The Social Network Is the Computer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This ecosystem has been designed to stimulate and manipulate the human psyche, “to draw us in and persuade us to change how we shop, vote, and exercise, and even who we love.” The Social Network Is the Computer. It simply said The Social Network Is the Computer.

May the Network Force Be With You

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As we know, The Force is a source of power for those who, like the Jedi , feel its flow. “The network force is similar,” wrote Silicon Valley network expert and entrepreneur James Currier in Your Life is Driven by Network Effects. “You don’t always see it, but it is exerting itself on you.


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Blockchain - the Networked Ecosystem is the Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The essence of blockchain, notes the report , is that the unit of competition is the networked ecosystem , no longer a single enterprise. “As blockchain adoption continues to gather momentum, organizations must approach their blockchain strategies with the same rigor and commitment as any other new and transformative strategies. In search of value - From “The Network is the Computer” to “The Ecosystem is the Business”.

Help! Testing a network mapping exercise | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Testing a network mapping exercise Published by Nancy White at 2:31 pm under knowledge sharing , networks I often use a variety of paper networking mapping exercises in my face to face workshops. In an upcoming online workshop on knowledge sharing for the CGIAR , we want to do this exercise online — and we want to keep technology low key as this is at the start of the workshop and some participants are not as techy as some of us!

A Crash Course in Design Thinking for Network Leadership Skills

Beth Kanter

Last month, I participated in a Design Thinking Lab with network leadership practitioners convened by the Leadership Learning Community. The session was an introduction to design thinking methods and to generate ideas for instructional modules for networked leadership development. The design challenge was: How do we come up with concrete tools, frameworks and methods for helping people better understand and adopt network systems leadership?

Talking Shop with Network Designers and Weavers for Social Change

Beth Kanter

A part of my practice is around network design and facilitation and one of my most respected colleagues in this area is Eugene Eric Kim. Flisrand , who is a network weaver for sustainability networks, was in town and he was organizing an informal gathering. Eugene is always thought in the way he designs and facilitates activities to bring people together to learn from one other. And, the network weaver doesn’t have to do it all.

networked failure and learning

Harold Jarche

“Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets.” Think networks of influence. Bonnitta Roy: I do a workshop on developing trust networks, and it is always a surprise to discover how little we agree on what trust is, and how it operates in our lives. You can try a simple exercise for yourself. When you feel into this notion of a trust network, other people you know from personal or work life will not make it into the inner circles at all.

Leadership for the Network Era

Harold Jarche

The TIMN [Tribes + Institutions + Markets + Networks] model shows how society grew from a collection of tribes, added institutions, and later developed markets. The network era began with the advent of electric communications, though it is by no means completely established. As a market society developed, new types of power were exercised by the Fuggers and the Hanseatic League. It is not networked. It is networked. It is networked, as well.

Design Elements in a Personal Learning Environment

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In this paper I would like to address the core design elements in the development of a personal learning architecture being developed in the National Research Council''s Learning and Performance Support Systems program. The NRC-designed MOOC differs significantly from traditional courses. Additionally, the same platform was used to deliver a course called Personal Learning Environments, Networks and Knowledge (PLENK) in 2010, as well as the 30-week course on Change.

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On cities and networks

Doc Searls

Here’s a thought exercise for the audience: Imagine no Internet: no data plans on phones, no ethernet or wi-fi connections at home — or anywhere. Try this: cities are networks, and networks are cities. Every business, every person, every government agency and employee, every institution, is a node in a network whose value increases as a high multiple of all the opportunities there are for nodes to connect — and to do anything.

Leadership emerges from network culture

Harold Jarche

A few choice quotes are thrown in, preferably from historically famous leaders, some interactive exercises, straight out of traditional management courses and you’re off. We don’t do fail-safe design. As networked, distributed workplaces become the norm, trust will emerge from environments that are open, transparent and diverse. Tweet Even five years ago it was not the norm to work at a distance.

