Measuring the Effectiveness of Social Distancing Policies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A couple of weeks ago, the Atlas research group started to apply their geolocation data and methods to analyze the effectiveness of the social distancing policies adopted in the New York metropolitan area in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

AI and Public Policy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The report is organized into three main sections: Section I described the key research trends influencing AI’s future; Section II examined the key economic sectors that are most likely to be impacted by AI; and Section III looked into issues surrounding AI and public policy. I now would like to turn my attention to Section III: Prospects and Recommendations for AI Public Policy.


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Clinton's tech policy in five tweets

David Weinberger

Hillary Clinton’s tech policy is progressive. This doesn’t surprise me because the techies she has surrounded herself with understand the Internet not only as an information system but as a democratizing, person-to-person, many-to-many, cultural force. Her policy brief , however, is long and detailed. So I decided to try to reduce the policy down to a more manageable scale, starting with a bumpersticker and working my way up.

Cultural Alignment

Clark Quinn

However, I also realized that there was an opportunity to extend that to cultural alignment, and I think that’s important as well. We can also provide policies about things we’re supposed to do. And that’s acting in alignment with the culture of the organization. The point I want to make is that by having an explicit culture in the organization, you might not have to provide performance support. The post Cultural Alignment appeared first on Learnlets.

“Flexible Security”: A Sensible Social Policy for our Digital Age

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Or, do we also need social policies to promote job creation and assist workers who’ve lost their jobs? One of the Foreign Affairs articles, - The Next Safety Net: Social Policy for a Digital Age by Nicolas Colin and Bruno Palier , - offers some answers to these questions. “As Social policy will therefore have to cover the needs of not just those outside the labor market but even many inside it.

Insights into effective social media policies

Trends in the Living Networks

Last week I was part of a panel on the SkyBusiness Technology Behind Business program discussing corporate social media policies, comprised of Peter Williams of Deloitte, Adrienne Unkovitch of Workplace Guardian, and myself. Example of Commonwealth Bank which introduced social media policies that impinged on staff’s personal rights, and quickly reversed them based on the response. Social media policy is not different from HR or other policies.

[berkman] Karim Lakhani on disclosure policies and innovation

David Weinberger

Karim Lakhani of Harvard Business School (and a Berkman associate, and a member of the Harvard Institute for Quantititative Social Science ) is giving a talk called “How disclosure policies impact search in open innovation, atopic he has researched with Kevin Boudreau of the London Business School. That does suggest that the results are generalizable across many systems in our culture.

The Economic and Cultural Polarization of America

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For most of our nation’s history, whatever the inequality in wealth between the richest and poorest citizens, we maintained a cultural equality known nowhere else in the world - for whites, anyway.” There was a common civic culture, - the American way of life , - “that swept an extremely large proportion of Americans of all classes into its embrace. You might say the country has bifurcated into different social tribes, with a tenuous common culture linking them.”

IP as culture

David Weinberger

Nicole Aylwin at iposgoode suggests that we ought to consider “intellectual property&# policy in terms of its effects on culture, rather than sticking solely within the “property&# frame. Tags: ip copyright copyleft free_culture Seems right to me.

Governance and Pragmatism: Moving Beyond “The Culture of No”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround ,” former IBM Chairman and CEO Lou Gerstner wrote about the bureaucratic culture that contributed greatly to the near-death experience IBM went through in the early 1990s. Lou called it A Culture of “No.”. “I I think the aspect of IBM’s culture that was the most remarkable to me was the ability of any individual, any team, any division to block agreement or action. Effective governances requires a culture of pragmatism over ideology.

Technology, Media and Culture - the Best of Times or the Worst of Times?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab (AIL) was founded in 2010 to study the transformational impact of technology on culture and on the media industries. For a technologist like me, it’s been a unique opportunity to learn about the impact of technology on society through the lens of the culture being transformed. How can you best understand the impact of disruptive technologies on something as deeply human as culture? Innovation Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

Culture 3 of 7: Identify the big shapes

Dave Snowden

While having specific goals is not possible in a complex system, and any cultural change is complex, it doesn’t mean that we can’t have a sense of direction and/or purpose. So what are the big shapes in culture change? I’m giving that as a warning and a teaching case – structure can be achieved in many ways and how you do it determines culture. Evidence based policy should be the norm not policy driven evidence.

Why You Should Create a BYOD Culture for Your Employees (and How to Do It)


2 By making BYOD part of their company culture, organizations will receive a myriad of benefits that will help them come through the COVID-19 pandemic successfully. Over the past couple of years, BYOD has become a major trend in the corporate sector.

Legitimate cultural difference or barbaric rite?

Dave Snowden

Now both of these are cases under the general heading of whether unique cultural practices should be tolerated with the secondary question of whether should be tolerated over there, but not over here. Recognition of cultural mores is important, so I could see separate streams for religion within the same school. The more people know people across cultures the better and a bit of social engineering is a small price to pay.

