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Seminar on MOOCs, Lyon, France, Day 2

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We did a seminar with all the teachers and talked about it - talking in very general terms about the digital revolution, about MOOCs, etc. analytics - richness of social networks but: processing is more marketing than cognitive so far (A/B testing) - and the tension between the individual and the collective plus: the ideology of reducing everything to numbers - education as technology - does big data explain or does it merely predict? -

Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Design thinking is now being applied to abstract entities, - e.g. systems, services, information and organizations, - as well as to devise strategies, manage change and solve complex problems. Design thinking has become an increasingly popular topic of discussion over the past decade.

The first seminar on scaling

Dave Snowden

After my series of posts on scaling it was time to but some of that work into a seminar/training course that I ran with Simon Bennett. This is not just me, not just me and Simon but there are a whole bunch of people look at ways to scale and apply complexity theory.

A Growing Backlash Against the Relentless Advances in Technology?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I’ve given many seminars on the subject over the past decade. I generally start my seminars by asking why innovation has been so important a topic for so long now. In my seminars, I usually discuss Christensen’s distinction between sustained and disruptive innovation.

Intervention Design: Overcoming Stiff Resistance to a New, Disruptive Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

With four articles on the subject, HBR ’s overriding message is that design is no longer just for physical products, being increasingly applied to customer experiences, innovation, business strategy, and complex problem solving. .

Data-Driven Decision Making: Promises and Limits

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Equally succinctly, they view data science “as the connective tissue between data-processing technologies (including those for big data ) and data-driven decision making.”. When can we embed decisions into well understood, automated processes? A complex context is quite different.

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Disruptive Innovations and Large Companies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I gave a seminar at an executive management class for a large, global company. The subject of my seminar was Managing Technology-based Disruptive Innovations. The company is already consumed with managing its existing operations, - a highly complex and demanding task. This will make it easier to then embrace the innovation as a way of rejuvenating and transforming the company and its various products, services, processes and business models.

The Continuing Evolution of Service Science

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Subsequently, it’s continued to be one of the main subjects I’ve talked about in seminars and written about in this blog. Yet, they account for the bulk of the growing complexity in our daily lives.

195 posts about MOOCs

Jay Cross

version française ) In recent years I have been working on two major concepts:first, the connectivist theory of online learning, which views learning as anetwork process; and second, the massive open online course, or MOOC , which isan instantiation of that process. MOOC on complexity.

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The Nature of the Firm in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It holds a variety of seminars, public conferences and other events throughout the year in its Aspen, Colorado and Wye River, Maryland campuses. . This is particularly important because of the growing complexity of the products, services, systems and solutions companies are now developing.

The prepared mind

Dave Snowden

One of the key points I have been making in the new seminar (and a few keynotes) over the last week is that resilience requires not just a prepared mind, but also a prepared organisation. Creating mass employee engagement requires familiarization with the process before it is needed in a crisis. It means network connections built and sustained in advance, the ability to delegate power when needed without complex process.

Disruptive Innovation Revisited

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The paper discusses four points about disruption that have been often misunderstood: Disruption is a process. Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Technology and Strategy

Social Reputation in the Age of Globalization

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Given my current university affiliations and teaching responsibilities, I spend quite a bit of time thinking how we should best train future leaders to help prepare them for the complex, volatile and unpredictable environments that they must learn to navigate. Thus, my seminars and courses have generally focused on the management of technology-based business transformation, the transition to an information-intensive, knowledge-based economy and related areas.

Why Do Firms Exist?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

There are actual organizational advantages to firms, such as the ability to marshal a wide range of resources to address very complex problems. I used The Innovator’s Solution in courses and seminars and consider it one of the best management books I have come across. Christensen and Raynor classify organizational capabilities into three main categories: resources , processes and values. Some processes are explicitly defined and written down.

Open Services Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the years, I have given quite a few seminars on the subject, including a graduate course in MIT in the Fall of 2010. The commodity trap is the result of three key business forces: “Manufacturing and business process knowledge and insights are widely distributed. Computers and networks are spreading product designs and process tools around the world, where products can be produced cheaply.” “As

The IT-based Transformation of Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I have been personally involved in this effort since its inception, and have given a number of seminars on Technology and Innovation in the Service Economy , including a graduate course in MIT in the Fall of 2010. Processes with clearly defined rules for their execution can be unbundled, recombined, and automated. Any business can thus be viewed in terms of their various activities or tasks, including processes, business models and organizational structure.

Learning is Behaviour Change: why is it often so hard to help it happen?

Charles Jennings

The psychologist Itiel Dror has worked with forensic experts, police, armed forces personnel, pilots, surgeons and many other groups in his research into how experts in these fields have developed their capability and and how they process information and make their judgements and decisions.

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Irving Wladawsky-Berger: A Kind of 21st Century Digital Animation Studio

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The objective of the seminars is to show how industry leaders are using engineering-based approaches – e.g., design, tools, processes, analysis, simulations, etc – to address complex problems in their industry or institution.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: A Kind of 21st Century Digital Animation Studio

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The objective of the seminars is to show how industry leaders are using engineering-based approaches – e.g., design, tools, processes, analysis, simulations, etc – to address complex problems in their industry or institution.

Services, Production and Clouds

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the past several years I have given a number of seminars on technology and innovation in services. As the Algorithmic Revolution extends the range of computable activities, and as developments in software, processing power, and ICT networks enable increasing portions of corporate activity to be outsourced, the breakdown of this distinction is accelerating.

