questioning technology

Harold Jarche

” “Researchers studying the early history of agricultural societies believe large groups of people built permanent monuments to reinforce identities based on a sense of shared history, ideals and culture.” So let us think about the history of technology. Technology

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2018

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the past several years, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has published an annual list of the Top Ten Emerging Technologies that would be potentially disruptive over the next three to five years while also providing significant benefits to economies and societies.

Where is Technology Taking the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read Where is Technology Taking the Economy? , The first era, in the 1970s and 1980s, brought us Moore’s law and the dramatic advances in semiconductor technologies. But, as we well know, there are serious downsides to technology-based automation.

knowledge-sharing, post-technology

Harold Jarche

Given the diminishing choices, enterprise knowledge-sharing today is even less about the technology. Then comes the question, what do we do now? Quite often the largest share of the budget in any ‘digital workplace’ initiative goes toward the technology.

There Is Nothing Wrong With The Term ‘Company Culture’

Dan Pontefract

The headline from Harvard Business Review read, Why “Company Culture” Is a Misleading Term. “Organizational culture is assumed to be important to making sure that employees are happy and productivity is good. ” Is there no “company culture” present in Japan?

Gender Diversity, Empathy and Technology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What’s the value of gender diversity in technology-based disciplines? Is gender diversity an asset for technology-based companies? Are men inherently better than women at technology-based jobs? These are questions that have long been discussed.

Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Few topics are as important, - and as challenging to anticipate, - than the future of work given our justifiable fears of rising technological unemployment. This question has been widely discussed for years, but, - at the end of the day, - we don’t really have good answers.

Building a Culture of Continuous Learning

Charles Jennings

In other words, simply improving traditional training approaches – even introducing learning technologies into the classroom model – will not achieve the improvements needed. The 52 Weeks program initially started as a way to communicate company culture and values to new employees.

Ethanz on culture’s shaping of technology

David Weinberger

His own title is also inadequate: “Kenya, Power, and Questioning My Assumptions.” In the course of the post, we learn at every level possible: about technology, economics, communities, Nairobi, and the persnickety ways culture shapes technology. I wasn’t sure how to title this post from a few weeks ago by Ethan Zuckerman. ” It’s not so much that the title is bad as that the post is too, too rich. Holy cow, Ethan is a good writer.

Technology and the Future of Media

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most everyone will agree that advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) are radically transforming the business landscape. Digital technologies are not only giving rise to more distributed and inclusive models, but are also enabling alternative unilateral-like models.

Payment Technologies: Past, Present and Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

History can be a useful guide to the future, especially when trying to predict the impact of disruptive changes on human organizations and cultures. I was reminded of this dictum when recently attending a very interesting workshop, Payment Technologies: Past Present and Future.

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

Dan Pontefract

I was speaking at a conference recently, and a question was posed to me from someone in the audience near the tail end of the session. I knew what was about to come next, but I politely waited for the question to be asked anyhow. Fantastic question.

Gender Diversity, Empathy and Technology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What’s the value of gender diversity in technology-based disciplines? Is gender diversity an asset for technology-based companies? Are men inherently better than women at technology-based jobs? These are questions that have long been discussed. To help us address increasingly complex problems, the bulk of modern work , - in technology as well as most other fields, - is more and more team-based.

Where is Technology Taking the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read Where is Technology Taking the Economy? , The first era, in the 1970s and 1980s, brought us Moore’s law and the dramatic advances in semiconductor technologies. And data can’t easily be owned either, it can be garnered from nonproprietary sources… if past technology revolutions are indicative, we will see entirely new industries spring up we hadn’t even thought of.”. But, as we well know, there are serious downsides to technology-based automation.

How technology is enabling the humanity of organizations

Ross Dawson

After my recent opening keynote at the SAP Australia User Group Summit on Leadership in Enterprise Technology , I did a video interview for Inside SAP magazine, shown below. I have written before about how competitive differentiation occurs at the intersection of technology and culture.

Did Zappos Just Ruin Their Culture Or Is It A Brilliant Org Redesign?

