What is the locus of change?

Dave Snowden

This is the first in what will be an occasional series of posts in which I want to examine, in the context of change the role of the individual, that individual’s identity as part of society and the affordances provided thereof. The post What is the locus of change?

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MOOC Research Initiative: Reports Released

George Siemens

I’m pleased to announce that the reports from the MOOC Research Initiative (MRI) are now available. Science should look more like this process, especially in fields where things are changing quickly, than the long multi-year cycle that we currently see In the spirit of useful science , each grantee was asked to provide a one sentence overview of their research findings. I enjoyed working on this grant. The traditional method of exploring a knowledge domain takes years.

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New Mobile Report Out

Clark Quinn

I’m happy to report that the eLearning Guild has just released this year’s mobile learning research report I authored for them (after doing the same last year). similar free access to other coming research reports, Thought Leader Webinars, etc). I should admit that there’s a bias in the report, in that the membership of the Guild is largely (though not wholly) corporate, and again largely US based.

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AI Technologies Are Fundamentally Changing How Work Gets Done

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The expanded scope will change the value employers place on tasks, and the types of skills most in demand.”. To shed light on the impact of AI over the past decade, the report analyzed 170 million job postings in the US between 2010 and 2017. Let me summarize each of these changes.

Avoiding paralysis in major change

Dave Snowden

I know I shouldn’t but I often skip newspaper reports on the latest disaterous news on the Greenland ice sheet or similar; the problem is overwhelming and as a result disabling. As those small actions start to build the underlying attitudes and beliefs change and then, maybe, the bigger initiatives will have impact and traction. The post Avoiding paralysis in major change appeared first on Cognitive Edge.

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The Changing Nature of the Liberal Arts in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Similarly, in a 2006 report , the National Academy of Engineering called for reforming engineering education. What is meant by the liberal arts?

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Change in Education and What Needs to be Done

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Published as Change in Education and What Needs to be Done , 15 pages, 2020, Maysan Center for Future Studies. In recent months we as a global community have experienced a hard lesson about the nature of change. Either way, what we do today will change what happens tomorrow.

The change is here

Clark Quinn

For a number of years now (at least six ), I’ve been beating the drum about the need for organizations to be prepared to address change. Now we’re seeing the evidence that the change has arrived. Two recent reports highlight the awareness. Gallup released a report on The State of the American Workplace recently that talks about the lack of engagement at work. The Gallup report concludes with new behaviors for leaders and managers.

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#3 Organizational Structures Have Changed

Nine Shift

The org chart is dead. What business leaders report is that the network is faster, more productive and more profitable than the pyramid. At LERN we have not done an org chart for 25 years, since we went virtual. The Org Chart is dead. Leaders are now befuddled about being inbetween the organizational pyramid of the last century and the organizational network of this century. Organizational structures have been flattened, dispersed, contracted out.

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The Internet of Things is Changing the World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“How the world will change as computers spread into everyday objects,” is the title of the lead article in a comprehensive review of the Internet of Things (IoT) in a r ecent issue of The Economist.

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Unlock your potential with Towards Maturity’s 2016-17 Learning Benchmark Report

Jane Hart

Today, Towards Maturity released their 2016-17 Learning Benchmark Report: Unlocking Potential: Releasing the potential of the business and its people through learning. I was honoured to be asked to write the Foreword to this year’s, and I am reproducing it here in order to provide a taster of what you will find in the full report and encourage you to get hold of a copy for yourself and unlock your own potential!

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[shorenstein] Farnaz Fassihi on Reporting from the Middle East

David Weinberger

I’m at a Shorenstein lunchtime talk where Farnaz Fassihi is giving a talk titled “Reporting from the Middle East.” She was a reporter for the Newark Star-Ledger on 9/11. “How we approach reporting has significantly changed” since she first went to Afghanistan she says. ” There’s thus even more of an obligation to have reporters on the ground. It can be extremely frustrating as a reporter.