The Networked NGO in Pakistan

Beth Kanter

This year a lot of my work as Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation is working with grantees outside of the US. Last week, I had the pleasure of working with a group of Population and Reproductive Health grantees from Pakistan on a peer learning group called “ The Networked NGO ,” based on the ideas in my book, The Networked Nonprofit. The four-day intensive face-to-face training was for senior level staff and their social media staffers.

The Power of Our Collective Professional Networks and Transdisciplinarity Learning

Beth Kanter

Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to facilitate a full-day innovation lab for an amazing group of network thinkers using human design methods to inform the design of a leadership network. It has been exactly a year since I have committed to practicing the methods from Luma Institute as part of improving my facilitation practice. I’ve subsequently have used this exercise in many different contexts for different purposes.

The Networked NGO in India

Beth Kanter

This was the launch of a peer learning group called “ The Networked NGO ,” based on the ideas in my book, The Networked Nonprofit. The four-day intensive face-to-face training was for senior level staff and their social media staffers. This blog post includes some reflections on the instructional design, delivery, and insights that I hope will inform the field building discussion taking place over at the Packard OE Program site. Program Design.

The Intersection of Systems and Network Leadership

Beth Kanter

I’m facilitating a peer learning course on practical networked leadership skills with a group of community foundation leaders for the Knight Digital Media Center and part of the “practice” is having conversations and sharing thought provoking ideas with our professional networks via social media. It made me wonder about the similarities and differences between “systems” and “networks.” Networks

Reflections from Networked Nonprofit Workshop for Latin American NGOs

Beth Kanter

I just returned from doing two days of facilitating a Networked Nonprofit training in Mexico City with Oxfam Mexico and participants from offices throughout Latin America, South America, and Caribbean. The first day focused on networks and strategic use of social media along with some practical skills in content creation and measurement. Together, we co-facilitated this exercise in two languages and Maria did a great job at bi-lingual capture of the notes.

Formal learning & social networking

Clark Quinn

is about informal learning, but the organization was moving to using social networking tools to scaffold their move from face-to-face to more online learning. So I was asked to talk about social networking and formal learning. That is, the first reason to use social networking around formal learning is to make it part of the repertoire of the community. I then segued to my second point, which is that social networking tools are better formal learning.

Beyond Institutions Personal Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The talk is called "Beyond Institutions Personal Learning in a Networked World" and I want to begin with a story that came across the wires recently and I thought was very appropriate for this venue. Thinking in Models: for Design, for Learning… A large part of this talk is about that change. When you look at that, basically it''s like they have this model or design in their head of how we could rebuild the university system, wipe it all out, start over, and we''ll have a new model.

Beyond Free ? Open Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

They are however designed to be standalone talks as well so hopefully you will not be as unfulfilled after the talk as you might be afraid of being. I want to talk to you about the concept of free, the concept of open learning, the concept of networked learning in a networked world and the concept of the institution. What I want to examine in this talk, is not the problem MOOCs solve at the moment but the problem MOOCs were designed to solve. Mesh Networks of People.

What Networks Have In Common

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Jones ask s, "Does connectivism conflate or equate the knowledge/connections with these two levels (“neuronal” and “networked”)? Now, to return to the original question, "Does connectivism conflate or equate the knowledge/connections with these two levels ('neuronal' and 'networked')?", Are they each instances of an underlying mechanism or process that can be called (for lack of a better term) 'networked knowledge'? Is 'networked knowledge' the same as 'public knowledge'?

Plenary Session: A Grantmakers’ Gathering on Networks

Beth Kanter

The morning plenary for A Grantmakers’ Gathering on Networks was designed to deliver robust, thought-provoking content for grantmakers who want to use a networked approach for the strategy as well as time for people to make connections with others and process and apply these new ideas. She talked about the implications of that and the different way of working – through networks. Networks

Flexible Space: The Secret To Designing Powerful Training

Beth Kanter

Graduate Students at MIIS Class Doing Group Exercise in Flexible Classroom Space. I’ll be sharing my best tips and secrets for designing and delivering training for nonprofit professionals that get results. And, if you are attending NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology in March, join me, John Kenyon, Andrea Barry, and Cindy Leonard for a session on designing effective technology training. … Read More Learning Training Design

Using Peer Learning Strategies To Build A Network

Beth Kanter

As part of my work plan as Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, I have the pleasure of working with networks of grantees to design and facilitate peer learning exchanges on networked nonprofit practices and using social media effectively. One of the networks I’m supporting are the grantees in the Friending the Finish Line strategy. Support national partner Facebook chats, blog carnivals, and other networked advocacy activities.