Dan Pontefract

In a word, it’s all about “ culture.” Their collaborative mindset is infectious, one that encourages everyone to scale the culture. It’s an act of recognition, but it’s the opportunity for all Zappos employees to scale the culture.

Heidegger on technology, and technodeterminism

David Weinberger

I’m leaving tomorrow night for a few days in Germany as a fellow at the University of Stuttgart’s International Center for Research on Culture and Technology. It undoubtedly will change significantly, but here’s what I plan on saying at the beginning: In 1954, Heidegger published “The Question about Technology” (Die Frage nach der Technik). Heidegger says that technology reveals the world to us in particular ways.

The Organization Needs to Ask Itself Tough Questions to Survive

Dan Pontefract

Another is the cultural and business transformation story of Telefonica , detailed in the case study Transforming the firm for the digital era: An organizational effort towards an E-culture by Juan Llopis, M. technologies to bridge the connection gap?

Blockchain - Once Again, the Technological Genie Has Been Unleashed from its Bottle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

MIT research scientist and Internet pioneer David Clark addressed this question in a recent article about the early design choices that have led to today’s Internet.

[liveblog] Data & Technology in Government

David Weinberger

Part of the importance of this is that students at the Kennedy School are agitating for a much strong technology component to their education on the grounds that these days policy makers need to be deeply cognizant of the possibilities technology offers, and of the culture of our new technology development environment. Tomorrow there is an afternoon of discussions sponsored by the student-led Technology for Change group.

Can AI Help Translate Technological Advances into Strategic Advantage?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” is one of the most memorable quotes of science fiction writer Arthur C. But, as we better understand its promise and limitations, technology becomes just another tool we rely on in our work and daily life.

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

Beth Kanter

I’ve been facilitating nonprofit workshops and staff retreats focused on creating a culture of wellbeing in the workplace. The conversation surfaced some interesting questions and ideas. It is one of many HR & Culture Slack Apps. Organizational Culture Resilience

How Do You Know When You Have Reached a Collaborative Culture?

Dan Pontefract

‘Tis my naivety or perhaps it’s my over exuberance for corporate culture karma. The question we might ask is when will we reach that pinnacle point? How do you know when you have reached a collaborative culture? Culture collaboration collaborative culture engagement

Technology, Capitalism and “The American Way of Life”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Much has been written about our digital technology revolution and its impact on economies, societies and individuals. Our present age of information and communication technologies (ICT), whose starting point she pegs at 1971, is the fifth such major revolution.

Education Technology Strategies - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

lessons scripted around 1:1 laptop); IT issues - we were a Windows network, with everything on our own domain - we needed to open eg printing etc O - consumer technology far more accessible in 2012 esp. dates to classical Greece How does technology change this? - Most classrooms still dominated by teachers teaching answers and students remembering them We can change the technology but if we haven''t changed the goal we really haven''t accomplished anything.

Foradian Technologies Interview

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Questions 1. I specialized on online learning, media and collaborative technologies. Since 2001 at NRC I have worked on learning object standards and repositories, content recommender systems, collaborative content authoring technology, and massive open online courses (MOOCs). How technology help in improving the teaching practices? Technology makes it possible for experts to include novices and others in their day-to-day practice in ways unimagined even a decade ago.

Should Employees Be Incented to Use Social Technologies?

Dan Pontefract

Social collaboration technologies such as internal instances of blogging, micro-blogging, video sharing, discussion forums, idea sharing, wikis, and so on are all key aspects of being collaborative. Which brings me to the question, “ Should employees be incented to use social technologies ?”.

Changing Cultures in Higher Education

Jay Cross

Last week I received a nice surprise in the mail, Changing Cultures in Higher Education (Ulf Daniel Ehlers and Dirk Schneckberg eds.) Their book is a practical guide for educators, aimed at answering these questions.

A Useful Framework for Analyzing the Impact of Technology on Jobs

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last week I discussed a recent Pew Research report on the impact of AI, robotics and other advanced technologies on the future of jobs. The expert’s responses to this question where divided down the middle. .