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Automation and the Changing Demand for Workforce Skills

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the intervening three years, the study has published a number of report on the subject. The first report , published in November, 2015, explored whether we can look forward to vast improvements in productivity and quality of life, or whether automation will mostly threaten jobs, disrupt organizations, and strain the social fabric. McKinsey’s December, 2017 report analyzed whether there will be enough work in the future.

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Leadership in a Changing World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What are the critical competencies needed to lead in our fast-changing business environment? Its findings were recently published in The CEO Report: Embracing the Paradoxes of Leadership and the Power of Doubt. The key challenge confronting CEOs, - and senior executives in general, - is the relentless pace of change. But, w hile speed is the major dimension of change, it’s not the only one. Is the change evolutionary or revolutionary in nature?

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Nothing Has Changed. Everything Has Changed.

Charles Jennings

We know that the results of learning and development activities can only be determined by changes in behaviour (after all, at its heart that’s what ‘real learning’ is) and behaviour change needs to be measured in terms of what individuals, teams and organisations can do and are doing, that they couldn’t do previously, or what they’re doing better than before. But we need wider fundamental changes if we’re to do so at speed and scale. So, what are these fundamental changes?

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Bread, Freedom, Social Justice: A report from Egypt

David Weinberger

Right after, SCAF dictatorially issued a constitutional declaration with 63 articles including the amendments with some editorial changes. Here is an email Nagla Rizk sent to the Berkman mailing list. I’m posting it with her permission. When we stormed the streets last January, we chanted “Aish, Horreya, Adala Egtema’eya” (“Bread, Freedom, Social Justice”). We knew exactly what we wanted: a better livelihood for all.

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Change, urgency, and new opportunities 2: What can we sense together?

Dave Snowden

I wrote a blog post outlining our intentions for the climate change programme and the role I see it playing in the explorations of the COVID landscape. As this was ongoing, we resisted presenting a thorough report to avoid influencing people looking at the incoming data on their own.

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Human Capital and the Changing Nature of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But on balance, such fears appear to be unfounded, noted the World Bank in a comprehensive recent report on The Changing Nature of Work. That’s a mistake, because neglecting investments in human capital can dramatically weaken a country’s competitiveness in a rapidly changing world, one in which economies need ever-increasing amounts of talent to sustain growth.” . How is the Nature of Work Changing? People have long feared that machines are coming for our jobs.

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Changing the landscape of health

Dave Snowden

To manage a complex system we need to changes the dispositions of populations and small level social interactions. People are fundamentally influenced by the micro narratives of their day to day lives, rather than grand narratives of change and admonishment. In the latter case there is no longer a need to depend on reported experience in a consultation as the real time data is already there. My last two posts discussed by personal journey, and one which is not yet complete.

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Changing Role of the LMS


Perhaps, if we point them towards the Ebbinghaus forgetting curve, we might help them to change their minds.). For organisations that manage their face-to-face training on spreadsheets, often with large teams just moving bits of paper around, the LMS (or a better description: Training Administration System) brings massive benefits in efficiency, in reporting, and, often, in accuracy.

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The Challenges of Automation in a Fast Changing Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Technological innovation should be embraced,” notes Automation and a Changing Economy , a recently published report by The Aspen Institute. “Automation has been a largely positive economic and social force, and looking forward, automation will be necessary to feed, house, and raise the living standards of a growing and aging population.” . Let me summarize the key conclusions and recommendations in each of the report’s two sections.

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Game-Changing Basic Research: Benefits and Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Innovation Deficit , - a report on both the long term benefits of basic research and the impact on those benefits of declining federal investments. But, technology and market environments have drastically changed in the intervening years. This central role of federal research support means that sudden changes in funding levels such as the recent sequester can disrupt research efforts and cause long term damage, especially to the pipeline of scientific talent on which U.S.

