Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work
NOVEMBER 3, 2015
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.
There Is Nothing Wrong With The Term ‘Company Culture’
APRIL 23, 2015
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?
Building a Culture of Continuous Learning
AUGUST 12, 2013
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.
If Your Enterprise Social Network Is a Ghost Town It’s Probably Due To Your Corporate Culture
MAY 29, 2015
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.
Blockchain - Once Again, the Technological Genie Has Been Unleashed from its Bottle
AUGUST 22, 2016
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.
Education Technology Strategies - Day One
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
FEBRUARY 3, 2015
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.
Nonprofit Organizational Culture Eats Big Data for Lunch
SEPTEMBER 6, 2016
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.
A Useful Framework for Analyzing the Impact of Technology on Jobs
SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
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. .
Digital Technologies for 21st Century Democracy
NOVEMBER 17, 2011
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.
Technology and the Future of Media
AUGUST 18, 2015
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.
Should Employees Be Incented to Use Social Technologies?
MAY 9, 2011
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 ?”.
Questions from students at Vancouver Island University
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
SEPTEMBER 16, 2012
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.
Do You Work for A Nonprofit That Promotes A Culture of Wellbeing in the Workplace?
SEPTEMBER 20, 2016
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
Technology, Capitalism and “The American Way of Life”
APRIL 10, 2017
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.
The Organization Needs to Ask Itself Tough Questions to Survive
MARCH 5, 2011
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?
Foradian Technologies Interview
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
SEPTEMBER 19, 2013
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.
Ethanz on culture’s shaping of technology
AUGUST 4, 2012
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.
How Do You Know When You Have Reached a Collaborative Culture?
JUNE 8, 2011
‘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
The Long Term Impact of AI on Jobs - Some Lessons from History
JULY 26, 2016
People have long worried about the impact of technology on society, be it railroads, electricity, and cars in the Industrial Age, or the Internet , mobile devices and smart connected products now permeating just about all aspect of our lives.
Blockchain Can Reshape Financial Services… But it Will Take Significant Time and Investment
SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
Not only are there major technology and standards issues to be worked out, but the industry will have to collaborate with governments around the world to develop the appropriate legal frameworks and regulatory environments.
Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?
OCTOBER 31, 2016
Learning how to think critically - how to imaginatively frame questions and consider multiple perspectives - has historically been associated with a liberal arts education, not a business school curriculum, so this change represents something of a tectonic shift for business school leaders.”
Becoming a Data-Driven Business: Challenges and Opportunities
DECEMBER 19, 2016
Big data ,- including analytics , data science , artificial intelligence and related information-based technologies - are now everywhere. “Is The convergence of several technology trends is accelerating progress.
What’s the Value of Blockchain?
APRIL 17, 2017
Such real-world use cases are particularly important when introducing a new, complex set of technologies in the marketplace. They’re the best way of getting on the learning curve for the new technologies as well as of explaining the kinds of problems they help us address.
Did Zappos Just Ruin Their Culture Or Is It A Brilliant Org Redesign?
MAY 15, 2015
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.
Disruptive Innovation Revisited
JULY 9, 2014
Lepore’s article may well be part of a growing backlash against the relentless advances in technology. Most of us who’ve studied or lived through them find Christensen’s work to be a useful explanation and organizing framework for understanding technology-based disruptions.
The Evolution of the Firm
NOVEMBER 21, 2016
In the article, Professor Coase provided a simple answer to the question: Why do firms exist? Do we need a different answer to the question Why do firms exist?
Will technology harm or help young people’s brains? A highly nuanced debate
FEBRUARY 29, 2012
Pew Internet & American Life Project’s latest study on the future of the internet examines how young people will be affected by technology. Rather, they are learning more and they are more adept at finding answers to deep questions, in part because they can search effectively and access collective intelligence via the internet. Technology will be so seamlessly integrated into our lives that it will effectively disappear.
Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology
JANUARY 26, 2016
I found the most satisfying answer to this seemingly Socratic question in an excellent 2002 paper - Complexity and Robustness - by professors Jean Carlson and John Doyle. Few things are harder to predict than the potential impact of new technologies, business models or market changes.
The Rise of the Platform Economy
FEBRUARY 9, 2016
These are among the questions addressed in in a recent report, The Rise of the Platform Enterprise: A Global Survey led by Peter Evans and Annabelle Gawer and sponsored by the Center for Global Enterprise. What do we mean by a platform ?
TechCamp: Empowering Women Through Technology
JUNE 29, 2012
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.
Becoming a 21st Century Digital Tinkerer
JULY 28, 2015
But, as noted in his personal website , his chief occupation is Chief of Confusion,“ helping people ask the right questions , trying to make a difference through my work- speaking, writing, teaching.” .
The Future of the Globally Integrated Enterprise
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
Governments in the emerging world welcomed the jobs, exports and technology that global firms brought. Then around the late 1980s, technological and market forces started reshaping multinationals into something new, the globally integrated enterprise.
Why progress matters: 6 questions for Harvard's Teresa Amabile.
AUGUST 9, 2011
Technology (7). Why progress matters: 6 questions for Harvard’s Teresa Amabile Here’s a tip for rounding out your summer reading. I asked Amabile if she’d answer some questions for Pink Blog readers about her book and her insights. Dan Pink. Contact.
The Datafication of Business and Society
JUNE 9, 2015
Its ensuing digital products have been generating all that data and its drastically lower technology costs have made it possible to store and analyze those oceans of information.
Notes from Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2013, Antalya
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
OCTOBER 15, 2013
A New Strategy for Higher Education and Training Shirley Alexander Some intro stuff about the buildings being built for the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Technology''s role. turns a perfect event into time- and space- independent mode - make optimal use of current technology for recording, storage, distribution, etc - provide added value: replay, searching, browsing, etc.
Has AI (Finally) Reached a Tipping Point?
OCTOBER 24, 2016
The WEF report noted that “over the past several years, several pieces of emerging technology have linked together in ways that make it easier to build far more powerful, human-like digital assistants.”. Rather, AI technologies continue to get better in a continual, incremental way.”.
Questions from the CLO Executive Network
APRIL 28, 2011
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.
The Growing Importance of Storytelling in the Business World
MARCH 13, 2017
Since retiring from IBM in 2007, I’ve continued my involvement with technology-based initiatives, - AI and blockchain most recently, - through my consulting and academic activities as well as the weekly blogs that I’ve now been writing for the past dozen years.
AI and Public Policy
JANUARY 23, 2017
Throughout history, humans have both shaped and adapted to new technologies. AI technologies will significantly improve the abilities of those with access to them, but if unfairly distributed across society, AI can widen inequalities of opportunity.
The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy
JANUARY 19, 2016
Digital technologies are all around us, - increasingly ubiquitous and commoditized. Several weeks ago, the McKinsey’s Global Institute (MGI) published a report addressing these questions. Digital technologies now touch the economy in myriads of ways.