A Series of Questions

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

But it seems to me that "a society built, not on the basis of a propagation of ideas, but rather, on the basis of a gathering of them" captures something important in the changes that are happing in our culture. What has happened to the course over the years has also happened to other parts of our culture, and the current concept of the course has become so entrenched that we cannot conceive of it being something else, but rather, only more of what it has currently become.

It’s Not Just About Culture

Dan Pontefract

Hamel opines “… management and organizational innovation often lags far behind technological innovation. mantra in the workplace, we need to combine our thinking around structure, systems and culture. Culture is a little tricky, as one might argue this is in fact the Work 2.0

Questions from the CLO Executive Network

Jay Cross

The Executive Networks hosts plumbed the audience for questions our presentation had raised. Should the CLO role include working to change the organizational culture? Connect the enterprise with a technology like Jive.

Models for Learning Questions

Tony Karrer

Questions There were some great questions during the session. 9) When introducing these new learning methods, I have the impression that the resistance from organisation is lies more in the new role of the training department rather then new technologies. So, I would agree that new technologies is less the issue. Avoid the Culture Question 3. Technology is Tactical not Strategic 7. Great question.

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. The digital technology revolution marches on.

Nonprofit Organizational Culture Eats Big Data for Lunch

Beth Kanter

Culture Eats Big Data for Lunch – Guest Post by Steve MacLaughlin. These are some of the questions that I set out to answer in my new book Data Driven Nonprofits. Yes, the technology is important. It is also clear that culture eats Big Data for lunch.

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TechCamp: Empowering Women Through Technology

Beth Kanter

TechCamp: Empowering women through technology - guest post by Ma’ayan Alexander. The participants work together in small groups, ask questions and discuss problems, and work together to find solutions and initiate joint projects. Technology does not solve problems.

Questions from students at Vancouver Island University

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I received a flurry of questions on some articles on my website yesterday, questions from students at Vancouver Island University. Similarly, Ben, Tracy and Kim asked, " How do we change the culture of competition that is present in delivery of online content, to make it more of a collaborative and open process? " So that's my first reaction to the question. Finally, my third response to this question is to question the emphasis.

eLearning Costs : eLearning Technology

Tony Karrer

eLearning Technology Tony Karrers eLearning Blog on e-Learning Trends eLearning 2.0 Heres his brief description: The particular course in question is approximately 2 hours of classroom soft skills training that needs to be delivered in an eLearning format. Interactions should be basic form-based questions created within the development application. His question is whether this price is reasonable, high or worth raising a stink. Tony - good question to pose.

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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

Digital Technologies for 21st Century Democracy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The focus for this year’s conference was Digital Technologies for 21st Century Democracy. I was invited to attend the conference, and participate in the opening plenary panel on D igital Technologies and the Future of Governance. The panel was moderated by Beth Noveck , Professor of Law at the New York Law School , who until recently served in the White House as Deputy Chief Technology Officer and leader of the White House Open Government Initiative.

Does the Big Question Make Sense Anymore?

Tony Karrer

I’ve been facilitating the Big Question on ASTD’s Learning Circuit’s blog since sometime in 2006. Last month’s big question was Instruction in a Information Snacking Culture? The question was all about how we consume and work with information: People seem to be spending less time going through information in depth and less willing to spend time on information. If there are some meaningful responses to this month’s question Open Content in Workplace Learning? ,

Managing across Borders and Cultures

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Its mission is succinctly captured in its tag line: Managing across borders and cultures. We prepare individuals and institutions to learn, work and communicate across borders and cultures. Through our conferences and events, and leading-edge information and audio visual technology, we work to give new meaning to the concept of distance learning. New York cannot cede technology-based innovation to other regions better known for their commitment to advanced technologies.

Great Question From Peter Block’s Presentation at Nexus2 | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Look at the questions that are part of this “path.&# One reason people higher up in organizations have anxiety is because they believe they are supposed to know the solution to every problem and have the answers to all questions.