Climate Change, Waste & Festivals: a collective fight needing a common understanding

Dave Snowden

it also has the potential to mobilise momentum and drive change through the sharing of stories about what people are doing to make the world a better place. Building small, incremental change has always been the complexity mantra. When thinking about change and transformation, we were particularly interested in the idea of apathy, simplicity and the importance of time, e.g. are people thinking ahead or are there “more important things to do”?

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The invisible change in the news

David Weinberger

It’s now so ordinary that it sometimes leads us to underestimate the magnitude of the change we’ve already lived through. Personal stories that conveyed the scene better than objective reporting could. The first chapter of Dan Gillmor ‘s 2005 book, We the Media [ pdf ], is a terrific, brief history of journalism from the US Colonial era up through Sept. And in 2014 it has a different lesson to teach us as well.

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Dr. Watson, Please Report to the Health Care System

Andy McAfee

And since Watson is constantly trolling the Web, he would perhaps bring to my attention a case report published the previous night in a Swedish journal describing a new interaction between two of the drugs my patient is taking. Human doctors can’t possibly hold this much information in their heads, or keep up it as it changes over time.

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[shorenstein][liveblog] Phillip Martin on reporting poverty, and Boston’s racist image

David Weinberger

He is a Boston-based investigative reporter who (says Alex Jones) “tries to explain the city to itself.” A labor reporter (Steve Orr [?]) He was reporting on the UAW and plants closing across Detroit. The coverage by this reporter did jibe with what Phillip saw happening and what his cousin Cyrus said about his experience working in an auto plant. Phillip started talking with this reporter about journalism. Phillip told him that the city has changed.

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Berlin cognitive science safari: report

Mind Hacks

So did ‘reading’ someone’s country of origin from their appearance alone , but the real treat of the tour was the change blindness ‘door’ experiment. After swopping Matt for Jakub we can see the member of the public continuing giving directions as if nothing has happened – he was blind to the change! The good citizens of Berlin focus hard on giving directions, not on monitoring the identity of their interlocutor for signs of an improbable change.

Capacity, Change, and Performance

George Siemens

Capacity, Change, and Performance (.pdf pdf here ) is a lengthy report (166 pages) from 2008. The report is focused on development agencies, but many of the concepts tackled apply well to corporations and education. The report is worth more of an analysis/critique than I have time for now, but I’d to draw attention to the chart on page 19-20 (of the pdf) addressing major distinctions between planning in traditional systems versus planning in complex adaptive systems.

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Cultural change in Singapore

Dave Snowden

I expect to report back on some of that work in future months, this week is scoping and discussing. If you come to a country once or twice a year (more frequently at times) you get a better sense of change than if you live there. There was concern about innovation and programmes were put into place (some of which I was involved in) to change that. Much is the same, much has changed.

Report from Denmark: Designing the new public library at Aarhus, and the People’s Lab

David Weinberger

Three and a half years ago, the Danes wrote a report on public libraries in the knowledge society, and went looking for partnerships, which is unusual for the Danes, says Knud. Q: We’re seeing more random innovation in library spaces in this city, as opposed to your carefully planned and articulated change. (1) 4) We have generations of professionals, so just building new locations may not change things.

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Measuring the Forces of Long Term Change

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Intel co-founder Gordon Moore described what became known as Moore’s Law in a 1965 paper where he observed that the number of components in integrated circuits had doubled every year since their invention in 1958, and predicted that the trend would continue for at least ten years, a prediction he subsequently changed to a doubling every two years. The Foundation index has been growing at a ten percent CGR since 1993, and is the primary driver of all the other changes.

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The Changing Workplace: Virtual Offices

Nine Shift

2.You report. It''s a place where you post a weekly report on what you did, and did not do, for that week. 3.Supervise. If you are a manager or supervisor, you supervise all your staff, whether at a distance or in the same office, using the weekly reports in the Virtual Office. You follow up individually, of course, but the weekly report allows you to spend less time supervising and actually to supervise better using the written report.

