The MIT Work of the Future Report

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“The world now stands on the cusp of a technological revolution in artificial intelligence and robotics that may prove as transformative for economic growth and human potential as were electrification, mass production, and electronic telecommunications in their eras,” said the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future in its recently released interim report. The final report will be issued after conducting additional research over the next year.

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Culture 6 of 7: Adjustments

Dave Snowden

In any art work the final adjustments mean that we are nearing completion, in cultural change I want to argue, it is the sign that the process is only just starting. In an ideal world managing culture would be a constantly evolving process; multiple small micro-changes with a feedback loop in near real time that allows the process to be navigated. Culture is more like an estuary with strong and weak currents and constantly shifting sandbanks, assuming stability is a danger.

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Corporate Culture in a Venn Diagram

Dan Pontefract

Therefore, I whipped up the “Corporate Culture in a Venn” diagram to depict something that does take into account four key factors: Self/Boss – Relationship or Transactional. If the organization is indifferent — not caring about the employees who make up their “most valuable asset” quips on annual reports, you can be certain the employees will become indifferent to the organization as well. In other words, a culture killer.

Evidence for benefits: Towards Maturity Report

Clark Quinn

An organization that I cited in the Revolution book, Towards Maturity , has recently released their 2015-2016 Industry Benchmark Report , and it’s of interest to individuals and organizations looking for real data on what’s working, and not, in L&D. The report has a number of useful sections, including documenting the current state of the industry, guidance for business leaders on expectations, on listening to learners, and on rethinking the L&D team.

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Stop Killing Your Corporate Culture

Dan Pontefract

According to Waterstone Human Capital and their 2010 Canadian Corporate Culture Study Results : 71 per cent of respondents say their organization’s corporate culture drives sales and revenue. Knightsbridge found the following, in their 2010 report entitled “ Engaged Employees and the Bottom Line ”: Only 30 per cent provide managers with formal career management processes, tools and training to support employee career development.

Lessons In Culture From United Airlines

Dan Pontefract

Specifically, I wanted to know if she felt their new CEO, Oscar Muñoz, would bring any change to the company, its culture and its operating practices. “Oh Take for instance the Airline Quality Rating 2015 report. In its 25th year of reporting on airline performance, the 2015 version does not indicate things are significantly improving for United Airlines. It seems Mr. Muñoz wants to unite its corporate culture, in an attempt to improve its operations.

[shorenstein] Farnaz Fassihi on Reporting from the Middle East

David Weinberger

I’m at a Shorenstein lunchtime talk where Farnaz Fassihi is giving a talk titled “Reporting from the Middle East.” She was a reporter for the Newark Star-Ledger on 9/11. “How we approach reporting has significantly changed” since she first went to Afghanistan she says. ” As a result, reporting is less original than before: when all the journalists are covering Syria from Beirut, they’re using the same Youtube feeds, tweets, etc.

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Building a Culture of Continuous Learning

Charles Jennings

The part that formal, directed learning plays in overall organisational capability may be important at times, but organisations aspiring towards Peter Senge’s ‘learning organization’ – in other words, creating a culture of continuous learning - need to reach beyond simply improving structured training. This study was part of the Corporate Executive Board’s ‘Building High Performance Capability for the New Work Environment’ report published towards the end of 2012.

Cultural change in Singapore

Dave Snowden

I expect to report back on some of that work in future months, this week is scoping and discussing. I'm back in Singapore for a week working on a portfolio of projects building on work over the past decade. It's exciting to see ideas mature, understanding grow and engagement deepen over time; one of the characteristics of Government in Singapore is that they think and plan over the long term, less driven by the short termism than the UK and the US.

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

Dan Pontefract

Tell me, would you describe your culture as one that is open or closed? Do you and your employees operate in a culture of fear or is it a relatively harmonious and engaged environment? 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. Like me, Charlene is a crusader for a more open and collaborative culture.

Micro-blogging can help build your organisational culture

Dan Pontefract

In late 2010, the Corporate Leadership Council released its quarterly engagement trends report. As a consequence and according to Gallup Management Journal , this disengaged and disconnected culture (in US-based organisations) is costing $300b per year in lost revenues alone. Moving Towards a Culture of Sharing. According to research published by McKinsey and Company in December, 2010, only 13% of companies felt as though micro-blogging was actually enhancing company culture.

Micro-blogging can help build your organisational culture

Dan Pontefract

In late 2010, the Corporate Leadership Council released its quarterly engagement trends report. As a consequence and according to Gallup Management Journal , this disengaged and disconnected culture (in US-based organisations) is costing $300b per year in lost revenues alone. Moving Towards a Culture of Sharing. According to research published by McKinsey and Company in December, 2010, only 13% of companies felt as though micro-blogging was actually enhancing company culture.

Report from Denmark: Designing the new public library at Aarhus, and the People’s Lab

David Weinberger

Three and a half years ago, the Danes wrote a report on public libraries in the knowledge society, and went looking for partnerships, which is unusual for the Danes, says Knud. They were inspired by Maker culture. “You can work with maker culture without having a makerspace.” Knud Schulze, manager of the main library in Aarhus , Denmark and Jne Kunze of the People’s Lab in Denmark are giving talks, hosted by the Harvard Library Innovation Lab.

