particulars — featured this sidebar: The link goes to An Open Letter to the Mozilla Corporation.

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What Universities Must Learn About Social Networks

Jay Cross

Some schools are comfortable encouraging students, faculty, and adminstratoin to use consumer apps on the open web. Very much like the continuous changes in social network software, network security is a day to day concern. What Universities Must Learning About Social Networks.

[berkman][liveblog] Robin Chase

David Weinberger

” It changes how we shape the economy. E.g., Facebook, Skype, Meetup, YouTube, MOOCs, open source, Blockchain, etc. ZipCar); this lets you avoid buying more car than you need. Open up these assets, e.g., and GPS. “The most depressing thing I know is climate change.” We should expect the same level of change if we boost it another 7°F. A year and a half ago DuoLingo opened up its processes: Russians learning Balinese, etc.

Data 100

Communication Nation: What do you love?

Dave Gray

Use the garbage can in your room + ice machine Opportunity to explore the future Getting people drawing Opportunity Open source thinking Getting away from a chilly San Francisco "summertime." Buy Gamestorming at B&

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Napster, Udacity, and the Academy

Clay Shirky

Who would listen to an MP3 when they could buy a better-sounding CD at the record store? First, the people running the old system don’t notice the change. And by the time they understand that the world has actually changed, they’ve squandered most of the time they had to adapt. Higher education is now being disrupted; our MP3 is the massive open online course (or MOOC), and our Napster is Udacity, the education startup. Open systems are open.

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[aspen][2b2k] Ideo’s Tim Brown

David Weinberger

Tim Brown of Ideo is opening his Aspen Ideas Festival talk with a slide presentation called “From Newton to Design” He says he’s early in thinking it through. E.g., Patagonia tells you not to buy its products because it also wants to preserve the environment.

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[2b2k] Erik Martin on Reddit and journalism

David Weinberger

So there’s tons of stuff on the site that we find horrible and offensive, but the site works best when we keep it open and governed by those simple rules. And we also talked about the amazing things people did: people bringing their pets to parks in case people needed cute animal therapy, the sending of pizzas to EMTs and the police… We are an open source site in policy as well as code. We wanted an ad server that was fast and open source, which now we have.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

Open Educational Resources Matures 4. open up exciting opportunities for people to access relevant information where and when they require it. Convergence of educational institutions to the supply chain of corporate training will change the supplier landscape.

Beyond Free ? Open Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I want to talk to you about the concept of free, the concept of open learning, the concept of networked learning in a networked world and the concept of the institution. I''m one of the people that had a significant hand in designing the original concept of the Massive Open Online Course.

David Weinberger - Untitled Article

David Weinberger

So, Echo Nest is working on open content API’s. If the artist is comfortable with more open models, Echo Nest makes the content available to developers. On the cultural analysis side, it’s highly customized, uses some open source (SOLR, Lucene), web crawlers. Open API is for noncomercial use. But that will change the model: A user’s interaction with a track on Pandora is worth much less to an artist than the user buying a CD.

[berkman] Michael Slaby on tech, politics, and freedom

David Weinberger

Obama’s personal story as a community organizer, who wanted to empower others to enable change. We thought an honest way to do fund-raising: we’d let people buy the things we need by posting a list. We tested an email campaign this way, where you could buy a line item or you could get a t-shirt for contributing, and the t-shirt won. (It’s The whole goal of our campaign was to take on K Street, to change the way influence works.

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OER Business Models - A Debate

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Lisa Petrides - IKSME Our mission is about maximizing all of these open access tools that enable breakthroughs in teaching and learning. The business model is based on helping faculty make the transition from commercial to open textbooks. All the content is CC-licensed content, and the platform is open source as well. It''s very much of a Linux model - the content itself should forever be free and open. open pedagogy is different from OER.

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Sustainability and MOOCs in Historical Perspective

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We're going to talk about the factors that led to the development of the Massive Open Online Course and Connectivism and the new phenomena in learning today. But, a few preliminaries before I start the talk, because it's all about open education. :) This presentation is available now at that website. I was making some last minute changes during the introductions. One of the things we learned was the tension that exists between open online resources and commercial resources.


Dave Snowden

A change in the function of a trait is insufficient to constitute exaptation; exaptation involves populations of entities, wehre weal selection pressure allows the transformation of trait function among replicating entities over time. Customer functions see changes over time (baking soda!),

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Global Science Excellence in Canada

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Tanya Roussy says we should stop trying to buy talent and instead try to develop it. " And without this investment, no amount of government intervention can buy an innovation society. One of the major changes that took place at NRC not long after I joined was that a long-standing policy of encouraging researchers to create spin-offs and of rewarding them for their discoveries was discontinued. Sean Elliott calls on science to buy locally. "If

New Literacies

Tony Karrer

What do these companies have in common: Google eBay Yahoo Amazon MapQuest Craigslist Wikipedia YouTube Built on top of Linux (open source). Dell Ideastorm, Starbucks, Best Buy, SAP (Harmony), YattIt, BeingGirl (P&G) mentioned as examples. People are telling us about these technologies, not telling us how to change. At the Tim O'Reilly keynote at the DevLearn conference. His outline is very interesting in that he's promising to talk about the "new literacies."

Data 100

Stupidity and the Internet

John Hagel

This is a dangerous assumption given the speed of change in the underlying technology foundations of the Internet. Some examples of shared practice can already be found on the Internet in such diverse arenas as open source software and online games like World of Warcraft. OK, so maybe it is unfair to change the terms of the debate. I, for one, will continue to buy and read (and occasionally write) books while still actively surfing the Net.