The Social Network Is the Computer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Human beings have always been a social species,” writes MIT professor Sinan Aral in the opening paragraph of The Hype Machine , his recently published book. “We’ve been communicating, cooperating, and coordinating with one another since we were hunting and gathering.”

Social networked learning in complex information environments

George Siemens

The slides from my presentation are below: Social Networked Learning In mid-January I spent a wonderful day at American University learning about (and presenting on) the changing educational landscape, technology, and the practices and activities of learners.

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Social networks drive Innovation

Harold Jarche

Tweet I’m always looking for simple ways to explain how networks change business and how social media help to increase openness, driving transparency and increasing innovation. complexity WirearchyDoes this graphic stand on its own, or is there more explanation required?

If Your Enterprise Social Network Is a Ghost Town It’s Probably Due To Your Corporate Culture

Dan Pontefract

We deployed our enterprise social network last year, but it’s a ghost town. In part, it’s why enterprise social networks haven’t fully become a crucial component to an organization’s operating practice. Quite frankly, that saddens me because although technology isn’t the answer, enterprise social networks can do so much good for an organization’s culture and engagement. enterprise social networks leadership esn

Location and social networking

George Siemens

Location is the hot topic in social networking. With FourSquare and Gowalla as early leaders (Facebook will respond shortly), location-based social networks are the next logical progression in social media. The concept is simple: you “check in&# to physical locations on your mobile phone and let your social network know where you are located. In a learning context, location-based social networking could be quite valuable.

The Untold Costs of Social Networking

Luis Suarez

Little did we know that, fast forward to 2016, all of those networking activities would come with a really high price tag: your own data in unwanted hands. We, human beings, have got an inner urge to wanting to belong to a group, a tribe, a team, a community, a network, you name it. These social tools don’t want you to have that click , because they know they moment you do you are free to walk away and you will walk away to never return back again. .

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The Business Value of Social Networks

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The January 30 issue of The Economist included a special report on social networking. Overall, the special report concludes: “that social networks are more robust than their critics think, though not every site will prosper, and that social-networking technologies are creating considerable benefits for the businesses that embrace them, whatever their size.” There is plenty of doubt about the benefits of online social networking in the office.

Growing a Bigger Brain with a Larger Social Network

Eide Neurolearning

Monday, January 31, 2011 Growing a Bigger Brain with a Larger Social Network The bigger your social network, the bigger your brain - well, at least your amygdala. To calculate your social network, fill out the Social Network Index here. Amygdala and social network size Supplementary information social network Social media picture Print this post Posted by Drs.

Networks thrive in complexity

Harold Jarche

In complex environments, weak hierarchies and strong networks are the best organizing principle. One good example of complexity that we can try to fathom is nature itself. Networks thrive in nature. When it comes to groups, Nature does not favor tribes, she favors size … She favors humongous social groups that network their information so well that they form a high-powered collective intelligence, a group brain. Real network models (e.g.

Nurturing Your Social Networks To Help You Find Your Purpose

Luis Suarez

Even more so when plenty of my closed networks strongly discouraged me to publish it, because they thought it just wasn’t me. That’s what empowering, trustworthy, caring and nurturing networks can do to you, when you least expected, after you have decided to go the extra mile and trust them dearly as if they were an integral part of you: they protect you to death even against your own self. .

Google Plus – One Social Networking Tool to Rule Them All

Luis Suarez

Like I have mentioned yesterday, it’s been a few days already since I jumped the shark and joined the bunch of early adopters who have been hammering down, and taking for a spin, the latest iteration of Google to get social with Google Plus , right after Google Wave and Google Buzz. ICT ) around the same time; in 2003 I got things started with my first internal corporate blog, followed in 2005 with my first social bookmarking site called Dogear.

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The role of informal social networks in building organizational creativity and innovation

Trends in the Living Networks

For the last decade I have examined and applied social network analysis in and across organizations, for example in large professional firms , technology purchase decision-making , high-performance personal networks , and other applications. The more time you spend with the analysis of social networks in organizations and those firms that have applied the techniques, the more evident the power of these approaches. Social networks Uncategorized

Build trust, embrace networks, manage complexity

Harold Jarche

Hierarchies, simple branching networks, are obsolete. We have known for quite a while that hierarchies are ineffective when things get complex. Most organizations still deal with complexity through reorganization. A connected enterprise starts by building a foundation of trust, embracing networks, and then managing complexity. Networks. This is why everyone, from an individual contributor to the CEO, has to understand networks. Complexity.

Driving results through social networks

Jay Cross

Driving Results Through Social Networks: How Top Organizaiotns Leverage Networks for Performance and Growth by Rob Cross and Robert J. This sequel to Rob Cross’s The Hidden Power of Social Networks is chock full of practical advice on leveraging networks for innovation and increased performance. Network analysis provides a powerful means for leaders to understand and drive value through this seemingly invisible aspect of organzations.