Social Media, Networking, and African Women’s Leadership Training in Rwanda

Beth Kanter

The project is under the visionary leadership of Cheryl Francisconi who is the director of IIE’s office in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and has vast expertise in developing, designing, and implementing transformative leadership programs for several decades. The design for this project was very different than my accustomed way of designing and delivering the Networked NGO trainings and social media skills. Network assessment.

How to Design an Effective Nonprofit Staff Retreat: A Lesson from Life

Beth Kanter

Designing the meeting so it is effective and encourages team-building can be tricky. How to Design an Effective Staff Retreat: A Lesson from Life – Guest Post by Karen Axelson from ETR. The planners of this event offered some valuable lessons for any organization on how to design effective and engaging retreats. Developed by ETR in 2014, this is a research-based approach for designing and delivering skill-building trainings.

Online Learning Course Design

Tony Karrer

Here are some thoughts on the course and the implications for design of similar kinds of online learning courses. Social Network as Course Platform Like social networks generally, Ning, unfortunately feels a bit scattered. I believe that many learning experiences designed to reside in a social network will inherently feel more scattered.

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Different Ways Nonprofits Are Using Design Thinking to Solve Problems and Achieve Impact

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: Several years ago, I was got trained in design thinking facilitation methods using Luma and have incorporated these techniques into my consulting and training practice. Different Ways Nonprofits Are Using Design Thinking to Solve Problems and Achieve Impact. This is exactly why the practices of Design Thinking and Systems Theory has enjoyed such welcome from the social sector. Design Thinking moves fast, and relies on “failure” to learn and iterate.

How to Be a Wizard at Tech Training Design and Delivery

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: At this year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference, I was lucky to co-design and facilitate a session on technology training with colleagues John Kenyon, Cindy Leonard and Jeanne Allen. How to Be a Wizard at Tech Training Design and Delivery guest post by Cindy Leonard and Jeanne Allen. The 2016 session took all of the trainers’ lessons learned from the previous session and improved upon the presentation and exercises. Training Design

Using Design Thinking for A Foundation’s Investment Strategy

Beth Kanter

Grantees, Experts, and Partners at the end of the Brainerd Foundation’s 21st Century Advocacy Design Lab. What if they used a design thinking process to not only get feedback from grantees but as a way to develop a more agile way of working? I was thrilled to work with the Brainerd Foundation staff to help design and facilitate a design lab using techniques based on Luma Institute methods earlier this month.

How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

Beth Kanter

I’ll be sharing my best tips and secrets for designing and delivering training for nonprofit professionals that get results. And, if you are attending NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology in March, join me, John Kenyon, Andrea Barry, and Cindy Leonard for a session on designing effective technology training. All of my work these days is focused on designing and delivering effective training for nonprofits -primarily on the topics of social media, strategy, networks, and measurement.

Networked Capacity Building: Finish Line Grantees Social Media Training

Beth Kanter

We got started with a welcome from Liane Wong who gave an overview of the program and how it fits into the grantmaking strategy that uses a networked approach. This was designed as a peer learning activity – so it was the participants who were mostly the presenters. When you are building ties between nodes in a network or connections between peers, you need to build in networking time. Training Design

Trainer’s Notebook: Reflections on Designing and Delivering Training To Get Results

Beth Kanter

Participants from a nonprofit work on their network map during the workshop. Design for Participants To Apply. It’s been great to discuss instructional design with other trainers that Deborah has brought together. Recently, Jennifer Ahern Lammer who is the program director for the Alliance of Nonprofit Management , shared several good design points developed by Peter York from TCG and how she applies it. So, you have to design for that. Training Design

How I use social media | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

I figured it would be good to exercise my memory a bit and unearth some of the key stories that led me to to my social media use today, and perhaps surface some of my patterns. Over the years, this initial online learning experience formed the roots of my practice as a designer and facilitator of online learning events. It has changed our experience and understanding of being part of a group, a community or a network. Networks weave across people and organizations.

