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.

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!

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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.

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.

The revolution starts within

Harold Jarche

An idea that is too early for its time will often get killed, especially if it gets referred to a committee. Do you work in an organization that is slow to adapt? Do you feel constrained by inept IT and HR policies?

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.

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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.

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.

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The Zeitgeist

Harold Jarche

The possibilities would be greater than any central committee could plan. The Zeitgeist (spirit of the age or spirit of the time) is the intellectual fashion or dominant school of thought that typifies and influences the culture of a particular period in time.

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 KeepTheWebOpen.com , 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.

The Study, and Other Stuff

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Who selected the review committee? All of this was set in motion by the committee I named in my previous post. It is true that I was badly treated by my PhD committee. But this is not a case of "today affirming that the Stephen in front of the phd committee made the right decision – that there are multiple paths to research, that institutions can be circumvented and that individuals, in a networked age, have control and autonomy."

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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.

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When Celebrity Trumps Sanity

Dan Pontefract

not to mention thwarting every attempt by the Republican National Committee to kill of their cockroach-like competitor, Trump).

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.

The hidden history of lobotomy’s non-inventor

Mind Hacks

A fascinating snippet on the notorious supposed inventor of the frontal lobotomy, Egas Moniz , from an article in the Polish Journal of Neurology and Neurosurgery : Egas Moniz: a genius, unlucky looser or a Nobel Committee error?

#mygivingstory: Resources and Best Practices for @GivingTuesday Nonprofit Storytelling

Beth Kanter

One of the most amazing nonprofit storytellers I ever heard in my life is Alberto Cairo (International Committee of the Red Cross) who delivered a truly inspirational speech during the International Fundraising Congress closing plenary. Storytelling is an essential fundraising skill for nonprofits.

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.

Why Creating Space for Creative Time in the Nonprofit Workplace Improves Productivity

Beth Kanter

Random fun from the IFYC “giddy committee.”. Flickr Photo by AstridWestvang. I’ve been busy interviewing people who work for nonprofits for my next book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout , with Aliza Sherman.

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.

Research and Evidence

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

He has not done this; instead he has taken their money and put them on the committee selecting the papers that will be 'representative' of academic research taking place in MOOCs.

Irrational? Decisions and decision making in context

Mind Hacks

Irrational? Decisions and decision making in context

Mind Hacks

A literary review of the DSM-5

Mind Hacks

But for those purposes the changes effected from DSM-IV to DSM-5 were not worth the prodigious labour, committee meetings, fierce and sometimes acrimonious debate involved.

Knowledge Management for Decision Memories

Harold Jarche

Decisions were made by a committee on which compound to pursue. Institutional decision memories can describe how and why we, as an organization, chose one course of action over another.

White House: Innovation in Higher Education

George Siemens

Any university that doesn’t yet have some department or committee focused on “responding systemically to innovations and change pressures” is missing an important opportunity. A few weeks ago, I received an invitation to the White House. The invitation was somewhat cryptic, but basically stated that the focus on the meeting was on quality and innovation.

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.

Will the Respect Network enable us to take back control of our data and our lives?

Ross Dawson

Founder Drummond Reed has co-chaired the committees for the OASIS XDI protocol that underlies the protected sharing of identity and relationship data, though he emphasizes that the legal infrastructure of agreements is in fact an even more important enabler.

The web at twenty

Jay Cross

The only reason Tim Berners-Lee has yet to be awarded a Nobel Prize is that the prize committee has yet to establish a category for his sort of genius. This is the NeXT machine on which. Tim Berners-Lee invented the web. It was twenty years ago today, Sir Tim taught the band to play.

Learning is social, Design is not

Harold Jarche

NYT: The Auteur vs. the Committee – via @petervan. Not committee consensus-builders. Tweet Here are some of the things that were shared via Twitter this past week. jonhusband – “Noticed in office … article titled “ Learning Is Social, Training Is Irrelevant &#. from Training Magazine, November 1997 … yes, 1997 &#.

Between anarchism and fascism

Euen Semple

Now I am not naive, your average company is not going to tolerate management by committee on a huge scale, or some sort of workers cooperative, but equally people are eventually going to wake up and realise that they have had their ability to influence the world around them eroded.

The resilient organisation: introduction

Dave Snowden

Disintermediation which means enabling the direct contact between decision maker (which can be a ritualised collective identity as well as an individual or committee) and raw material without interpretative layers.

Automation For The People

Dan Pontefract

In Australia, a recent report by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) suggests 40 percent of all jobs — more than 5 million— face the likelihood of being replaced by computers in the next 10 to 15 years.

Aaron Swartz was not a hacker. He was a builder.

David Weinberger

Aaron founded Demand Progress and helped found the Progressive Change Campaign Committee , pioneering grassroots political groups. Of course Aaron was a legendary prodigy of a hacker in the sense of someone who can build anything out of anything. But that’s not what the media mean when they call him a hacker.

Starting on the platform for the Digital Public Library of America

David Weinberger

We’ll do this as openly as possible, relying upon the community to help at every phase, but this will be our core work during the first phase of the platform’s development, leading up to an April 26 DPLA Steering Committee meeting. For the past 1.5 years or so, I’ve been co-director, along with Kim Dulin, of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. Among the projects we’ve been working on is LibraryCloud, a multi library metadata server.

Talent Development Isn’t Just About Training

Dan Pontefract

As Wikipedia suggests , “The organization began in New Orleans during a training committee meeting of the American Petroleum Institute in 1942.

Wilful blindness

Dave Snowden

Medical and academic research requires proposals to be first approved by an ethics committee. Now this is an adventuresome proposal but imagine a company that set up such a committee composed of the worthy but pragmatic; ideally from outside of the organisation.

New definition of “cringeworthy”

David Weinberger

The House Judiciary Committee has posted a page with ten gifs to explain to the nation’s youth the folly of President Obama’s immigration actions. Hat tip to Peter Kaminski

My Scholarly Contributions

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

My PhD committee at the U of A absolutely refused to consider my dissertation proposal on connective models of learning, inference and discovery (see here ). I was asked, "I am interested in your perspective on what you feel may be the greatest scholarly contribution you have made in the area of online learning, particularly your recent contributions on OER?

How to Replace Top-Down Training with Collaborative Learning (3)

Jay Cross

the United Way Committee or neighborhood watch). Communities can exist internally (the United Way Committee) or externally (the chefs). Third post in a series. In case you missed it, here are the first and second. INFRASTRUCTURE. Technological infrastructure for social learning.