Trains: Big news, house committee wants $50 billion!

Nine Shift

T he House transportation committee wants Congress to spend $50 billion on high speed trains, up considerably from the $8 billion now allocated. Big news on high speed trains this month!

You can’t create a craft by committee

Dave Snowden

From time to time in knowledge management circles the cry of standardisation is raised. It's just happened again with a new KM Linked In Group with the banner.accreditation association delegated to make decisions by the global KM community. A brief investigation indicates its a variant on three men and a dog, or in this case two men seeking jobs, a woman and a cat. When challenged on the pretentiousness of the title they say its just aspirational.

Stephen Colbert on running for president, exploratory committees with actual members, and free speechiness

David Weinberger

Ex psychiatric bible chief slams new secret committee

Mind Hacks

So far, critics have managed to raise little more than smoke signals but the tinderbox may well have just been ignited by an article of scorching criticism penned by the head of the last DSM committee. The article was posted online by psychiatrist Doug Brenner who also described being kicked off the authors list for an academic paper and denounced to members of a DSM sub-committee for criticising conflicts of interest in the committee in an earlier blog post.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Peace and Entrepreneurship

John Hagel

Last week the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Muhammad Yunus , one of the most prominent evangelists for micro-credit in developing economies, and to the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, the lending institution that Yunus founded.

Learnlets » The Year of the Model(s)

Clark Quinn

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Happy July 4th - Independence Day In the U.S.

Mark Oehlert

The drafting committee of the Declaration presenting its work to Congress " In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « TED Videos - Watch em all!!

Senator Baldwin's Office Receives Our Book

Nine Shift

No big deal yet, but at least Senator Tammy Baldwin, who serves on the Education Committee, has access to the research on the gender bias against boys, the resulting economic and social catastrophe, and what to do about implementing Title IX with respect to both females and males.

How Nonprofits Practice Continuous Improvement

Beth Kanter

I also served on the program advisory committee. IFC-ASIA Program Committee – After Action Review. Our advisory committee includes Courtney Lawrence from DSIL , a company that focuses on innovation and human centered design practices, who lead us through our reflection process.

Nonprofit Workplace Wellness Initiatives: United Way of Central Ohio

Beth Kanter

Four years ago, the United Way of Central Ohio created a staff committee that focuses on balanced well-being, which also includes healthy eating. She works closely with HR to manage the committee’s work which now consists of 12 staff members who volunteer their time.

In Massachusetts, call yhour rep TODAY to support midwifery bill

David Weinberger

Right now, House Bill 4810 is in the House Steering and Policy committee. House representative and ask him or her to speak with Steering and Policy committee chair Rep. Kafka and House Chairman DeLeo to encourage them to move the bill through the committee and onto the floor.

Republicans suggest shockingly sensible ideas for reforming copyright

David Weinberger

A Republican Study Committee has posted a document (as a pdf ) that nails three myths about copyright law and suggests four areas of reform. The 3 myths are: The purpose of copyright is to compensate the creator of the content. Copyright is free market capitalism at work.

Authenticity in Cynefin

Dave Snowden

One interested related experience was when a student rep on the Philosophy Department Committee. The picture here is of Michael Bryant as Mathieu Delarue in the BBC production of Sartre’s The Roads to Freedom.

Metropolitan IQ and Urban metabolism: Great case studies of innovative, collaborative cities

Ross Dawson

Last week I went to the launch of an excellent issues paper created by The Committee for Sydney , titled #wethecity: Collaborating to Compete in the Digital Era.

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Recently, the House Science Committee held a hearing on American leadership in quantum computing. Earlier this year, Scientific American , in collaboration with the World Economic Forum , published a special report on The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017.

Facing Decline, U.S. Tries to Kill the Test

Nine Shift

Kennedy, who had chaired the senate committee on education, had become very supportive of the Pisa project. ''It Facing test results showing the United States falling behind other countries in education, the U.S. did what a declining superpower tries to do - - it tried to kill the test.

Facing Decline, U.S. Tries to Kill the Test

Nine Shift

Kennedy, who had chaired the senate committee on education, had become very supportive of the Pisa project. ''It Facing test results showing the United States falling behind other countries in education, the U.S. did what a declining superpower tries to do - - it tried to kill the test.

The Future of Gen Y Part II

Nine Shift

While my great grandfather’s company testified against the 40 hour work week before a Congressional committee, many Milwaukeeans identified themselves as “sewer socialists” and went so far as to support city parks and improved education.

Republicans thinking outside that damn box

David Weinberger

Christopher Beam at Slate has a lively article about the Republican National Committee’s meeting to come up with new ways of using the new media to build the party back up. The article gives the sense of a group that simultaneously is Getting It and Floundering in It

Learning Analytics 2011

George Siemens

A huge thanks to the steering committee for their work and assistance over the last few months in pulling together the theme/focus of the conference. TEKRI is organizing/sponsoring a conference on what I think is the next significant trend in learning (corporate and higher education): Learning Analytics. The call for papers was announced yesterday.

40-50% of jobs are at risk of being lost to automation, but where will they disappear fastest?

Ross Dawson

The Committee for Economic Development for Australia (CEDA) today launched a landmark publication Australia’s Future Workforce?

How a Techonomist Would Advise the President

Andy McAfee

If you’re at all local you should go, and I don’t just say that because I’ve been on the technology advisory committee from the start. The always-excellent Boston Book Festival is this Saturday in Copley Square in Boston.

Energy + Utilities Panel Webinar: How to Adapt Your Learning Ecosystem for the Future


A graduate from Conestoga College as a Civil Engineering Technologist, during his time as a Manager of Damage Prevention Andy was a member of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) committee in the USA and is credited with bringing the CGA to Ontario—the first charter outside of the U.S. Representatives from The Mosaic Company, IHRDC, NiSource , and Union Gas came together for a compelling panel discussion about Learning and Development in the Energy + Utilities market.