The Better By Design Summit: Cool Things I Heard in New Zealand.

Bob Sutton Video Network: Weed Out the Bad Seed. Design school project teaches bike safety - The Stanford Daily Online. Tim Brown: Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation. Bill Moggridge: Designing Interactions. » The Better By Design Summit: Cool Things I Heard in New Zealand. Design is like a sound that only dogs can hear. Good design creates good stories. Bob Sutton.

The Paucity of Intelligent Design

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Re: Why Intelligent Design Is Going to Win This must be comedy Friday at Tech Central Station. intelligent design people! intelligent design people! The point is, intelligent design is a religion-driven anti-intellectual position adhered to (and directed toward) mostly uneducated people, and it is Not Science. Asserting this does not make an opponent of intellectual design a loser, merely untactful in stating the truth. Intelligent design and all, you know?

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Designing Professional Development for the Distracted Learner

Beth Kanter

Bersin by Deloitte’s infographic “ Meet the Modern Learner ” is an excellent summary of the challenges facing trainers who need to design and deliver professional development for nonprofit professionals. Instructional design is knowing how to organize your content and shape exercises based on brain and learning research. If you are designing and leading any type of training, take into account the current context for your participants.

Training Board Members As Brand Champions on Social and Beyond

Beth Kanter

” It was an interactive workshop and the content was on how to leverage senior leaders, board, and staff as champions on social channels. Rachel Calderon, Marketing and Communications Manager, Central Florida Foundation was a workshop participant and after the workshop we brainstormed a design for training her board members to be champions. She agreed to write up her process and experience – and especially grateful as I’m in London now teaching the same topic.

Groups vs Networks: The Class Struggle Continues

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

It's my first extended discussion of groups and networks. So what this talk is: a long time ago, I was asked to write an outline and I really didn’t know what I was going to talk about because I knew I was going to go through all of this and so this talk is some of the reflections that come out of all of that and those reflections as applied to the sorts of things that I have to say about learning technology, learning networks, e-learning and all of that stuff. Networks are open.

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Using Social Media Effectively and Powerful Tactics Workshop

Beth Kanter

As part ongoing work as Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, I am designing, facilitating, and delivering workshops with Compasspoint. Last week, I had the great pleasure of presenting a one-day workshop with colleagues Holly Minch , JD Lasica , Janet Fouts , and Susan Tenby. The session was designed a mix of strategy with a deep dive into content, measurement, Facebook, and Twitter. Monitors, listens, and researches the people in their network.

Facilitating with Sticky Notes

Beth Kanter

Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in a convening of ”network practitioners” (consultants and others who are working with or networks of people and organizations on social change goals) at the Packard Foundation and designed and facilitated by consultants Gig Barsoum and Heather Grant-McLoud. The purpose was share insights and learn more about creating, supporting, and managing networks. Networks Training Design

Trainer’s Notebook: Group Polling Techniques and Tools and Incorporating Movement

Beth Kanter

Last week, in addition to giving the ending keynote and facilitating a design lab for the Arts Brain Trust at the National Arts Marketing Project Conference , I was a participant in a pre conference convening expertly facilitated by Jennifer Edwards who is an organizational development consultant, dancer, and teacher. As a trainer, it is always great to experience someone else facilitating so you can have empathy for participants, get some new ideas or reflect on your trade craft.

Scenarios and Conceptual Clarity

Clark Quinn

I was pushing games (and still do) and how to design them, but I also wanted to acknowledge the various approximations thereto. If you don’t shut down the network right away, for instance, the consequences are different (perhaps a breach) than if you do (you get the VP mad). Learning design really can’t be treated as a paint-by-numbers exercise, you really should know what you’re doing! design games

“… intire of it selfe”

Dave Snowden

So I want to look at what that means for organisational design, and then for the role of the individual and coaching/facilitation in consequence. The equivalent in an organisation and the informal networks and associations that keep the formal systems working.

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