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! The bi-partisan support is being led by Congressmen Jim Oberstar (D-MN), John Mica. (R-FL), R-FL), Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and John Duncan (R-TN). Read all about it here. The legislation has NOT passed Congress yet. In fact, there are indications that the Obama administration opposes more support for trains.


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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.

Learnlets » Suggestions for optimizing the conference experience?

Clark Quinn

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. Edge Perspectives with John Hagel Exploration of emerging innovations on a broad array of edges that are rising up to challenge the core About Recent Posts The Great Reset Passion and Flow Economic Recovery? Dont Count On It.

Learnlets » Blogs, beer, and blokes

Clark Quinn

social learning powers distributed work

Harold Jarche

Even its staunchest supporters said the committee should diversify its expertise and relax its criteria for proof, especially in a fast-moving outbreak. “I

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.

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!! via Boing Boing) | Main | Nothing to do with learning.but Transformers ROCKS! » July 04, 2007 Happy July 4th - Independence Day In the U.S. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America.

Free Sales Tools Reps Can’t Live Without


You can record your demos in a free tool like Vidyard so that all the members of your prospect’s buying committee can watch when it’s convenient for them. Like the elusive Yeti or the Loch Ness Monster, free sales tools might seem like the stuff of folklore.

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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. The current copyright legal regime leads to the greatest innovation and productivity. And the four “potential policy solutions” are: Statutory damages reform. Expand Fair Use. Punish false copyright claims.

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.

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.

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.

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

Reflections on Complexity, Chaos and COVID-19

Dave Snowden

We therefore ask that you make a donation to the donation to the International Committee of the Red Cross to help us show our support for those on the frontline of the battle against COVID19.

authority plus reputation

Harold Jarche

Rita McGrath says that, “ Hierarchy [authority] creates the illusion of control” “… but you want to avoid the usual trappings of hierarchy—top-down decision making, approvals, committees. According to Daniel Mezick , there are two systems in an organization — formal and informal. Leadership is exercised through authority in the formal system, and through reputation in the informal one.

Taking courses online

Clark Quinn

I not only taught, but was asked to lead my university’s learning technology committee. So I was talking to my brother the other day. He is a community college instructor (and, now, department chair). He was telling me about taking his class online (like so many others).

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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.

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. From a fascinating BBC story on the rise of probably THE world test in education: "Among the starkest revelations has been the decline of the US school system.

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

Trends in the Living Networks

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. Lucy Turnbull, chair of Committee of Sydney, notes in her opening comments that: Cities are collaborating to compete and the ones that collaborate most compete best.

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. From a fascinating BBC story on the rise of probably THE world test in education: "Among the starkest revelations has been the decline of the US school system.

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 2019 Artificial Intelligence Index

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

AI has emerged as the defining technology of our era, as transformative over time as the steam engine, electricity, and the Internet.

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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. Dear Washington Post, While I teach a course on surveys, Emily Ekin’s take on polling of Gen Y on social issues (Millennials like socialism – until they get jobs) fails to take into account historical reality.

more on meetings

Harold Jarche

AIC — James Hamilton Lewis, Senator from Illinois During a Meeting of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee in 1932. I listened to a podcast recently where Steven Rogelberg was interviewed about his 2019 book — The Surprising Science of Meetings. I think that meetings are prime areas of opportunity for workplace performance improvement. For example, optimizing meetings can make time for learning.

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. Thought lost but then shown in full at the BFI in 2012 it has never been shown again and, despite demand, had not been released on DVD. Watching it back in 1970 was one of the seminal moments of my teenage years and one of the motivations to read Philosophy at University.

A depressing financial justification

Mind Hacks

The Washington Post has been investigating the financial ties of those on the committee and, yes, you guessed it: Eight of 11 members of the APA committee that spearheaded the change reported financial connections to pharmaceutical companies — either receiving speaking fees, consultant pay, research grants or holding stock, according to the disclosures filed with the association.

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 ].

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.

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? It’s an excellent report, bringing together contributions from leading researchers from Australia and globally, looking at the exceptional challenges of the changing landscape of work, and some of the policy prescriptions that will help nations and their citizens to prosper.

The Linearity of Stephen Downes. Or a tale of two Stephens

George Siemens

At this stage of reviewing his post, I’m left with the impression that much of Stephen’s complaint about our paper is actually a discussion with himself: The Stephen that disagreed with his phd supervisory committee and the Stephen that today has exceeded the impact of members on that committee through blogging, his newsletter, presentations, and software writing.

finding community

Harold Jarche

Communities are not committees or project teams. Many work teams today are distributed geographically, culturally, or in different time zones. But trust is required before real knowledge-sharing can happen. This is especially the case of sharing complex knowledge which requires strong social ties for trusted professional relationships.

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?

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. Can you imagine the complexity and opportunity of designing the participant experience for the Olympics?

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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%

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. I also say it because I’m presenting this year. ;). I’m on a panel I’m really looking forward to, called “ The Economy: Advice for the Winner.”

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. The committee includes of staff members interested in workplace wellness.The committee structure includes a chair, financial coordinator, communication coordinator and other members so the work is distributed. She works closely with HR to manage the committee’s work which now consists of 12 staff members who volunteer their time.

learning in the complex domain

Harold Jarche

Aerosol scientists—typically, chemists, and engineers—representing the heterodoxy were systematically excluded from key decision-making networks and committees.

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. Jones was one of the best connected lawyers in the nation, having served two terms in the U.S. House of Reprsentatives, three terms in the U.S. The Senator knew how to select prime hunting land.

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.

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.

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