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Report: Digital Storytelling for Social Impact

Beth Kanter

Meanwhile, digital technology has changed the game. We’re far more connected to stories and information than we have ever been, yet the noise and ubiquity of the digital world makes it harder to surface and share personal stories of change and impact. We saw a larger number of reports and publications out there on the topic, but most felt stale and too isolated to the nonprofit sector. Could funders prioritize storytelling as a reporting and evaluation mechanism?

Things are changing

Harold Jarche

For all the budget-slashing, the Star still delivers an enviable package of local, national and international news coverage, plus award-winning investigative reporting, expert analysis and diverse commentary. Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared via social media during the past week. MeriWalker – “ Higher education is like a corpse propped up in the corner of a building that’s rotting out from under it. ” ?@flowchainsensei

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[shorenstein][2b2k] Wesley Lowery on covering Ferguson and the effect of social media on the reporting ecosystem

David Weinberger

Wesley Lowery is a Washington Post reporter, recently ex of the Boston Globe. He does not cede all ground to social media, but instead uses it to do his job as a reporter, and sees its effect on every facet of his role. ” He said he would be ok with that but only because so much of his social media contribution consists of references to other sources and other people, including to reports by other newspapers. That changed the tenor and the depth of our coverage.

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Reporting Jail Sentences

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Aside from catching some reporter on some meaningless semantics, what's the point of this complaint? The only effect of such a change would be to deprive corrections officials of some form of leverage - early release - with which to induce good behaviour. Responding to Tom Young , who complains, > Every Canadian besides them understands that a 20 month jail sentence in this country means nowhere near 20 months in jail. Yes, but so what?

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Learners are learning differently; are you changing the way you train and support them?

Jane Hart

The Pew Research Internet Project reported on 8 December 2014 “A large majority (87%) of American adult internet users say the internet has improved their ability to learn new things. This figure includes just over half (53%) who say it has improved their ability to learn new things “a lot” and 34% who say it […]. Social learning

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Report: Insights from the Google AI Impact Challenge

Beth Kanter

There are also research reports , events, fellowships, and bootcamps , and an annual AI4Good Global Summit. Google has just released a report called “ Accelerating Social Good with Artificial Intelligence, ” that offers insights gathered from all 2602 applications and includes an extensive taxonomy of AI4Good projects. The key findings in the report are listed below. You can download and read the full report here.

ICTs in Higher Education Systems of Arab States: Promises and Effective Practices - A Summary Report

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Please take note that this is not the official UNESCO report of the forum, but only my personal report as invited international expert. This report summarizes these discussions, first with respect to some specific topics, and second, with respect to overall themes and concepts.

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Everything You Need to Know About Social Business and Enterprise 2.0 in Three Short Reports

Andy McAfee

But the reports are still quite good. Reports of our findings have just been released under the heading “ When Social Meets Business Real Work Gets Done.” ” The three reports are short, but dense with useful facts, conclusions, and recommendations. 48% of respondents engaging in OI report that it has already yielded major changes to internal processes, and 34% report major changes to their external offerings.

Two Must Read Reports on Nonprofit Capacity Building

Beth Kanter

Two reports have been released on the topic of capacity building: “ Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together ,” from GrantCraft, a service of the Foundation Center and “ Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity ” from GEOfunders. This post summarizes gems from both reports. While the reports are guides to funders, if you do work as a capacity builder, you will find some useful insights for your practice. 2: Culture Change.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In his 1945 seminal report, Science The Endless Frontier , presidential science advisor Vannevar Bush laid out the blueprint for R&D in post-war America: “New knowledge can be obtained only through basic scientific research” conducted in universities and research labs, which is then applied to develop new products by the private sector and new and improved weapons by the defense sector.

Data Science and the Changing Nature of Research and Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Organizational structures and cultural attitudes are not keeping up with changing realities. While competitive pressures force companies to adjust to fast changing market realities, change comes slower to academic and government institutions. But, it all started to change over the past 20 - 25 years. These changes have affected how research is conducted and funded in the physical sciences and engineering. .

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