How To 100

Losing control

Euen Semple

Four years ago the Olympic Committee's attempt to ban social media at The London Olympics seemed laughable. The collapse of that ban, and the resulting enthusiasm and fun that social media enabled, subsequently played a large part in those games' success. And yet four years on here they are making silly pronouncements about what people can and can't share from the Rio games. It's like they are in denial. They really don't appear to know what to do with the loss of control.

Italy’s Declaration of Internet Rights

David Weinberger

thanks to the initiative of the presidency of the Chamber of Deputies, a dedicated Committee of experts and members of the Parliament from the Committee on Internet Rights and Duties. An ad hoc study commission of the Italian Chamber of Deputies has published a draft “Declaration of Internet Rights” that should be cause for cheers and cheer. It’s currently open for public comment at the Civici Platform — which by itself is pretty cool.

Playing God

Euen Semple

Does replacing that mad scientist with a committee make things better or worse? Dave Snowden and I have had many exchanges over the years about the need to balance individual responsibility with collective change. How does any group change happen without individuals behaving differently? How much structure is optimal? When does a focus on individual change tip into what he calls New Age Fluffy Bunnydom? When does tweaking the system towards predetermined outcomes tip into playing god?

What the Internet actually is: A reminder for policy-makers

David Weinberger

According to Wikipdia, the FNC was “was chartered by the US National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Computing, Information and Communications (CCIC) to act as a forum for networking collaborations among US federal agencies…” It was dissolved in 1997.

Civil War senator’s 1000-acre hunting estate in Texas deer country

Jay Cross

Senate, and twice headed the Democratic National Committee. More than a century ago, my great great grandfather, Senator James K. Jones of Arkansas, bought a large ranch for hunting quail smack dab in the heart of Texas.

The Big Data Era Is Here

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

During the meeting, the TRB Executive Committee held a policy session on the impact of big data on transportation systems. Each of us made a short presentation which was then followed by an extensive discussion between the panel and the Committee.

Data 177

Emergence / Recognition

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Emergence Alan Levine writes, "I am looking for a metaphor or a real example of something maybe complex or just larger/valuable that does not arise solely from adding up many small components. The meaning of a sentence does not arise solely from the meanings of the words that make it up.

A depressing financial justification

Mind Hacks

Six of the 11 panelists reported financial ties during the time that the committee met, and two more reported financial ties in the five years leading up to the committee assignment, according to APA records.

DPLA looking for an executive director

David Weinberger

The search committee is pretty fabulous, so I have confidence that this is going to be an amazing hire. The Digital Public Library of America is looking for an executive director. This is an incredible opportunity to make a difference. I think it’d be fantastic if this person were to come out of the large, community-based Web collaboration space, but there are many other ways for the DPLA to go right.

The future of credit unions is community

Ross Dawson

Two weeks ago I gave the closing keynote at the Boards of Directors and Supervisory Committees Conference of the U.S. National Association of Federal Credit Unions in the beautiful Hawaiian island of Maui, on the topic of Profiting From Technology Trends. The credit union sector in the U.S outperformed commercial banks after the financial crisis according to the very interesting ILO study Resilience in a downturn: The power of financial cooperatives , moving from 42.8% to 45.0%

Why we need to get better at critiquing psychiatric diagnosis

Mind Hacks

“Psychiatric diagnoses are not valid because they are decided by a committee” I’m sorry to break it to you, but all medical diagnoses are decided by committee. These committees shift the boundaries, revise, reject and resurrect diagnoses across medicine.

Designing the Olympics Participant Experience

Adaptive Path

At our Service Experience Conference, Alex Nisbett will share his story of the first Organizing Committees for the Olympic Games to explicitly design and deliver a spectator experience for the World’s greatest sporting event.

Design 189

Making it harder to de-anonymize speakers

David Weinberger

Hearst Corporation, Illinois Press Association, Online News Association, Public Citizen, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and Tribune Company, in asking an Illinois appellate court to protect the rights of anonymous speakers online by imposing procedural safeguards before requiring that their identities be disclosed.

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Recently, the House Science Committee held a hearing on American leadership in quantum computing. Six quantum information science experts told the Committee that “ the emerging technology’s progress is at an inflection point worldwide and more federal funding is needed to train experts and advance real-world applications.”.

OPEN: Using crowdsourced legislation to beat SOPA

Ross Dawson

reports : A vocal opponent of SOPA and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Issa started , a website that allows anyone to contribute to the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act, known as OPEN. Though ultimate authorship will fall to Issa, user markups and comments are expected to make their way to the draft presented to the congressional committee.

Defining Specialized Services

David Weinberger

The FCC’s Open Internet Advisory Committee’s 2013 Annual Report has been posted. I’m happy to see the Committee address the difficult issue of specialized services, and to do so with the clear intent of (a) not letting access to the open Internet be sacrificed, and(b) not allowing special services to be an end run around an open Internet. The OIAC is a civilian group, headed by Jonathan Zittrain [twitter: zittrain ].

Pile ‘o links #2

Doc Searls

Yahoo Hires Advisers, Forms Committee to Explore Options | Digital – AdAge. This continues my pre-Spring housecleaning of remembered tabs. #1 1 is here. The spork, the pressure cooker, and the back burner … | deadpenguinsociety. VRM — the flipside of CRM breaks out (part 1) — diginomica. VRM — the flipside of CRM breaks out (part 2) — diginomica. The mainframe lives on in IBM’s LinuxONE | ZDNet. My Explorations of Blockchain Technology, One Year In | Phil Gomes | LinkedIn.