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[shorenstein][2b2k] Wesley Lowery on covering Ferguson and the effect of social media on the reporting ecosystem

David Weinberger

Wesley Lowery is a Washington Post reporter, recently ex of the Boston Globe. He does not cede all ground to social media, but instead uses it to do his job as a reporter, and sees its effect on every facet of his role. ” He said he would be ok with that but only because so much of his social media contribution consists of references to other sources and other people, including to reports by other newspapers. Here’s Wesley’s news report , with video.]

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Joho: Culture is an echo chamber

David Weinberger

The main article is, unsurprisingly, the first one: Culture is an echo chamber : We all hate echo chambers in which a bunch of yahoos convince one another that they’re right. Report from the DPLA platform : Surprisingly, I’m interim head of the project building the software platform for the Digital Public Library of America. After a couple of years, I’ve actually published another issue of my old ‘zine. Why so long between issues?

Managing across Borders and Cultures

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Its mission is succinctly captured in its tag line: Managing across borders and cultures. The Levin Institute is led by Garrick Utley , a former broadcast journalist with extensive experience in international affairs, who reported from more than 75 countries for more than 40 years. We prepare individuals and institutions to learn, work and communicate across borders and cultures. Tags: Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Society and Culture

It’s Culture, Leadership and E2.0 … or fail

Dan Pontefract

Over the last several months, at the job that actually pays me, I’ve been on somewhat of a soapbox speaking, writing, blogging, yammering about the link between culture, leadership philosophy and Enterprise 2.0 The two must marry if an organization wishes to be successful in the culture of tomorrow. It can be culture forming. Culture enterprise 2.0

Two Must Read Reports on Nonprofit Capacity Building

Beth Kanter

Two reports have been released on the topic of capacity building: “ Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together ,” from GrantCraft, a service of the Foundation Center and “ Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity ” from GEOfunders. This post summarizes gems from both reports. While the reports are guides to funders, if you do work as a capacity builder, you will find some useful insights for your practice. 2: Culture Change.

Montessori Is An Example Of The New Culture of Learning

Steve Denning

I reported a few days ago on a conversation with the authors , Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown, of the wonderful new book, A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change. A colleague, Daniel Petter-Lipstein, wrote to us and asked the pertinent question: why there was no mention of progressive models of education like Montessori?

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.

Legitimate cultural difference or barbaric rite?

Dave Snowden

Having spent the last week working with the recently formed European Institute for Gender Equality I was more than usually sensitised to two adjacent reports in the online Guardian over the weekend. One a special report on genital mutilation, the practice of which is apparently growing in the UK; the other a polemical piece from David Mitchell under the sub heading of If Britain decides to ban the burqa I might just start wearing one.

[berkman] Zeynep Tufecki on the boom-and-bust cycle of social-media-fueled protests (with live reporting)

David Weinberger

But, also, the young have a cultural allergy to representation because in traditional politics they see corruption, not representation. Zeynep Tufecki [twitter: zeynep ] is giving a Berkman Tuesday Lunch talk titled “Gezi Park Protests & the Boom-Bust Cycle of Social Media Fueled Protest.” ” She says that surveillance and social media + protest are two of her topics, so swhen protests broke out in her home country of Turkey, she felt she really had to study it.

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The Urgent Need for Wide-Scale Upskilling

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

After working across MIT for over two and a half years, the task force released its final report in November, 2020. Similar conclusions were reached by Upskilling for Share Prosperity , a report published in January, 2021 by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in collaboration with PwC.

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A culture shock for universal emotion

Mind Hacks

The concept was further explored by psychologist Paul Ekman who conducted cross-cultural research and reported that the expression of anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness and surprise were universal human characteristics. While humans evolved to express and interpret emotions, she contends, specific facial expressions are culturally learned. Others have found cultural differences in how people interpret the facial expressions of others?—?a

Montessori Is An Example Of The New Culture of Learning

Steve Denning

I reported a few days ago on a conversation with the authors , Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown, of the wonderful new book, A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change. A colleague, Daniel Petter-Lipstein, wrote to us and asked the pertinent question: why there was no mention of progressive models of education like Montessori?

The importance of penis panics to cultural psychiatry

Mind Hacks

The Boston Globe has an excellent article about supposedly culture specific mental illnesses and how they are an ongoing puzzle for psychiatry’s diagnostic manual. These conditions are called culture-bound syndromes in the DSM but they’ve always had a bit of ‘looking at the natives’ feel about them as many syndromes that are unknown in many non-Western cultures (anorexia, for example) aren’t listed as ‘culture bound’ in any way.

From Addis Ababa to Las Vegas (catching up on trip reports!) | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Jul 10 2008 From Addis Ababa to Las Vegas (catching up on trip reports!) What follows is my very brief “catch up and report&# on my Ethiopia trip. Talk about culture shock. I teach high school math in Las Vegas, I write children’s books to support those who are somewhat lost between cultures.