Driving results through social networks

Jay Cross

Driving Results Through Social Networks: How Top Organizaiotns Leverage Networks for Performance and Growth by Rob Cross and Robert J. This sequel to Rob Cross’s The Hidden Power of Social Networks is chock full of practical advice on leveraging networks for innovation and increased performance. Network analysis provides a powerful means for leaders to understand and drive value through this seemingly invisible aspect of organzations.

How Social Networking Can Improve Work Meetings

Luis Suarez

You may be thinking that one of the disadvantages of having moved into this new job as Lead Social Business Enabler at IBM is that I basically spend far too much time meeting up with my new team. You know, All Hands Meetings, Cadence Calls, Weekly Team Meetings, Status Project Reports, Monthly Calls and what not can eventually be conducted and rather effectively through various different social technologies. .

Social Networking: The Benefits Outweigh the Constraints

Nigel Paine

If you sit in the average conference room with, say 40, executives from both the public and private sector and enthuse them about the power, speed and, indeed, empowerment of social networking, you have all the heads nodding in seconds. Take this same, enthusiastic and smiling group and ask them how many people work for companies that restrict access to social networking software or ban it outright, and 35 hands shoot up, and the smiles immediately stop. “It?s

May the Network Force Be With You

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As we know, The Force is a source of power for those who, like the Jedi , feel its flow. “The network force is similar,” wrote Silicon Valley network expert and entrepreneur James Currier in Your Life is Driven by Network Effects. “You don’t always see it, but it is exerting itself on you.

self-managing for complexity

Harold Jarche

How can they most effectively learn the skills required in the complex domain? How can we prepare people to work in complex, and not highly ordered, work environments in which most problems are exceptions from which some emergent solutions can be continuously developed, learned, and shared? If we want to help people deal with complex problems and environments then they need to learn and practice in these. Complexity

stories for the network age

Harold Jarche

The TIMN model [Tribes + Institutions + Markets + Networks] developed by David Ronfeldt has influenced much of my own work in looking at how we are moving toward a network society and must create organizational forms that are beyond national governments and beyond markets.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Social Networks and Urbanization

John Hagel

The article provides an interesting overview of social network sites and the various roles they tend to serve, especially for kids. As I read through the article though, I began to crave for a more explicit typology to make sense of the diversity of social network sites that continue to emerge and evolve. Here’s an early typology of social network sites that I sketched out after reading the article. The content is the anchor and shaper of social networks.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Social Networks and Urbanization

John Hagel

The article provides an interesting overview of social network sites and the various roles they tend to serve, especially for kids. As I read through the article though, I began to crave for a more explicit typology to make sense of the diversity of social network sites that continue to emerge and evolve. Here’s an early typology of social network sites that I sketched out after reading the article. The content is the anchor and shaper of social networks.

smarter networks through better narratives

Harold Jarche

Leadership in a networked world is making our networks and communities smarter so they are able to make better-informed decisions. In early 2020 New Brunswick’s Education Minister, Dominic Cardy, worked very hard to make his network smarter.

Have Online Social Networks Become Boring?

Beth Kanter

I love this new video from the Case Foundation about the power of social media for social change. The numbers illustrate how far the field has come in adopting social media, although not 100% adoption. The video reminded me of the classic video, “ The Machine is US/ing Us.” ” I often used the video at social media workshops back then to generate discussion about how our world is changing. Networks are proving their value to program outcomes.

hold space for complex problems

Harold Jarche

Every one of the major challenges facing us is complex. But our organizations are not designed for complexity. Our education institutions do not teach an understanding of complexity. Our workplace training does not factor in complexity. While not all of our problems are complex, the simpler issues are being dealt with. We need to take what Clay Shirky calls the cognitive surplus , and use it to wrestle with complex problems. Complexity Democracy

Coherence in complexity

Harold Jarche

Anecdote reports that John Kotter, leadership guru , is accepting that methods like his 8-step process for leading change may not be effective in the face of complexity. The majority of the [ HBR Paywall ] article is focussed on a ‘new’ concept Kotter calls ‘Strategic Accelerators’ In effect, he is talking about using Communities of Practice/collaborative networks to tap into the power and agility of the informal capabilities of an organisation.

Expert Level Answers via Social Networks

Tony Karrer

One of the interesting points raised via the discussion: If you can get an expert level answer by asking for help through social networks how does that compare to being an expert? That happens all the time and is made even harder by the fact that confidence level about answers is inversely proportional to expertise (see Vic's comment in Social Media Conversations ). It's always more complex than that.

The Power of Networks in a Complex (Business) World

Luis Suarez

One of the things that I am continuing to find rather fascinating and intriguing altogether is how, time and time again, even now in 2013, I still keep bumping, every so often, into various different people who keep questioning the validity and (business) value of checking vanity pages, as they usually call them, when referring to social networking profiles from knowledge workers / practitioners. To them, social networking is just a complete waste of time.

social learning for complex work

Harold Jarche

Is it in our organizational filing systems and intranets, or rather on the Web or in our professional social networks? It’s a question of complexity. Complex systems and learning how to work with them cannot be controlled. If you are working in a complex system, you will never be able to know everything. For instance, the environment and communities are complex systems that cannot be controlled, only influenced. Complexity SocialLearning

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Social networks and Organizational Governance

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Home Archives Subscribe « The Complex Chemistry between Brands and Customers - Some Personal Experiences | Main | On Demand Five Years Later - a Personal Reflection » October 15, 2007 Social networks and Organizational Governance This past July I spent a week at Imperial College in London, most of it working in the Innovation Group where I have an appointment as adjunct professor. We need to better harness the power of our 350K people networking.