How non-profits become experts at Social Branding

Beth Kanter

Brand storytelling, the process by which a company defines and shares its purpose or message, has three parts: 1. Fluency in social technology is a complex issue but there are three key elements. We First Social Branding seminar to be held in Los Angeles on February 1-2.

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IBM's Centennial

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It is using the opportunity to reach out to many of its constituents in business, government and academia and engage with them in a variety of celebratory events, such as seminars and conferences. I have given several seminars on the topic in the two main universities I am associated with, MIT and Imperial College. Technical talent is absolutely necessary, especially for a company like IBM focused on highly complex problems. IBM is turning 100 years old on June 16.

The MIT Systems Thinking Conference

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The SDM program aims to provide mid-career professionals with a systems perspective that will help them address and solve large-scale, global, complex challenges. The Systems Thinking Conference is intended to showcase innovative ways of addressing complex challenges, in particular, how to integrate technology, management and social sciences to successfully solve very tough problems. Why is it so difficult to make sound decisions about highly complex problems?

Scaling: of gaps and things

Dave Snowden

question but working on Friday's seminar with Simon that afternoon various other thoughts came to mind and I started to sketch out the diagrams that appear below. This is really important in complexity work. Yesterday I promised to move on the How do you scale success?

Nonprofits Need Integrate Learning into their Work in 2014

Beth Kanter

He describes this option as sending staff to an outside workshop or seminar or enrolling in an online program. He points out that approach has value but, by adding activities is only assisting in the learning process. He references the “After Action Review” process.

Scaling: the perversion of order

Dave Snowden

There is a tendency in some complexity writing to simply abandon the whole question of management to vague and idealistic statements about self-organising and natural systems. The principles of scaling in a complex system are actually quite simple, the practice is evolving.

A typology of Foresight

Dave Snowden

I'll also be picking some of this up in the new Cynefin Seminar. This is a key aspect of any complex adaptive system in which, at a system level, there is no repeating relationship between cause and effect but the system can be disposed to evolve in certain ways not in others.

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Scenarios: mapping the possible

Dave Snowden

We are working in a truly complex system which means that we face dangers of retrospective coherence and premature convergence; we need to hold open possibilities for as long as possible.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Reflections on Leadership and Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

At our first meeting, I told the students that the overriding objective of this course is to develop or enhance their leadership skills so they can better deal with complex systems, complex markets and complex organizations.

The mantra of resilience

Dave Snowden

This is the switch from robustness to resilience which is the main theme of my strategy work (if you want to know more book on one of the seminars ). While SenseMaker® can handle inductive with ease it comes into its come in this domain, the full complexity of the Cynefin framework. It is a world of praxis , theory informed practice in which we need to engage our workforce, our customers and people in the decision making process.

Connectivism and the Primal Scream

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Cognitive Load Brennan gives us the standard definition of cognitive load: Cognitive load is the amount of information we can take in, process and retain. Tasks that are too complex with no guidance in how to achieve them.

Embracing Disruptive Innovations: Organizational Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This is a topic I am quite familiar with having lived through it at different times in my career as well as being a subject I often discuss in seminars. Operational excellence requires detailed analysis of technologies, quality, processes, competitors, customer satisfaction and the like.

The case for the death of cash by the hand of digital currencies

Ross Dawson

This morning I gave the opening keynote at the ATM and Branch Automation Seminar run by Payments Consulting Network. Buying, storing, and transacting Bitcoin can be complex and unwieldy.

Industrialisation of the craft

Dave Snowden

The mastery is restricted to the artisan so they create a process by which others can implement the approach without spending decades developing mastery and a series of processes, often well branded and executed are created. Design thinking goes through a similar process.

eLearning Conferences 2013

Tony Karrer

link] December 7, 2012 International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical (STM) Publishers Innovations Seminar: Innovation Impacts in STM – New Metrics, Big Data, Cool Apps, London, UK. Clayton R. Wright has done his 28th version of his amazing list of conferences again this year.

E-Learning Generations

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

( version française ) In recent years I have been working on two major concepts:first, the connectivist theory of online learning, which views learning as anetwork process; and second, the massive open online course, or MOOC, which isan instantiation of that process. Theprocess of connecting was involved and complex, requiring the use of modems andspecial software. The network was by this time well into the process ofbecoming consolidated.

Divination & perspective shift

Dave Snowden

I went to a seminar this afternoon on the ‘ ontological turn ’ in anthropology given by one of the early advocates Martin Holbraad whose book Truth in Motion is an ethnographic study in Havana among practitioners of Ifá, a Afro-Cuban tradition of divination.

Where innovation comes from

Jay Cross

This is Johnson’s best book since his must-read tour of complexity science, Emergence. To stay ahead in business, a firm must continually re-invent itself. In the twentieth century, firms could compete on execution. Winners were those who played the game well. No longer.

100 eLearning Articles and White Papers

Tony Karrer

Managing the Complexity of Forming an Online Networking Community: 14. · e-Learning and the ADDIE Model For best results, the development process for CD-ROM or Web-based training programs should use a modified ADDIE model, which borrows from the most valuable aspects of the systemic approach. At this seminar 50 leading researchers from three nations came together to share thoughts about th 92. My collection of eLearning Articles, White Papers, Blog Posts, etc.

Beyond Institutions Personal Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Actually, what we''re really doing is we''re in the process of creating a learning resource that we hope will be used, shared, cut, clipped, and otherwise abused by people around the world through the years that follow. They''re really abstractions of the actual process.