The Complex Interplay Between Cybersecurity and Regulatory Compliance

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Lack of compliance culture. Aligning employees to compliance culture is in every organization's interest, but there may be difficulties in allocating responsibility to establish a culture that encourages the successful implementation of regulations. …

Your Nonprofit’s Culture: By Design or by Default?

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: In my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout, we discuss how to create a culture of wellbeing to encourage self-care. Jay Wilkinson, CEO of Firespring , shares some thoughts on building the right culture of for your nonprofit. Guest Post: Your Nonprofit’s Culture: By Design or by Default? When people hear the term “company culture,” they typically think “workplace perks”—those two are often confused or used interchangeably.

Understanding the Impact of Cybersecurity on International Trade

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In a recent paper, Framework for Understanding Cybersecurity Impacts on International Trade , MIT professors Stuart Madnick and Simon Johnson and research scientist Keman Huang said that cybersecurity concerns have become a key issue for international trade policy.

Creating A Culture of Continuous Improvement Based On Data

Beth Kanter

Moving Beyond a Culture of Compliance to a Culture of Continuous Improvement is a resource guide to help leadership, management, supervisory, and data-focused staff in Head Start and Early Head Start programs (1) understand how data, including data they already collect, can help them achieve their program goals; (2) learn techniques for fostering a culture of learning in their organization; and (3) increase their ability to identify and address gaps and continuously improve their programs.

[berkman] Pippa Norris on cultural convergence

David Weinberger

Pippa Norris of the Harvard Kennedy School is giving a lunchtime Berkman talk titled “Cultural Convergence: The Impact on National Identities and Trust in Outsiders.&# [ Note: I'm live-blogging, hence making mistakes, missing stuff, misunderstanding other stuff, typing badly. She will argue that the news media has an impact through cosmopolitan communications, and will look at the implications for public policies. In the 1970s, this was seen as cultural imperialism.

Can AI & Bots Help Create A More Positive Nonprofit Workplace Culture?

Beth Kanter

Much of this has to do with how people appreciate each other as well as building a sense of community, followed by activities and supporting policies in the workplace. I’ve been facilitating nonprofit workshops and staff retreats focused on creating a culture of wellbeing in the workplace. It is one of many HR & Culture Slack Apps. Is your organization using AI driven software or other technology to shift or support organizational culture?

Culture Wars and Canada

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

If there is a ‘culture war’ in this country, it’s more an American-inspired insurgency among those who have difficulty tolerating people who are different from themselves. In a paper I wrote a few years ago, My Canada, I argue that our national character is one of deliberate choice and policy — that we chose to be open, diverse, peaceful and accepting — and that we built it into the fibre of our nation. Responding to Scott McLemee : To first addres the subject of ‘American’.

The Coming Era of Productivity Growth

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most measures of economic performance used by government officials to inform their policies and decisions are based on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) But GDP is a relic of a time dominated by manufacturing, where the production of physical goods was much easier to measure.

The Transformation of Logistics in the Retail Industry

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The challenge is to design labor market policies that handle automation-induced transitions better than current policies have handled the collapse that comes when manufacturing jobs suddenly leave a local labor market. In designing policy, the automation case begins with two advantages.

Healthy Nonprofit Work Culture: Shouldn’t That 2 Hour Conference Call Have Been An Email?

Beth Kanter

When we talk about healthy nonprofit work culture, the fit nonprofit , it goes beyond having organizations create wellness policies and practices that encourage staff to eat right, exercise, take vacation time, and get enough sleep. And, healthy meetings are not just about avoiding salty and sugary snacks. It’s about creating collective organizational energy and optimizing it so we’re not wasting time and taking into account everyone’s individual productivity cycles.

Building Better Jobs in an Age of Intelligent Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Yet, it argues that with better policies in place, more people could enjoy good careers even as new technologies transform the very nature of work. Simultaneously, we can shape the direction of innovation through public investment and policy to maximize these benefits.”.

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[2b2k] Has the Internet killed our theory of medias effect on ideas and culture?

David Weinberger

Does media influence have the same effects on all cultures? As the Menand piece makes clear in its discussion of the effect of The Feminine Mystique , Silent Spring , and Unsafe at Any Speed , we used to think we knew at least part of how media influence ideas and policy. Heres a paragraph from the draft of the book Ive been working on. Its a draft, so contents are subject to settling during shipping.

Tips for Activating a Culture of Wellbeing in the Nonprofit Workplace

Beth Kanter

Last month, I was honored to present and facilitate an all-day workshop for nonprofit leaders at the Oregon Nonprofit Leadership Conference on how to activate a culture of well being in the nonprofit workplace, based on my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout. Many times the reaction to focusing on organizational culture and wellbeing is considered “soft” or “nice” stuff that not lead to results or impact.