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stevenberlinjohnson.com: In Which I "Debate" Popular Culture With Stephen Colbert

Steven Berlin Johnson

stevenberlinjohnson.com « Happy Birthday | Main | Colbert, The Morning After » In Which I "Debate" Popular Culture With Stephen Colbert Exactly one year ago today, I made my appearance on The Daily Show. Apparently, I am in some weird sort of seasonal cycle with Comedy Central, because tomorrow night (Thursday, June 8) I will be the guest on The Colbert Report, speaking truthiness to power, no doubt.

CPSquare’s Long Live the Platform Event Report | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Check it out — Long Live the Platform Report (application/pdf Object).

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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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The Current State of AI Adoption

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most of these companies saw measurable benefits from their AI deployment, with 63% reporting year-over-year (YOY) revenue increase, while 44% reported YOY cost savings. For the past few years, McKinsey has been conducting a yearly online survey to help assess the state of AI adoption.

New E-Book: Creating a Culture of Philanthropy for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

Is culture of philanthropy embedded in the way that everyone does their work? I’m thrilled to contribute a chapter in Blackbaud’s newest npEXPERTS eBook , that includes 10 chapters of ideas on how create a culture of philanthropy—one in which executives, board members, accountants, marketers, and everyone in between understand the importance of your organization’s fundraising success and how they can contribute to it within their unique roles.

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Cultural differences in childhood amnesia

Mind Hacks

This is often assumed to be purely because the brain is too underdeveloped to successfully store and organise memories but an interesting study from 2000 reported that the extent of childhood amnesia differs between cultures and sexes. Cross-cultural and gender differences in childhood amnesia. In two experiments, we examined cross-cultural and gender differences in adults' earliest memories. pdf of full text of culture and childhood amnesia study.

Is Your Corporate Culture The Root Cause Of Bad Meetings?

Dan Pontefract

After all, a report by Atlassian suggests employees attend 62 meetings per month. While I still bear emotional scars from this story—and have since eaten at The French Laundry—when I was reflecting upon it recently, it got me thinking about meeting etiquette, the behaviour of collaboration and everyone’s favourite, organizational culture and leadership. In fact, your meeting culture could be a leading cause of disengagement. Culture meetings

The Increasing Economic Value of Digital Capital

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

According to a 2019 research report , the overall value of the S&P 500 in 1975 was $715 billion, of which 17% was intangible. Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Management and Leadership Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

How Covid Is Reordering the Global Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The pandemic will not end globalisation, but it will reshape it,” says the special report in one of its articles. “As the pandemic spread, location ceased to matter much.

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Why and How Your #Nonprofit Needs To Bust the Culture of Sitting at Work

Beth Kanter

There has been more and more research coming out on the health dangers of sitting too much during the work day and the benefits of standing and walking while you work. This recent article does a great job summarizing the newest research studies , but more importantly it reports that medical experts and researchers are starting to devise formulas for how long we should be sitting at work to avoid adverse effects. Has your nonprofit busted the culture of sitting in the workplace?

A Culture of Wellbeing as a New Nonprofit Strength: Building Capacity During a Time of Disruption

Beth Kanter

And new report, The New Normal , spells out exactly why that is important. A Culture of Wellbeing as a New Nonprofit Strength: Building Capacity During a Time of Disruption – guest post by Heather McLeod Grant, Adene Sacks, & Kate Wilkinson. Many leaders and funders are already on this path, and we highlight several examples in our report.

Drugs where the sun don’t shine: a cultural history

Mind Hacks

Through the history of humanity, every culture has made use of psychoactive substances. Recreationally, both vaginal and anal cocaine use have been reported in the medical literature and popular culture. Police reports suggested that the University of Tennessee chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity decided to have a butt chugging party which promptly sent fraternity member Alexander Brougthon to the emergency room with alcohol poisoning.

Is a Culture of Learning Required To Learn in Public?

Beth Kanter

A Culture of Learning – Guest post by Teri Behrens. One of the takeaways from the breakout session was the need for foundations to have a growth and learning culture internally before they tackle learning in public. Many individuals and foundations are taking “baby steps” towards creating learning cultures, but lack of time for learning is one chronic complaint. Flickr Photo by Zen.

The State of AI Adoption - High Performers Show the Way

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A common theme throughout the report was that the same players who were leaders in the earlier waves of digitization and analytics were the early leaders in the AI wave. Overall, 63% report revenue increases in the business unit where the AI use case is deployed.

Building Better Jobs in an Age of Intelligent Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On November 18, the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future released its final report , The Work of the Future: Building Better Jobs in an Age of Intelligent Machines. An interim report was released in September, 2019. The Task Force comprehensive report covers a lot of ground.

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Why Business Transformation Efforts Often Fail

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It gave us both a marketplace-based mission and a new ground for our own behaviors and operating practices - in other words, culture. Not Anchoring Changes in the Corporation’s Culture. But, when the environment shifts, it is very hard for the culture to change.