Networked Knowing

Harold Jarche

The theme was on the changing nature of work as we enter the network era and how learning is becoming integral to individual and organizational success. One hundred years later and we are witnessing a similar shift, from the industrial economy to the network era and a creative economy. The future of valued, human work is in addressing complex problems and coming up with creative solutions. In networks, there is no need for standardized and replaceable jobs.

Organizing for diversity and complexity

Harold Jarche

Tweet I’ve been looking at ways to explain why social learning is so important for business today. It comes down to the fact that what we know and do inside our organizations is insufficient to address external complexity or to be innovative. Accommodating growing individualization, requiring more social workplaces. Part of the answer is in supporting communities of practice as a bridge between external networks and those doing the work. Communities complexity

Complexity links

Harold Jarche

I use Delicious to keep track of web resources and recently passed on, via Twitter, my social bookmarks tagged with complexity. A short explanation of the Cynefin framework (and video by Shawn Callahan ), by Ton Zijlstra : Over the years I’ve seen the number of issues companies and professionals are dealing with shift more and more to the complex realm. Complexity is where predictability is absent, and only in hindsight cause and effect are clear.

The 5 elements that enable expertise networks to flourish

Trends in the Living Networks

In a large, complex firm simply knowing what resources and expertise is available can be a challenge. A variety of networking and educational initiatives can help improve both awareness and understanding of organizational capabilities. Once these barriers are understood, there are of course many possible initiatives to build internal networks and address each of these critical elements. There is no perfectly networked firm.

Network Era Skills

Harold Jarche

It is only through innovative and contextual methods, the self-selection of the most appropriate tools and work conditions, and willing cooperation, that more productive work can be assured in the network era. Business in the network era is connecting companies to their markets through knowledge workers having conversations in communities and social networks. This is where enterprise social networks have helped organizational learning.

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networked knowledge triad

Harold Jarche

Informal Structure – Influence – Social Leadership. This model of structure, power, and leadership reflects how knowledge flows in a networked society and economy. It also reflects the types of networks we need to engage with in order to create value: Connectivity, Alignment, Productivity. Niels explains how we need to understand and design for our networks (Value Creation Structure) before we create the Formal Structure.

Complexity and Collaboration

Harold Jarche

timkastelle Nice post from @EskoKilpi: Complexity. The changed dynamics we experience every day through social media have the very characteristics of the edge of chaos. The sciences of complexity change our perspective and thinking. If you’re interested in games and social networking (super useful for eLearning and learning) then Games for Social Networks: Notes On The Design and Business of Networked Play is ace from @aquito.

cooperation for the network era

Harold Jarche

That’s why you see it in networks. In networks, the nature of the connection is important; it is not simply about quantity and mass … You and I are in a network – but we do not collaborate (we do not align ourselves to the same goal, subscribe to the same vision statement, etc), we *cooperate* – Stephen Downes. Cooperation makes more sense as the term to describe working together in a networked and non-directed relationship.

the network era trinity

Harold Jarche

Governance, business, and learning models are moving from centralized control to network-centric foundations. For instance, coalition governments are increasing in frequency, businesses are organizing in value networks, and collaborative and connected learning is becoming widespread. There are advocates for a dual operating system to deal with the complexity of the networked era: one that is hierarchical and another that is networked.

Organizations and Complexity

Harold Jarche

Tweet I’ve discussed this table before, but I’d like to put it all the links together to highlight what we need to do with our organizations and structures to deal with complexity. From the evolving social organization we developed this table to show the differences between three archetypal organizations. Complexity. Value Networks. Social. How we can support emergent practices in the increasingly complex enterprise: COMPLEXITY. SOCIAL.

Networks

Harold Jarche

I’ve seen a merging of work and learning as more of our lives are lived in larger and more complex networks. This decade has witnessed an increasing use of social network analysis and value network analysis , while social media are starting to permeate every type of business, especially marketing. In learning theory we now have Connectivism - the integration of principles explored by chaos, network, and complexity and self-organization theories.

Network Era Fluency

Harold Jarche

Today, it’s all about networks, something you were most likely not taught about in school. What happens as we become a quadriform society (Tribes +Institutions +Markets +Networks)? Networked, distributed businesses, like AirBNB, are disrupting existing models, with the inevitable push-back as they become successful. Big data is also networked data. We need network fluency. People can learn though their various communities and develop social literacy.

implementing network learning

Harold Jarche

In the network era , developing the skills of a master artisan in every field of work will be critical for success. New ideas will have to come from our professional networks in order to keep pace with innovation and change in our fields. The essence of my network learning model is that knowledge flows between individuals engaged in doing work and sharing with their communities and social networks. Implementing the network learning model has many facets.