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Do You Work for A Nonprofit That Promotes A Culture of Wellbeing in the Workplace?

Beth Kanter

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post called “ Why the Nonprofit Work Ethic Is Outdated and Needs Change ,” about why nonprofit professionals need to pay attention to self-care and bring a culture of wellbeing into the nonprofit workplace. (The Gabriela knows that practicing self-care is important, but it is just as important that the workplace culture embraces employee wellbeing. Gabriela Schneider, Chief Communications Officer at Issue One.

A Biological Framework for the Study of Labor Market Resilience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Therefore, urban policy must promote the jobs and skills that increase worker pay, create employment, and foster economic resilience.”. Policies that promote labor connectivity not only promote economic resilience but can also benefit workers and grow labor markets.

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The Urgent Need for Wide-Scale Upskilling

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, it further argued that with better policies in place, more people could enjoy good careers even as new technologies transform the very nature of work. Few topics are as important as the future of work in our 21st century digital economy.

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Creating A Culture of Well-being in Your Nonprofit Workplace: The First Step

Beth Kanter

Opening Acts executive director also understood the importance of creating a workplace culture of wellbeing or what we call in the book, “We-Care.” Erika says it did not take much convincing when she proposed the idea of having staff create self-care plans at the staff retreat. Says Erika, “My executive director already felt the need for us to have a written policy in place, so she was excited when I told her I got a bunch of ideas from the workshop.

When Culture Eats Your Foundation’s Social Media Strategy for Breakfast

Beth Kanter

Yesterday, I had the honor of facilitating a workshop on culture change and social media at the Council on Foundations Conference for Community Foundations in San Francisco. John Kobara, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, California Community Foundation, was the session designer and introduced the session with a famous quote from Peter Drucker, ”Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Does it take a natural disaster to change a culture?

Leveraging Cloud Computing to Enhance the Nation’s Cybersecurity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the report ’ s final section, A Policy Agenda for Cloud Computing , he outlines several key steps that governments should take to support the development and adoption of cloud-based cybersecurity.

Trends That Will Likely Shape a Highly Uncertain Year

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago The Economist published The World in 2021 , it’s 35th annual look at the economic, political, social and cultural trends that will likely shape the coming year.

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Does Your Nonprofit Organization’s Culture Eat French Fries for Breakfast?

Beth Kanter

Organizations must support staffs’ self-care efforts through clearly articulate values, policies, and programs. Even better is to have self-care so finely embedded in the nonprofit’s culture that there is not a need for a separate program, it is simply part of the way the organization works. You need to understand whether your organization’s culture is one where happy, healthy can thrive or will be ignored, or even worse ridiculed. Flickr Photo by Kris Krug.

Reconnecting Society and Reopening the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The hammer is the somewhat draconian social distancing policies aimed at containing the spread of the virus, especially in regions like the New York metro area where the number of cases were escalating at a very rapid pace.

A New Contract with the Middle Class

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But also because income tends be highly correlated with other attributes of social class, such as educational level, job status, consumer preferences, behaviors, aspirations, and cultural tastes. “The U.S.

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What Might the World Be Like in 2040?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The mission of the National Intelligence Council (NIC) is to lead intelligence integration and long-term strategic thinking across a wide variety of sources, including the US Intelligence Community , policy makers, and experts in academia and the private sector.

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How Covid Is Reordering the Global Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The g ulf between Wall Street and Main Street will widen. “ The challenge for democratic governments will be to adapt to all these changes while maintaining popular consent for their policies and for free markets.”.

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How Will Covid-19 Transform Urban Life?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The results were different for socioeconomic measures associated with people, e.g., wages, patents, educational institutions, entertainment, cultural venues.

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Culture (Darlene Clover and Laurie McGauley)

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

See also the formal report Darlene Clover Let start out with the framework that culture matters. It matters to the federal government, because some nations won a landmark agreement to prevent culture from being subsumed under trade agreements. Countries without culture are more easily dominated. Language and culture are power. Culture plays a role around economics, social health, and in particular hope.

Reflections on the Later Stages of Our Careers

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, in 1995, at 31, he abandoned what he called his “faltering musical career” to get a doctorate in public policy. Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Society and Culture

Notes About Mobile, Digital Trends, and Social Media Leadership from Knight Digital Media Center Workshop

Beth Kanter

There were 2o people in the dining party, and AppleBee’s policy is to add the 18% tip automatically to any parties over 6. The bill was divided up and Alois Bell wrote on her receipt, “I give God 10% why do you get 18%?” Mobile Organizational Culture social media policy Training Design Last week I was in Chicago to facilitate a session as part of Knight Digital Media Center’s Digital Strategy for Community Foundations and Nonprofits workshop.